Monday, 13 December 2010
Democracy and the X Factor
Apparently 20 million people watched Matt Cardle win the X Factor last night, with the 27 year old decorator beating Rebecca Ferguson and One Direction into 2nd and 3rd place. The result was probably not the one Cowell wanted, as he had made his support for One Direction quite clear. Is this then an example of the public's bloody-mindedness - particularly after the many allegations of poll manipulation this season? The inexplicably long tenure of Wagner (and Anne Widdecombe over on Strictly) presumably has something to do with this. Can any longer political trends be drawn? What lessons should Cameron, Clegg and Milliband be learning from this?
PS: Here is the Guardian's review of the final programme (described as a 2 hour chasm for the slow opening of an envelope...)
PPS: Here are some more detailed stats (and a graph!) on the X Factor voting week by week, if you're interested.