Hahaha, what a trainwreck. I love that a big, fat, old, balding unmarketable country guy won. Good luck with that, Simon. Entertainment Weekly wrote a scathing review of the season and finals night. I wonder if Simon will read it and then dismiss it like he did all the criticism from last year's awful showing. Get judges that can speak coherent English who also want to be there. Tell the crowd to shut the hell up unless they're cheering the end of a song or a particularly great note being hit, dump the two idiots hosting it, fire the production staff (all of them), lose the moronic fabricated backstage drama, and concentrate on the singing. This season had the absolute worst singing of any singing competition I've ever watched. Worse than early American Idol seasons.
Meanwhile the performance show was down nearly 20 percent in viewers from the first season, which itself was way below expectations, and over on NBC they put up their highest numbers ever for their finale. Hopefully that sends a message to Simon that his British way of doing things isn't working here. Retool the show and add a bit of class to it. X Factor's fake drama and bulls*** may play in the UK, but it clearly isn't working here. Which is odd since The Housewives shows do.
Numbers are in and the final results show was off 20 percent also from last year. What a bomb. And for the season lagged 35 percent behind the much superior The Voice from NBC. From the EW review of the season:
Edited by skyehill - 12/21/12 at 9:08am
The song-and-dance productions were as clunky and forgettable as ever, Britney’s faces got real old real fast, and Mario and Khlomeister still can’t even figure out which camera to gape at. Above all, the show is just devoid of any real character … Simon Cowell is the worst of them all — barely awake, looking insulted to even be spending his time like this. It’s his show, and he’s embarrassed, and he doesn’t care enough to inject any life into it. … with The X Factor, he’s just completely checked out, and the others have no choice but to copy him.