Thanks to NZ On Air's support, The X Factor gave New Zealand performers a primetime platform, created excitement and controversy and drew huge, committed audiences. Former Olympian Barbara Kendall explains why she enjoyed the Kiwi version of the show so much, and why one contestant in particular caught her attention. Then X Factor executive producer Andrew Szusterman shares how this "massive, massive show" came to New Zealand, and celebrates the distinct, Kiwi flavour it took on — one example being Stan Walker's judging style.
We knew that X Factor was going to be big. We didn't realise how big it was going to be ... it was just a massive, massive show where all walks of life had an opinion...– Executive Producer Andrew Szusterman on the success of the Kiwi version of X Factor