Big Format Shake-Ups Coming On ‘The X Factor UK’
The X Factor UK feels like it’s been on in Britain since William the Conqueror crossed the English channel in 1066. But the last few years the venerable show’s ratings have suffered, due in no small part to being up against the wildly popular Strictly Come Dancing. The producers, led by Svengali Simon Cowell, have played with the format and are going to tweak it further in an attempt to boost the ratings.
Reportedly next season they are going to dispense with the bootcamp part of the competition and the Sunday night live shows. So, I guess it’s only going to be on on Saturdays. The bootcamp segment is also getting the ax so I suppose they will go right to the six-chair challenge, which is one of the most popular parts of the show. Let’s face it, when you think of The X Factor UK you think of the six-chair challenge. All the basic components will stay the same as last season.
It is interesting that even though the ratings keep going down, the artists like last season’s winner and runner-up Rak-Su and Grace Davies sell tons of songs and yet if you look at the ratings less and less people are watching. This could be part of the greater trend in viewership that people are streaming it or watching it later on YouTube which are, of course, not recorded in the ratings.