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What really ticks me off about this show is that its made to look
bigger than life, with great songs like 'O Fortuna' used while showing
a reject crying and 'Dies Irae' for the judges entrance to the stage.
Two great songs rubbished by the crap show yes but the worst use of a
great song was with Barber: Adagio For Strings used beautifully in the
film Elephant Man. Would this show put the song to great use? Well as
you can tell they didn't, It was used with a segment of the show when
auditions in Leeds failed to call back one person... I can only imagine
what the director was thinking, Maybe "Wow no one got through in Leeds,
what piece of music would best reflect this disaster??? What about the
song that The Elephant Man died to while thinking of his mother? I
can't get over the three judges who seem to believe that they are the
greatest thing to hit the music industry since the electric guitar,
Simon Cowell who seems to fall for ever teenage trollop that walks into
the audition room (Like the porn star from one season that really
couldn't sing... She got through). This from the man that brought us
Robson and Gerome, Teletubbies and Five with endless covers to boot.
Sharon Osbourne, Who was no one till MTVs The Osborne's and has been
doing any crappy TV show/Advert since, I mean, Bingo anyone? However
the worst judge of them all has to be Smeagol or Louis Walsh as he also
likes to be called. He loves anyone who is Irish and loves to use
phrases "I'm Not Sure If You Have The X-Factor" or "But They Are Number
One" (Referring to Westlife), If by X-factor you mean failing to break
the States and covering song after song, lip-syncing while sitting on a
stall then Westlife sure have that... in spades. His shifty eyes, the
way that he dresses and talks through his nose, he looks like a creep,
the kind of guy who runs his business from an office above a taxi rank.
What they should do is call this 'The Three Judges' because its only about them, THEY pick what song THEIR act has to sing... Sorry I mean cover, and when you see the phone number of the person that you wanna 'Vote To Save' who do we see in a picture box next to said number... If you thought that it was the act who was/is singing you are wrong. What you get is a picture of the singer's mentor, WHY? Seeing a picture of one of these three berks is quite bad but no where near as bad as hearing their opinions... Let me get this straight, I HATE BULLIES and I hate these three idiots because thats what they are. In Simon Cowells first outing on reality TV I seen him on Pop Stars, At this time they saw no point in have any fat over weight security guards. After Pete Waterman rubbish one act and made her cry with some unnecessary comments we saw a shot of her talking to a rather muscular contestant who also happened to be a black belt in something or other. He said to the girl that if they said anything like that to him he would 'knock them out'. Anyway when it comes to it the black belt does say after his audition 'If you think your hard Pete then come on'. He said this walking up to the table, Simon Cowell backed away with a look of terror and left it to Nikki Campbell to defuse the situation... Simon Cowell? Simon Coward more like! Now he is in a room with fat morons to protect him he seems to take pleasure in bringing an impressionable young girls to tears with slurs on there singing, weight and looks with the comment "I have to be honest" (This is something that someone brought up on the American Idol reviews). All three are bullies though not just Simon... Walsh kept going on at a 16 year old girl and would not stop till she cried, he attacked everything about her till he hit a nerve. It only stopped when she was lead away. I'm not saying that they shouldn't tell auditionees what they think of their performance, sometimes it can be funny, but its stopped becoming banter between the judges and singers and is now people with the power to make 'Dreams Come True' telling people to 'Give It Up'.
Deep down inside I know that soon or later it will all come to an end... It has to, surely... we have to return to singer-song writers gracing the charts. As Robin Gibb (BeeGees) said "We are at a the stage where what we have now is covers, covers equal success, however it can only go so long before we have covers of the covers". Think of it, since the boy band phenomenon where someone like Walsh finds 5 good looking guys/girls, only after looks, do you think he says "Ok, who is the songwriter?" no, more like "Can one of you hand me that Abba album". This is what X-Factor does but on a bigger, faster scale.
In conclusion whats really wrong with this program is the promise of 'The Greatest Singer In The World' and then leaving us with a good looking cover merchant. To me someone who sings while raising their hands up and down with their eyes close, stretching out every vowel in a song doesn't necessarily constitute to a great singer. My music idols are Bob Dylan, Keith Richards, Mick Jagger, Dolly Parton and countless others. These to me are people with something that couldn't be bottled but Simon Cowell seems to believe that he has not only bottled it, but is now selling it like golden eggs of which he is laying himself.
It is hard to believe that BBC and ITV are not in partnership with pubs
across the country to keep people out of their home with the same
repetitive Saturday night "entertainment." At least the BBC is trying
original drama even if it is one load of rubbish after another (IMHO)
instead of landing us with trashy reality shows like ITV1 (remember
Celebrity Wrestling anyone?).
