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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…

Joe McElderry

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.

 

Shayne Ward

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.

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Rebecca Black: It’s FUN FUN FUN Friday

“YEAH Yee-ahhh yay yay yay!”
It’s Friday and we all know what that means. National Rebecca Black Day?!
Don’t worry I’m kidding, but if you haven’t encountered this ‘rising star’ in the past few days, then boy are you missing a treat.
Here’s the link to her mind-blowing video…
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kfVsfOSbJY0

She has been trending on Twitter for near enough a week now. The viral promotion video went from a few thousand in the first day, to 6 million on the fourth, and to an enormously and unbelievable 16 million views today. Unfortunately it is not for her ‘spectacular’ voice, but rather for the atrocious yet annoyingly catchy lyrics.

So who is this Rebecca Black? We all know she likes to eat her cereal before getting in her friend’s back seat to go to school, but does she eat lunch and dinner too?!
The official website gives us all the information we need: http://arkmusicfactory.com/profile/rebeccablack

The question is how can a 13 year-old:
a) Afford a car.
b) Drive the car.
c) Or get her friend to drive the car.

Apparently in America 13 year-olds can drive a car, and they are always skipping school to go to some party, which is, of course, fun fun fun! But we all know music videos do not have to make sense any longer.

Personally, I’d like to see Rebecca Black actually sing, rather than become an auto-tuned robot. However, if the song wasn’t auto-tuned, would it get mass views on youtube?

I’d like to ask Miss Rebecca Black a few questions:
Does she have cereal every morning? What happens if she has toast, or god forbid an English Fry-Up! My apologies, I meant Fry-Day…
Is she a ‘belieber’?
Does she want to become the female version of Bieber?
Can we call her Rebecca ‘Black Friday’ – or is that taking it a step too far?

One thing is for sure, she can’t keep going to parties all day and drinking her body weight in non-alcoholic punch; the girls’ school toilets wouldn’t be a pretty sight.