I’m from the US, but through the magic of the internet we’re following the X Factor. It’s my daughter’s favourite show (she likes one of the boys from One Direction). Not having regular access to general British media outlets, I have a couple of questions.
The way the judges talk on the show, everything that happens on or about the show is front-page headline news in every paper across the country. I assume this is self-aggrandizing hyperbole. (American Idol does the same thing, for example.) The way they talk, you think the entire country has come to a standstill for the next 12 weeks, waiting with baited breath for the winner to be revealed. But, how popular is the show, really? Does it get any attention beyond the entertainment pages?
What’s up with Wagner? He’s awful, who’s voting him through every week? Is there some kind of campaign to keep him in as long as possible? Again on American Idol, there was a pretty terrible guy on there a few seasons ago, and there was an organized campaign by a popular national radio host to keep him on to the end, mostly as a joke. Is something similar going on?