Published Monday, 21 October 2013
No, the cause of my musical failure would be down to the fact that at the ripe old age of 28, it would seem I am too old to be an X Factor superstar.
Shelley Smith's exit from the competition on Sunday made her the second of the Over 25s contestants to be voted off in the space of two weeks.
And if you cast your mind back to this time last year, we were in the exact same position having lost Melanie Masson in week two and Carolynne Poole the previous week (remember that one, when Gary Barlow stormed off in a huff because Rylan was saved over his act? Good times).
It does pose the question - despite protestations otherwise, is the X Factor a young person's game?
The last time the X Factor offered a winner from the Over 25s category was Steve Brookstein in 2004.
To date Steve is the only Overs winner and you may have noticed he hasn't exactly set the charts alight in the last ten years.
So is this category just a filler or is there legitimate talent to be found in the 'oldies'?
For the most part it would seem the voting public are more willing to save the cute boy/boyband rather than the housewife and I can't help but wonder if this is challenging the idea that the X Factor is a chance for everyone to find stardom.
But then, who would the majority of the voting public be? Teenage girls who really want the cute boy/boyband to win. So in that sense it is a done deal.
That being said, this does not mean the X Factor has not offered its share of Over 25s talent.
In the current series the sole survivor of the Overs, Sam Bailey, seems to be on course to do quite well in the competition. Though whether she is winner material remains to be seen.
Olly Murs competed in the Overs category in 2009 and, despite being named runner-up, he has forged a hugely successful career. OK, he was 26 at the time of competing, so he wasn't exactly ready to collect his free bus pass, but the Overs take any victory they can!!
Another 'sort of' example is Matt Cardle who was crowned the winner in 2010 - he was 27 at the time of competing but was placed in the Boys category after a decision was made to raise the age limit to 'Over 28s' for that particular series - so the Overs lost out on a technicality!
The curse of the Overs seems to be following the same pattern in the current series and I wonder will Sam Bailey, who clearly has amazing talent, be given a fair chance at the X Factor crown, or will she lose out simply because she isn't your average pop star.
I don't think the Over 25s is a dummy category, in fact I think there is a lot of talent to be found in those 'oldies'.
And I do hope that this will be the year where the Overs triumph and the lovely Sam will be named the overall winner because there is no doubting the talent she has.
Also, I really want Sharon Osbourne's act to win because you know Mrs O will lord it over the other Judges in a way that is not at all graceful.
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