I have a few ideas that I'd like to share. Audition Space. Moving auditions out of the small room and into an arena sapped the show's energy and made it into a karaoke Britain's Got Talent. I understand their reasoning for it; they were looking to recapture the moment Susan Boyle walked onstage and wowed the unfriendly audience. Susan became an internet sensation, clipped and capped, and that was a powerful moment for Simon Cowell. But X-Factor was always better in a smaller space with the judges close to the 'singer'. Taking Itself Too Seriously. Let's face it. We only watch X-Factor so we can laugh at delusional 'talent' as they struggle in front of the judges. All sorts of fabulous characters were introduced to viewers via the initial episodes of a new series. We love quirky Brits trying and failing. We also love laughing at bratty singers who have been lied to by their parents. Sob stories were part of that hilarity. "I'm doing this because my great granddad died four years ago". Now they're looking for REAL TALENT i.e. someone like Ed Sheeran. No thanks. Times Have Changed. X-Factory was inspirational when it started. New Labour dominated the political landscape: things could only get better. For window cleaners who could carry a tune and a bucket of soapy water, X-Factor was a good way of getting into the industry. We loved watching them blossom onstage with the help of good lighting and a fab makeover. But that sort of aspirational television is no longer in vogue. Christmas Is Ruined. The X Factor has dominated Christmas #1 for far too long. Who really gets excited about it now? Strictly Come Dancing. It displays glitz, glamour, talent...and most importantly it shows off real relationships and friendship. The judges on X-Factor are there for the pay and that's it. When did you last get a sense they were truly invested in their acts? Strictly is a very cozy TV show. X-Factor lacks heart and soul. I haven't watched it in years. Disposable Popstars. Someone wins. They release an album of covers. They're dropped. X-Factor isn't really a good thing for your career so winning isn't something to be coveted. Worse, there's no mystique in the process. As a viewer, you are literally privy to every single moment of the journey. In theory that's a good thing, but pop stars shouldn't be average and dull. I don't want to see everything that goes into the creation of a star. I don't. The Format Changes. Okay, this goes back to Audition Space but all the changes in the format have eroded the show beyond repair. The Six Chair Challenge is cruel and spiteful, the complete opposite to the feel good factor of Strictly. Introducing stupid new concepts like the Wildcard twist is desperate. A Lack Of Confidence. The constant changes, the tinkering, the negative press, the lack of originality and creativity, the judges constantly changing...it all smacks of a show in crisis, and viewers know it. Where is Cheryl? She is the face of X-Factor. People love Cheryl Cole. Whether you like it or not, she generates more headlines and publicity for that show than anyone else. She has to come back. Some posters on this forum love Dannii, others adore Nicole, and one worships Tulisa. But none of them will ever offer the star power of Cheryl. Too Long. It started off as one episode. Then it was extended. Then another episode added. Then adverts every five minutes. Then it became a weekend of shows. Then it was used to promote pop stars who would turn up, sing, then be asked who their favourite act is...even though they've clearly not watched or listened. X-Factor is too bloated. Kill it off. The Changing Face Of Pop. The singers on X-Factor have been raised on a diet of passionless pop,. They want to be 'singer/songwriters' rather than popstars. They want to hold their acoustic guitar rather than entertain. X-Factor has suffered as a result. Simon Cowell is a creative cancer, he has no original ideas or thoughts. If a song is popular, he'll put out a crap version. If a popstar is popular, he'll create a crap version. If a trend is happening, he'll create a crap version. He tried to put out weak version of Adele. He'll try it again and again. He clearly wants a new boy band to replace One Direction. I despise his cynicism. Streaming has also irrevocably altered the charts. X-Factor seems a bit old fashioned.