Well, in the battle of singing competitions, Fox’s The X-Factor is the first casualty. It was announced by Fox today that they have canceled the struggling singing competition. Show creator and judge Simon Cowell released the following statement:
“I’ve had a fantastic time over the last 12 years, both on The X Factor and American Idol. And apart from being lucky enough to find some amazing talent on the shows, I have always had an incredible welcome from the American public (most of the time!). Last year, for a number of reasons, I had to make a decision to return to the UK version of The X Factor in 2014. So for now, I’m back to the UK and I want to thank Fox for being an incredible partner and I also want to thank everybody who has supported my shows. America, I’ll see you soon!”
Fox chairman Kevin Reilly followed with his statement:
“To all of us at Fox, Simon is more than one of the most prolific TV personalities of our time – he’s part of our family. A consummate showman and partner, there’s no one more passionate or creative than Simon, and we feel so fortunate to have enjoyed such a wonderful, collaborative relationship with him over the past 12 years. Unfortunately, there is no X Factor USA without Simon Cowell, but we understand and support his decision to focus on the international formats and on the next phase of his personal life. We wish him the very best, and it’s our sincere hope that we work together again soon.”
The show has been plagued since the beginning, especially after Cowell claimed the show would debut to over 20 million viewers (it never hit anywhere close to that). And each season it seemed like more and more drama revolved around the judging panel and the hosting staff. The writing has been on the wall for more than a year, and it probably is the least surprising cancellation of the year so far.
What are your thoughts on the cancellation?