February 8, 2014


The End of 'X Factor'

FOX via Getty Images
FOX via Getty Images

The US edition of the hit UK singing talent competition The X Factor has been canceled by Fox, leaving a vast void of comparable vocal talent competitions in its wake.

The show, which has suffered from subpar ratings since its launch in 2011, has attempted to garner a wider viewership by courting big name judges.

Alas, even the likes of Selena Gomez, Kelly Rowland, Paulina Rubio and most famously, an impressively unexpressive and underwhelming Britney Spears, couldn't keep this aural ship from sinking.

Perhaps the one thing keeping the show's blood pumping was the darling Lovato (and her millions of Lovatics). Unfortunately the "Heart Attack" singer announced her departure from the show in December.

According to Billboard, this last season averaged a paltry 2.2 rating among adults 18-48 and 7 millions viewers.

But fortunately for resident British curmudgeon and X Factor mastermind, Simon Cowell, UK broadcaster ITV announced—the same day of Fox's cancellation revelation—that he would be returning to the British show this Fall.

The news does not come as a total surprise considering the fact that Fox entertainment chief, Kevin Reilly, spoke candidly of disappointing ratings in January.

"The show underperformed this year," Reilly said. "Simon himself would admit that. The ratings were not what we hoped, but this is a No. 1 brand around the world... and during that lifecycle, there’s been markets where it’s been down and had some very tough seasons, and they’ve reanimated it with producing changes and different ideas. I’ve heard some of those ideas. They are interesting. If the show were to come back, it would not be in the current format we have."

Any grieving X Factor fans may find solace in The Voice, American Idol, Nashville Star, America's Got Talent and The Sing Off

And if you're still not sold, if the recently dearly departed The Singing Bee, Don't Forget the Lyrics, CMT Superstar prove anything, there are sure to be copious new shows waiting in the primetime wings.

Oh, wait!  Stop the presses! ABC will bringing us Rising Star this Fall!

It's all gunna be OK, y'all.