The Victim Factor: X-Factor’s Casualties
Recently the X Factor has been back in the media as talks for the new American judges are well under way, but is it really a good thing to be bringing back the reality tv show when some winners of the past are being cut from their contracts?
Let’s take a look at the recent victims of the show…
He won the show in 2009, and has already been cast into the musical abyss. McElderry’s career was doomed from the beginning, and didn’t stand a winning chance against Facebook’s Anti-X-Factor campaign to hit the Christmas No. 1 top-spot. Rage Against the Machine, a fitting name for the campaign, struck gold when they entered the charts at number 1, killing the name of winner Joe McElderry. Though, McElderry wasn’t ready to give up yet, and later (with much needed promotion) bagged the No. 1 spot. His debut album went only hit the silver certificate in the UK, and peaked at No. 3 in the album charts. For an X-Factor winner, this was not good enough.
Unfortunately, on April 14, McElderry aged 19, was dropped by Simon Cowell’s record label, Syco. Newspapers have reported that he was ‘devastated’ and has moved back home to live with his Mum.
But the 19 year-old has to face the facts, the vicious, cut-throat world of music is certainly not stable, and with his last single, ‘Someone Wake Me Up’ only selling 7,000 copies, it’s no wonder he’s fallen off the talent table. Didn’t anyone tell the Geordie that he needs to stay in the public eye to pull in fans? Poor Joe, next time you see him he could be wallowing in misery in your local Costa Coffee.
Today, April 19, it has been reported that Shayne Ward has also been dropped by Cowell – (Maybe we should re-name him S(ick)o Simon, since he’s on the dusty road to Hell). After winning the X-Factor in 2005, he has had a much longer career than Joe McElderry, and at least a smidgem of success. His debut single, ‘That’s My Goal’, held the No. 1 spot for four happy weeks, and his album went straight to Platinum certification in the album charts. His success continued until the release of his second album, ‘Breathless’, but on his third album ‘Obsession’ (2010) hit the wall and only peaked at Number 15 in the charts. Suddenly, Shayne Ward’s reign of success was beginning to crumble.
With many people tweeting that Cowell has apparently ‘lost it’, and wondering why he would drop such a successful act… well you just have to look at the facts: he just wasn’t bringing in the money, selling his singles or appealing to the media.
So with McElderry and Ward dropped by their labels, who is next to get the axe? Leona Lewis has been laying low for a while in the states, and her success rate over in the UK certainly isn’t what it used to be. Alexandra Burke hasn’t released a single in a couple of months… (I hope Simon doesn’t show up with an axe in her living room, Jack Nicholson style…) And what about Matt Cardle, what on earth happened to him? Did he fall down a well?!
The only person that seems to be doing well is Olly Murs, runner-up to Joe McElderry in 2009. I hope he continues to storm the charts throughout the years, and not succumb to the Victim-Factor, or in other words, the V-Factor.
HOT OFF THE TWITTER MARK: Dianna Vickers parts ways with her record company, read the full article here: http://www.nme.com/news/diana-vickers/57707
Maybe that single ‘Once’ really was the truth – you only have one chance love.