Hold for applause… and that’s a wrap, people. Altiyan - thanks for coming.
It must have been so promising to be voted number one on X Factor - the poor man’s Australian Idol - but ultimately Australia was done with reality singing contests years ago.
We’ve had Guy Sebastian (easily the most successful, praise the lord), Lisa Mitchell (a real winner who was kicked out early), Jessica Mauboy, (good, but still filling the support role) and Damien Leith (to handle Mother’s Day releases).
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This week one and a half million odd people who tuned in watch the NSW fork lift driver Altiyan Childs take the top prize on the X Factor.
Finally Seven got the kind of ratings they had surely been hoping to snag for their big-budget import throughout the season after an overwhelmingly apathetic response from viewers.
As the series limped along, each week it failed to reach the stratospheric numbers the network must have been praying for after shelling out that sort of big bucks.
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I’d never been too impressed with Matthew Newton. He always seemed like an arrogant upstart who’d taken a ride on Daddy’s coat tails to get ahead in showbiz.
There was no doubt he was talented, but then again, so are many actors who are waiting on tables around the country, desperate to get their shot.
And when allegations emerged that he’d assaulted Brooke Satchwell, my mind was made up. Only cowards hit women. Actually no, only cowards hit other people, full stop. It doesn’t matter what sex they are, no one “has it coming”, no one deserves violence. So it seems bizarre that here I am having a crack at Channel 7 instead of him.
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