Tonight I attended the live recording of The X Factor.  Being in the audience of a live television show gives you a completely different perspective as your vision isn’t restricted to whichever camera the director wants you to see so watching the show back is like seeing an almost entirely different show.

The thing you notice the most is how big the stage is and just how little of it the camera captures.

It was great to see New Zealand produce a live show for television but someone needs to sit the producers down and give them a lesson in how to put together a gig set list.  There is a formula that works but tonight’s order was way off the mark. Continue reading »

I’ll put together my thoughts on the actual performances and the show itself in another post, but here are some of the things you didn’t see on TV.

The X Factor stage is much bigger than the NZ Idol one was.  The waiting area for the audience is also under cover! (For those of you who remember standing outside SPP in the middle of winter)

I sat next to the guys from TYP and Ruby Frost’s parents. Continue reading »

The queue:


The stage:


The mosh pit:


Look who we’re sitting next to:


Top 20 most time shifted shows

  1. The X Factor: 33020 (TV3, 7:00pm – 8:40pm)
  2. DCI Banks: 32700 (PRIME, 9:35pm – 10:40pm)
  3. Packed to the Rafters: 25580 (TV ONE, 8:30pm – 9:30pm)
  4. Puberty Blues: 22260 (TV ONE, 9:30pm – 10:35pm)
  5. Accused: 17860 (TV ONE, 10:35pm – 11:50pm) Continue reading »

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Top 20 most time shifted shows

  1. CSI:NY: 57150 (TV3, 9:30pm – 10:30pm)
  2. C.S.I: 44490 (TV3, 8:30pm – 9:30pm)
  3. Whitechapel: 27360 (TV ONE, 9:35pm – 10:35pm)
  4. Law & Order Los Angeles: 12030 (TV3, 11:30pm – 12:25am)
  5. Saving Gen-Y: 8930 (TV3, 7:30pm – 8:30pm) Continue reading »

At the end of 2007, after a year of near death experiences, Rachel and I embarked on a five week round the world trip.  We began in Sydney where we attended a filming of Australian Idol.  While NZ Idol, which we had had quite a lot of involvement with, was pre-recorded on Friday nights for a Sunday night broadcast, Australian Idol was filmed entirely live.

While the editors had the ability to cut parts of NZ Idol out if need be, the pressure was on with Australian Idol to ensure the program didn’t extend beyond its allocated time or interrupt the ad break schedule.  Having seen how things were done in New Zealand, Australian Idol was a completely different beast and one heck of a well oiled machine. Continue reading »

rachel-hunter-nzgt-2013On Wednesday we wondered if TVNZ was about to announce Rachel Hunter’s return to the New Zealand’s Got Talent  judging panel.  Today, those questions have been answered.

Rachel Hunter has been named as the third judge for New Zealand’s Got Talent 2013, coming soon to TV ONE.

The international supermodel will join Op Shop frontman Jason Kerrison and choreographer and creative director Cris Judd in the three-person judging panel when filming for the number one New Zealand entertainment show starts in July. Continue reading »

Most watched

  1. One News: 617,180 (TV ONE, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Hyundai Country Calendar: 552,770 (TV ONE, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  3. Super Rugby: 334,330 (SKY Sport 1, 7:35pm – 9:20pm)
  4. 3 News: 252,110 (TV3, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  5. I Am Legend: 220,190 (TV2, 8:50pm – 10:45pm) Continue reading »

Most watched

  1. One News: 607,150 (TV ONE, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Shortland Street: 454,950 (TV2, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  3. Coronation Street: 386,280 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  4. The Voice Australia: 370,030 (TV2, 7:30pm – 9:10pm)
  5. Seven Sharp: 361,000 (TV ONE, 7:00pm – 7:30pm) Continue reading »