Make it completely irrelevant. It’s that simple. Ironically, the person who created the American Idol phenomenon — Simon Cowell — is likely to kill his baby off when he launches his new show X Factor this September.
Well, he won’t kill it off, per say, but here’s the deal:
X Factor will offer a $5 million record deal, which trumps anything American Idol offers and definitely more than most reality show competitions.
That Cowell, himself, is going to be a star judge (along with two unannounced judges) means that his new show will be everything his old show currently lacks. Throughout his tenure on American Idol, it was clear that Randy and Paula didn’t matter so much in the judges panel. With Cowell, the other two judges just sort of have to be there.
Plus, singers and vocal groups age 12 and over are eligible to participate, with no upper age limit. The vocal group is a new twist, something that Idol hasn’t incorporated.
“I like the idea that a 12-year-old on this show can compete with an older singer and a singing group,” said Cowell in a statement. “I’ve never believed there should be a cut-off age for talent, and we are going to put our money where our mouths are with the $5 million recording contract. I’m doing this show in America because I genuinely believe we can find a superstar.”
When you add up all of these factors, it’s clear that X Factor is the logical evolution of American Idol, which makes Idol gigantically irrelevant.