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Square Eyes7,786 posts since 31 Mar 2001
X Factor (combined with Take Me Out) is certainly not strong enough for Autumn Saturday nights any more. BBC are dominating autumn weekends, Strictly grabs the audience from the off and keeps it. It doesn't get any easier next week when Michael McIntyre starts. So ITV's autumn weekend schedules need major attention but that has been the case now for many years.

X Factor : The Band as a limited event for a week might do ok. It will undoubtedly have a Corrie lead-in every week night and it's unlikely to be competing directly with other entertainment programming. That could be the future for the XF brand, maybe a couple of stripped series a year. A Band series and a Celeb Series and make way for something else on Saturday nights.
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Brekkie32,387 posts since 4 Jan 2003
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But why keep it as a stripped series when it's only getting 3m viewers? I'm a Celeb gets 11m.

The Band will fail because it isn't suited to a stripped format - the acts just won't have the time to grow and develop.
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gottago2,885 posts since 26 Aug 2004
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But that defeats the format, as it's supposed to be open auditions, not entry by invitation. The tabloids rightly call them out on it when someone is revealed to have been scouted.

The vast majority of X Factor and BGT auditions are people who have been scouted and it's been that way for a number of years. The non-broadcast open auditions aren't anywhere near as fruitful as they once were and the shows wouldn't be very good at all if they didn't have scouting. There's really nothing wrong with the practice either.
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Brekkie32,387 posts since 4 Jan 2003
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Yes, I've no issue with scouting at all (which in reality is a producer seeing someone online or at a gig and inviting them to audition) but for bands being put together you need more than a few weeks to get it right. The manufactured pop bands of the 90s often lived together for a year or so before being unleashed on the public.
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