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The Selling Factor Review with images

AdvantagesKeeps popular music in the public eye

DisadvantagesVery safe and pedestrian, focuses on short term success over long term credibility

"...over their shoulders at them. I do think for all the manipulations by the producers of _The X Factor_ and the fact so many established acts now feel beholden to appear on the show due to the amount of power Cowell wields in the industry it is, at the end of the day, just an entertainment show. Yes it is a launch pad for music which is, generally, very generic and very commercial but it hasn’t seen off the more artistic and credible acts – most of ..." Read review
22.11.2011

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Saturday Night Bieber! Review with images

AdvantagesEveryone can be famous!

DisadvantagesBut not for long

"As famous as Justin Bieber is he doesn’t shift many records, his latest going in at number 14 in the U.K charts. That would never happen with Timberlake. So we can only presume Biebers appeal is to the youngest internet generation, content with YouTube or free downloads. Therefore his revenue streams are not traditional, the cash-in all about building the hype and relying on teenage girls to buy into it. There were strong rumours over his sexuality ..." Read review
24.11.2011

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Cost Effective Conveyer Belt Talent! Review with images

AdvantagesBrings new talent.

DisadvantagesIncites shouting down a microphone, telephone charges & short campaign careers.

"...have you believe. Not only do the public have to put up with the original programme, there’s pressure to find out what others think from the “X Factor Extra,” programme slot that offers up public debate and contestant-family reaction. X Factor has so much appeal, that it has even extended its popularity to merchandise in later years to mobile phones and audio branded equipment and there’s always a feeling that you can’t quite escape from the whole ..." Read review
24.11.2011

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"You Are The Music While The Music Lasts"

AdvantagesEntertaining, Great Talent, Variety Of Music & Success coming from the show.

DisadvantagesToo many politics and negativity.

"Music is my passion. Reality TV is my guilty pleasure. I consider myself an X Factor fan and have watched every series almost religiously. Why? Because I find watching people entertaining. The same as I find it amusing watching people on the tube, or sitting on a bench and watching the world go past. I like a lot of the X Factor contestants but my music collection ranges from Grime to Folk music so I am far from biased. ==** How The X Factor Works ..." Read review
19.11.2011

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Community Level 4tipsyrabbit

tipsyrabbit

YOUR 15 MINUTE CAREER STARTS RIGHT HERE!

AdvantagesYou may just find a worldwide star

DisadvantagesYou probably won't

"...download music, whilst those who do want to pay for music would much rather pay that little extra to feel something physically in their hands. Perhaps one of the greatest thrills of illegally downloading music is having it before it is available to purchase, with tracks taking weeks – if not months – to actually chart after being first ‘leaked’. This is all a part of the X Factor generation. The want to have something instantly. And nothing is more ..." Read review
30.11.2011

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Community Level 6carysb

carysb

Do TV Singers Have The XFactor Or The Voice?

AdvantagesUnearths Talent, Makes Money, Gives people an chance

DisadvantagesBreaks dreams, Money orientated,

"...it’s all about the judges? Do the judges sign up so they can peak in the charts? Kelly has a new release out and Tulisa is launching a solo career on the back of the show. Cheryl launched and later released material during the show season, whilst Simon used the public support to launch X-factor USA – where do the hopefuls or music industry come into these plans? Louis plods along. Last year in the USA and next year in the UK there is a programme ..." Read review
25.11.2011

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Every Cloud Has A Silver Lining

AdvantagesGood TV

DisadvantagesBad music, stale and boring after a while.

"...Deutschland sucht den Superstar. What do think all these shows have in common. All of them where a new tool for the pop factory so any member of the public who think they can be musicians can go through lots of auditions and boot camps. If they're lucky, they may meet the live stages and maybe get a nice record contract. At the time of their peak, the shows where addictive, interesting and amusing. Bringing out the very best and worst of human nature ..." Read review
18.11.2011

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Shows like the X-Factor are a ploy to take viewers money!

AdvantagesEntertaining

DisadvantagesBrings out the worst in human nature

"...and has very little to do with whether or not the acts can actually sing. You see the judges put through some really good acts, but they also put through some horrendously terrible ones for their comedic value, they know that the viewers will find them funny because they are so terrible, which is why they get put through. In principle the show is a good idea, it gives ordinary people the chance to show off their talents and potentially change their ..." Read review
16.11.2011

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Community Level 1MelissaJay...

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No talent, all promotion.

Advantagesattention, promotion

Disadvantagespredictable, staged

"...Then again, One Direction didn't do too badly. I used to find the programme entertaining but it seems to have become more and more staged each year. And when you hear stories about musicians who have struggled to get onto the scene for years and years, working all sorts of hours in all sorts of dives; it seems a little unfair that rascals like Frankie coke-noser had the easy way into the public eye through the show. But this is balanced by genuinely ..." Read review
01.12.2011

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Community Level 2Jireth

Jireth

We are losing the music industry if we do nothing. Review with images

AdvantagesNone

DisadvantagesWeakening the music industry in the UK, No new music innovation same music all the time since 2005

"...of, and songs and styles do not represent a very wide range of music genres. There are plenty of artists who have started off playing local gigs, and although they have had support from the people in the music industry at least their climb to fame has been much more independent. These are the musicians that deserve recognition for what they have achieved and for their talent further these are the artists that should be at the top of music sale charts. ..." Read review
29.11.2011

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Community Level 1GSanders

GSanders

Music is in the ear of the beholder

AdvantagesProvide cheap entertainment to the masses, Displays individuals with real talent

DisadvantagesShort audition process , Manufactured images and music choices

"I detest this ongoing identity crisis reality TV has at the moment does it seek to prop up existing genres by funneling new talent ? or does it seek to create a new genre of disposable acts which the public love or loathe on a whim ? If the answer is the former then they are making a terrible mistake , talent isnt just a show toy it must be professionally scouted or auditioned , then from their an artist takes time to select their own persona , recording ..." Read review
30.11.2011

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