I’ve tried to get into Xfactor – mainly because my girlfriend watches it each week – but apart from the cringe-worthy initial auditions I haven’t been able to enjoy it. The whole show is so manufactured and repetitive, that I don’t know how anyone can stand watching the whole thing in one go. Here are my top 3 reasons why the Xfactor isn’t worth watching!
1. The adverts
Adverts every half an hour or so is fine, but there seems to be adverts after most songs. I bet if you condensed the two and a half hour show down into just the songs and judges opinions it would be around 45 minutes long! This is the great thing about Sky+ of course, but you shouldn’t have to buy an extra box just to be able to watch a TV shoe.
2. The opinions are ridiculous
Let’s be honest, how many winners, let along contestants, have gone on to become big stars? Very few. And the ones that do aren’t exactly known for their musical talent, but for their brand ability. The amount of times during an average show that a judge says “I think we’ve found a big star here” is hilarious. The whole show would be much better if the judges were a bit more realistic.
3. It’s so repetitive
The style and genre of the songs chosen is usually pretty predictable – it’ll start slow and end in a powerful and “rousing” chorus. There’s nothing wrong with this type of song, but it would be great to have some variety. Usually if anyone even tries to sing something a bit different it fails. I think this is why girls tend to win more than boys – their voices are better suited to the songs that work well.
I’d love it if one of the challenges was for the contestants to write their own song – it would give everyone a much better idea of how musically talented they are. In my opinion there’s a difference between being able to sing well and being musically talented.
As you can tell, I think there’s a lot of reasons to hate Xfactor! I think the main problem is that such a big deal is made out of it. There’s even “live” updates on some big news sites, in the same way that sporting events are covered. These updates consist of “person X just sung song Y, I think it was good”. IN other words, completely pointless.