The Brit Awards 2013

The Brit Awards 2013

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In previous years the Brit Awards have been filled with controversy. While the Brits are avoiding this and that is not a problem itself, though fans and critics are asking for trouble for fun, this show can be a success without disaster. From politicians, musical performance interruptions and expletives galore, and the infamous Ronny Wood challenge the awards have been a right laugh for controversy and interest.

Many are panning this Wednesday, 20th Feb’s Brits as “bland.” I disagree. They weren’t bland. They were dire! Non-descript, empty and botched out, winners were unknown, undeserving or just plain randoms. One saving grace from the Brits has been the musical performances. A couple of years back the Brits reformed stating the performances were the focus (ludicrous to make your awards second place) but the sets were going to be amazing. There have been numerous sets in past years that were outstanding, unique and concert worthy. The mash up’s of 2009, including The Ting Tings and Estelle were further highlight even when the ‘big names’ finished or came later.

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The host has always been an imperative role. For the third, yes, third year running, lovely, bouncy, housewives favourite comedian James Corden was host of the show. This was one of its many problems. The assumption that everyone loves James Corden is an idiotic notion that the ceremony producers convince themselves in order to make them seem they know what is good for the show. Their stubborn attitude cost them dearly. Corden scrapped through three years ago with a bearable presentation. He should not have returned for a second series but with this Gavin and Stacey TV show ending and assumed to be the nation’s biggest favourite show, the Brits pounced. It was OK as a show, but wasn’t to the scale of heightened appreciation. The only way the Brits could possibly have this would be to parachute in Ricky Gervais. Golden Globes anyone? Although, now one has mentioned it, the Brits should be gracious to offer me a role producing, strategizing or in the audience typing my ivory keys on my keyboard. J I can get you what you need, but don’t go abusing it. The Brits is in need of serious revamps and PR.

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I am a lover and supporter of the Arts and have immense time for it and others should get more involved for our culture and in-depth growth as human beings. This aside, Damien Hirst is a great artist whom I respect. However, those ‘Awards’ with a white statue and polka dot mess all over it looks more reminiscent of a Yazoo milk bottle. They are ugly. Awards should never be such and are an ‘Award’ meaning high levels of prestige and to acquire such a rare and exceptional feat of talent recognition is vital in the gong. I would be embarrassed if I won that and quite possibly refuse it! Marlon Brando eat your heart you!

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OK, enough gabbing on the poor show structure, what of the awards themselves?

British Male Solo Artist – Ben Howard

British Breakthrough Act – Ben Howard

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British Female Solo Artist – Emeli Sande

British Group – Mumford & Sons

International Male Solo Artist – Frank Ocean

International Group – Black Keys

Live Act – Coldplay

British Single – Skyfall, Adele

British Producer – Paul Epworth

Critic’s Choice – Tom Odell

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Best Album – Our Version of events, Emeli Sande

Brits global success (International Sales of 2012) – One Direction

International Female Solo Artist – Lana Del Rey

Special Recognition – War Child

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He’s come in for a lot of stick. Perhaps not his fault, who knows, however, WHO is Ben Howard? I m extremely well rounded and into new, alternative, indie and all rising music with an ear to the ground, but even I am stumped by Ben Howard.

The Brits felt it should honour moody Olly Murs with a nomination after talking about being snubbed for his rather meek music. While Olly may be a lovable guy, his music is somewhat off. This is no popularity contest. Calvin Harris was also nominated, alongside Richard Hawley and Plan B. While I am in favour of none of the nominees, though obvious decision to win should be Plan B, if the Brits didn’t want obvious pandering to make a farce of the show, how about nominating credible candidates?

