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American Idol

Simon Fuller against Simon Cowell head-to-head tv show comparison
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Now both of these shows are creations of the Simons: Simon Cowell and the much less well known, but equally rich at this point, Simon Fuller. While it is often believed that Cowell is the creator of the Idol franchise, that distinction belongs to Fuller. American Idol is an Americanized version of his original British show, Pop Idol. Simon Cowell, already an established record executive at the time, took a spot on the panel of judges and quickly became well known for his strong opinions and even stronger expressions of those opinions.

 

Pop Idol was a strong show in its own right, creating several stars that would have number one hits in Britain, but it also spawned a number of international clones: Australian Idol, New Zealand Idol, Malaysian Idol, and Pinoy Idol as well as a Finish, German, Portuguese, Danish, and Norwegian version that go by slightly different names. Without a doubt, however, the American Idol franchise has been the most popular and successful of the lot.

 

Simon Cowell vs. Simon Fuller head-to-head tv show comparison
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The X-Factor
Believe it or not, despite all the hype about the X-Factor being the fresh new competition for American Idol, there has been a version of the X-Factor on in the UK since 2004. Now, The X-Factor is in fact the brainchild of Simon Cowell who engineered it specifically to be better than the Idol franchises. The first season of the series in Britain featured Simon Cowell, Sharon Osbourne, and Irish music manager Louis Walsh. The show was an instant hit with audiences and continues to this day.

 

Like American Idol, however, The X-Factor has seen a number of changes in the judging panel over the years. Louis was fired and then brought back. After a few years Sharon quit and was eventually replaced by Cheryl Cole. Now that the American version of the X-Factor is fired up, Cowell and Cole left the original only for Cole to be unceremoniously ousted after the first round of auditions.


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Show Genesis & Origins - TV Show Review: American Idol vs. The X-Factor Head-to-Head Comparison Part II
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TV Show Review: American Idol vs. The X-Factor Head-to-Head Comparison Part II

Show Genesis & Origins

By Jeremy Whitley
 

H2H ROUND-1: Show Genesis & Origins

H2H USER SCORE
View Official Scorecard

American Idol

Simon Fuller against Simon Cowell head-to-head tv show comparison
(Credit: IMDB)

Now both of these shows are creations of the Simons: Simon Cowell and the much less well known, but equally rich at this point, Simon Fuller. While it is often believed that Cowell is the creator of the Idol franchise, that distinction belongs to Fuller. American Idol is an Americanized version of his original British show, Pop Idol. Simon Cowell, already an established record executive at the time, took a spot on the panel of judges and quickly became well known for his strong opinions and even stronger expressions of those opinions.

 

Pop Idol was a strong show in its own right, creating several stars that would have number one hits in Britain, but it also spawned a number of international clones: Australian Idol, New Zealand Idol, Malaysian Idol, and Pinoy Idol as well as a Finish, German, Portuguese, Danish, and Norwegian version that go by slightly different names. Without a doubt, however, the American Idol franchise has been the most popular and successful of the lot.

 

Simon Cowell vs. Simon Fuller head-to-head tv show comparison
(Credit: IMDB)

The X-Factor
Believe it or not, despite all the hype about the X-Factor being the fresh new competition for American Idol, there has been a version of the X-Factor on in the UK since 2004. Now, The X-Factor is in fact the brainchild of Simon Cowell who engineered it specifically to be better than the Idol franchises. The first season of the series in Britain featured Simon Cowell, Sharon Osbourne, and Irish music manager Louis Walsh. The show was an instant hit with audiences and continues to this day.

 

Like American Idol, however, The X-Factor has seen a number of changes in the judging panel over the years. Louis was fired and then brought back. After a few years Sharon quit and was eventually replaced by Cheryl Cole. Now that the American version of the X-Factor is fired up, Cowell and Cole left the original only for Cole to be unceremoniously ousted after the first round of auditions.


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2 Comments So Far …

  1. Bignote Bignote says:
    Really good point about the prize money... A million dollars or five million dollars...it would seem to be about the same to the average viewer. It is a dreamy amount of money...but the exposure in the Pepsi ad airing in the superbowl is amazing.

  2. Todd.Brayburn Todd.Brayburn says:
    It's all about total sales. Whichever show stumbles on the acts that bring the big $$, will endure.

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