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is it all fake now?
like sharon's actually dead so they're just using old footage:(
I liked it when they moved it to a live studio audience and whenever Cowell made a joke there'd be this enormous uproar of laughter and yet none of the people in the crowd behind the judges reacted at all.
seems even worse now though
I haven't watched it in a while either, but it definitely got incrementally worse each year I did. People travelling round the world to audition just because they loved the UK so much (who it later transpired happened to have already been finalists on a talent show in their home country). Cowell stopping an audition to say he's not feeling it and have they got another song and, by the way, is there anything troubling them and it just so happens that person's gran/kid/dog had just died that morning and the new song which they definitely weren't going to sing before is a perfect tribute to them. That sort of thing. They don't even bother with making it subtle these days.
This week some bloke's sympathy angle was literally just that his girlfriend dumped him a couple of days before his birthday.
he was queuing outside with a mass of others when some crew came and handed out loads of shit home-made banners. They were told the camera would be doing a sweep and they wanted everyone to cheer and wave their banners.
He later sang to someone in a corridor and was told he wouldn't be going through to filmed auditions.
my cousin's mate was on it a few years ago. auditioned multiple times in the years before, apparently there are multiple callback stages to sing to producers before you get a chance with the judges.
Definitely works better without the live audience for the auditions.
It's all ridiculous of course.
Did anyone see that human doll :D
Its all just such blatant attention seeking.
I genuinely can't comprehend the level of delusion a character would have to be operating under for them to look at the last decade plus of acts who've made it to the finals and completely vanished from the public consciousness, or else mentally/financially/socially imploded, the sheer ratio of moderate hits to bloody misses, and still think, "Yeah, I'll have a bit of that."
(I agree with your point though. Isn't it common knowledge that talent agencies supply most of the finalists?)
If that's true I suppose you could argue the X Factor is Western civ in microcosm then: an elite being held up as the product of a meritocratic system that rewards talent when in reality the game was rigged in their favour to begin with.
missed the first ep but have seen the other 3.
when they went to dublin (first time since the year they got niall for 1d) - they went all out and made everything green, managed to get louis' face on the side of a big green bus AND find both a bono lookalike and a ginger lad who worked on a potato farm to audition.
hope they go through:
17 year old lass who did ex factor (she was doing too much, but it was her first audition)
janet who did zayn
kayleigh who did the song from ghost
will be glad to see them go:
lad who looks like louis from 1d and his sob story was 'i was dumped'
the couple who sang sex on fire
that they didn't ask the Bono bloke how the Edge was.
bono bloke : i don't want to copy anybody
simon: alright, good luck
*beautiful day starts playing*
just remembered when louis goes "he looks like a birthday cake"