The judges themselves are a joke. What qualifications does Sharon Osbourne have to give opinions on other people's singing? Anybody? At least Simon Cowell and Louis Walsh have a number of successful groups to their name before this. All three act like small bullying children bickering over each other's comments and the so-called "mind-games" are just a joke. They seem more interested in doing down the groups mentored by another judge or the other judges themselves than doing anything with their group. All this is presented by Kate Thornton. Has anybody told her she has been equipped with a microphone so there is no need to SHOUT ALL THE TIME?
The X Factor is exploitative of both the contestants and the people at home who waste money texting into the show in voting. People who made fools of themselves at auditions - sometimes intentionally it seems can carve careers for themselves out of having a lack of talent. However these contestants are frequently more interesting than the chosen acts themselves. The tasteless bullying at the auditons inflicted by Cowell especially makes me disgusted that not only this is only shown, but it is defended as "cruel to be kind."
The judges frequently promise record deals to those who are thrown out before the final - why bother with the public if you are not going to listen to them? Just another cynical money-making exercise like allowing people to vote house-mates back into Big Brother when people have massively increased their phone bills to evict them.
I only watched this at all last year under protest due to living with several obsessed girls at university. Seeing it more recently while channel hopping I was disgusted to see a boy-band act, where it was clear that only one had any singing ability whatsoever followed by Sharon and Louis heaping undeserved praise upon them. If these were among the last 5-6 acts then I am glad I did not waste any more time watching the rest of the show. It hardly matters since the winner will no doubt disappear quickly enough when she discovers the ridiculous terms on her contract. Expect a few of the rejects polluting the charts for a some months to come as well a la "It's Chico Time". Not in my house.
I simply don't understand how anyone could possibly find this show in any way successful. How can people stand for the auditionees being abused by the judges? I may be no expert but I don't believe that someone should be allowed come onto the show with some false hope or dream in their head and then be punished for it. Aren't they human beings too? Is it right that the judges can laugh at their performance and then criticise them for making some effort? Quite simply if people like Simon Cowell are going to be allowed to insult other people like this, then I don't know what the world's coming to. Just because a person is idle or boastful about 'having the X Factor' is it right for judges to display a similar type of behaviour? Is this a way of saying that other people don't have feelings the same as anyone else? In any case not all the auditionees behave like that and I don't believe that they should be hurt in such a cruel way.
Recently "Nasty" Nigel and Simon Cowell were in court because the
former (nothing to do with this show) was claiming damages off the
latter for stealing the idea from Pop Idol etc to make this show. Of
course to the majority of us this just seemed like an easy claim
because, aside from legal technicalities over whether or not you can
copyright a concept, the X Factor is clearly just Pop Idol etc in
slightly different clothes (but not even that different). The court
case was settled behind closed doors and everything went on as normal
but we the viewers were still left with a show that continues to flog a
formula that seems like it will never die.
The X Factor is supposedly different from Pop Stars/Idol because it is about the people as well as the music; you know that x factor that makes stars stars. Well, at least on paper that is what it is about but taking a look at it, it looks awfully like Pop Idol crossed with Popstars (groups and solo artists), with different judges, a new presenter and a slightly different approach (we see a lot more of the training as each artist is taken under the wing of one of the judges). It has nothing really original in it and, although the artists are supposedly got individuality (x factor) they still belt out cover versions; in fact series 1 winner Brookstein (praised by Cowell for his individual sound) was very quickly dropped from the 6 album deal he won because he refused to do an album of cover versions. Anyway, so much for that idea, so for the most part this is just another clone of the same formula. The music is nice, big, professional karaoke of hits that everyone can sing along at home to but it is all very dull and depressing if you are looking for more.
The training camp may allow those of us that were adolescent boys in the 1980's a chance to rekindle our lust for Sinitta but mainly the way that the groups are split up across the judges is less about training and more about allowing conflict between them. The producers have realised that it is the judges that get the headlines and inject the character into these shows so here we have it pushed and endlessly stage-managed. They do this to extremes, this year having Osbourne throw water on Walsh, with the latter saying he has quit the show, only to return after a week of free headlines in the tabloids, stirring up the viewers and upping ratings (something they can't do with the bland acts themselves). Presenter Kate Thornton can't help us because she is just as caught up in the whole thing and comes across as there is nothing more important happening in the world than the results of the public vote and maybe for her there isn't. Even after the vote though, the judges still get their say (which made me doubt their independence since both "losers" will belong to at least one of them), cue more pantomime booing, hissing and jeering in line with the whole idea of manufactured drama.
Overall this is a popular show because the formula works for a lot of people. I won't demean them on this decision but I will say that it doesn't work for me. The judges stir it up the best they can and try to get headlines for the show and conceal how bland the artists themselves are but really this is just what it has always been a big, obvious karaoke show that gives the masses something easy and hollow to watch on a Saturday night. Hopefully it will all come to an end soon but I suspect we'll continue to get the same formula with minor twists for as long as the viewers will watch it. My only hope is that one of those twists will be the inclusion of live, hungry bears, freely roaming the backstage area.
