Thursday 22 February 2018

John Meagher: Every show has a shelf-life and X Factor is way past its sell-by date

Music fans – proper music fans – hate The X Factor. If you’re a music critic, as I am, you’re likely to despise it even more. We’re obsessed by the idea of authenticity and anything manufactured on a TV show stands a paper-thin chance of rocking our worlds.

I wouldn’t be so bothered by The X Factor if it was possible to simply ignore it. But even if you’ve never looked at ITV or TV3 on a Saturday or Sunday night, you can’t escape the contagion.

How can you pretend it doesn’t exist when the tedious antics of a legion of wannabes (and that’s just the judges) provide such fuel for newspapers, websites and radio shows as well as any number of conversations that you’re exposed to on a daily basis?

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