Interesting that there's always a thread about the X Factor but never about Strictly! Never mind though.
Releasing the live performances is a crafty trick indeed. Presumably SYCO have realised that millions download them off Limewire/P2P sites and so have centered on another profit-making area.
The panel is always an interesting one and always prompts a family debate. Why Simon? OK, so he knows what sells, and arguably that's his reason for existence on the show. Interestingly, a friend of mine auditioned a while back and was told he was "too musical theatre". So they're not really looking for talent, more saleability.
Cheryl? Hmm. Her only real duty seems to be to produce a few teary segments in the audition VTs
and to give poor feedback in the live performances.
Louis... only there because of the chemistry between him and Simon.
Dannii... say no more. Although ironically, for the arguably least well known of the four, gives the best feedback and often gets drowned out by the rabid crowd.
I hope this is the last run of the show and that ITV makes room for new formats and new possible music shows. Joe Mc was really badly hurt by the Christmas number one hoo-hah - although coming out was a PR dream - but the format is now tired. You know it is when Joe Pleb parrots lines from Simon Cowell about artists - "they're a bit Marmite", for example - so hopefully something else is on its way.
With a LIVE BAND! Maybe. One can only dream. For that reason, you know what I'll be watching this autumn.
Well I'll make one about Strictly then!
Well Simon is the head of the show - it would be half as popular or even exsist without him!
Cheryl's there because she is a music artist and was on Popsatrs herself - so she can relate the most. She is well liked.
Louis is there because his a record manager!
Danni is there because in the last series at least she really became more popular and liked.
All the judges have been picked by Simon/producers for a reason. Why are you asking this now - Simon and Louis ahve been on the panel for 6 series!
At least this year it will be the same and next year due to X Factour US something might change, but I think we can safely say it's got another couple of series left.
The only thing I agree with you is the Live Band!