So after managing to ignore X-Factor for the entire series, I flick round to see the absolute murder of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” by the winner. Perhaps the thing I dislike most about the show is that it promotes the idea that to be good at singing you need powerful vocals and a smooth style. In this case, all it accomplishes is to overwhelm the song.

Jeff Buckley’s more delicate, emotionally honest take below the fold. For my money the best version, it still has the capacity to make the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end.

Update: Great blog of different versions here

There is also a neat live version kicking around You Tube, but it isn’t allowed to embed it.