A British singing competition in which performers sing to impress judges and the general public so that they can become that particular year's "X Factor" winner.
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A British singing competition in which performers sing to impress judges and the general public so that they can become that particular year's "X Factor" winner.

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It's time to face the music


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X Factor UK  »

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Series winners: Steve Brookstein (series 1), Shayne Ward (series 2), Leona Lewis (series 3), Leon Jackson (series 4), Alexandra Burke (series 5), Joe McElderry (series 6), Matt Cardle (series 7), Little Mix (series 8), James Arthur (series 9), Sam Bailey (series 10), Ben Haenow (series 11), Louisa Johnson (series 12). See more »


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Simon Cowell: [to a bad auditionee] You couldn't win this competition even if you were the only one in it!
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" No Mas . No Mas " ...
19 September 2004 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

... Screamed Roberto Duran as he walked out of his legendary bout with Sugar Ray Leonard . After seeing the first three editions of THE X FACTOR I also have to scream " NO MORE . NO MORE " and walk away from this TV concept that is doing my brain no good . Call it what you want but it's just FLOP IDOL under a different name

And after seeing POP IDOL , American IDOL , POP STARS THE RIVALS etc we know what to expect by now . The trailers revolve around Simon Cowell being interviewed : " I think we'll be seeing some outstanding talent "

Cut to some loser making a fool of themselves

" I doubt if we'll see one bad singer "

Cut to bad singer


In order to make a fast buck the criteria has changed . Instead of singers aged 18 to 26 the entry criteria for auditions are for singers aged 18 to 24 , 25 plus , and groups . There's also a ridiculous judge in the shape of Sharon Osbourne . Forgive me for asking but is she actually a big name in music management ? I know she manages her husband ( Obviously very badly ) who's only claim to fame is that he's one of the very few rock superstars from the 1970s to be still breathing and without a criminal conviction for downloading child porn . I also find Sharon's use of the word " fabulous " very irritating . " Oh you look fabulous darling . Darling what a fabulous voice you have . Fabulous , fabulous , fabulous " You'd have thought being married to Ozzy for all these years she'd happily believe Professor Stephen Hawking has a fabulous voice . Is she the best judge the producers could find ?

What's really irritating me about this show is that there's not enough emphasis on the deluded idiots who insist on turning up to make an idiot of themselves . There has been glimpses though not enough for my liking and it wasn't until the third episode we had a couple of classics . One was a male Princess Diana lookalike who informed the panel that he was 144 years old while another came in dressed up as Guy Fawkes and did a rap number and tried to give the judges a copy of his video which they refused because both the video and the singer stank . No I don't mean his singing was awful ( It was ) but because the Guy Fawkes lookalike had terrible B.O

Maybe it was wrong of me to comment on this show long before it has finished its run , but I am getting very fed up with this annual contest which only exists to make revenue for advertisers and a fast buck for Cowell's record label . Last year's POP IDOL was won by Michelle McManus who was a body even more unattractive than Mick McManus the wrestler and who has failed to shift records in any large numbers and hopefully the winner of THE X FACTOR will go on to even smaller things . Does the country that gave the world The Beatles really need these talent shows ?

No mas please

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