Flipping through one of the Sunday newspapers I came across a mention that The Edge‘s Dom Harvey had supposedly made it past a couple of auditions to be a judge on The X Factor NZ. My immediate response was “You can’t be serious?!”
As much as I like Dom and think he is excellent at his day job, he is a joker and serious just isn’t what he does. His personal brand, which has been developed over decades, is jovial, fun and often times, rude. When you compare those attributes with The X Factor, they are poles apart.
Then there is the element of exclusion. The moment a Mediaworks radio personality takes to the screen, no other radio station will touch them which will put any chance of radio success for any of the contestants as jeopardy. Rather than doing interviews everywhere, music stations will decline out of fear of promoting the competition. This then impacts on the shows ability to deliver a much needed star winner, and particularly, any hope of subsequent seasons.
Who ever lands the judging role needs to be able to be taken seriously and I fear that appointing someone who typically is anything but would only reinforce the already dire belief that New Zealand doesn’t take talent shows seriously or believe we could produce a serious winner.
I would have serious reservations about the show if such an appointment was made. Besides, it would just be too confusing having two Dom’s.