My verdict after the first episode of the X Factor? I’m underwhelmed. Simon Cowell’s new show is a lot like his summer show, America’s Got Talent, if you stripped out all the variety acts. X Factor is light on good singing and heavy on the drama. It’s a reality show first and foremost. Simon is on the search for pop stars he can mold and develop. Auto-tune makes good singing unnecessary. As an example, two acts from the last series of X Factor UK, Cher Lloyd and the boyband One Direction are doing well on the UK charts, but were dreadful singers on the show. Cher could barely sing in tune, and One Direction rarely attempted to sing harmonies, and exhibited weak vocals.
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