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Judges' X-treme luxuries.

Byline: John McKie

ON Saturday evening on BBC2 legendary conductor Daniel Barenboim took to the stage at the Royal Albert Hall for a Proms performance of Beethoven's Fidelio.

At no point did anyone wave a hand in the air, stop him and say: "Have you got anything more current?" Someone did that on the X Factor. Simon, Cheryl, Dannii and Louis get more la-di-dah every year.

There were four speedboats, separate limos, a private jet for a domestic flight and giant gasguzzling X Factor trucks to get the four judges to each audition.

The carbon footprint on that show must be horrendous. That's before you get to all the pressings for the CDs with glossy sleeves sold by Eoghan Quigg and Same Difference. There must be dozens of those things.

The most grisly sight on Saturday was 2007 loser Emma Chawnor and her equally well-fed sister.

When asked why they had turned up, neither of them thought to say the obvious: "I think we can be massive."

They won't make the judges' house episode either. Well, be honest, it's a strong character who would let those two anywhere near their fridge.

Emma and sister Samantha called themselves Sister Act. How many records do you think they'll sell? My guess: Nun.

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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Aug 25, 2009
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