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Has it lost its 'X' Factor? After almost 10 years?
The X Factor
Member Name: mbaggott1
The X Factor
Advantages: It's entertaining and it showcases some truly talented people!
Disadvantages: Past its sell by date?
So this is just my opinion on The X Factor its coming to its 10 year milestone this year! But does that mean it's going to get any better? The X Factor has in all fairness had some fantastic contestants throughout the years but it's the same every year, way to serious, never that light hearted and plenty of sob stories. Simon Cowell will do anything in his power to boost viewers and his popularity more than anything.
The aim of the show as most people to know is to find a star as Louis Walsh would say 'With the whole package' The star who is lucky enough to win the contest at the end receives their own single and a recording contract. Whether there route to fame and stardom takes lift of is a completely different story now.
The Original Judging Panel started off with Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh and Sharon Osbourne. It was a weird panel for sure. Simon would take charge of the panel and Sharon would cause havoc with the Judges and some of the acts. Louis Walsh would use his repetitive lines constantly like 'You just haven't got the X Factor' or 'You're the whole package' or 'You're a star'. The 3 Judges stuck together as a trio for 4 series, nothing about The X Factor changed, the set up of the show would be the same each year, the judges wouldn be the same, the sob stories were all still there and they had to perform in a room with a load of camera crew and the 3 judges, it was this moment that would be make or break for the contestants and my god didn't they act like it was the be all and end all of their lives.
In series 4 The X Factor had a bit of a revamp to pull in more viewers with an extra judge, and who could it be? Kylie Minogue? No Danni Minogue was introduced to the Panel, Kylie's younger sister that had once tried out a career in the music industry. This brought a bit more action to the panel and the viewers enjoyed it more because there happened to be a few more bickering arguements between the judges than usual.
Winners of Series 1-4
Series 1 2004- Steve Brookstein, this year none of the singers were overally talented. They could all sing but none of them really had anything special about them. If you were to ask members of the public now to list all the finalists from this series I expect only 1 or 2 maybe listed with ease. It also shows that this year was one of the worst years for ratings with only a miniscule 7.4 Million viewers. The most dismall series of them all but people had some hope so tuned in to watch the others.
Series 2 2005- Shayne Ward, definitely more well known then Steve who won the first series of the X Factor. Shayne Ward, an attractive guy with a really catchy single 'That's my goal'. The ratings vamped up a gear in 2005 with over 8.6 million viewers roughly every weekend. The best thing about this series was that the 2 final contestants were so close in votes no one knew which way it was going to swing. This had a lot of controversy around the subject though as people started to think it was a fix. No one is really that remembered from this series which is a shame but it didn't help the show get off to a great start.
Series 3 2006- Leona Lewis was a phenomenon, typical nervous and withdrawn lady, she has the looks but everyone hoped as she walked into the audition room and greeted the judges she would have a good voice. She started to sing and blew everyone away I can remember her first performance to this day. An incredible singer who went on to win the show and break America after as well as the UK, Although The show did lose a fair few viewers throughout this year and dropped from 8.6 million in 2005 down to 8.2 million. Leona won the show against Ray Quinn with 60% of the final vote. Leona's first really successful single was 'Bleeding Love' which reached number 1 in over 30 countries. The X Factor had reached a real high after this series as such a modest and skilful contestant won the show. Leona in my opinion is by far one of the most unexpected and raw talents the UK have seen in years.
Series 4 2007- Leon Jackson winner of The X Factor, As there was so much expectation from the show before and after having such an incredible and deserving winner, Viewers once again started to chat more and more about the show. It's one of them programmes if you love it or hate it you still end up watching some of it no matter what you think of it. The final was between Leon and Rhydian the vote came close again and Leon won with 55% of the vote. Kate Thornton was also replaced this year as a presenter by Dermot O'Leary who brought in a lot of female viewers. Brian Friedman also replaced Louis Walsh the dismall judge for the Audition period of the show, but wasn't comfortable doing this and was soon replaced again by Walsh as Brian took his comfortable position make as choreographer. Dannii Minogue was the new judge of the series and went on to win it! I think Leon was the worst winner to come out of The X Factor to date he had no charisma and unfortunately his career just didn't lift off after at all.
Series 5 2008- Sharon had finally had enough of The X Factor for now and chose to take a step back, or did she just get fired? Who are we to know. Cheryl Cole the nations sweetheart had been brought in to take over her role, the panel now consisting of 4 Judges 2 new and 2 old, it gave The X Factor a fresh look and feeling. Alexandra Burke who was in Cheryl's category won The X Factor this year and wasn't it nice to see a new mentor win again proving they can bring something new to the panel. 'Hallelujah' Alexandra's single had become the fastest selling single of all time. Alexandra was up against some tough competition this year with contestants such as Boy and JLS and Diana Vickers who today are still doing well in the music industry. Alex won with over 58% of the vote this year! But for once a group had finally made it into the Final for the first time. JLS have now gone public with their aim to split at the end of this year after a long time together in the Industry thriving so well. The average amount of viewers that watched this series had beat an X Factor record of over 10 million. In my opinion I think it was because of the fantastic contestants and the 2 new judges Cheryl and Dannii, people thought they were rivals and every week the papers would rate there choice of fashion.
