He’s baack! Simon Cowell returns to The X-Factor season three as he looks for that next big star or musical group, mentoring the Groups team (he kind of has some expertise in that department). The mastermind behind One Direction, Fifth Harmony and Emblem3, there’s no doubt that at least one group on Simon’s  team will go on and reach major success in the future.

Chelsea Briggs caught up Simon at the Top 12 Finalists party in Los Angeles to find out what he’s looking for this season in his team, as well as give some inside details on 1D’s Midnight Memories!

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1D’s upcoming album Midnight Memories will, without a doubt, be their biggest album of their career thus far and obviously we know this it’s already breaking records prior to his release. Simon, who has already gotten a listen to the record, told us one thing Directioners: we’re going to love it!

“I think everyone’s going to like it,” he said. “They had a lot more to do with the – the writing, the choosing of the songs – so they’ve matured as a band, but it’s a great album.”

You can catch Simon on The X-Factor every Wednesday and Thursday at 8 PM on FOX!

Do you think one of Simon’s groups will win this season?

And what are you most excited to hear from 1D’s new album?