“The X Factor” vs. “American Idol” vs. “America’s Got Talent”: what’s the difference?
By Kim Palacios
hollywoodnews.com: If you think Simon Cowell’s new singing competition, “The X Factor” sounds similar to “America’s Got Talent” and “American Idol”, you’re not alone. The highly publicized new show sometimes seems indistinguishable from Cowell’s earlier mega-hits. But “The X Factor” has a few twists not previously seen in the former two shows. Here is what they are:
Different Age Limits: While “American Idol” hopefuls must be between the ages of 15 and 30, and “America’s Got Talent” had both toddler and senior contestants, “The X Factor” range is slightly different—contestants must be at least 12 years old.
Singers Only: Like “American Idol”, “The X Factor” is a singing competition, whereas “America’s Got Talent” allowed acts of any kind.
Four Distinct Categories of Competition: Unlike the other two, “The X Factor” is looking for four specific categories of singer: young guys, young girls, older singers, and group acts.
Auditions in Front of a Crowd: Unlike most talent competition shows, “The X Factor” will require performers to audition in front of a full crowd of 3,000 to 4,000 people. In addition to seeking raw talent, judges will be assessing the performer’s ability to perform in front of thousands and to captivate the live crowd.
A $5 Million Purse: “America’s Got Talent” promised a year-long Las Vegas Show. “American Idol” a recording contract. In the case of “The X Factor”, the grand prize is a record deal with Sony. Adding to the cachet of the prize is the whopping $5 million contract value, higher than any value named for the other two shows.
Auditions for “The X Factor” are already underway, with the following remaining dates on the books:
Chicago, IL Wednesday, April 27 Sears Centre Arena
Dallas, TX Thursday, May 26 The Dallas Convention Center
Rumored judges are Cheryl Cole, Nicole Scherzinger, and Antonio Reid (Simon Cowell is confirmed as a judge). The show is set to premiere in September.
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