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TALENT SHOW HAS THE AAH FACTOR.

AUDITIONS for The X Factor begin this week in front of live audiences in venues around the country.

Magazines are awash with speculation about rivalry between Cheryl Cole and Danii Minogue, whether Louis Walsh secretly hates Simon Cowell, and what exactly the enigmatic Mr Cowell is plotting next.

It's easy to dismiss X Factor as just another modern version of throwing Christians to lions - only this time set to music - but, last week, I had reason to think again.

A little girl seriously ill in hospital over a protracted period was visited by the touring company of last year's X Factor finalists. It meant the world to her to have her heroes, only seen on screen, there at her bedside. In fact, it perked her up no end.

This year, I'm going to make a real effort to watch in the hope there's some therapeutic effect there for me. I might even manage not to watch it from between my fingers.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jun 23, 2009
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