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X-Factor vs The Voice

I was a big fan of X- Factor when it first started but the format became tired, in my opinion, so I stopped watching it. The best part about the X-Factor was the contestants who thought they were good singers, when in fact they were rubbish.  Then the show began to take advantage of these people and also it relied on the tragic life stories of some of the shows “it’s all I ever wanted” contestants.

In my grumpy opinion, if you are a good singer you will get noticed and you can go on to have a good singing career. Once the live shows started most of the singers were nothing special but there had to be a winner and most went on to do nothing, apart from featuring in celebrity magazines.

Then the “The Voice” came along and showed us all how many good singers there are out there. With a refreshing format based upon listening to the singer and avoiding the life stories the show has shown us all that we don’t need the X-Factor to discover new talent, because we already have lots. Just about every singer on The Voice has been good but some have been fantastic. Tonight’s show with  Jaz, the final contestant, left the best until last, as we all knew would happen !  He must be a clear favourite to win in my view.

The judges on The Voice have also been great. From Sir Tom Jones to WILL.I.AM and of course Jessie J. I love the way Jessie J chair dances and sings. She is a natural !

Simon Cowell seems to have admitted defeat. Simon….It’s time to move on !

X-Factor running out of steam !

Only another two weeks before the X – Factor TV show finishes. Thank goodness for that. In my opinion the best part of the series is the auditions and watching the bad performances of the singers who think they are brilliant singers, when in fact they can’t sing one note in tune. If people think they are good singers they should join a band and start singing that way. If they are good then they will be successful. Hoping to be a singing star by taking part in a reality TV show is exploitation and only lines the pockets of the TV producers.

I have become bored of the show. All the performers are just manufactured and I would never buy any of their records. The world of mimed music and elaborate stage shows can never beat the sound of real live music. Music is all about having fun and learning to master an instrument. If you want to make it as a music star you have to start young and practice for many hours of the day. Steve Vai, the rock guitarist used to practice for 10 hours a day every day for many years. The same can be said of many other guitarists, piano players and so on.

It’s noticeable on the X-Factor that the judges don’t criticise the performers any more. Even Simon Cowell seems to have lost his ability to give constructive criticism. Cheryl Cole shows her lack of music knowledge by never making any meaningful comments. Only Danni regularly offers intelligent feedback and is the only one I see as a proper judge.

Meanwhile the show is being taken over by the general public who have now seen through the fragile covering of the show and have now started voting for those on the show that are entertaining. If the X-Factor was made up of attractive people who could really sing it would be even more boring than it is now. Wagner to win in my view !

Let the X-Factor finish and lets have some fresh TV shows. I can’t wait !

I Didn’t Watch Strictly Come Dancing

It has been anounced that over 13 million people watched the final of Strictly Come Dancing. I can happily say that I wasn’t one of them. Why anybody would want to vote on how good a dancer, a z list celebrity is, I will never understand. On the few short clips I have seen over the last 12 weeks all the dancers look equally as good as each other, so unless you are a trained dance expert the average person will not know one dance move from another. So, really, its all down to who you like most. Why people have an opinion on that when you personally have never met that person I will never know! Which makes it a great shame that the nations favourite from the show, John Sergeant, didn’t win! When will we have a break from so called reality TV ? Surely, it has nearly run its course! I suspect, though, that I might be wrong on that!

X Factor Ends Yet Another Series

I watched the final of the UK X Factor on Saturday night! It was reasonably good entertainment but I prefer the early auditions when you get all the really bad singers – its a good laugh. When the show gets past the early rounds it becomes just a karoake competition mostly but there are one or two good singers and Alexandra turned out to be a fairly good winner. In the final she sang a duet with Beyonce but for me that was a mistake as Beyonce showed up Alexandra with a diva of a performance.

I’m glad the series has finished but I must admit that I will miss Cheryl Cole. The show has made her a real star now and I’m afraid that Danni Mynogue gave a performance that didn’t contribute anything as far as I was concerned and I will be suprised if she is on the next series. Simon Cowell did his normal thing of telling the truth to the contestants in the way that only he can but he looked a bit bored to me by the end. He was probably thinking ahead to the money he will make from having a Christmas number 1.

Finally, here is my message to all you aspiring pop idols – start singing in the shower, sing in the car, sing whenever you can, take singing lessons and then form a band and sing real songs – rock songs !