M-Net gets X Factor US, MasterChef SA

2011-08-11 13:03
Thinus Ferreira
Cape Town – Reality TV meanie Simon Cowell's new show The X Factor US is coming to South Africa.

M-Net has acquired the broadcasting rights to the show, with the pay broadcaster also planning a local version of the cooking reality show MasterChef.

Simon Cowell is back on American television from September in a producing and judging role on the US version of Britain's popular reality show The X Factor.

M-Net has acquired the rights to air The X Factor US from early October.

In July Cowell stated that The X Factor US will be bigger than American Idol in the ratings – currently America's most watched TV show.

Joining Cowell at the X Factor judging table is cooky former American Idol judge Paula Abdul.

Super-weight titles

"The X Factor US will be joining the list of M-Net super-weight titles on the magic mantle," M-Net confirmed in a press release.

"Bringing The X Factor US to M-Net viewers once again proves that the channel has become the home of blockbuster reality shows," said Pierre Cloete, M-Net and M-Net HD channel head.

"Following the success of American Idol we can't wait to see the entertainment that The X Factor US has in store [for us]."

MasterChef SA coming to M-Net

M-Net investigated the possibility of a local version of The X Factor, according to sources familiar with the matter, but told Channel24 that the licensing of the format of the highly popular show is proving too expensive for now.

Instead, M-Net is first going to produce MasterChef South Africa, a local version of the popular MasterChef Australia currently shown on M-Net.

"M-Net is ready to do a local MasterChef while viewers can get to know The X Factor. Then a local version of The X Factor could follow," said an insider.

"It is true that M-Net has approached 14 production companies to pitch for a possible version of MasterChef," said M-Net.

"We are still looking at a number of possibilities, including The X Factor. M-Net has become the home of top mainstream reality shows and we are constantly evaluating possibilities," the broadcaster told Channel24.

Thinus Ferreira is an expert in the television industry. Read his blog here. 


  • Marcus Westin - 2011-08-11 14:13

    Soon the M-Net channel will just show reality shows. How disappointing. The quality of shows on M-Net and most DSTV channels have dropped significantly over the past two years. Some great shows have now been moved to Vuzu, which is not in HD. And the quality of movies on the Action channel is just shocking and low budget. And repeat after repeat. Thanks goodness I now have Apple TV.

      PurpleDragon - 2011-08-11 14:19

      I remember the good old days with a movie premiere every night!

      PurpleDragon - 2011-08-11 14:21

      I remember the good old days with a movie premiere every night!

  • Ang - 2011-08-11 14:42

    Please not more reality shows!!!! So sick to death of reality shows, when is the novelty going to wear off?!?!?!!?

  • shmangle - 2011-08-11 14:48

    Do we have to get this rubbish? Have we not yet had enough of this junk programming? Season after season of idols, and survivor, and now x factor, and and and and and..... When will it end? Can't we get some quality programming instead?

      ZotBot - 2011-08-11 15:06

      You mean like SABC1 ??? Oh, that's some gooooooooood quality bra

  • CaveatEmptor - 2011-08-11 15:50

    Masterchef SA would probably be a non-white politically correct event that would future a guaranteed black winner, based on the biased black judges, with so called indigenous dishes raging from Mopanie worms through “Walk Talkie’s with maize-samp” though chickens and maize were not indigenous to South Arica to start with.

      90clocknews - 2011-08-26 10:23

      I love your comment..... it reaffirms my philosophy that people should have to apply to get access to the internet. It would mean twats like you wouldnt get to post rubbish... Ur a muppet !

  • Annelien - 2011-08-11 18:04

    Wow, great news ... very exciting, a bit of a twist to Idols!

  • Charlene Coetzee - 2011-08-24 14:25

    Thats wonderfull news for Masterchef South Africa! Please let us know how we can enter!!

      Lone Ranger - 2011-09-19 13:03

      I agree... PLEASE just don't get that very irritating Jenny Morris who pokes her nose into people's pots (and RUBBISH BINS for heavens sake!) every five minutes on LG Life Tastes Good. Judges aren't supposed to monitor the contestants' progress and give them advice all the way through. And couldn't the production company have found another way to measure "wastage"? She just comes across as a meddling busybody who tries her damndest to find something negative. NONE of the other cooking shows has this kind of judging!

  • ken.cromarty - 2011-08-24 14:46

    Bring on Masterchef South Africa, who says we dont have the best cooks here in SA?

  • Innocence - 2011-08-26 10:38

    eita, where do i go for this masterchef. I want to win the money for my spaza shop in limpopo. I am the good cook of pap and runners. And last of last week i make the spatlo for my 7 kids, they are very heppy.

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