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37 out of 55 people found the following review useful:

455th Review: LOVED it!

Author: intelearts from the big screen
22 September 2011

For a genre that after ten years of Idol, and rivaled by the Voice, and a ton of other shows, this is proof that go big or go home really works - it was exciting, captivating, and by opening up the age limits we had youngsters and over 30s who proved that singing is universal, and it's never too early or too late to try.

As I write this 63 votes cast on IMDb and half of those gave this a 1, what show were they watching? - are they on the Idol production team? This was big and fun - less bad auditions, a huge stadium of people to give their opinion, and the return of Simon Cowell, I mean come on, what more do you want?

This is going to be a very long haul - from now all the way through to Xmas - but I've looking forward to every moment. Having watched and seen the amazing success that the X Factor has had in the UK (The number one show producing the number one artist and the UK Christmas number one for the past four years) I feel sure that this is the show that Idol now longs to be; brilliant, brilliant stuff, and the 30 who hated it can vote down my comment, but me, I'm just the audience, and we LOVED it....

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21 out of 27 people found the following review useful:

What You See Is What You Get

Author: Diet Bacon Cola from Thailand
25 September 2011

This kind of show has been seen and done a dozen of times. Due to my travels I was able to see The X-Factor in the UK, Germany and Australia already and the US Version is not much different but bigger.

Obviously you need to like casting shows to enjoy the program, having said that, people giving this a 1 star rating should be banned from further reviews and ratings since there is more to the production of a TV Show than the likable factor. This program is produced and directed very well, there is a nice flow and speed going on, the scenery shots from the cities alone are worth more than 1 star so what's it to ya? Let me be very clear, it is Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and LA. Reid, you get exactly what is on the package and someone who's rating 9 stars for American Idol and 1 Star for The X Factor is a hypocrite. If you like American Idol you like this show, if you don't like American Idol you won't like this either. Opening the age limits is a fantastic decision because that gets really interesting later when the contestants will be split into Boys, Girls, Groups and over 30s and receive personal training from the judges and coaches. This is where the show will be different from Idol and since it has worked in other countries very well, it will work in American just fine, despite the hypocritical ratings on this website.

If you're looking for something entirely different you won't find it here, but if you feel entertained by great voices and quirky auditions this is a great show to watch. As long there are 20,000 people auditioning in every city this show clearly deserves it's space.

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15 out of 22 people found the following review useful:

I Was So Ready To HATE This Show...

Author: dcscribe8860 from Walnut Creek, CA
15 October 2011

As it was, with the over-saturation of Simon's smug puss on GAWD-only-knows how many promos about it, I was sharpening up my knives for this, ready to cut a "b" (finish the spelling on that one yourself.) I'd already stuck a fork in American IDOL...I had reached my limit of seeing anyone who had even a remote lick of talent get tossed to the side, while some twit barely out their teens shrieking a cover of some great rock or blues song got to take home the Grand Prize, instead of a "booby prize" they were more than worthy of. (Sorry, but when the greatest agony of your life is running out of ProActiv, you have no business attempting to sing Rod Stewart, Aretha, Al Green or anything that grown-ups SHOULD be singing.)

I was mostly familiar with the Brit version because of the overwhelming successes of both Paul Potts and Susan Boyle, two talents possessed of great voices, but with 'faces for radio,' as the old joke goes. Still, I was intrigued by the idea that it would be a singing competition now open to ALL ages and ALL styles, (unlike AMERICA'S GOT TALENT, the more big-budgeted version of THE GONG SHOW, where anything goes...and I do mean ANYTHING!)

But with Simon involved, I mostly expected an 'American IDOL' clone for much older people. Fancy my shock and surprise when I gave it a chance, and discovered that even though it's just as slickly produced as its ageist counterpart, it actually has something shocking...people who really CAN sing! Now that it's reached the latter stages of the competition, where the judges have been assigned the groups they'll be working with, things are starting to get even more interesting than with the Audition phase, though it was a lot more entertaining to watch than AI, with less of an emphasis on nutjobs and what I like to call the 'granola' contingent (fruits, nuts and flakes of every kind).

The only bone I have to pick with the producers was the pairing of judges to groups. Nicole Scherzinger, she of "Pussycat Dolls" infamy, would have been much better off with the groups, while L.A. Reid got the over-30's, Simon got the boys and Paula Abdul the girls. In fact, having Nicole and Enrique "More Auto-Tune, Please" Iglesias judge and work with the over-30's borders on being downright disrespectful. This category of contestants are old enough to have KIDS their age, not to mention that they probably own SHOES older than him or her.

But enough ranting about my personal biases regarding the show. Overall, do I think it's good, bad or indifferent? The answer is always subjective, and depends on your tolerance level these days for reality shows, competitive or otherwise.

Me? Warts, Simon and all, I don't think I'll be going back to American IDOL anytime soon. And if it weren't for Sharon Osborne and Piers Morgan, I probably would never give AMERICA'S GOT TALENT the time of day, either. Only time will tell, but personally, I believe that FACTOR may have what it needs to take everyone else down both ratings and quality-wise.

