‘X Factor’ doesn’t have the wow factor for me any more

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So there’s been a big fuss about a fix on the ‘X Factor’.

Well, an alleged fix I should say, which is just a bit of style over substance if you ask me.

I haven’t been watching the show as loyally as I used to. It’s went downhill a bit since Simon Cowell left and the new judges came on board.

Why Louis chose to send Carrolynne home I’ll never know, but people are saying he was just following orders to keep this Rylan bloke in the ‘competition’.

It’s nothing new really when you think about it. How many times have we seen good, talented acts leave shows like this to keep another one on that fits whatever profile is in vogue at a particular time.

Remember when that Cher Lloyd totally blew her audition but was still kept in? And look at her now, a ‘global superstar’ apparently. Hmmmm.

It was clear she was marketable to a young audience from the start.

And don’t get me started about Jedward!

For me, Carrolynne is the better singer and should have stayed, even though she didn’t get as many public votes as the Essex girl, sorry, I meant boy.

Honestly, I’ve nothing against people expressing themselves and love the fact that everyone is different, but people who put too much into the way they look like Rylan does annoy me.

He’s all fake bake, hair straighteners and make-up. He undoubtedly spends more money and time putting his face on than I do, ever have and ever will.

I didn’t see the show when he was told he was through after boot camp, but I couldn’t stop laughing at his reaction when they repeated it last Saturday.

When I thought about it his wailing told me a lot about why I believe some people really go on the show.

It’s not because they have a great voice and want to become great singers. It’s because they want to be famous.

During the auditions one of the most popular questions judges ask the starstruck competitors is, “why are you here, what’s your ambition?”.

Most of the time the answer isn’t that they want to be singers. It’s usually a desperate, “I want to be famous all the over the world. I want make loads of money and be on the front pages of all the newspapers”.

Rylan, I think, is no exception, but he’s got a good chance of achieving that. His face fits into the TOWIE-obsessed youth perception of what success is and crafty Cowell & co will milk that till the cows come home.

Maybe I’m being too hard on the boy, but I just can’t get my head around this celebrity culture we live in. And what’s it going to be like in 10 years time?

Andy Warhol once famously said everyone will have their 15 minutes of fame in the future and his prophecy has rung true.

I’m just hoping against all hope that Rylan’s quarter of an hour isn’t prolonged.