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Corden and the Brits were so obsessed with “patting themselves on the back” as Matthew Wright expressed on Friday morning’s The Wright Stuff, on Channel 5, Corden spoke to music insiders of the mainstream like record boss Simon Cowell, DJ Nick Grimshaw, singer Robbie Williams and others in terrible exchanges that were pointless, drab and did nothing for the show and all about ego. In contrast, those winners of the evening were not anywhere in the mainstream, apart from Cowell brainchild’s One Direction. Thanks for turning up, Si. I’m still awaiting a response, though never get one. You know what for. Obsessed with a tele camera, tanktop and media coverage, mogul Cowell uttered a few minimal words whilst chewing gum as he squawked.

An award ‘made’ for One Direction to encourage viewers to tune in was a practise that ate into any credibility the Brits hoped to have. ‘Hey, got an idea. Let’s nominate One D and we can get all the kids to watch.’ Have you forgotten that the demographics watching, past the watershed, no less are grown-ups, adults and matured teens? Sharon Osbourne’s epic fail attempting to make a penis joke about Harry Styles from a mother at sixty year old was unappealing. Mrs. O had also been previously involved in an online row with daughter Kelly’s fight with Lady Gaga earlier this year.

“So Macho! He’s gotta be…”

No gripes with Lana Del Rey, here! Deserved.

Adele won the best single for Skyfall. After last year’s doomed mistake, in which Adele responded with a deserved flipping of the bird for cutting her speech off, this year gave a humourous video message, in which she was rehearsing for the Oscars, as mentioned, and also stated she would keep it short. Producers said that it was preparing to “right that wrong” tonight for last year’s bungle. Cutting off Adele is like cutting off Meryl Streep at the Golden Globes or other Oscar people who have sheer prominence to the ceremony for their talent. You do not do so, so easily. If timing is an issue then you should have cu others of to allow space for people you know are coming up and need allocation.

Last year’s Brits flying faux pas!

The Brits were all over the place and have lost yearly viewers however this year’s crippling stumble has seen thousands turn their TV attention elsewhere. How can music media barons in charge of productions as big as this, and certain others previously addressed by FalseFabs, get it so wrong? Does it imply, which it does, that the producers are so out of touch with the changing and reality of the world that it goes on its statistics which actually tell you nothing about what is necessary to adhere to? Take a step back and get those needed on board instead of flaunting your own stylist principals which lack exactly that. The ceremony is non-existence, unworthy, and of no interest to be there. It’s simply become a waste of time. Change it, or scrap it! It can be saved, but those in charge may not know how to do so. Think!

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X Factor UK 2012 The Final: Part Two

X Factor UK 2012

The Final: Part Two

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X Factor finalists perform one last time. X Factor shunted Christopher Maloney from it’s stage and wasn’t in the show after they gave him one line to sing. Maloney, who won all shows until week eight of ten, came third in the final.

Union J started dismally. Carolynne Poole, bit off. Melanie Masson a cracker once again. Yeahhhhhhhhhh! Jade provided good musky tone. Ella produced sound but no one was shown. Kye Sones and two babes. District3 terrible. Union J again. Overkill. Ella warble. Rylan party theatrics in a sleigh and catastrophic sound with sparkly fur coat. No singing whatsoever. Backing singers strong. Other acts mime along, as does headbobbing Tulisa. District3 and Union J back again. Then girls and Rylan and Kye. Ella ending off. James and Jahmene enter and end with traditional scream.

Please no more.

Rio Ferdinand alert. Oh dear.

Songs of the series (which weren’t many) were going to be the starting premise for the show.

Jahmene Douglas

Angels – Robbie Williams

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Acapella with elevated box staging. All linger and easy talking through song. Rather timid performance once more. Still extremely fragile. Lingering yell once more, that distorts melodic composition. Still all over the place, hasn’t found placement of tone, and all a show off nothing song.

Louis said of Douglas “Jahmene you’re in the final. You’re a fantastic role model. You move me because you got so much soul. You’re an incredible role model. Please vote for Jahmene I want him to win.”

Tulisa supported with praise “Outtuve all the songs, I’m happy you chose that one. One of my fav’rots from you. Congardulations.”

 Gary think it’s been quite tough. Been in too comps battling with past and fighting for your future. Dignity and grace. Another stunning night for you.

