Originally Posted by foxeng
AI didn't debut to stellar numbers either.
Yes, but AI, being the first of it's genre, had no expectations and gradually built an audience. X Factor had enormous expectations, which it failed to live up to.
Maybe I'm just rapidly approaching burnout on the whole singing competition thing, but it seemed to me that X Factor really brought nothing new to the table. You can still tell by the tone of the lead-in story if the singer is going to be good or not. The wider age range? America's got Talent has that covered.
I DID think the musical tracks sounded good, and the mixing was good; some of the acts sounded better than they deserved to. Which leads to my contention; I was underwhelmed by the talent. The Young Singers were good for young singers, the Singers Overcoming Adversity were inspiring examples of people overcoming adversity, but none of them were great singers.
For me, there's only one singing competition that's showing true vocal excellence without all the hype, and that's The Sing-Off. Sing Off has the added benefit of having the best judging trio in the genre anchored by Ben Folds, who is just terrific. Watch that one if you want to see people who have REALLY worked hard at their craft.