FOX Cancels 'The X-Factor' After 3 Seasons


FOX Cancels 'The X-Factor' After 3 Seasons


Back in fall 2011, the TV world was abuzz over a new reality competition show from Simon Cowell, former judge and executive producer of FOX's existing 800-pound gorilla 'American Idol.' Never one to mince words, Cowell made lots of promises for 'The X-Factor's future, boasting that it might eventually surpass its big brother. Sadly, he was way off the mark.

Season 1 of 'X-Factor' did quite well by normal standards, but never came close to touching 'Idol' in any way. Simon's answer was to fire host Steve Jones, and replace every judge other than himself and industry mogul L.A. Reid. The audience responded to this "remedy" by tuning out in droves. 'X-Factor's season audience average dropped from 12.5 million to 8.7 million.

FOX Cancels 'The X-Factor' After 3 Seasons

Obviously, something major needed to be done. A change needed to be made. So before 'X-Factor's third season, Cowell decided to shake things firing (one of) the hosts and replacing every judge other than himself and Demi Lovato. Well, okay then. Unsurprisingly, this solved nothing, with Season 3's average audience falling to an anemic 6.4 million viewers.

Which brings us to tonight's announcement by FOX that 'The X-Factor' won't be returning for a fourth year. Despite Simon Cowell's insistence over the last few months that 'X-Factor' would return, it always seemed like he was trying to convince himself more than anything.

In the end, even Simon saw the writing on the wall, announcing earlier today that he would be returning as a judge to the original U.K. version of 'The X-Factor.' While he will remain a producer on NBC's 'America's Got Talent,' this fall will mark the first U.S. TV season without the presence of Simon Cowell since way back in 2002. Whatever you might think of the man himself, this truly does mark the end of an era when it comes to American reality TV.

- Simon Cowell
- The X Factor (US)

Written by: msd85
Feb 7th, 2014, 5:46 pm

Images courtesy of FOX


Message Posted On Apr 25th, 2014, 5:18 am
The show was doomed, but for an entirely different reason tan expressed here. The show’s executive producer, Simon Cowell has put his immensely large and extremely juvenile ego front and center of every show he has his tiny little hands in. The shows like the XFactor in Britain, New Zealand, and Australia all are doing better because, although Cowell is involved, he is not there, pretending he is a famous star with a paid entourage of screaming little girls to fawn over him everywhere he goes like the manager for the Beatles did for them many years ago. Unfortunately for the U.S. version of the show Simon is there and had his screamers right next to the stage to ruin every single performance of every singer. He somehow thinks the rest of the audience and viewers at home get off on girls screaming over the contestants trying to sing just as much as he does. A control freak like Simon has total control of every single facet of the show, so if he really wanted the show to succeed, the first thing he would do would be to heed the many complaints from past shows and keep his teen screamers at home to play with. Alas, ego wins out, and the XFactor will be no more than a painful, screaming memory.

Message Posted On Feb 8th, 2014, 2:42 pm
I tried to watch this once and fell asleep. Nuff said.

Message Posted On Feb 8th, 2014, 1:18 pm
GOOD. It sucked and nothing ever became of the winners.

Message Posted On Feb 8th, 2014, 12:40 pm
Pretty happy about this. Never really care for reality shows in general and this one was just awful.

Message Posted On Feb 8th, 2014, 5:10 am
Not surprised really. The winners turned out to be nobodies in the real world. That is how you measure success of these shows. Where is Tate Stevens or Melannie? Nowhere.

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Message Posted On Feb 7th, 2014, 7:18 pm

The writing was certainly on the wall as i noticed it dissapeared from ITV2 listings after a while, as i was watching it on TV3 on Fridays, but it became boring & predictive & i preferred this to the UK show!


This'll not stop Simon i bet, but he doesn't have to worry as when he brought it to Fox he set up a deal with Elizabeth Murdoch for a £116 million - 5yr deal, not bad, if you can get it!


He can use that money to make the UK one better, as i preferred the US one to the UK as Sharon Osbourne was off her tree, Cheryl Cole will come back no doubt & take the piss out of Simon for sure, that'll be something i want to see for sure.

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