Simon Cowell is bringing his new talent competition show "The X Factor" to FOX this fall, and the always-opinionated former "American Idol" judge has a few choice words of advice for Charlie Sheen.
"The world is a messy place right now," says Simon. "I would say stop feeling sorry for yourself. I genuinely would. There's a lot of people worse off than you are -- and you sort it out yourself."
"The X Factor" is based on the British television show by the same name that features individuals as well as groups in a singing competition with no age limit.
Auditions for "The X Factor" begin March 27 in Los Angeles, and Simon says, "What we've done is we've just taken the rules off. We basically said, we've dropped the age limit to 12, the lower age limit, we've taken the upper age limit off, because of people like Susan Boyle. Any age now should be allowed to enter these shows."
Simon also says that groups can compete on the show, and credits "Glee" for changing the way people perceive singing categories.
"'Glee' has proven that groups can sell as many records as solo artists," he says. "I like the idea that you've got different categories competing with each other."
"The X Factor" contestants will compete for a $5 million Syco/Sony Music record deal.