The news that surprised absolutely no-one came in this week; Mel B has become the final judge for this year’s X-Factor. Considering the hammering the show took in the ratings last year, Luxe Models asks if Scary Spice is capable of saving it.
The Rise and Fall of the X-Factor
In its heyday, X-Factor was probably the most watched show on television. Millions would huddle around the box on a Saturday night to watch a the public willingly make a fools of themselves, before the good ones would progress to the final, wow a nation, and go on to become household names in their own right. It was so popular that on the back of her X-Factor success, Leona Lewis scored a number one hit on the hard-to-conquer US Billboard Hot 100!
However, The X-Factor really ain’t what it used to be. Ever since Cowell himself left, along with popular judges like Cheryl Cole and Dannii Minogue, and were replaced by lesser loved faces like Gary Barlow and Tulisa Contostavlos, people have just stopped watching.
A Little Touch of Scary
It is clear The X-Factor is in dire straits, and that if things don’t improve this year its steady decline may be unstoppable. That’s why Cowell is giving the show a face-lift. Not only is he coming back as a judge, but so is former fan favourite Cole. Now it’s been announced that Mel B is set to join them.
She’s certainly got impressive musical credentials. As part of 90’s group the Spice Girls, Mel B had phenomenal international success. Furthermore, at Luxe Models we acknowledge her as the trendsetter who made leopard print (somewhat) acceptable. We’ve always admired her fierce approach to fashion.
Luxe Models Questions Whether Girl Power Will Be Enough
Will this success translate to a show like the X-Factor? There is precedent in Cole, as she rose to fame with Girls Aloud, however at Luxe Models, we would argue that the situations are different. When Cole first clinched the gig, Girls Aloud were at the top of their game. Whilst the Spice Girls were undoubtedly more famous, it was back in the 90’s, and a fair portion of The X-Factor’s key demographic won’t be as familiar with their special brand of girl power as the rest of us are.
At Luxe Models, we unfortunately don’t have a crystal ball and we can’t tell you what’s going to happen. However, we can guess based on the evidence in front of us. That evidence suggests that even the admittedly admirable powers of Scary Spice may not be enough to save this X-Factor from the scrap heap of history.