Updated: Aug 26
XFactor UK was on TV last night. It was the elimination episode. You know, when the bottom two in the public vote have to sing off against each other and the judges then decide who to send home.
Two of the boys were in the bottom two, and both sang their hearts out for their place in the show - although in my mind, one sang a lot better than the other.
The first two judges chose to eliminate the guy who I thought was going to go home, then the final two chose the other one - the last judge, who is also their mentor only chose who he did because he couldn't choose between his two boys, so sent it to the public vote.
All of this was fine, except I thought the public got it wrong by voting the stronger singer out, but then, what do I know?
Where it all got messy for me, was when one of the hosts of the show then said to the newly eliminated contestant, 'what went wrong?. I quite often sit listening to interviews after the loss of a big game, or in this instance, elimination from a talent show and wonder what is running through the 'losers'' minds as they are asked these inane questions.
What went wrong? Seriously? This guy had just made it to the top 10 (?) (am not really up with the show) out of thousands and thousands of people who auditioned for a top rating British TV show that is aired all around the world. He has had the opportunity to be mentored by some of the top talent in the business, and has been able to build a fan base via social media which will no doubt lead to bigger and better things, should he choose that option. He has had a break that most aspiring musicians and singers can only dream about and we're asking him 'what went wrong?'
I just wish sometimes, that these interviewees would turn around and answer, 'What went wrong? Well nothing went wrong. I am playing a game in this show and I know that someone will be eliminated every week. I stand here with 9 other incredibly talented people/acts who have obviously connected with the audience a little more than I have at this point. In saying that, I have had an amazing opportunity here and am grateful for the experience that so many others will never have. I am proud of what I have achieved and will use what I've learnt to be an even bigger success story, so in my mind, nothing went wrong.'
I wonder if that might change the way interviewers ask questions... probably not, but it can't hurt to focus on the positive for a change.