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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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H2H ROUND-2: Show Format

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American Idol
American Idol employs a tried and true formula for the progression of the show. Every year they hold auditions in a number of large cities throughout the United States. The cities aren’t always the same, but they always draw an enormous crowd. Each singer is filtered into a private room with the judges where they are given a chance to sing a song of their choosing. The judges give a simple yea or nay vote as to whether to allow the singer into the competition and majority rules.

Once the auditions wrap up, the judges go through a few rounds of eliminations to trim the field down to the top contestants. The process allows them to eliminate any lapses in judgment they may have had during the auditions and create a field which is more palatable to the viewing audience.

 

tv show review of american idol verse the x-factor

 

With the field narrowed to twelve, each week the contestants perform and the judges give their feedback on each rendition. The public then votes for who they would like to see continue. The next night the results are announced and the singer with the fewest votes is sent home. The show progresses through a number of rounds, often with specific challenges involving music by a particular artist or a selected genre, until only one remains. The singer who wins is crowned “American Idol” and receives a recording contract worth one million dollars.

The X-Factor
The first difference in the format for The X-Factor is evident at the start of the competition: the initial auditions take place in front of a live audience. We’re not talking about a studio audience; we’re talking large-scale, massive, arena audiences. This is telling in a number of ways, the first being that it mirrors judge and producer Simon Cowell’s attitude toward the show. He’s always been known for speaking his mind, but in The X-Factor, he takes his ‘no nonsense’ act to another level. If someone can’t handle or engage the audience, then they have no place on The X-Factor. The four judges (as opposed to AI's three member panel) vote yea or nay, and if the contestant is approved by three of four judges, they move on to the boot camp.

 

the x-factor's simon cowell is compared to american idol's new judges

 

What is the boot camp? In essence, The X-Factor's boot camp serves the same function as the early eliminations on American Idol. The large crop of talent that survived the initial auditions is weeded out, leaving a crowd that’s easier for the viewing public to keep track of. The methodology, however, is a little different from AI. Rather than just taking the cream off the top, boot camp is designed to put The X-Factor’s performers under pressure and determine who is capable of improvement and who has topped out where they are. While the surface result is the same, the method offers a hint as to what really makes X-Factor different, stage three.

In stage three, rather than going straight to the stage, performers go to the judges’ homes. Each judge is assigned a group to work with: girls, boys, over 30’s, and musical groups. The judges then have the task of taking their group and prepping their best and brightest for the stage show. See, in The X-Factor the judges have a stake. They train their team to compete for the top spots against the other judges’ teams.

With the teams at their best, the stage show begins and so does the voting. From here you’ll see the classic American Idol format at its finest, with one key exception: the judges will continue to coach their teams throughout. The winner of The X-Factor will also receive a far more lucrative, five million dollar contract with Sony and a Pepsi commercial during the Super Bowl.

ROUND: The round goes to The X-Factor for giving the judges a stake in this.

 


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Show Format - 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-2: Show Format

H2H USER SCORE
View Official Scorecard

American Idol
American Idol employs a tried and true formula for the progression of the show. Every year they hold auditions in a number of large cities throughout the United States. The cities aren’t always the same, but they always draw an enormous crowd. Each singer is filtered into a private room with the judges where they are given a chance to sing a song of their choosing. The judges give a simple yea or nay vote as to whether to allow the singer into the competition and majority rules.

Once the auditions wrap up, the judges go through a few rounds of eliminations to trim the field down to the top contestants. The process allows them to eliminate any lapses in judgment they may have had during the auditions and create a field which is more palatable to the viewing audience.

 

tv show review of american idol verse the x-factor

 

With the field narrowed to twelve, each week the contestants perform and the judges give their feedback on each rendition. The public then votes for who they would like to see continue. The next night the results are announced and the singer with the fewest votes is sent home. The show progresses through a number of rounds, often with specific challenges involving music by a particular artist or a selected genre, until only one remains. The singer who wins is crowned “American Idol” and receives a recording contract worth one million dollars.

The X-Factor
The first difference in the format for The X-Factor is evident at the start of the competition: the initial auditions take place in front of a live audience. We’re not talking about a studio audience; we’re talking large-scale, massive, arena audiences. This is telling in a number of ways, the first being that it mirrors judge and producer Simon Cowell’s attitude toward the show. He’s always been known for speaking his mind, but in The X-Factor, he takes his ‘no nonsense’ act to another level. If someone can’t handle or engage the audience, then they have no place on The X-Factor. The four judges (as opposed to AI's three member panel) vote yea or nay, and if the contestant is approved by three of four judges, they move on to the boot camp.

 

the x-factor's simon cowell is compared to american idol's new judges

 

What is the boot camp? In essence, The X-Factor's boot camp serves the same function as the early eliminations on American Idol. The large crop of talent that survived the initial auditions is weeded out, leaving a crowd that’s easier for the viewing public to keep track of. The methodology, however, is a little different from AI. Rather than just taking the cream off the top, boot camp is designed to put The X-Factor’s performers under pressure and determine who is capable of improvement and who has topped out where they are. While the surface result is the same, the method offers a hint as to what really makes X-Factor different, stage three.

In stage three, rather than going straight to the stage, performers go to the judges’ homes. Each judge is assigned a group to work with: girls, boys, over 30’s, and musical groups. The judges then have the task of taking their group and prepping their best and brightest for the stage show. See, in The X-Factor the judges have a stake. They train their team to compete for the top spots against the other judges’ teams.

With the teams at their best, the stage show begins and so does the voting. From here you’ll see the classic American Idol format at its finest, with one key exception: the judges will continue to coach their teams throughout. The winner of The X-Factor will also receive a far more lucrative, five million dollar contract with Sony and a Pepsi commercial during the Super Bowl.

ROUND: The round goes to The X-Factor for giving the judges a stake in this.

 


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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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