COMMENT: The X-Factory
This weekend’s shock departure of Ella Henderson from the X-Factor competition has created outrage only a few weeks before the final show.
The bottom two acts had to perform again for the judges to decide who would leave the competition. Ella blasted out ‘If You’re Not The One’ by Daniel Beddingfield, followed by James Arthur’s powerful rendition of Alicia Keys’ ‘Falling’. With the final result going to deadlock, it was Ella who received the least amounts of votes and left the competition.
This year there is a clear star, James Arthur, who is a ready-made artist. In some respects, it would have done him a favour to have left the competition this weekend – so that he is able to release a worthy album without the X Factor tagline.
X Factor is in its ninth year, and is in desperate need of a revamp. However, my real complaint is about the longevity of the acts. There have been a handful of successful acts, Leona Lewis, JLS, One Direction, but what about real music apart from this repetitive commercial factory? Not to mention the irrelevance of Louis Walsh; what is he still doing there?
There are two acts in my eyes this year who have the ability to really make a difference in the music industry on a global scale. Jahmene and James, with James leading the way. He is a true artist, refreshingly original and it is a relief to see how much credit he is receiving. The real success is how he has been able to retain his integrity without selling out in this X Factor factory.
Let’s get away from being caught up in someone’s sob story, and focus on true talent.
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