Dominic Bowden is to host the first local version of global television phenomenon format The X Factor NZ, coming to TV3 in 2013.
Dominic has been at the forefront of television in New Zealand for the past decade, becoming a household name when he hosted NZ Idol. He went on to be the first Kiwi to host a LIVE primetime network show on American television, The Next Great American Band., and is currently working in Los Angeles with The X Factor USA (currently screening on TV3, Thursdays and Fridays).
With a music television CV that goes back to co-hosting cult late night music show Space, Dominic says he is extremely proud to be the host of the first Kiwi series of The X Factor.
"I'm so excited to come home and work with the team of talented people that is being put together in New Zealand," he says. "I've had the chance to work in many different environments here in the US, but making The X Factor back home, helping celebrate our talent, and telling their great stories will be fantastic. The goal of everyone working on the show is to find a genuine superstar, and I just can’t wait to get started."
"Kiwi music is exploding internationally, the world is getting smaller and all it takes is the right opportunity for your talent to be seen on the global stage; The X Factor NZ offers that opportunity."
Created by music mogul Simon Cowell, The X Factor has launched numerous internationally successful music careers. The X Factor artists have globally sold over 100 million records, achieving 250 number ones, 270 Top 10, and 501 Top 50 hit records.
Dominic says working on both seasons of the USA series has shown him just how hands-on Cowell is when it comes to the different versions of The X Factor, and how supportive he is with talented contestants from all over the world.
The X Factor NZ co-executive producer Andrew Szusterman says he is delighted to have lured Dominic back from LA for the series.
"The X Factor NZ will be the biggest show TV3 has ever made, and to host we needed the best in the business. There’s no one better for this job than Dominic, and it is a coup to bring him back to New Zealand and to TV3. His experience in the US will definitely add to what we’re going to achieve down here."