The X Factor team (Simon Cowell, Demi Lovato, Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio) took the stage at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour in Beverly Hills to talk about the new elements we’ll see on the series’ upcoming third season.
“I feel really comfortable with the girls and I think it’s going to be the best show we’ve made so far. It’s got an energy about it this year which has been lacking before. So, I’m confident,” Cowell said.
He attributed this surge of confidence to the latest shuffling of the judge’s table: “It just felt that with all the shows, the judging panels were beginning to look the same. Most importantly, when we sat down and spoke to [Lovato, Rowland and Rubio], it was really, how passionate are you about doing this job properly, working with the artist properly and actually trying to find a star at the end?”
When asked about his opinion on The Voice coach Adam Levine’s comments (i.e. that the mission of a singing competition series is not necessarily to successfully launch the careers of the contestants), Cowell responded: “No show can survive without that. You’re making a promise to the contestants that you’re going to try to turn them into a real-life artist. It’s not a guarantee, but that’s your goal. That’s why we make the show.”
Changes on the show include:
- The focus will be contestants’ performances and not their ability to deal with a full-scale assault of backup dancers and props.
- We won’t be seeing Judges’ Houses and Boot Camp rounds. Instead, a yet-to-be-announced middle round will involve all four judges whittling down the field until each one has four contestants per category.
- Categories will be Boys, Girls, Groups and Over 25s.
- The previous $5 million prize was “almost too much” according to Cowell. Now the winner will receive $1 million and a recording contract with Sony.
What do you think of these changes?