The four

With a big audience watching the network for the MLB All-Star Game, FOX chose Tuesday (July 12) night to unveil a new promo for "The X Factor," giving viewers their first chance to see the judging panel in action.
 
If you make it through the opening (and extended plugs for Pepsi and Chevy), which suggests that "The X Factor" will feature a kinder, gentler Simon Cowell, you'll see how the former "American Idol" judge interacts with long-time frenemy Paula Abdul and fellow judges Nicole Scherzinger and L.A. Reid. [Not surprisingly, Cheryl Cole -- judge for the first days of live audiences -- is nowhere to be seen.]
 
FOX also released the first image of the four-person judging panel (above).
 
"The X Factor" is set to premiere on FOX on Wednesday, September 21 and Thursday, September 22. Contestants will be competing for a $5 million recording contract with Syco/Sony Music.
 
Check out the new preview: