Opinion Piece: Last night’s tenth birthday bash highlights X Factor’s decline.
The X Factor celebrated its tenth anniversary on Saturday evening although the nation’s eyes were on BBC One for the 50th anniversary special of Doctor Who. X Factor’s birthday bash kicked off with Olly Murs, a star of the show who was runner up in 2009.
Seeing the past crop of stars such as Leona Lewis and Alexandra Burke giving advice to this year’s contestants put into perspective how far the talent bar for the show has fallen over the years.
Even Joe McElderry, who to be fair has a fantastic voice and won in 2009, may not have had the best X Factor post-winning story, but he had the one great overall qualities you need to be a star – a voice.
The only mildly stand-out performance of the night was Sam Bailey, or ‘Screwbo’ as the press have dubbed her. She took on ‘Bleeding Love’, the number one smash from Leona Lewis. It’s widely speculated that Sam is the runaway favourite to win, and if she doesn’t well – such is life.
X Factor has struggled this year, constantly being beaten by BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing. Having made a few changes this year and bringing back the annoying Mrs O, the show still seems lost.
As a fan of the show for the past ten series, you do begin to question its relevance nowadays when you’re not even bothered who wins. Maybe the coin will flip next year and if it does, ITV will have to make sure it’s gold.