On Aug. 29, 2013, “The X Factor” U.K. judges (Gary Barlow, Nicole Scherzinger, Sharon Osbourne and Louis Walsh) gathered for a media event at the Mayfair Hotel in London to promote the show’s 10th season, which premieres in the U.K. on ITV on Aug. 31, 2013. “The X Factor” executive producer Simon Cowell (who was a judge on the show from 2004 to 2010) made a brief appearance at the event, according to the Daily Mirror.
Ratings for “The X Factor” U.K. have been on a downward spiral ever since Cowell left the show’s judging panel. BBC rival “Strictly Come Dancing” has been beating “The X Factor” U.K. in the ratings when the air times for both shows overlap.
“The X Factor” U.K. executive producer Richard Holloway commented on the “Strictly Come Dancing” programming overlap: “When that happens, we lose. If we go later and ‘Strictly’ is on earlier, we win. That’s very much what we are hoping for.”
According to the Daily Mirror, here is what else was said at the media event:
Osbourne said that there will be less fighting among “The X Factor” U.K. judges in 2013: “It used to be like a pantomime – who’s the baddie and who’s the goodie? That’s all old crap. That was yesterday. That’s like old cheese. We have respect for each other and we actually like each other.”
As previously reported, “The X Factor” U.K. in 2013 went back to holding a cappella auditions in a private room (the format that the show had from 2004 to 2008) instead of holding the auditions in arenas, with contestants allowed to perform with backing tracks and instruments (the format that the show had from 2009 to 2012).
According to the Daily Mirror, in response to viewer feedback, “The X Factor” U.K. in 2013 will also have less sob stories and more singing in the audition episodes.
Cowell stated, “It would be so easy after 10 years of ‘X Factor’ to get lazy and make the same show again. These changes feel fresh and fantastic. Once again I feel like a proud daddy.”
Scherzinger said she was excited to be working with Osbourne, who replaced fired judge Tulisa Contostavlos: “When I was asked who the next judge should be, I asked for Mrs O. I’ve always loved her. For me she’s the Queen.”
As for Walsh, he seems to be backtracking from his July 2013 announcement that this year will be his last year as an “X Factor” judge: “We’ve had a great time so I might come back. I’d have to be asked though.”
Osbourne has also been telling the media that 2013 will be her last year as a judge on “The X Factor” U.K., but we will have to wait and see if turns out to be true that Walsh and Osbourne won’t be back on the show’s judging panel in 2014. Walsh (who has been with “The X Factor” U.K. since its 2004 debut) has threatened to quit the show many times before, and Osbourne (who was originally a judge on “The X Factor” U.K. from 2004 to 2007) used to say in several interviews that she would never go back to being a judge on “The X Factor” U.K.
Walsh also addressed the fact that the majority of past “X Factor” U.K. winners have been dropped from Sony Music. “They wouldn’t get dropped if they were selling records.”
Osbourne added, “Welcome to the music industry,” Sharon added.
Barlow, who is known as the toughest judge on “The X Factor” U.K.’s” post-Simon Cowell judging panel, revealed that he cried several times during the auditions. “It’s hard not to well up. The arena is different, when you’re in the room with just one person, it’s very intimate. It makes you more emotional, you get swept along.”
As previously reported, the mentor categories assigned to the judges in 2013 are:
Nicole Scherzinger: Girls (solo singers ages 16 to 24)
Louis Walsh: Boys (solo singers ages 16 to 24)
Sharon Osbourne: Overs (solo singers ages 25 and over)
Gary Barlow: Groups
Osbourne tweeted: “I love my category, I love my contestants and I love @TheXFactor. #XFactor.”
As previously reported, the judges were originally going to have a meeting in person with Cowell on the yacht in France, but the meeting was cancelled in light of Cowell being embroiled in an adultery scandal.
Cowell has admitted that New York socialite Lauren Silverman is pregnant with his first child, who is due to be born in February 2014. Cowell impregnated her when she was married to her first husband, Andrew Silverman, who filed for divorce in July 2013. Andrew cited her adultery with Cowell as the reason for the divorce. The divorce was settled in August 2013.
Lauren and Andrew Silverman, who were close friends of Cowell since 2003, have a 7-year-old son named Adam. The ex-spouses will have joint custody of the child. Andrew Silverman is a New York-based real-estate mogul worth about $95 million, according to Forbes. Cowell’s fortune is worth about $380 million, according to the Sunday Times Rich List.
‘The X Factor” U.K. (which is televised in the U.K. on ITV) is apparently wasting no time in looking for new judges. Church, 27, told Popjustice that she turned down an offer to be a judge on the show: “I had a meeting to ask about the level of involvement in the creative process I could have, and they basically said none unless it was in line with what was required. I wanted to see just how hard line it was. I found my answer and politely declined.”
On Aug. 8, 2013, Church tweeted a harsher description of her “X Factor” snub: “I got asked to do the X factor job. I’d rather poke my eyes out with sticks than be a part of the machine that kills music.”