It's now Coke vs. Pepsi.
The days of seeing Simon Cowell at the American Idol judges table sitting behind a large Coke glass are really gone. Fox has announced Pepsi as the official beverage sponsor of The X Factor. ďThe comprehensive sponsorship of The X Factor by Pepsi includes an extensive, multi-platform off-air marketing partnership; weekly in-show integrations and placements; and an immersive content experience online. Pepsi will be the exclusive beverage sponsor of The X Factor both on and off-air,Ē the release says. Why is the partnership perfect, besides sticking it to Idol? Pepsi is quick to remind you of its ďhistoric, unforgettable campaigns with pop icons like Michael Jackson, Madonna, Britney Spears, and more recently, Snoop Dogg.Ē Thatís actually a decent argument. If Pepsi is smart, theyíll ask Cowell to film some videos in which he critiques the performances in those commercials. With some creative editing, that could be fun, right?
Personally, I would hate to be on a show sponsored by Pepsi because I am a Coke girl. Yes, I can tell the difference, and I remember having a strong preference (unlike Cowell, apparently) by the time I was a freshman in college (and arguing about it in COM 101). Today, if Iím someplace that carries Pepsi products, Iíll order a Sierra Mist, not a Pepsi ó unless Iím in desperate need of caffeine. (Editorís note: Mandi, youíre crazy. Pepsi is the choice of a new generation! Again.) Itís smart of the soft drinks to target shows with a young audience, because I imagine most of us have established loyalty by the time weíre adults. Letís take it to a poll!