There was a time when Simon Cowell ruled the TV. Everything he touched seem to turn to gold, and everyone wanted a piece of the Simon Cowell circus.
Fast forward a year and it looks like Simon Cowell’s reign as the King of TV is on the decline. Not only has he faced criticism with his shows; he’s lost huge numbers of viewers, lost out to the BBC in the ratings war, faced criticism over his private life revelations and now, he’s lost out on being nominated for this year’s BAFTA’s.
In fact, it is the first time in 5 years that neither of his shows, Britain’s Got Talent and The X Factor, have been up for nomination in the Best Entertainment category.
Even last year, signs of his shows being on the wane were there with The X Factor losing out to The Cube.
An insider said, “This is a very big blow for Simon. The BAFTAs are the most prestigious awards in Britain and Britain’s Got Talent and The X Factor are two of the biggest shows on telly. It’s also a blog for the new panel. If they’re not going to win awards, they need to start winning ratings wars. Immediately.”
Confirmed judge for The X Factor, Gary Barlow, certainly looks to have a lot of pressure on his shoulders with the show this year.
Everyone I know loves The Voice. Even those that don’t like The X Factor and I think that says it all really.
They’ve won over the public with their great judges, no adverts and all of their auditions had people that actually had talent.
While it was fun at first to watch the people who thought they could sing well but couldn’t, it’s become both predictable and boring. I don’t want to waste most of the show watching them and also, missing out on seeing some really good singers. Even on Britain’s Got Talent, I’m bored with watching acts that don’t really have a talent. I want to see amazing acts and artists who have a real talent and I think that is where The Voice have done so well. Also, it’s fresh and new. The format, its team of presenters work well and the judges have great banter. we’ve got a feeling that The X Factor really needs to step it up a gear this year and make some serious changes. Something needs spicing up but what do you think it needs?
We at Throng would like less adverts, more talent, a better judging panel (no offence to last year’s team but it just didn’t have the spark that was present before), less about the judges and more about the singers. Over the last couple of year’s The X Factor seemed to be more about the outfits the judges were wearing than anything else. We like the fact that all of the judges have their own right to be there and they all have great skills as both singers and songwriters; after all isn’t that what it should be about? It doesn’t need to be glamourous and set all over the world in various exotic locations for judges houses, we just want to see some amazing UK talent.