Film & TV: Five Life Lessons From X Factor

Saturday night light entertainment? Yes. But dig a little deeper and there are some serious life lessons to be learnt in that there talent show…

1. No one likes a cry baby

I loved this tweet by Caitlin Moran during Sunday nights show…

In humour doth reside the bitter truth. If you have suffered some real trauma, if blood has been spilt, if someone has died, if you’ve lost your entire life savings – then sure let it out. Blub away. Heck, you’re even allowed the odd sniffle during Bambi. But, Jesus wept (pun intended) know when to rein it in. Sure, we know you’ve ‘been waiting your whole life for this’. We understand that it’s devastating if you don’t get through. But man up and grow a pair! People are going through far worse than you and still aren’t using anywhere near that amount of Kleenex.

2. If at first you don’t succeed…

I lost count of the amount of times the contestants said ‘I don’t know what I’ll do if I don’t get through’. Woah there nelly! A moment ago you were telling us how important music was to you, how you were born to perform and how you would stop at nothing to become a star. Now surely you’re not going to let not getting through to live finals put a kibosh on that, are you? Sure, it’s sad. But you need to feel the disappointment, then pick yourself up, dust yourself off and try again. Harry Potter wasn’t published in a day y’know.

3. Your past will come to haunt you

Finalist Tamera Foster alluded to a mis-spent youth which troubled her family. Now she’s a finalist I can’t help but wonder which Sunday paper will be the first to ‘lift the lid’ in a ‘X Factor Shocker Exclusive’. Fair play to the girl, everyone loves a bad girl turned good. But it does go to show that if you don’t want your bad behaviour dragged up, er, don’t behave badly in the first place.

4. Nine to five doesn’t suit everyone

I loved this (slightly abridged here) quote from the mother of Zoe Devlin. So many of us have an instilled notion that we must take the safe option. Choose the office cubicle with the steady pay cheque and the machine coffee. Truth it, it’s not right for everyone and rather than trying to fit a square peg in a round hole, it’s OK to break the mould… Zoe is lucky to have a mother who understand and supports this when so many parents favour security above being true to yourself.

5. Being nice goes a long way

Thank you for this opportunity

Thank you for your time

Thank you

Manners cost nothing and should always be employed, both in X Factor and in the real world.

What do you think? Are there any other lessons we can learn from Saturday night TV?

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