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    Posted: 18 Nov 2011 at 10:49
The X Factor: now the acts we love to hate have gone, the fun stops here
Kitty Brucknell's departure leaves a bunch of singers as interesting as a hair-clogged drain



The departure of Kitty Brucknell from The X Factor on Sunday was notable for many different reasons. The look on Dermot O'Leary's face when she snatched his microphone and belted out a quick verse of Born This Way. The moment that Lady Gaga stormed the stage to drag Kitty off to get drunk. But in terms of the bigger picture, Kitty's departure was most notable for signalling something else: the instant that this year's The X Factor stopped being fun.

It's nothing new, this moment. It happens every year, usually when Louis Walsh's last act goes home. Cast your mind back to how dreary The X Factor became last year when Wagner stopped turning up to thump his chest and wail belligerently, or when Jedward were put out of their misery the year before. It might not seem as obvious this time around, but that doesn't make it any less true. Kitty represented the last of the interesting contestants – the villains, the eccentrics, the contestants who you could form an opinion about – which means we have to endure a month of leaden, charisma-free competency before the show finally grinds to a halt next month.

It all seemed so different a couple of weeks ago. Back then we not only had Kitty shuttling between ecstatic highs and weeping lows to keep us entertained, but also the witty, interesting, completely unconventional Johnny Robinson. And, like him or not, you have to admit that Frankie Cocozza was an intriguing presence on The X Factor, if only for the fact that he briefly unified the nation thanks to his ability to make everyone collectively wonder why Frankie Cocozza was even allowed on television anyway.

But they're all gone now. And we're left with a gaggle of singers who, if technically proficient to a reasonable degree, are about as interesting as a hair-clogged drain. Who will you get behind on Saturday? Stock-still, one-note Craig? Walking John Lewis advert (and not in a good way) Janet? Little Mix, even though you still can't be bothered to learn what any of them are actually called? Misha B, who appears to be shedding every single interesting aspect of her personality in a desperate bid to reach the finals? The other ones, whatever they're called?

This wouldn't usually be such a big deal, because it usually ushers in the portion of the series where the good singers are really allowed to shine even if, like Matt Cardle last year, they end up being witless complainers with an uncomfortable line in weird conspiracy theories. This year, though, there's a bit of a talent deficit. The acts who should potentially win The X Factor, such as Misha and Janet, have been hobbled by either an odd unpopularity or the fact that The X Factor format has stripped them of their charm. They probably won't make the final, which means that the eventual victor will be someone occupying the flaccid middle ground between entertaining and talented.

Let's not get downhearted, though. There is one very obvious way that The X Factor could turn this around and become interesting again. It's been staring them in the face for weeks. Reinstate Goldie. Oh, you remember Goldie. Vomited into a bag. Tried to wrap her legs around Gary Barlow's head. Kept shouting "Ding dong" all the time. Goldie was brilliant. She couldn't have been lined up to become this year's Wagner any more if producers had strapped a moustache to her and forced her to play bongos at gunpoint. The inexplicable moment of self-awareness that led to her quitting the show before the finals probably contributed more to the damp-squibness of this year's show than anything else. Goldie needs to be brought back into the show regardless of the cost. It's the only thing that can stop The X Factor from becoming the lumpen mess of Gary Barlow's boring dreams.

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  Quote Jonnyboy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 Nov 2011 at 12:49
For me I dont like the novelty acts and audition rounds, it would be better if we had some actual real talent in the final, but we havent had anyone decent since Leona really. 
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  Quote killersbee Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 Nov 2011 at 16:22
That's what many people keep saying, Leona seems to still be the only artist who benefited the most from the show.
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  Quote terrip Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 Nov 2011 at 05:38
I can't bear Leona.  Give me Alexandra any day.
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