Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Day 1066 - The X Factor

It's all too emotional for me ...



The kids and I are enjoying watching the X Factor. We love that we don't have to watch all the humiliating auditions and just get to see the cream of the crop right from the start.  We've already got some favourites, and of course I have started my Monday-Wednesday tear fest.  For some reason watching people following their dreams makes me highly emotional.  Hell, I've even been knownto cry if someone wins the showcase on Wheel of Fortune! I just feel so darn proud (or something).  I am feeling particularly emotional about three X Factor contestants in particular ...

Shiane Hawke blows me away with her modesty and the fact that she has no idea just how amazing she is. I think she is one of the most beautiful young people I've seen on TV in a very long time.  Each night I see her I just want to hug her and tell her how great she is.  I can't imagine what it must be like for her to be part of this, staying away from home, getting up early each day and going to bed late each night.  Are parents allowed to stay with the younger kids?  Shiane I adore you ... and just thinking about you makes me tear up.  I don't even know you, but I'm just so bloody proud ...



Justin Standley is deeply embedded in my heart right now.  We heard little bits of his story, how he's trying to connect with his children who he hasn't seen in 20 odd years, but for me it's not just about that.  It's about a bloke, whose life took a different course than what was perhaps expected for him, and who has obviously struggled with many parts of that.  But it's also about a bloke who is being true to himself and living authentically.  Justin, everything about you ... your voice, your smile, your vulnerability, your heart, your cowboy hat ... just nestles into my core and I salute you.  I don't even know you, but I'm just so bloody proud ....



Carmelo Munzone makes me giggle.  His spirit is contagious and his giggle infectious.  His quirky oddness is cute and lovable.  He reminds me of a cartoon character or a comedian or something ... I can't quite put my finger on it ... but he's such a stand out in my mind and I'd love to see him go all the way. And the way he supports his team mates and fellow competitors is wonderful.  Carmelo, you're a talented guy and there's nothing about you I would change.  I don't even know you, but I'm just so bloody proud ....



There is so much talent on the X Factor and some incredible energy, good looks and obvious stand-outs.  There are some very marketable people.  Any one of them could succeed. But I'm sticking with my three heart buddies above.  I'd love to give all of them a great big good luck cuddle ...


Other mentions are the Russel brothers, Joel and Josh. 
The Russel Brothers: Their support for each other is lovely and when the younger brother was looking to see if his older brother had made it through on Monday night, and then cried with relief when he saw him, I cried too.  Their brotherly love is beautiful.
Joel: Is such a beautiful and talented young man.  I want to send him loads of mummy love and wish him well. Being away from home in such an intense environment must be very hard for the younger contestants. He did such a great job getting as far as he did. I'd love to see him back next year.
Josh: I just wish he could believe in himself as much as others do.  He's an incredible talent.  I'm not sure about that neck piercing though. Every time I look at it, it makes my neck sore ... but that's my hang-up, not his. 


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