What else can we expect to be different about the new season of US XF?
Simon: ‘it looks totally different to the show last year and we make the show I’ve always wanted to make. There’s no host, there’s no voice over, the story is told all through the eyes of the contestants and you get to see a part of the audition process you’ve never been allowed to see before. And if I say so myself it is amazing, really, really, really good. And we’ve found better talent I think.
‘I genuinely believe I know what it’s like to be a contestant on this show from watching. I found it fascinating. There is a lot more reality than we’ve ever shown before. Maybe before, we showed people 60% of the process, now it feels like it’s 100%. It definitely feels different from many of the shows we’ve seen this year.’
‘They’re just horrible to each other, aside from the singing. Just awful. But it’s something I’ve wanted to do, tell the story from the contestant’s perspective rather than our perspective. So we’ve added to the team and I have to say it looks brilliant, I love it.’
‘There’s a whole different story going on back stage which, myself, the viewers have never really been allowed to see before which is what are the contestants like with each other and half the time when you see them, they are actually disgusting to each other. They’re bitchy, they’re nasty, they’re competitive. But I found it fascinating and right from the first 10 minutes when the show opens there’s a story about a very sweet girl and there are these two really bitchy girls being horrible to her and one of the eventually gets their comeuppance. But this is stuff I’ve never seen before and I was fascinated with it.’
LA Reid, what do you think of the new female judges?
LA Reid: ‘We have these two young girls who are bonafide superstars. Who are in the moment. They are not yesterday’s stars. They are in the moment. They are stars right now. They are popular culture. Demi Lovato and Britney spears are popular culture right now, and that’s what makes us very special.’
‘It’s definitely amazing when the panel walks out. Not so much when LA walks out, it gets a little louder when Demi walks out, it gets even louder when Simon walks out, and then when Britney walks into the room – Oh My God. The only thing I can think about is when I was a kid and was watching the Beatles at Shay Stadium, and I saw these girls screaming going crazy. I feel like that when Britney’s in the room. I think she’s the fifth Beatle’
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