Dailies | ‘The X Factor’ Advance Look: Yup, Simon's Still Mean (Video)

'The X Factor' Advance Look: Yup, Simon's Still Mean (Video)

“It sounded like two three-year-olds who've got flu trying to sing,” Cowell tells one musical act

When “The X Factor” returns for its it third season this week, it will be bringing along a number of changes, including new judges Paulina Rubio and Kelly Rowland.

“X Factor” honcho Simon Cowell's ability to cut down aspiring music stars with a single acid-tongued comment, however, will remain intact.

In a new clip from the upcoming season, Cowell conjures up all the haughtiness he can muster to cut down pitch-deficient pretenders to the “X Factor” throne.

“Okay, it's like someone's delivered me three hamsters in a cage, and they're running around all over the place rather than going on the wheel,” Cowell tells one combo.

“It sounded like two three-year-olds who've got flu trying to sing,” he informs another act.

One singer even has his performance deemed “very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very corny.”

Very.

To gear up for the “X Factor” premiere on Wednesday, check out the clip below: