The X Factory: A Formatted, Engineered Show That Leaves No Room for Creativity

The Israeli version of 'X Factor,' hosted by supermodel Bar Refaeli, is a disciplined, soulless production.

One episode of the Israeli version of the "X Factor" television show begins with the contestants making their way from around the country to the arena in the Yad Eliyahu neighborhood of Tel Aviv. One comes by car, another on a bicycle, while a third arrives by train. At one time all roads led to Rome, then later to Berlin, but now they lead to Yad Eliyau.