X Factor contestants..

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23/09/2012 at 18:39

I started watching the X Factor this year, really to see what all the fuss was about. Or should i say, i didnt put my headphones in, and turn the other way when my OH has it on.

There was this one girl who was terribly upset, that she didnt get through the Boot Camp. She said words like 'now i have to go back to my ordinary life' through tears.

Well here is me with my job as a nurse working 50 hours a week, looking after terminally ill people, holding relatives hands, and trying to give them comfort. I get paid less than the dustmen, but thats okay, this is the life i have chosen, and i dont regret it, and truth be told, its all i want to do, and will ever do. I just wish some people would get a life though. You can make your ordinary life as exciting or as boring as you want it to be. Its a choice.

23/09/2012 at 18:41
Most XFactor contestants are morons, though, don't forget.
23/09/2012 at 18:46
Intermanaut wrote (see)
Most XFactor contestants are morons, though, don't forget.

Definitely truth in that.

23/09/2012 at 19:33

The problem is that a whole generation of kids have grown up believing that they don't have to work  hard. They think that they can forget about exams and Simon Cowell will make them famous because they turn on the waterworks  at the audition. 

This then rubs off on to their general attitude to life. "I'm destined to be famous, so why should I work hard?" 

I don't watch it, but have seen clips on tv and think that it's sending out the wrong message. 

23/09/2012 at 19:34
Most x factor contestants are attention seeking. There are relatively few out of the entire series that 'need' a break. The entire series is made up for tv - people are screened initially by Simon Cowell's team and then they're interviewed for talent, interesting stories etc.

No part of the show is 'real'.
23/09/2012 at 19:38
Emmy_H wrote (see)
Most x factor contestants are attention seeking. There are relatively few out of the entire series that 'need' a break. The entire series is made up for tv - people are screened initially by Simon Cowell's team and then they're interviewed for talent, interesting stories etc.

No part of the show is 'real'.

Thank you. Someone who sees the show for what it is.

23/09/2012 at 19:49
I had a friend who went to the London auditions and put everything on Facebook of the entire process she went through. They herd you like cattle through the initial auditions and it's only 0.5% tha actually get auditioned and seen by Simon and the crew.

Britains got talent is the same.
23/09/2012 at 20:40
Emmy_H wrote (see)
I had a friend who went to the London auditions and put everything on Facebook of the entire process she went through. They herd you like cattle through the initial auditions and it's only 0.5% tha actually get auditioned and seen by Simon and the crew.

Britains got talent is the same.

Britain's Got Talent, not Britains Got Talent. Lol. 

IronCat5    pirate
23/09/2012 at 21:04
Rickster wrote (see)
Britain's Got Talent, not Britains Got Talent. Lol. 

Both statements are incorrect!

23/09/2012 at 22:23

You lot will be telling me Downton Abbey isn't real next.  

24/09/2012 at 06:17

These people are the result of our ill-advised School/Parent relationships, you give the poor kids the sense of ambition, which I totally agree with, but it requires both schools and parental input to provide the tools to go and achieve things. Unrealistic ambitions are implanted because we see streams of talent free people making their way in television and the z-list celebrity culture.  

seren nos    pirate
24/09/2012 at 07:46
Ghostrider wrote (see)

I started watching the X Factor this year, really to see what all the fuss was about. Or should i say, i didnt put my headphones in, and turn the other way when my OH has it on.

There was this one girl who was terribly upset, that she didnt get through the Boot Camp. She said words like 'now i have to go back to my ordinary life' through tears.

Well here is me with my job as a nurse working 50 hours a week, looking after terminally ill people, holding relatives hands, and trying to give them comfort. I get paid less than the dustmen, but thats okay, this is the life i have chosen, and i dont regret it, and truth be told, its all i want to do, and will ever do. I just wish some people would get a life though. You can make your ordinary life as exciting or as boring as you want it to be. Its a choice.

Your dustmen must be on some kind of amazing wage...............if they get paid more than a qualified nurse working 50 hrs a week......where do you live I'm going to get a job as a dustman there.........

24/09/2012 at 07:57

I'm a hospice nurse. We get paid less than the NHS nurse. Quite a lot less. Hence, our wage is less than most professions.

seren nos    pirate
24/09/2012 at 08:05

So the days of private enterprises opaying more than NHS have gone then have they...........with them saying nurses are still in short supply i wouyld change to an easier job.newly qualified nurses in the NHS get paid a lot more than our bin men.....with years experience and in a specialist field they usually get a lot more......

But as you enjoy and get satisfaction from your job then that will be worth a lot more than cash in the bank.......most of these youngsters will not get happiness through the show

24/09/2012 at 08:21

Wages are simply about supply and demand, at present we have (as in X factor people) raised the expectations of all schools leavers to aim high and get degree qualified. Look around at Media degrees, and Sports science, there is little or no pay in the area as there is a glut of highly trained people. Now go and find a man to unblock your drains (not necessarily a plumber) and see how much he charges per hour. Bin men are paid premium rates because not many choose to do it, good luck to them I say.

This is precisely why exams are being made harder and tuition fees are through the roof, after years of encouraging people to aim high we now need people to fill the lower end at reasonable wages.

24/09/2012 at 08:40

That's why i quit my job in a factory to go to uni and study law. Even if I don't get to work in the legal sector, I know that a law degree is valued by employers in other sectors.

I can't see why anyone would do media studies, as the only career open to media studies graduates is tv/radio work. When I worked weekends on a chicken farm two lasses there were graduates. One had a degree in drama and the other in illustration.

24/09/2012 at 08:54

I feel sorry for the people who have taken degrees in good faith to find it has not really amounted to much financial reward, they have done the hard work whatever the course, but if we're all brain surgeons then the single bin man will earn all the money

24/09/2012 at 09:32
EKGO wrote (see)

I feel sorry for the people who have taken degrees in good faith to find it has not really amounted to much financial reward, they have done the hard work whatever the course, but if we're all brain surgeons then the single bin man will earn all the money

Very true.

24/09/2012 at 09:36

Another problem with this country is that people in mundane, low skilled jobs are looked down on, but if there were no binmen who would empty your bins? If there were no factory workers, who would make all of the goods in your house, the food you buy from the supermarket and the car in your driveway? If there were no waiters who would serve the food in the restaurant?

We all rely on these people and they are paying tax and national insurance in to the government coffers to keep the country up and running.

The X Factor makes kids think that becoming rich and famous quickly is something that they can aspire to, and that the world owes them a living.
 

24/09/2012 at 09:41

Also, we seem to have adopted an Americanised culture of "I want it and I want it now!" This has led some parents to live for years on end on benefits and they've brought their offspring up to do exactly the same.

Contrast this to India and China where despite poverty being more prevalent than in the UK, they expect their children to work hard at school and achieve good grades.

I know someone from India and they told me that if a parent is called in to school because of their child's poor behaviour it bring shmae upon the parents as well as the child in question. I know that I'm sounding like an old prude, but what happened to standards of self respect and decency in this country.

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