The X Factor

Here are the finalists for The X Factor as they’re announced.

Girls
Simone Battle
Drew Ryniewicz
Tiah Tolliver 
Rachel Crow
Melanie Amaro 

Over 30’s
Josh Krajcik
Dexter Haygood
Leroy Bell 
Stacy Francis 

Groups
The Brewer Boys
Lakoda Rayne
InTENsity
The Stereo Hogzz 

Boys
Brian Bradley
Phillip Lomax
Chris Rene
Marcus Canty 

Eliminated: 
Tora Woloshin, Krista Collins, James Kenny, 2Squared, Illusion Confusion, 4Shore, Nick Voss, Skyelor Anderson, Brennin Hunt, Jazzlyn Little, Tiger Budbill, Caitlin Koch, Tim Cifers, The Anser, Elaine Gibbs, Melanie Amaro

8:00pm – Tuesday, October 18 on CTV

The Judges’ Homes round comes to a dramatic conclusion as the judges and their celebrity guest-mentors finalize the boys, girls, over 30s, and groups that will make up the final 16 and move one step closer to becoming the next global superstar or breakout music group.

8:00pm – Thursday, October 13 on /A

Also airs at 9 p.m. AT on CTV Two Atlantic and 9 p.m. MT on CTV Two Alberta

The contestants continue with their visits to the judges homes, where they must perform their hearts out in order to impress one of the judges, and their celebrity guest-mentor.

8:00pm – Wednesday, October 12 on CTV

The hopefuls are placed into one of the four categories: boys, girls, over 30s and groups. Judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, L.A. Reid and Nicole Scherzinger find out which category they will mentor for the remainder of the season. Then, in an exciting new twist, the contestants travel to the judges’ homes where they will have to perform their hearts out to impress one of the judges and their hand-picked celebrity guest-mentor.

8:00pm – Thursday, October 6 on /A

Also airs at 9 p.m. AT on CTV Two Atlantic and 9 p.m. MT on CTV Two Alberta

Boot camp continues as judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, L.A. Reid and Nicole Scherzinger narrow down their search for the next global superstar or breakout music group.

8:00pm – Wednesday, October 5 on CTV

Hopefuls who made it past the live audition round travel to Los Angeles for “Boot Camp.” During this phase of the competition, the contestants will face judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, L.A. Reid and Nicole Scherzinger in front of a live audience as they are judged on their singing, dancing, and overall performance styles.

8:00pm – Thursday, September 29 on /A

Also airs at 9 p.m. AT on CTV Two Atlantic and 9 p.m. MT on CTV Two Alberta

The audition rounds continue to sizzle as the judges bicker and disagree in their quest to find the best singers in America.

8:00pm – Wednesday, September 28 on CTV

The judges continue their search to find the next global superstar or breakout music group as the audition rounds heat up.

8:00pm – Thursday, September 22 on /A

Also airs at 9 p.m. AT on CTV Two Atlantic and 9 p.m. MT on CTV Two Alberta

The live auditions in front of an audience of thousands continue on the second part of the two-night series premiere of THE X FACTOR.

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.