This years X-Factor bombed – badly. Simon Cowell’s “talent” show has suffered from falling ratings despite a total revamp.
This years X-Factor final attracted fewer than 6-million viewers. To put that into context the 2010 final which featured One Direction attracted 18 million viewers.
This years season was won by Louisa Johnson who released a cover of Bob Dylan’s “Forever Young” as her winners single. Over the years we have become used to the X-Factor winner scoring the Christmas No 1. According to the Official Charts Company Johnson’s song has entered the UK chart at No 9.
The chart is topped by Justin Bieber who holds the top two spots on the Christmas chart and has three of the top five singles.
One can only hope that the terrible ratings on this years X-Factor and the failure of the winners single may mark the beginning of the end for a show that is widely blamed for killing the UK music industry.
The BBC report that Johnson’s song is the lowest ever chart entry for an X-Factor winner.
Only Steve Brookstein and Joe McElderry (who?) previously failed to claim the top spot with their winners’ singles in their first week.
Both initially had to settle for a number two slot, in 2004 and 2009 respectively, though both tracks did subsequently climb to pole position.
I for one hope that the dismal performance of both X-Factor and the winners single will see the end of a show that I detest.