I live in a testosterone-fuelled household, so Saturday evening viewing has to be ITV rather than Strictly Come Dancing, which I can of course catch up with on BBC iPlayer anyway.
The X Factor is so far living up to what you'd expect. An array of weird and wonderful contestants at the audition stages. A handful of people who can sing but perhaps get further than they otherwise would because of their backstory. Judges sniping at each other from time to time. A new judge, Cheryl, who has shown an unexpected emotional side.
And at last we now know the final 12 for the live shows.
The groups - Louis
Frankly I don't care, none of them will win, but I liked the boy group best.
The over-25s - Danni
Did you notice how Danni looked a little like Joan Collins in the last programme? Anyway...Rachel, raw talent but a risk. I personally would have chosen Susie over Ruth, she was more consistent. Daniel, lovely guy with a very sad story, but not a star...??
The boys - Simon
Austin can sing but can he hold it together for the live shows? The other two don't inspire me yet.
The girls - Cheryl
The strongest category this year, crammed with Amy/Duffy wannabes (I love Amy and Duffy's music so in my mind that is not necessarily a Bad Thing, but I thought they were seeking someone original this year). There were four very strong contenders so sadly one had to lose out, but personally I think I would have chosen Hannah over Diana.
Three notable things:
1. How do I write a constructive criticism of a short story I hate ( but was written by a member of our course team)?
2. A long phone conversation with an old friend ths morning provided a good catch-up and some unexpected sad news.
3. Son 1 will be 17 tomorrow. My baby is old enough to learn to drive. How can that be?