Originally Posted by Charles R
... With The X Factor
offering ... first class production values....
Fundamental difference of opinion on this point.
Whatever the original design and intent, the implementation here was HORRIFIC!!! Planting a static firmly-stationary genuinely amateur performer in the center of a large stage in the midst of a well-made-up and well-costumed and well-lit cast-of-thousands of background singers and dancers and musicians all swirling about, with thousands of audience teens screaming endlessly, is NOT "first class production values".
It is simply ludicrous and ridiculous, and unwatchable and unlistenable. It is "The Producers" taken to the extreme of parody of itself.