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The X Factor UK 

The X Factor (original title)
British singing competition in which contestants sing cover songs to try and impress judges and voting viewers.
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Series cast summary:
Louis Walsh ...  Self - Judge 392 episodes, 2004-2020
Simon Cowell ...  Self - Judge / ... 353 episodes, 2004-2020
Dermot O'Leary ...  Self - Presenter / ... 335 episodes, 2007-2020
Sharon Osbourne ...  Self - Judge / ... 205 episodes, 2004-2017
Peter Dickson Peter Dickson ...  Self - Voice Over / ... 183 episodes, 2007-2016
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British singing competition in which contestants sing cover songs to try and impress judges and voting viewers.

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It's time to face the music

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Music | Reality-TV

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The series has divided opinion among music legends. Paul McCartney called it "not a bad thing" which "gives some people an opportunity, it gives them confidence, it gives them work". However, Elton John, despite appearing on it in 2013, described it as "a cruise ship show" which is "cruel" and "no way to find talent". Similarly, Sting called it a "soap opera which has nothing to do with music" and had "put music back decades". 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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Referenced in Have I Got News for You: Episode #48.3 (2014) See more »

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I just don't understand
26 September 2008 | by sglrmlSee all my reviews

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.


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4 September 2004 (UK) See more »

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