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Why a weekend double header is just too much; XFiles Christopher Maloney's The X-Factor star's show diary.

s Christopher Maloney's The X-Factor star's show diary SO it's week two of the audition stages. It may have only been back on TV for only a week, but V for only a week, but this year's competition is already proving a hit with viewers, attracting 9.5 million - so was it Cheryl's tidy leather catsuit or Mel B's tears? Can't believe TOWIE TOW star Jasmin Walia flopped in front of the judges with her verson of Clean Bandit's Rather Be. It only proved she can't sing or act! Stick to your day job. I really miss my friend and mentor Gary Barlow on the show to be honest but the biggest changes this year is the judging panel. For those that don't know, the four categories are over 25s, groups, boys and girls, with the reformed age limit meaning contestants can now enter from as young as 14, which I think is far too young. As well as the new panel, former judge Tulisa Contostavlos will make her return, but only helping out at the judges' house stage. She last appeared on the show in 2012 with me and as you'll agree has since fallen on rather turbulent times.

Scouse receptionist Maria Ellinas sang one of Simon's favourite songs - Street Life - made the judges fall about with laughter by pronouncing street as shtreet, but the comedy moment worked for her as they put the 26 year old through to the arena. Good luck girl! Party babe Ten sang her own song called 15 Minutes after being out all night on a bender and didn't sound bad even though she hadn't had any sleep. She did annoy the judges a bit as they thought she didn't take it seriously enough, but they gave her a chance. I think she'll be an absolute nightmare.

The chaos of last week's show made me think that the producers had something of a re-think this week as it was definitely a car crash tone down and somewhat enjoyable. I didn't think much of Sunday's show if I'm honest. One night is more than enough but however there was the usual ritual of humiliation that the show is known for and this week's biggest sacrifice gong goes to Queen Christina the British verson of Lady Gaga.

She looked mad as a box of frogs and even though people continue to put themselves though this process or should i say machine, I passionately feel producers still have a duty of care and should not mess about with people's lives. They'd say it makes great telly but it's not a singing competition anymore it's a telly show and I'm sure you'll agree with me on that one.

The joke acts get less and less funny with each episode. It just doesn't even have the cringe funny factor like it once might have had and I honestly think it's finally running out of people to ridicule or maybe we've just seen it all before. The real winners are not the stars of the show but the producers. With the superficiality of it all have we all descended into a nation of superficial creatures eating out Cowell's hand? I think definitely YES and we're all to blame as we can't get enough of it.

There was only one genuine moment for me this week was when Monica Michael, the lady who helps underprivileged kids make music. She definitely pulled on my heartstrings and had me rooting for her as it was very touching

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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Sep 8, 2014
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