TV's Bottom 10 of 2013 from The Fien Print
Which shows join 'Dads' and 'Dracula' in Dan Fienberg's Bottom 10
9. "The X Factor" (FOX)
Given that "The X Factor" was my Worst Show of 2012, this placement actually reflects a *lot* of improvement. Having a terrific winner in Alex & Sierra helped the show a lot, but the talent depth really wasn't there and the combination of weak performers and strange voting from the increasingly minuscule fanbase led the talent to become more mediocre as the season progressed. Simon Cowell had two judging changes to make and Kelly Rowland added energy and enthusiasm to the panel, joining with Cowell and Demi Lovato to give "X Factor" a decent three-judge core for the first time, but Paulina Rubio was useless and was mostly just a punching bag for "I don't understand your accent" jokes. The expertly smarmy Mario Lopez was better without Khloe Kardashian, but he was still emceeing a live telecast that almost never ran smoothly, especially in the early-season episodes in which way too many performances were frequently crammed into Tuesday or Wednesday shows with little regard for either the singers or for the viewer experience. The 16-performance-in-two-hours Wednesday show and then the voting-SNAFU-prompted 12-performance hour were about as frantically produced and unpleasant to watch and recap as anything I've ever witnessed. And no show handled product integration worse than "X Factor" with its embarrassing five minute in-show commercials for Secret every Thursday. "X Factor" had low ratings this fall, but they were also fairly steady, leading to speculation of a one-night-a-week format next year or something, but if that format comes without Demi and possibly Simon, it's hard to know what the point would be.
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