Like a game of poker

It starts tomorrow.  Possibly one of the biggest, most anticipated shows of the last decade.  Simon Cowell returns to US television with not only the biggest prize a reality TV show has ever offered, but the hopes that he can dwarf the mamoth ratings machine that was his former employer – American Idol.

It’s a different show, and yet somewhat the same.  Tens of thousands of wannabe pop stars vying for the chance to make it big and walk away with a recording contract and a large wad of cash.  In this instance, however, the four judges play a much bigger part in the game as once the auditions are over, they compete head to head against each other to try and get one of their finalists to the end.

I’m pretty sure Mr Cowell would have been a little upset at The Voice for pinching that aspect of uniqueness and getting to air first but I doubt the ratings will be remotely close.  Cowell has the uncanny ability to draw in an audience who seem to live to watch his brutal honesty and impeccable talent compass uncover the next big music sensation.

How it must be for the other judges sitting next to him knowing his successes, despite their own, are just so much bigger.  Add to that his net worth and it must quickly become a game of ego.  Beat one of the most successful businessmen in music at his own game on the first series of The X Factor in the USA and it would be epic.  

But picking which acts to put through is where it really counts.  You obviously want the best people but as a judge, you want your acts to be better than the rest.  When you take 6 away to spend some time with them and prepare to cut them down to 3, it becomes a bit of a game of poker.  What acts are the other judges going to choose?  How strong will they be? Can my acts out perform them? Or do they just pick the best from the group they have and close their eyes and hope and pray for the best from the hand they’ve been dealt.

Time will certainly tell which show can deliver the biggest audience.  Either way, both FOX and CTV will be happy.

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