The X Factor: A 12-Step Plan to Salvage Season 3

Think fast: Would you rather get a root canal from your car mechanic or set your DVR to record Season 3 of The X Factor?

Okay, maybe Fox’s other reality singing competition isn’t quite that painful. But with sagging Season 2 ratings and rumors that mentor Britney Spears is about to get pink-slipped, it’s pretty clear Simon Cowell will have to consider an overhaul at least as big as the one he enacted at the end of the show’s lackluster freshman voyage.

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Whatever the case, the real looming question remains: Is it too late to save the show?

If Cowell thinks the answer is as easy as swapping out one bold-faced name for another — or praying at the Oracle Kardashian for wisdom — then The X Factor seems doomed. On the other hand, if Simon is willing to consider some of the advice in our 12-Step Plan for Season 3, he might turn his expensive lemon into a sleek Maserati.

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Check out our advice below, then hit the comments with your thoughts on how to save The X Factor in Season 3!

Comments are monitored, so don’t go off topic, don’t frakkin’ curse and don’t bore us with how much your coworker’s sister-in-law makes per hour. Talk smart about TV!

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109 Comments
  1. Sammy says:

    So funny that everyone in the UK has been saying this for years yet there’s been no changes whatsoever. The novelty acts are always kept in and the good singers are always voted out, especially when it gets to judges’ votes. Simon Cowell is a broken record and arrogant at that as well. There’s no way he’s gonna change the format when it’s ‘worked’ so well previously.

  2. Cedric says:

    The show loses some of it’s appeal because it tries to do too much too soon. Where American Idol shows the progression of aspiring artist, X-Factor has high dollar sets, outfits, and backup dancers in week number one. Week one of the X-Factor is as big of a production as the American Idol finale. These contestants aren’t stars yet, we like to see them progress, not automatically be given the look of stardom and fame that isn’t real. There is a reason most people prefer the auditions and the performances at the judges homes more than they do the actual live shows. Its because its pure, just artist fighting for what they have a passion for, and being willing to put it all on the line to achieve their dreams. Yes britanny can go, she was very generic in all her feedback, Ellen Degeneres, though not a musician, put much more thought into her responses on Idol. Fans like it simple and about the music, that’s why Tate Stevens won, not necessarily because he was the best singer, but because he consistent, kept it simple and purely about the music. You never saw him with a huge background set or him being lowered from the ceiling, save that stuff for Lady GaGa.

  3. Shaun says:

    First get rid of Kloe she is an awkward host! Mario knows what he is doing.
    Second Simon and LA are the only judges that I think should stay they are the most qualified. Demi, yet in the business hasn’t been there long enough to judge other people performances and annoyed me all season. Britney didn’t even have a personality and I read somewhere she got paid 5 million dollars to judge what a waste of money.
    Third I think there should be a limit for voting like you can only vote 10 times by phone calls, texting, and Internet. Make the completion a little more fair

  4. Blur says:

    How about the entire show is god awful. It’s just over the top on everything. Let’s face the truth that Simon Cowell lucked out with American Idol. As a record producer what success has he had. Before Idol I believe his biggest success was Teletubbies. Whatever successful artist emerged from these reality shows, Simon can’t really take credit especially now since these talent shows are getting old, none of these winners really get anywhere now.

  5. frenchjr25 says:

    Cut the size of the stage in half and stop using all of the flashy lights. Take a cure from the old series “Rock Star” that also filmed at CBS Television City. Make your set look like a real theater. Make it familiar and comfortable for people to see.

    I would also say get more interesting contestants. The Voice does a much better job at selecting unique individuals.

  6. donna says:

    Great advices. i really hope simon will read it.

  7. Christian says:

    Don’t get me wrong. I really love this show. But I really dislike what they do with the contestants performances. All the costumes, the production. The music always overpowers their voice. With the lights and all the dancing. The judges are more focused on the production then the contestants voices. That’s what I don’t like. They should make it like the UK version of the show. The same microphones, the same productions. Get rid of all the lights and dancing.

  8. Almost Genius says:

    1. Make Simon a host. This way, he’s still happily on his show, and he’s not messing up the judging.

    2. Make the judges and mentors separate categories. This way, judges aren’t biased towards anyone.

    3. NO MPRE FAKE DRAMA! Seriously, I’m not 5, I know everything’s staged.

    And what everyone else said, too. I hope they can salvage it. My friend is auditioning, so I’ll be watching for her.

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