The Week in Media, The Sun, Camden Journal and Evening Standard

Every week we plan to have a brief perusal of the media, mostly newspapers, that have been making the stories, and actually asking if this is really journalism at its finest, for you, the very public it intends to serve. Going through with a fine toothcomb to what consists of reality and whether newspaper hacks are inadequate in gauging public opinion and newsworthy topics, or whether it’s just utter tosh to help politicians in their idealistic and segregated view of what the real world is, to which the people they claim to serve consist. This week’s offerings mostly come from the glorious ball in the sky as our shining beacon of light, The Sun. However this week, we’ve spoiled you with more than one day!

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Peel back the skins

In the Wednesday Feb 20th edition a new healthy scare was unveiled.

Eating Chips once a week increases cancer by a third for men, “scientists say.” In an excerpt from the article – “A single portion every seven days may heighten the danger of prostate cancer by 30 to 37 per cent, according to a new study.”

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Did you know?, in Great Britain, it can cost up to 69 to 70 pence to import an apple. To secure a chip into our society it can cost as little as SEVEN (7p) pence. With the rise of cancer and the cheapness of imported food, and the myth of five fruits and vegetables a day is a healthier option, as those are costly to bring into the country than the ‘bad’ foods, surely this is a question for the government and its failings to support healthy living and then ‘blame it on the fatties’ later after plumping us up to drive economy for supermarkets forward on cheap produce?

What people will instantly say is “don’t eat them.” Is it really that simple? With budgeting and costly supermarkets alongside welfare cuts and timing for families unable to cook properly due to working all hours for a minor wage or on benefits to scrap the barrels feeling this is the only option as you can buy chips in bulk?

Contostavlos Canned by Cowell!

From Friday’s juicy offering Tulisa Contostavlos has finally been fired from the UK X Factor. Her time on the show was clearly over, but show executive Simon Cowell decided to remove the twenty-four year old from the judging panel. With a place open, and rumours rife, below is the list of X-ies possibly waiting in the wings.

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Mel B was intended to join the panel, though has signed to Australian X Factor and also takes the place of the former female judge on America’s Got Talent, joining Howie Mandel and Howard Stern.

This has left Sharon Osbourne, a former original on X Factor, at a loose end. Many fans feel Cowell is lining Mrs.O up for the job. We shall have more on this in a coming X Factor stratagem soon, though Sharon Osbourne’s time has passed on this show and would be extremely catastrophic to return.

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Rita Ora took a guest spot on the show last year after having one single. She has gone on to have a few more number one singles, of which the show loves to grab as an in-house uplifting of the show’s credentials for headline status which is redundant. It does not heighten the show. As for Ora, dubbed “Rita Whora” last year for allegedly cheating on Robert Kardashian did not gather favour as X Factor assumes. She would not be a good fit, but Cowell is desperate for a female, young and vibrant. Ora is 22.

Cowell has also said to “fight tooth and nail” to allow long-time pal Louis Walsh to remain on the show despite show producers eager to let Louis leave to reform the flagging TV series. Walsh has remained on the panel since its birth in 2003 as this year will be the tenth anniversary. Louis has previously been given the worst categories every year and usually crashes out of the completion first with no acts for weeks continuing into the live shows. It is clearly time for Walsh to go, however Simon Cowell has an unknown favour for his friend who has been carried every year, allowed to make nasty, “bitchy” and aggressive snipes at contestants and votes politically to maintain his acts for his own ego.

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ITV exec’s wish for Gary Barlow to remain. Barlow is seen as the noble, honest deliverance on screen. He gets some lines from FalseFabs too. 😀

There is one sadness in Tulisa’s demise. While her fag end has been stubbed out, we won’t have anymore “fag ash breath” to muse over!

Liberal Good-bye?

Browsing through The Camden Journal, (Feb 21st) on interesting story was the Liberal Democrat MP Emily Frith who has lost her seat for Hampstead and Kilburn “weeks after she was selected for the seat.”

She opted to take a new position in government civil service with the pre-requisite barring her from running for political office.

It comes amid a murky week of Lib Dems, with the fewest MPs falling in record numbers since the coalition in 2010 down to 57. Chris Huhne’s abdication recently and Nick Clegg suffering with party member Lord Rennard’s sexual allegations from inside the party from females has severely fractured the Lib Dem’s who lost immense support by dismissing their manifesto when going to former a coalition government with the Conservative Party.

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Dave disses BBC over candidate absence

Following this in Thursday’s Evening Standard, is Conservative Party henchman David Cameron claiming the BBC “behaved badly” after the Eastleigh by-election candidate missed the debate. Stating the BBC was “stupid” the Prime Minister, who has appeared on the BBC platform numerous times through his candidacy and elected role, and as his primary focus for news over other media outlets said of the missing candidate “Maria Hutchings will be an absolutely first class MP for Eastleigh. She is a local mother of four.” In an except from the paper “Mrs Hutchings is an outspoken figure whose views are at odds with those of Mr Cameron on Europe, abortion and gay marriage.” After a worker asked a question Cameron joked on an issue of money given to alcoholics. Cam said “I think I have found my new welfare minister here.”

