Here in the MCL community, I have been very fortunate to be in the company of informative and insightful commentators.
Their suggestions and ideas regarding numerous topics are generally spot-on and I tremendously value their input and perspective.
After Wednesday’s X Factor performances, one reader by the name of Malden shared some excellent comments with us and I would like to highlight them for you:
“The Jackson kids did not seem thrilled to be there. “Ah, Grandma, do we really have to go to that show?” “Yes, I promised Simon we would all be there. He made a nice contribution to our charity foundation.”
I thought host Steve Jones might improve after a few week of experience. Not be so stiff, loosen up, get more comfortable. I was wrong.
I find it amusingly odd that the judges are introduced in such a grand fashion each week, as if they are the true stars of the show. Are Olympic judges treated like this? Are Supreme Court judges treated like this? Since when does being a judge make you deserving of a glittering entrance befitting a crowned head of state?
Josh — the loud music and poor sound mix made his voice seem muffled and hard to hear. He was back in hard rock mode that I don’t really enjoy.
Astro — He’s very talented but I’m frustrated at not being able to understand his lyrics. I can only catch a few words here and there.
Drew — her “sing-talk” performance style reminds me of the British singer Ellie Goulding. The ongoing British version of X Factor had a 16-year-old girl who sang in a similar style and was just voted off last week. It’s a style I associate with mature singers who are past their vocal prime. It’s quite striking to see a very young girl adopt it as her signature style. I enjoyed her vocal tonite, but she has a way of making all her songs sound alike.
Rachel — the ultimate example of a spunky young girl you can’t help liking. But I’m not seeing a pop star.
Marcus — suffers from the same problem almost every week — his vocals start out strong but become progressively weaker as his movements become more energetic.
Chris — The best vocal performance I’ve seem from him, although still not great. I always seem to enjoy his performances despite the numerous vocal flaws.
Melanie — Almost a repeat of last week: another big song, another great vocal.
I agree with MCL that Marcus and Chris are probably in the most jeopardy. But I would not be totally surprised to see Astro or Rachel in the bottom group.
I think Astro may be facing the same issue that Adam Lambert faced: most of the people who like his style of music are not the kind of people who watch shows like this.”
Malden echoed some of the problems that, I feel, have been holding back this show from less than stellar ratings.
At its core, The X Factor does not seem genuine. There is a whole lot of hoopla, smoke and mirrors, electronic manipulation, over-produced performance sequences and scripted arguments that I find tiresome.
Can someone come out on stage and just sing, please? The only person that has proven capable of that is Melanie and, at times, Josh, but, after last week’s emotional tirade, Melanie’s personality leaves much to be desired.
And I don’t remember her speaking with a Bahamian accent during the audition episodes. What gives, Melanie?
So, thank you Malden for your timely input. Hopefully, the judges will refrain from their “Carmina Burana-tinged” entrance and bring the focus of the show back to the singers.
Now, it’s your turn to add to this lively topic. Comment away!!