Will X-Factor Kill The Singing Competition Star?

L.A. Reid, Nicole Scherzinger, Paula Abdul and and Simon Cowell are the judges for the American version of X-Factor with Steve Jones (not shown) as host.

The American version of X-Factor debuted last Wednesday night Sept. 21 on the Fox network. Simon Cowell was hoping for 20 million viewers but fell about eight million viewers short. The show came in third in the ratings war, with Modern Family and Criminal Minds drawing more viewers.

The question is if X-Factor will kill the singing competition star. Are three prime time singing competitions too many for television viewers to embrace and watch every week? We should find out in the coming weeks as the ratings stabilize somewhat and be more indicative of how the X-Factor will fare in the ratings the rest of the fall season.

The Wednesday show was highlighted by Rachel Crowe, a 13-year-old girl, who reminded me of a young Shirley Temple. She was a very talented performer and could go a long way this season. However with the 12-year-old age limit on the lower side and no age limit on the higher side, it makes me wonder if anyone from either of those extremes, could actually win the $5 million recording contract.

However there was a singer who will go unnamed on Wednesday’s show, who created an actual pants on the ground moment by dropping his trousers, during his performance. It was such a disgusting scene, that Paula Abdul left the judge’s desk, to go to bathroom and almost threw up from some reports.

There were some singers who had extremely sad stories, that made me hope they keep advancing  further into the competition.

Thursday’s show ended with the rudest contestant, in singing competition history. He seemed to be challenging L.A. Reid and/or Simon Cowell to go outside and fight. First rule in singing competitions is to not turn the judges against you. However this singer did precisely that, by repeatedly arguing with the judges. He seemed to be in a state of shock, when the judges voted no, but it was a no-brainer that he would be going home. His situation is similar to a job applicant, arguing with the interviewer, then expect to be hired. It just doesn’t happen in the real world. Maybe he will realize his stupidity and try again next year and be more civil toward the judges.

There were several acts that did well during the first two shows and I will be watching again this week to see the next show. There may be ratings problems for the American X-Factor, since this is the time of year, television viewers will be trying out new shows and ratings should be more indicative of how the X-Factor will do in a few weeks, once the viewers settle into their viewing habits.

Simon Cowell, seemed to be somewhat kinder this year, but did still make a few snarky comments, but some of those singers deserved them.

I have a feeling that X-Factor will never reach the stature of American Idol, but it should draw better ratings than the Voice did last spring on NBC.

Author: Andrew Godfrey

Retired from newspaper work after 38 years. Had served in the Army in Hawaii and Vietnam in the 60's. Am now retired and living in Sulphur, Louisiana.

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