The ‘X-Factor’ Conundrum: Another Overhaul In Sight?

By Carson Blackwelder

Television Contributor


With rumors of an imminent departure clogging gossip sites, “…Baby One More Time” songstress Britney Spears may not get “one more time” on Fox’s The X Factor — proving that A-list power doesn’t automatically equal ratings gold.

The British reality import has had anything but a stable two seasons on American TV, going through major overhauls after just one season. The first season saw judges Simon Cowell, who is also a co-creator of the series, and record producer L.A. Reid joined by Fox’s American Idol alum Paula Abdul and ex-Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger, only to see the ladies leave at the end of the season.

Abdul and Scherzinger departed the program following a disappointing, albeit not terrible, season. Despite attracting about 12.6 million viewers and a 4.4 rating in the adults demo for the Wednesday installments, many felt The X Factor should’ve been a
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