Dominic Bowden is to host the first local version of global television phenomenon format The X Factor NZ, coming to TV3 in 2013.
Dominic has been at the forefront of television in New Zealandfor the past decade, becoming a household name when he hosted NZ Idol. He went on to be the first Kiwi to host a LIVE primetime network show on American television, The Next Great American Band., and is currently working in Los Angeles with The X Factor USA (currently screening on TV3, Thursdays and Fridays).
With a music television CV that goes back to co-hosting cult late night music show Space, Dominic says he is extremely proud to be the host of the first Kiwi series of The X Factor:
“I’m so excited to come home and work with the team of talented people that is being put together in New Zealand,” he says. “I’ve had the chance to work in many different environments here in the US, but making The X Factor back home, helping celebrate our talent, and telling their great stories will be fantastic.
“The goal of everyone working on the show is to find a genuine superstar, and I just can’t wait to get started.”
“Kiwi music is exploding internationally, the world is getting smaller and all it takes is the right opportunity for your talent to be seen on the global stage; The X Factor NZ offers that opportunity.”
Created by music mogul Simon Cowell, The X Factor has launched numerous internationally successful music careers. The X Factor artists have globally sold over 100 million records, achieving 250 number ones, 270 Top 10, and 501 Top 50 hit records.
Dominic says working on both seasons of the USAseries has shown him just how hands-on Cowell is when it comes to the different versions of The X Factor, and how supportive he is with talented contestants from all over the world.
The X Factor NZ co-executive producer Andrew Szusterman says he is delighted to have lured Dominic back from LA for the series: “The X Factor NZ will be the biggest show TV3 has ever made, and to host we needed the best in the business.”
“There’s no one better for this job than Dominic, and it is a coup to bring him back toNew Zealandand to TV3. His experience in theUSwill definitely add to what we’re going to achieve down here.”
The X Factor is a FremantleMedia owned format and will be co-produced by MediaWorks and FremantleMediaAustralia. NZ on Air will be a minority funder in the programme.
Visit TV3.co.nz for more information or join the conversation at facebook.com/xfactornz.
About The X Factor NZ
Put on the global map by music mogul Simon Cowell, The X Factor is the world’s largest music show and pits contestants against each other in the search for a person or group to sign a recording contract with Sony Music Entertainment New Zealand.
Since its first UKseries in 2004, The X Factor has established itself as the world’s leading singing talent search – successfully launching in more than 20 territories, and discovering international recording stars, including Leona Lewis, Reece Mastin and One Direction.
Now, New Zealanders will have the chance to put their singing talent to the test. From Invercargill to Kaitaia, The X Factor NZ will travel the length and breadth of the country, with one goal – to discover the next greatNew Zealand recording artist.
The X Factor NZ is open to singers of aged 14 and up – either solo performers or groups. Once through the final audition process, the four judges will take on mentoring roles, as the performers are split into categories – Boys under 25, Girls under 25, the over 25s and the Groups.
About Dominic Bowden
Dominic Bowden has been at the forefront of television in New Zealandfor the past decade, becoming a Kiwi household name when he hosted NZ Idol.
He was the first Kiwi on US television to host a LIVE, prime-time, network show, The Next Great American Band, appeared on the E! Channel, TV Guide Network, MTV, VH1, On Air with Ryan Seacrest and reported LIVE from the Red Carpet of the Oscars, Grammys and Golden Globes; interviewing some of the world’s most recognisable faces, from Bon Jovi and Coldplay, to Will Smith and Keane Reeves.
Bowden grew up in Auckland, attending SacredHeartCollegewhere he showed a strong interest in music. After completing a Bachelor of Communication at Auckland University of Technology, he landed a job hosting the Saturday morning children’s television show Squirt. His next break, and first experience in LIVE television, was co-hosting the late night music show Space.