X Factor contestants..

I started watching the X Factor this year, really to see what all the fuss was about. Or should i say, i didnt put my headphones in, and turn the other way when my OH has it on.

There was this one girl who was terribly upset, that she didnt get through the Boot Camp. She said words like 'now i have to go back to my ordinary life' through tears.

Well here is me with my job as a nurse working 50 hours a week, looking after terminally ill people, holding relatives hands, and trying to give them comfort. I get paid less than the dustmen, but thats okay, this is the life i have chosen, and i dont regret it, and truth be told, its all i want to do, and will ever do. I just wish some people would get a life though. You can make your ordinary life as exciting or as boring as you want it to be. Its a choice.

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  • Most XFactor contestants are morons, though, don't forget.
  • Intermanaut wrote (see)
    Most XFactor contestants are morons, though, don't forget.

    Definitely truth in that.

  • The problem is that a whole generation of kids have grown up believing that they don't have to work image hard. They think that they can forget about exams and Simon Cowell will make them famous because they turn on the waterworks image at the audition. image

    This then rubs off on to their general attitude to life. "I'm destined to be famous, so why should I work hard?" image

    I don't watch it, but have seen clips on tv and think that it's sending out the wrong message. image

  • Most x factor contestants are attention seeking. There are relatively few out of the entire series that 'need' a break. The entire series is made up for tv - people are screened initially by Simon Cowell's team and then they're interviewed for talent, interesting stories etc.



    No part of the show is 'real'.
  • Emmy_H wrote (see)
    Most x factor contestants are attention seeking. There are relatively few out of the entire series that 'need' a break. The entire series is made up for tv - people are screened initially by Simon Cowell's team and then they're interviewed for talent, interesting stories etc.

    No part of the show is 'real'.

    Thank you. Someone who sees the show for what it is.

  • I had a friend who went to the London auditions and put everything on Facebook of the entire process she went through. They herd you like cattle through the initial auditions and it's only 0.5% tha actually get auditioned and seen by Simon and the crew.



    Britains got talent is the same.
  • Emmy_H wrote (see)
    I had a friend who went to the London auditions and put everything on Facebook of the entire process she went through. They herd you like cattle through the initial auditions and it's only 0.5% tha actually get auditioned and seen by Simon and the crew.

    Britains got talent is the same.

    Britain's Got Talent, not Britains Got Talent. Lol. image

  • Rickster wrote (see)
    Britain's Got Talent, not Britains Got Talent. Lol. image

    Both statements are incorrect! image

  • You lot will be telling me Downton Abbey isn't real next.  

  • These people are the result of our ill-advised School/Parent relationships, you give the poor kids the sense of ambition, which I totally agree with, but it requires both schools and parental input to provide the tools to go and achieve things. Unrealistic ambitions are implanted because we see streams of talent free people making their way in television and the z-list celebrity culture.  

  • Ghostrider wrote (see)

    I started watching the X Factor this year, really to see what all the fuss was about. Or should i say, i didnt put my headphones in, and turn the other way when my OH has it on.

    There was this one girl who was terribly upset, that she didnt get through the Boot Camp. She said words like 'now i have to go back to my ordinary life' through tears. Well here is me with my job as a nurse working 50 hours a week, looking after terminally ill people, holding relatives hands, and trying to give them comfort. I get paid less than the dustmen, but thats okay, this is the life i have chosen, and i dont regret it, and truth be told, its all i want to do, and will ever do. I just wish some people would get a life though. You can make your ordinary life as exciting or as boring as you want it to be. Its a choice.

    Your dustmen must be on some kind of amazing wage...............if they get paid more than a qualified nurse working 50 hrs a week.....image.where do you live I'm going to get a job as a dustman there.........

  • I'm a hospice nurse. We get paid less than the NHS nurse. Quite a lot less. Hence, our wage is less than most professions.

  • So the days of private enterprises opaying more than NHS have gone then have they...........with them saying nurses are still in short supply i wouyld change to an easier job.newly qualified nurses in the NHS get paid a lot more than our bin men.....with years experience and in a specialist field they usually get a lot more......

    But as you enjoy and get satisfaction from your job then that will be worth a lot more than cash in the bank.......most of these youngsters will not get happiness through the show

  • Wages are simply about supply and demand, at present we have (as in X factor people) raised the expectations of all schools leavers to aim high and get degree qualified. Look around at Media degrees, and Sports science, there is little or no pay in the area as there is a glut of highly trained people. Now go and find a man to unblock your drains (not necessarily a plumber) and see how much he charges per hour. Bin men are paid premium rates because not many choose to do it, good luck to them I say.

    This is precisely why exams are being made harder and tuition fees are through the roof, after years of encouraging people to aim high we now need people to fill the lower end at reasonable wages.

