Are we over the X Factor?
Who needs Halloween when you've got halitosis? Tonight's edition
of The X Factor (ITV1) had a rather clumsily bolted-on supernatural
theme but this was overshadowed by an entertainingly puerile
squabble between two of the judges over who had the smelliest
Gary Barlow took exception to colleague Tulisa Constostavlos
turning round to berate him at close quarters for a poor song
choice, so Barlow waved his hand in front of his nose, saying
Tulisa had "fag ash breath". Schoolyard stuff and she responded in
kind, retorting that Barlow had an aroma of "red wine". The crowd
ooh-ed and aah-ed, while Twitter exploded with excitement. It was a
manufactured spat worthy of svengali Simon Cowell himself. Watch
those ratings rise and tabloid column inches get filled.
Events on-stage struggled to be anywhere near as entertaining.
The Halloween theme led to a mass raid on the dressing-up box.
Rylan Clark did another honking medley while dressed as Jean Paul
Gaultier. Boyband District 3 were the weediest Clockwork Orange
"droogs" you'll ever see. Both these get-ups seemed restrained
compared to judge Nicole Scherzinger, resplendent in black lace
catsuit, fright-wig and Addams Family headpiece.
Union J won the battle of the boybands after singing Beyonce's
Beautiful Nightmare atop an abandoned car. Hot favourite Ella
Henderson had a disappointing week, thanks to a ropy song choice of
a rock anthem, rather than the soulful fare which suits her
It was left to the Boys to salvage things towards the end of the
show: Jahmene Douglas with his gorgeous vocals on Killing Me
Softly, James Arthur with moody, bluesy intensity on his rendition
of Sweet Dreams by Eurythmics.