You knew it would boil down to this at some point… After a summer filled with news on The X Factor and American Idol — judges quitting, potential (and confirmed!) celebrity replacements, new hosts, etc. — it was about time we put all the recent changes to a vote. Who has the better judges? Hosts? Talent? Ultimately, it’s up to you to decide which reality singing competition will have a better upcoming season. But before you make your choice, here’s the latest info on each:
The judging panel for The X Factor is 100% confirmed. (See them all together below.) Along with Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid, superstars Britney Spears and Demi Lovato have joined the TXF ranks. Meanwhile, AI has only confirmed one new judge so far: Mariah Carey. But so far, the list of possibilities includes everyone from Nicki Minaj to Nick Jonas, so stay tuned!
As for hosts, the shows are flipped. American Idol, of course, 100% confirmed Mr. Ryan Seacrest once again, but The X Factor seems to still be TBD since Steve Jones’ exit. There’s been talk of Glee‘s Kevin McHale taking the position, as well as reports on Khloe Kardashian being a finalist. Who knows, it might even be both of them (or neither, but whatev) in the end!
Now, let’s talk talent. Here are some names you might recognize: Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Jordin Sparks, Jennifer Hudson, Chris Daughtry… A long list of stars that were finalists over the course of the past 11 seasons of American Idol. Though The X Factor (U.S.) showed off the vocal stylings of Melanie Amaro and Rachel Crow, it definitely can’t compare with the number of recognized talents; they only had one season after all. But you could also ‘factor’ (hehe) in the UK version of the show, which introduced One Direction to the world. Squeal!
So, which show DYT will be better this coming season? Watch performances from both sides below — one from Kelly, the other from 1D! — then cast your votes and tell us why in the comments!