In this American version of the hit UK show, Simon Cowell and his fellow judges search for a singer who has the "X factor".
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In this American version of the hit UK show, Simon Cowell and his fellow judges search for a singer who has the "X factor".

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Simon thinks he's in charge. He'd better think again. See more »

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The judges make their decision before the contestant starts performing because many sing or dance unusually just so they can on national television. See more »

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It's Own X Factor
8 November 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The X Factor is an awe inspiring show. The way that the show finds real talent from average people is phenomenal. Voting and critiquing is done in a fair, impartial, and legitimate way. Not only can X Factor find talent, but that have the ability to take that talent and create colossal albums and records, as well as friendships that will last a lifetime.

To demonstrate, bands such as One Direction have been formed on this reality TV show, and have gone on world tours and have albums that have made number one in a matter of days. Because of the fact that they hold open auditions, the judges, Simon Cowell, Demi Lovato, Brittney Spears, and LA Reid, really get to scope out the talent in the city that is auditioning. Furthermore, they often have to say no to individuals with tremendous voices because of the fact that they do not have the a good performing attitude or the confidence to make in big. In other words, the finalists of the show all have the potential to have performances in Madison Square in the near future. Demi Lovato, one of the judges of the show, is a world redound singer and song writer. Not only is she a singer, but an anti-bullying spokesperson. Lovato's vocals have been critically acclaimed from music critics. She is the perfect person to be looking for talent that could become as big as she is someday. As you can see, there is no lack of potential on the X Factor!

In addition, the critiquing and voting process is based on talent, not favouritism. Even though the judges cannot decide the winner, their comments in previous episodes really inform the viewer on which contestant can make it the farthest or who has the most potential. It is extremely rare that a winner is chosen based on looks instead of pure passion and the true ability to sing. I find this fact to be an appealing aspect to the show, and prefer this show to American Idol because of the actuality of the process. A certain contestant may look like the winner; however, based on comments and judges opinions, the true victor will come out triumphant. Unfair voting based on popularity is a turn off for many viewers, and The X Factor does not contain if this content.

On the other hand, people may find this show cliché or lacking its own "X Factor". Because of the fact that there are an abundant amount of TV shows such as this, it falls into the same category as American Idol and the Voice. Even though I find it unbelievable and enjoyable, I am aware that there are people that differ with my opinion.

However, the abundant possibilities opened to contestants on the show are ridiculously profitable. Record deals, music videos, movies and even the opportunity to be on Broadway open up to those who make it to the live finals. There are very strong bonds that form on this show as well. Britney describes her group: "They're like my children." Throughout the show, friendships are made that are not easily broken. This teaches the lesson of putting others before yourself, and if your friend wins the show but you get out, you will learn to be happy for them. The director, Ben Thursby, really makes it his goal to have a fun and entertaining show that also contains friendship and everyday experiences. Moreover, Simon Cowell has been in the music business for years and manages some of the top singers and bands in the world. Just working with a man like this will set contestants up for abundant careers.

As you can see, the X Factor is a creative and talent seeking show that does have its own "x factor". I would greatly suggest this show to anyone looking for a new show to get into. Although it is poignant at times, it provokes a feeling of joy for the winner and those who are doing well. These contestants may even have their own star at the Hollywood walk of fame someday. So turn off your computer and turn on the TV and experience the X Factor!


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