The X Factor (American TV series)

U.S. television series

The X Factor USA is an American television music competition. The winner gets a recording contract and 5 million dollars. It first aired on September 21, 2011 on Fox.[2] There have been three winners; Melanie Amaro, Tate Stevens and Alex & Sierra.

The X Factor
GenreReality television
Created bySimon Cowell
Creative director(s)
Presented by
Composer(s)Simon Cowell
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes80
Executive producer(s)
  • Simon Cowell (uncredited)
  • Cecile Frot-Coutaz
  • Siobhan Greene
  • Richard Holloway
  • Andrew Llinares
  • Rob Wade[1]
Production location(s)
Running time60–150 minutes
Production company(s)
DistributorFremantleMedia Enterprises
Original networkFox
Picture format720p (16:9 HDTV)
Original releaseSeptember 21, 2011 (2011-09-21) –
December 19, 2013 (2013-12-19)
Related showsThe X Factor
Other websites

The original panel consisted of Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, Cheryl Cole and L.A. Reid. Cheryl was later fired and was replaced by Nicole Scherzinger who was going to be the host along with Steve Jones. At the end of season 1, Paula, Nicole and Steve were all fired but Nicole would become a judge on the UK version.

Demi Lovato and Britney Spears replaced Paula and Nicole as judges while Khloe Kardashian and Mario Lopez became the co-hosts replacing Steve. In 2013, L.A. and Britney left the show and were replaced by Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio. Mario became the sole host after Khloe was sacked.

On February 7, 2014, Fox announced that The X Factor got cancelled due to Simon Cowell, who is going to judge back at the UK version of the show.


  1. "The X Factor Press Release" (PDF) (Press release). Fox Broadcasting Company. Archived from the original (PDF) on December 15, 2011. Retrieved June 24, 2011.
  2. "Digital Spy - TV, Movies and Entertainment News". Digital Spy.