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Simon Cowell is leaving Fox's ratings monster to launch an American version of "X Factor," which will allow older performers to compete with the kiddies. Cowell said "we’re hoping to find the American version of Susan Boyle," the homely Scottish singer who exploded to international stardom with a stint on "Britain's Got Talent," another Cowell show.

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Susan Boyle's 15 minutes, OK, 15 days, of fame have fueled a smackdown between those two strains that braid and twist their way through our culture: self-acceptance and self-improvement.

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