When you think of The X Factor
you think of the crazy sounds of Chico, or Wagner, or that deluded ‘chicken man’ who sang an awfully high-pitched rendition of Barbie Girl
. But let’s not forget about the wonderful talents that have been unearthed over the years: Leona Lewis’s voice still manages to thrill and chill us, while series two winner Shayne Ward not only dazzled us with his soft pop vocals, but his dashing handsome looks too - and do we really need to mention One Direction?
But what The X Factor
has also done – and why Attitude has decided to give the series this year's Media Recognition Award
– is to proudly showcase many talented LGBT singers. The likes of Joe McElderry, Lucy Spraggan, Rylan Clark, Jaymi Hensley and, erm Diva Fever have all been welcomed into viewers' heart's during The X Factor's
10-year run, and the show's contribution to LGBT visibility shouldn't be underestimated.
As well as new judge Nick Grimshaw the current series has already thrown up a handful of varied LGBT talent including the very unique Seann Miley Moore, who auditioned in a leather skirt and admitted: “Music has allowed me to be me. If it makes you feel happy and right then do it.” Amen!
You can find out more about The X Factor - and the rest of winners from the 2015 Attitude Awards, presented in association with Virgin Holidays - in our special Attitude Awards issue, available to download from 11pm tonight at attitudedigital.co.uk and in shops tomorrow (Thursday October 15).