It’s the show that Matthew Newton almost had. Almost. If it wasn’t for that lifestyle of excess and violence, he could have had it all. If, by all, we’re referring to hosting a talent show with judges who – with one notable exception – are barely talented enough to make it through the audition phase themselves.
That’s right, I said it. The judges are, mostly, hacks. The big news story in this release is the lowering of the age for contestants to 14.
Are we thinking clearly about this, producers of X Factor Australia? Are you not fast-tracking the next Matthew Newton (or a contestants depression or worse at the hands of some pretty ruthless comments during judging)? Given the ratings for 2010 (and the winner) who gave this the green light? Hang your head in shame, executives-without-a-shred-of-balls-to-back-something-new-and-completely-lacking-original-creative-thought. From the press release:
The biggest singing competition in the world is returning to Channel Seven in 2011 – with auditions starting in two weeks.
Created by Simon Cowell, The X Factor is the hottest TV franchise around the globe, having enjoyed epic success in the UK. It is set to launch in the US this year.
The X Factor kicked off on Channel Seven last year. Its grand final saw over 2 million Australians tune in to see Altiyan Childs crowned series one winner.
Altiyan’s self-titled debut album peaked at number three on the ARIA charts with certified platinum sales. He recently completed sold out live shows across the country.
There is one very exciting change to the format for 2011, with the new minimum age for contestants lowered to 14 years of age.
The X Factor is open to either solo performers or groups. Once through the final audition process, the show’s four judges will take on mentoring roles, as the performers are split into categories – Boys under 25, Girls under 25, the over 25s and the Groups.
This will again culminate with a huge weekly live show, where the singers will battle it out in front of the judges and the Australian public. The ultimate winner will be rewarded with a recording contract with Sony Music Australia.
Since its first UK series in 2004, The X Factor has established itself as the world’s leading singing talent search – successfully launching into over 20 territories, including Sweden, Russia, Spain, Greece, Ireland, Italy and Germany.
Auditions will begin this month in Perth and travel around the country.
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Full audition details are available at www.xfactortv.com.au
Further details on series two of The X Factor will be announced soon.
The X Factor is a FremantleMedia Australia production for Channel Seven.
The X Factor Australia – programming TBD, Ch7.