Once again teary Nicole said of her baby “I gotta keep it together. You bring spirit and hope to this show I feel safe. Greatest love of all. Your my greatest role model. Like a beacon of light.”

Dermot asked Louis why he praised someone out of his category for once. Louis added once again “I want him to win.”

Dermot’s lame joke telling us we can keep Scherzinger from Barack Obama for Louis Walsh and cash was plain daft. Britain doesn’t want either kept.

James Arthur

Let’s Get It on – Marvin Gaye

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More of a dubstep bass theme ruined it instantly. His vocals was instantly too off from the style of aiming to be a grimy star, then shifting his sound back to his ‘self’ vocal that he has usually sang in over the weeks prior. Schmoozing Tulisa with a kiss making his way to the stage, take pauses in between seemingly lost and filling time with lack of confidence  Still needs to climb massive mountain in that respect. Ended with a bevvy of beauties surrounding him. Was bit simple and safe.

Louis – Ready-made artist. Original, honest. Nicole you’ve been best mentor ever in final.

Tulisa – “I know I’ve said it a million times over the live shows that you’re an artist, you take songs and make them your own. Feel like were at James Arthur concert. You take untouchable classics and make them your own. You are an artist James Arthur.”

Gary “You’ll go off and get developed. You don’t need that you’re ready. Ready to download your album right away.”

Nicole – “I’m humbled and feel so blessed to work with you.”

Dermy tells us of two competitions going on, and informs the public of the shady behaviour of the ego manic panel of judges aiming to secure a win over the course of the show, then highlighting Nicole’s two acts in final success. We then saw a clip of the journey from the “Mighty Mentors.”

No we are treated to the civil servant auditionee who clearly saw the future before us all. “It was that f***ing Tu-liss-ia” Give that man an OBE!

Louis got two lapdances from Robbie (Williams) and Lorna Bliss, the Britney double, remebered by c’est moi on BBC show The one and only.

Gary and Tulisa’s explosive nature to the minor comments. Nicole’s dictation of unscribeable words formed in her alien language.

X Factor chose to flaunt its dwindling reputation once more with Leona Lewis returning from the ghost archive, likeable loser Olly Murs, short of the top boyband JLS and the first winners as a group thanks to in house bullying lies Little Mix. Mini Cheryl Cole Cher Lloyd even featured. The winners Joe McElderry and Matt Cardle were invisible to all of mankind. They do NOT exist.

Here they come….

One Direction

Kiss You

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The spritely boys started with an Atari themed computer game. Zayn Malik’s start had an audio problem, his mic wasn’t on. Whoops! Again? But, but, sound came out of the stereo when his mic was off.

It was rather weak and lazy and the sound when going live for a portion of song was not continually working. Either that or they simply can’t sing. Miming galore, the boys then ran into the audience like maniacs. Liam check his earpiece and then they all rush back to the stage. Okay, then… Yo –yoing back and forth clueless and mic probs, it was then ‘Game Over.’ Goodness… That was tough.

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Hypocritical Prime Minister David Cameron gets in on the act, mentioning “Jahmazing” to spawner Nicole.

If it wasn’t bad enough, David Cameron got in on the act. Turning on the Crimbo lights with the kiddies around for the charity Together with short lives.

Chancellor won’t take the VAT off the single. Let’s all praise George and Dave.

Emeli Sande

Clowns

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A perfect piano position with pitch perfection sound. Sande looked a glamourous, gorgeous superstar among the violet lava lamp TV screen. It was a powerful, sweet and charismatic outing with mass star appeal. Sheer perfection.

The winner‘s singles performed, which were recorded months ago, are up next.

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The local soccer stars were in the arena as Manchester City and Manchester United squads were shown. Quizzed about Rylan and James, Rio Ferdinand and the other footie stars were thanked for being INVITED. They also chose to show up. Which one is with WAG Tulisa?

Jahmene Douglas

Let It Be

JAHMANE FINAL

That’s right, the outdated, slow classic that should not be given an overhaul would be Jahmene’s winner’s single if he wins tonight. Just when you thought the hysteria around the show couldn’t be any more stereotypical, cheap or tedious, X Factor pulls it right out of the bag. This is just one of many reasons viewers are fed up with.

Filled with a gospel choir backing him up and screeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeches of outburst to a musical composition of 88 keys and tender moments destroyed with overkill of yells and thumping bass in the wrong places with an intolerable sound was outlandish.

Repetitive Louis began “What more can I say? You’ve got so much soul, and passion. People at home I wanna change this guy’s life. I want him to win the X Factor, please vote!” Walsh yells in another attempt to rally votes.

Tulisa was pleased. “I am so happy you’re in final. Couldn’t be two better people in the final. Sang your little heart out. Deserve to be here.”

Gary said “Really simple actually. You have an unbelievable voice and talent. All you gotta do is sing the song and make people feel something.”

Nicole ended “Thank you so much for that honest beautiful performance most relaxed you’ve ever been. That was a jahmazing shamoment. You’re greatest blessing in this show for me.”

James Arthur

Impossible

JAMES ARTHUR IMPOSSIBLE

James sang without his guitar; however is playing guitar in his record. Absolutely laughable. In order to protect his image of constant guitar, it features highly in his performance. Terrible production. As for the sound, was a lot of bass and vocals felt off with the kick in, seeming lost at points. Still isn’t fully ready in the limelight. Needs careful handling. Though playing safe and easy won’t sell records. After a slow and vocal rendition, the shouting came at extreme volume, which destroyed the whole atmosphere of the song and its drive. Backing track with the guitar outdid Arthur on stage. Was all over the place.

Louis “you’re both winners with me.”

Mundane Tulisa spoke “I know you gunna understand what I say when I say this. From moment I saw you, I got you. I get you. We’re the same people. You know wot I mean? And you have been to the depths in life. The deep dark depths, you came back out and you came back out. You are an inspirer. People this is your last chance to pick up, and vote, for James, Arthur!”

Gary offered realism “You came to this competition as an artist. Proud on stage tonight. You know best.”

Cliché to the stars Nicole said “You’ve proven anything is possible. Hunny, your life is never gunna be the same after this.”

Arthur needs a lot of fine tweaking, the sort that X Factor chiefs wanted but couldn’t figure out how to do because it was biased in how to approach.

Rihanna

Stay/We Found Love feat. Calvin Harris

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She’s back. All of them were. Rihanna always has star appeal, however this was a rather meek outing per se. A ballad which was a tad cheap, easy and half hearted, still sang well, but didn’t fully enthuse people as it should have. It was all very ‘nice’ wasn’t it? Good for her. Her attire was classy and striking of a white laced Egyptian goddess. She then got the crowd going with her dance hit We Found Love.

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With just over thirty minutes left to crown the winner, we now hope Louis Walsh can figure out how to bring the vote to deadlock again.

Winning result

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While the manufactured production line of production “hot off the press” CD’s (bit old now, those things) of the winner’s single not available anymore, and no sight of washed up TV presenters shamelessly telling us to buy it by holding up the album artwork of one word in black boring font and one picture of artist just standing there doing nothing exciting, the result loomed.

The winner is…

Silence beckons. Tension mounts. Suspense continues.

James Arthur!

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Matt Cardle version two was crowned. James Arthur has won the show. Nicole was ecstatic. Once again, it was all about her in James bask of glory. Overcoming hardship, the ugly duckling into sweet swan song story delivered us a new duckie for the future to rinse our water of the back of. It was set in stone from the beginning shows. This is what X Factor wanted, as did Mr. Cowell.

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Singing sensation, Matt Cardle

We arn’t without praise for James, but we keep reality real. He will struggle if not careful thought out. At this time, and on X Factor performances, he was still abundant in showing his true potential. All safe and no qualities of interest outside of a few “off the hype” singles could cost overall reputation. Steve Brokestein, sorry Brookstein, is written among James’ stars if handle wrongly. After the first few singles, fans will want to be defiant now, as always, though after the bubble bursts, no one has thought on how to preserve their longevity.

