It’s too soon to tell if Britney Spears and Demi Lovato saved X Factor, but the show will be back next year. FOX buys one more X Factor season and Simon Cowell is thrilled about it.
Simon Cowell has been struggling to get better ratings for X Factor USA and in doing so he revamped almost everything about it in season 2. Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger were replaced by Demi Lovato and Britney Spears, whereas host Steve Jones will be replaced by Khloe Kardashian and Mario Lopez. It looks like X Factor might just take on NBC’s The Voice after all.
“I wanted you guys to be the first to know that FOX have confirmed that @TheXFactorUSA will be back next year for it’s third season” Simon Cowell tweeted Monday afternoon. A little bit later, in a statement released by Fox, Simon Cowell said he is “proud of the show and the team who made it this season”.
Simon Cowell’s thanks to Fox and fans sounds like a bit too much. The statement really makes one think he was that worried the show won’t get another season on the network. “I want to thank our incredible sponsors for their support and creativity, and Fox for going out of their way to do everything they can to make this show a success” Simon Cowell added.
Mike Darnell, president of alternative entertainment at Fox, appreciated the changes Simon Cowell pushed for season 2 of X Factor saying they made “an already strong show…absolutely fantastic”. “The format changes are working, the contestants are unbelievably talented, and Britney and Demi – alongside Simon and L.A. – have brought an incredibly fun new chemistry to the judges’ panel” Darnell added.
According to Trish Kinane, president of entertainment programming at FremantleMedia North America, this year “The X Factor has really come into its own…finding its unique place and cementing its position as one of the leading talent shows in the entertainment landscape”.
Well, everybody is thrilled that X Factor got another season on Fox, but until we get to see the first live show it’s hard to know for sure exactly how great season 2 really is.