Have The Judges Got The X Factor?

Have The Judges Got The X Factor?

The least surprising X Factor news of the year was announced this week. No, they’ve not decided to bite the bullet and axe the somewhat ailing show.

The announcement comes in the shape of a brand new judging line up.

Well, I say brand new, however all is not what it seems. We are in fact being treated to the original line up with the addition of another familiar face.

Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh, Sharon Osborne and the incredibly beautiful (I have such a girl crush on this lady) Nicole Scherzinger have just signed up to join the circus.  Because let’s face it, that’s what The X Factor has descended into now isn’t it? A circus.

I have mixed feelings on this announcement. As previously written, I feel like giving The X Factor yet another series is akin to flogging a dead horse.  The last series was lacklustre to say the least and if Simon Cowell and producers think the next series will match the dizzy heights of the hugely successful 2010 series then they have another thing coming.  It just won’t happen.

We’re bored. The dwindling audience who give up their Saturday and Sunday night’s to the music talent TV show are disinterested.  It’s all been done and heard before.

In my opinion, Simon Cowell and The X Factor producers are misguided if they think reintroducing some ‘friendly’ faces to the judging panel will reignite the UK’s excitement for the tired show.

The thing is, we know what’s coming don’t we? We’ve seen it all before.

Let me set the scene. All 4 judges will walk onto the stage during the live shows on a Saturday night.  Nicole Scherzinger will look fabulous, Simon Cowell will have his heaving cleavage on show and do his signature wink, Louis Walsh and Sharon Osborne will be holding hands and sharing some sort of private joke none of the audience will be privy to.  They’ll take their seats, ready to deliver their verdicts on the ‘talent’ performing for them and us, the audience.

Louis Walsh will shuffle in his seat and play with his pen while muttering the immortal words “You look like a pop star, you sound like a pop star, you ARE a pop star” and of course the “You remind me of a young…..” insert any famous pop star from old here, I think he even told a singer they reminded him of a young Lenny Henry once?!

Sharon Osborne probably won’t be trusted around a glass of water for fear of her dashing it in either Simon or Louis’ face whilst also breaking out into huge laughing fits on demand.  Hysterical.

Nicole Scherzinger will sit there with her perfectly coiffed hair whilst pondering what new word she can invent to describe an artist’s performance.  Schmazing anyone?

And of course, Simon “I didn’t just like it, I LOVED IT” Cowell; he’s 150% sending this person through to the next round.

So far so 2004 and 2005 and 2006 and so on.

With the ever changing judging panel you always have the caricatures the judges become. By this I mean they slot into a role created by the media and perhaps the producers themselves.

Cheryl Cole, Tweedy, whatever her name is today was always the Nations Sweetheart. The girl done good, the woman we can all relate to.  She’s had her heartbreak, she’s had her highlights and her lowlights in life (and I’m not just talking about her hair) and there she is, still sat there with a beautiful grin on her face (I’m sure the millions of pounds she’s received over the years helped with that).  Thing is she didn’t really ‘bring it’ last series though did she? Sadly.

Then you had Rita Ora, the young, fresh talent whose fashion sense created more column inches than her judging prowess itself. I think it was hoped she would bring in the younger viewers, when in actual fact they had a life and were out Snapchatting their Saturday night antics.  That’s what the kids do now you see.

Nick Grimshaw seemed to be purported as the judge who didn’t know what he was on about, when in really I think he probably knew quite a lot. He just always looked like a deer caught in the headlights, he seemed out of his depth on such a huge primetime weekend TV show.

Danni “The Tits” Minogue (read Simon Cowell’s biography to find out why she’s referred to as that – then try not to be sick in your mouth) was always a firm favourite with The X Factor fans, although I don’t think you’d find Sharon Osborne agree with that (jel).  Poised, dignified and someone who seemed to genuinely care about her acts, Danni was a great asset to The X Factor, I just don’t think Simon Cowell always appreciated her. Certainly not in the way he should have.

Tulisa was billed as being the new Cheryl Cole/Tweedy. That didn’t exactly go to plan though did it? Still, at least she got a brand new set of teeth out of her experience.

And then we had Mel B. The judge who was cruel to be kind.  The one we loved to hate.  Did we ever get to the bottom of her no show during the Semi Finals in 2014?

Lastly, one point I have to make with regards to the decision to bring back Louis Walsh is just how much self-respect does the bloke have? He’s heard the words “You’re Fired” more times than Lord Sugar has uttered them on The Apprentice. He must seriously love The X Factor to keep returning when he’s been unceremoniously axed so often.  That, or the pay cheque that comes with the judging gig.

Whether the return of Louis, Simon, Nicole and Sharon will have a positive impact on The X Factor remains to be seen, I certainly won’t hold my breath. I’m no Mystic Meg but I don’t see any viewing records being broken this year and I certainly don’t think there will be many people who come January 2017 will be remembering who won The X Factor 2016.  I’m still trying to remember who won the last 3 series’ if I’m honest.

This is one for Google I think….

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This was a post written for The Custard TV.

This Post Has 10 Comments

  1. It’s like a big circle isn’t it? They must be very desperate to get it back on it’s feet. I didn’t watch it last year for the first time – I just think it may have run its course and time to stop. Unless they finish on a high this time around?! I do like Sharon though 🙂 Thanks for sharing with #bestandworst

  2. Nige

    No they don’t and show is finished still to produce one person of real quality that’s around today Simon cowell money making machine that it #bestandworst

  3. Oh yes, I see it come up on the planner all I think is “bore off!” and purposely igore it.
    It’s really past its use by date. It’s about time something a bit more exciting came on tv on a Saturday night, I do not have a clue what though!
    #stayclassy

  4. Absolutely agree. I was the x factors biggest fan for a fair few years. Someone even bought me an X factor mug once, but yeah its definately lost its sparkle. Even I don’t get excited over it any more. I can’t even remember who won last year. Infact I don’t remember last year at all to be honest except that Cheryl came back and even that was a disappointment to be honest. Funny post though. You nailed the judges perfectly.

    #stayclassy

  5. The show has just went stale, there are so many other great TV shows out there that X Factor can no longer compete with. I know that I spend my nights watching some good drama’s instead because like you say, I’ve seen it all before on the X Factor, and if someone does do a great audition, I’ll no doubt hear about it on This Morning etc. so what’s the point in watching all the acts? #stayclassy

  6. They should have gone out on a high when One Direction won (did they) or get placed??? It is a load of tosh especially when nowadays there is so much on demand TV and we have Tom Hiddleston in our lives!!! I too like Nicole Scherzinger and loved her ‘amazeballs’ catchphrase!! #stayclassy

  7. Laura

    The X Factor used to be one of the biggest shows on TV. It was the talking point of the week for several years. Sadly, it is a former shell of itself and should have been axed years ago IMO. Thanks for sharing X #stayclassy

  8. The X Factor has lost the X Factor (!) over the years and the chemistry hasn’t been right for a while. I love Cheryl so am sad she’s not returning but NG just isn’t great on telly. Hoping this lot revive the good old days. !

  9. You are so right! The X Factor has gone downhill and adding those “friendly” faces are definitely not going to help. Rita Ora’s dress sense WAS a highlight for the previous seasons, more so than the actual singing – I think. Love this – almost review – about the X Factor, I feel if you had your own show you would make a good judge! ; ) Thanks for sharing with #StayClassy!

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