Sunday, 14 December 2008

Jumping on the X Factor bandwagon

OK I admit it - I was one of the 8 million people who voted in the X Factor final last night! And who did I vote for? Well half of Meridian Girls FC won't like it because one of the girl's best friends is the cousin of one of the boys from JLS (tenuous I know but they are teenage girls!) but I voted for Alexandra!

My mum and I were on MSN having an X Factor argument - she voted for JLS - but I thought the most talented person won. Alex can clearly sing (although to be fair JLS are excellent singers too) and I have no doubt her version of Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah will head straight for No.1 - not least because it is in my view a much better rendition: Cohen's is too slow, but Alex's is similar in tempo to the excellent Jeff Buckley's. I am not a huge fan of Simon Cowell but I have to say it was an ingenious idea to pick this particular song for the winner to release: oldies love the original version(s) and kids know it from Shrek. Am I ashamed about jumping on the X Factor bandwagon? Not in the least - and I am off to download the song right now...

1 comment:

John M Ward said...

Interesting...

Not that I followed this programme at all, but I too have noticed how sometimes an original can be less good than later versions.

For example, Elvis' "You Were Always On My Mind" is not only slow but dreary and depressing (perhaps that was intentional — I don't know) but the Pet Shop Boys' excellent arrangement and performance is, I feel, vastly superior. I certainly didn't give up the will to live by the end of it!