The X Factor Season 3: Smaller Prize, Passionate Mentors, No More Judges' Houses or Boot Camp

X-Factor-Season-3-SpoilersThe ever-changing X Factor team — including Simon Cowell, Demi Lovato, Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio — took the stage Thursday at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour in Beverly Hills and promised fresh things ahead in the competition series’ third cycle.

“I feel really comfortable with the girls and I think it’s going to be the best show we’ve made so far,” Cowell assured. “It’s got an energy about it this year which has been lacking before. So, I’m confident.”

The mega-producer attributed his surge of confidence in the upcoming run to the latest shuffling of the judges’ table. “It just felt that with all the shows, the judging panels were beginning to look the same,” he explained. “Most importantly, when we sat down and spoke to [Lovato, Rowland and Rubio], it was really, how passionate are you about doing this job properly, working with the artist properly and actually trying to find a star at the end?”

Addressing The Voice coach Adam Levine’s recent comments that the “overall mission statement” of a singing competition series is not necessarily to successfully launch the careers of its contestants, Cowell responded: “No show can survive without that. You’re making a promise to the contestants that you’re going to try to turn them into a real-life artist… It’s not a guarantee, but that’s you’re [goal]… That’s why we make the show.”

Other panel highlights included:

• According to ETOnline, EP Rob Wade said the focus in Season 3 will be contestants’ performances — and not their ability to survive a full-scale assault of backup dancers and props. “We love production and don’t want to lose production on the show, but it’s something you’ll see gradually build up over the weeks,” he said. “This way the contestants’ journey to being — and looking like — a superstar will happen slowly over the weeks now.”

• Judges’ Houses and Boot Camp rounds are kaput for the upcoming installment, executive producers Wade and Andrew Llinares revealed. Instead, a yet-to-be-announced middle round will involve all four mentors whittling down the field until each one has four contestants per category.

• Cowell noted that the previous $5 million prize was “almost too much. ” Moving forward, the winner will receive “$1 million, still get a recording contract with Sony and become a number one priority.”

* The show will return to categories closer to its Season 1 format: Boys, Girls, Groups and Over 25s. (In Season 2, there were Teens, Young Adults, Groups, and Over 25s.)

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  1. Karen says:

    In other words, more like AMerican Idol.

    • sg54 says:

      That’s exactly what I was thinking. At the end of the day, no matter how screwed up American Idol is, AI was and always will be the basis and top of all singing shows. I understand that the times have changed but by the end of season 4 AI has Kelly, Fantasia, and Carrie. Where do the Voice and X Factor stand? Not to mention, runner ups on American Idol have some chance in the real world, i.e. chris daughtry, jennifer hudson, adam lambert, haley reinhart, etc. I barely remember the names of these past contestants. Could someone explain why?

    • Li says:

      At best, this is a summer show, not a full fledge 16 week show.

  2. liz says:

    Well it sounds like they’ve listened to some of the suggestions that have been made (which is great, cause AI keeps refusing to) but we’ll see when it actually airs.

  3. RockGolf says:

    These changes amount to rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.

  4. Luther says:

    I actually thought the judges house stage was one of the best parts?

    Can’t deny that even though they may have not produced a superstar yet, they have produced some viable acts that have made it onto the radio (Emblem 3 and 5th Harmony as of late). Voice hasn’t produced anyone who has done anything whatsoever.

    • Hamish says:

      5th Harmony – the most ironic name ever.

    • Tonya says:

      Terry mcDermott and Cassadee Pope have both charted with their post-Voice singles on the rock & country charts respectively. Though for both of them as well as the two xfactor groups, it remains to be seen if any of them will be more than a one “hit” wonder (i use the term hit loosely). But I agree with you about the house visits though, it’s always been my favorite part and has produced the some of my favorite performances on both the US & UK Xfactor.

    • Lizzie says:

      I think the voice has the problem that the only people voting are a specific segment of the country. Don’t get me wrong nothings wrong with country but I think it’s a very isolated market. You really have to have a hit to get noticed. Obviously Carrie was on AI but that was different show. But honestly the true success of the voice is the real and genuine like that all these mentors have with each other. I can tell you that Paulina Rubio is the most annoying no talent person and she sucks as a mentor with kids. I love watching The Voice because the contestants are talented but the changes support each other. But I’m pretty sure Adam and Blake’s bromance is really why it’s big.

