Last night saw the end of series 9 of what we are told to believe the Nation’s favourite talent show… the X Factor. While 12.5million people saw a certain Arthur James win the latest X Factor crown, the latest series has had a serious decline in ratings… Is the UK finally getting bored with its ongoing season of talent show after talent show after talent show?
In all fairness this year we couldn’t be bothered with it at all, and actually we’re quite pleased to find we haven’t been missing the ‘show’. Perhaps it is time for Cowell to seriously rethink the X Factor and come back with a bigger and much more improved show that’s fresh and current. So here are a few of our suggestions that we think could spice up the X Factor:
1. Spice up the judging panel and get celebrity mentors.
There’s been a lot said about this year’s panel, perhaps a bit too much, but let’s face it, the problems already started with this years series when producers weren’t able to find a proper replacement for Rowland until very late into the auditions. In a time where British music is ruling the world, wouldn’t it be a far better idea to get in four judges who have done all the hard work and earned their stripes in the industry. Shouldn’t this show be about talent rather than four judges who are constantly bickering, pick novelty acts or find it fun to cause drama’s. For us it’s simple, bring in four professionals, each with their own team and a former X-Factor winner as mentor to guide them through the live shows.
2. Get rid of the same old themes
One of the big reasons why we couldn’t get excited about this year’s series is partly due to the fact that X Factor no longer provides a platform for a variety on music in its theme weeks. The same tracks are being chosen over and over again, or hardly have anything to do with the themes and leave a big dissatisfaction behind. We very much like the idea of getting new themes like ‘one Hit wonders’, band/artist related themes and for the grand final we’d absolutely love it if the nation had a say in which songs the finalists should sing.
3.bloody get a brand new song for the winner
We find it beyond possible that every single winner has released a cover version. Judging by the amount of money that’s been spend on the ridiculous choreography or the stage, you’d wonder whether the money wouldn’t be better spend on allowing the winner to sing a brand new composed song. Hardly any of the winner singles so far have been outperformed by the original. In fact in most cases the original could hardly be called a hit in the UK in the first place. If countries like Australia can do it, then surely a nation that has music as one of its biggest export products can do so as well.
4. Bye bye novelty acts
Over the past few years, we’ve all got experience the novelty act which, mostly by Louis Walsh, ended up in a competition when there was absolutely no reason for it. In the long run, hardly any of these novelty acts last in the competition that long enough to build out a substantial music career (unless your called Jedward). Thinking that the past nine years, the likes of a Rylan Clark or a Wagner have taken the place of talented singers not only makes our blood boil, but makes us doubt the intentions of the X Factor as it is.
5. get the result show more excited.
There is no reason why the power of who gets to stay in the process should remain with judges. Give full power to the nation who get to vote for their bottom two, after a duel. Let the two bottom acts sing the same song in a huge sing off with votes coming in directly. At the end of the song, the public gets two more minutes to vote, something which can be seen on the screen live, and whoever loses leaves the process.
We know its much to take in, and with a series over, many blogs and media will report on how Cowell and ITV should rethink their shows. In all fairness we’d still prefer the show to be put to rest, but its hardly unlikely that Cowell, nor ITV will give up that easily. Let’s hope changes for the better will be made in 2013.
Let us know your thoughts, do you agree, or what would you change to the current X Factor system.
For what’s it worth; check out the latest X Factor winner James Arthur, below: