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New X-Factor Format Does Not Make US Or UK Viewers Happy

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10/01/2013 7:46 pm
PopWrapped | Television
New X-Factor Format Does Not Make US Or UK Viewers Happy
Media Courtesy of FOX

Jacob Elyachar

Staff Writer

The X Factor has presented a new twist this year for both the United States and United Kingdom versions. Once, the categories were allocated to the judges (Groups, Over 25s, Girls and Boys) in each country…the contestants had to sing for their lives. This twist had a studio audience that can help persuade the judges to keep their act or swap with another contestant.  By swapping with another contestant, the person is automatically eliminated from the competition.
Photo courtesy of ITV Photo courtesy of ITV
When the X Factor UK aired their Six-Chair Challenge this past weekend, frustrated viewers took to Twitter. Eighty people complained to both X Factor UK’s channel ITV and media regulator Ofcom to complain about the show’s mistreatment of its contestants. “When did become alright to expletive with peoples minds so much.” Tweeted Lily Allen. “Xfactor has got fully mean.” The Guardian also commented that viewers linked it to The Hunger Games. Meanwhile, an ITV spokeswoman defended the show by stating: "The new bootcamp twist brings genuine jeopardy to the competition and is just one of the ways the series has evolved this year. All contestants were briefed in advance on the new format and as with all stages of the competition, support was available for everyone before and after their performances." Tomorrow night, the American audiences will see Season Three’s Top 40 acts perform for 16 spots in this season’s Live Shows.


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