Last year marked the first season of the American incarnation of “The X-Factor”, a talent contest program aired on Fox and developed by Simon Cowell, of American Idol fame, where contestants must demonstrate that indefinable “something” that makes for a superstar. The show was relatively successful, but the chemistry between the five hosts/judges was a bit more questionable, an issue that has spawned a breakdown prior to the show’s second season.
Last December, rumors began to spread about Cowell’s fellow British host Steve Jones leaving the show for its second season, a rumor that was at first extinguished by his reps. Recently, however, the subject has been brought up by again by head of Fox Entertainment Kevin Reilly, and early this morning (Jan 31st) Jones made the following tweet:
@SteveJones: “I won’t be hosting next seasons XFactor which is a shame but I cant complain as I’ve had a great time. Good luck to everyone on the show”
Shortly afterward, E! Online confirmed that the show’s two female hosts, Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger, would also be dropping out for the shows follow-up season, leaving Cowell and L.A. Reid as the show’s only hosts for the time being. Of course, Fox will undoubtedly be able to find replacements before the show gets started again, but the question remains of whether the show will retain its popularity following such a massive format change, especially after only one season.
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