Well done James, you weren’t the worst star on the show, but not the best on performance and heightened sympathy to derail the real winner, Christopher Maloney.

We’ll have one last X Factor post coming next week. It will be the one Simon Cowell should read. It’s how to sort this whole mess out. You really should take a meeting in London over January 2013. What do you have to lose? 5- 10 mins or millions of viewers? This isn’t an ego trip, but, who was the only person to see James Vs Ella coming?

All profits from the single will go to the charity for children, Together with Short Lives.

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All the acts then showered James on stage with adoration for his victory. Not exactly Leona Lewis, but, congrats! People just couldn’t bear the sympathy and hypocrisy stories this year.

Thank god it’s over, for now. It was the toughest watch possible.

X Factor 2012 Week 3 results

X Factor 2012

Week 3 results

After judges introductions and the satin shimmer of dresswear from the ladies, no patch on Cheryl/Dannii Minogue’s style wars, despite Tulisa and Nicole’s attempts.

Ella tough start. Ryan over trying, Kye good. Jade strong , The groups all sing together one line to protect all flaws in union J and District 3. James pleasing. MK1 fair. Jahmene handled a couple of lines OK, though still anxious. Christopher sang confidently as Lucy looked naked without her guitar. That’s why she needs to find her feet without it in the group song.

Labrinth feat. Emeli Sande

Beneath Your Beautiful

With a smooth, crisp sound from the 88 keys and duet with Emelie Sande, Labyrinth provided another corker of a tune. Sande was equally important to add perfect tone together with a stunning backdrop of a snowflake lavalamp on screen staging.

Asking judges who faced danger zone, Gary and Louis agreed Jade may suffer from her vocal difficulties due to illness. Nicole said Christopher Maloney as Tulisa abstained in another pointless decision having her as a judge who cannot give a decision.

Dermot then introduced JLS with their new single. Neglecting to announce their “new single” title…

JLS

Hottest Girl in the World

Homegrown band JLS returned to perform a good stage presence to show how it is done with style. When quizzed Aston and his bandmates felt their favourite act so far was James Arthur.

The Result

Announced in no particular order who made it through to next week were – Union J, Ella, James, Rylan, Christopher, Jahmene, District3, Lucy, Jade.

Everyone focused on protecting Christopher, favourite to leave, meaning they forgot about Kye also. Both should have made it through but it is clear, many are not voting in the overs group which therefore now deems the show pointless and childish as X Factor have lost the elder market. Seeing mature people with talent leave week in week out shows that X Factor’s audience, based on teens alone, means there is no place for the show anymore.

Welcome back the Mickey Mouse club!

The sing off

MK1 Vs Kye Sones

MK1

The man who can’t be moved – The Script

Fair but pitchy. Very off in vocals together after the rap segment. Over singing one another and didn’t work together as they had hoped.

Kye Sones

I can’t make you love me – Adele

Battling the flu, not revealed in his Saturday show as a cheap method to remain in the show, Kye gave a smooth, charismatic and beautiful tone to his vocals from the offset showing what a singing star he is. No one knew of the flu, because he still sounded decent with it. Now that’s talent in abundance.

The Result

Louis sending home Kye. He managed to say this very quick this time.

Gary – one of the best sing offs in the show. Sending home MK1.

Now the real votes once more. Nicole votes to send home MK1 based on sing off performance.

Tulisa – MK1 reminded me of NDubz, connected with you, Kye amazing performance. NDubz song, “if I don’t stick up for my roots.” Opts to send home Kye in another travesty of misjustice. Voting on a personal feeling once more and not a professional vote highlights how inept the juvenile Constostavlos is on the panel that is supposed to vote based on singing not feeling. Has no place on the show, and highly devalues it.

Deadlock comes the THIRD week running.

Act with the fewest votes leaving the contest is MK1. They were on borrowed time, as are all of Louis acts.