  • That's why i quit my job in a factory to go to uni and study law. Even if I don't get to work in the legal sector, I know that a law degree is valued by employers in other sectors.

    I can't see why anyone would do media studies, as the only career open to media studies graduates is tv/radio work. When I worked weekends on a chicken farm two lasses there were graduates. One had a degree in drama and the other in illustration.

  • I feel sorry for the people who have taken degrees in good faith to find it has not really amounted to much financial reward, they have done the hard work whatever the course, but if we're all brain surgeons then the single bin man will earn all the money

  • EKGO wrote (see)

    I feel sorry for the people who have taken degrees in good faith to find it has not really amounted to much financial reward, they have done the hard work whatever the course, but if we're all brain surgeons then the single bin man will earn all the money

    Very true.

  • Another problem with this country is that people in mundane, low skilled jobs are looked down on, but if there were no binmen who would empty your bins? If there were no factory workers, who would make all of the goods in your house, the food you buy from the supermarket and the car in your driveway? If there were no waiters who would serve the food in the restaurant?

    We all rely on these people and they are paying tax and national insurance in to the government coffers to keep the country up and running.

    The X Factor makes kids think that becoming rich and famous quickly is something that they can aspire to, and that the world owes them a living.
     

  • Also, we seem to have adopted an Americanised culture of "I want it and I want it now!" This has led some parents to live for years on end on benefits and they've brought their offspring up to do exactly the same.

    Contrast this to India and China where despite poverty being more prevalent than in the UK, they expect their children to work hard at school and achieve good grades.

    I know someone from India and they told me that if a parent is called in to school because of their child's poor behaviour it bring shmae upon the parents as well as the child in question. I know that I'm sounding like an old prude, but what happened to standards of self respect and decency in this country.

  • Where is the talent in churning out someone else's songs over and over? In the end someone who is good at Karaoke will win and we will also end up with another boring boy/girl band, who despite not winning, will sell better than the winner. A couple of the more eccentric ones will feature on a few games shows for a while. Sorry if I spoiled the plot for anyone.
  • A lot of bands started out churning out other people's songs - the Beatles, The Who - there's a story about the Rolling Stones in the 1960s turning up to a club in Manchester and the DJ Roger Eagle playing the original versions of their entire first album for a bit of one upmanship.  

    I think it's the same with kids and ambitions - people have always decried the attitudes of the following generation.   Personally I don't think we can hold up the 1970s as an era of hard work compared to today - although when it comes to working on the bins maybe it was - I did one summer when you had to carry the bins down to the lorry - none of this wheelie bin nonsense - now that was hard work.

  • I rarely watch X Factor and can never sit through a whole episode without thinking about the TV researchers in 'Chart Throb' sorting all the applicant's videos and dividing them into blingers, clingers and mingers.

    I know that I love Strictly, so I'm not going to say that I hate all reality TV, but I do hate the way the producers of X Factor blatantly manipulate the contestants and the audience. If drinking before an audition is such a no-no, then why did the cameras follow her around recording her getting drunk? Don't tell me they don't have security or people to enforce the rules. Of course they do, they also have producers hissing in the ear of the judges saying "this will make good tv, pretend to be scandalised when she comes on", and to be honest, the standard of most X Factor contestants is so poor you'd think they had all been drinking.

    Why do all singers have to show that they are versatile enough to take on any genre? Makes me think that if X Factor accidentally discovered the next Jimi Hendrix they would take away his guitar and then make him cover a bloody Mariah Carey song.

    Roll on next weekend is all I can say, give me the sequins any day! image

  • I don't think you spoiled anything, it's an obvious concept, and to be honest I can be quite entertained if I'm out and someone is belting out Karaoke or bashing on instruments, I prefer to see someone who is not quite as polished as some of them. I  personally wouldn't pay buttons to see the likes of U2 appear like Ants in a stadium anymore, but this idea that you can make a star is out of hand.

    On the other bin man issue it's not even the hard work, it's the scarcity or not of the people willing to do it.

  • I can't believe that popsider likes X-factor more than bands like The Who. The Beatles might have learned their chops playing Good Golly Miss Molly but they didn't appear live on TV every week when they were doing it.. Totally ridic to compare learning your trade to instant karaoke stardom.
  • To be honest I'd rather someone covered a Little Richard or Bo Diddley song than sang some crap they wrote themselves.   

  • Surely if you really thought you had a chance to make it as a singer/band and making/perfoming music meant that much to you, you wouldn't go anywhere near X-Factor. My wife and 10yr old daughter watch it and the odd bit I've seen makes me cringe; it's embarrassing.

  • Who is forcing you to watch it though? It's commercial tv, not licence payers' money being spent. If people want to watch it let them. All the contestants get to read the contract, they have free will whether to sign it or not.
  • I'm not sure that all of them CAN read ...

  • plus they'd sign their life away for 5 minutes on TV.

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