Honestly? I don’t know. I don’t know what part of the human brain decides we want to watch these people – yes, there have been the odd few who were actually good (none UK I can think of but Carrie Underwood over in the USA is one that springs to mind; however I think she would have made it without being on reality TV).
Long gone are the days of “normal” auditions or being “found”… now your success or failure is broadcast for the world to see. These kind of shows really do uncover some incredibly odd people.
People like Simon Cowell need to remember how they got where they are today and which band(s) got them there… I have to say Mr Cowell is the most over-rated A&R man on the planet.