Greensboro, N.C. -- There are a lot of people in Greensboro who are upset and some are angry with The X-Factor talent competition show on FOX-TV.
The show videotaped auditions in Greensboro this past summer. Thousands of people came out to watch the process and the show at the Greensboro Coliseum.
But when the show aired last night, the impression left of Greensboro was unflattering, to say the least. The show included images of Greensboro that made us look like a deserted little ghost town. While the show was taping, there was a huge thunderstorm in the area and producers and editors of the show used that to paint an image of the city - especially when the rainstorm caused the Coliseum roof to leak on audience members and the judges. At one point, judge Simon Cowell said, "...there's a reason why we shouldn't be here."
Greensboro Mayor Robbie Perkins told WFMY News 2, "I think you have to consider the source. I think you also have to look at the things we have going as a city that are very positive. Greensboro is a great city. We're the third largest city in North Carolina. We are working to pull the city together to create opportunities for our citizens for jobs." Later, Perkins said he had this message for Simon: "Simon, we had a full house for you. Everybody had a good time. We hope that you'll bring it back and we have a sunny day instead of thunderstorm."
Mark Tosczak is an account supervisor at RLF Communications in Greensboro. The company works to promote Greensboro's image in the national media. Tosczak said, "One of the things you don't want to do is overreact. You don't want to take this too seriously because really, it's an entertainment show. And, I think people watching it realize it's entertainment. They realize that some of what goes on camera and some of what they see and some of what gets edited into the show is a little bit tongue in cheek."
David Marshall is the Vice President of Marketing and Communication at the Greensboro Partnership. He said his organization is also not taking the TV show too seriously. And, Marshall said Simon and the X-Factor are welcome to return to Greensboro next year. Marshall said, "Maybe you caught us on a bad day. Or, maybe you caught us in a bad edit room. But, we'd love to have you back and continue to deliver top ranked talent that highlights all the good things we have going on here in Greensboro. We still love you, Simon. Come on back!"
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WFMY News 2