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Imagine a world from which irony has been banished, where language has submitted to cliche, emotion is saturated with sentiment, a world in which dreams are prefabricated and Dermot O'Leary is the man in charge. It may sound like a frightening dystopian vision but this is the world of The X Factor and it is inhabited by many millions of happy viewers.
There has been talk that they were less happy this year, that the show was in decline. I can claim no authority on that subject,