I never thought it would happen, that Lui and I would become fans of the X-Factor. But we were glued to our seats last night for "Round 2". X-Factor is American Idol in Italy: same formula, arguing prima donna judges, talented but "raw" singers, all the hoop-lah and more. When we were sick and stuck in front of the TV for way too long, we started watching the "provini" (try-outs) and that's when we got sucked in.
My early favorite is Ambra Marie. She is something like 20 years old and already oozes "rockstar". Here's her performance from last night:
Nice set of pipes on this girl, huh?
A few stations away on Canale 5, you can also have the (dis)pleasure of watching "Grande Fratello 45" (or so it seems). 15 people stuck in a eco-perfect house trying to create drama and challenges between themselves, all while wearing the smallest outfits possible maximizing as much flesh as possible (this pertains to both the men and women). The following video is not a joke, it's what millions of Italians watch day in and day out for about 3 months:
The only thing GF has in common with X-Factor is people trying to become famous, at least with the latter talent is involved.