There are still three weeks left of The X Factor Season 2 and The Voice Season 3, but most prognosticators would argue that the proceedings are mere formalities on the way to crowning Carly Rose Sonenclar and Cassadee Pope as the shows’ respective champs. But are these ladies worthy winners? And more importantly, what in the whatty what is going on with Simon Cowell’s bloated beast of a reality singing competition?
On the latest installment of Reality Check, my cohost Melinda Doolittle and I take a deep, uncomfortable dive into all things X Factor, from how we’re judging the show’s talent on a curve (and not against “singers for real”) to ousted Vino Alan’s disconcerting posture to Simon’s “compliments” about Carly Rose being an alien.
We also examine an unfortunate trend on The Voice, where a certain contestant whose name rhymes with A Panda Clown seems to be held to a higher standard than any of her inarguably fine competitors.
So press play on the video below to be a fly on the wall for our conversation — and get bonus footage from The Hunger Games, Small Wonder, Luther, and a pair of polar opposite vocalists in Britney Spears and Fantasia Barrino.