The big battle is nearly upon us! On Saturday 24 March 2012, we will see the biggest clash of toe-to-toe reality TV shows ever - the BBC's The Voice and ITV's Britain's Got Talent go head to head and the power is in your hands...
Aside from singing in my car and the odd karaoke session, I'm not known across east London for my vocal dexterity, so hence my trepidation. But if anyone can turn me in to a swan, it's Yvie, who has performed with the Welsh National Opera and worked on the X Factor, Eurovision and Britain's Got Talent.
Yesterday afternoon, I got an e-mail from a Jeff Lantern, who describes himself as "an enigmatic North East England based act" and who says: "I perform on the comedy circuit because no-one else will take me seriously".
It really interests me as an artist how the whole digital landscape is changing and moving... when I won X Factor in 2008, Twitter had been around for a couple of years but was still really just taking its first baby steps.
Back in 2010 I spotted something I knew was going to be very big at an early stage, I put my talent spotting reputation on the line and went to the me...
When you are in a relationship outside of the spotlight it's hard enough to keep the spark going, but trying to do that in the media glare can be quite challenging. I dread the question in every interview I do when they ask me about my relationships... because the moment that relationship stops and it breaks up, it's a huge new story.
I believe most people would like to have a taste of fame, and I am guilty as charged to that crime, but I would like to be recognised for my writing ability and not for appearing on Prancing On Ice as a failed X Factor contestant who once slept with a footballer.
Since 2006, I have built up a reputation for being a "media magnet," talking and writing about the big reality TV shows like X Factor and Britain's Go...
Arts Council England funds all kinds of music, but one area where we haven't been seen as players is in pop music - however you define it.
Needless to say that the X Factor has changed my life and has allowed me to do things that perhaps I wouldn't have had the opportunity to do before, such as become involved in some really important charity work and organisations.
The harsh reality isX Factor won't be around forever. Reviews still need to be given, new talent needs to be found and the future of ordinary people being given the opportunity to be discovered needs to continue. So, The Voice UK, for a few months, I am all yours.
So many significant events occurred last year that Billy Joel could probably rewrite the lyrics to We Didn't Start the Fire and it would still end up being longer than War and Peace and Stacey Solomon: My Story So Far put together. Even the normally calm world of showbiz wasn't spared a flood of stories, from The Only Way Is Essex winning a BAFTA to everyone from Jeremy Clarkson to Ryan Giggs taking out super-injuctions.
At the Leveson Enquiry this week, Richard Desmond told the barrister cross-examining him that he didn't know the meaning of the word 'ethical'.
UK X Factor 2011 winners Little Mix (who were the first group to ever win the X Factor) were beaten to the Christmas number one by the Military Wives Choir, but how did it play out?
With the X Factor now a laughable parody of itself, it's a brave move of the BBC to reinvigorate the genre with The Voice. And sure, there'll still be viewers questioning the presence of a talent show on BBC One, but consider this: a chunk of the licence fee is earmarked for entertainment regardless, so it might as well be done properly. And that's just as much a plea to the BBC as it is a polite middle finger to the naysayers.
So long 2011 television, it's been emotional. Alfred Hitchcock once said that television "has done much for psychiatry by spreading information about it, as well as contributing to the need for it". Now, he may well have said this during the previous century, but if you told me he said it having just watched an episode of Desperate Scousewives I'd totally believe you.