Whoa, some major shakeups going on over at FOX’s X-Factor. We first heard this evening that judge Nicole Scherzinger and host Steve Jones would not be returning for a second season of X-Factor, and yet another one bites the dust – none other than Paula Abdul. According to “The Hollywood Reporter”, she reportedly was told tonight that her services were no longer needed in Season 2 either. Looks like Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid are the only two remaining. Err, hopefully L.A. doesn’t get the boot too!
Let’s be honest here. I’m not surprised by this shake up, are you? Simon Cowell, who created the show, apparently felt the need to do an overhaul, and I couldn’t agree more with his decision to relieve Jones of his duties as the host. He did nothing for the show, and I was thoroughly unimpressed. I wanted to give him a chance, but as the weeks went on, meh, he seemed to get worse. He looked awkward on stage and Ryan Seacrest he is NOT.
There are some conflicting reports regarding what happened with Nicole. Some suggest that she wanted out of the judging gig so that she could concentrate on her music, but more reports that have surfaced tonight say that her contract was simply not renewed. I have not been very happy with Nicole’s lack of decision making, as we all know what happened when she left it up to the public vote (on the advice from Paula) regarding the fate of Rachel Crow and Marcus Canty, because she couldn’t make up her own freakin’ mind. What we saw when Rachel got word that she was ousted was difficult to watch. Absolutely difficult. Could Rachel have eventually won the title? Probably not, but still. To watch the cutie patootie have a major meltdown on stage was heartbreaking.
As for Paula, well, what more can I say? Paula is Paula. Out with the old, in with the new.
So Simon…good luck in your search to find replacements. Let’s hope they’re good ones!