Originally Posted by skyehill
The US version was basically a copycat of the UK original. What works in the UK (X Factors horrible fake controversies feed the UK tabloids) doesnt work in the US.
Though it copied the later version of the UK format, which didn't do as well as the earlier series in the UK. The most recent UK series moved a bit closer to the original format. Originally acts performed in front of judges in more intimate auditions (no audience) - we don't have "Idol" in the UK (because of the legal issues between Simon 'Idol' Fuller and Simon 'X Factor' Cowell) so the similarity wasn't an issue - then they introduced the overblown stadium auditions (mid-record - I remember the scramble for crew to make it happen...)
However they've recently re-introduced the earlier judges intimate audition format - though with a twist that they then perform in front of the public AFTER going through the judges audition but before the live shows.
To be honest - the show has not hit the highs of previous series - though this is attributed to Simon Cowell leaving (he left the UK version to do the US version) In years gone by X Factor was regularly beating Strictly (aka Strictly Come Dancing aka the original Dancing With The Stars). They don't usually go head-to-head in the same time slot - but are the flagship Saturday and Sunday night entertainment shows in the UK (Saturday night is the natural home of family shows like these in the UK) Strictly absolutely hammered X Factor in their last series.
The tabloid backstories are big in the UK - and the US tabloid culture is very different. (We can also do live voting shows more easily as we only have one timezone)
However the US X Factor (which we get over here) was never really executed as well as the UK version (presentation particularly) Personally I'm not a huge fan of the format - but the execution here has been pretty good at times.
Quite a few countries have bought the X Factor format - but in quite a few cases it hasn't achieved the longevity of Idol or Dancing with the Stars.