Shock horror! Neil Tennant states the obvious!

Pet Shop Boy Neil Tennant has branded Simon Cowell’s view of music too narrow, and thinks The X Factor ignores whole swathes of pop music.

Well, yes. The whole point of the X Factor is to encourage the development of a particular kind of performer – someone compliant, who will perform whatever song is handed to them, ideally without showing any sign of understanding what they’re singing, absolutely not having anything distinctive, original or creative about them, and in general being not terribly good.

If we must have heavily funded talent shows, wouldn’t it be nice if they did what talent shows used to – allowed people to show off their own abilities, maybe even perform songs that they’ve written themselves, or doing something really radical like playing their own instruments? You know – something like New Faces or Opportunity Knocks, only with a big budget…

Having actually seen most of the last series of the X Factor, my conclusion is that Neil’s being far too nice about it. Quite apart from being pretty damn bad (I hope to recover from hearing the bloody awful cover of Hallelujah one day), it’s taken away all the fun people used to have in speculating over what silly song will get to the top of the UK singles chart at Christmas. Now everyone knows it will be the X Factor winner, no matter how dreadful it might be. Though at least Jeff Buckley’s version of the same song got to number two behind the travesty by whatever her name is…

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