The X Factor is undoubtedly the worst show on television and serves as a vehicle for media mogul Simon Cowell to breed a pop-star via over-exposure to the general public. For what seems like an entire year, The X Factor plagues our screens and is separated into two distinct formats. First, the four judges span the width and breadth of the country, screening hundreds of thousands of hopefuls, before secondly whittling down the list to twelve finalists that compete in a knockout competition.
The first episodes are forcibly enjoyable thanks to some excruciating quick-editing and dramatic background music which splices the countries most hopeless singers/pranksters in with the odd contestant who can actually sing. The tremendous effort the show goes to in order to highlight these jokers only highlights how unimportant the actual musical talent element of the show is. The entertainment officially ends when the show graduates into its second format, in which the judges choose twelve final acts (based on approximately three performances) to represent them in the run up to the final. It becomes painfully obvious that the judges have often chosen awful singers at this point, but after such a laborious screening process they have no choice but to stick with them in a bid to save face.
As part of the second round, the contestants must butcher their way through sixty second lounge-music versions of popular songs in a bid to claim the public vote. During this stage of the competition, the gutter press puts all important news on hold and instead prints reams of slanderous lies about the contestants, based on the smallest of mannerisms and public appearances. This ensures the continued popularity of the programme and provides an unneeded and unwarranted monetary boost to Simon Cowell's Scrooge McDuck vault. Thanks to the continued ignorance, stupidity and shamelessness of the general public, a winner is chosen, who then goes on to claim the Christmas number 1 single before fading into complete obscurity.
A completely ridiculous aspect of the show is how totally unqualified the judges are to pass comment on the contestants. Each judge has absolutely no discernible talent of their own other than to exploit flash-in-the-pan acts, as proven by their complete inability to maintain the careers of past winners, and by their insistence on miming whilst performing live themselves. How can someone who's profession is a singer, mime their way through a show before chastising the contestants on their singing ability?
The most vulgar and despicable facet of the show, however, is the fact that hundreds of hours of auditions and dramatic editing are pieced together in order to find someone who cannot write or perform their own songs. If this is truly the kind of talent that the music industry wants on board after such a long and laborious search, then it is doomed that the industry is. If you've ever found yourself seriously gripped by this facade then you are utterly wasting your time and ears. What a disgrace.