We are not going to sugarcoat this in any way: we loathed at times watching “The X Factor” during season 1. There was no sense of fun to the show at all, and even the shining moments with the contestants (Drew’s “It Must Have Been Love,” Chris Rene’s audition) were drowned out by a terrible judge in Nicole Scherzinger who spent most of her time self-congratulating, a feeling that the show was too big for its britches, and a host in Steve Jones who, while he had his moments, never felt like he really had control of the ship he was steering.
Had everything stayed the same for this season, and we were left open to having to see Rachel Crow traumatized on live TV again by someone to scared to make a decision, we would be encouraging people to just feed into Simon Cowell’s rage and watch “The Voice” instead. However, the show looks to have gone back to the drawing board in a big way, and could (gasp!) actually be the best singing competition of the year for a few simple reasons.
1. Demi Lovato – We have to wait until the premiere to make our full judgment, but at the moment she feels like a complete and total star. She has great chemistry with Simon, treats the contestants like they should be treated, and is genuinely honest. Demi thus far feels like the female judge reality TV here in the States has been waiting for, and we are even more excited for her than Britney Spears.
2. A new focus – There are going to be fewer introduction packages and narration segments during the auditions; rather, we will see more of the contestants’ actual stories. Hopefully, this means that we will see some of their personalities, as well, and not just them telling us about their health problems or other tragedies. It’s okay to just have fun!
3. Stakes – Even though no one from the American version of the show yet has become a major star, Rene’s success at least proves that Cowell and L.A. Reid are trying a lot harder than “The Voice” to get these people on the radio. Plus, “The X Factor” is really focused on top 40 success, and not just adult contemporary fare like we have seen on “American Idol” lately.
We’re shocked to be saying it, but we are actually excited to see the show back Wednesday; now, we just have to see if it manages to actually live up to its high expectations when it failed to do so last year.
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