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The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

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.

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