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X Factor: What The Haters Say

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Does the X Factor really equal the death of music? Is it a fix? Here's 10 things people who think they’re too good for the X Factor say (and what we might reply)

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  • Ten things people who think they’re too good for the X Factor say (and what we might reply)

    “We’ve spent the summer watching a true talent show: London 2012”

    (Well, yes. But it’s finished now, sadly.)

  • Ten things people who think they’re too good for the X Factor say (and what we might reply)

    “It’s the death of music.”

    (Au contraire. In many ways, the pop stars it creates and subsequent record sales, arena tours and downloads are helping keeping music alive.)

  • Ten things people who think they’re too good for the X Factor say (and what we might reply)

    “It’s all a fix.”

    (It’s stage-managed, sure, but you can’t cheat when it comes to phone votes.)

  • Ten things people who think they’re too good for the X Factor say (and what we might reply)

    "They can’t even play proper instruments.”

    (They can this year, actually. For the first time, auditionees are allowed to play guitar or keyboards as well as sing.)

  • Ten things people who think they’re too good for the X Factor say (and what we might reply)

    “They can’t write their own songs.”

    (They can do that this year too. For the first time, auditionees are allowed to perform their own material.)

  • Ten things people who think they’re too good for the X Factor say (and what we might reply)

    “It’s just glorified karaoke.”

    (That sounds pretty good to us.)

  • Ten things people who think they’re too good for the X Factor say (and what we might reply)

    “It’s TV for stupid people.”

    (Now you’re just being snobbish.)

  • Ten things people who think they’re too good for the X Factor say (and what we might reply)

    “It’s emotionally manipulative.”

    (Fair enough, but so is most good TV.)

  • Ten things people who think they’re too good for the X Factor say (and what we might reply)

    “It’s past its sell-by date.”

    (Ratings are slightly down but that remains to be seen. Naysayers claim this every year.)

  • Ten things people who think they’re too good for the X Factor say (and what we might reply)

    “The What Factor? Oh god, no. I never watch those ghastly things.”

    (Methinks you doth protest too much.)

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