Wow. I didn’t think Simon ever got nervous. Ever!
However, according to The Scoop, it seems that the unexpected success of both Fox’s American Idol and The Voice have left him mighty worried.
Sources close to the X-Factor had this to say:
“There are two things he was not counting on,” the source said. “One, he never thought ‘American Idol’ would do well this year, much less better than when he was on the show. And, he definitely wasn’t counting on ‘The Voice’ being a hit. That might have him more worried than anything. Not only is there a question of how ‘The X Factor’ will stack up against these other singing competition shows, but there’s a question about whether anyone is even going to be in the mood for another one in the fall.”
I’m not too certain re the validity of this statement. He has little competition from anyone in the Fall in terms of entertainment-driven reality shows.
The real horse race starts in the early part of 2012 with the new season of “American Idol”, “The Voice” and premiere of the new NBC Broadway themed show, “Smash”.
Maybe he is feeling the strain of the unexpected departure of Cheryl Cole as judge for both the UK and USA based X-Factor. I know I was disappointed to read the news of this surprising turn of events.
What do you think? Will you watching X-Factor in the Fall, or will you need a break from a summer filled with reality shows such as America’s Got Talent and So You Think You Can Dance?