I grew up in a tough area in Newcastle. I saw drug and alcohol abuse, crime and poverty. I also saw how the lack of role models meant that many of my friends felt they had nowhere to turn. It's easy to see why so many people I knew didn't do well at school and ended up mixing with the wrong crowd and heading down the wrong path to a life of unemployment and sometimes even drugs. It's scary to see that this is still happening... In the middle of all the headlines announcing 'record results', we mustn't forget those who are waking up today, who didn't get the results they so desperately wanted.
Sadly this year, we won't be welcoming back presenter 'Dancing' Dermot O'Leary, or our favourite booming voiceover man, Peter Dickson. Xtra Factor presenter Sarah-Jane Crawford has said farewell and so too have judges Mel B & Louis Walsh. It's all change for 2015.
Hooray!! Pop cupcake Cheryl is back post January AND she's got a new video! Yes the best hair and dimples on telly and the rest of Mrs Ferdenez- Versini (I spelt that without looking it up) has a new single and it's called Only Human. Chezza really likes saying Only Human as it's also the title of her album, it also means there's less to remember.
I couldn't tell you who's won or name a single contestant, which has always been the main criticism of The Voice UK. If it claims to find talent and create brand new popstars, where are they?
All good things come to an end is what they say and at the weekend it seems that the X Factor may have found itself in the last chance saloon. The problem it is facing is that the competition has become a lighter shade of beige, with Fleur East the only entertainer left in the process. Has the X Factor lost its mojo?
Admittedly Stevi Ritchie was not the greatest voice to grace the live stage but he had something different up his sleeve each week and cut through the monotony of sincere performances of the other acts.
So what's gone so wrong? Has the public grown tired of The X Factor? Why hasn't the dream panel managed to revive the shows fortunes? More importantly, can it be saved before it's too late?
Saturday October 12 heralded the much trumpeted return of the X Factor live shows, which immediately raised one small question. One very very small question. Has Dermot got shorter since last year?
Fancy a game of X Factor Live Show bingo? Here are 40 things that happen every time the billion or so hopefuls are whittled down to the final handful. Spot them! Tick them off! It might make the end come quicker! Although probably not!
Saturday night we were left waiting at Simon's LA home, (no, not a bad thing) just as his decision on his chosen three was about to be announced. Back home now, with no time to settle, here we go. The three acts Simon is taking to the live shows are Jay James, Fleur East and thankfully Team Midas' Ben Haenow. Well done all.
Deep breaths everyone. If you thought the room and arena auditions were intense, you've seen nothing yet. 12 acts just 6 chairs. Ladies and gentlemen... it's time to face bootcamp.
After agreeing to go solo from her husband 'Hip' at the room audition, Scarlett 'Kitten' Quinn was back. I really like Scarlett, she has a buzz and energy about her that stands her out from the crowd. Well done Kitten, see you at bootcamp.
The room auditions are over for another year, gone, finito, complete....You get the point. So what now? Well, tonight we move on to the arena. Wembley...
The World cup is a distant memory, the nights are starting to draw in and for most, (sorry Scotland) the return to school is imminent. This can only mean one thing, the return of the one, the only, The X Factor.
The Voice is fantastic, BGT is amazing...but what we are all waiting for is the big one, the world cup of reality shows. The one, the only The X Factor.
"First that bum tattoo and now this," they'll say. "She can't be thinking straight." But since does when such an announcement, where two people declare their love for each other, invite such scathing remarks? For me there are two root causes for narrow-mindedness.