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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.

X Factor – The Sticky Fix

So, having not blogged in a long time, I find myself coming on to blog about none other than the X Factor.
I hope you all know it’s a fix by now. I’ve been watching it for too many years to think otherwise.

Sticky Problem Number One: Tonight’s Eviction

Aidan VS Katie

Okay, so pushing all thoughts of Wagner aside, why on earth was Aidan in the bottom two?
His intensity and presence on stage is just mind-blowing, while Katie just sits with her legs crossed crying trying to sing, ‘JUST PLEASE DON’T GIVE UP ON ME..’ (cue dramatic shot of her eyes and the tears falling from her tiny frame).

Time to Face the Facts:
Katie has been in the bottom two for four weeks. FOUR WEEKS.
Let’s be fair, this should be an automatic elimination for the contestant.

It is the first time Aidan has been in the bottom two, and also the last time.

Katie always sings better in the sing off.
I think she has perfected it now.

Simon and Cheryl are best friends.
Is Cheryl giving Simon the ‘I’m going to throw a massive temper tantrum if you don’t stick with me’ look?

This is blatantly a fix, especially with the Twitter leak tonight confirming that Aidan was in the bottom three. (Apparently by a guy named @markmeets).
X Factor bosses tried to cover that up quickly saying it was ‘uncorraborated’.

I think it’s safe to say that Katie is disliked by the public. With many groups now appearing on Facebook and so many Twitter feeds commenting on Katie’s persona, it’s highly unlikely that anybody will feel sympathetic towards her now.
Sticky Problem Number Two: Katie’s Panic Attacks
It was reported in the press a week and a half ago that Katie Waissel had been suffering from many alleged panic attacks. This included her holding up fellow contestants recording a charity single for SIX hours.
Now, I don’t know if this is entirely true, but I can understand why this has been reported.
For one thing, it’s a charity single. If you had a panic attack over bad press, it would for the very least not go on for six hours, but nevertheless I would definitely get back up, pull myself together and perform the single for the greater good.
No wonder Katie Waissel rubs people up the wrong way.

Sticky Problem Number Three: Cop-out Cheryl
Last week Cheryl ‘bottled out’ of sending one of her acts home. The choice was between Treyc and Katie, both receiving the lowest votes. Cheryl refused to vote for one act to send home saying that she would rather it go to deadlock.
Fairplay, she acts the princess and she gets her royalties with it.
But after two against one, Treyc was sent home – the producers obviously trying to overrule Cheryl and booting Treyc out of the competition.
But was it the producers?
Katie is generating so much revenue for the X Factor at this moment, what with all the press coverage she’s receiving she could buy a house!
So Cheryl, has this all been planned?
Let’s make this a fix. Wagner stays in week after week, (numerous amounts of my friends are asking who the hell is voting for him?) And Katie, although can sing perfectly well, is generating public hatred with her attitude and attention-seeking panic attacks.
Don’t get me wrong, I think Katie has an amazing voice – but she needs to sort out her attitude pronto.
What’s that saying, ‘keep your friends close and your enemies closer’?
Clearly, at the moment, her enemies outweigh her friends.