The bottom line for The X Factor is that Simon Cowell is mentoring the girls in the competition, and in his eyes he already has “the winner” of the competition. When it comes to predicting star singers, Cowell accurately predicted Carrie Underwood would win it all during her American Idol run.

This week, Cowell, Reid (the boys), Nicole Scherzinger (the over 30s singers), and Paula Abdul (the groups) will lend their expertise to their respective groups, with only 16 performers making it to the live shows.

Click on the media bar and listen to Cowell talk about why one of his girls will be the winner on The X Factor (L.A. Reid can also be heard in the clip):

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The X Factor airs this Wednesday and Thursday (Fox 8 pm et/pt), with both installments running two hours.

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