Entertainment behind the scenes
Simon Cowell FiXing it for X Factor’s Joe?
Yes, that word “fix” has come back to haunt the X Factor in Britain, where Lloyd Daniels, the teenager who appeared to struggle with the basic skill of singing in tune, got booted off at the weekend.
Attention has now switched to who will win this year’s competition, with four contestants still in with a shout — Olly Murs, Danyl Johnson, Stacey Solomon and Joe McElderry. The smart money is on Joe, with Simon Cowell, the dominant figure on the judging panel and powerhouse in televised singing shows, naming him as the act to beat.
That is despite the fact that two of the singers mentored by Cowell — Olly and Danyl – are in the competition. So much for loyalty. It’s good news for Cheryl Cole, mind you, who is looking after Joe.
The Sun newspaper focuses its report on how Cowell has been “leaning” on the other judges to back Joe, and headlines the story: “FiX it for Joe”.
At the end of the day, many viewers are assuming it boils down to which of the acts Cowell and his record label think they will make most money out of. The bookmakers are also heavily backing Joe, with Stacey next in their list of odds.
But does this constitute skulduggery on the part of Cowell and his fellow judges? Or does it simply reflect the fact that Joe is the best singer?