What Are Some Interesting Facts About "The X Factor" TV Show?


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An interesting fact about the show “The X Factor,” the televised music competition show and franchise, is that Simon Cowell created the show, which originated in the United Kingdom. Today, “The X Factor” airs in 51 versions around the world. Together with his company SYNCOtv, Simon Cowell serves as executive producer for the programs. When a contestant wins “The X Factor,” the prize is generally a recording contract.

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Some interesting facts about the TV show “The X Factor” are that now-famous personalities such as Mollie King, Max George and Tom Parker once auditioned for the show but were unsuccessful in impressing the judges. The show is a competition, and in the first stage, contestants audition by performing two songs in front of the producers. Successful contestants then audition for a senior member of production staff and answer emotional questions during personal interviews to create backstories.

In 2004, due to the similarities in format between the show “Pop Idol” and “The X Factor,” Simon Fuller sued Simon Cowell. The case settled out of court. Fuller now receives 10 percent of the earnings of “The X Factor” and an executive producer credit. The show did not appear in the United States until 2010 as part of the settlement agreement.

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