The Sydney Morning Herald quoted “insiders” from the show who said the soon-to-be-wed Irish crooner will not be re-signed in the line up for next year’s judging panel, but the talent quest will survive.
With Jason Derulo, Kelly Rowland, Seal and Joel Madden spicing up the talent show genre recently and whipping up audience interest, it is likely they will look for a big international star to sit alongside shock jock Kyle Sandilands and singer Dannii Minogue.
And while the producers are reportedly committed to the tired format, it is looking at reworking the panel to give it an injection of new life.
The SMH reports: “Last Wednesday night’s AGT final was a devastating ratings disaster for Seven when it was gazumped by Ten’s MasterChef final. This followed a lacklustre season when the show never found its audience – the thunderbolt ratings triumph of The Voice, which was launched the same week, had a massive impact.”
Everyone agrees Minogue is as ”safe as houses” and the tamed Sandilands ”will be all right” but McFadden’s head is definitely on the chopping block. His temper, which has become legendary in the industry, could be to blame.
”Dannii is so well loved and professional and so easy to work with – she has that Minogue work ethic – but when that temper [of Brian's] goes off, he’s very hard to work with, even though he apologises and has this Irish Catholic guilt to him,” the insider said.
McFadden was reported to have lost his temper with a network executive at the Dancing with the Stars final in Melbourne last month. And his tongue lashings have caused him grief in Twitterverse with the singer’s jibes at exes Kerry Katona and Delta Goodrem creating more headlines than his singing career.
Fortunately the singer has his coming Italian nuptials in a castle in Florence with Vogue Williams to look forward to, as well as an album out for Christmas.
”None of them have negotiated for next season,” his surprised spokeswoman told the Sydney Morning Herald.