This is an extraordinary edition of my weekly ranking of the X Factor acts. After recent events, I felt the need to write something about the current state of affairs the X factor has entered.
This year has been plagued (?) by more scandals than ever. Simon and Cheryl left, Dannii was pushed (allegedly walked off), Cheryl was sacked by the US version, Kelly, Gary and Tulisa entered the competition as judges. On the contestants’ front, Jade, Carolynne and John weren’t chosen, The Risk was formed and reformed, Goldie walked off, Sami reentered, Ashley left The Risk, Ashthon came back, Frankie stayed, Tulisa insinuates that Misha is a bully, Kelly leaves the UK for an alleged sickness, and lastly, Frankie is forced to get out of the competition for breaking an as-of-yet-unknown rule. Correct me if I missed something.
And, one of the results of all this drama, a level of drama that Latin telenovellas salivate after, is that X Factor is slowly but surely losing viewing figures. I know that Simon encourages this kind of press, and maybe I am wrong in my assertions, but I am under the impression that the public is smart, and it understand when someone is artificially creating buzz just to keep something afloat, or in our case, to make it the only sailing boat. What people seem to think is that the show is slowly transforming into a farce, something that is so deeply artificial that summons the most cynic of attitudes in the public.
Let’s get something straight. I love this kind of show. I love singing competitions, because I love hearing original spins on old favorites, or new spins on new tracks, or even because I just love a different voice singing a song I have heard and loved. I think this competition has the hidden potential of finding musical gems, like the amazing Leona Lewis I am listening to as I type, but, I repeat, this show has just the potential. Not the ability. To find someone who is an artist and is not signed or other wise engaged is a tough business, and it clearly shows: out of 7 years the show has barely produced three acts that can stand their own into musical charts. So, to recapitulate, I love the show, but I love it as a show, not as a singer-discovering-and –launching platform.
Which brings me to my point. The drama must end. When Misha B ruled her audition, people called her cocky instead of talented. When Kitty nearly fell off the stage at boot camp, because of her shaking and crying, people called her fake, instead of emotional. When Johnny singed, people called him a joke instead of original or different. When Tulisa insulted Misha, she was called evil and manipulative instead of honest. I myself called Frankie a disgrace to music, when he was just a young man, who was doing the same exact thing every one of us would do, if we were given the chance (The fault for Frankie lies with Gary Barlow, who gave him unrealistic hopes and a way to make a fool of himself).
What I would suggest to do, dear readers, you who were kind enough to read till the end, at this point, is to just judge the singing. Leave the drama behind. So who cares if Janet is shy? If you hate her performance, don’t vote for her. Who cares if Misha is called a bully? If you love her performance, vote for her. Who cares if Kitty is a diva? If you like her crazy stage antics pick up the phone and vote for her. This is the only way a winner is picked. I remind you that you voted for cute-as-a-box-full-of-babies preteens Leon and Joe, and now they have no career to speak of. The X Factor is, but it shouldn’t be a popularity contest. If you love singing and music, do the smart thing. Vote for the best singer.
My rant ends here. I hope you’ll keep the berating to a kind minimum. Keep in mind that I am not affiliated with the X Factor in any way, and I wrote all of this because that’s what I wanted to do. I am immensely bored of reading stupid, attention grabbing headlines instead of just looking forward to the music. If you do agree with me, then that’s awesome. If you don’t, that’s fine, because I couldn’t care less. Now I’m off because Anatomy isn’t gonna study itself.