The X Factor: When a Show Has Nothing Going For It Anymore

Wednesday, September 07, 2011 Andrea Lo 0 Comments

The X Factor UK 2011 aired late last month featuring all new judges, bar the long-serving supercentenarian Louis Walsh. The new panel includes Take That frontman Gary Barlow, former Destiny's Child Kelly Rowland, and N-Dubz singer Tulisa whats-her-face.

For the fast diminishing X Factor viewers, it's no longer the contestants that are the problem. The judges seem to be taking themselves far too seriously. I understand that, the current panel, having replaced: a) someone whose greatest claim to fame is a footballer husband who cheated on her (Cheryl Cole); b) someone who was on Australian TV 20 years ago, who is only just clinging on to the D-List thanks to her more famous sibling (Dannii Minogue); and c) a man dealing with his midlife crisis by wearing T-shirts that are far too tight, might be feeling smug with themselves. Three weeks in and they are already more annoying to watch than the Kardashians.

I find shows like The X Factor degrading to human intelligence. An article I came across sums up another one of Simon Cowell's money-making cash cow shows perfectly:
'American Idol is a lot like spandex [edit: spanx for Brits]. By showcasing marginally talented singers alongside total train wrecks, it makes the average ass look great and the horrible ass look even more horrible than it already is.'