um, but isn't that missing the point a bit, mark? those sort of performers never required a tv talent show to get along in life... some of them, could of course, gone on opportunity knocks or new faces both of which had musical turns... but they didn't need to then and performers don't need to now, those that do are working toward a particular form of fame and success... wrongly or rightly, who are we to judge? oh, we can, by votingJangloid Mark wrote:Urgh....X-Factor, something that really should get done for crimes against pop!!! Anyone that makes it through is 'encouraged' to lose any aspect of originality that they may have.
Don't believe me?
Think about the following (BIG selling) artists and then think (irrespective of whether you like them or not) 'if they had made it through to the later stages (which would be highly unlikely anyway), what advice would Cowell and his cronies give them :
David Bowie, The Sex Pistols, The Beatles, Morrissey, Kate Bush, Neil Young, Leonard Cohen, The Cure, Iron Maiden (I could imagine Cheryl Cole saying 'I think you should lose the guitars, or at least turn them down a lot), Bob Marley, Bob Dylan, Pink Floyd, Tracy Chapman....
take those two talent shows of old, opportunity knocks gave the world paul daniels, little and large, les dawson, frank carson, lena zavaroni, pam ayres, max boyce, peters and lee and, a particular favourite of my nan's, tony monopoly...
new faces provided us with the chuckle brothers, victoria wood, dave allen, michael barrymore, roger de courcey and nookie bear, jim davidson, lenny henry and marti caine, amongst others
(thanks wikipedia for both those lists of names)
the relative merits of these performers varies wildly, the longevity of their careers likewise, some of these turns were fresh from practising at home in front of their mirrors (not a euphemism) and some were already veterans of working men's clubs and the chicken in a basket cabaret circuit (again, not a euphemism)...
x factor and most definitely britain's got talent are just modern day equivalents of those programme of olds... it's absolutely possible that just as an x factor winner might turn out to be a jim davidson, we could also discover a victoria wood
I wouldn't worry about what simon cowell would've made of iron maiden, they wouldn't have been arsed to do a show like that but that also doesn't mean that a performer who does isn't going to amount to something (more attractive to flaming aesthetes like us) along the way, time will tell