Guy Sebastian blames X Factor


Now that The X Factor is over, Guy Sebastian has been quick to lay the blame on the show’s failure this season.

He told the Daily Telegraph: “The ratings were a huge struggle, but I think there was a lot against us. (The season) was brutally short. We said goodbye to four people in one episode. I mean, come on. And it wasn’t the right chemistry on the panel.

“It’s time to evolve the show. People aren’t stupid,” Sebastian said. “They know manufactured television, and they know when something has run its course and people are clutching at straws.”

He also took aim at fellow judge Iggy Azalea, describing her as “a bit of a weirdo.”

“You’ve got to be invested and she didn’t turn up,” he noted referring to the time given to mentoring acts.

Seven is yet to confirm the show’s future but after disappointing numbers is not expected to renew the show.


  1. Armchair Analyst

    True! That track record recently has been abysmal of the singers post XFactor or the Voice! Besides u don’t need to go through all of that to b famous! There is YouTube! Much more effective and u get to control the message!

  2. For our family we didn’t watch this year because this year we have Netflix. two, there was no star power as a judge,Danni Minogue was gone the judges on the panel were lamo.these shows need big overseas current chart topping judges to attract viewers like a Bruno mars and lastly none of the acts never make it big locally and overseas which is annoying after all the praise they get from the judges after the show finishes the winners dissappear off the planet.

  3. I would really like to hear a warts and all interview from Brentwood in regards to Iggy as a mentor down the line. It seemed liked they were holding their tongues understandably during the show.

  4. Armchair Analyst

    This show and format have had a good run! It needs tombs put out to stud! If the 7 Network want to have a music performance show on prime time they have a few choices! 1) have a oz version of Soundtrack to My Life where musos perform & get interviewed in between or vice versa. 2) buy the rights tomatleast 1 live concert airing from the next batch of acts that r coming, show it live around the nation of a sell out! 3) use the judges they have ATM & produce 4 1hr intimate performances in front of a live audience, similar to House of hits or Pepsi Live or CocaCola take 40 TV!

  5. I loved Iggy. She was the only one keeping it real. She was also the only one to show real emotion. I also liked Adam and Mel. Guy is ok but is probably the weak link and needs a rest. I really missed Danni this year.

  6. Nice of him to kick the show that’s propped up his career the past 6+ years. Without the constant exposure of his music and the opportunity to perform several times each season, where would his career be? Just look at how his non X-Factor performed singles fair on the charts in relation to those that don’t have that exposure. He’s a serial whinger though, so it’s no surprise.

    • So being honest is now called whinging. Everything that he said is the reason this season rated so bad. He was succesful before the show, so dont know what you are talking about.

    • To call her a bit of a weirdo is pretty rough. Guy should be ashamed of himself. She is a massive worldwide star. I agree, he is a whinger and he has always known the show was manufactured.

  7. Agree with what Guy said. Rest it for a year, get all new producers, get rid of the stupid ‘watch tonight to see the judges feud angle’, new host and no Iggy and no abridged version. Watched UK top 5 show last night and wow what a difference. 4 out of the 5 were excellent, the host was a hoot, song choices were excellent and all the judges were having Fun. No nastiness or ‘drama’ at all.

  8. While I do think that the format changes had an effect in why this season failed in the raitings, I also think a larger part of the reason why it failed is because Australia may just be over the X-Factor. Last year was the lowest raiting season on record prior to this season and this season went below that by a decent margin. The show was trending towards its demise anyway, but the odd format changes may have put the final nail in the coffin.

    I for one am glad about it’s demise. Never liked this show and couldn’t care less about all of these singing shows.

    • Yeah and the judges on the panel were very strange. Iggy is so unprofessional and doesn’t have some sort of requirements to be a judge. Jason Dundas still lacked personality on 7 since he first began The Big Adventure.
      The only point was that since the post-Olympics, that show was pushed behind following the Conclusion of AFL Season. The show has been flat and stale. I think it’s about time that this show needs to go

  9. A talent show can survive having 1 poor judge on the panel. As far as I’m concerned, all of the blame lays at the feet of the producers of the show this season. Every decision they made seemed to be to the detriment of the show. The shortened season, cutting 4 contestants in 1 hit, thus eliminating much of the talent early on, the scripting for the host Jason desperately trying to create drama but instead just creating awkwardness. It felt very apparent as Guy mentioned that everything was incredibly manufactured this year.

  10. daveinprogress

    Ok, i’m a huge Guy fan, but I wonder if it would have been more respectful of him to wait a little longer before laying into the show that has fed him very nicely for several seasons. The body is still warm, after all. He knew when he signed up this year it was an abridged version. Each season I recall him being in, he has released a single or an album and heavily promoted said content! Interesting a lot of the scuttlebutt around the panel chemistry seems to have come from Guy and Adam. All that usual girl catfight stuff (Delta -v- Jessie etc) and Mel -v- Iggy, didn’t seem to occur in the media or much on screen either. Yes Iggy ended up being low value to the final product, but she provided a point of difference musically on the panel.

    • You may be right by saying that it is not a good look for Guy to criticise the show so soon but he is merely saying what a lot of people have been saying though. I don’t know him personally but I do think that he does take his judging role seriously and he does have the show’s (contestants’) best interest at heart. He’s been on the show for so long and I think he does know what he’s talking about. Pity that Seven/producers didn’t see that.

      • It’s probably his best shot at saving the show – and hence his job. Admit the blatantly obvious and hope Seven see it as him sticking up for the franchise rather than putting the boot in when it’s down.

  11. Guy is right! Iggy Azalea was terrible as a judge and lacked the talent up there to sit on the panel to begin with. And the trimmed season getting rid of Natalie Ong in the first week certainly didn’t help

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