The X Factor Goes To Channel Seven – To Be Screened Later This Year
Channel Seven have won/bought the Australian rights to reality TV and talent show The X Factor which will be screened later this year, with Kyle Sandilands to be one of the judges on this popular show from the UK.
The other judges will be pop cutie Natalie Imbruglia, pop star and Australian Idol alumni, Guy Sebastian, and Ronan Keating singer and former member of Westlife. Interestingly enough Australia’s Got Talent judge Brian McFadden has been overlooked for his former boy band member Keating. I wonder how he feels about that.
The X Factor is open to singers of all ages – either solo performers or groups. Once through the final audition process, the four judges will take on mentoring roles, as the performers are split into categories – Boys under 25, Girls under 25, the over 25s and the Groups.
This will culminate with a huge weekly live show, in front of the judges and the Australian public. The winner will be rewarded with a recording contract with Sony Music Australia.
Channel Ten previously had the format but for some reason it did not work, however with Australian Idol currently in hiatus (ok now probably dead) it should have a better chance of attracting talent and viewers. For those who care a group called Random won that series.
A host has yet to be announced but chances are it will be a high profile Channel Seven personality. But count out Daniel Macpherson as he hosted the original series on Ten. I wouldn’t mind seeing Sonia Kruger in the role, however chances are it will go to a person of the male gender.
The show will be produced by Fremantle Media and will be shown later this year.
Auditions will begin at the end of May in Perth and travel around the country:
THE PERTH CONVENTION EXHIBITION CENTRE Sunday May 30 and Monday May 31
ADELAIDE ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE Wednesday June 2
CAULFIELD RACECOURSE Saturday June 5, Sunday June 6 and Monday June 7
AUSTRALIAN TECHNOLOGY PARK, BAY 4 Saturday June 12, Sunday June 13 and Monday June 14
SOUTHBANK PIAZZA Saturday June 19 and Sunday June 20
Full audition details are available at www.xfactortv.com.au