The X Factor- Easy Way To Fame?

@GemmaR (8526)
October 17, 2010 1:38pm CST Unlike the "old days" in the music business, these days, it seems that all people have to do to get fame and fortune is to go on a reality TV show and cut out the long journey while they try to get the fame that they seek. Do you think shows like this should be taken away? Are they damaging the music business?
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@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
20 Oct 10
I really don't think that things like this are damaging the music industry. The reason that I don't think that they are damaging to the music industry is because I think that these are ways that talent that might not otherwise be discovered are able to be discovered. You see, there have been many people that have been discovered as a result of these shows that never would have gotten the recognition that they should get.
@kun2349 (23475)
• Singapore
19 Oct 10
haha =D I wont say it's the easy way to fame, but rather it's a stepping stone for one to enter the entertainment industry. After which, whether they are able to survive in it, or just have short lived glory, it's entirely up to them. Nobody can help them much if they dun have the talent in the first place. Taking part in such shows is all about exposure. ONce everybody knows about u, that's where their career starts, or maybe end.. haha
@yaumix (1)
• Indonesia
18 Oct 10
@jason1308 (1587)
• France
18 Oct 10
The problem with these type of shows, as has been discovered by this years X Factor in the UK, is they are all a fix under the disguise that they are giving Amateurs a chance for fame, when they are placing there own people in place ready to win. It is so stage managed, and this year more than any other, that it is unbelievable, but I suppose that is why they called it Light Entertainment and not Reality, as it isn't real. I will give you some current examples of this seasons UK Show. One Contestant going under the name of Katie Wassell, already has had 2 Albums out in the USA under two names and also a reality show on MTV and has links to BMG/Sony, the shows producers and tied to Simon Cowell. Another act, Treyc also has a record deal, before X Factor bought it out just before the start of the Live Shows. Storm, another contestant, has links to Sharon osbourne Husband, she was in the judges houses section, and also links to Katie (above) and also Brian Friedman, the shows Dance routine specialist. Matt, the Painter and decorator, has been in a band doing Gigs all the time, not sure he has done decorating for years. Mary, a good contestant, has already won a Irish TV talent show a couple of years ago. The list goes on, and if you also take a look at previous winners, Alexandra Burke and Leona Lewis were also meant to have Record deals in place before the show started. Damaging the Record Industry ? probably, but with the industry being controlled by only a couple of big names, who also run these shows, the only thing that is being spoiled is the lack of any chance of some real talented Newcomers making it in the music world.
@Hatley (164629)
• Garden Grove, California
18 Oct 10
hi gemma I always thought if the person had real talent even in thest rather boring so c alled reality shows the talent would shine through anyway but I guess they do get a hand up by just being on those rather tiresome reality shows. I do like Dancing with the stars but theuse p eople have talent and talent will win out too. I think some of them shuld be eliminated but I love Dancing with the Stars and American Idol and I think really ability and charisma and talent do win out.
@rappeter13 (5298)
• Romania
17 Oct 10
With this modern technology we have, it is natural to take advantadge of TV, Internet and other gadgets. I like this type of shows, because I love to see talented people, who maybe would go to waste if this shows wouldn't be. And I love to see those people who are not talented at all and make a fool from themselves, by "performing" in front of millions of people. You won't make a career if you are not talented, if you don't have something special and if you cannot show that x-factor. I don't think that this shows damage the music business, they enrich it because usually the people who win this shows are very talented, they have to perform live and a singer who can perform live so many times has to be very talented.
@dragon54u (31615)
• United States
17 Oct 10
I don't know about damaging the music business but when I hear someone watches a reality show my opinion of their intelligence goes down a little. I do like watching DWTS (TiVO'ing past all the commercials and stuff and watching only the dancing, of course) so I guess I'm a little brain-challenged, myself! Those shows will be around as long as they can make money. When the cash stops rolling in, they'll find another way but until then I guess we're stuck with them. It's a shame that people don't have to pay their dues like they used to as they climb the ladder to fame and fortune.
@thezone (9451)
• Ireland
17 Oct 10
I think anyone who has some real talent deserves what ever success that they might have but in saying that they definitely have it easier making it with such big names and a television show behind them. The article mentions that they get through on a 60 second audition top get through to the next round but they go through more than that. All of the people who audition are pre screened before they get to the actual television show additions, they pick the best and worst just to make entertaining TV. At the end of the day it is Simon who has the final say, after all it is his cash cow at the moment. I have to say that this year I think they have the weakest bunch that I have seen on the X Factor so far.