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THE X FACTOR

FOX Wednesday, at 800 ET

 PTC Summary:

The X Factor

(Fox/reality)

8:00 p.m. (ET) Wednesday and Thursday

Production Companies: Syco Television, FremantleMedia North America

Producers: Simon Cowell, Rob Wade, Siobhan Greene, Cecile Frot-Coutaz, Richard Holloway, Andrew Llinares

The X-Factor returns for its third season, with new judges Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio joining returnees Demi Lovato and Simon Cowell. Unlike American Idol, The X-Factor accepts contestants 12 and up, as well as singing groups, and a judge is assigned to mentor one of the four categories: Girls, Boys, Over 25s, and Groups – all of whom vie for the $1 million prize and a recording contract.  

In terms of explicit content, the show is generally wholesome, family-friendly fare…except during the early audition rounds. Inevitably, the show will air a montage of angry contestants spewing obscenities and flipping off the camera. Also, contestants will often resort to risqué behavior to draw attention to themselves. During the first season, for example, a man performed nearly nude onstage, his crotch censored for broadcast, causing then-judge Paula Abdul to vomit backstage.

Though the season 3 premiere was rather tame, the show is consistently rated TV14-DL. Sexual content occasionally occurs, particularly in the form of suggestive lyrics and dancing during live performances by the musical guests. Violence is never a problem for the program.

The X-Factor
is not recommended for viewers under age 14.

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Show may include gratuitous sex, explicit dialogue, violent content, or obscene language, and is unsuitable for children.

The show contains adult-oriented themes and dialogue that may be inappropriate for youngsters.

Family-friendly show promoting responsible themes and traditional values.

Not yet rated by the PTC.


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