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Image Credit: BBC

To finally end the lunacy of the week’s media was an exclusive! Read all about it, read all about it! Major Headline news! The Sun on Sunday delivered a sterling front page. Cheryl Cole’s ARSE! Wow. Fascinating. Cheryl’s derriere made mainstream news. Charming. Certainly a way to end on a, ahem, bum note.

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X Factor UK 2012 The Final: Part One

X Factor UK 2012

The Final: Part One

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Part One of X Factor 2012 UK’s final was set. On Saturday 8th December 2012, live from Manchester Central Arena, the spectacular was unleashed. After trying times, the show finally set out to crown a winner. Over the weekend, the two last parts would see either Jahmene Douglas, Christopher Maloney or hot favourite James Arthur take the crown.

The final took place in Manchester, as many believe the show’s insiders forgot to book Wembley arena. Despite this, the show went on.

 

Jahmene Douglas

Move on Up – Curtis Mayfield

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Opening up inside Big Ben staging to reveal Jahmene was a pitiful, laughable attempt for the final and the grand opening. What relevance did it also have?

At the live final, Jahmene chose to be miming live. Very bad live technicalities followed.

He also looked completely lost and uncomfortable on stage.

There was no star quality shown for a future artist yet.

Meek, drab and uninteresting.

Louis who chose to repeat his ludicrous statements that Jahmene, as he said of Rylan Clark previously, was a “role model” for people, where he showed nothing in that sort. Jahmene reminded Louis of a “Luther Vandross.” What an insult to Luther.

Tulisa jumped in with a “young, timid soul” She wished him the “best of luck from the bottom of my heart.” Another clouded judgement of personal interest than professional outlook.

Gary added a touch of reality expressing the song choice wasn’t worthwhile as he was “not a fan” of the selection. “No chance to shine” was his credible critique.

Mentor Nicole Scherzinger added “My little Jahmayzal” tackily pleaded for votes “C’mon Manchester, show some love. All people in Great Britain, change life, vote for him!”

Where are the regulators who take a lazy approach and ignore the whole series investigation?

Christopher Maloney

What a Feeling – Irene Cara

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Another abusive piece of footage from backstage bullying was show with the building in the VT shown stating TO LET with a space in it reading down to insinuate ‘TOILET’ for Maloney’s journey on the competition.

Once the performance began a HI Fi radio burst open seeing Maloney give a groovy, upbeat song amidst a series full of mundane, safe, dreary performances to be carried by other contestants. It was a great vocal transgression, as the show’s ethos is. To start out growing and progress over the week’s with a better sound, which this act did so, as others failed to do.

Strong high notes into a dancing beat were also added.

Some felt it was a sabotage song from backstage interaction of producers of the show.

Nicole went on “not easy what you just did. I know how hard you’ve worked to be here.”

Louis aimed to protect his constant abuse every week admitting he was “negative a few weeks ago. I love the high notes.”

Tulisa “Must be amazing, you always do you” she quipped in a meaning to be compliment, yet words were still subliminally derogative.

Gary acknowledged the “people’s vote” had received “masses of criticism” whilst focusing on his performances in a positive light.

James Arthur

Feelin’ Good – Nina Simone

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Walking out to a dubstep/ Professor Green characterisation yet again, walk and talking into the mic from throughout the audience backstage doing the whole ‘grime thing’ come superstar arena guy. The song, highly dated in X Factor handling, was another stereotypical and safe performance. We have seen this all before.

A scream and shout, then lost intensity among the bass drowning out his vocals. Please save us Matt Cardle.

Louis gabbed on “Find somebody new, who deserves a break. You’re special. People have to vote” he asked once again.

Tulisa then shouted “Pick up the phone and vote for James Arthur!”

Gary added “best performance to date by far.”

Nicole rounded up with “Fighter. Super-star. My love, hope your feelin’ good” in a bundle of clichéd donations.

Duets will come next.

Kelly Clarkson

Breakaway

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American Idol victor and star Kelly Clarkson sang as the video package behind showed the class of 2012 for the X Factor’s TV journey. Cheryl Cole was given a close up, as long clips of all acts were shown, except for Christopher Maloney who had a fraction of a second shown with more backstage victimisation involved. Clarkson gave another pleasant performance.

Nicole, who wasn’t at the judging desk, has some pork scratching’s from her pub encounters, which Dermot passed to Gary who in turn passed them to Tulisa. #PorkScratchBreath

Jahmene Douglas and Nicole Scherzinger

The Greatest Love of All – Whitney Houston

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Stereotyped Jahmene sang another Whitney classic to overkill on the series once more, ruining her legacy with lack of respect.

Jahmene was isolated on platform seemingly off shore. Nicole, the mentor, had a grand entrance with the doors opening revealing her. Jahmene was obsolete. Scherzinger sang as she walked and met Jahmene in the middle of the long catwalk. Soon enough, tragedy would strike.

