How Not To Audition
For those who didn’t catch it yesterday on ITV (in the UK), here’s the closing audition on this week’s The X-Factor. Text book stuff, trust me.
Now, there’s plenty of ground to be made on commenting on whether the voyeurism of this kind of TV is healthy. I have to admit that I love and hate this kind of car crash TV. I do enjoy shows like X-Factor because on the whole I like to be entertained by people who can entertain. At the same time, the producers deliberately put together the good and the downright terrible so we can be awed by the talent and horrified by the utterly untalented.
No, plenty of people write blog posts about this kind of stuff, but I’m more interested in a more fundamental question – why do girls like Abbie and Lisa audition for shows like the X-Factor? Don’t they realise that they can’t sing? I’m not asking that in a kind of “Don’t they realise how stupid they look” kind of way, rather I’m really curious how people who blatantly can’t sing think that they can.
Let me put this another way. I think that I have a pretty good voice – that’s not vanity, that’s just be honest about one of the gifts God has given me. At the same time, when I listen to the likes of Leona Lewis or Rhydian Roberts, I know very clearly that I definitely don’t have a *great* voice. For this reason, despite my wife thinking I have a wonderful tone, I would never for a moment enter a contest like the X-Factor because I know that I’m just not good enough to win. So it amazes me when people who don’t have an even vaguely good voice line up in their droves to audition. Obviously there are those who can sing and think they might be in with a slight chance, but just aren’t quite good enough. There are also those who do it just for a laugh – they know they’re not going to get through and they don’t mind the judge’s scorn, they just want their five minutes of fame. No, I get that, but what I don’t get is those people who cannot sing, are tone deaf and yet seem to be horrified when the judges think they’re not God’s gift to the pop world.
Someone please explain it to me, this delusion that grips thousands of people every year. Thank you.