In an interview with Empire magazine, the Oscar-winning director said: “My family became completely infatuated with The X Factor. We watched it all the time.” Famous for films like Jaws and Schindler’s List, Spielberg, whose latest movie The Adventures of Tintin is now in cinemas, continued: “I wanted to go to sleep because I was shooting but I’d wind up watching instead of sleeping. I became a sappy devotee.”
Spielberg, 64, explains how amazed he was at the way Simon Cowell treated American contestants when he was a judge on American Idol: “I couldn’t believe how nice Cowell was to his fellow Brits and how horrendous he had been to all the Americans”.
The X Factor, a FremantleMedia production, is currently being broadcast in the UK on ITV in its eighth season. The talent show is one of the most-watched entertainment programmes in the UK, and has been rated the number one Entertainment Show in the UK for the past 3 years. In 2010, it achieved record audiences of 20.2 million, which corresponds to 60 per cent of the country’s TV audience. Season one of an American version of the show premiered on 21 September 2011.
3 November 2011 - FremantleMedia, United Kingdom