TheXFac­tor gets axed

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AMer­I­CAN tele­vi­sion singing con­test The X Fac­tor, led by judge and show cre­ator Si­mon Cow­ell, was can­celled on Fri­day af­ter three sea­sons, net­work Fox said.

The X Fac­tor, which was un­able to repli­cate the rat­ings suc­cess of fel­low Fox singing con­test

Amer­i­can Idol, was only able to muster 6.2 mil­lion view­ers for its sea­son three fi­nale last De­cem­ber, about half of its first sea­son fi­nale au­di­ence.

Cow­ell, 54, whose acer­bic on-screen per­son­al­ity helped trans­form Amer­i­can Idol into one of the top shows on US tele­vi­sion, will also re­turn to the UK ver­sion of the show in an ef­fort to help de­clin­ing rat­ings there.

“I’ve had a fan­tas­tic time over the last 12 years, both on The X Fac­tor and Amer­i­can Idol, Cow­ell said in a state­ment.

“And apart from be­ing lucky enough to find some amaz­ing tal­ent on the shows, I have al­ways had an in­cred­i­ble wel­come from the Amer­i­can pub­lic (most of the time!)”

The X Fac­tor was seen as a way for Cow­ell to put his own stamp on US re­al­ity tele­vi­sion as it was a show he cre­ated and pro­duced, and helped lead it to pop­u­lar­ity in Bri­tain.

The US ver­sion of the show strug­gled to find the right mix on the judg­ing panel, run­ning through nine dif­fer­ent per­son­al­i­ties in its three sea­sons on the air.

In 2012, Fox spent a re­ported US$15mil (rM50mil) to hire pop singer Brit­ney Spears as a judge on the show in a bid to boost rat­ings, but she was un­able to turn her star power into larger au­di­ences for Fox.

last year, view­er­ship fill to about six mil­lion per episode from nine mil­lion in 2012. Its main ri­val, The Voice drew about 12 mil­lion view­ers per episode.

Cow­ell, a Bri­tish me­dia and mu­sic mogul best known for the bit­ing crit­i­cism of con­tes­tants that helped draw view­ers to Amer­i­can Idol, will be with­out a show on US tele­vi­sion for the first time since Idol be­gan in 2002. — reuters

Lack­lus­tre: Sea­son Three of TheXFac­tor fea­tured (from left) demi Lo­vato, Si­mon Cow­ell, Kelly row­land and Paulina ru­bio

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