I can truthfully write that I have not seen more than a minute in total of these "reality" programmes, in friends homes I hasten to add, without feeling nauseous or wanting to kick their television in. I would rather go to watch paint dry than watch them!
Ben Elton wrote a pretty terrible book about the X-factor style shows "Chart Throb" which pulls these shows apart and sheds some light on the workings of the selection processes. As if you didn't know to begin with.
It's a poor book but reading some of his theories in print only confirmed it for me.
However his book on Big Brother - " Dead Famous" I thought was a great observation on those types of show and a very good who-dunnit as well.
There were some great comments about Execrable Factor in today's Times:
I’ve given up being astonished that there are still enough freaks in Britain to fill the audition episodes of The X Factor.After the first series, I presumed that we’d used them all up. I couldn’t see how we could possibly have any left over for a second series.
Citing the barroom scene in Star Wars as a descriptor for a motley crew of individuals is a rather tired device. But in the case of The X Factor,this is mainly because, in 1977, George Lucas just didn’t have the kind of prosthetics budget that might accurately recreate a real X Factor audition room.