Mediaworks announces second season of The X Factor NZ

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It’s back! The search for the next Jackie, Whenua, Benny, or Moorhouse is about to begin. MediaWorks TV today announced a second series of the 2013 juggernaut The X Factor NZ to screen on TV3 in 2015, with nationwide pre-auditions held later this year.

The first season of The X Factor NZ was a phenomenal success, with viewers embracing the Kiwi flavour TV3 brought to the hit talent show. When pre-auditions in kicked off January 2013, more than 6,000 Kiwis signed up to be part of the Simon Cowell phenomenon. Six months later, 500,000 votes were cast in the Grand Decider Final with 1.3 million viewers tuning in to see Jackie Thomas crowned winner of The X Factor NZ. (5+ cume).

The X Factor also created history on the NZ Top 40 chart with the singles of the final three, Jackie, Benny Tipene and Whenua Patuwai (released through SONY Music New Zealand) going straight to #1, #2 and #3 – the first time The X Factor format has produced the top three singles in any territory in the world.

The X Factor NZ was the most talked about show in TV3’s history, dominating news headlines and water cooler conversations, and setting record levels of social media engagement.

MediaWorks TV Director of Programming, Mark Caulton says: “It’s fantastic to be bringing The X Factor NZ back to TV3. The first series was a huge success, and Jackie a deserving winner. It’s also rewarding to see the on-going success of other contestants like Benny Tipene, now a SONY Music Entertainment New Zealand artist.

“The X Factor was the biggest pop culture show of 2013 and with Season 2 we can expect it to be bigger and better. We’ll be introducing innovative new aspects to the programme and will again be extending online through our websites and social media communities, and working with our partners at MediaWorks Radio.”

In 2013, SONY Music signed the top four The X Factor NZ contestants, Jackie Thomas, Whenua Patuwai, Benny Tipene and Moorhouse. The LIVE performance shows also proved a boost for established New Zealand artists, with songs performed on The X Factor racing up the national and iTunes charts.

SONY Music Entertainment New Zealand Managing Director, Kim Boshier says: “The X Factor has proven time and time again that it’s not only an extraordinary TV show but also an incredible format for discovering new talent – who go on to have long and successful careers. We are incredibly excited about the return of the show in New Zealand and look forward to working with next year’s winner.”

The X Factor NZ is a SYCO owned format, and will be co-produced by MediaWorks and FremantleMedia Australia. NZ on Air is a minority funder of the show.

The X Factor NZ by the numbers:
· 152,724 Facebook fans (and counting)

· 553,976 of votes cast in the Grand Finals

· 844,945 VOD streams of individual song performances

· 886,220 Video on Demand (VOD) streams of full episodes.

· 3,285,500 Kiwis (79.7% of the population) tuned into the hit TV3 show during the series (5+ cume).

· 7,299,691 page impressions on The X Factor NZ website

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If they're on, I'm usually watching Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, 24, Battlestar Galactica, The X Factor, Survivor, House of Cards, Mad Men and the NRL.
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  • Dave Ian Batten

    Fantastic news! This is what TV3 needs.

    I hope Dominic Bowden will be the host again, because he did a terrific job last time.

    I wish TVNZ bring back New Zealand’s Got Talent though. But with a better host and better judges. And make it live.

    • Tania

      Nobody could do this job better than Dominic Bowden, for sure.

      • Dave Ian Batten

        Yep! Unless of course, they pick someone else.*Cough* Jason Gunn! *Cough* Sorry, a bit of wishful thinking there.

        • Tania

          @Dave Ian Batten – Jason Gunn is on the cover of one of the womens’ mags this week … I forget which one, but I saw it at the supermarket this morning … along with his daughter; the caption said something about how she inspired him to change careers. (I think his stepdaughter is about to be on Shortland Street, but I don’t know if it was that one he’s pictured with).

          • Dave Ian Batten

            Really?

          • Tania

            Yep; he probably hasn’t changed careers at all though – they just make this stuff up to sell the magazine. It’s probably just carefully worded that he’s done that.

