X Factor's launch ratings 'lowest since 2006', shocker.
Says it all, really. To put that headline in to perspective, 2006 is the year Leona Lewis won. Snooooze. The following year, Cowell added fourth judge Dannii Minogue to the judging panel - purely to evoke a typically rancid reaction from Sharon Osbourne.
Of Saturday's viewing figures, Digital Spy reports: "2012's first auditions show, featuring Mel B on the judging panel, was seen by 8.09m (39.4%) on ITV1 between 8pm and 9.15pm and 616k (2.9%) on +1. Despite the talent show topping the night by some distance - peaking with 9.2m in the last half hour - the average figure of 8.1m is down a hefty 2.7m year-on-year and is a far cry from the 12m launch audience of 2010... The Voice UK and Britain's Got Talent secured a higher audience and peak for their respective openers in March."
So, who to blame? Louis and the incessant parroting of his stock catchphrases ("You look like a popstar", "The public are gonna love you", "You made that song your own" etc). Should we instead blame Tulisa's charisma chasm, her vortex of style - or, as Lord Alan Sugar tweeted: "Can you tell me who the hell this Tulisa bird is on X Factor. What has she done?" (then again, he's always been a Cole advocate). How about Mel B's utter irrelevancy?
Nobody can say a thing wrong about Gary Barlow (except sometimes he tries too hard to be mean) so we'll just blame all of the above, and the fact that - after a decade - we are saturated to the point of sogginess with bleedin' talent shows. Enough already.
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Story by Sheena McGinley | 10:16 | Monday 20th August 2012 | TV News
Had to be mel b. she was so rude and really has no idea about the music industry in anyway. I thought nicole was just a flop; i wanted to sleep everytime she opened her mouth; she was much better when she was stand in judge when cheryl was sick. gary, tulisa & louis were all superb, i blame mel b for most of it as she has such a bad attuide and nicole was just plain boring...Posted 10:32 | Mon 20th Aug 2012
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