After three seasons of fluctuating ratings, The X Factor USA has been confirmed canceled by Syco, FremantleMedia North America and Fox Broadcasting Company (FOX).
Simon Cowell, who was a mentor and producer of the show, released a statement saying, “I’ve had a fantastic time over the last 12 years, both on The X Factor and American Idol 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)!
Cowell continues, “Last year, for a number of reasons, I had to make a decision to return to the U.K. version of ‘The X Factor’ in 2014. So for now, I’m back to the U.K. and I want to thank FOX for being an incredible partner and I also want to thank everybody who has supported my shows. America, I’ll see you soon!”
Praising Cowell for his years of work with Fox, the Chairman of Entertainment at Fox, Kevin Reilly, issued the following statement: “
To all of us at FOX, Simon is more than one of the most prolific TV personalities of our time –he’s part of our family. A consummate showman and partner, there’s no one more passionate or creative than Simon, and we feel so fortunate to have enjoyed such a wonderful, collaborative relationship with him over the past 12 years.” Unfortunately, there is no X FACTOR USA without Simon Cowell, but we understand and support his decision to focus on the international formats and on the next phase of his personal life. We wish him the very best, and it’s our sincere hope that we work together again soon.”
Despite it’s sinking viewership, X Factor USA has garnered some major success. In the third and ultimately final season of the show, winning duo Alex & Sierra reached No. 1 on the iTunes singles chart twice with six singles also ranking in the iTunes Top 20 during live shows.
Season 2 brought two internationally successful groups, including Emblem3 and Fifth Harmony. Emblem3’s first album, “Nothing To Lose,” debuted at No. 7 on the Billboard 200 albums chart and reached No.1 on iTunes in 14 countries. Fifth Harmony’s EP, “Better Together,” debuted at No. 6 on the Billboard chart and reached the Top 10 on iTunes in 41 countries, making them have the biggest debut album from any U.S. television competition series in 2012.
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