When Simon Cowell announced that he was bringing his hit show ‘The X Factor’ from the UK to America fans were excited, but when he announced that he was going to be reuniting with his former ‘American Idol’ judge partner Paula Abdul everyone was sure that the show was going to be an instant success. Cowell was so confident of the show’s success that he even projected that he would have an average of 20 million viewers tuning in every week.
As the viewership began to fall every episode and Cowell was no where near his projected 20 million viewers, critics quickly zeroed in on a few of the problems the show was having. One issue was the host, Steve Jones, who when given free reign is funny and charming, but under the watchful eyes of the ‘X Factor’ producers, was smothered into what could best be described as a nervous uptight robot. The announcement came in late last night that Jones has been let go from the ‘X Factor’ and will not be returning for season two.
The other issue was with some of the wishy-washy judges, whose job is to pick the best and send them through, but with Nicole Scherzinger and Paula Abdul being so sensitive about hurting the contestant’s feelings they allowed too many decisions to go to dead lock when there was a clear winner. These decisions made viewers decided to tune out and the ratings steadily declined.
While it was not surprising that Nicole Scherzinger was let go in the ‘X Factor’ blood-bath that happened yesterday, the one thing that was truly shocking was the show’s decision to let go of Paula since Cowell and Abdul have been friends a long time and their chemistry is undeniable. Abdul’s representative has finally released a statement about the reports that she was let go from the ‘X Factor’ and has confirmed that she will not be returning for season two. They said;
“Yes, it’s true; I won’t be returning to The X Factor next season. I’ve learned through my longevity in this industry that business decisions often times override personal considerations. Simon and I, along with Fox and Freemantle, have been communicating about this for a while now, and I have absolute understanding of the situation. Simon is, and will remain, a dear friend of mine, and I’ve treasured my experience working this past season with my extended family at Fox and Fremantle. I want nothing more than for The X Factor to exceed ALL of their wildest dreams. This truly has been a blessing and I am most grateful.”
Simon Cowell has also released a statement about losing Nicole, Paula and Steve, thanking them for their contributions to the show and for their friendships. He said;
“I want to say a massive thank you to Paula, Nicole and Steve for being part of The X Factor last year. We had a lot of fun making the show together and importantly, we found some real talent and stars. You do develop friendships with the people you work with and Paula, in particular, is a very close friend and I expect to be working with her on another project in the near future. I’m sure all three are going to have massive success in what they do next, but now is the time to thank them all for everything they did last year.”
At this time no one has been named as replacements for Jones, Scherzinger or Abdul, but at this time LA Reid is said to be returning for season 2. Hopefully we will see stronger judges who are not afraid to make hard decisions to ensure that the fan favorites make it to the end.
Who would you like to see on the judging panel for season two of ‘X Factor’? Are you even willing to give the show a second chance after what happened last season? Leave us your thoughts.
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