Posted: 19th Nov 2010 (0 comments)
What is the real ‘X-Factor’?
The much-hyped television talent show, The X-Factor, has again gripped the British public. Why do people find it so compelling? Some probably watch in the hope of seeing musical talent with the X-Factor of the title: that authentic, indefinable star quality. Others are attracted by the carefully crafted and spectacular television production. Another attraction is Simon Cowell – ‘Mr X-Factor’ – the pop impresario behind the show and, of course, its chief beneficiary. Although theoretically just one of the four judges, he most often pronounces judgement and acts as a focus for the audience’s irritation or disagreement. A skilled self-publicist, he is well aware that although receiving abuse from an audience is not pleasant, hatred is just as marketable as love.