Featured post written by Sarah Fielding.
It’s back, back, back!
Saturday and Sunday nights are now off limits for any kind of social life in the UK—The X Factor is bringing its ever popular formula of talent show, reality TV, sob
story-fest and pantomime to our screens once again.
The X Factor UK is the most
popular TV talent show in Europe, and the most watched. That’s pretty huge, and
even though it’s now been going for what seems like aeons, the juggernaut is
showing no signs of slowing down.
This year sees yet another
judges panel switch with the shock return of Sharon Osbourne. One of the
original four judges from the show’s very start, she has fallen out
spectacularly with colleagues over the years. She apparently made Danni Minogue
blub just before the live show cameras rolled and she managed to throw water
over Louis Walsh on live TV twice. He did accuse her of being on drugs though,
so it’s probably fair enough,.
Along with Sharon is, of
course, Louis himself, Gary Barlow (a sort of lukewarm Mr. Nasty in Simon Cowell’s
place) and Nicole Scherzinger who actually brings some life to the show in a
nice, sparkly way.
How this particular panel
combination will work throughout the series remains to be seen but, so far, the
indications are that they’re gelling well. We are, of course, only in the
preliminary rounds which this year start with an audition in front of the
judges followed by a live audition in front of 4,000 people. Then comes boot
camp, judges houses and the coveted live finals.
So far, we’ve had a prison
worker who stunned the panel and various acts who are coming back for a second,
third, even fourth bite at the X Factor cherry. Even though a lot of past
winners have actually faded into obscurity pretty quickly it hasn’t stopped
tens of thousands of wannabes auditioning, begging, crying, talking about their
dead grandparents and, occasionally, singing in a bid to get a spot on the
So popular is the series
these days that betting on The X Factor has become a huge thing - if you’re a
big fan and good at analysing the odds early on (try sites like Freebets to give
you a good rundown of the odds offered by different bookies to help you decide)
then you could potentially be in line to make a decent wad of cash out of this
It’s a bit early perhaps to
be calling out likely winners but Sam Bailey, the previously mentioned prison
offer, wowed the panel so much that she was immediately boosted to 6-1 odds to
win by various bookmakers. It’s up to you to decide whether the recent press
regarding her secret professional singing past will affect her odds—it could
be worth hanging on and waiting for a bit before deciding who to back.