This week’s TCA would have been a perfect opportunity for Fox to be able to make some sort of announcement one way or another on the future of “The X Factor.” Unfortunately, it is turning out to not be the case.
While speaking to reporters today, network head Kevin Reilly assured that there has been no formal decision made, but acknowledged that the ratings for the third season were a disappointment, and if the show did come back, it would do so with a very different format than what fans have grown accustomed to. This format could mean many different things, from fewer live shows to fewer shows overall. It is also possible that Simon Cowell’s role could change dramatically in an effort to save money and give the show a fresh face.
If we were to enter our own two cents into this right now, it would be to say that it is time for this sinking ship to finally sink into the abyss. This was the year that “The X Factor” really could have turned things around and delivered something that everyone wanted to see. Instead, what we had was really just more of the same, from bad judging to some disappointing song selections and an overall package that was all style, and no substance. Not even the sponsors had the same sort of zing to them. The only real strong thing about the season were the winners in Alex & Sierra, who could actually have some sort of career if they are given the proper time and support needed to create something. Simon should just go back to working on the UK version, and we can finally have a TV landscape that has a little less in the way of singing-show competitions.
We will have some sort of formal announcement on the show’s future once one is made.