Reece all by himself on X Factor
16 year old Reece Mastin silently shook his head and stared flatly at four talent show judges who argued over his performance.
Last night 16 year old Reece Mastin silently shook his head and stared flatly at four talent show judges who argued over his performance.
The X Factor singer had performed “All By Myself” complete with ‘Vegas-style’ trappings of pillars and statues. After nearly being eliminated a week earlier, it was a move by judge and mentor Guy Sebastian to show a vulnerable side to the young singer.
But the judges couldn’t agree over whether it was suited to him or not. Ronan Keating said the look on Mastin’s face showed he doubted himself. Mel B. said she thought he looked angry.
Sebastian tried to defend the song choice and his teenage protege.
Mastin stood silent, biting his lip, as they bickered without arriving at any clear direction. It was painful to watch.
Such is the format of the show that X Factor judges find it necessary to divide over contestants, or defend their own choices, rather than provide constructive criticism to a singer who is making their own artistic decisions.
Eventually when asked, he told them he was happy with the song choice.
Yes, this was Reality TV in all its glory. But when you embark on a contest of this magnitude you do have to be ready for its inglorious moments. Mastin at least, kept his cool, resisting an urge to simply walk offstage and leave them to their own silly devices.
“All By Myself” seemed to sum up the moment pretty well.