Sunday, November 30, 2008

'This competition'

Last night I did something I've never done before but have been dying to do for years: I went to The X Factor.

I'm a fan, and put my request in weeks ago. The only two tickets the PR had left were for last night, and at the time no guest was confirmed. When it was found to be Britney the tickets were like gold dust, hence a very star-studded turn out last night.

With Mrs F-C currently in Chicago (the city, not the stage show), I took my brother along. (He, unlike me who has got rather jaded about TV studio recordings over the years, loved every second of it. I find hanging around while the warm-up man makes you Mexican wave and dance excruciating, but he didn't mind).

Anyhoo, as it happened there wasn't too much free time, it being live. The show was great. We had super seats on the very edge of stage left, though you won't see us. The press pen is kept out of shot, it seems. Dermot O'Leary is very professional, if not rather strange and of course short, and all judges tiny. Simon Cowell really is a titch. Cheryl Cole a little doll, Dannii Minogue as plastic as she appears and Louis is Louis.

Every ad break out they all dashed, Dannii with little trotting make-up queen in a Team Minogue T-shirt right behind, making sure bits weren't falling off, Simon and Cheryl going God knows where together. And top star spot of the night, or perhaps even of the year, Kate Moss. Who knew she was a fan? Where we were sitting meant they had to come by us, and she was in and out like a fiddler's elbow, either with or without Simon Cowell. What could she have been up to? She's looking her age, frankly.

Other celebs in attendance: Lulu, James Corden, Scott Mills, Britain's Got Talent light opera muppet Paul Potts ('How's your pain Paul,' asked one woman. 'I bet it's worse when you're sitting down. Aaah'). And let's not forget Sinitta, various TV bigwigs like Peter Fincham and Lorraine Heggessey, as well as Kimberley from Girls Aloud.

The dullest bit was sitting through The Xtra Factor, which I never watch, but which is filmed in that bit between the main bit of the show and the results. Holly Willoughby's condescending tone marks her out as one of TV's most talentless presenters. I don't care how pretty she is, she's useless.

One of the best bits was without doubt Britney Spears. She was ace. I've already downloaded Womanizer. I've met before, years ago in Munich through work, but a lot of water has flowed under the bridge since then. For those who watched the show, Miley Cyrus was on tape.

As far as the contestants go, I'm sure they come across differently on TV, cos Ruth was definitely robbed. Her I Love Rock n Roll was top notch. Those norks! I thought Diana was weak, we could hardly hear her, and she was my favourite before then. Everyone else was quite good though.

We made a swift exit as it didn't finish unitl 11.15 and we were in Wembley.

Something else I did yesterday I've never done before was visit the Westfield shopping centre in Shepherd's Bush, but that's another story.


office pest said...

I was wondering if you would be going last night when you mentioned it a couple of weeks ago. It looked a great show - pleased for Britney she's pulled through and appears to have her spark back again.
Diana I can't stand nor understand half the time. Irritating isn't a strong enough word, like listening to a rusty gate opening and closing.
Alexandra has been and remains my favourite - super spots last night, what a girl.
Pleased you and your bro' enjoyed it anyway F-C. Oh, how is Dermot 'strange'?

A Kitten in a Brandy Glass said...

I'm glad to see you're out there living a glamorous celebrity-packed life so we don't have to. I'm much more entertained by your description than I would be from actually being there...

Five-Centres said...

With all his tics and mannersism, plus, my bro and he have a history, I know more than I should.

I found out today that Britney was miming! She's ruined everything.

Red Squirrel said...

I thought Britney was appalling on the telly – nasty vocodered vocals, no discernable melody, horrible stock answers to Dermot's questions, arse hanging out...

It was pretty obvious on telly that she was miming, but I guess you didn't get the close-ups we got of her mouth moving out of time with the "lyrics".

Five-Centres said...

It's become apparent that what we see at home is very different from how it comes across in the studio. I thought Britney was great from where i was sitting, but it seems she was awful.

TimT said...

Mrs T and I have long been convinced the show must sound different in the studio, largely because Eoghan comes on every week, sings so feebly that they have to beef up the chorus with dozens of backing singers, and then gets praised to the skies by the judges.

I can only assume the Northern Irish block vote is keeping him in, because I don't see any X Factor there.

You're right about Ruth being robbed. She and Alexandra were the only ones who put in two good performances on Saturday.

Matthew Rudd said...

I saw it for the first time this series. Not only that, but a) it was by accident, and b) the sound was turned off. As a result, I rather enjoyed it.

Dannii Minogue has just utterly ruined herself, hasn't she? She should look at photos of her from 1994 and start weeping.