Creative director Brian Friedman is leaving the US version for the UK version. I hope they replace him with Laurie Ann Gibson.
"The X Factor" U.K. is shaking up its behind-the-scenes staff before the show's ninth season begins airing on ITV1 in August 2012. According to the Daily Mirror, "The X Factor" U.S. creative director Brian Friedman is transferring to the U.K. show in the same position.
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Host update. Looks like they're retracting on the co-host thing.
FOX hasn't hired hosts for "The X Factor" yet, but that's a situaiton that may change soon.
Network chief Kevin Reilly says the network and "X Factor" creator Simon Cowell are "pretty close" to closing a deal on a host, or hosts, as the case may be. Cowell has said he'd like to have two hosts for the talent competition, but a solo emcee is apparently still on the table.
"I think it could happen next week, or it could happen in the next two weeks," Reilly said Monday (July 23) at the Television Critics Association summer press tour. Cowell, he adds, has been weighing the idea of both a single host and a duo.
"That's going to be about who he finally selects and does he like the feel of it," Reilly says. "He's done the show with two before [in the U.K.]."
That was the plan for last season, too, but Nicole Scherzinger moved into one of the judges' slots after Cowell decided to replace Cheryl Cole, leaving Steve Jones as the lone host.
Appearing via satellite later in the day, Cowell says he's hoping to have a man and a woman as hosts -- and "ideally, I'd like someone who maybe hasn't been a host before." He says his fellow producers will be giving screen tests in the next few weeks, with hopes of making an announcement by mid-August.
^ That's actually smart on the producers part. From the auditions it was like I had front row knowledge the way people were spilling stuff. "YOU GURRL DEMI WAVED AT US, SHE TURNED AROUND AT 3:30, BRITNEY TOOK A PISS AT 5:00, SHE WAS CHEWING DOUBLE-MENT"