The creator of the hit franchise 'The X-Factor', Simon Cowell, said Canada should be a candidate for its own show. The producer of the U.K. and American 'X-Factor' was in Toronto on Tuesday promoting his shows when he made the comments.
“I don’t believe this attitude of we’re a smaller country, therefore we can’t compete with the U.K. or America," Cowell said. "It’s nonsense." He went on to say he could either "join X-Factor up so we can have Canadian contestants" or find a broadcaster and the "right team" to create a Canadian version of the show.
He said he's "determined to do that" and that with the right television executives and the right judging panel, and a format that allowed for it to be Canadian, that he would be willing to step up and finance a Canadian version of the show.
X-Factor franchise goes worldwide
Cowell, a judge on the first 9 seasons of 'American Idol', created the 'X-Factor' in the U.K. in 2004 and the franchise has grown considerably. There are now versions of the show in dozens of countries, including the U.S., Albania, Australia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Chile, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Finland, Germany, Greece, Italy, Indonesia, Mexico, the Netherlands, Romania, Russia, Spain and the Ukraine.
The American 'X-Factor's' first season last year found audiences in the 12 million range, not the numbers he'd predicted - he said they'd hit 25 million, the range of 'American Idol' - and to boost it, he fired judges Nicole Scherzinger and Paula Abdul and host, Steve Jones. Scherzinger and Abdul have been replaced with Britney Spears and Demi Lovato, who are currently filming the round of auditions.
Simon Cowell and Canada
Whether Cowell is serous about creating an X-Factor in Canada, or about creating an avenue for Canadians to compete on the American show, can't be known for certain, not until there's a move in that direction. But he said he believes in Canadian talent, and given the likes of Justin Bieber, Drake, Carly Rae Jepsen, Alanis Morissette, Michael Buble, Shania Twain, Rufus Wainwright, Celine Dion and others, it would be hard for him not to.
“You look at what’s happening in the charts over the last 10 or 20 years; you look at the Canadian talent that’s happened, you’d be crazy not to try and do something,” he said.