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Bored, bored, bored…

November 25, 2006

Tonight, on settling down to watch The X Factor, my friend asked me who I wanted to win. After a moment of consideration, I suddenly realised that I actually don’t care. I don’t give two hoots, one monkey or even a toss.

This isn’t because it’s so obviously going to be Leona (and we’ll get on to her in a minute) but more because I’ve lost patience with the way the show is formatted. In the good old days of Pop Idol, the show was just about its contenders. The judges gave constructive comments about the performances and occasionally kicked off and had disagreements. With X Factor, however, it’s become a lot more political. Judges use the fact that one has been away in the states to try and turn the public’s affections; one judge might be looking after an artist who is similar to another’s, so of course those judges will be biased against the other. Over the years, it’s been rather entertaining, but this year enough is enough. The hypocrisy, the arrogance, the water-throwing… It’s all just so panto.

Prime suspects this year are Louis and Sharon, the two most seemingly-sweet-
but-actually-evil people in the industry. Last week Sharon criticised Simon, and was so proud of the fact that she didn’t need to ask people to vote for her acts as they were so great. But this week, we saw her (and Ben) begging for people to pick up the phone. And this week, in the space of ten minutes, Louis told Simon off for trying to turn his acts against him and then tried to do the exact same thing with Ray and Simon. If they’re not being hypocritical, they’re being smug that their acts are safe – a huge insult to those who aren’t safe. The judges must remember that these aren’t just ‘things’ they’re stage managing here. They’re people (gosh, did Badger Madge just find her heart?! I bloody hope not!) It’s all just so obvious, so tiring and so dull.

Kate Thornton is queen of the over statement, suggesting that this week’s performances were “amazing”. Hmmm. They’d be amazing if Ray could enunciate during Jail House Rock; if Eton Road would just calm down and let their natural kookiness shine in stead of trying to be weird; if Ben would do something different instead of playing soft rock on the piano and then kicking the stool out from underneath him; and if The MacDonald Brothers would sing I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) each and every week – then yes, Kate: maybe they would be amazing. But until then, let’s calm down on the hyperbole, shall we? And perhaps it’s time to get a better stylist, my love. Just a suggestion…

Now to Leona. Yes she’s fabulous, and yes anyone who can sign Whitney like that WITH TONSILITUS deserves to win. And she will. And that’s another reason why I don’t care. Because it’s all so obvious.

Such a shame I can’t quite tear myself away from the programme each week. And I guess that makes me the biggest hypocrite of them all…

One Comment leave one →
  1. Clair permalink
    December 1, 2006 9:10 pm

    Hey Badgerlady!

    Thanks so much for the link, v kind and that. I am not an X-Factorer really, as there are only so many times you can hear Unchained Melody without wanting to ram a screwdriver into Simon Cowell’s earhole.

    But I still think either Leona or the Golden Arches Brothers will win, thanks to the Scots vote that bought us what we all wanted in Popstars – an obese popstar in the form of Michelle (aka Mick) McManus, now more famous for losing most of her weight and also her recording deal. Heh heh.

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