The ‘puppet show’ hits records

The X factor 2010 ratings continue to climb up, being eagerly followed by 12 ml switching to ITV 1 , this Saturday night. Numbers went up halfway through the programme, viewers tuned in to see the performances of Cher Lloyd, Mary Byrne and Matt Cardle, setting a record of 13.69m viewers. This year’s 7th series, seem to be the most popular, with a 13% increase on the last year’s episodes. Amazing figures point out that young people vote in X factor more than in the General Election.

Professor David Wilson from The Daily Mail thinks that some cracks are beginning to appear in the ‘the puppet show’. Bigger than any soap opera, the X factor success is based on the fact people are really interested seeing those real human characters. He thinks the participants are exaggerate playing their roles:

Everything now seems utterly contrived: from the countless sob stories of the contestants to the phoney feuds between the judges; from the overtly sexual dancing we saw on Saturday to the fact that judge Cheryl Cole mimed at least parts of the song she sang on Sunday.

Last week, Sir Elton John spoke for many when he said The X Factor had become ‘paralysingly and brain-crippingly boring. It is not hard to see why the programme is losing its sparkle. Like all so-called ‘reality television’

Wilson claims that only one X factor winner, Leona Lewis, has become a real star till now. Some of others winners such as Shayne Ward, Leon Jackson and Steve Brookstein, are now almost forgotten.

Some of the comments I found on the Daily Mail were:

The wannabees that go on there are under the delusion that the programme is all about them…. WRONG! the whole series like BGT, is all about making money for Simon Cowell.They are already selling tickets for the X Factor tour… raking in millions even before anyone has won it!! How much more cynical can it get? ( The Cad from Birmingham)

It’s a TV talent show for goodness sake. Don’t you think you’re over-analysing, Professor Wilson? Have you ever considered you might be imbuing this show with more importance than it actually warrants? If people get bored they’ll stop watching it and it’ll go the way of all TV shows that fail to rate. Until that happens, why can’t we just be allowed to enjoy it for what it is? (Rob from London)
Even though X factor is a ‘illusion’  based on ‘reality’, is becoming more and more popular. Accusations like the lack of talent, or the thirsty desire for fame, should look at today`s music market requirements. How unfair it sounds, but a pop star should have much more than a good voice.
Based on Leona Lewis success, it is enough to state that it IS a talent show. X factor gives people the unique opportunity to develop their music talents, to become famous ( even for 45s in the auditions), to get in the papers, to be interviewed every day, to be shown weekly on TV ,to feel like real STARS.
The question is: what kind of star do we want to see?