Scherzinger, whose voice was still loud as beforehand, found her mic not to be working, which exposed the fact tracks were pre-recorded in rehearsals earlier in the week.

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She would instantly and yobbishly grab the mic, wresting it from protégé Jahmene’s hands as he was confused and shocked to the level of swift aggression by his mentor who sought to maintain her reputation and forget about her subject looking a insolent fool to millions of viewers.

They then shared the mic.

Many have debated whether the production crew PURPOSELY cut the microphone, in order to protect votes and sympathy for Jahmene to increase to boot out Maloney. It would not surprise me.

Tulia and Louis instantly stirred the crowd to cheer when the mic was cut. Interesting.

After the ‘accident’ Jahmene blared out a little bit of noise and Nicole smashed through with her vocals. It was all about Nicole once again.

The mic was working fine when Jahmene had it. Scherzy’s also had the vocals projected, even though the mic wasn’t on. So why did she change tack to one mic only? …

Nic played it up further adding “it sucks when your mic isn’t on” The backing track played lous enough and at constant volume when the mic wasn’t ‘working.’

Christopher Maloney and Gary Barlow

Rule the World – Take That

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A classic tender track from the Take That bandmate and expert songwriter Gary Barlow lended his support to Maloney.

X Factor didn’t want anyone to duet with him for fear of greater votes acquired.

It was a better manoeuvre. The pair had a powerful ballad with strong holding and star quality projected. Maloney gave his best performance ever alongside Barlow in what was proof of Maloney’s musical journey with great levels of improvement and now star essence. He also looks flawless in coats.

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Begrudging Tulisa and Louis were the nodding dogs to the music played out on stage.

There were high notes, as well as being powerful, classy, respected and professional.

Asked how it felt to duet with Maloney, Barlow responded “Gorgeous.”

James Arthur and Nicole Scherzinger

Make You Feel My Love – Bob Dylan

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James began with Nicole double duty Scherzinger taking over. Both mic’s were working now. The shouting overkill rang out again from Arthur in an overdoing manner. This will ruin his overall outlook if continued. Beat and linger screams then followed. Despite all the noise, and the trying effort, it was essentially a ballad of boredom. It did not show any true star qualities that Arthur can be as an artist going forward, despite following, at this time.

Having votes now, in the X Factor bubble is all well and good, but how do you preserve your longevity which no one has even began considering. The curious case of Steve Brookstein rings forth.

The X Factor Final Live on ITV1 - 8th December 2012.

Nicole afterwards said “Manchester, give it up for James Arthur” once more playing to home crowds, often a tradition in American culture. This is a respected British showcase, and the two countries are respected for having different staging, which makes both imports successful to the other.

James responded “Best mentor. Brought my confidence back.”

Up next?

Dermot introduced the next musical guest signing with “Open Arms.”

Rita Ora

RIP / How We Do

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You may remember Ora lately making waves from the X Factor auditions as a guest judge. You may remember her trending on Twitter a few weeks back as “Rita Whora” after allegedly cheating on Robert Kardashian. (Pot, Kettle, Black.) Or it may have been from her X Factor performance on the live results show also.

Either way, Ora performed a good medley of her few hits. These consisted of RIP, How We Do. There was no “Open Arms” single sang. Get your wording right.

She started with a burnout car blazing in the middle of the arena booked in. Wow, that’s, fresh.

Seemingly taking a Tulisa/chav stance, transforming into a tracksuit and coat, this time entered some weaker than usual vocals talking through the piece rather than singing. She was a little drowned out by her own voice in the backing track played over her. Whoops.

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After her How We Do track, Ora proved to be an expert suck up removing all her individuality respected for adding “Tulisa and Nicole doing a great job” on the panel. Ora publically asked for one of their jobs here in disguise. Classy.

Ora has a new UK tour coming up soon.

Five minute warning!

Someone is getting booted off, so hurry up and vote people! Tense.

To fill the time, X Factor finally brought on a real star.

Kylie Minogue

Can’t Get You Out of My Head

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Electric violins and an open door “La La La…” set the scene as Kylie strode onto the stage gracefully. Clad in a shining orange dress not to be mistaken for a quality street wrapper, Kylie added glamour and dignity with a dash of tantalising zest.

Surrounded with orchestral tone, with gothic, dark underlines, filled with concert stage worth it was something never seen before on a TV stage. It was an excellent showcase of star aura.

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She later joked with her human props, who seemingly unmovable till one collapsed in a fun moment. The other, kept his bargain of unbreakable rock. Both added to the chatty composition afterward with Ky and Derm.

We now have the final, final result…

The Result

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The first act making the final is… James Arthur.

The second act making the final is… Jahmene.

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Christopher Maloney was the last to be eliminated form the public vote. He finished in third. Of his time in the competition he said “This has been my life for ten months, it’s been an amazing experience for me, some days have been hard but there’s been more good things than bad.

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“I’ve learned a lot about me as a person and how strong I’ve had to be it’s been emotional.”

Maloney may gain a record contract and feature on the X Factor tour, despite bosses trying to remove him from it as a measure of abuse, once more. More on this later.