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X FACTOR: AUDIENCES PREFER THE ORIGINAL

September 23, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Like the series premiere on Wednesday, the second night of Simon Cowell’s The X Factor produced good ratings for Fox on Thursday, but they were well below the network’s — and TV columnists’ — expectations and about half of those for American Idol. For the first 90 minutes of the two-hour telecast, they failed to […]

IDOL AGAIN STEAMROLLS EVERYTHING IN SIGHT

January 28, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

It wasn’t just the curiosity factor that kept ratings for Fox’s American Idol up for its season debut last week. This week’s ratings looked mighty impressive, too. Wednesday’s two-hour audition episode attracted 25.2 million viewers, beating the combined viewership of all the other networks. The episode also secured the Idol judge Steven Tyler’s standing as […]

IS DECEIT THE “X” IN THE X FACTOR?

August 23, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Launching its seventh season in the U.K. on Saturday, Simon Cowell’s The X Factor stirred up a hornets’ nest of controversy when it became apparent that the producers had used “autotune” technology on some of the contestants. The technology keeps a performer’s voice in perfect pitch, but it sometimes makes them sound eerily electronic. Its […]