          • Dave Ian Batten

            What happened about him and Thingee getting back together?

          • Tania

            If you scroll to the bottom of this link, you’ll see the cover:
            http://www.nzwomansweekly.co.nz/category/celebrity/

          • Tania

            Credit: NZ Herald:

            “Grace Palmer, the daughter of Janine Morrell and the step-daughter of Jason Gunn, who has recently taken up a new radio hosting gig on More FM, is soon to make her Kiwi television debut, joining the cast of Shortland Street.

            She’s spent a lifetime growing up behind the scenes at her parents’ production company, Whitebait, but it’s her turn to step in front of the camera, playing young nurse Lucy Rickman. Palmer got the call while living in Australia, where she recently had a role on Home and Away.”

          • Dave Ian Batten

            Nice!

      • driftaguy

        Only a few other New Zealanders come to mind that might be suitable for hosting X Factor. There’s not many

        • Dave Ian Batten

          Who?

          • driftaguy

            Maybe Jason Gunn or Simon Barnett, but someone a little younger like Clinton Randell might be more suitable. However in saying that, I definitely think Dominic Bowden is the perfect man for the job. If they don’t use him, how about they consider going for an international host?

          • driftaguy

            I saw someone suggest Mike Puru on Twitter. What does everyone think about that? I’d say he has the potential to be good

          • K

            I think Mike Puru would be quite good..if they can’t get Dom back

          • K

            Guys can I just suggest Mark Sainsbury

          • Tania

            Mark Sainsbury is such a lovely guy – one of the few in media-land who respects everyone and listens to what they say without talking over the top of them. As much as I’d love to see him back on TV, I don’t think he’d be right for this demographic … but for NZ’s Got Talent, he could be a contender.

            Mike Puru would be great … he has a similar hosting style to Dominic and Tamati, in my view (personable, charming …) – he’s definitely wasted doing radio and shopping TV (was excellent filling in on The Paul Henry Show).

            Hopefully Dominic could do it … his roving reporter role for Sky, and columnist gig for Woman’s Day, can’t keep him TOO busy, surely?

          • K

            Haha was joking about Mark

          • Dave Ian Batten

            Thank god you were joking about Mark. He makes me want to throw up every time I see him.

            At least Dominic can ad lib at times. So can Jason Gunn. (Probably more than Dom.)

          • Dave Ian Batten

            Tamati isn’t that good at hosting talent shows, although NZGT was pre-recorded. So based on that, I can’t know that for sure. But personally, I prefer Jason Gunn.

          • Dave Ian Batten

            Simon Barnett! NO BLOODY WAY!!! He Was alright on Stars In Their Eyes, but alright won’t be good enough.

            As for Jason Gunn, he’s a really talented presenter. He could host it. Although I was kind of joking there. But he could. I’m surprised he didn’t host New Zealand’s Got Talent. He Would’ve made a great host for that.

    • Shannon Ryan

      I’d rather see somebody fresh… like Clint from The Edge

      • Dave Ian Batten

        Who?

        • Shannon Ryan

          Not Dominic Bowden.

          • Dave Ian Batten

            Why not? Who then? Drew Nemier? Jason Gunn? Jeremy Corbert? Or we can get a news reader to host it. Mike McRoberts. Or here’s another person, Robbie Rakate.

          • Shannon Ryan

            Jeremy Wells explaining the awfulness of the franchise.

          • Dave Ian Batten

            Jeremy Wells is a dick.

          • Shannon Ryan

            A hilarious dick.

          • Dave Ian Batten

            No, an offensive dick. He’s like Frankie Boyle. (He’s a Scottish comedian.)

          • Shannon Ryan

            Great! He might actually make the show interesting.

          • K

            Hahaha now that would be an entertaining show

          • K

            I pick Robert Rakete, he’s so funny when he’s on Good Morning. I was thinking he’d make a good Got Talent host but x factor, either or…

          • Dave Ian Batten

            Ooooo! That’s a good point. Robbie would be great for NZGT!

          • Dave Ian Batten

            Him and Jason Gunn could co-host NZGT. Now that would be worth 1.6,000,000.000!