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

One of The Worst.

Author: powermandan from Canada
12 February 2015

I enjoy watching Simon Cowell judge singing competitions. I simply enjoy singing shows altogether. The American version The X Factor is, perhaps, the worst singing show I've ever seen. I originally thought Canadian Idol was the worst, but they at least had some talent and one year where everybody was great (the year Kalan Porter won). Idol may be worse, but it's all how you look at it. The X Factor is similar to that, but many more things make it bad.

For one thing, Simon Cowell is English and knows his stuff and should be critical. In this, he's like Paula Abdul. He does have an eye for marketing, but lost his eye for talent. That is how it is these days: talentless people with good looks get all the breaks simply because they are marketable. All the judges picked favourites even during the auditions. I remember there was the one good-looking hick dude who sucked. Simon wanted him to sing again and his second choice was just as bad. The judges quickly said yes while the audience cheered the entire time. And that brings me to my next point: the audience. 97% of the audience were teenage girls. In any other show, there's people from all walks of life. Many of the dudes that sucked, got in because they were cute. Half of them didn't even start singing and there was already huge applauses! The positive energy from the audience rubbed off on the judges. And that brings me to the judges. Simon Cowell knows his stuff. Demi Lovato knows nothing. She has no talent, knows nothing about the biz, can't teach/give feedback, and is totally rude. Why not get somebody with talent and lots of wisdom like Anne Murray? She may be old, but is better than Demi in every way. All the other judges were decent. C-Lo was on and off. I was surprised with how good Kelly Rowland was.

Luckily, The X-Factor did have some upsides. There were some truly talented contestants like Jeff Gutt who should have won but lost to a talentless folk couple that won just because of their looks. They were also divided in four different sectors: boys, girls, groups and over 30s. I liked that arrangement. America's Got Talent was the only show where older people could partake in a singing show. But bias did occur. Kelly Rowland's only boneheaded move was sending home a 70-year-old truly gifted singer. Why? Because he would not be marketable as an old guy.

It was good while it lasted, but I'm glad it's gone.

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An average factor.

Author: OllieSuave-007 from California, USA
23 April 2017

Based on the UK's singing competition, this American Idol-like show is a talent contest consisting of four groups of contestants - all competing for the title of the X-Factor.

There were only three seasons, but undoubtedly the highlight of the show was judge Simon Cowell's brutally honest persona and a welcome comeback of judge Paula Abdul. The bad auditions were also a highlight of the show, especially hearing the tone-death contestants trying to belt out a tune and those who believe they're natural-born talents but ending up falling flat on the notes.

Some of the drama in the show were intense, especially those contestants who sang well but just missed the cut. Overall, you get to see some really good talent here.

However, the series wasn't too popular with other singing shows, as you could tell that some of the contestants acted like the show is more of a chance to make it based on sympathy instead of exhibiting good singing, and the judges' mentoring element of the four contestant group just didn't make a connection with me I think. It dragged the show, I thought.

Overall, it's not a terrible series - it just really is another singing reality show meshed in in what is an overly large number of those repetitive TV programs - it really didn't generate to much new material or uniqueness.

Grade C+

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2 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

Luke Warm

Author: JBshu from United States
17 November 2011

Judging from the 5.7 rating, it would seem that the majority of viewers are as Luke warm about X Factor as I am....such a disappointment! The irony is....the show just seems to be missing its own X Factor...that elusive quality that makes it appealing, addictive, thoroughly satisfying. Way off the mark from "Idol".

No real human connection. The judges seem to be more interested in besting each other than in mentoring (if that is even an appropriate word in this case) their brood of wannabees.

Simon is beyond redemption as a caricature of himself, Paula will soon be without a group to mis-mother. LA should try NY, and Nicole should just ride off into the has been sunset.

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6 out of 12 people found the following review useful:

don't listen to the "critics" on this one

Author: Ionut Velichi ( from Romania
12 September 2012

I've seen thousands of movies and hundreds of TV shows, and I can tell a good one when i see it. And this is not one to throw away... Of course, you must be into this kind of TV shows, but if you are that person I really think that you gonna like it... maybe not everyone will love it, but i'm sure it deserves at least a 7 from the most critical critic... And men, there are some good voices in this show... no spoilers but I gotta warn you that there's a very ugly scene in the beginning of the season, which I think that judges could have stopped before getting to the votes (if you have seen it you know what i'm talking about) All the things considered, a good family show for a nice evening.

Enjoy it !

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4 out of 9 people found the following review useful:

It's Own X Factor

Author: francescalauta from United Kingdom
8 November 2012

The X Factor is an awe inspiring show. The way that the show finds real talent from average people is phenomenal. Voting and critiquing is done in a fair, impartial, and legitimate way. Not only can X Factor find talent, but that have the ability to take that talent and create colossal albums and records, as well as friendships that will last a lifetime.

