American Idol will start today, and I’ll be blogging the auditions. That Blog could start after the show ends, 10:00PM EST. I will try to blog the AI9 shows soon after or during the show just because it’ll take some memory of the auditions/perormances and judges critique. One of the big things that just got blurred out is that Simon is officially leaving American Idol for good. Yes, this has been what I call an “annual rumor” where this rumor comes around every year. Unlike what years past have been according to this, there is a “Huge Factor” playing a part of Simon leaving Idol after this year. The “Factor” is X Factor. News sources say that Simon is leaving a judging spot on American Idol 10, and is going to start X Factor here. Simon Cowell plans on launching his now world-wide project to the U.S. in the Fall of 2011.
The biggest speculation I have for this not happening until approx. 19 months from now is because while he’s leaving American Idol, he still needs to figure out that to do with all his shows. His Judging Credits would be American Idol, (already abandoning), Britain’s Got Talent, X Factor UK, and now X Factor US, along with the show he is involved with, America’s Got Talent. I believe he is the creator of Got Talent, and won’t end it anytime soon. I believe Simon will want to juggle these shows around a bit. Since X Factor UK is a Fall show, along with what X Factor US is planned to be, it looks like Got Talent is his early in the year show, and X Factor is going to be in later in the year show. So, if this is the case, I hope Simon loves the fact he’ll be hopping continents two-thirds of a calendar. If I were him, I be a Reality Star is the Spring (Judge X Factor UK & move to the spring, Britain’s Got Talent for the spring) and be an American Reality star in the fall (America’s Got Talent in the summer, X factor for the fall)
Right now, here’s what I do know what’s in store for the first season of X Factor US. The Network that is planning to broadcast X Factor is NBC. I know NBC has been a Network that likes to take it’s most popular shows, which just happen to be Reality Shows (The Apprentice, The Biggest Loser) and make them into two hour programs every episode. The biggest problem with this is the show’s a long, dreary, and the scenes are over extended. This is why I end up not finishing watching the Biggest Loser and didn’t tune into Celebrity Apprentice, because they made that show two hours as well. If NBC has high hopes for this, they’ll probably pass up airing four hour-long comedies for the 2011-2012 year and just start airing X Factor for two hours. I don’t think a performance show will be as bad, since a son perfrmance can only last so long. I just hope and pray that the results shows are NOT two hours long. They’re horrible and dragged out as an hour long from American Idol, I can’t imagine anyone sitting down and waiting two hours to see who’s geting eliminated. I truely and logically expect that the performance shows will be two hours long and the results will be an hour long.
The things that will likely happen are things that I believe is the exact same thing X Factor UK currently does. The signature things that will make this show not look like American Idol are elements such as the auditions will be Live. That’s an interesting concept, because what I sespect to see if a pre-audition audition, not live, so weed out the ones who are only auditioning just to say they’ve appeared on television, and plow out the ones who won’t be worthy of doing a live audition show. What I hope to see from X Factor auditions is people who have a shot, not just a hope. 90% of American Idol auditioners are illogical dreamers, so I hope to see people who either nail the audition, become a heated debate between the judges as to give then or not give them a ticket, or just have potential to become a star, but need to evolve in their stardom before getting an invitation to furthur their singing career. Please leave the heart broken, bitter egos who think they have talent to American Idol.
Simon Cowell will likely use the same format for the competition, which means American votes to save their favorite and the bottom two are up for elimination. The next thing on the list is finding at least three more people to bewilling to be judges for X Factor. Right now, it’s just Simon Cowell, I have no information as to who the second, third, and fourth, maybe a fifth judge is. I believe I have three logic answers that I strongly feel could end up being judges for this, all of them have judging experience. I’m talking about David Hassellhoff, as I would bet any atricle of clothing on my back he’s going to be asked to do this. David Hassellhoff was a judge for America’s got talent but he left America’s Got Talent as Simon Cowell is probably finding judges. Another person I’d bet clothes on would be Paula Abdul. She left American Idol before the judging of American Idol’s upcoming season. So Basically, what I’m saying right now is One Show’s old judge is a new show’s new judge. I believe there will be singing groups, men, and women, but I’m not sure about the fourth category, since it’s likely they’ll open auditions for people not older than 26-28, there’s for room to do a category for teens, ages 14-17, since Cowell is considering opening auditions to people as young as 14. Maybe the senior cateogory will be people 24-28. In that case, we may have five judges, five categories, and no odds of a tiebreaker for the bottom two when the judges vote. I’m curious as to who would take being a mentor for the groups; hopefully it’s someone who’s music career is with a group. I’d personally nominate Gene Simmons, who has worked with Reality-Singing. Gene did a show featuring kids becoming rockers, so I wouldn’t be surprise if he did a the teen category, if there was to be one. When it comes to a group singer mentor, the first person to come to my mind is Nicole Scherzinger, the lead Doll of the Pussycat dolls. She had her shows featuring her group and a show called Girlicious.
So, as of now, My Judge Predictions and Who’d they mentor stand as:
Simon Cowell-Over 24-25
Gene Simmons-Teens (If there’s a fifth judge & a teen category)