Music, audience noise and engineering overpowered every song of the evening.
The judges who had previously shown camaraderie and mutual support were critical to the point of discomfort for the viewers.
Pure, raw talent made more endearing by laid-bare nerves of the auditions and bootcamp was highlighted, dyed, wardrobed, make-uped, back-up singered and back-up dancered into oblivion. Where were the artists? If we pulled back all those layers would they even exist?
Globally, X-Factor has gone “Vegas Style” and I wonder if there’s any point, now, they can begin to return to more pure musical flair? I can’t imagine the money poured into tonight’s production. But for me, with every spotlight, backdrop and new media bell or whistle, the show was cheapened.
By the end of the night, the X-Factor wasn’t worth the time I had dedicated to watching it.
There are a few saving graces, some semblance of the original artists, not just shadows of their former selves in:
Carly Rose Sonenclar
And maybe Willie Jones.
But high level talent like Lyric 145, LYLAS (now 1432), and Jennel Garcia were plastered with Kodachrome glitz until I couldn’t break through and connect with what they had to offer.
I guess I should comment on the emcees as well, but it will be painful.
As beautiful as the X-Factor was produced in the audition, bootcamp and work phases at the judges home, the emcees added an “opposite” feel to the set. Khloe Kardashian was stiff the whole night and couldn’t find her place on the stage. Mario Lopez made it harder for her by putting his arm around every contestant and pulling them close.
If the point of having two emcees is to “not be” American Idol, then they’re going to need to work at the team-thang. Big time.
All in all, I’m completely deflated. Do I hope the show gets lots of feedback and responds? Yes. Will I watch it next week to see if that happens? I’m not sure.
What I do know, however, is that this time…X-Factor took something good, and made it worse.
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