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The X Factor: Is the New FOX Series Worth Watching?

X Factor TV seriesTonight’s the night for one of the most anticipated new shows of the fall season, The X Factor. The series will reunite former American Idol judges Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell and many believe that it will be the biggest hit of the season.

Though the premise of The X Factor is similar to that of American Idol, there are a few key differences: the judges (Cowell, Abdul, Nicole Scherzinger, and L.A. Reid) will work with contestants that are split up into categories of groups (men younger than 30, women younger than 30, and over-30); artist performances will be very elaborate production numbers; and the winner gets a $5 million recording contract with Sony.

Unlike the other new shows of the season, it seems that critics have been given just clips of the premiere. They still have opinions though and here are some highlights:

Salt Lake Tribune: “Certainly people are going to tune in to see the reunion of Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul. Yes, he’s obnoxious, but Cowell is probably the most honest judge on reality TV.”

“Watching Abdul is kind of like watching NASCAR. You know if you watch long enough, there will be some horrifically messy crash that everyone will be talking about. And the two of them together are almost inexplicably entertaining.” …

“But, essentially, this is American Idol. It will probably be more successful than Idol has been in recent seasons. It will probably cause a further decline in Idol’s ratings when that show returns in January. Not because it’s different, but because it’s the same as American Idol used to be. Because it has Cowell and Abdul.”

Houston Chronicle: “For anyone who yawned through this year’s sweet and safe Cowell-free season of American Idol, the judges’ combustive chemistry may be the new show’s real X factor.”

Baltimore Sun:The X-Factor is worth watching based on the gamble alone. Fox is all-in with Cowell’s brain-child, and it will either be the thing we’re all talking about at the water coolers all fall and winter or it could be one of biggest flops in television history. It will be epic in some way.”

LA Times: “As with American Idol, the heart of the matter remains the astonishing talent that emerges from the roiling tank-top-clad masses, hand-wringing families and colorful back stories, and there appears to be talent a’plenty, including one performance (which I will not spoil by naming) that could easily have been the winning final song of any singing competition.” …

“As the show continues, other differences may emerge — Cowell has said the judges will act as mentors to the contestants — but for now the ratings will gauge two things: How big an appetite for singing competitions Americans still have and how much they really missed Simon Cowell.”

What do you think? Will you give The X Factor a chance? Is it worth watching or should it be quickly cancelled?

 

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Brendan Feeley September 2, 2013 at 5:57 pm

X FACTOR USA IS THE GREATEST SHOW ON THE PLANET! EVERYBODY NEEDS TO STOP WATCHING THE SHITHOLE THAT IS THE VOICE. X FACTOR HAS MEMORABLE CONTESTANTS, GREAT JUDGES,GREAT HOST,GREAT FORMAT,AND A JUST A BREATHTAKING EXPERIENCE! THE VOICE HAS DECENT BUT FORGETTABLE CONTESTANTS,WEAK JUDGES,ANNOYING HOST,A CONFUSING FORMAT, AND JUST A TERRIBLE PIECE OF CRAP THAT MAKES JERSEY SHORE LOOK GOOD. CANCEL THE VOICE AND KEEP THE X FACTOR ON!!

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Why September 22, 2011 at 10:08 am

Why should I watch. I’ve seen it all before. Life is short, it should be spent enjoying life, especially not watching worthless drool like this.

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bruce September 22, 2011 at 9:00 am

I could care less and I’m not going to watch it, in fact, I’m going to TAKE SPECIAL CARE not to see it. I’m tired of Cowell and his stinking shows, and I’m tired of FOX.. Have you noticed all the people that say things like “They cancelled HUMAN TARGET and they give us this?” ARE YOU LISTENING, FOX? Of COURSE you’re not. “F” you then. I have cable, and I’ll stick with THE CLOSER, BURN NOTICE, SOUTHLAND, COVERT AFFAIRS, WHITE COLLAR, and all the other shows that you would have probably cancelled after 3 episodes. And I was ALWAYS HATE YOU FOX for cancelling THE CHICAGO CODE.
Oh wait, dang it I DO have to tune in to Fox ONE night a week. because I watch FRINGE. Oh well, doesn’t mean I have to like doing it.

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Kaile September 21, 2011 at 9:39 pm

I just finished watching the X factor, and to be honest, it wasn’t all that it was hyped up to be. yea sure, SOME of the talent was decent, but in general i walked away feeling like… “that’s it?” I’m not even a fan of American Idol, but I honestly think that the talent on AI is far superior, and the judges more genuine. Maybe future episodes will be better, but judging from the first one, I’m not sure if I’ll be sticking around to see them.

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Marty September 21, 2011 at 8:42 pm

I may watch for the funny tryouts but that’s about it. I don’t think we need anymore singing shows. I’m glad Simon and Paula are back but it would have been fine if they just stayed on American Idol. America’s Got Talent is just about the same thing with their history of singers who have won. Good luck, Fox.

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Jeremy Rynek September 21, 2011 at 8:02 pm

CANCEL NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Or just make me hate the network more. Your call. But we already know whats gonna happen. F**K YOU fox!!!

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Merla Rosekrans September 21, 2011 at 7:28 pm

I didn’t enjoy the X Factor. It definitely is a stepdown from the Idol. What fun is it to put people on stage that can’t sing and watch judges who sit and laugh. The worst was the man that exposed himself as he sang. Not a show I’ll be watching.

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kevin September 21, 2011 at 7:07 pm

OH WHY !!!! WHy would you cancel Human Target to give us a crappy knock off of a crappy TV show !!!! there are like 20 of these shows on the air..there is no need for this crap again.. and Disney/Marvel should sue Fox for copyright name of using Xfactor.. which is wha tthey have call one of there xmen books.

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Beth Coccaro September 21, 2011 at 6:55 pm

I think I like it better than Idol. By opening it to all ages, better talent emerged, in my opinion.

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