This year’s The X Factor has got off to a bad start with viewers, with the viewing figures for the series’ first live show down by almost two million from last year.
The show, which has replaced former judges Cheryl Cole, Simon Cowell and Dannii Minogue with Take That‘s Gary Barlow, N-Dubz‘s Tulisa Contostavlos and former Destiny’s Child member Kelly Rowland, drew in 12.2 million viewers for its first live show in 2010, but only managed to get 10.4 million for its live debut on Saturday (October 8).
According to the Guardian, viewers complaints included the fact that at two and a half hours, the show was far too long, had too many advertisement breaks and they didn’t enjoy the changes in format which the producers have brought in.
The results show on Sunday (October 9) also lost a large number of viewers compared with last year. 11.87 million people tuned in on Sunday, that’s compared to 13.1 million at a similar point in 2010.
Contestants Amelia Lily, Jojo Kerr, James Michael and group 2 Shoes were the first to be eliminated from the show this weekend.