Published Tuesday, 24 September 2013
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Giles Potter's Arena Audition
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Cynics or realists (delete as appropriate) would say having acts audition in the room setting before going forward to perform again in the arena is a waste of time and a simple ploy to stretch out the process in the interest of increasing viewing figures.
I say keep calm, it's only a room.
Of course it is a little bit silly and of course some bright spark on the production team thought it up at the annual 'what will we add this year?' X Factor meeting.
But let's embrace the room for the positives it brings.
As I put on my 'I know what I am talking about' hat, which I made myself, I will tell you the room did provide a useful setting for the judges to see each act in a no frills way.
There was no hyped up crowd to spur them on, there was no smoke and mirrors - there was just the voice (no pun intended) and I think it did serve a purpose...most of the time.
By the same token the arena provided a necessary challenge to the judges' initial decisions in the room auditions.
A singer may be sweet and soulful when they are performing for four people and the odd cameraman, but throw in 4,000 members of the public who don't care whether this is "make or break" for each act and we could be seeing a completely different result.
This was demonstrated time and time again during this year's audition process.
Most recently was Giles Potter whose room audition could not have gone any better as he charmed the judges, performed a great rendition of Jessie J's Price Tag and, dare I say it, won over the viewing public.
Cut to the arena audition and Giles looked like a little boy lost with no stage presence who ultimately forgot the lyrics to his chosen song.
Now, the lovely judges have gone ahead and made my point invalid here as they decided to put Giles through to bootcamp despite his awful arena audition - cheers for that.
But the story of Giles Potter was one of many instances where a person's performance in the arena audition compared to the room can change their fate, and not everyone is so willingly spared by the panel.
So while the drawn out audition process may be declared unnecessary by many, there is something to be said for its use as an important tool in weeding out the weak.
The ultimate goal here is to make it to the live shows and each act needs to be ready for what is in store because let's face it, Gary Barlow is kinda mean!!
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