It seems the public are tiring of the X Factor formula with over 2 million deserting the programme on Saturday. It still managed an impressive 11.4 million viewers, but down on last year at this stage. Simon Cowell must be wondering if Cheryl Cole has put a curse on him, because his USA version is also suffering from disappointing audience figures.
I think X Factor UK has benefited from the new judging panel, although some of their decisions have been suspect. Louis Walsh usually knows his stuff, even if at times he can be irritating, but I can't imagine what he was doing getting Johnny to sing a Kylie number dressed as some geisha girl. It wasn't a good move and has turned Johnny, who actually can sing, into a joke figure.
Misha B is the girl with attitude and owner of an amazing soul voice. A Diva in the making if ever there was one! Craig Cotton has an incredible way of phasing and using a song to tell a story, while Marcus Collins is a talent, although his version of Rihanna's Russian Roulette just didn't work. Kitty Brucknell is a competent performer, but please, someone shut her up when she opens her mouth to do anything but sing. She is a nutcase.
Overall, I thought that it was Gary Barlow's acts which had the least impressive song choices on Saturday and the artist who appears to be his favourite, Frankie Cocozza, is the least talented singer, although the one most like a rock-star. However, I am told, most teenage girls still like their boys to be a little less experienced than the 18 year-old Frankie who has the names of seven conquests tattooed on his bum. Classy!
It is sad that last year's winner, Matt Cardle, is slagging X Factor and coming across like a pretentious twit in the process. His single, Run For Your Life, is bland and the long-awaited album is said to be somewhat insipid. It is dangerous to be critical of Simon Cowell, a man friendly with every top music executive in the country. Matt may find himself without a recording contract sometime soon.
It will be interesting to see if the show holds its appeal in the coming weeks. But, as with Big Brother, the public may be tiring of watching folk bare their souls. It now seems so contrived.