As a musician and teacher – I like to keep my thumb on the pulse of today’s music. My favorite programs, not to be missed (thus I LOVE my DVR) are:
and last but NOT least:
Because the X-Factor is entirely based on talent, judging from recording artists and producers – it is more realistic in nature – and does not go on “popular vote”. The sole purpose is to find the next popular recording artist.
I have enjoyed seeing the talented singers – and the choices in music that the judges/mentors choose for them.
Two things that have been interesting to me:
1 – I love how people with extraordinary talent can be “discovered” on this show. Those that come from extreme poverty or just hopelessly lost in a middle class system that does not allow for other areas of talent to be explored.
2 – So many hopes and dreams are associated with these programs. Almost every one of them says, “This means EVERYTHING to me – it’s ALL I want” or “I don’t know what I’ll do if they send me home – I have NOTHING else”.
So although I love the idea of a program that finds those that are deserving of a “break” – there are also some flaws in it as well.
It can be exploitive and extreme.
Many have said that everything in their life is pinned on the hopes of winning a 5 million dollar prize. No kidding. Everything. Yes – that’s BIG money – but really? Nothing else to look forward to – nothing else at all? Seems a little extreme. How about a happy fulfilled life with family and friends, children and grandchildren, hobbies and work that gives a purpose. A reason for being here – faith in God and His purpose for your life?
I realize that life is empty without a spiritual reason to exist – and that people will literally throw themselves into a passion – and often abandon EVERYTHING else in their life. But I do think that often times when a sacrifice is made – it is often a lonely one – and in the end leave those feeling lost and broken – even if they gained “the whole world” with their talent.
I would like to think that all of us already have the X-Factor. Some of us just don’t know it. But made in God’s image – we are all special and unique – made with special gifts and abilities and purpose. We are designed to reflect God’s nature and His light in our lives gives us that special little extra something.
Whether or not you can sing, dance, play an instrument, or speak eloquently in front of a HUGE crowd – you have something special and God made you just the way you are.
I encourage you to find that special something that makes you unique in God’s eyes – special and loved, carefully crafted and shaped – to have that wonderful God-Factor.
The God-Factor is God’s unique and special gift to each of us – His stamp of love of each of our lives – made to be a reflection and a testimony of His purpose and plan for a lost and dying world.
And when you have the God-Factor – you already have what others search their whole lives to find. And you don’t even have to win any talent contest.
When was the last time you felt special?
Do you like to watch music programs like me?
Which is your favorite?
- The X Factor Live: It’s Not Idol. And That’s Not a Compliment (entertainment.time.com)
- Nicole Scherzinger goes from bad judge to crazy judge as X Factor finds its top 12 (realityblurred.com)
- Twitter Now Lets “X Factor” Viewers Vote via DMs (mashable.com)
- Simon Cowell, producers explain how X Factor differs from American Idol (realityblurred.com)
- TV preview: X Factor (canada.com)
- ‘The X Factor’ ~ Can We Handle Another Talent Show? (kymx.radio.com)
- ‘American Idol’ Season 11 Promo Debuts, Brings The Nice (newsroom.mtv.com)