24 August 2010

Is it all over for the X Factor?

It’s Saturday night. We’ve battened down the hatches, kissed goodbye to our social lives and taken up residence sloth-style on our sofas, all in anticipation for the return of the mighty X Factor.

But just as we’re settling in, welcoming the judges’ familiar perma-tans and dazzling dentures, soaking up the crazy and the kitsch, we notice a strange sound; kind of a mixture between a gargling robot and sparky’s magic piano. ‘Maybe it’s just us’ we think and shrug it off.

But what followed in the press was nothing short of a witch hunt! Seething with outrage, controversy and scandal, papers demanded the truth and X Factor bosses were forced to admit using auto-tune technology to make contestants’ voices sound better.

Now team this glitch with the fact that kooky Madonna-a-like, Katie Waissel, has been ousted as already having a US record deal AND her own Youtube channel, and breathy ‘mercy’ singer, Shirlena Johnson, may be let go over concerns for her mental health, and it looks like our favourite show has already run into rocky ground. And we’re only one week in!       

Do you think X Factor’s lost it? Or can the show recover from this blip? What do you make of the great auto debate?

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