Has X Factor lost its wow factor?

Gazette: Cher Townrow was the only X Factor auditionee in the first hour, compared to last year's queues (inset) Cher Townrow was the only X Factor auditionee in the first hour, compared to last year's queues (inset)

THE X Factor has lost its wow factor if yesterday’s audition in Colchester is anything to go by.

Cher Townrow was the only pop star wannabe during the first hour of yesterday’s auditions at the Red Lion Hotel.

Producers had been expecting queues, but were left trying to entice unwilling auditionees through the doors.

It is thought only 15 to 20 people attended auditions all day.

X Factor officials refused to comment.

It was a far cry from last year’s auditions in Red Lion Walk.

More than 100 auditionees queued from 6.30am to have a shot at stardom.

Ben Howard, who runs Keep Colchester Cool to promote the town’s music and arts scene, said: “I would like to think it was because the X Factor has lost its X Factor, not Colchester, but it was terribly promoted.

Cher, 40, from New Town, Colchester, had an unsuccessful audition.

She said: “I was just walking past and saw it on the sign.

“At home I can sing brilliantly but it just didn’t happen here.

“I’m surprised no one else was here though. There aren’t any people, I just don’t understand.

“It could be the cold weather.”

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7:41pm Wed 27 Mar 13

Bert_Stimpson says...

Maybe because nobody knew it was happening. I assume the Gazette refused to promote it - probably because there was no ad spend forthcoming.
Maybe because nobody knew it was happening. I assume the Gazette refused to promote it - probably because there was no ad spend forthcoming. Bert_Stimpson
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7:54pm Wed 27 Mar 13

Red Tape 2 says...

Agree never knew it was happening until I happened to walk past Red Lion Walk and saw a poster.
Agree never knew it was happening until I happened to walk past Red Lion Walk and saw a poster. Red Tape 2
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8:12pm Wed 27 Mar 13

Feisty CBC says...

I didn't see the poster either. I would have sailed through. Oh well, their loss.
I didn't see the poster either. I would have sailed through. Oh well, their loss. Feisty CBC
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3:04am Thu 28 Mar 13

HARRY438 says...

Ex-Factor!
Ex-Factor! HARRY438
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9:11am Thu 28 Mar 13

romantic says...

Didn´t see any publicity, or I´d have been there as well, strutting my funky stuff. I think there has to be a market for a 40-something slightly chubby bloke who can´t sing or dance!
Didn´t see any publicity, or I´d have been there as well, strutting my funky stuff. I think there has to be a market for a 40-something slightly chubby bloke who can´t sing or dance! romantic
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11:17am Thu 28 Mar 13

Jess Jephcott says...

Wish I had known. I could have brought my singing Jack Russells for an interview. They are brilliant!
Wish I had known. I could have brought my singing Jack Russells for an interview. They are brilliant! Jess Jephcott
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1:14pm Thu 28 Mar 13

co2 says...

if its not advertised people will not know
if its not advertised people will not know co2
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10:31pm Thu 28 Mar 13

Boris says...

Does anyone care about shows like X Factor any more? Haven't they run their course?
Does anyone care about shows like X Factor any more? Haven't they run their course? Boris
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10:37pm Thu 28 Mar 13

hughie-s says...

I blame the High Street car ban.

Should have held it in the VAF and doubled the visitor numbers for that day.
I blame the High Street car ban. Should have held it in the VAF and doubled the visitor numbers for that day. hughie-s
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11:36am Sat 30 Mar 13

icecoolmark says...

Perhaps it's a good sign that there were wasn't much interest, for Colchester anyway. You'll never see a 'blur' or Prodigy on X Factor.
Perhaps it's a good sign that there were wasn't much interest, for Colchester anyway. You'll never see a 'blur' or Prodigy on X Factor. icecoolmark
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