The Dream Team

Published Tuesday, 02 September 2014
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After huge hype and media buzz, The X Factor returned to television screens this weekend - reuniting the dream team that is Simon Cowell and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini.

Many would commend Cheryl for returning to the show considering her unceremonious sacking from the US version, but then many would say the pound signs simply flashed before her eyes when the offer was made and the rest is history.

Either way, fans were happy she was back and even happier that she brought with her the look of death she reserves especially for Simon when he is being annoying.

Was she awe-inspiring with her carefully crafted critiques of the wannabe stars? No. But who cares, it's Cheryl!

One flash of that smile and the nation loves her. Job done Cheryl, job done.

Simon's return has also been hugely welcomed, though I feel someone should have a chat with the boss about the number of buttons he is choosing to leave open on his shirt.

It's one too many Simon.

Let's not forget the rest of the panel. Louis is back...again. Good for him.

And Mel B? So far, so pleasantly surprised.

Her previous turn as a guest judge on the show highlighted her no nonsense attitude in telling the hopefuls what she really thought, sometimes reducing them to tears.

But this time we also got to see a fun side of the former Spice Girls star, who I suspect may be charged with delivering moments of comedy just as much as those who audition.

Her quick-fire remark of "What am I, chopped liver?" when one hopeful declared his love for Cheryl sent the message that Mel B means business - I think we can expect great things from this one.

An aspect of the show that was also nice to see was, what appeared to be, a genuine friendship between Cheryl and Mel.

In the past the female judges have been subjected to a media storm of "They hate each other!" and it was good the girls put an end to that bubbling rumour within the first hour.

Feminists of the world rejoiced, and the rest of us just thought it was nice.

So what about the contestants?

We had the over-eager Irishman Ben Quinlan, who maybe laid it on a bit too thick with Cheryl. But still, he had a lovely voice.

The two annoying sisters Blonde Electric, who were kind of good, but not great, and who possibly made some viewers long for the less annoying Jedward.

The returning hopeful, Amy Connelly, who once again made Cheryl cry and the nice man from Wales who did the unthinkable and made Mel B cry - this guy has special powers!

Sunday night's show presented all the young groups hoping to make a splash in the competition this year, and it would seem the groups category is quickly becoming the one to beat.

Louis will be happy. He LOVES getting the groups.

And then there was poor Linzi Martin, who gave it one last go at a chance of fame, but unfortunately didn't quite hit the right notes. It was hard to watch.

So, quality judges, high emotions, drama, tears and the odd bit of singing - it's shaping up to be a good year of The X Factor.

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Jackie Bell
Jackie Bell

Jackie joined UTV to report on all things entertaining, having previously worked in radio.

She spends her days covering stories from This Morning, Coronation Street and Emmerdale, with the occasional stop at the X Factor, Britain's Got Talent and Dancing on Ice.

In her spare time she enjoys reading, going to the cinema to see whatever is on offer and watching the X Factor (which worked out quite nicely considering her job).

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