TV and radio star Graham Norton blasts ITV talent show The X Factor as having 'lost its credibility'

Oh dear – it looks as thought Graham Norton is no longer a fan of The X Factor.

The BBC TV and radio show confessed to watching Strictly Come Dancing – although ‘not slavishly’ – but revealed he has given up on The X Factor, accusing the ITV show of having ‘lost its credibility’ and writing the show’s hopeful singers off as bad buskers.

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In his usually direct way, Graham told the Radio Times: ‘I haven’t watched X Factor the past few years because it just seems so long now – it’s endless.

‘Also, the people aren’t very good, so to all the judges’ comments of ‘I’d buy your album tomorrow’ you think, ‘You’re never having an album’.

‘You wouldn’t throw 50p at them if they were busking in the Tube. I think it’s lost its credibility.’

Eek! Say what you really feel, Graham.

But it seems as though the outspoken Irish star isn’t on his own in feeling this way, with the latest series of The X Factor being panned for being ‘boring’ amid an astonishing fall in ratings before its rival, Strictly, had even kicked off. Yikes.

But despite his hard feelings for the show, Graham – who is gearing up for the return of The Graham Norton Show later this month – went on to reveal that he IS a fan of new judge Nick Grimshaw, confessing to listening to his Radio 1 Breakfast Show.

‘Certainly, I’m not supposed to be listening,’ he said. ‘He’s supposed to have attracted the kids, but he can’t shake this 52-year-old listener.’

‘I like the music he plays and besides, where would I go? I don’t want Radio 4’s Today, and I don’t want Chris Evans, so Nick it is. What faint praise that is!’

Stephanie Wood