Things get more interesting in X Factor USA as the reality talent show welcomes its latest addition to the panel, professor of linguistics and political campaigner Noam Chomsky. Program creator Simon Cowell told that Professor Chomsky is perfect in filling in the void left by Cheryl Cole, who is recovering from malaria.
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In his first appearance, Newsbiscuit reports that the 81 year-old Chomsky made his presence felt and the audience, according to Cowell, loves him.
When he gave a big yes to this young hopeful after saying that her act is “part of a propaganda state promoting a culture-ideology of comforting illusion”, everyone seems to nod to his decision and when he turned his critique on the audience saying, “You must learn to think critically and reject the pernicious cult of celebrity”, they went wild and chanted his name. The teenage boy band that auditioned however didn’t get a great comment from him, but got a second chance nevertheless.
His high intellect definitely adds a fresh dimension to the franchise. Because of this, Cowell is now eyeing more public intellectuals such as Amartya Sen, Umberto Eco and Sinitta to join the panel.
Chomsky’s way of judging may not please everyone, as fellow judge Louis Walsh commented that the former's greatest work was already outdated as it was done more than 40 years ago so in that respect, he’s not better than Geri Halliwell.
Do you think other X Factor franchises need a guy like Chomsky in the panel?