The revamped X Factor Australia 2016 took a hit in viewership ratings last Sunday on its premiere episode. Thus, it surprised many who were hopeful this season would be a major improvement for the reality TV singing competition.

The X Factor Australia 2016 got off to a dismal start as its viewership ratings for the premiere episode failed to hit the 1 million mark. Confidence in the reality TV singing competition was high prior to its debut considering the major makeover it underwent.

The hype came early on when Iggy Azalea confirmed her seat as a judge on the show. Everyone was excitement given her international success. Moreover, her advice would mean a lot to the young talents Down Under. Even veteran judge Guy Sebastian promised the upcoming season would be better. New judge Adam Lambert also teased about its intensity.

Yet despite the publicity, the X Factor Australia 2016 scored its lowest debut ever. The show went head to head with Nine’s The Block and Ten’s Survivor. Surprisingly, the endurance series fared better. Meanwhile, the room reveal episode of the renovation series attracted 1.069 million viewers. Was it more interesting to watch than the tense exchange between Iggy and Adam?

Mail Online noted the tension between Iggy Azalea and Adam Lambert during the premiere. The two judges butted heads concerning the performance of the trio fd3. While Adam visibly enjoyed their routine filled with dance moves, Iggy looked upset as she watched them. Her comment afterwards sounded as if it came from Simon Cowell himself.

“For me, the dancing the whole way through the song can become so personality void and very 90s’,” Iggy stated. Consequently, the audience behind her jeered at her comment. Fortunately, fd3 had a second chance to prove themselves and they managed to win her over with an acoustic cover of a One Direction song.

Is Iggy Azalea to blame for the low ratings of X Factor Australia 2016 premiere?