I haven’t written anything about The X Factor before, largely because I tend to watch a couple of episodes of it (or any other music reality TV show) each season and then give it a wide berth. However, one of the episodes I saw from this year’s series was an audition episode and, during it, a young girl called Cher Lloyd was shown. She seemed like a fairly decent performer and from what I have gleaned, she’s still on the programme.
Last week I saw this story on the Daily Mail website and it’s played on my mind ever since. It’s about Louis Walsh, one of the X Factor judges, doing his ‘I’m going to be all edgy and outspoken’ thing, with Cher as his topic. Here are some of the quotes from the story:
He told Closer magazine: ‘I’ve heard rumblings of what is going on in the house – there’s a lot of parties… But Cher is definitely the out of control one!
‘She causes a lot of trouble. She’s as miserable and moody as she looks.’
He added to Heat magazine: ‘Cher is believing her own publicity, which is a big mistake. I don’t get any warmth from her.
‘She needs to learn to be nice to everybody – because you’ll meet them on the way down.’
He continued: ‘I couldn’t work with Cher. She thinks she’s going to be an overnight success, and because she listens to American R&B she’s picked up all these weird musical things and makes funny faces.
‘There’s no likeability there.
Remember, this is a 58 year old man, criticising the professionalism and temperament of a 17 year old girl in interviews with two celebrity magazines. Nice, eh? It’s probably no wonder that he doesn’t get any warmth from the poor little sod. And I guess that whole ‘be nice to everybody’ rule doesn’t apply to him.