After seeing the first two episodes of Simon Cowell’s new reality show, ‘The X Factor,’ I can tell you it’s going to be the hottest show of the year!
I’m a reality competition show junkie. If you read HollywoodLife.com on a fairly regular basis, you know I cover Dancing with the Stars and American Idol religiously — and to be honest with you, the last thing I wanted on my plate was ANOTHER performing show. But then I saw The X Factor.
Going into the screening at the ArcLight Theater in Hollywood Sept. 14, I had no idea what to expect. Almost on purpose, I had avoided reading anything prior about how the show worked.
For those of you who have done the same, let me give you the premise in a nut shell: performers of any age who can sing and think they have “the x factor” audition in front of HUGE arenas of people — including four judges, Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, L.A. Reid and Nicole Scherzinger.
From there, if the contestants get three or more votes they are put through to the next round. Eventually, each judge will end up with a group they’ll mentor during the live performances: either girls between 12 and 25, boys between 12 and 25, individuals over 25, or groups (some of which may be formed from rejected soloists after the audition process). The winner(s) end up with a Sony recording deal that guarantees them $5 million.
Okay, now that we’ve gotten the basics out of the way, let me tell you what makes The X Factor stand out against the competition.
The first ever U.S. episode of The X Factor premieres next Wednesday, Sept. 21 and is continued Sept. 22. Even if your DVR is packed with new fall shows, you should make room for one more. I promise you’re not going to be disappointed.