The networks may be killing the singing golden goose. After a decade of smacking down every competitor in its sight, American Idol isn't the only game in town anymore — and even Fox admits that the addition of rival hits The X Factor and The Voice has hurt the mother ship.
Is Janet Jackson heading to The X Factor?
The singer is interested and is in preliminary talks to be a judge on Season 2, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Jackson added fuel to the fire when she awkwardly answered Anderson Cooper's question about the ...
Is Simon Cowell courting Whitney Houston for The X Factor?
The diva has been approached to join the Season 2 judging panel, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Neither Houston nor Cowell have commented on the report, while Fox declined to comment.
Simon Cowell sounds off on X Factor shakeup
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A week after judges Nicole Scherzinger and Paula Abdul and host Steve Jones were fired from The X Factor, executive producer and judge Simon Cowell is addressing the sudden shakeup...
Josh Krajcik, Nicole Sherzinger, LeRoy Bell
The results are in, and three members of Simon Cowell's The X Factor have been eliminated.
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Randy Jackson, Mariah Carey
From the sound of it, American Idol's Randy Jackson wishes rival competition show The X Factor the best, especially in light of its massive shake-up.
"I'm sad to hear about all what's going on with that show," Jackson told reporters on a call on Thursday. "But all of those people are dear friends of mine as you know. I have not spoken to Paula [Abdul]. I mean, we texted back and forth. "
The X Factor
Some time in recent days and weeks, Simon Cowell realized that The X Factor wasn't shaping up to be the singing competition to end all singing competitions. The money was there, as was the support from Fox, but with little more than 12 million viewers tuning in to see who would win a $5 million windfall, it became clear something hadn't clicked with America.
And so on Monday, we learned that he had cleaned house: Gone are stiff host Steve Jones and simpering, whimpering judges Nicole Scherzinger and Paula Abdul. Reports that Cowell was looking for more star power next season quickly followed. Mariah Carey's name has already been bandied about as the kind of A-list celebrity he wants, and she did serve as Simon's right hand during the at-home coaching sessions.
But is she enough? Is she even the right Hail Mary play? The truth is The X Factor has strong elements going for it, boasting auditions in front of a live crowd, Simon's bitter tongue and the most diverse lineup of contestants of any of the broadcast talent shows.
Now if only it could rid itself of any remaining similarity to American Idol. Some ideas:
And the housecleaning continues: Paula Abdul is leaving The X Factor.
Shake-up at The X Factor: Steve Jones and Nicole Scherzinger out
"Yes, it's true; I won't be returning to The X Factor next season," Abdul said in a statement Tuesday. "I've learned through my longevity in this industry that ...