          • Tania

            Robbie Rakete is fantastic! Lovely guy, knows ooooooodles about music and talent (hosted RTR for all those years!), but I imagine he’s probably quite stretched for time with his radio show and being The Brown Wiggle.

          • Dave Ian Batten

            That’s why I mentioned Robbie. Because he did great on RTR. BTW, if anybody has a clip or two of him hosting RTR, can you please upload it to YouTube? I know it’s irrelevant to this post, but please?

  • driftaguy

    Who do you want to see as judges? I could see Mel Blatt and Stan Walker returning. How about Dave Gibson from Elemeno P or Aaradhna?

    • Dave Ian Batten

      Aaradhna is so HOT! I’ll be definitely be watching if she was on it!

      • Tania

        Aradhna is very good … isn’t she based in New York now, though?

        My picks for judges would be Joel Little, Kimba, Stan Walker, Dane Rumble, or David Dallas.

        • driftaguy

          How did Natalie Imbruglia do as a judge/mentor on X Factor Australia? I imagine she’d be quite good.

          • Tania

            I loved her on X Factor! But I perhaps was the only one as she wasn’t asked back. I thought she did a better job than what Dannii does now.

        • Dave Ian Batten

          She’s still hot.

        • Shannon Ryan

          David Dallas would be sweet. I pick Jon Toogood

    • driftaguy

      Bret McKenzie, Tim Youngson of Steriogram or Gin Wigmore? And what about international artists 🙂

    • Leighton

      Stan Walker, Natasha Bedingfield, Ricki-Lee Coulter and Brian Mcfadden. A step better than last year!!!

    • r

      I reckon Anika Moa would be perfect, especially alongside Stan. She’s not an ~international superstar~, per se, but I bet the rapport those two would have would be unbeatable. Gotta love a bit of cheeky humour. And those wee dimples of hers… killaaaaa.

  • roger

    Stan Walker will be hoping to get a phone call. He might still be famous in NZ (and doing well) but his success in Australia has dried up – probably because he spent all his time over here last year. His latest single went to 48 in the Aria charts!

  • driftaguy

    I wonder if they’ll use the new format the UK and US versions started using that replaced Bootcamp? I hope so, it’s much more interesting. Also it would be great if they copy what the UK version is doing by adding a fifth judge/mentor for the live shows!

  • driftaguy

    Spice Girl Geri Halliwell might be free since Australia’s Got Talent has been cancelled.

    • Trevor Ashman

      Geri and Natasha Bedingfield

    • Shannon Ryan

      She’s too big of a name for this show. Natasha could work as a replacement for Daniel. Maybe we could have a rockstar, not just a manufactured popstar this time

      • Trevor Ashman

        Actually I think Natasha was asked because she recommended Daniel to take her place 🙂

  • ian

    the X factor NZ is back yes

  • Jeseta

    Looks like they took my advice (haha) of doing it only every two years to make sure people don’t get sick of it. I’ll be watching for sure!

  • K

    I’d like to see Mel return. She was straight up and I think they need at least one judge people can hate on

  • aston

    no more nz on air funding for this rubbish !!!

  • Trevor Ashman

    I just tweeted Natasha Bedingfield, well it worked last time

  • Dave Ian Batten

    I suggest Daniel Johns from Siverchair as a judge.

    • Tania

      I personally like him but would the majority of people know who he is? Ben Gillies’ wife was on The Real Housewives of Melbourne this year and constantly referenced her being married to an “internationally famous rock star” to which a lot of the audience said they had no idea who Silverchair were.

  • Tania

    Good to see Fifth Harmony from the US version of The X Factor (2012) are still going strong – Juice TV seems to be placing their new single “Boss” at every opportunity. I’m disappointed we don’t seem to hear more from Emblem3 from that same year, but Wiki tells me they are still together.

    The Australian franchise is showing great promise this year – those girls who covered Nicki Minaj’s “Super Bass” the other night were flawless! Plus there have been a few other acts – groups and individuals – that we’ll probably see in the live shows.