Because of the live audience, last night X Factor felt cruel. It felt like the cool kids were picking on the not-so-cool ones and it left me feeling a bit uneasy (clearly because I will, regardless of years, always be a not-so-cool kid).
It’s the fact that we all now know that the auditions have a number of stages BEFORE the one that we see, the one in front of the judges. So, those performers last night had passed through a number of stages and each one would have layered them with a little bit more confidence. Each audition would have made them believe a little bit more in their dream. But for some of them the only reason they were put through was for TV, to get them in front of the judges, in front of a huge audience and for everyone to have a big laugh.
I know, I know, that’s entertainment and that’s how the show works, but last night there seemed to be so much more of it.
Last night, ‘Stunners’ performed. They clearly thought that they were both stunning and had good voices. Someone had fuelled them, but there is no doubt that their success in the various stages before getting in front of the judges would have added to that. We saw and heard people laughing at them. We watched their dreams being shattered and, well maybe I’m getting far too soft in my old age, but I didn’t like it. I feel the same when I read a negative review of a book, it makes me think that dreams and ambition should be protected more.
I guess the counter argument is that if you put yourself out there, then you should be ready to accept criticism, that it’s part of the ‘game’. And that if you’re not good enough then someone should tell you, but staged humiliation in front of thousands of people, that just feels so cruel. As I’ve said, I’m getting soft in my old age.
But, saying all of that, I can’t help but be devoted to X Factor. I know, I know, I’m a hypocrite.
I loved the live audience last night. I love love loved seeing Simon sing along (3 mins 36 on the clip) with Jamie Afro. I did think that Miss Fitz were incredibly gorgeous and talented. And Rozelle Phillips, she gave me goose bumps and had the best smile in the world.