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Why was the plug pulled on The X Factor?

After 17 years, one of Britain’s most talked about talent shows, The X Factor has been cancelled.

The news that The X Factor has ended infused shock across the nation as a spokesman for ITV said: “There are no current plans for the next series of The X Factor at this stage.”

Over the years the show’s popularity has been declining: “Between 2010 and 2018, viewing numbers reduced by over 50%, from 17.2 million to 5.2 million in the respective finals.” – Herald Scotland

Reports have aired that owner and creator of the show, Simon Cowell, decided to pull the plug on the show to stop it from becoming a “joke.”

So for now, The UK X Factor will not be making an appearing on our screens this autumn. But, the foreign series’ of the show such as US and Australia, are still going strong.

Source: The Sun

Why was the show so popular?

The show’s popularity grew due to its unpredictable nature, controversial judging panel and ability to make viewers feel every emotion under the sun.

Simon Cowell created the show in 2004 and after 17 years, we have seen several stars be born. But, a huge factor to the show’s success was its showcase of good and bad auditionees.

While we saw singers such as Olly Murs, Alexandra Burke, Leona Lewis and James Arthur make their claim to fame from the show, we also witnessed memorable moments such as twins Jedward stealing the show (mostly with their iconic matching hairstyles.)

The talent show also created popular bands Little Mix and One Direction and sometimes judges split up groups. It’s safe to say, the show was never short of surprises – hence its popularity over the years.

How did the show work?

The way the show worked was iconic. The auditions consisted of good and, to put it plainly, awful contestants, who had to get at least three of the judges to say ‘yes’ to move onto the next stage.

Stage two of the competition was boot camp, where contestants were divided categories. These were; the girls, the boys, groups and the over 25s. Each judge then mentored a category.

The next stage of the competition was judges houses. The contestants attended the house of the judge that was mentoring them. These luxury houses were always in exciting locations and the contestants would get another surprise when they found out who their mentor had brought as a celebrity guest to help them judge.

From here, the judge had to decide which few acts to take through to the live shows. The live show for the week happened on Saturday night and the results were on Sunday night.

Who hosted the show?

Kate Thornton hosted series one to three and then Dermot O’Leary took over until he announced he was quitting in 2015.

Caroline Flack and Olly Murs took over hosting the show but Dermot couldn’t stay away as he announced his return in for the 2017 series.

Who has been a judge on the show?

Simon Cowell has invited a variety of celebrities to join him on the judging panel. Here’s a full list of who has appeared as an X Factor judge:

  • Robbie Williams
  • Ayda Field
  • Louis Tomlinson
  • Sharon Osbourne
  • Louis Walsh
  • Nicole Scherzinger
  • Dannii Minogue
  • Cheryl
  • Tulisa
  • Kelly Rowland
  • Gary Barlow
  • Mel B
  • Rita Ora
  • Nick Grimshaw
Source: Huffington Post UK

Twitter’s reaction

We are yet to hear from Simon Cowell on Twitter, but the nation have been flooding the social media platform with their thoughts on the end of the X Factor era.

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