Put on your glad rags

The TV Guide - - MR TELLY -

I was aware that times were tough world­wide but I didn’t re­alise just how des­per­ate things are in Mother Eng­land un­til I watched The X Fac­tor UK (TVNZ 1, Fri/Sat, 7.30pm) on Friday, October 13. It ap­pears that the con­tes­tants find it nec­es­sary to rum­mage through rag bags to have trousers to wear on the show. Th­ese gar­ments have ob­vi­ously seen bet­ter days and it is with great sad­ness that I re­alise the ex­tent of this youth­ful poverty. The dis­tress of their sit­u­a­tion is ev­i­dent too in their loud and howl­ing per­for­mances – a sound that I am led to be­lieve is th­ese days con­sid­ered singing. It’s tough go­ing for them all right, as it seems clear that the cat­er­waulers are only likely to get through to the next level of the com­pe­ti­tion if they re­ceive the magic words, “I like you”, from Si­mon Cow­ell. Gwyneth (Tau­ranga)

Si­mon Cow­ell

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