Sunday, December 14, 2008
Watching The X-Factor - as I did, I think, for the first time last night - is a wonderful endorsement of the view that failure, misery and loneliness are good for you. There's just too much happiness, not to mention ecstasy, on show. Also I don't like the look of a lot of pumped-up, screaming people in a confined space. I was in such a situation when I sat in on a recording of some Ant & Dec show and, to be frank, it did not smell good. But, of course, the really strange thing about The X-Factor last night was that the two finalists were required to sing Hallelujah - a song about my old friends misery, failure and loneliness decorated with the image of David and Bathsheba. Odd really to see it used/murdered here, but quite funny. Oh and, Iain, Hallelujah is not by Jeff Buckley. It is by Leonard Cohen and it took him a year to write. I think he deserves the attribution.
Posted by Bryan Appleyard at 8:11 am