Fox’s new potential hit reality series X Factor USA is to begin with a four-hour, two-night special in late September, after the network released the details of the new show’s premiere.
XFactorUSlogo Fox Set Premiere Date For X Factor USAThe televised auditions of the singing contest, as well as an introduction to the show will occur on the evening of Wednesday 21 September at 20:00 ET, before the following day (Thursday 22 September, also 20:00 ET) sees a further two-hour episode containing more of the opening auditions.
After this opening extravaganza from Fox, the show is likely to revert to airing once a week, gradually going through the auditions, boot camp, and judge’s houses stages, before reaching the weekly live shows, which will air two episodes a week (a performance show with a results show the following day), if the UK format is to be followed. The first series of X Factor USA is then due to end in December, much like its counterpart across the Atlantic has been doing throughout its seven series so far.
Following the controversial appointment and sacking of English singer Cheryl Cole, the line-up for the series will see judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, Nicole Scherzinger, and LA Reid joined by show presenter Steve Jones.
Nicole had originally been the co-host of Steve Jones, but Cheryl’s sacking after visiting just two audition cities (Los Angeles and Chicago), meant that the Pussycat Dolls singer was promoted to a seat on the panel.
A loose end left by the long-running Cheryl Cole dismissal story, though, was whether or not the audition clips featuring her will be used on the show. Fox, however, do not seem keen on the idea of dropping all that footage, and have claimed that the Los Angeles and Chicago auditions will feature on the series, with executives likely to describe Cheryl as a ‘guest judge’.
I think as inevitable as it is to not give Cheryl the “guest judge” title, I think that quite insulting seeing as she was a fully pledged judge on the panel. But if Simon Cowell wants to redeem himself to Cheryl, they better do her justice and not edit her to make up look bad, or have her in the episodes for like 5 seconds. We will see Fox, we will see.