British singing competition in which contestants sing cover songs to try and impress judges and voting viewers.
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Louis Walsh ...  Himself - Judge 382 episodes, 2004-2017
...  Himself - Judge / ... 322 episodes, 2004-2017
...  Himself - Presenter 303 episodes, 2007-2017
...  Herself - Judge / ... 205 episodes, 2004-2017
Peter Dickson ...  Himself - Voice Over / ... 183 episodes, 2007-2016
...  Herself - Judge / ... 155 episodes, 2008-2017
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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 Oasis: Dig Out Your Soul in the Streets (2009) See more »

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The boredom factor
18 February 2006 | by See all my reviews

Welcome to the world of karaoke, If you are a 14 years old female you will like and believe that what you see is entertaining, for the rest of us its the same old tripe that we have got used to for the last five years. No I don't watch it (it's just hard to avoid all the hype in the media).

In my opinion the voting can be rigged and then the shows screaming host pretends that the "public have .............(long pause)........decided" when the "winner" has already been chosen. But keep on voting as many times as you like (hummm isn't that illegal....vote rigging anyone) the production company really needs your votes err money.

Forgive me if I am wrong but I always assumed that judges have to be independent with no attachments to the contestants. Enough said.


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