I can’t keep it in any longer. I have to say something about this year’s X Factor. I’m sorry. And Hi, by the way. It’s been a while, where have you been? What? I’ve been right here! Yes I have!
So, I have to say this. I am stunned by the amount of people who are surprised by the success of the twins. Every Saturday and Sunday, the computer keyboards of the nation are hissing with furious anti-twins Facebook statuses. “I can’t believe they are still in! what are the public thinking of! I can’t believe it!” etc etc. Well, here’s the thing, people, and are you ready for this, because you may need to sit down. The X factor is not a talent show. Cue panto crowd: “Oh yes it is!” Oh no, it isn’t. It is a quest to find the people who will make the most money and make the public tune in, therefore, making the TV and record companies a lot of money. Talent is just a little part of it. Have you seriously not worked that out yet? The more anti-twins fury that exists, the more people watch the show. Duhhhhhhh!!
The twins telephone votes are probably the result of ITV executives fervently pressing redial over and over again, dizzy with excitement at the resulting ratings when the twins survive another round and everyone tunes in to see how bad they are going to be next week. There is also the small matter of the X factor audience being heavily populated by little girls, who don’t give a Barbie if they can sing or not because they are young and good looking.
I cannot join in the anti twins fury of the nation, as I find them hilariously funny, in a mean way since they are only funny due to being so rubbish. I am happy for them to stay in, I’d much rather watch them stumbling around the stage than listen to a talented but boring singer. If that’s what you want I suggest you investigate the work of Katie Melua.