X Factor 2012: Plenty of drama... but does the talent live up to the hype?

Ella Henderson (X Factor 2012)

The X Factor 2012 kicks off on ITV1 tonight, and it's full of drama from the second the opening titles launch the new series.

Tonight's show has been lauded as the "best ever" by the judges, and there's no denying it's value as a Saturday night entertainment show.

As a talent show looking to find a chart topping popstar however, it seems to be struggling.

The first act of the day we meet is Sheyi, and it's clear that the editors are building up his audition for a shock, spending a good five minutes telling us his back story from is job at Nando's to his "two girl friends".

Unfortunately it's not a great surprise when Sheyi finally does open his mouth, but it sure gives the new series a kick start.

Next up is [tag]Jahmene Douglas[/tag], who opts to perform an audition classic, 'At Last'. It's a pretty epic performance, and certainly one of the better renditions of the Etta James track that so much auditionees choose, but it falls flat.

There's absolutely no taking away from Jahmene's amazing talent, but as a popstar with The X Factor? We're not so sure...

As is often the case, the show's editors have skipped many auditions and decided to place a lot of the more talented singers into montages. It's a shame and all rather annoying to watch as a viewer.


Pink wannabe Zoe Alexander is next to face the panel, but her audition starts off bad and doesn't get better.

Without giving too much away, it ends in tears, an injured cameraman and a lot of bleeping.

It's gripping reality telly for sure.

We then take a trip to Manchester with Mel B, who is shown to be rather grumpy for the tryouts.

She tells one cute hopeful, one of the oldest auditionees at 82, that his performance made her wanted to fall to sleep.

And loveable [tag]Curtis Golden[/tag] is branded "irritating" by the Spice Girl, despite a brilliant take on a Christina Aguilera track.

Closing the show in style is is [tag]Ella Henderson[/tag], who has already been compared to Adele.

The 16-year-old is the first of a new crop of 'professional singers', singing her own track for the judges, and managing to win over even Grumpy Spice.

The emotional build up, with a story of a song about a late relative, tug at the heartstrings and it's sure to cause tears.

Tonight's premiere is packed full of action and is certainly entertaining, but we can't help but feel somewhat underwhelmed by the source of potential popstars on display so far.

Of course, with seven more weeks of audition shows to go there's still plenty to see...

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