JASMINE BRATHWAITE

Following the launch of the live shows of X Factor a few weeks ago, only one question kept circulating in my head – why am I still watching this?

It’s hard to put my finger on it, but I think it’s the overwhelming mediocrity. Aside from a few – namely Paul Akister and Andrea Faustini – at times it’s difficult to believe that I’m hearing the same singing as the judges! Gone are the days of the singers who could literally take your breath away, such as Leona Lewis and Alexandra Burke. My excitement used to stem from genuinely feeling that any of the final four deserved to win.

Now, I find it hard to connect with any of the contestants, and the sob stories are overplayed. If I got a pound every time I heard ‘I’m doing this for...’ or ‘This is my last chance...’ then I’d be earning more than Cheryl.

When I found out that Simon Cowell was coming back this year I thought that would renew my love for the show but his return made no impact on me. This relates to what I think is one of the main problems with X Factor, which has become more and more of an issue over the years: there is way too much focus on the judges, when it should be about the contestants. Nobody cares that Simon compared Cheryl to Kermit the Frog.

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Furthermore, the new seat system where contestants were given a chair (symbolic of their acceptance to the judges houses stage) to only then have it taken away seemed pointless and cruel!

Overall, I think the main issue I have with X Factor now is that, although there is some talent, there isn’t enough for it to be an annual event. In my opinion, the last few winners are in no way comparable to the ones of the earlier years.

The initial idea was innovative and amazing but it has gotten to a point where it has become stale, and ironically it is clearly not always about the contestants having the ‘X-Factor.’