X-Factor: Boot Camp Missing Hollywood Week Drama of American Idol

X-Factor contestants on Boot Camp stage.


It was good to see that the first Boot Camp episode of X-Factor, didn’t resort to the drama of Hollywood week, seen last year on American Idol. X-Factor focused more on how badly the contestants, wanted to win more than the drama  on American Idol, when contestants were booted from groups.

X-Factor handled the Boot Camp in a more orderly fashions. We didn’t see contestants begging to be in a group, or see groups refusing someone like Scott McCreery who wasn’t good enough to be in a group on American Idol last year, yet became the American Idol.

I liked the approach of X-Factor, with them furnishing voice coaches, dance instructors and image consultants. X-Factor decided who was in what group, plus what song that group would sing. So there no drama between the contestants, since all they needed to focus on was learning the words to the songs and learning a few dance moves.

It looks like X-Factor will be using an idea from The Voice, in that the judges will also be coaches. The show will be even better, as the number of contestants will be whittled down, to where we can start to learn the names better of the contestants.

Dividing the final contestants into groups of eight is not a good idea from my viewpoint. For instance if there are only five or six deserving to be in the over 30 group, that means that better singers might be eliminated from the show, simply because they are good, but can’t gain a spot among the finalists, because they are blocked by their age. It also means three inferior singers over the age of 30 could block three talented singers from being in the final 32.

Overall, I thought the first boot camp show went well. X-Factor proved last night, they can present a singing competition, without all the drama of  Hollywood week at American Idol. It will be interesting to see if American Idol decides to run Hollywood week in a more orderly way.

I look for X-Factor to draw more fans as the season goes on and fans pick a favorite to support. One thing in the favor of X-Factor is that it has already been five months, since American Idol’s finale show. It will be interesting to see if The Voice can give American Idol competition in 2012.

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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