Protesters to the credibility of TV talent show The X Factor have launched a Facebook campaign to retain the tuneless wonder, Wagner, to demonstrate their animosity towards all that Cowell’s show stands for.
A pawn in the wrong hands...
The Sun has exposed various groups on the social networking site with masses of people ‘Like-ing’ in a virtual petition to keep Wagner in the competition thereby diluting the real talent.
One fan, a member of group ‘X-Factor protest – Wagner To Win’ said: ‘I voted five times but I promise I will vote ten times next week.’
Another wrote: ‘If you just fancy a really crazy Xmas number 1 this year… vote Wagner!!! If you despise all what the X Factor stands for, vote Wagner!’
It seems the people have had it, but it seems SiCo and crew won’t be departing on an all-time high…?
[Updated: 26 October 2010]
Who’s Got Talent?
We were all thrilled to hear about the finalists’ excursion to Oxford Street; one girl got so excited at seeing the youngsters from One Direction she almost forgot they were actually …ahem, really young?! She screamed to her – now probably deaf gal pal – ‘OMG!!! He winked at me, he WINKED at ME!!!!’ Yup, we heard you love, he probably had something in his eye… no doubt she was referring to the noted stud of the group… Prince Harry!!
Further to Sir Elton’s comments last week, Simon rebuffed him on telly, inviting him to come down and appreciate the actual talent in clear evidence on Saturday night.
Talent you say???
That being said… what the hell is Wagner still doing in the competition?! Granted he’s a charming person, but come on… he’s got about as much ‘X Factor’ as a gnat!!! hmmm… not impressed.
Belle Amie served up another lukewarm performance, though thankfully a song containing more than 3 words – but, uh hello… Girls Aloud, been there, done that, released the single… get your own sound!!
They'll stand by you...
Mary, I’m sorry to say, was flat, flat, flat. Yes, we know you do power ballads – Doris Day-stylee -to perfection, but let’s hear summat new, please!!
Rebecca (a.k.a. Jessica Rabbit) was perfection – a soulful, Randy Crawford-sounding, record-selling magnum of silky smooth gorgeousness!!
Rebecca Lopez I presume..?
Matt and Cher – genius; completely putting their individual stamps on the competition.
King of the Swingers...!
Actually loved Katie’s version of King Louie’s jungle hit!! Akin to Christina Aguilera’s penchant for having a bit of fun with a Betty Boop-style charicature!! Very 1920s flapper kitsch!! Loved it!!
Lots of girls wanna be like you..oo.oo
Totally predictable that John took his final bow after that cringeworthy debacle on Saturday night – from the terrible jiving and sparkly suit to the over-zealous ballet dancers and embarrassing cruise-ship staging – he was doomed. And then out-of-tune on Sunday night did little to pledge his cause.
Another one bites the dust...
Loved Treyc with Hudson’s ‘One Night Only’ – but is she actually bringing anything new to the competition??
[updated: 25 Oct 2010]
X Factor Insider
With Sir Elton John joining the ranks of disbelievers in music mogul Simon Cowell’s ‘reality tv-talent’ venture; I have to say, what is the point of fighting it.
You've got the power...?
Of course it’s a money-making, personality-led, fashion-centric vehicle for Simon Cowell to parade in his latest wares whether acquired from Newcastle or Harefield. And this I glean from personal experience, when in 2005 I decided to audition for the X Factor (hangs head in shame).
As someone who has always loved to sing (and I’ll admit, on occasion, someone who craves the spotlight – who doesn’t) I took myself off to Wembley Stadium and waited with the masses for my turn in front of… the executive producers.
I reluctantly participated in the expected crowd-incentives of holding up my arms in the symbol of an X while shouting ‘X Factor’ with as much forced enthusiasm as one can muster while the cameras sweep across capturing the moment. Absolute cringe!
I’d brought along my best friend, who in her fashion inexperience wore an outfit of green; inevitably she ended up on camera when she was spotted conversing with a man dressed as a giant leprechaun. Other camera-worthy individuals included a girl with poodle curls with her entire family in attendance as well as the traditional, generic boy band – who did incidentally make it through to the live finals (briefly).
Performing a few bars of Peggy Lee’s ‘Fever’, the panel of telly producers asked for another song and after a painful 5 minutes (though it seemed longer) of deliberation I opted for Lauren Hill’s ‘Killing me Softly’ (in my opinion, THE worst audition song – total cliche)! Needless to say they were less than impressed and that was the end of my X Factor experience. Thank the lord!
While a few talented individuals cross the threshold of the ITV studios to strut their stuff on our TV screens every Saturday and Sunday evening, the majority will never become lucrative ‘pop stars’. Diana Vickers’ performance on Sunday was absolutely dire with half the lyrics indecipherable, while Dannii’s protege from a few years back, Leon – you know, the one who beat out Rhydian – looked as though he was having a fit on stage while performing his utterly forgettable song.
Sir Elton is entirely correct in his assertion that the majority of artists produced by this telly show are “uninspiring”; and let’s face it, the reason people watch it is for entertainment – obviously.
However, with Simon bowing out in his last UK airing of the X-enterprise, the potential talent is higher than in previous years with the likes of Matt Cardle (I love him), Aiden Grimshaw (the next Rob Patz), Cher Lloyd (an inspired blend of Ms Dynamite & Cheryl Cole), Rebecca Ferguson (soulful beauty) and Mary Byrne (love her) revealing innovative, current and inspiring sounds.
The Voice of an Angel
Regardless of the in-judge bitching, the in-house bickering and the press rumour-mill; the next star could be in the midst of this year’s X Factor… so perhaps those with less than positive accolades on their lips should quieten down and stay tuned…?