The Joy of X: Behind the Scenes at X Factor

X Factor is basically a colossal agglomeration of rejection, of shattered hopes and dreams. If you come to X Factor, you’d better be prepared to fail, because you probably will. At some stage, somebody, maybe even somebody less talented than you, is going to say you are not good enough and that it is time for you to find something else to do with your time. That will hurt.

Maybe you will cry or smash your guitar or call somebody a fuckwit and that will all be filmed because it is good television, and a few weeks later you will probably be embarrassed while watching it with your family or friends. This is an appalling, negative view of the whole thing, no doubt. Now it is out of the way, let’s get on with looking for some positives.