Simon Cowell famously can't be in two places at once, leaving the original British version of The X Factor to struggle on without him while he lords it up Stateside. But a new publicity shot for The X Factor USA hints at a possible solution: Cowell has clearly been replaced on the show with a waxwork model of himself.
The new pic sees fellow judge Demi Lovato jokingly strangle the shiny, lifeless effigy, while Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio look on.
This could work, we reckon. The model Cowell, with its wire-wool hair and white marble teeth, could be filmed from a distance to maintain the illusion of human flesh. It might also be accompanied by recordings of stock Cowell phrases, such as "That was the worst audition I have ever, ever seen" and "I think you can win this competition".
The X Factor USA returns to Fox on 11 September.