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Brekkie33,015 posts since 4 Jan 2003
HTV Wales Wales Today
From the reports of the filming it seems Leona joined Nicole and Simon on the judging panel and it was basically the 10-Chair Challenge. Essentially Simon has taken one of the most criticised parts of the shows and made a series out of it.
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Brekkie33,015 posts since 4 Jan 2003
HTV Wales Wales Today
It has to go. I think ITV will actually be grateful for both the incredibly low ratings and crucially the AGT scandal which really gives them the upper hand.

5 years for BGT is a big commitment though but perhaps Simon has leveraged an extra 2 years on the contract with The X Factor going. Wouldn't bet against X Factor returning before those 5 years are up.
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ben.anderson61 posts since 9 Mar 2015
Anglia (East) Look East
Simons's empire seems to be slightly crumbling. The whole AGT scandal going on, which I'm sure will pass, but things like that can tait brands in this era of social media. I bet he's a bit worried about all that going around the press, as AGT is probably his biggest show and also the dwindling ratings on X-Factor.

BGT is still going strong, has a stable lineup, but it makes me wonder how long they can hang onto that...

I think the big mistake they made is that the celeb version was dragged out over weeks and weeks, and then the Band version rushed through in around 4 or 5 episodes. The celeb version would have been much better suited running over a week, and the Band more spread out. I understand it was initially meant to be an 'All-Stars' version, but how can we get to know the members of the band in 4 or 5 episodes? I could be wrong, but I can't see that working out, as selling music, you also need to sell the personalities of the band members to the public.

Simon seems to be lying about the whole launching The X-Factor Band thing in 2020. I don't think ITV would have commissioned 3 versions of The X Factor, just seems to be a spiteful move to upset Little Mix - as they had some kind of fallout.
Brekkie33,015 posts since 4 Jan 2003
HTV Wales Wales Today
There just can be no development over 4 episodes in the way One Direction and Little Mix were developed on air over 3-4 months, and in real life over 6 months or so. From what I gather we may only see them perform as a band on the live final if the predictions of Episode 1 being Office Auditions and Ep2/3 being the Boys/Girls "how ever many chairs Simon can find" challenge.

The sad thing is the 8pm filler in between Corrie which has been pulled this week to allow X Factor to start at 8.30pm probably rates better than X Factor Celebrity did. Honestly think the ITV2 style "best of" shows would have been better to fill the slot if they absolutely have to, then perhaps with a one off live All Star showcase (rather than competition) to make use of Birmingham arena.
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