kaled - 12:54 pm on Dec 15, 2010 (gmt 0)
The Beatles wrote a great many songs that are still being covered today so statements along the lines of "they weren't that great live" are unfair. Also, compared with the rest, they were pretty good - Ringo Starr was considered to be amongst the best drummers of his day.
The X-Factor is a talent show that caters for impressionable youngsters that can be easily manipulated whilst offering enough to older viewers to keep them reasonably happy. Personally I record it and fast-forward through most of the nonsense (including Cher Lloyd this year) that way a two-hour show comes down to about half an hour.
As a talent show, compared with earlier offerings such as New Faces and Opportunity Knocks, it seems to have a reasonable strike rate - that is to say it does find talent. However, I think most of us would be more impressed by that talent if they could write their own material, however, that would not fit the format, you'd need another show for that.
As for X-Factor rebellions - pointless. If someone does manage to push the X-Factor single off the number one slot at Christmas a) it will generate more headlines - Simon Cowell will be really cut up about that, b) I'd like it to be because someone is good enough, not because of a campaign against the X-Factor.