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X Factor and the like...
« on: January 05, 2009, 03:57:55 PM »
One for everyone but I'm particularly interested in what jem has to say given he's written the final song for one of them...

What are people's opinions on shows like the X Factor/Pop Idol etc etc?
I was sat there getting my haircut earlier and heard Alexandra singing "hallelujah"
and couldn't help but think what it would've been like had Eoghan or whatever his name was sang it...Yet it would have still been number one..

My personal opinion is that whilst it's brilliant for the people who win (how long that fame lasts for is a seperate discussion!) but it's not doing the industry and favours. I mean there's something not right when there's a guaranteed number one and you don't even know who's singing it yet! That can't be right! Things are changing all the time and no more than right now it would seem so how do people think these kinds of shows and their related 'guaranteed' success in the charts affects the industry and how people view the charts as a whole?

Just thought it would be a good topic for discussion :)
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Re: X Factor and the like...
« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2009, 04:46:38 PM »
My thoughts on the matter are here:

http://www.jgnicholson.co.uk/blog/?p=40

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« Reply #2 on: January 05, 2009, 04:58:29 PM »
Very well put sir :)
Couldn't have said it better myself!
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« Reply #3 on: January 05, 2009, 05:12:36 PM »
I think ALL so called reality shows should be banned. They don't do anyone any favours in the long run and are probably more damaging for the people involved than if they never got an inkling of fame. The talent scouts should get off their backsides and go out and look for talent in the places where normal people spend years trying to achieve success. Humbug!
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« Reply #4 on: January 05, 2009, 06:57:25 PM »
And while TOTP struggled to stay on air with less than a million viewers, these shows regularly pull in 7m.

Perhaps everyone else knows something we don't.

(Let us not forget that 'proper bands' who write their own songs may merely be a temporary aberration brought on by those scamps The Beatles.)
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« Reply #5 on: January 05, 2009, 08:46:07 PM »
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I think ALL so called reality shows should be banned. They don't do anyone any favours in the long run and are probably more damaging for the people involved than if they never got an inkling of fame. The talent scouts should get off their backsides and go out and look for talent in the places where normal people spend years trying to achieve success. Humbug!

Well said I couldn't agree more

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« Reply #6 on: January 05, 2009, 11:56:35 PM »
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the places where normal people spend years trying to achieve success.

Ah, but normal people don't spend years trying to achieve success. That's what makes them such appalling TV presences. Far better to have people the general public can engage with... ;-)
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Re: X Factor and the like...
« Reply #7 on: January 06, 2009, 10:56:46 AM »
Jem described Elbows' Mercury Prize as giving hope that "we won't be absorbed by a tidal wave of tallentless teenagers " ...

Having said that, I'm sure he would be delighted to supply song after song to the winners of shows like X factor.

I have to say (though I really didnt watch it this year) I love X factor, it's great TV .. especially the deluded at the initial auditions .. train wreck TV at its best  :D

It's a shame it's not a little more like American Idol, where they sing with a real band every week ... which I think is a bit more challenging than a backing track.

As for its use as a talent contest ... why not ? TV talent contests have delivered many performers to us in the past 25 years. Yes it's a short cut, avoiding years spent in smelly rehearsal rooms and toilet gigs before getting a break .. but why not ? We live in an immediate society now, why not immediate stars. This years winner certainly has a great voice.

I do think it's a great shame that so many covers are used for singles though, where's the value in that other than being a monster paying number one  ;)
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Re: X Factor and the like...
« Reply #11 on: January 06, 2009, 05:11:43 PM »
Is there an X-Factor-alike, but for people with musical talent, like whole bands and the like?

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« Reply #12 on: January 06, 2009, 07:51:08 PM »
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Is there an X-Factor-alike, but for people with musical talent, like whole bands and the like?


Channel 4 do a "talent" style show with the     T4 Orange unsigned Act     but that is for the "Hip n Trendy youngsters, with "presenters" and musicians making acerbic and supposedly witty remarks.....

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Re: X Factor and the like...
« Reply #13 on: January 06, 2009, 08:12:30 PM »
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Is there an X-Factor-alike, but for people with musical talent, like whole bands and the like?
There's Summer's End....but they never seem to announce the winners.... :)
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« Reply #14 on: January 07, 2009, 12:34:52 AM »
well i have to say, to those who are 'dissillutioned' with the charts these days.... have you heard most pop music over the last decade??? on the majority it's been designed to appeal to kids of folk who don't know better... so x factor is a natural progression... however i don't mind it one bit.

hell i've even entered it this year cause i've been singing for the last 10 years locally, i've been told i'm pretty good. so why not let something like x factor get me further in the business. all's fair in love and war, and music is my love!

i sing karaoke so who cares if your singing other folks songs. i bet the artists are getting thier royalties it so everyone's a winner

if i want to listen to good music, i'll stick on my EIMA and chill.  :lol:  :lol:  :lol:  :lol: