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fanoftv7,257 posts since 4 Jan 2003
Central (West) Midlands Today
Yeah I thought tonight's episode had a majority of good auditions - maybe they're saving the bad ones for tomorrow!

Interesting they've premiered the new titles tonight. Again, haven't watched it regularly in five years, so it may have changed but they used to wait until the live shows to introduce new titles or graphics.


I imagine that with the new panel, returning host and change in format they wanted to refresh the programme from the start and I'm glad that they have actually kept some titles rather than Britain's Got Talent.

I found the programme weirdly fresh and very entertaining.
Juicy Joe1,261 posts since 25 Dec 2001
Central (West) Midlands Today
thought tonight's show was better than anything we saw last year!! Genuine chemistry between the judges, not forced, lots of banter - especially Nicole doing impressions of other singers, epic rooms to do the auditions in - none if this arena rubbish. The rooms were good in the fact they were rooms with character to them - the cricket ground and that vast hall in Scotland, rather than the rooms we had a few years ago with false TV screens of a background that we had a few yrs back. Also, Dermott was back on from chatting to the contestants! I also liked the fact they showed the backstage crew with the microphone and the monitors filming from the side of the rooms - this makes it more raw and natural, like it used to be originally and similar to Pop Idol, rather than a polished TV studio look that we have had before. Louis is back and Mrs O is back. What more could you want?? This series is going to rock!!! They had better use a new studio setup for the live shows rather than rolling out the same one they've used for the past 7-8 years, otherwise all this good work in these early shows will be put to waste. Anyway, all in all, unbelievable!!! 10/10!!!
noggin12,074 posts since 26 Jun 2001
They had better use a new studio setup for the live shows rather than rolling out the same one they've used for the past 7-8 years, otherwise all this good work in these early shows will be put to waste. Anyway, all in all, unbelievable!!! 10/10!!!


This series will be that last where the live shows are shot at Fountain Studios - so it may be they wait until they have found a new home before massively changing the live shows.
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VMPhil7,060 posts since 31 Mar 2005
Granada North West Today
I also liked the fact they showed the backstage crew with the microphone and the monitors filming from the side of the rooms - this makes it more raw and natural, like it used to be originally and similar to Pop Idol, rather than a polished TV studio look that we have had before.

I don't think it was quite the return to those heady days - indeed I wonder what the people of 2002 who thought shows like Popstars and Pop Idol were OTT think of The X Factor and The Voice now. They're quite tame and gimmick-less in comparison, even to the first few series of The X Factor.


To me it did seem like they have tried to strip away some of the glossiness. Apart from the very start opening sequence, I don't think there were too many annoying camera shots or editing techniques, at least none that I could notice!
Brekkie26,908 posts since 4 Jan 2003
HTV Wales Wales Today
Interesting they've premiered the new titles tonight. Again, haven't watched it regularly in five years, so it may have changed but they used to wait until the live shows to introduce new titles or graphics.

Although to be fair the first time around (in series 3) they may not have been ready for launch and second time around (in 2011) they waited for the US version to debut them first. Just wish the titles didn't come to such an abrupt end.

Agree the panel is significantly better mainly through to the inclusion of Nicole, though actually none of the panel really dominated the show tonight. It's the live shows though where we'll see if anything has really changed - they've been tired for a good 4-5 years now and although Simon is promising changes what we've seen changed before (the flash vote, restructuring the Sunday show last year) didn't really address any of the issues.

The one change they have to make is a simple one really - dropping the weekly themes. It doesn't allow the contestants to play to their strengths having them every week, though fine to throw 2-3 themes in across the series like Strictly do.
Shouldn't that have been posted in the "John Logie Baird has Invented Television" thread?
deejay2,476 posts since 5 Jan 2003
Central (South) Oxford
I much enjoyed last nights XFactor, and agree entirely that the judging panel was great (although where did Sharon disappear to for half of the show, did I miss something?). The audition rooms were really nicely done, in the fact you got to see a bit of where it was in relation to where everyone else was - a nice hybrid of the old simple audition room and the arena auditions where you got to see a bit of "backstage" and them going on to do their thing.

But for me, the highlight of the evening was watching the Xtra Faxtor on ITV2. Very entertaining indeed. Great presenter pairing in my opinion, both Rylan and Matt are brilliant, natural, funny presenters. The script was good, the direction tight, the set was great and it was a genuinely good watch.
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fanoftv7,257 posts since 4 Jan 2003
Central (West) Midlands Today
Certainly agree about Xtra Factor. Never thought the show had much point in previous years at this stage. I know people groan whenever Rylan is mentioned, but he is a genuinely good (and quick-witted) presenter.


Definitely agree that it seems much more relevant and works well with the acts from that night's audition appearing. I felt a little that Rylan was trying to takeover last night, on introducing Nicole he said "My next guest" whilst sat next to Matt.
It's a better use of the programme to get instant feedback from the viewers. I quite like the addition of an audience. It'll be a shame when they go to live shows and have a smaller set at the back of the studio. I did feel that the seats, especially Nicole's looked like a bit of an afterthought.
VMPhil7,060 posts since 31 Mar 2005
Granada North West Today
The audition with healthcare worker Paul was classic X Factor editing/storytelling - he's a great guy, very likeable, pushed his dream aside to put education first, etc, this is his big chance - making you believe up to the last second that he was going to be amazing.
all_night179 posts since 2 Apr 2016
Anglia (West) Look East (West sub-opt)
So far this new series id working well. Simon does seem more fun and loosened up a bit. His comment in the first audition show feeling like he was in a sob story when the music didn't stop was funny.

I do like the bits with Dermot outside on the balcony at the London auditions (I think it's London).