Of course, some of you will argue that I myself am now guilty of doing the same thing but this is my soap box so I'm going to open my mouth anyway.
I watched X factor tonight, sat down with my kids and everything, couldn't think of a 'better' way to rack up some family time... anyway, the show started well, the first performances were ok (some good) and then I heard something that really got my back up!
Kandy Rain performed. They'd not been my favs thus far and had given me occasion to question their talent more than once; however - tonight's performance was DECENT - actually it was quite good and I enjoyed it. They sang 'Addicted to Love' by Robert Palmer, and I thought they weren't half bad. IMHO they weren't raunchy or OTT and not once did I feel the need to cover my daughter's (or my husbands) eyes! In short, they had vastly improved since I'd seen them last perform at Boot camp.
So imagine my surprise when the first female judge opened her 'critique' by immediately criticising their outfits. Hello? Have you seen Lady Gaga? Madonna? Britney? Beyonce? Pussy Cat dolls? (Anyone catch my drift yet?) Even Kylie has worn unitards and lace cat suits and noone felt the need to say anything then...
But check my shock grow as the second female judge jumped on the bandwagon and also laid into the girls. They brought up their PAST employment as strippers... Nary a word had yet been said about how well they executed their song! No credit was given for how vastly they had improved over time!
So now I am miffed, actually I am blue vexed. It would seem as though the judges comments were influenced by an underlying prejudice against strippers. Personally, I don't care what these girls did in the past (stripper <> prostitute last time I checked!). SOmetimes people do whatever they have to in order to get by - the thing is they had left that life behind them and were working in various 'reputable' vocations NOW and were giving this X factor thing a shot: it could have been a way out for them; a way to leave that former life behind them..
But the newspapers have been all over the story (tabloids I should add). Fair enough - word gets out, people kiss and tell - newspapers need to sell copies and sex/scandal will do that everytime. Can't hate em for that can I?
What I can be furious about however, is the judges. Why did they feel the need to bring up trash from the past reported in 'newspapers' on national TV... LIVE national TV.
Did Kandy Rain's past affect how they were singing? Nope... Are we here to judge them on 'mistakes' (if you want to call it that) they made in the past? Nope. So why is it that GIRLS ALOUD and the MINOGUE sisters can wear similar outfits on their tours and that's alright but these girls being scantily clad is automatically a reflection of their 'dirty past'? What's that about?
And I am glad that another judge pointed out that both these judges had worn similar outfits.... notice how his comments have been construed as 'Simon Cowell likened Cheryl Cole to a stripper'. Stupse. (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1219517/X-Factor-Cheryl-Coles-fury-Simon-Cowells-stripper-insult--Dannii-Minogues-bisexual-jibe-nearly-costs-job.html)
Neither of those judges are saints (nor am I - there I said it), I don't have to agree with everything someone has done to enjoy their music. Did I still buy Whitney's albums after she married (what I considered to be) that buffoon Bobby Brown and when there were rumours of drug addiction afoot? Yes. Do I agree with every decision she has made in her life? No. But she is human - and therefore flawed, like Kandy Rain - she's just a woman trying to be the best she can be the best way she knew how.
The Kandy Rain concept may not be everyone's cup of tea... but neither is Lady Gaga... or the idea of 50 yr old Madge running around in a flesh coloured unitard grinding up against Justin Timberlake! Does that give a judge the right to mention their former/personal/private lives during a competition that is meant to be looking at 'talent'? I don't think so.
You may disagree - but I just thought that was not the place nor time to 'diss' those girls. I am sure they could have taken them aside after the show and as WOMEN speaking to WOMEN respectfully suggest that they may improve their chances of winning/curry the public favour by dressing 'differently' in future - if that's indeed what they believe. Denigrating young women in front of millions was not the way to go. Can't we just uplift our young and reach them without first destroying them?
Stupse. I gone.
ps. In the same vein of inappropriate comments on this particular show. I also think that one of the same judges had no right to open her big mouth and bring up more 'news' from tabloids and humiliate a certain young man later in the show. His sexuality should have as little bearing on whether he performed well on THIS night as Kandy Rain's history. Enough of the games already - we're talking about people's lives here. This is why my child could never go on X factor :P I done now.. fer real.
You can watch the performance yourself here. I felt that one girl (the blonde) was a bit risqué - but that was it.
Lady Cole in similar get-up...