Simon Cowell isn’t stupid. He certainly was aware of the criticisms of the show.
He told People magazine: “Can we make the show better? Yes. I will never ever go into anything going forward unless I can believe I can make it better. Next year will be a bloodbath. We have to come out with something better than the rest, and that’s what we aim to do.”
A bloodbath? That’s a mighty strong word, even for Cowell.
Hapless host Steve Jones will almost certainly be given one-way ticket back over to the U.K. where he can lick his wounds and realize maybe TV isn’t his thing. Nicole Scherzinger, feeling sufficiently burned by the experience, is an odds-on goner, too.
But what else will Simon do? He recoiled at times to all the seemingly hundreds of dancers, blinding lights and back-up singers that Nicole and L.A. tended to favor. But at the same time, it’s his show so he clearly likes big production values vs. the simplicity of “Idol,” relatively speaking. He was happy to incorporate hip-hop, which is not a bad thing if you’re trying to draw a younger audience. And just like “America’s Got Talent,” Simon likes a loud, rambunctious live audience, even in the early auditions. Will any of this be toned down?
And why didn’t we see more behind-the-scenes mentoring? I actually enjoy those elements on “The Voice.”
Cowell clearly needs to fish for more interesting judges on his panel. After some early promise, L.A. ended up being more dud than stud. And Nicole was a poor man’s clone of Paula Abdul and significantly faker. Paula herself said she’ll be back and honestly, she was cogent and intelligent throughout the competition. Kudos to Paula!
We can only hope Cowell can find a group of people that mesh well on the panel and even easier, find a half-decent host.
Also, the show had trouble finding viable groups. Heck, they had to create two unwieldy ones out of thin air. In this day of solo glory, groups are out of favor. Should he even bother to keep groups? Killing that category won’t kill anybody.
Otherwise, the age groupings seem reasonable.
I’m sure Simon will be pushing Melanie Amaro to get an album out as soon as possible and hopefully generate some hit singles pronto. Success on the radio and in digital sales can only help “The X Factor.” She’s not getting $5 million to sit on her rump!
Curiously, there is no “X Factor” tour that I know of. Even “The Voice” did a modest four-city run with its top 8.
By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk