The X Factor 2007

THE sun may be out at last but autumn is fast approaching in TV land.
One sure sign is the return of The X Factor.
It’s back on Saturday August 18 for what is billed as “an even bigger and better fourth series”.
Judges Simon Cowell and Sharon Osbourne are joined by a re-instated Louis Walsh and new addition Dannii Minogue.
And following the controversial decision to replace Kate Thornton, main ITV1 presenting duty now falls to Dermot O’Leary.
As ever, the best bits of The X Factor are in the early audition shows.

I have my doubts about lowering the entry age for the new 14 – 24 category, which is split into boys and girls.
But we’ll soon see if it works.
They are in competition with the 25 and over category and the groups.
You’ll be reading a lot more about The X Factor over the next week or so.
Is it just a hollow exercise to entertain viewers while making Simon Cowell even richer?
Does getting to the finals simply mean a brief period of fame, followed by a return to obscurity?
Or is there still some actual real value to The X Factor?
Let me know what you think.