Believe me, I tried.
Yes, I tried to give "The X Factor" another go. Series 5 (am I right??) started with the usual auditions and, well, it was just same-old, same-old:
Sob stories - check:
Gratuitous performance of "Fields of Gold" - check:
Editing of 'isn't this bonkers?' facial expressions by the judges: check.
I only watch "The X Factor" for the rubbish/deluded contestants so a great big YAY! for Ant and Seb, Wales' answer to Peter Andre. They did, indeed, rule.
The ritual humiliation of Nikk-don't-mention-that-I-was-in-Phixx-but-I-sing-in-working-mens-clubs-Mager, ex of the same "Popstars: The Rivals" which catapulted Cheryl-then-Tweedy to stardom, looked sooooo staged. Cue the first walk-off moment of the series, as Mrs Cole decided she couldn't judge him. I thought it was quite sad actually, as he wasn't the worst, but he was clearly set up to fail.
Can I just say one thing: I liked Phixx.
In case you aren't aware of this boyband, they were the "Popstars: The Rivals" contestants who didn't make it into One True Voice. In Liberty X style, they formed their own band and made some rather fab singles so what better reason than to feature them tonight!
"Hold On Me": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TlhM05XNzhM
"Strange Love": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=abwYHMY7CyE