“The X Factor” cancelled? Apparently FOX has pulled the plug on the reality singing competition.
To those who watched the show, it probably wasn’t much of a surprise. “The X Factor” wasn’t a ratings killer as anticipated. It was one of three such singing competitions on network television that only led to oversaturation of the market. Perhaps there just wasn’t enough room for three such shows. “American Idol” is still pulling good numbers and “The Voice” is also doing well on NBC. Both also have talkability-mostly because of the judges.
Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr. are seemingly doing well in their first tour together on “American Idol”. Blake Shelton and Adam Levine have undeniable chemistry on “The Voice” regardless of the other rotating judges (or coaches). Britney Spears, Kelly Rowland, Demi Lovato and Simon Cowell just didn’t seem to take America by storm the way FOX had anticipated. Was it a lack of chemistry? Perhaps. Maybe it was just the same “rubbish” Simon used on “American Idol” that fans didn’t want to see any longer. The routine had worn out its welcome. “The X Factor” now holds the distinction of being the first of the big three to get cancelled. Even “America’s Got Talent” has pushed forward for a longer period of time.
Ultimately, America pulled the plug on this Simon Cowell show just like they do in some of the voting competitions for individual performers for these particular shows. Let’s just say America voted you out. But don’t come back next year.
Cowell originally left “American Idol” to venture forward with “The X Factor” as the creator/producer and he promised big things. The problem, perhaps, was that too much of a good thing is just too much. Especially when two of those singing competitions happen to be on the same network. Viewers could only keep up with so much. The ratings weren’t astronomical. They weren’t even in the ballpark with the old standard “American Idol.” If anything it probably clears the way now for “The Voice” and “American Idol” to pick up those viewers who did watch “The X Factor.”
In the end, “X Factor” was lost in the shuffle. There will be theories on why this hit overseas show wasn’t a success in America. One such school of thought might be that Simon Cowell and his negativity just don’t play well here in the United States. Critics of that theory would say Simon and his negativity did quite well while on “American Idol” and that show was never cancelled. Perhaps it was just a case of oversaturation and a show had to go to make room for the others. Let’s face it. Three reality singing competitions providing one winner becomes a bit much for viewers to soak in.