The X-Factor USA will be flipping on its head for the upcoming 2012 season. The format will be changed completely and the usual gender assigned groups will be stripped away. This will be the first such change to the format. It has not been reformatted like this anywhere else in the world.
The show had the familiar categories of men vs. women vs. groups vs. age. The contestants were pitted against one another based on their gender and age, which has led to much controversy in other territories where the show has been broadcast. The first group to win the UK X-Factor (which is becoming redundant) was Little Mix (this girl group was also formed as a super group, see below). They have, unfortunately, not achieved the same success of second runner ups One Direction or runner ups JLS from the previous seasons. A group never actually fares too well on X-Factor and many point to the back stories and editing of the contestants. In the first US season, the groups mentored by Paula Abdul, were the first to go. The difference between American and British audiences is that in the UK, the show has received unparalleled praise, whereas in the US, the show is still hitting out the dents and kinks. A group almost always falters in X-Factor due to the familiarity and popularity of several other solo contestants.
These are the categories which have been stripped: Boys (male solo singers ages 12 to 29); Girls (female solo singers ages 12 to 29); In addition, the minimum contestant age for the Overs category has now been lowered from 30 to 25.
These are the brand new categories for the second season, along with who will be mentoring which group: Solo singers ages 12 to 16 – mentored by Demi Lovato; Solo singers ages 17 to 24 – mentored by Britney Spears; Solo singers ages 25 and over – mentored by L.A. Reid; Groups – mentored by Simon Cowell.
In addition, Simon Cowell and the producers have formed super groups, along the lines of One Direction, which will consist of solo singers who auditioned in the first rounds, but weren’t good enough singers to make it on their own. These super groups are the feeder pools of X-Factor. These groups were also formed in the previous season of US X-Factor with InTENsity and Lakoda Rayne. InTENsity has since disbanded for obvious reasons.
Several of the contestants which made it through to the top 32 were called back immediately after their successful audition in order to film their successful exit again. The audience and contestants are filmed several times in order to create a televised set-up. This is one of the most well-known – albeit disturbing – methods which is used in reality television, especially before the live shows start rolling around. Producers are able to manipulate and re-create to their heart’s content. This gives the audience at home a sense of familiarity and linearity. What is a reality television show without a beautiful back story? Please understand, these recreation scenes might seem fake, but they’re extremely important in creating a narration which the viewer will understand. Many critics of these reality television talent shows have pointed to these recreated scenes as the main cause behind the eventual winner of the show, because these opening episodes create a back story for the contestants and offers the audience an opportunity to either love or hate them.
The returning X-Factor acts have been announced for guest starring performances on the show. This is the official list: Melanie Amaro, winner of “The X Factor” U.S. in 2011; Josh Krajcik, who came in second place on “The X Factor” U.S. in 2011; Chris Rene, who came in third place on “The X Factor” U.S. in 2011; Marcus Canty, who came in fourth place on “The X Factor” U.S. in 2011; Astro, who came in seventh place on “The X Factor” U.S. in 2011; One Direction, who came in third place on “The X Factor” U.K. in 2010; Cher Lloyd, who came in fourth place on “The X Factor” U.K. in 2010; Olly Murs, who came in second place on “The X Factor” U.K. in 2009; We hope that the second season of X-Factor USA will be the greatest reality season in television history. It is already shaping up to become one of the most important television seasons of the year.
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