|Rylan Clark - worthy of a place at Judges' Houses?|
|Joseph Whelan - our only chance of rock appearing on X Factor, gone.|
|Lucy Spraggan - can she cut it singing X Factor "pop"?|
|Melanie Masson - a favourite of mine.|
|Kye Sones - for me, the jury's still out...|
Anyway, look, I know I moan on and on about this show, but after a weekend of listening to music from the likes of the incredible Joe Bonamassa, Pink Floyd, and the Foo Fighters, I just can't help looking at the line-up of possible new talent awaiting the world and letting out a heavy - but resigned - sigh. No matter how awful it might seem, how sad or how depressing the prospect might be, nothing can stop shows like this spawning these acts. So I try to look at it as the entertainment show it's become, and not as a serious vehicle for finding new "global superstars", as that's when I get really depressed. I still live in hope that, one day, we'll get a revival of some "real" music and musicians, those that are still plying their trade around the pubs and clubs because that's the only way they can make a living doing what they really want, what they really love. Too many of these (not all) X Factor contestants seem to think it's their God given right to have the fame and fortune they so badly want. It isn't. You have to work hard to achieve a dream, and I'm not always sure that these kind of shows portray that.
However, before I get cramp from standing on me soap box for too long, I am looking forward to the live shows starting. Saturday nights are made for curling up on the sofa and watching TV like this, and whether we like it or not, X Factor is probably here to stay for a while yet. So, in my opinion, rather than fight it, my philosophy is if you can't beat 'em, you might as well join 'em. And, anyway, it's now only two weeks until the start of Strictly Come Dancing! Now that's something to really get excited about!
Oh, and just one more word on X Factor before and I go stick the kettle on for me afternoon cup of tea - Tulisa, love. That blond hair... why???