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Kevin Reilly: ‘X Factor’ Getting New Format – If it Comes Back

Kevin Reilly: 'X Factor' Getting New Format – If it Comes Back

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Fox's Chairman of Entertainment Kevin Reilly says that if “The X Factor” comes back, it will be with a different format.

Reilly made the proclamation at Monday's Television Critics Association winter press tour, where he admitted that the singing competition “underperformed” in its past season.

“The ratings were not what we hoped, but this is a No. 1 brand around the world,” Reilly said. He added that there have been markets around the world where the show dropped and has seen a resurgence via production changes and “different ideas.”

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“If the show were to come back, it would not be in the current format we have, but the fact is we've made no decision on it” Reilly said. “I haven't even really engaged (Simon Cowell) on it, other than some general talk.”

“We're going to blow through our option date sometime this week, and we'll make that decision over the next month,” Reilly said of the consideration.

Reilly elaborated, albeit slightly, on a possible form of the show without a weekly Cowell presence, though Reilly said the creator of the series will never be out of it: “It's his format, it's his creation.”

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“I don't ever count out Simon Cowell on anything,” Reilly concluded.

In December, the “X Factor” finale ratings dropped 45 percent year-to-year in the key 18-49 demographic. The night before, the show hit an all-time low for a regular Wednesday episode.

  • Jim

    nO JUDGES.

  • TwiggyB

    Simon needs to get out of his own way and guide from behind the scenes & the cameras. He's no good at this when he's in front. American Idol has already made tweaks to change their format and now it's Simon's turn to overhaul his show.

    I'm still lost as to what the judges do after they put them in those Groups and pit them against the other Groups. But I'm hoping with some changes, I'll be able to understand the hell is going on.

  • hupto

    Has it not occurred to anyone that the airwaves are saturated with singing (and dancing) competitions and people are simply starting to get burned out?

  • NoSimonNoXFactor

    There would be no point in producing the show at all if Simon is not going to be on camera the entire season as the head judge and principal personality. Simon is the most important thing that X Factor has over American Idol and The Voice. Without him, it's just another singing competition. That's why the show needs to go back to what it was in Season 1, where Simon was the official “face” of the show, Paula Abdul was back by his side, where she belongs, L.A. Reid provided an extra layer of industry cred, and Nicole Scherzinger rounded out the cast perfectly. The three female artists plus Simon last season did not deliver. The panel needs to be balanced as far as diversity of industry sector representation (Simon himself said that there is too much “singers judging singers” these days, and there need to be more music business people as judges), as well as gender. My Dream Team would be Simon, Paula, L.A., and Randy, now that he is no longer an Idol judge. Also, the Four Chair Challenge was abysmal; bring back Bootcamp and Judges’ Homes. The format WORKS; don't change it, and don't condense the season into just a few weeks. Mario Lopez is a keeper, but if he won't be available, give Steve Jones another chance. Season 1 pulled in 12 million viewers – an excellent showing for a fall series. Watch it back and replicate it as much as you can.