Tonight is the first taping of X Factor and I was going to go except that a quick look at the ticket says two things that put me off. No food or drink can be brought in which is fine as long as the taping is quick. Nope. The taping is expected to run for five or six hours and the audience is supposed to dress nice for the show. Seriously? 5 or 6 hours for this show? I don't think so. I am not sitting somewhere for 6 hours just so Simon Cowell can have multiple smoke breaks and practice flexing his muscles in a too tight t-shirt. As much as I would like to see Paula Abdul get gloriously drunk and to see whether Derek Hough shows up to drool over Cheryl Cole, I just can't do 6 hours. The taping does not even start until 6, so there is no way I can go without food all the way until midnight.
Speaking of Paula, she signed her deal over the weekend so will be a judge on the show. Oh, and a mentor. As much as I like Paula and as much as I am sure she is grateful for a job, I am not sure that if I am a contestant that I want Paula Abdul mentoring me, Remember that whole American Idol scandal thing when she "mentored" someone. Plus, she has not had a hit in 30 years, so her advice might be a little outdated. And slurred.