X Factor New Zealand 2018 Auditions: Will It Return?
The X Factor, New Zealand is a television reality show. The show is based on music competition to find talented singing sensations from the aspiring ones.
The Show is an edition to the original UK series of the same name and is based on the Australian the X Factor production format. The show was telecasted on TV3 Network and both the series were hosted by Dominic Bowden.
The show made its debut in 2013 and was co-produced by MediaWorks and FremantleMedia Australia. The winner of the first season was, Jackie Thomas, with Whenua Patuwai on the second and Benny Tipene on the third place.
A second series of The X Factor was not included in TV3’s 2014 line-up, however in August 2014 TV3 confirmed that a second series of the show would be made. Production began in November 2014 and the series will screen in 2015. NZ On Air will contribute $800,000 minority funding to the second series.
The second season of the show was broadcasted in 2015. Initially, the judging panel included names- Teddy Sinclair, Willy Moon, Stan Walker and Melanie Blatt. During a live show, Teddy Sinclair and Willy Moon bullied and verbally attacked a contestant and were fired later on. This series was won by Bassingthwaighte’s contestant, Beau Monga. Nyssa Collins placed second and Brendon Thomas and the Vibes followed in third.
The actual amassing of participants begin from Pre-auditions which are conducted by the producers. They shortlist a number of candidates who get a chance to perform before the actual judging panel and a live audience. The ones receiving a golden ticket from there are further promoted in the show to the Bootcamp level.
The bootcamp included a live studio audience and used a six-seat challenge to choose the contestants to progress to the Judges retreats’ round. In the retreat’s round, the contestants are divided into four categories: Boys, Girls, Over-25s and Groups, and each category is assigned one of the judges as a mentor. Each judge then selects their top three contestants which make up the final 12 and progress to the live shows. The live shows consist of two weekly live shows, the first featuring the contestants’ performances and the second revealing the results of the public voting. The performance acts usually includes Guitar or Violin and are supported by back stage dancers too. As soon as a performance is over, the voting lines are opened for viewers to cast a vote for their favorites. The winner of the show is decided on the basis of public voting and judge’s discretion and is signed to Sony Music Entertainment New Zealand.
The New Zealand version of the show too has a spin-off named, the Xtra Factor which was broadcasted on FOUR immediately after The X Factor.
X Factor Auditions Requirement:
The show was made open to anyone aged 14 and over. The contestants are split into the show’s four traditional categories: Boys, Girls, Over-25s and Groups. Also, the second series of the show opened it for bands entry too in the group category. Till now no announcement for third series.
Will The X Factor New Zealand Return In 2018?
The first series of the show received a strong viewership and a strong online engagement too. The show was hugely popular and became a hot potato on Facebook and Twitter. Overall 80% of total New Zealander’s population watched the first series at one point.
The second series could not acquire that place in audience’s heart and was not that big a hit. The viewership fell by an average of 30%. Seeing, its falling popularity, NZ announced in 2015 that the show will not return. So chances the show might not return in 2018 as well.