Series 6 2009- Joe Mcelderry went on to win this series of The X Factor with his mentor Cheryl Cole. This was the first time in The X Factor history that a mentor had one 2 years in a row. Joe Mcelderry did his final duet with George Michael and went on to win the show with a whopping 61%. Funny girl Stacey who acts like a bimbo surprised viewers with her enchanting voice and Olly Murs with his quirky singing and dancing, both of these acts have gone on to do well today. Olly has had a sold out tour and is now the Presenter of The Xtra Factor and Stacey presents Love Machine and also appeared on I'm A Celebrity and went on to win it! The amount of viewers for this series had also bumped up to a massive 13 million that year. Joe in my opinion has faded in the music Industry and would be pefect for theatre productions but not for selling number one singles and albums in the charts. This was also a great year as the audition format had changed from being in a room just with the Judges and the crew to a massive arena full of audience members as well.
Series 7 2010- Matt Cardle one this series by miles looking at the statistics he won every show every week on votes, except the first week. He was a painter and decorater and surprised the viewers with his soft and mellow voice. He had Dannii as a mentor and went on to win the show with 45% of the vote against Rebecca Ferguson. Although after the show finished Matt's single peaked at number 2 on the charts. The biggest surprise from this series was watching the Boy Band One Direction who had been put together by the judges almost appear from nowhere and shoot to fame. The Boys also managed to break America. They have sold over 14 million singles and 8 million albums. Their newest single that was for Comic Relief reached number one in 63 countries. Out of all of the series this was the best year for rating with just over 14 million. One Direction in my opinion should have won this year but it makes you think if they did win would they be where they are today.
Series 8 2011- Little Mix won! This is the year that Cheryl and Dannii both left The X Factor and I think Simon paid for this mistake big time! The views dropped this series to 12 million. New Judges Gary Barlow and Tulisa were recruited and Simon also left the show which meant the only regular left was Walsh. Groups had been doomed bad luck in The X Factor and no one would have ever guessed one could go on and win it. But Little Mix a group formed by Judges proved everyone wrong and did exactly that with Tulisa as the mentor. Kelly Rowland also another new judge to the show most well known for her debut with Destiny Child's. This year I personally feel there wasn't a lot of competition they contestants where nothing really special except from Little Mix who had a nice aura about them. They went on to win with 48% of the vote against Marcus Collins. Marcus Collins has recently been performing in Hairspray the tour and I think this is what he is most suited to do with his spectacular dancing and theatrical voice, if it's possible to be too nice to win a show I think this could also be a reason.
Season 9 2012-James Arthur the winner. The show was on its 9th year and it really needed something doing to it, it was getting boring and people were getting tired of it. James why shy in his first audition but his voice is incredible he performed Tulisa's song 'Young' acapella version which blew the audience and Judges away including Tulisa (She was probably more worried it was better than her version!) Kelly Rowland had also left her judging duties behind her to focus on her career in The UK she was replaced by Nicole Sherzinger former Pussy Cat Doll. Nicole brought some light to the show and the rivalry between her and Gary had started against Tulisa and Louis (Yes Louis still a Judge, god knows why!). The weirdest thing about this series is looking at the stats Chris Maloney the wild card contestant who had a life line from viewers had won the votes every show up until week 7. James had pinched the votes from week 8 all the way up to the final and won with over 53% of the vote, In my opinion he was a deserving winner, I am no way into sob stories but you could tell this meant the world to him and that it was his dream like many others but it wasn't just about winning to him. I just hope he can carry on impressing in the music industry, if he can release anymore songs like 'Impossible' he should be on to a real winner! The ratings for this series had a massive drop from the last series also to 9 million.
The X Factor has been on for 9 years now, it almost feels like routine to wait around for it to appear on a Saturday night. I know most people's favourite part about it is the auditions as there is a little humour when you see acts that sound tone deaf come onto stage thinking they can sing, or just seeing someone come on stage and trying to predict if they will be good or bad or just incredible. The performances that throw you back in your seat and back your mouth drop open are the most exciting ones and for sure there have been a few contestants throughout the years that have made us do that. But have the right winners one every year? In my opinion and it is only my opinion I'd say most years yes the obvious choice has won but it's nice to see an Underdog win or someone that has dreamt about this every day! I do also have my own suspitions that some of the voting may have been fixed but there is no way to even show if this is true or not. Either way the winners have won now whether they win for the right reason or not they have got a career but if it works is a different story. Like JLS have proved it doesn't matter if you win or just take part put the hard work in and you will find a way through the industry!
Little Mix are one of my favourite acts from The X Factor they got put together and worked through there differeneces, 4 girls with different personalities. They impressed the public and in all fairness had a good mentor to sale them through that series but they ignored the press and horrible comments and look where it has got them. They all have 4 wonderful boyfriends and fantastic careers as a women I respect them. There have been some amazing acts I cannot deny that, In fact I don't think anyone can but whether they succeed or not after the Talent show is a different story.
It's coming into the 10th year of the series this year and it has been confirmed Sharon is back, I know it need some sort of revamp but will bringing back old mentors give it a fresh vibe I really am not sure. I do personally think Louis Walsh will have done his course after this year's series and I think he should step down and let someone fresh and talented take his seat. The only Judge's I'd love to see back are Simon because it's his show and he is entertaining to listen to and Cheryl Cole, she clearly knows how to work with young singers as she has done Pop Stars the Rivals before this. Put this naughty duo back together with 2 new judges would be the perfect combination.
At the end of the day this is just my opinion, People won't always agree with me, I do love tv and I do watch The X Factor every year just to see whats going on and to see some real talented people get involved and make a career for themselves. After all if I could sing I would go on a show like this as it gives you so many opportunities. It's entertaining but it does have a very serious mood once it passes the auditions. If The X Factor could just ease off a little and put a bit of humour into it and fun people would be more inclined to watch it!
Summary: It has been around for 9 years now and has given lots of people a chance for fame!