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.
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!