Pop maestro Simon Cowell finally bowed to the audience’s resounding ‘no’

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Pop maestro Simon Cowell finally bowed to the audience’s resounding ‘no’


Like a tired old cruise singer who has finally decided that this cover of Make You Feel My Love will be, must be, their last, The X factor has slipped away for good.

The talent show hasn’t aired since 2018 but, last week, ITV confirmed that after 17 years it was a no on the channel and there are no plans to bring it back. Reports suggest that its creator and overlord, Simon Cowell, unplugged the plug to prevent this from becoming “a joke,” which makes me think Cowell hasn’t been on the internet for the past decade or so.

Besides the fact that it is difficult to name someone who has been on the show since 2012, it is a sign of how quickly and dramatically the cultural climate has changed that it is impossible to imagine. . The X factor on TV now.

For years he ran a well-oiled machine to produce pop stars and Christmas number one, but the early stages of each series, in which members of the audience could show up for auditions, were sorting wheat from straw. with a sneer. .

I don’t think this belongs to the fiery pyre of culture wars, and many shows had similar energy, but it’s a relief to realize that laughing at people who aren’t in the joke just isn’t that funny. more. If kids prefer to find their idols in a creatively edited or intricately choreographed clip on TikTok, for example, then I don’t think that’s a bad thing. Audiences have evolved.

Cowell and the show’s kingmaker status have long waned. There are far fewer custodians of new music now. I remember chatting with a great pop songwriter a few years ago, about how fans like to find music on their own: he argued that they don’t like being anymore. sinks his throat.

A label can dictate what a single will be, but often the fans decide what the hit will be. To quote Michael Gove, out of context: Pop fans have had enough of the experts.

The X factor attempted to evolve with the proven format of a celebrity spin-off, and a weird, truncated and updated version of Popstars: the rivals, but love was not there for either of them. Instead, we asked Little Mix to be kind on BBC One and The voice laugh with Tom Jones on ITV. These shows didn’t forge any stars either, but at least they did some good.

Jodie Whittaker will be a tough act to follow

Jodie Whittaker: farewell to the first female Time Lord. Photographie : Mike Blake/Reuters

After months of rumors and the promise of many months of rumors about who will replace her, Jodie Whittaker has confirmed she will be leaving Docteur Who end of 2022.

Whittaker will start after another heat and three stages. “I will carry the Doctor and the lessons I have learned forever,” she said. Current showrunner Chris Chibnall will go with her, after revealing that the couple have always had a “three-plus series pact.”

I remain an occasional Docteur Who viewer, diving in and out, but I haven’t felt so fondly towards a Doctor since David Tennant, to whom Whittaker came only second in a 2020 Radio schedules fan favorite time lord poll.

As the debate raged over whether the show was ‘too awake’ or ‘not awake enough’ – there were very strong feelings on both sides, given that this is a show. largely aimed at young viewers – I thought Whittaker was a charming doctor and the fact that she was the first female to take on the role meant a lot to many female fans, especially the younger ones.

Yet each regeneration brings a special kind of excitement and anticipation. As a broad concept, however, a rebooted show starts to feel lazy; : there are a lot of TV covers going on right now that no one has really asked – Gossip Girl, here is who is watching you. But with Docteur Who, a reboot is built into the storyline of the series and it has always benefited from the change. I salute the Whittaker era and can’t wait to see who will be next.

DaBaby: expensive rap for anti-gay rapper

DaBaby: don’t laugh now. Photograph: Mario Anzuoni / Reuters

Rapper DaBaby had a special week after making a bizarre homophobic announcement at a festival in Miami, asking fans to put their phone lights up, but not HIV-positive men or gay men having sex in the parking lots.

I don’t know what his intention was – surely if he was so scared of gay men it would be easier to see them with their lights on – but he added that HIV “would kill you in two or three weeks.”

The backlash was quick and an A-list, as Elton John, Madonna, and Questlove formed a chorus of music giants condemning her ignorance.

It’s odd, not least because DaBaby has chased the pop dollar with verses for Justin Bieber and Dua Lipa, and pop isn’t always an aggressively heterosexual market.

“I am surprised and horrified by DaBaby’s comments,” Lipa said on Instagram. BoohooMAN, who he collaborated with on a clothing line, said it would no longer work with him.

DaBaby ultimately somehow denied being homophobic. “But the LGBT community… I’m not tripping over all of you, am I. all business is your business, ”he tweeted, perhaps aware it’s his business now.

Rebecca Nicholson is an Observer columnist

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