X Factor to screen in NZ within hours of US broadcast

It’s the biggest talent quest ever to hit television screens and Kiwi viewers will be among the first in the world to see it.

The X-Factor USA premieres in America on Wednesday 21 September and Simon Cowell’s highly anticipated singing competition will screen on TV3 hot off the satellite on Thursday 22 September – as close to the US broadcast as possible.

“The X-Factor USA is the ultimate in event television, and TV3 viewers will effectively be there as it happens, sharing every dramatic beat with US audiences,” says Director of Programming Kelly Martin.

“When the worldwide buzz about a show is this big, the only way to programme it is as close to the international broadcast as humanly possible, and that’s what we are going to do.”

The X-Factor USA is a talent competition open to young and old alike – with no upper age limit. Judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, LA Reid and Nicole Scherzinger are searching for undiscovered talent 12 years old or over – both solo artists and vocal groups.

The winner of The X-Factor USA will receive a record-breaking $5 million record deal – the largest guaranteed prize in television history – with Syco, a joint venture between Sony Music and Simon Cowell.

The X-Factor: Have you got it? TV3 has.

The X Factor USA premieres on Thursday 22 September on TV3

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