Pick of the week
The X Factor Sunday, 7pm, Seven
And so this hit series is back for its sixth season with yet another amazing line-up of young singers. Whatever your taste in music, you just have to admire — and celebrate — their talent. This first episode kicks off with Big T, who arrives on set in his work clothes, fresh from the Carruthers mines in Queensland where he works on the railways. (He sings all day to amuse his mates.) When he starts singing the Stevie Wonder song Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours, you know why his mates treasure him. Boy, what a voice. This episode ends with Lisa, who hasn’t sung since she was mauled by a great white shark off Port Stephens four years ago. An injured arm means she can never play the guitar again. But sing? Like an angel. Strong by London Grammar never sounded so good. The contestants have a long way to go before the winner — chosen in the final round by the judges, audience and viewers — walks off with a Sony recording contract. The panel includes (pictured from left) British singer James Blunt, Guy Sebastian (back after a twoyear break), Dannii Minogue and American crooner Chris Isaak. Simon Cowell — who will make a guest appearance when the show goes to London later in the season — created the show in 2004. It launched here in 2005 on Ten, but failed to rate. Seven picked it up in 2010; it is now one of the most successful TV franchises in the world.