With the live finals coming up this weekend, we take a look at the less-than-perfect side of X-Factor, with our list of reasons why we think the X-Factor is bad (and no, we don’t mean good bad).
1. Falling viewing figures
X-Factor’s popularity seems to be declining if their viewing figures are anything to go by. The first live show of this year’s X-Factor saw only 5.7 million viewers tuning in. This made it the least watched live show since the series aired in 2004.
2. Manufactured acts
It’s been suggested that acts are guided by producers in terms of what to say and sing, how to dress, how to cut their hair, and even whether they should lose weight.
The Daily Star Sunday also recently revealed that 22 of the 24 acts that made it through to judges’ houses this year were only there because they had been cast by the show’s talent scouts.
3. Simon Cowell’s power
The X-Factor is undoubtably Simon Cowell’s show, with Cowell using his power and influence to bolster contestants’ success long after their stint at X-Factor.
For a famous example, record-breaking mega boy band One Direction had only managed to get to third place in during their time at the X-Factor, but, after signing with Cowell’s record label Syco Records, quickly became one of the biggest and fastest growing bands in the world.
4. Allegations of fixed voting and staging
There have been several allegations surrounding the show’s authenticity, including suspicious that results are being fixed and the suggestion that both the judges and audience reactions are being staged or deliberately orchestrated to attract publicity and garner more views.
5. Sob stories
Although Cowell stated in series 5 that he would reduce emphasis on contestants’ “out of hand” sob stories in future series, the stories in recent years have failed to move viewers, and have, at times felt strained.