"The tabloids over there are far more brutal than anything we have over here," said Paul Levinson, chairman of the communications and media studies department at Fordham University.
"American Idol" judges are respected, but "X Factor" judges are fair game for the rumor mill.
The British judges also are not as impartial in casting their votes for wannabe stars, which angers viewers, the New York Post reported.
"(The tabloids') knives are always keenly sharpened and always ready to cut apart the aristocracy or the media aristocracy," Levinson said.
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