To demonstrate, bands such as One Direction have been formed on this reality TV show, and have gone on world tours and have albums that have made number one in a matter of days. Because of the fact that they hold open auditions, the judges, Simon Cowell, Demi Lovato, Brittney Spears, and LA Reid, really get to scope out the talent in the city that is auditioning. Furthermore, they often have to say no to individuals with tremendous voices because of the fact that they do not have the a good performing attitude or the confidence to make in big. In other words, the finalists of the show all have the potential to have performances in Madison Square in the near future. Demi Lovato, one of the judges of the show, is a world redound singer and song writer. Not only is she a singer, but an anti-bullying spokesperson. Lovato's vocals have been critically acclaimed from music critics. She is the perfect person to be looking for talent that could become as big as she is someday. As you can see, there is no lack of potential on the X Factor!

In addition, the critiquing and voting process is based on talent, not favouritism. Even though the judges cannot decide the winner, their comments in previous episodes really inform the viewer on which contestant can make it the farthest or who has the most potential. It is extremely rare that a winner is chosen based on looks instead of pure passion and the true ability to sing. I find this fact to be an appealing aspect to the show, and prefer this show to American Idol because of the actuality of the process. A certain contestant may look like the winner; however, based on comments and judges opinions, the true victor will come out triumphant. Unfair voting based on popularity is a turn off for many viewers, and The X Factor does not contain if this content.

On the other hand, people may find this show cliché or lacking its own "X Factor". Because of the fact that there are an abundant amount of TV shows such as this, it falls into the same category as American Idol and the Voice. Even though I find it unbelievable and enjoyable, I am aware that there are people that differ with my opinion.

However, the abundant possibilities opened to contestants on the show are ridiculously profitable. Record deals, music videos, movies and even the opportunity to be on Broadway open up to those who make it to the live finals. There are very strong bonds that form on this show as well. Britney describes her group: "They're like my children." Throughout the show, friendships are made that are not easily broken. This teaches the lesson of putting others before yourself, and if your friend wins the show but you get out, you will learn to be happy for them. The director, Ben Thursby, really makes it his goal to have a fun and entertaining show that also contains friendship and everyday experiences. Moreover, Simon Cowell has been in the music business for years and manages some of the top singers and bands in the world. Just working with a man like this will set contestants up for abundant careers.

As you can see, the X Factor is a creative and talent seeking show that does have its own "x factor". I would greatly suggest this show to anyone looking for a new show to get into. Although it is poignant at times, it provokes a feeling of joy for the winner and those who are doing well. These contestants may even have their own star at the Hollywood walk of fame someday. So turn off your computer and turn on the TV and experience the X Factor!

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1 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

Much better than Idol

Author: Anthony Buccaroni from United States
4 June 2012

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

This show is much more fair and a lot less biased than American Idol. In this day and age, America has biased tendencies. Look at the past five winners of American Idol; all WGWG's (white guys with guitars), and with the exception of David Cook, the best person each of the past four seasons didn't win. On The X Factor, Melanie Amaro was the best contestant, and she won (and beat out two contestants that were WGWG's, though I would've been okay with Josh winning, but how Chris beat out Rachel is beyond me). On top of that, with the exception of a couple of screw ups (and those two judges are gone now, by the way), the judges ultimately deciding who goes home is much more fair than America deciding everything. Look what it's done to American Idol for the past four or five years. If American Idol employed that system, Pia wouldn't have went home when she did back in season 10. As for the downsides of season 10, like I said, Nicole was a terrible judge. She let her emotions get the best of her. As for Paula, well, she dropped the ball when she sent Drew home instead of Marcus. The only other flaw that I can think of was Steve Jones, who was terrible as the host, but he's gone as well. Other than those minor blemishes, this show is going to be way ahead of AI in the future. Keep an eye on this show, because while American Idol is seeing its fall from grace, The X Factor is going to soar to the top. Trust me.

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1 out of 5 people found the following review useful:

Great Show

Author: Lizzy134
13 September 2012

I love this show. Much more than American Idol and all the other that are out there. Some of the auditions are breathtakingly good and you can really see true talent. I like how they decide which auditions to show and what not. This is the only show that I would watch every single episode off. The drama between the judges are more funny than annoying and it ads to the humor.

When the show progresses the performances just gets better. I takes a lot more than just a singers voice to make it out there and in this show that is implemented. Plus it's a lot harder to sing good while your dancing all over the stage, and the outfits just make it that much more fun to watch. Almost like your at a real concert.

I think that the choice of judges was good. You can see they speak out of experience when they talk and they try to help the contestants to improve on their performances. Naturally the judges are gonna be voting for the group they worked for but that doesn't mean they stand blind to the wrongs. On the topic of Simon Cowell, I think he is great, yea he can be mean but he is straightforward and when he gives someone a compliment they can really appreciate it because you know he won't just say something unless he really means it.

I would recommend this show to everyone!!!

And to the people who say bad things, well, why don't you start your own show then?

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