I don't know how many of you watch the show X-Factor but if you do you might remember a lady named Panda who was on the audition show. Panda is a 42 year old woman who rocked the audition, she was truly really good, and she was charming and funny. She actually had pnemonia when she tried out and they showed an ambulance taking her away on the show. Panda did get 4 yeses so she should have been on the show. However, we never saw Panda again. My husband and I were wondering what had happened to her, worrying that she might have taken a turn for the worse, but apparently Panda made it through boot camp and even to the judges home portion of the show but was edited out of the shows.
The rumor mill on the internet is exploding over this saying that Panda was edited out because she did not fit the profile of the over all demographic of the show. That is a nice way of saying she is over 40 and not thin. This really ticks me off. Add to that the fact the LA Reid was angry because he was chosen to mentor the over 30 group, and made a bad display of it to top it off. Then when the group of over 30's arrived he told them he was not happy that he got them and he didn't see a winner in any of them. When in fact there are at least 3 of the over 30's who are very talented and certainly capable of winning.
I am so mad because this is a show that claims that age doesn't matter. It is supposed to be one show where people over 30 could actually have a chance at fame and fortune through the use of their singing voices. But the editing out of Panda and LA's anger over getting the over 30's really seems to make it look like they don't really want older people on the show, or that they don't believe someone over 40 can become famous because it is young people who buy records. There was a part of me that kind of wanted to try out for X-Factor since I was a competitive singer in my younger years and won several blue ribbons, but I am 47, so I probably actually don't really have a chance because of my age. Maybe that is just one more reason the Voice is doing so much better in the ratings, because they actually don't see what the contestants look like when they pick them or don't pick them, but then again I don't see a lot of people over the age of 40 on that show either, which means they are not getting past those who do the auditions before the contestants actually get to perform for the judges.
Excuse me television shows don't dangle the over 40 possibility over us if you don't really mean it. Just because you are 40, 50, 60 or beyond doesn't mean you can't sing. My husband and I loved Panda, we loved her personality and her voice. We certainly didn't care that she was not thin as a rail and over 40.