‘The X Factor’: is the U.S. version comparing well to the U.K.?

Josh is one strong act.

In watching Wednesday night’s edition of “The X Factor” here in America, we actually had a pretty interesting thought — we wished we were watching the U.K. version.

The biggest issue with this show as a whole is that it is ironically missing the same thing in its title — there’s nothing that makes us that excited after watching dozens of singing competitions over the course of the years. We are missing some of the creativity — where’s Misha B sitting on a throne, Kitty Brucknell spinning on a wheel, or Craig Colton backed by rain-soaked drummers? Visually, the show has yet to figure out what exactly it needs to do when it comes to the presentation of these acts. There were a few attempts to make this better, but there was really only one act that got it completely right this week — Rachel Crow, who closed the song with an impeccable production and some stellar vocals. (Drew and Josh Krajcik also did a solid job, but we have seen better performances from each of them in the past.)

Ultimately, “The X Factor” really just needs to realize that they still need to make everything bigger, and give these people chances to find an identity beyond just standing on stage. When it comes to this, the U.K. version still has the show beat even without Simon Cowell on the panel.

For now, Rachel, Drew, Josh, and rapper Astro seem to be the big-time standouts here in America — based on what you saw during Movie Week Wednesday, who are you rooting for?

Photo: Fox

Love TV? Be sure to like Matt & Jess on Facebook for more updates!