X-Factor cutting down for season 2

So X-Factor USA might’ve had some of the best TV ratings next to Idol and it had a massive prize for the winner Melanie Amaro. The judges were all full of opinions (and themselves) and sometimes it seemed to be more of a competition about who chose the right song for their respective contestants rather than about the talent who performed them. Nicole Scherzinger became one of the most talked about – and in a not good way– when she decided not so save 13-year-old Rachel Crow from elimination.

The result? She has been cut, but she’s not the only one. Her fellow judge Paula Abdul has also been relieved of her duties according to E Online. On their site they state, “Believe it or not, Fox has informed Simon Cowell‘s longtime friend Paula Abdul she won’t be needed for the series’ next installment”. Awkward for Paula….

If that wasn’t enough, the host of the show Steve Jones has also been given the boot. Adios, ciao… thanks for coming. So now it’s anyone’s guess as to who will take up the hosting duties as well as the empty seats on the judging panel. The rumour mill has dropped Mariah Carey‘s name already, but Kelly Rowland seemed to hit the right spot in the UK, so perhaps she’ll be hopping across the pond back to her home country. Or will it be a Simon vs LA Reid fest? Barring Nicole’s little rants, it pretty much was that… a classic case of “Mine is better than yours”

M-Net has the X FACTOR U.S!

This is great news for all of you who have had Simon Cowell withdrawals. Pay channel, M-Net has secured the rights to showcase reality TV phenomenon X Factor U.S.  The new US version of the show will kick off in early October following the conclusion of Idols season 7. In addition to seeing Paula Abdul, L.A. Reid you’ll also get to see the lovely Nicole Scherzinger on the judging panel.

Unlike Idols, this is open to everyone who has (or thinks) they have a singing talent. Groups, solo artists, young, old… anyone can enter. Oy vey,  you know that this is going to be well entertaining. The Americans have some real gems (good and bad) and those gems all make for some hilarious TV. What will the winner of this competition win? A whopping $5 million record deal. How’s that for #winning, wow! Past winners of the hit show include the likes of Leona Lewis, Shayne Ward and Alexandra Burke. While Ward and Burke have enjoyed a significant amount of success internationally, Lewis shot to instant stardom globally after winning this show. Well that together with her massive hit “Bleeding Love”. So you know this show isn’t messing around.

On bringing the X Factor to local audiences, Channel Head Pierre Cloete said: “Following the success of American Idol we can’t wait to see the entertainment X FACTOR U.S. has in store.”

My thoughts? I think this is a big scoop for the channel. I look forward to watching this and it’s going to be interesting to see how the next season of American Idol does alongside the X Factor. I also think a show of this nature will be embraced very well by local audiences, so stay tuned for X Factor SA… I feel. Hey, production peops, if you decide to do a local version, I’ll be happy to audition for the hosting duties!!

The X Factor kicks off on M-Net and M-Net HD on DStv this October.