Jim Carroll

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Why The X Factor sucks

I’m with Damon Albarn on this one – The X Factor is junk. This week, the Blur and Gorillaz fellow offered his views on the TV show. “It’s not good because, though from time to time they may stumble across …

Fri, Nov 5, 2010, 10:10

   

I’m with Damon Albarn on this one – The X Factor is junk.

This week, the Blur and Gorillaz fellow offered his views on the TV show.

“It’s not good because, though from time to time they may stumble across a beautiful voice, they put them through a food processor and make them fast food”, Albarn said. “A cow is definitely a more beautiful thing before it hits the hamburger factory.”

It’s not the first time Albarn has voiced negative feelings towards this television travesty. Back in 2007, while guest-editing BBC Radio 4’s Today show, Albarn said the show created a “mindset which suggests that you can get something for nothing, that it’s easy to acquire status and fame, which is rubbish.”

Of course, there are many who will dismiss Albarn’s criticisms as snobbery from an established act. After all, goes the argument of many in the music industry, the show generates a buzz around new artists at a time when acts struggle for attention.

But a TV show is not really concerned with spotting, nurturing and developing talent. The X Factor needs immediate bang (and that means fake drama, rows and tears every week) for its bucks to maintain its audience.

The X Factor is not about longetivity. What percentage of acts who’ve appeared in music-based reality shows like The X Factor go on to have a career in music. And what percentage end up doing panto once a year? I think you know the answer to that one.

Let’s keep a sense of perspective here. The X Factor is a banal, inocuous TV show designed to keep the masses texting rather than rioting. And no matter what Simon Cowell and Louis Walsh think, these shows are the worst possible way for new music acts to come to the fore.