Former "X Factor" contestants Melanie Amaro, Jahmene Douglas, Samantha Jade and The Collective were among the acts who performed on the TV special "X Factor Around the World" on Aug. 24, 2013. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the special was televised in Indonesia on the free-to-air channel RCTI. There are no plans to televise the show in English-speaking countries that have their own versions of "The X Factor," including the U.K., the U.S., Australia and New Zealand.
Amaro was the winner of "The X Factor" U.S. in 2011.
Douglas came in second place on "The X Factor" U.K. in 2012.
Jade was the winner of "The X Factor" Australia in 2012.
The Collective came in third place on "The X Factor" Australia in 2012.
According to The Hollywood Reporter: "'X Factor Around The World'— broadcast mostly in English with live subtitles in Bahasa Indonesian — is not a competition but is designed to celebrate the runaway success of the first season of the show in Indonesia, which wrapped in May, and help celebrate Indonesian broadcaster RCTI’s 24th birthday. However Syco and FM execs are eyeing the special to see if the concept could translate to other markets."
"The X Factor" executive producer Simon Cowell has said in many interviews that he has wanted to have an all-star, international version of "The X Factor," with several winners and finalists from different countries competing against each other. He also said he would want to avoid the same mistakes that were made on the critically panned "World Idol" special, which aired in December 2003/January 2004 (depending on the country), and featured several "Idol" winners from around the world competing for a world-championship title.
During "X Factor Around the World," Amaro, Douglas, Jade and The Collective all received advice from a judging panel that consisted of former "X Factor" U.S. judge Paula Abdul, "X Factor" U.K. judge Louis Walsh, "X Factor" New Zealand judge Daniel Bedingfield and "X Factor" Indonesia judges Ahmed Dahni and Anggun.
Other performers on the special were Bedingfield, Anggun and the "X Factor" Indonesia Top 12 acts of 2013.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, "The X Factor" Indonesia (which debuted in 2013) had "trumped 'Indonesian Idol' Season 7 — also produced by FMA and screened on RCTI — as the top rating entertainment show in the country this year, although Season 7 was the top rating season for 'Indonesian Idol.' The top 10 of 'X Factor Indonesia' all landed recording contracts with Sony, winner Fatin has gone on to become a mega-star in Indonesia and the show became a cultural phenomenon ... 'X Factor' Indonesia will return for a second season in 2014, while Season 8 of 'Indonesian Idol' ('Indonesian Idol — A Decade of Dreams'), will launch in December [of 2013]."
Sony Music, the worldwide record-company partner of "The X Factor," signs the winners and many of the non-winning contestants.
Although Indonesia and other countries that have their own versions of "The X Factor" have a had a lot of success with the franchise (with No. 1 ratings and artists whose songs and albums debut at No. 1 in their native countries), the same can't be said for the U.S. version of "The X Factor," which has much lower ratings than "The Voice" U.S. and "American Idol." The U.S. version of "The X Factor" still hasn't had a former contestant have gold or platinum sales in the U.S.
Amaro, who is the first winner of "The X Factor" U.S., won $5 million as part of her "X Factor" grand prize. But she has been a $5 million flop: All of her songs released in the U.S. so far ("Respect," "Don't Fail Me Now," "Love Me Now" and "Long Distance") failed to make it on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, the official singles chart for the U.S.
In addition, Amaro (who is signed to Syco Music/Epic Records, two record companies owned by Sony) has been having problems with her debut album, "Truly," which was supposed to be released in December 2012, but has now been postponed to an undetermined date.
Amaro has kept a very low profile in the U.S., but she has said in Internet chats with fans that finding the right songs and style for her album has been an ongoing issue with her and Sony Music. Her flop sales are likely the bigger problem. If Amaro had a No. 1 hit with her first single, which happens with most "X Factor" winners in most other countries, it's very likely her first album would have been released by now. Industry insiders say that pre-orders for Amaro's album are so low that Syco/Epic knows that the album is going to be another huge bomb if it is ever released.
By contrast, the other "X Factor Around the World" contestants have had major success in their native countries.
Douglas' first album, "Love Never Fails," debuted at No. 1 in the U.K.
In Australia, Jade's first single, "What You've Done to Me," debuted at No. 1 and has gone triple platinum; her self-titled first album for Sony debuted at No. 3 and has been certified gold; and her current single "Firestarter" was a No. 9 hit and has gone platinum.
In Australia, The Collective (a boy band formed on "The X Factor" Australia) has gone gold with its first single ("Surrender," a No. 9 hit) and its self-titled debut album (a No. 11 hit).
So far, the biggest sales success to come out of "The X Factor" U.S. is the male trio Emblem3, whose "Nothing to Lose" album debuted at No. 7 on the Billboard 200 chart in July 2013. It remains to be seen if the album will go gold or platinum in the United States. Emblem 3 came in fourth place on "The X Factor" U.S. in 2012.