... 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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For ten years this rigged singing/reality show has polluted the
airwaves and the pages of tabloid newspapers. I just don't get the
appeal of second rate singers whose careers seem to be over as quickly
as they have started( anyone remember Jedward or Joe Mc Elderry) and a
show filled with sob stories, bland pop songs and a whooping and
wailing audience and epilepsy inducing sets.
The X Factor has been going for ten years and people are starting to see through it, with ratings down by 5 million in the last 4 years. All this glorified karaoke show exists for is to make £ 25 million a year for Simon Cowell and another £ 5 million for his excruciating panel which consists of two washed up pop stars and an Irishman who resembles Steve Davis.
Think, £ 30 million is wasted every year by ITV on a show that can never be repeated or made into DVDs and which is forgotten as soon as the final credits roll. This £ 30 million could be much better spent on ten drama series that have the potential to be repeated for years as good drama always draws an audience. All I am hoping for is ratings fall further and The Fix Factor is cancelled.
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In the dark days of 2004, England was hungry for another singing competition, and from the bowels of hell, The X Factor was conceived, if you ever wanted to see a bigger bunch of talentless, narcissistic, brain dead bunch of no hoper's then look no further, every year is worse than the last, terrible singing, horrible bickering judges, a disgusting crowd who all start screaming abuse as soon as someone says one bad thing about an act they like it is perfect car crash television for the brain dead masses who have nothing better to do on a Saturday night September through to December just in time for the dreaded Christmas number one, if you want compelling, intelligent entertainment, well you're likely to find it on DisneyKids than you are on ITV on a Saturday night. Utter RUBBISH!
I've given this show 2 stars for one reason. When it first started it
was good... They showed loads of people in the auditions, they all got
screen time, and the judges hardly featured...
...But a few years ago, the producers seemed to have decided 'Normal people are boring' and the cameras feature on the glitz-and-glamour judges, and practically ignore the contestants.
This show has become more of a mindless sham as it's went on. Origionally the contestants received lots of attention, they showed probably 50 people in auditions an episode (even if most of them only got a few seconds. Now you barely get eight people in an episode, and only listening to about 5 seconds of them, maybe a WHOLE MINUTE if they kick up a fuss. Or if they have some sappy or sad story behind them.
The 'Sob Story' seems to be a common feature of the show nowadays, with at least one per audition episode. If not that then it's always a 'pretty boy' who gets lots of attention because all the brain-washed girls fall in love with them and will pay money to vote for them.
The voting just seems stupid now. Back when they had 3 judges, votes MEANED something, but now they have 4, they can decide from the bottom two who stays and who goes, which is very unfair, as the public may as well not have voted in the first place. Also for the results show, it's all crap, and you only need to watch the last 5 minutes (now probably extended to ten because of all the judges getting screen time 'making up their minds') During the auditions, it's predictable what the judges are going to say every time, depending on how much screen time said act gets. If it's 5 seconds, definite no, 30 they're thinking about it, but probably no, full song/performance = certain yes. But even then, they let through some crap acts, just to be money makers for when it comes to the votes (as half of the time they get a record deal somewhere or other, just by appearing on the show, example: One Dircetion) because they might have the 'little kid', the 'pretty boy', the 'sob story', the 'contestant that doesn't sing modern pop unless they have to...
This show started off half decent, and has just fallen into a crappy celebrity-obsessed shambles...
In about July when we are bemoaning another wash out summer or a heat
wave over the hill to greet us comes The X Factor and the circus rolls
in to town.
From sob stories to people deluded about their own talent for the last 10 years the show has brought us everything. The judges have come and gone but the hunt for talent seems to have continued regardless despite the endless claims that it ruins the music industry or is making people a laughing stock.
Sure, not everyone who has won it has gone on to great things and the ratings seem to be on the skid but for pure Saturday night entertainment The X Factor has delivered year on year.
I only started watching Xfactor last year, and then mostly only the
auditions. This year (2010 Xfactor) was different.
I was like all the other haters out there, believing it to be some stupid money-making scheme by Simon Cowell which shames terrible singers then praises slightly better singers.
This year I found myself mistaken. The auditions are still the same, it's just the audience laughing at bad performances (don't get me wrong I'm not saying it's bad to laugh at some freaky old lady screaming down the microphone) but this time, when it came to the live shows, I actually liked the contenders. Not only could they sing well like I believed no-one really could on the Xfactor, most seemed to have nice personalities, only shown further on back-stage shows like Xtra factor. You can choose your favourites which would for me be the good singers with good personalities, and then choose your most hated. (Some one you just don't like the look of or a bad singer, it's your choice) and then from then it's listening to them sing and hoping your favourite stays in.
It can get tedious and boring at times, I often left half-way through once my favourite act had performed, but it's much better than I expected.
It may just be this year, maybe next year it'll be packed-full with boring generic singers. Either way I know I'll have to check it out at least.
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