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X-Factor: singing in the name of quality?

By Dave Bowden  


Do Cole and Cowell overlook the public appetite for great singing?

When Rage Against the Machine beat the X-Factor winner to the Christmas No.1 slot at the end of last year, it was heralded as a victory for “people power” against the behemoth of the music industry machine. That brief moment of euphoria for self-proclaimed fans of “real music” will have evaporated much quicker than a Boxing Day hangover, however, by the media frenzy which has accompanied the series’ return over the past few weeks. Whether the…

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