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Head-2-Head TV Show Review: The X-Factor vs. American Idol

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By Jeremy Whitley
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American Idol
There is no doubting or downplaying the sheer quantity and quality of talent that has graced the American Idol stage. The show has had ten years to find any and every person in the U.S. with any serious singing talent and showbiz designs. Somehow, still, more and more show up every year.

Rachel Crow shines on the x-factor and is compared to american idol contestants from past seasonsThe X-Factor
This brings us to one of the main aspects of American Idol that The X-Factor attempts to move beyond: it’s strictly a singing show. Not that singing does not require talent, but one of the issues that has continued to plague Idol winners is the lack of performance diversity. Very few of them can play instruments, and only slightly more of them can actually work an audience. Cowell and crew are specifically looking to recruit singers through The X-Factor who can become solid entertainers, not just singers who can out-karaoke other contestants. I feel that’s a step in the right direction. A prime example of this came in the first half hour of The X-Factor premiere when a mediocre singer named Siameze put on a hell of a stage show and got through to the next round based on her presence and charisma.

ROUND: X-Factor wins for looking for more than just a pretty voice, but they have those too.


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Contestants & Talent - Head-2-Head TV Show Review: The X-Factor vs. American Idol
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posted on Sep 22, 2011 at 4:52AM

Head-2-Head TV Show Review: The X-Factor vs. American Idol

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By Jeremy Whitley
 

H2H ROUND-6: Contestants & Talent

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American Idol
There is no doubting or downplaying the sheer quantity and quality of talent that has graced the American Idol stage. The show has had ten years to find any and every person in the U.S. with any serious singing talent and showbiz designs. Somehow, still, more and more show up every year.

Rachel Crow shines on the x-factor and is compared to american idol contestants from past seasonsThe X-Factor
This brings us to one of the main aspects of American Idol that The X-Factor attempts to move beyond: it’s strictly a singing show. Not that singing does not require talent, but one of the issues that has continued to plague Idol winners is the lack of performance diversity. Very few of them can play instruments, and only slightly more of them can actually work an audience. Cowell and crew are specifically looking to recruit singers through The X-Factor who can become solid entertainers, not just singers who can out-karaoke other contestants. I feel that’s a step in the right direction. A prime example of this came in the first half hour of The X-Factor premiere when a mediocre singer named Siameze put on a hell of a stage show and got through to the next round based on her presence and charisma.

ROUND: X-Factor wins for looking for more than just a pretty voice, but they have those too.


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7 Comments So Far …

  1. johnO johnO says:
    I think the yellow ticket and 'you're going to Hollywood' has a far more appealing conclusion to each contestant's apppearance. X Factor really fell flat there.

  2. Jeremy Jeremy says:
    I understand what you're saying, the ceremonial aspect of it is nice, but I have to say, forty thousand cheering fans applauding your auditions makes up for that to me

  3. JJizzle JJizzle says:
    I like the X-Factor show better because the singers are different ages but dont we have enough singers? will the world topple off its axis if too many people sing at once?

  4. Betty Betty says:
    The X-Factor should have brought back Brian Dunkleman.

  5. WarrenG WarrenG says:
    It's weird, but I find Simon and Paula far more identifiable than Steven Tyler and J. Lo. AI did better in the ratings, but it's just b/c it's reached a level of fame that ensures a set amount of viewers. If AI stopped contestants from singing altogether for the next 3 seasons, the name alone would continue to draw viewers in the millions.

  6. Jaime92 Jaime92 says:
    X-Factor=DUD!

  7. Lisa B Lisa B says:
    Interesting comparison... I like your approach. FWIW... I'd take the old AI or the new Xfactor.

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