Music and talent: it is instrumental, my dear
I disagreed with your article. These shows make achievement look easy - but no more than football matches and political elections. It's not like The X Factor is a lottery: people can lose. I think the message has to be that these things are possible, but only if people use failure reflectively as a reason to improve.
Paul Latheron, From the TES website (www.tes.co.uk).