OK I'm a bit further through now. Thoughts (having not watched it before but being a sucker for all things X Factor): - The judges are ... a mixed bag. Guy Sebastian's great. Fresh, funny, insightful and actually has useful things to say, while seeming to really care about his acts. If ITV have any sense they'll wave a lot of money at him ASAP. Adam Lambert's fine (and I fancy him SO MUCH now he's put on a few pounds) and Mel B is fun and has an interesting role as Underdog mentor. Then there's Iggy Azalea. Absolutely shocking and shouldn't be anywhere near a professional judging panel. At first I thought she was deliberately being catty and over it in a humorous way, but she just starts pointless little fights, is clearly a shit mentor, as evidenced by losing all her acts in the first three weeks, and gives terrible feedback. And texting under the desk on live TV ... girl, really? - The acts are mostly decent, there was a lot of deadwood but losing four acts in the first show felt odd. It didn't really work for the UK series in 2011 (though we did get Little Mix that year) and though 2 of the 4 who left were rubbish, it still leaves a bit of a sour taste in the mouth. I think Isaiah Firebrace is probably going to win. - Faves: Vlado (should win, won't), Amalia (extraordinary), Natalie Ong (should have had a few more weeks, there's a popstar in there somewhere). - Staging seems fine to me, though I haven't watched previous seasons yet. - The show goes on too long and tends to lag. The presenter's pretty good but doesn't need to narrate everything as if the viewers aren't going to understand the storyline. Just get the acts on and off. Painful banter with the judges as well. I like it. There are issues, but it's a lot more accessible than our version. Do acts outside the top 2 or 3 tend to get anywhere? There's some real talent there which I don't want to see go to waste.