Love it or hate it, reality TV talent show X Factor Australia has been axed after eight seasons.
Last year’s season, with judges Guy Sebastian, Iggy Azalea, Mel B and Adam Lambert, scored record low ratings and led to the show’s demise.
The program did, however, help launch the careers of Samantha Jade, Dami Im, In Stereo and last year’s winner, 17-year old solo performer Isaiah Firebrace.
Sebastian did hint at the internal issues in an interview with Confidential last year, where he said, “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.”
He also called Azalea a ‘weirdo.’
“She’s a bit of a weirdo. I don’t really get Iggy,” he said.
“You’ve got to be invested and she didn’t turn up.”
Last year’s X Factor finale, won by Isaiah Firebrace, averaged 751,000 viewers across the five capital cities, which was almost half of the 1.2 million viewers in 2015.