Every morning we address the important topic of something big, significant, funny, weird, etc. that happened while we were lying on the couch in front of the TV last night. Today we think about why 'The X Factor' just doesn't work.
What is it about American Idol that keeps (some of) us watching after all these years? Has there been anyone particularly interesting or uniquely talented since, who, maybe Adam Lambert? Has Ryan Seacrest been inventing new and exciting ways of hosting a show? Have the songs started to sound less like warmed-ever easy listening that you'd hear at a theme park? Nope. None of that has happened. And yet the show, the long and brutal January to May slog of the thing, still reels us (yes, OK, some of us) in every year. So why, then, is The X Factor doing the complete opposite?
Again, for some of us! There do seem to be people who enjoy this latest British import, in which singers of all ages can compete and there are groups as well as individuals. The anticipation for the show, brought across the Atlantic in the belly of a dark steamer ship by none other than former Idol judge Simon Cowell, was pretty darn high at the beginning of this TV season, but mostly because people were curious about just what this show would look like. So people tuned in and the numbers were big for the premiere and then it sorta.. petered out. The show still gets 12 million or so viewers for every episode, which is certainly not too shabby these days, but those aren't Idol numbers, for sure. So what is it? Why hasn't this show caught on with that same level of Idolfire?