‘The X Factor’: Justin Bieber inspires Simon Cowell to look at Canada

Heading north?

Simon Cowell recently expanded his “America’s Got Talent” empire up to Canada, and it now looks as though he could do the same exact thing with his other popular reality TV franchise — and the success of Justin Bieber and Carly Rae Jepsen worldwide may be a reason why.

Earlier this week, Cowell traveled up to Toronto in order to talk with executives from local station CTV about starting up a version of “The X Factor” in the country, and he also said the following on the subject to reporters:

“Look at what’s happened in the charts in the last ten years, all the Canadian talent; you’d be crazy not to try something … What we’ve been talking about today is putting together a judging panel that can actually do the job they’re being paid to do: find the diamond in the ruff, change that person’s style of music to what he/she/they should be doing and creating a star because, for me, that’s how I determine the success of these shows.”

Could a Canadian version of the show work? Considering that a Canadian version of “American Idol” ran for years and actually ended up first introducing Jepsen to the world, it’s certainly possible. At the same time, you have to remember that Canada’s population is roughly a tenth of the United States, and with “Canada’s Got Talent” already out there you run the risk of the audience being saturated rather quickly. These two shows could co-exist, but if you add one more to the mix it could very well be game over.

Outside of singing competitions, Canada already has a version of “Top Chef,” and is in the process of bringing out their own “Big Brother” to air in the near future.

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