  5. Arielle says:

    So, the x factor usa couldn’t come up with big names to judge? Rubio and Rowland have had little success as solo artists and Demi’s recent album flopped. and how is Simon going to address the scandal he’s involved with? Smaller prize because Tate Stevens and Melanie Amaro, the winners failed to make a name for themselves as solo artists. Both were a $5 million waste. Sure there’s promise for Emblem3 and Fifth Harmony, but all the publicity isn’t translating to sales. It’s because America doesn’t embrace girl groups like they do boy groups. and E3 isn’t one direction as hard as Simon tried to make them be the answer to 1D. it didn’t work. if the xfactor can’t produce a winner who performs well on the charts, they basically lose credibility as a show.

    • Kaba says:

      Rowland is a big Xfactor name in the UK and she’s a seasoned Vet for this show.
      So it’s perfectly sensible for them to have her on.
      It’s bad you’re more concerned with the big name moreso than their ability to be useful. Did this season of American Idol teach you nothing? Or how about last season?
      It seems like the bigger the name the worse the judge.
      Demi is a terrible judge/mentor imo so I have small hope for whatever team she has this season. And Simon….if Simon can avoid the power trip he had last season I’ll be back on good standing with him

      • Maris says:

        I really don’t think Demi is a bad judge at all, I might argue that she was actually the best and always spot on. As a mentor though yes, she made some terrible choices, let’s hope she makes better ones this time around

    • Arielle says:

      Little success? Paulina rubio is one of the greatest artist in our country and has been in many more and kelly rowland as well! And Demi has a lot of success with her last album and career! Not to mention a huuuuuge fanbase.

  6. Josh says:

    Five million is a lot to give someone for winning a low rated show.

  7. Damn says:

    Boot Camp is one of my fav parts in these singing competitions.
    Plus if it wasnt for judge houses last year we wouldnt have seen that great performance from 5th Harmony or the great performance from Lyric 145.

  8. Kaba says:

    Judges house has always been an Xfactor tradition, dunno why they stopped that one.
    But I’m glad they lowered the prize.
    With 2 winners flopping beyond belief it’s no wonder why Simon decided he doesn’t want to give away 5 million that easily
    5th Harmony, Carly, and Emblem 3 have 400x more relevance than Tate does.

  9. cuius says:

    No Lauren Silverman?

  10. A says:

    Boot Camp and Judges’ Houses are some of the best parts of X Factor UK. Now it sounds like every other singing competition show in America.

  11. Arielle says:

    I love the judges but i think paula should be here!!!

  12. Todd says:

    Whatever. This is probably the last season for the show anyway unless it turns around in the ratings.

  13. Sarah says:

    According to rumours, the judges from the UK and the US version are coming together to decide which contestants they’re sending to their respective live shows. Some sort of promotional move, so that the artists get a wider audience.

  14. Trev says:

    The boot camp an judge’s homes are the best rounds!

  15. Budd says:

    Translation: They are trimming the budget down as low as possible to see through the original 3-season contract and not embarrass Simon on the way out.

    Show is a joke. It should have been allowed to die after season 1.

  16. greysfan says:

    You know why The X Factor fails in the USA? Because they have changed it so much from what the show really is and that is why viewers flee. The show works so well in the UK, NZ, Australia just to name a few and then it comes to the US and things are so different. I love this show but not the show being put on in the US. Simon wake up. As a huge fan of the X Factor brand why must you kill the show in the biggest market around.

    • a_lex89 says:

      Hmmm. Actually, the format for the first and second season were pretty much like the UK version. Actually, they were following the same path; from the auditions, to the bootcamp, then the judges house and the live shows (top 16). The reason why it’s not working aswell in the USA is mainly because of the competition (AI Vs TV Vs TXF). Something that you don’t see as much in the UK or Australia (it’s mainly TV Vs TXF). And The X Factor came in too late, NBC was wise to rush in the production of their first season of The Voice whilte it took 2 years for Simon to finally produce the first season of his beloved show.

      • Kaba says:

        It’s not working well because nobody has stood out enough to be recognized. Carly Rose did a good job at getting them more publicity, but the rest of Season 2 was such a mess I stopped watching anyways.
        The competition between shows isn’t as big a deal anymore, AI is tanking and The Voice still hasn’t found a breakout star though Danielle is still in the air.

  17. Bree says:

    I got the chance to go to a taping of the auditions and while I though the chemistry and feedback that Simon, Demi and Kelly provided was great. I was really put off by Paulina. I’m sure she’s incredibly talented and very knowledgable, but it was often times very hard to understand what she was saying. It wasn’t even an issue with her accent, it was just that she went in circles saying things that didn’t make much sense, the other judges stepped in at times to clear it up for the contestants.

    That’s the one thing I’m worried about for this season, otherwise I’m really excited.

  18. pete says:

    I think the judges are’s just that we miss Simons mean behavior . probably the shud put a jamaican on the panel who can soeak some pure rasta nd osuliba rubio could speak more cos ger accent is funny

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