X Factor viewers didn’t hold back last night in expressing their disappointment with the show as the series went live for the first time yesterday evening. In a torrent of scathing remarks on twitter, fans have slated the quality of performances and the behaviour of the judges has been heavily criticised. Viewers concerns were emphatically exhibited by a glaring error in the first few scenes of the show. (Read on for more…)
Viewing rates decline
Created by Simon Cowell back in 2004, The X Factor has long been a Saturday night TV staple and has seen many a big name judge take seat in the studio including Sharon Osbourne, Danni Minogue, Cheryl Cole and Louis Walsh.
To date, there have been 14 winners on the show, all of which have been given recording contracts with the record label Syco Music with a stated value of a million pounds, the majority of which is allocated to marketing and recording costs.
As of November 2016, 41 number-one singles have been achieved by artists who have appeared on the show, such as Lewis, Burke, JLS, Diana Vickers, Olly Murs, Cher Lloyd, One Direction, Little Mix, Arthur and Ella Henderson.
Whether, the show can continue to give talented artists a break into the pop industry remains to be seen. The likelihood of the X Factor coming to an end could be a real possibility given that the popularity of the show is waning with viewer ratings steadily declining over the past few years.
An average audience of 10 million viewers tuned in to BBC One between 6:45PM and 8:35PM for Strictly, with a peak audience of 11 million.
The Strictly Come Dancing numbers were 600,000 viewers down on last weekend’s series high but up on all of the other episodes of the season so far.
Over on ITV and The X Factor kick started its live shows with a marathon episode spanning more than two hours.
The non-stop performances averaged 4.5 million viewers between 8:25PM and 10:35PM,
Fans react badly to choice of Judge in Robbie’s wife Ayda Field:
To make matters worse for the show, one of its new judge’s Ayda Field has been criticised by fans for not having a background in music as the others do on the judging panel which include top dog Simon Cowell, One Direction star Louis Tomlinson and Pop legend Robbie Williams (Ayda’s husband).
The American beauty is an actress, though has experienced the music world through Robbie as they’ve been married for 12 years.
Speaking at an X Factor press back in July, she revealed she’s “okay” with people doubting her.
She said: “I’m here to find some great talent and make some great TV, that’s really my focus.
“I want to help someone achieve their dream, so having someone like me there makes it more exciting, because it’s more of a challenge.
“It wouldn’t be as fun, so I’m excited to be the underdog.”
Put the show “out of its misery” say fans
Last night, hoards of fans took to twitter to express their disappointment at the latest series of the show with many suggesting that the show needs to come to an end after a run of 15 series.
Branding the show and its performances “dire”, fans of the show have said that ‘they should just put the # xfactor out of its misery. The voiceover guy can’t get the names right, Dermot seems like he can’t be arsed and even Simon Cowell looks like he’s been sleeping in his car. Time to bin it off.”
While another commented: “The quality of the performances so far has been dire I am so disappointed #xfactor.”
Fans believe that host Dermot feels the same about the show
Many even shared screengrabs of host Dermot O’Leary’s face, which showed him appearing to cringe.
A third remarked: “Ugh this XFactor is boring. I want the dramatic VTs, I want drunk judges slating everyone and then arguing with each other, I want nasty Simon back, and mostly I just want Sharon #XFactor.”
“There is a huge disconnect between the judges and the public,” another pointed out. “That Armstrong Martins performance was one of the worst-sounding messes the show has ever inflicted on us yet all four judges gave it a standing ovation. Bizarre. #xfactor.”
Another shared images of the drama on the show over the years.
They tweeted: “I want this #XFactor back♂️The drama between the judges.”
One contestant was called the wrong name
For years, the X Factor live shows have been known for running smoothly with everyone involved saying and doing the right thing at the right time. However the same could not be said of last night’s show which involved a very awkward moment for eager contestant Danny Tetley as his name was announced incorrectly as “Anthony Russel” – the singer who had performed just before him.
This clearly added to Danny’s nerves and he appeared a bit thrown by the mix up; he struggled to start the song before being asked to start it again.
Fortunately for Danny, the mishap did not negatively impact the Judges feedback – instead they showered him with praise.
In an attempt perhaps to play down the error, Simon Cowell referenced the incorrect name announced by saying “I think it made you better.” Robbie Williams added “You’ve played harder rooms than that right? I love you. You’re like Mariah Carey…with a beard!”
Danny’s first shot at fame was in 2000 when he sang Anastacia’s I’m Outta Love in his Pop Idol audition and is now a well-known and popular performer in Benidorm.
There were some defenders of the show
Responding to criticism of the show, some responded with support for the 15th series of The X Factor:
On the show last night, the LMA Choir sang The Lion King’s Circle of Life and there were two originals – Chewing Gum from Misunderstood and Olatunji Yearwood’s Jiggle It. Sixteen year old Molly Scott wowed with Fake Love and Shan got a standing ovation for her cover of John Lennon’s Imagine.