X Factor Judges: Hit Show or Bomb?
Simon Cowell’s new singing competition show The X-Factor premiered on Fox last night, featuring Simon alongside host Steve Jones and judges L.A. Reid, Nicole Sherzinger and Paula Abdul. The show scored decent but not amazing ratings last night…from Variety: “the Simon Cowell-fronted “X-Factor” opened with a two-hour episode that averaged a 4.2 rating/12 share in adults 18-49 and 12.1 million viewers overall – below the 5.1 demo score that NBC’s “The Voice” notched with its premiere in late April, and less than one-half the 9.8 that Fox’s “American Idol” opened with in mid-January.”
If the show feels a lot like American Idol, you might thank Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul, who acted as their usual selves. The first few episodes of The X-Factor feature auditions – good and bad – in an arena in front of thousands of people (unlike American Idol). Another difference is that on this show, musical groups are allowed – like boy band The Anser (aren’t we over misspelling things on purpose?) and girl group The Sonnets. But are they good enough to win the grand prize of $5 million?
Check out 13 year-old Rachel Crow, who turned a lot of heads last night:
Interestingly enough, Cheryl Cole, the judge who Simon fired after the first round of auditions, became a trending topic on Twitter. Apparently Simon said she seemed “bewildered,” and there was also some talk of her thick accent being hard for Americans to understand. But many fans love her and wanted her to stay. I admit she’s pretty likeable…but Nicole Sherzinger and Paula Abdul probably give the judge’s table enough sweetness.
The X-Factor returns tonight for two more hours. Will you be watching? What do you think of the X-Factor judges?