First episode of the X Factor has just ended. Had to jump on to the computer here to say I’m not a fan of this new fangled audience element to the auditions. A quick look at the reaction on Twitter would seem to indicate this is the majority view. The whole studio layout reminded me of a Roman Amphitheatre. Fitting I suppose, considering the reaction of the crowd during some of the auditions: baying for blood – trying to influence Claudius and the elders of his court.
It’s too late now for this series now – but they should bring back the unaccompanied audition in front of the 4 judges. That’s the only real way to judge a singing voice. A couple of the acts that got through tonight weren’t very strong vocally. They simply got through because the backing track and audience reaction helped.
Cowell, Walsh, Minogue and Cole are paid big money to be professional judges. As such, they should at least be professional and give auditionees a bit of respect by judging them without a circus going on in the background.
And how about the great Irish hopefuls in the competition then? John and Edward – the twins from Dublin. They’re cocky, they’ve got awful hair, they speak with an American accent. How could Simon NOT know they were from Dublin – sure all the kids speak that way. Ask any of their MOMs.
In case you missed it, here’s the video. Enjoy! They got through to bootcamp.