There’s been a huge “will he or won’t he” with one Mr Simon Cowell as of late – the subject being whether or not he’s making his way back to the UK version of The X Factor. With ratings already at disappointing lows and heading further down the pan by the day, it seemed pretty clear during season 9 that something wasn’t working.
Things have this time been taking back to the drawing board somewhat, with auditions returning to the small rooms and one Mrs Sharon Osborne once again joining the judging panel. And wouldn’t you know it seems to have worked – ratings for the first episode of the tenth season beat-out last year’s by an impressive 700,000.
As far as the critics are concerned, it all comes down to the reinstatement of Sharon Osborne.
Sharon had been one of the founding members of the judging panel back in 2004, but ended up quitting when she just couldn’t bear to be in the same room as Danni Minogue. From 2007 onward, the panel changed a few times and once Simon Cowell left to concentrate on the X Factor US, things started going from bad to worse.
It all seemed to reach a peak when Tulisa Contostavlos failed to strike any real chord with the viewing public and her constant spats with Gary Barlow quickly went from puerile to pathetic.
The future was bleak, but thanks to the Queen of Rock it’s all heading in the right direction once again. So for the time being at least, it seems Simon can keep America happy by staying on the judging panel for the US version.
Sharon’s fellow judge Louis Walsh made it pretty clear that he agrees with the critical consensus applauding her return. He spoke of how the atmosphere was better than it had been in years and the fun had been put back into the panel.
“Sharon has brought something extra to the show. I can’t explain what but she is fun and she is feisty,” he said.