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  • Guest2014
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    Not completely unexpected:  http://variety.com/2014/tv/news/the-x-factor-cancelled-by-fox-after-three-seasons-1201091930/

    Fox is pulling the plug on “The X Factor,” after the singing competition
    failed to gain a substantial Stateside audience despite the format’s
    success overseas.

    “American Idol” creator and judge alum Simon Cowell ushered the
    unscripted program to the U.S. in 2011. The competition show was seen as
    a strong addition to Fox’s fall lineup when “Idol” was on hiatus, and
    also viewed as an eventual replacement for “Idol,” which was beginning
    to show signs of aging in both ratings and brand identity following the
    exit of original judges, including Cowell. 

    “X Factor’s” U.S. debut was softer than most expected, however. Its
    series premiere drew under 13 million viewers — a strong rating relative
    to Fox’s other primetime offerings, but clearly not in “Idol’s”
    league.  Show saw significant ratings falloffs in each of its next two
    years, and its adults 18-49 average for the current season (2.2) is just
    half of what it was in season one (4.4). For those first two seasons,
    “X Factor” was the No. 3-rated broadcast reality series in adults 18-49
    (behind only “American Idol” and “The Voice”),  but it currently also
    ranks behind ABC’s “The Bachelor,” “Dancing With the Stars” and “Shark
    Tank,” CBS’ “Survivor” and “Amazing Race” and NBC’s “The Biggest Loser.”

    In total viewers, the Wednesday installment of “X Factor” went from 12.7
    million in 2011, to 9.7 million in 2012 and then about 7 million for
    its 2013 edition.

    “X Factor” saw a steady judge turnover that included the departure of
    Britney Spears and L.A. Reid, but its woes often seemed grounded in the
    fact that it lacked significant format distinction from “Idol.” While
    “The Voice” introduced the spinning chair element to talent formats, “X
    Factor” stuck to the paradigm of a traditional singing competition
    format that “Idol” heralded in 2002.  News of “X Factor’s” cancellation
    by Fox follows word from across the Pond that Cowell has rejoined the
    U.K.’s version of “X Factor” after leaving the show for the Stateside
    edition in 2010.

    “To all of us at Fox, Simon is more than one of the most prolific TV
    personalities of our time –he’s part of our family.  A consummate
    showman and partner, there’s no one more passionate or creative than
    Simon, and we feel so fortunate to have enjoyed such a wonderful,
    collaborative relationship with him over the past 12 years,” said Kevin
    Reilly, Chairman of Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company.
    “Unfortunately, there is no ‘X Factor USA’ without Simon Cowell, but we
    understand and support his decision to focus on the international
    formats and on the next phase of his personal life. We wish him the very
    best, and it’s our sincere hope that we work together again soon.”

    Cowell stated, “I’ve had a fantastic time over the last 12 years, both
    on ‘The X Factor’ and ‘American Idol.’..Last year, for a number of
    reasons, I had to make a decision to return to the U.K. version of ‘The X
    Factor’ in 2014. So for now, I’m back to the U.K. and I want to thank
    Fox for being an incredible partner and I also want to thank everybody
    who has supported my shows. America, I’ll see you soon!”

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    BenitoDelicias
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    Ugh…my guilty pleasure list lost a valuable member.

    This was easily THE WORST show of the past three years (it ranked as #1 on my worst list each year) and I watch not one, but FOUR housewives, all the Kardashian shows and even Princesses Long Island, if you want to know how low I can go. But nothing beats X Factor. It was a complete disaster that ranks as one of the worst because of how seriously they were doing everything and how much they clearly believed the were the best show on television. When a show can’t even get real talent to audition or pick real talent for the top 10s or whatever, you know it’s bad. The judges were a mess, the production was awful and over the top in every way possible, they ruined every single performance with those insane productions, the mentoring could not have been worse in about 90% of the cases, the fakeness of certain scenes was incredible, the hosts didn’t work…I could go on and on on and on….but I LOVED IT.

    It was easily the worst job I have ever seen by a team of producers, and every week I couldn’t believe how they just didn’t see what they were doing wrong and couldn’t even begin to imagine how easy it was to fix things. And they had Season 2 and Season 3 to make things better and didn’t bother. “More is more” is what this show was about. And you can’t blame the excess of talent shows, that Simon wasn’t loved by America anymore and so on. It was just a bad show.

    I’m gonna miss it, it was my little complaining machine. Every other minute it was a new complaint, a new mess a new “why would they…” “how can they…” “why are those dancers there?…” 

    I only hope that Alex and Sierra do well because I liked them a lot, and even at my age that stupid Fifth Harmony song is a guilty pleasure too. So at least they can say they found two not so bad things from their group of contestants. 

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    Fishbiscuit
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    Bye!!!!

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    Macbeth
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    If Catholic guilt were a TV show, it would be The X Factor USA.

    I have never seen a show milk contestants who have had to overcome challenges as much as this – shows like American Idol and America’s Got Talent use disabled, poor or any contestants who have overcome something difficult and make it inspiring. The X Factor just made us feel guilty into voting for them.

    Goodbye and good riddance.

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    Gucci
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    This was to be expected.  The show sucked. 

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    That Don Guy
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    This could be good news for some other Fox shows, since that’s three hours Fox needs to fill on its fall schedule.  Somebody call Gordon Ramsay and see if he can grind out a few more episodes of Hotel Hell (although he’ll already have Masterchef Junior on next fall).

    Then again, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Fox start an Idol-style show limited to either groups or older singers, just to see what would happen.

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    Kevin Jacobsen
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    Someday someone is going to write a great book about the colossal failure that was The X Factor U.S.

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    The “Idol” tell-all book needs to happen first. Volumes of it.

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    That Don Guy
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    The “Idol” tell-all book needs to happen first. Volumes of it.

    I can think of Five Million Reasons why that’s not going to happen any time soon.

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    24Emmy
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    Goodbye trainwreck. Don’t come back.

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    Atypical
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    [quote=”Atypical”]The “Idol” tell-all book needs to happen first. Volumes of it.

    I can think of Five Million Reasons why that’s not going to happen any time soon.[/quote]
    Well, please don’t list any then, literal. It was a tongue-in-cheek comment.

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    24Emmy
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    Atypical, have you read Elimination Night?

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    That Don Guy
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    [quote=”That Don Guy”][quote=”Atypical”]The “Idol” tell-all book needs to happen first. Volumes of it.

    I can think of Five Million Reasons why that’s not going to happen any time soon.[/quote]
    Well, please don’t list any then, literal. It was a tongue-in-cheek comment.[/quote]
    I wasn’t particularly serious either – and I didn’t mean “five million reasons”, but “Five Million Reasons”, as in the amount that the Idol (and pretty much every other reality show) contracts say they can sue someone for if they reveal “backstage information”.  (The amount goes back to the original Survivor contracts, because obviously they didn’t want anybody revealing in advance who won – back then, the winner was announced on the island, rather than on live TV – but appears to have spread to other shows, and to protecting things other than information that would be revealed on an uipcoming broadcast.)

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