Has Sir Tom lost his X factor?

I STILL find the ‘Sir’ bit a touch difficult when remember some of the ‘good ol’ days’ (and nights) I’ve spent in various places and situations with Tom Jones – who’d have ever thought it!

I did find it interesting however, when he echoed my column sentiments in a recent newspaper article.

Some weeks ago I suggested he was making a mistake agreeing to be a judge on ‘The Voice.

I felt it could affect his special aura, a phenomena which can take years to create and often just one mistake to utterly destroy.

He stated in the article that he had also in fact been worried about the negative effect his choice could have on his career or standing as an artiste.

Well I think we were both right. In my opinion, putting himself on a par with numb-nut ‘judges’ on a show, which has now disintegrated in to a load of total hogwash, has to my mind damaged his own personal X factor beyond repair.

Endeavoring to rise above his co judges; a trio of verbal incompetents, to whom every contestant or song delivery is ‘amazing,’ or more often than not, amazin’ he has, by his often garbled remarks and constant name dropping, managed to lose a great deal of his own particular magic and merely succeeded in lowering himself to the standards of his co jurists. Sorry Sir Tom. Wrong!

How refreshing it was to switch over to the BBC’s ‘young musician of the year competition. Three wonderfully talented young people appeared in the final.

During their performances, there were no maniacal screams from the audience, simply rapturous applause at end.

No babbling blonde bimbo linked the show and there were no three week pauses between ‘the winners is…..’ and the actual name of the act or artiste.

Simply, all in one breath: ‘The winner and BBC’s new young musician of the year is Laura Van De Heijuden’.

Wonderful. And what a musician!

What she couldn’t do with the Cello – which in my producing days was my favorite instrument – would fit easily on the reverse of the proverbial postage stamp.

Only years of dedication and practice could produce a performance as faultless as hers.

Unfortunately, most of the participants of other talent shows have learned their craft at the end of a hairbrush!

Not quite all of course. Have really enjoyed Britain’s Got Talent.

It has shades of the music-hall and variety shows of yore about it. I was delighted when the dog won. In fact the losing contestants have now learned one of the oldest pieces of advice in showbiz. If you want to succeed in ‘the biz’, never work with children or animals!

As a final note, before you all scream at last week’s goal arithmetic, one of ‘em was an own goal. –Awright?

Keep the faith.
Love Leapy

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