Channel Seven Pulls Plug on 'The X Factor Australia'

Adam Lambert
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Adam Lambert

Despite efforts to boost ratings for The X Factor Australia -- including the addition of American Idol Season 8 alum Adam Lambert as a judge and a shorter season -- Australia's channel Seven has axed the singing competition from its schedule.

Although the show once attracted four million viewers, numbers for the latest season -- which featured judges Iggy Azalea and Guy Sebastian on the panel -- dipped below 600,000 metropolitan viewers, and was beaten in the ratings by Nine's The Block, according to The Age.

"We are very hard markers on ourselves, versus [other networks]," Seven's programming chief Angus Ross told TV Tonight. "Some numbers that may get a pass mark on other networks don’t get a pass mark with us. So we have a number of slots to fill, and over the next couple of months we’ll be announcing a lot more.”

Currently, the only singing show left down under in Nine's version of The Voice.

Despite the bad news, the season had great moments, including Lambert spontaneously performing a Queen song on the spot. Lambert also mentored the show's final victor -- Isaiah Firebrace -- and endeared himself to viewers, who were hoping he would return in future seasons.

Lambert is set to tour this summer with Queen. Tickets are on sale now.