I used to enjoy watching it. Yeah, go ahead and judge me. The sad fact of the matter is that I have nothing better to do on a Saturday night. Suffice it to say that if I was actually going out on a Saturday, I would not bother recording it on BT Vision, but as I don’t tend to go out, I stayed in watching it while bitching about the contestants on Twitter. I also get sick of reading theology all week, so I need a bit of light relief come the weekend.
But recently it’s been leaving a bitter taste in my mouth… so I’ve decided to weigh in on the Wagner debate.
I should clarify: I never phone in and vote for things like this, no matter how passionate I feel about it. But if I were to vote for someone, it would be Wagner. He’s ridiculous. He’s fun. He seems to be taking the whole thing in his stride, despite getting booed by the studio audience every time he gets through. And there’s a picture of him holding a lion by the tail.
On the last show, Cheryl got her claws out and said to Wagner after his performance:
“I don’t usually have anything constructive to say to you, Wagner, but I believe you have made some comments about me. I am very proud of my roots and I am very, very, lucky. But if I was to give you any constructive advice it would be don’t focus on everybody else or how lucky I am, but how lucky you are to be on that stage tonight.”
I thought Wagner’s response was the best thing he could’ve said; he grabbed the mic from Dermot and explained that he thought Cheryl was a role model for having made it big despite her difficult upbringing, etc.
But this nasty outburst by Cheryl really made me think about just how hated Wagner is, and how unfair the whole thing is.
So check out his audition video. They all put him through, and they all thought he had a good voice (as did I when I first saw it)!
And now they have the audacity to give him ridiculous, fast-paced songs to learn every week, and then mock him for being rubbish?! You wouldn’t catch anyone giving Matt Cardle “She Bangs, She Bangs” to sing on their first live show, would you?
The judges put him through, and the public are voting to keep him in. It’s not his fault! He has no say over what songs he gets to sing, so he’s being taken for a ride and turned into the “joke” contestant, just like Jedward were last year, except Wagner does actually have some talent. They’re just completely manipulating and exploiting him. He’s been set up as a bit of a joke contestant/hate figure, and I think it’s mainly due to the fact that he’s now attracting plenty of media attention, and regularly causes a bit of a stir on Twitter and Facebook on Saturday night.
(Yeah yeah, I know that’s the nature of the show and the showbiz industry, but you don’t see any of the other contestants being set up as hate figures to quite the same extent… well, not by the judges anyway.)
It’s Wagner’s dream to win the show and become a pop star too, just as much as it’s Cher’s dream, or Rebecca’s dream. They KNEW what his abilities were when they put him through! He has every right to be there as everyone else. What are they expecting him to do, quit for the sake of maintaining the show’s integrity?! And be labelled by the press as a “drama queen” for “storming out” of the shows, no doubt.
And yet he’s still in, after some great singers like Treyc and Aidan were kicked off. I suspect that people are voting for him to annoy the judges and/or because they hate what the show stands for (kinda like the Rage against the Machine campaign last year). Also a lot of people think Wagner is a nice guy, so they’re probably voting for him to piss the judges off, who seem to relish mocking him. That’s certainly why I’d vote, if I were to vote.
But others are really up in arms about this whole thing, attacking Wagner and his supporters, by arguing that it’s unfair for voters to destroy “one of the few platforms for young talented musicians that there is on TV”. Um, really? The contestants are given cheesy pop songs to sing and are systematically voted off by the public based mostly on personality rather than singing ability… are people really trying to argue that this has anything to do with artistic integrity or promoting “talented musicians”? I’m not convinced.
So anyway, it turns out that there’s a Facebook group called “Wagner To Win X Factor” that’s probably got a lot to do with his popularity. Some of the comments on the page are quite telling of their motives, hehe:
“If you hate Simon Cowell and want to piss him off vote Wagner! If you want to help run the X factor into the ground and cause mayhem vote Wagner!”
“I actually think Wagner would make for a really fun Xmas number 1, gotta be better than the alternative romantic slushy shite that one of the other contestants would bring out!”
You gotta get over there, even if it’s just to see the ridiculous fan photos people have made. Oh my goodness.
That’s it, isn’t it? Causing mayhem. Fucking shit up. If you’re going to have the gall to openly mock and tear apart a contestant who wants it just as badly as anyone else, then you’re gonna pay for it. And damn, wouldn’t it be a fantastic send-off if this is Cowell’s last X factor, to have Wagner win the competition? Can you imagine Sony ploughing thousands of pounds into promoting Wagner?! :D
So yeah. That’s my take on the whole thing. Don’t get me wrong, I know that reality TV and the Cowell-machine is a load of old cobblers and I’m not toooo bothered by the whole thing… but I just feel bad for Wagner, is all. I want to give him a little cuddle.
And finally, because I love lists, here is a quick breakdown of my opinions of the other contestants, in reverse order of preference:
7. One Direction. The Justin Bieber brigade? No thanks. A lot of people have expressed outrage at the fact that they were entered as five seperate singers, who were then turned into a band by the judges at boot camp – unfortunately, they survived longer in the competition than the proper bands! I have to agree that that seems very unfair, especially since most of the groups that were ousted were far better than One Direction, but I can’t say I’m surprised. You can practically see the pound signs in Cowell’s eyes when these guys sing. ¬_¬
Fun fact: someone on Twitter pointed out that every time Dermot O’Dreary says “One Direction”, it sounds as if he’s saying “Wand Erection”! This makes me giggle, and detracts every so slightly from the fact that they are shit.
6. Katie Waissel. Alright, so I’ve got a bee in my bonnet about the fact that she is already in with the guys at Sony BMG, a company of Cowell’s…. Anorak.co.uk have a great article about it all here. Other than that, her voice is really bland, and I hate how Simon and Cheryl fawn over her so much. She’s so bloody mediocre.
5. Mary Byrne. Very likeable and down-to-earth, but I don’t like her singing style/song choices. That’s just personal preference though. Would be rather happy if she won.
4. Cher Lloyd. There’s an air of arrogance about her that makes me uncomfortable, but I do like the fact that she’s a little different. It’s quite scary to think that she’s doing this show, and is 4 years younger than me. Eep.
3. Rebecca Ferguson. Classy, talented, but a little boring for my liking. She seems like a really nice person, and I like the fact that she’s understated and a little shy.
2. Matt Cardle. I like his kind of laid-back charm. He has a lovely voice too.
1. WAGNER. He exposes the show for its true farcical nature, even if his songs are badly chosen. What’s with all the up-tempo medleys and ridiculous over-the-top staging, Louis? You tool.
ETA: the dream is over. Good night sweet prince. [28.11.10]