What impact does X Factor have on the music industry?
More than 17 million viewers tuned in to see Matt Cardle win this year's X Factor. But the show is not without its critics. How does it affect popular music?
The former painter-decorator is now practically guaranteed a number one single - the ITV1 show has produced 45 Top 40 singles over seven years.
Madness frontman Suggs says the show has filled the charts with "people who haven't really understood what it is to be an artist". He says it leaves less room for people trying to work their way up organically.
Paul Weller says there is a generation of musicians primed by the show who simply aren't prepared for the long slog of a career in music.
But Simon Cowell dismisses the idea that the show has a stranglehold on the industry, saying it pulls in 20 million viewers who are "getting interested in music again".
Do you watch The X Factor? Does the show leave less room for other artists? Is it leaving musicians unprepared for the realities of the business? Or does it actually stimulate interest in music?
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