16 Things That Went Wrong For ‘The X Factor’
It takes three to make a thing go wrong, apparently — at least when it comes to "The X Factor USA." After three seasons of diminishing returns/ratings/record sales, the fledgling Fox singing show has officially been canceled, or, as Fox's press release words it, has "completed its domestic run."
Yes, producer/judge Simon Cowell has tried to put a positive spin on all this: It was announced with great fanfare Friday that he's returning to the judges' table at "The X Factor U.K.," a far more successful series that has spawned actual superstars like Leona Lewis and 2013's top-selling British act, One Direction. With a full schedule in England (not to mention a baby on the way), he can now conveniently explain that he simply doesn't have time to simultaneously helm an American version of the show.
But let's face it, long ago, even before Season 1 of "The X Factor USA" debuted in September 2011, there were signs that the show was headed in, shall we say, one direction: downward. What went wrong? Oh, lots of things. Here's a handy timeline…
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That time when Cheryl Cole was fired after only two weeks. Cheryl was already a national treasure over in Britain, due to her tenures in pop group Girls Aloud and as a judge on "The X Factor U.K." And Simon reportedly lobbied hard to have her judge the U.S. version of the show. But after only a few audition tapings, she was unceremoniously sacked. Was it because producers were worried that her thick Geordie accent would be difficult to understand? Was it due to her rumored lack of camaraderie with Paula? Whatever the reason, her sudden firing indicated that even early on, there was chaos behind the scenes of this show.