Season two of the X Factor USA may be nine months away, yet that hasn’t stopped the Fox hit from drumming up drama aplenty this week.
Changes to the show’s cast had long been expected, yet few anticipated the axe falling on so many, so fast.
Indeed, just like that host Steve Jones, and judges Nicole Scherzinger and Paula Abdul were handed their pink slips. And while all have since gone on record to address their respective departures, Simon Cowell has been notable by his silence.
That is until now.
The show’s producer and head judge has released a statement on the mass cull. Find out what he had to say after the jump…
“I want to say a massive thank you to Paula, Nicole and Steve for being part of the X Factor last year.
You do develop friendships with the people you work with and Paula, in particular, is a very close friend and I expect to be working with her on another project in the near future.”
As titillating a story as this is (and one that ensures the show remains in the headlines), there’s no spinning it – Cowell has scrambled egg on his face.
Much of the year following his 2010 American Idol departure was spent gassing up the US arrival of the X Factor franchise, only for the show to be marred by so-so ratings, garbage judging (largely via the departing), and a toasty dry host.
That said, as somewhat of a “believer” in the format, I can only hope season two sees the show find its mojo. Less syrupy sob-stories, better judges, and better talent.
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