Shock decision or shock superlatives on X Factor?

The X Factor is getting so carried away with the superlatives lately they could be ready to part the Red Sea next.

Consider these inclusions yesterday:

1) Voice-Over intro: “Live around the nation this is The X Factor!”
They really need to get up to speed on Daylight Saving. I guess it sounds better than “Live in 3 states and delayed in 3 more this is The X Factor!”

2) At the top of the show host Luke Jacobz told us that one of the guests would be “The legend that is Johnny Ruffo.”
Legend?  Frank, Liza, Barbra, Ruffo….. nope. He may be a nice guy, but Ruffo really needs an ARIA top ten hit before he needs these kinds of exaggerations. Sorry, not even the judges qualify for Legend status yet.

3) Then there was the promo running in the afternoon that touted a “Shock Decision” coming up in the “bottom three” acts and, wait for it, “The decision that will stop the nation.”
With just 5 acts remaining it is debatable that any of the “bottom three” acts are actually shock decisions. With such slim odds they are all probable decisions now. And after the way Shiane sang last night there were no shock decisions in sending her home. At just 14 years of age, sadly nerves got the better of her, singing the entire song off key. The only shock decision I’d be prepared to accept this season was What About Tonight going or dumping an act after their social media misdemeanours (which was never acknowledged on the show itself).

Can we please keep some perspective about the fact this is a talent show, not healing the paralyzed and helping the blind to see?

Meanwhile Sunrise also seems to have caught the superlative bug, currently promoting an appearance by Coldplay next week as “The Television Event of the Year.”

Apologies to the Olympics.


  1. Secret Squirrel

    “If nothing else I am live around the nation anyway….”

    Heh. Not live for me as I’m just reading it now. I must be on catchup.

    Looking forward to tomorrow for the shock results of tonight’s ratings…

  2. Umm, it’s just a TV show. Quite obviously a culturally influential one as well.

    Even those who claim not to care or to never watch it again will be tuning in. I’m not entirely sure why a language analysis is necessary? There are bigger things In life…

    “Can we please keep some perspective about the fact this is a talent show, not healing the paralyzed and helping the blind to see?”

    I don’t think anyone on this show claims that what the contestants do is more important than the work of medical professionals. This is a television show, and the highest rating one at the moment. You obviously want to keep it interesting and use language to create excitement. It’s just a bit of fun. No one is worshipping the contestants, producers or judges as gods.

    The inability of some to just enjoy the show for what it is – entertainment; and not examine every facet and make claims such as; the voting is rigged or use of superlatives is diminishing television.

    Watch X-Factor UK, X-Factor USA. This is what the show is. People know Johnny Ruffo isn’t a music legend. Are media commentators that bored that this kind of entry is necessary?

  3. I have a giggle when the breathy-voiced female Ten promo reader tells me it’s “an unmissable episode” of such-and-such a show – really, I’ve missed them on purpose and haven’t missed much 😉

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