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  1. The X Factor is corrupted by conflicts of interest

    The Fox Channelâ??s X Factor, a singing competition, is one of the most unfair, if not corrupt, â??realityâ?? shows on television today. People who view this show should think about why they support its lack of ethics and its ill treatment of contestants and the public who is asked to vote for potential winners.

    Itâ??s especially interesting in todayâ??s political climate, where both Occupiers and Tea Partiers renounce corrupt and greedy politicians that accumulate wealth at the expense of everyday Americans, that The X Factor is not a target of public rage and disgust. Itâ??s entire structureâ??s goal is to make a very few people extremely wealthy.

    Hereâ??s why the show is unethical. The four people who judge the acts â?? Simon Cowell (judges girls), Paula Abdul (judges groups), L.A. Reid (judges boys), and Nicole Scherzinger (judges people over age 30), also mentor the contestants. They have a strong influence over what songs the contestants sing as well as their make-up, clothing, and staging â?? lighting, backup singers and dancers, and special effects.

    This would be like going to court with your attorney after being charged with a crime, and learning that the judge is the prosecuting attorneyâ??s mentor. You wouldnâ??t stand a chance.

    This is a serious conflict of interest, but it gets worse â?? the judges are also competing against each other for the glory of being the judge whose act wins the competition. Therefore, if a judge sees an act as a liability, he or she can choose an unsuitable song and influence other aspects of the performance that would put the contestant in a bad light. Judges can, and do, insult one anotherâ??s acts in a tawdry attempt to influence the public.

    How the show works. After the judges choose what they think are the top acts during auditions in several cities, each judge is assigned an equal number of acts. One judge gets all the girls, another all the boys, another performers over age 30, and another judge is assigned groups.

    Artists in the different categories perform in front of their judges at the judgesâ?? homes, until the final group of 16 is selected. Then, all acts perform in Los Angeles, and The X Factor viewers vote for their favorite acts. It is not a â??one man, one voteâ? situation like a political election, however. People can vote as many times as they want for two hours after the show. Land lines, cell phones, and computers can all be used to vote, putting people with access to all three at an advantage.

    The day after the performances, a second show is aired to announce who will be going home. The bottom two vote getters are announced, and the judges vote on which act they will send home. If there is a deadlock, the person with the lowest number of votes goes home.

    This year, the judges tweaked the rules for the November 22 show, announcing a few days ahead, without giving an explanation, that they would send two acts homeâ?? the act with the least number of votes, and then one of the two next lowest vote getters. They deadlocked in choosing which of those two would go home, and the person with the least number of votes of the two was sent home.

    This last minute announcement was unfair because if people had known about it before voting started, voting may have been done differently.

    The X Factor producers insist that an independent firm tallies the votes and the vote is not revealed until the live showâ??s emcee announces it. Some outcomes in the voting have the Blogosphere speculating that voting is rigged, and that the judges are told the results before the show.

    The end result will be that the judges will pick the winner from the two remaining acts, not the voters, although the show is promoted as being one in which the public chooses the winner with the most â??Xâ? factor.

    The November 22 show is not the first time the rules were bent. After each judge picked her or his final four, Cowell told the world he had made a terrible mistake in sending one of the girls home. He made a huge show of traveling to her home in Florida for a â??surpriseâ? visit, where, coincidentally, the girlâ??s family was all at home sitting around the house. That gave Cowell one more act than the other judges when the voting segment began.

    It all seemed pretty staged. Cowell is not a humble person who would admit a mistake. The fuss he made about his snafu brought a huge amount of attention to his act, and as of this writing she is in the final 7.

    X Factorâ??s winner will receive a $5 million recording contract paid out in five $1 million installments. The contractâ??s terms are not known and will probably ever be revealed but most certainly the presentation of that annual check with depend on performance and other factors. If the winner is a success, the showâ??s owners and investors â?? especially Cowell and Reid â??will become even richer than they already are. This probably makes them think the conflicts of interest are acceptable, as well as their not leaving the winning choice up to the voters.

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