X Factor 2010: Simon Cowell bans sob stories

by Lisa McGarry

Simon Cowell has reportedly banned X Factor hopefuls from trading on their difficult lives, or sad stories, to win votes from the public.

In previous years, we have been bombarded with tales of single parents, dead relatives and drug addled pasts before the contestants even opened their mouths to sing. Cowell insists that in 2010, finalists must rely on their talent and not their sob stories to win them votes.

He told The Sun:

“What we’re trying to avoid is 17-year-olds coming up with pathetic sob stories and singing songs that are too old for them in the hope that they’re going to be popular.”

“I don’t want this to be a popularity contest.

“I think it is important that it remains a talent competition.”

We are looking forward to the live shows so much more since hearing this! Go Simon!

Lisa McGarry

Lisa has been watching reality TV for too long now. She won't do any housework unless 'Big Brother' announces it over the tannoy and everything she does has to be put to a public vote!