One of those shows is the XFactor (Simon Cowell brings to the US next year).
A bit like American Idol, but there are four categories of singers. Under 25 boys and girls. Over 25's and groups.
There have been seven winners to date: Steve Brookstein, Shayne Ward, Leona Lewis, Leon Jackson, Alexandra Burke, Joe McElderry and Matt Cardle. If you are a visitor from outside of the UK you will probably only have heard of Leona Lewis who went on to achieve international fame and fortune after winning in 2006. Matt is this years winner, but I don't think he's an international star in the making, but I maybe wrong.....( I've linked to all the winners live final performances! - recommended listening - Leona, Alexandra)
It, like American Idol, draws massive television audiences, and I always find a way of watching from the US... this year it's been really easy as XFactor have posted all of the performances on YouTube... I suppose they'd rather you'd go to their channel than illegal uploads..and I, for one, are grateful... beautiful HD quality video only minutes after each performance...
Anyway this year I have been rooting for a young woman from Liverpool. Rebecca Ferguson was my choice to win. Unfortunately she was pipped at the post, but I still predict great things for her. I'm posting a few of her great performances and telling you to look out in the future for a really soulful album, reminiscent of an old Motown diva.