Former Pop Idol winner Will Young has hit out at The X Factor, saying the programme is no longer a talent show but rather a soap opera. Speaking to Sky Arts, Will revealed how he was hoping the show would be over following last year's auto-tune scandal.
"I thought it was outrageous," Will explained. "I thought it was going to be the demise of Cowell. I thought, 'Brilliant!'"
He added: "It's no longer a talent show, it's a soap opera."
Recalling his experience back in 2002, Will said: "The thing I find saddening is that if you look back to when I was on Pop Idol, it looks like it was shot in the 1970s.
"It looks so old-fashioned and I'm not just talking about the tank tops I used to wear.
"There was something nicely naive about it."
And even Joe McElderry, who won the show in 2009, thinks this year is missing its spark, saying: "There is nobody standing out, there is no front-runner — which is making people think what's going on."