I'm not even sure why I'm watching X Factor in the first place, but it's probably a first class example of me being sucked in by the hype. It happens, I'm quite gullible sometimes, infact, I'd probably be an ideal candidate for a Derren Brown show.
I mean, as far as I'm concerned X Factor stands for everything I hate about music, but then I struggle sometimes with the slight hypocrisy I may be displaying regarding manufactured bands/artists seeing as I'm a bit of a Take That fan and, after all, who else is to blame for the (not altogether welcome) explosion of manufactured boy bands if not those 5 guys from Manchester? Yeah, it's their fault, as my husband keeps reminding me. And I can't deny he's maybe just a little bit right.
|Take That - to blame for decades of boy band madness?|
|Joe Bonamassa - proving real talent is still out there.|
So, why am I still watching X Factor then? Absolutely no idea is the honest answer. I keep promising myself that next week I will ignore it completely and watch something far more interesting that doesn't make me agitated but I'm always there, week after week, tuning in, if only to shout at the TV and swear blind that this is the last time! And maybe this time it is, because 'Rock Week' just about finished it for me. A sing off between 2 of the contestants with the best voices in the competition resulting in somebody who can hit every note going home whilst others who would struggle to recite a nursery rhyme in tune are still there to fight another day! That didn't sit right with me.
But I guess, like it or loathe it, X Factor is probably here to stay, especially now Simon Cowell has taken it over to the US, although whether it will overtake American Idol in terms of success has yet to be seen, but one thing's for sure, it ain't going to go away. Music has changed, it's evolved, and whilst X Factor may have turned out the odd one or two acts who have been extremely successful in terms of hit singles and a huge fan base (mainly of screaming girls, and yes, I've been there...) all us lovers of "real" music can do is keep our fingers crossed that maybe, one day, it will give us somebody we can actually call a true artisit. Because I'm still waiting...