I was completely gutted on Monday night when Dominic Bowden announced that the theme for this week’s live show of The X Factor New Zealand would be soul classics. Had the Best of British week lived up to its title then taking a step back to something a little less current would have been a nice port of call in this little journey. Unfortunately it would seem that the producers are intent on removing any ounce of pop music relevance to The X Factor in favour of NZ Idol circa ten years ago.
Soul Classics might be what the producers – who were children of the 60′s and 70′s – want to reminisce about but that generation of music holds very little relevance to today’s Facebooking audience.
Yes, soul is an important part of music that was part of the evolution that got us to where we are today. However, if the mentors can’t even select semi-decent current songs that their acts can then performe like they’re in a serious music competition, why should they be bothering with music that is decades old?
The thought of hearing Alicia Keys, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye or Tina Turner simply depresses me. Continue reading »