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is everyone enjoying this years x factor?
i saw a bit last week and a bit on Saturday
last week i managed to guess which of the three girls were going through to the live shows without having heard any of them sing a note. #proud
most seemed pretty weak that i saw on Saturday, i thought this lady wa s pretty good but i don't really care
One mixed-gender band who won't go anywhere either - CHECK
Cobble together a new band to maximise appeal - CHECK
Standard forgettable band to make up the numbers - CHECK
He's hitting all his marks.
yeah fleurs good. i don't think she's going to get the right songs while shes on x factor but i hope when shes left she gets to be ciara/janet jackson etc which is what she would be really good at (she did some dancing in an earlier audition and shes proper good)
and the whole thing is a bit stale. The super giant boyband seems like a really cynical move, mixed gender groups are a non-starter, pretty much all of the over 25s are shocking (bar maybe Fleur), and there are very few standouts in the girls or boys. I guess Andrea is pretty charming, hopefully the audience takes to him.
Mel B is the best thing about it.
i hate both boy bands.
they're both got some super attractive horrible idiot who hasn't done any solo singing.
so glad the public got rid of one of them.
i expect one of those boy bands to have done something awful in the past that we hear about soon cause they seem like a bad bunch.
I was really glad simon was really harsh about overload generation
or get caught doing something horrendous.
I like the (presumably) stage school one who stands at the end emoting cheerfully.
Barlow sucked all the fun out of it.
Favourites: Lauren, Andrea, Fleur (except she picked a dreadful song this week) Jay (same).
I wish Stereo Kicks had gone with my name choice, OCTOFACE. They're not really working at the moment, I'd like to see them do a lot more proper four-part harmonies rather than each just singing a line in a different style.
can't believe she wasn't out the first week. Not looking forward to more good songs being distorted into boring jazz ballads.
What's she been hammered in the tabloids for? Just being posh?
where she's not as posh as she's now become, suggesting she's hamming it up this year for the attention. In any case she's awful and the sooner she goes the better.
she was on the face last year and had the same persona/character (really posh, really awkward and really aloof)
she seems like somebody being Princess Diana in a play, I'm not totally convinced.
Like OMG posh girls don't do topless photo shoots omg
type brat, hasn't there?
I just can't get into it this year, which is disappointing at it can be good mindless telly for watching on catch-up.
andrea obvs. but i'm not happy he sung the earth son
fleur - potentially best
lola - potentially best
stephanie and lauren could be good but i'm not sure.
stephanie will probably get kicked out. she seems like she would be a big in america but not big here kind of star except she can't sing very well.
the earth son
they looked and sounded shit, even for a boyband. Proper third rate stuff, spotty teenagers, one guy looked like a blonde Joe Essex. This year is pretty poor, but I can't help watching it out of some kind of morbid fascination. I hope the camp Spanish guy does well. That Butlins redcoat guy isn't funny at all.
If Ben Haenow has to do a singoff, he should do "Hey now, heeeey noww, don't dreaaam its over".
are they trying to make the fact that he drives a van and lives in a council flat his sob story? It doesn't seem like a bad life.
but he lives in Croydon.
but it's a bit off that they were all calling him the winner after week 1. They're already setting it up for that dramatic week where he ends up in the sing off and Simon tells everyone they have to vote more for the favourites.
Also like Lola and Lauren a lot. Lola looks and sounds exactly like Jessie Ware though.
"you remind me of a young Kevin Costner"
Peak Louis Walsh that. Has there ever been a more ridiculous man?
Disappointed I missed that
But it hooks me in every year
although wasn't last year the one where Sam Bailey and some Scottish child were the top two? I couldn't actually name anyone else who was on it in the last few years. So why the contestants fall over themselves to be on it is a bit strange. Seems to be commercial suicide.
as long as you don't win it.
The contestants must know that, but I suspect when they get towards the end they wouldn't deliberately want to get voted out. If they do win at least they know they will have a big number 1, loads of live performances, an album, before disappearing entirely apart from a brief live appearance at the next year's X Factor.
I wonder how much say they have in the whole thing. Almost zero I suspect, from song choice to image to everything else. They probably sign away everything.
big fan of him, constantly terrible song choices, looked like he didn't know what was going on
My gf actually voted to bring him back as the wildcard choice, before realising how awful he was. I will never let her live it down.
he is my hero
https://twitter.com/ChrisMaloney77 quality of his header
headshot on the poster
nothing wrong with either of those links
i find them inspiring
that picture of limmy with his crotch in maloney on the telly's face
there's normally at least one token jock or jokette, because ITV know that the scots are totally trigger happy when it comes to texting in a hundred times in one night to keep a wee bairn in the contest. is there a scottish person in it this year, or have we pissed them off so much with all of this independence chat that they've cut us loose at last?
Judy Murray's baggsied all of the Scotvote over on Strictly.
that girl who played piano
i think those were all worse than anyone who's on this year
this year theres a few too many normal blokes (van man, guitar kid, 'she's the one' one) and nobody who's vocal has been amazing other than andrea.
Hopefully Tamera Foster will release some songs soon and be the worlds biggest star
its good that theres some overs who could be proper pop stars this year. they've done well there. in previous years that boring lady who had to lie down at judges houses would have probably been put through
Always feel sorry for these dafties because they've had to sign horrible waivers and contracts just to get to this point. The real winner is whoever maims a judge first.
the winner does the cheesy Number 1 single, then disappears? Surely strike while the iron's hot and pump out as many crap singles as they can. They have been doing a couple of songs a week for months, it should be easy enough. Instead they just disappear. Sam Bailey just got pregnant I think, maybe there was some maternity leave built into her contract.
by which point, no one cares anymore.
they are working really hard, getting the right sound, finding decent producers etc. Fuck that. It is the main reason the runners up do so well, they just start releasing stuff.
I guess he can't directly make sure the most commercially viable is the winner, so he just runs with who he likes wherever they finish.
is generated in Q4, and given X Factor winners' albums are usually perfect stocking filler fodder, it does make some sense to try and keep people interested in last year's winner long enough to capitalise on that: http://www.popjustice.com/briefing/its-the-most-wonderful-time-of-year-we-love-you-q4/120474/
That said, by and large Syco Music don't really know their arse from their elbow. Just an incredibly inept outfit from top to bottom, which is staggering given they generate something like 70% of Sony Music's revenue. Cowell really does have them by the short and curlies.
Charles Garland was a decent CEO, but not really a music guy. Now when Simon's not around to call the shots it's Sonny Takhar, who's certainly good, but he's no David Geffen. Middle management's often poached from other Sony divisions (i.e. Playstation) so don't really understand the music business, and the underlings are usually interns or on short term contracts and gone within a few months.
And with the shit but gloriously ridiculous act already gone I just can't put up with the cavalcade of mediocrity that is the remainder of the acts. A shame really as the judging line up is more fun this year without the fun sponge that was Gary Barlow being involved.