The hottest talent show in the world is about to make its way to New Zealand!
TV3 has confirmed it has secured the rights for a local version of Simon Cowell’s The X Factor, a deal made possible after his contract ended with American Idol last month. Cowell will be a judge on the series that debuts in the US in September 2011.
TV 3 has said that The X Factor New Zealand will go into production next year as well so our guess is that they will most likely screen the US version from September 2011 to help build the profile for the New Zealand series which would then screen in 2012.
There is no word yet as to whether the Fremantle Media show would be being produced in house or by South Pacific Pictures. South Pacific Pictures are not producing the series.
There is also no word as to who will be the host or judges for the show.
This is a bold move by TV3 and one that we’re certainly excited about.
Auditions for the 7th series of The X Factor in the UK are currently underway. The X Factor auditions are also underway in Australia for their second season which is returning to channel Seven after a 4 year hiatus.