Due to poor ratings and the pull out of Simon Cowell, The X Factor has been canceled by the Fox network. Last season, The X Factor USA had its worst season in the ratings ever, with the season finale in which Alex & Sierra were declared the winners only attracting only a 1.7 rating and 6.2 million viewers.
Simon Cowell will still be actively involved with The X Factor U.K. as a judge and mentor. There was speculation that The X Factor USA would continue on, despite the loss of Demi Lovato, who announced she would not be returning as a judge, and Simon Cowell also leaving the series. However, this speculation came to an end on Friday, when The X Factor USA was officially cancelled by Fox.
Simon Cowell stated that he “had a fantastic time over the last 12 years,” as the producer and judge on both The X Factor USA and American Idol. According to Cowell, he “had to make a decision to return to the U.K. version of The X Factor in 2014.” It may not be a permanent goodbye, despite the low ratings this year also for American Idol, as he said in the same statement “America, I’ll see you soon!”
Kevin Reilly at Fox had nothing but kind words to say about Simon Cowell, and he called him “part of our family.” He added that everyone at Fox has felt “so fortunate to have enjoyed such a wonderful, collaborative relationship with him over the past 12 years.” But, Reilly went on to say that without Simon Cowell, there “is no X Factor USA.”
The X Factor USA has done various things to tweak the series and try to keep viewer interest up over its three-season run, such as changing the judging lineup each season. This strategy has worked with The Voice, who will be returning with Shakira and Usher on February 24, but not so well with The X Factor USA.
Audiences didn’t seem to take to some of the judges, such as Demi Lovato and Paulina Rubio, questioning some of their judging decisions. Some viewers even threatened that they would never watch the series again, as long as Demi Lovato and Paulina Rubio were judges.
Simon Cowell had hoped that the ratings would be higher this past season, but such was not to be the case. He still seemed to indicate that The X Factor would continue, and he stated that one judge that he thought might be good would be Miley Cyrus. But, Reilly said that even Simon Cowell would likely admit “that the ratings were not what we hoped.”
There are a total of 45 internationally-produced versions of The X Factor, but for various reasons, the USA version underperformed in the ratings, especially this past season.
The X Factor was certainly not canceled due to a lack of talent this past season. The series had some of its best performers ever, and it is unfortunate that they didn’t get as much attention paid to them by the American public as their talent warranted.
Among his business commitments in the U.K., Simon Cowell has familial ones, as he is becoming a father in 2014. Cowell has had a high degree of success with almost all of his ventures, though for some reason, his dreams of The X Factor USA becoming a huge success didn’t pan out as he’d hoped it would.
The judges the first season of The X Factor USA were Antonio ‘L.A.’ Reid, Nicole Scherzinger and Paula Abdul. Paula Abdul and Nicole were replaced in season two with Britney Spears and Demi Lovato. Then, this past season, Raulina Rubio and Kelly Rowland took over as judges, replacing L.A. Reid and Britney Spears.
Some viewers, who were very unhappy when contestant Ashley Williams didn’t move on and was eliminated during the infamous Four-Chair Round on The X Factor USA, blamed Demi Lovato and suggested that she was prejudiced.
Personally, I believe that there is nothing in Demi’s past to indicate that she’s ever been racially biased. She had a difficult decision to make, but I don’t think it had anything to do with race. Demi’s bowing out as a judge of The X Factor was, at least in part, because she had plans to go on a world tour.
Perhaps The X Factor USA was the victim of overkill and the American public growing a bit bored with other musical shows that were similar, like American Idol and The Voice. What are your opinions as to why The X Factor was canceled by Fox, America? Please leave your comments below!
Written by: Douglas Cobb