X Factor

X Factor

The talent on reality show The X Factor seems to be wearing thin as more and more rejects from previous years are being given second chances.

At the auditions in Birmingham this week three rejects who reached judges houses before being ousted were put through to the next round (reminiscent of Alexandra Burke anyone?).

Harmony Hood and Liam Payne were at Louis Walsh’s and Simon Cowell’s houses last year while Treyc Cohen reached the same stage in 2008.

Liam, who was only 15 years old when he first auditioned and he so impressed the judges this year that he got a standing ovation and a resounding four yeses.  Now 16, and with his Justin Bieber / Zac Efron looks, he’s sure to be going to the same stage this year and maybe even further.

Simon had said he was “too young” the first time round but this year insisted, “This goes to prove my point. Two years ago I said you needed to go away for a little bit.  You’ve changed into a man and are so much better for it.”

Treyc came back two years later after her attempts to launch her solo career failed while Harmony Hood have renamed themselves as New Status after losing out on the live shows to Jedward last year.

Meanwhile guest judge, Natalie Imbruglia, who was met with taunts of “one hit wonder” from the audience earlier this week, did little to redeem herself after putting through a girl she knew, “I recognise you. You sang at my birthday a few years back. I remember because it made me cry it was so amazing. I’m definitely putting you through.”

Imbruglia also raised eyebrows when wore the same outfit two days in a row.  Oh Natalie, you have so much to learn.

Who’s singing what in the X Factor final part one!

So here it is, the final, part one. The winner will be announced tomorrow night. Hasn’t it gone sooooooooo fast?!

This week, the finalists will sing three songs each. They’ll be singing a duet with a celebrity and the songs they sang at their first auditions as well as one of their favourite songs from the series.

Here’s what they’ll be singing…

Songs from their first auditions…

Stacey, Wonderful World Sam Cooke - Portrait of a Legend 1951-1964

Joe, Dance With My Father Luther Vandross - The Ultimate Luther Vandross: Special Edition

Olly, Superstition Stevie Wonder - Stevie Wonder: The Definitive Collection

For the duets, here’s what the finalists will sing and with whom…

Stacey and Michael Buble, Feeling Good Nina Simone - Feeling Good

Joe and George Michael, Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me George Michael - Twenty Five

Olly and Robbie Williams, Angels Robbie Williams - Robbie Williams: Greatest Hits

And here’s the list of songs that the finalists have chosen to sing…

Stacey, Who Wants To Live Forever Queen - A Kind of Magic

Joe, Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word Elton John - Rocket Man - The Definitive Hits

Olly, Fool In Love Aretha Franklin - Rare & Unreleased Recordings From The Golden Reign of The Queen of Soul

Here are the numbers you need to vote for the winner of X Factor 2009

For Stacey 0901 61 61 101

For Olly 0901 61 61 102

For Joe 0901 61 61 103 .

Soooooo excited! Who do you want to win? I want Olly – in every sense 😉


I’m not one for randomly slagging off The X Factor. It almost seems pointless. Every time you kick it, it comes back bigger and stronger. As such, I’ve chosen to give in to it and join in the mentalist fun.

As something of a music snob/idiot, I’ve bemoaned the impact it makes on the world of music in the past… however… X Factor is to music what pro wrestling is to sport.


This weekend, we saw the unveiling of the ubiquitous X Factor Charity Single. Of course, this means a whole team of singers getting together to wear white and croon an insipid ballad. You may sneer, but it’s a surefire way to tug a heart string and get a decent chart placing. I mean, doing an uptempo crunk version of Crocodile Rock wouldn’t be in great taste would it?

Then again, neither is doing a song written and performed by two men who have been dogged by sex scandals relating to children in the name of Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Yep. The X Factor wannabes sang their little hearts out to a song that was written by R. Kelly and sang by Michael Jackson.

It’s hardly in good taste is it? I mean, what next? A competition to win a copy of Chumbawamba’s ‘Pictures Of Starving Children Sell Records’ signed by all the X Factor winners in aid of those dying in the Third World?

Anyway, if you want to hear it…

Just when you think you’ve got the measure of The X Factor, it turns on you and bites your hand.

This weekend saw the usual mix of pleasing and preposterous and then sucker punched an entire viewing nation. The show is a writhing monster of an event which sees people foaming with confused, giddy glee… leaving everyone else to fill up entire pages of social networking sites with hackneyed vents about How Terrible It All Is.

The fact is, in The X Factor, we have a show that no-one is able to stop talking about.

This weekend showed (once again) why the franchise is an all encompassing TV behemoth. Like many, I assumed that Lloyd was a dead-cert to end in the bottom two. I thought this by virtue of the fact that he’s staggeringly boring. His voice is less interesting than party political broadcast and he looks like the default of a Create Your Own Character on a computer game.

Yet, like a whimpering puppy trembling at a raised belt loop, the public seemingly awwwwed him in to the next show. Weirder still that Whatshisface was kept in at the behest of Lucie.

Lucie, clearly pretty and clearly able to sing in tune, was something of a hot-tip for me. I realise that I’ve just made a pun that implies onanism, but mercifully for you I actually meant that I imagined her still being around for the last two shows.

After JamieAfro did the only thing he knows how, Stacey got ‘sexed up’ (admittedly in a completely charming and sexless way), Joe completed his audition to end up as the lead in Jospeh, Chicago or Grease (aka The wasteland for failed reality TV stars) and Olly ‘We Didn’t Need One Daniel Merriweather, Who On Earth Thinks We Need Another One?’ Murs shaked his mumps to ‘Twist And Shout’, we were left with John and Edward… a most modern phenomenon.

This week, they wrecked the Ghostbusters car by performing Ray Parker Jr.’s famous theme and added their own words, which meant shouting “SCARY!” and “DON’T BE SUCH A BABY EDWARD!” between lines. They were treated to a dancing Stay-Puft Marshmallow man and we were spared the scene in Ghostbusters where Ray gets sucked off by a poltergeist. As for the latter… watch it again… it actually happens.

As such, the Bottom Two consisted of Lucie and Jedward. Simon, with panto villain ease, threw the scraps to the public and it was only ever going to go one way. As such, Lucie was sent packing in a flurry of tears and I was left stunned. Not because I expected John and Edward to go, but rather, I still couldn’t believe that anyone had even remembered Lloyd was in the show to vote for him.

This has made me think that I Don’t Know The Show At All, which is fun. Like Banzai, I’ve found I spend most of my time making outlandish guesses… Who Will Sing What Next Week? Who Will Win? Who Will Be In The Vote-Off? Who Will Louis Have A Mini-Nervous Breakdown At Next?

One thing that is now in my head is that, should Jedward actually go and win this thing, by a waft of a sarcastic hand of the British public, surely once they’ve landed the crown, everyone will immediately become bored of them because there’s no-one left to irritate by talking about them. As a practical joke, writ-large, no-one actually wants them to have a successful pop career… do they?

This means that they’ll be built up and their weird little bubble will be popped and just as they waddle free to embrace the Great British public just in time for everyone to turn their backs. “Sorry? Oh, I remember you. You were our tool to annoy everyone, but we’ve got stuff to do now… best of luck and all that.”

How they’ll react to this is anyone’s guess. I’m thinking it’ll probably end in tears and, more likely, annual gigs at student unions during fresher’s week.

Until that moment comes, we can sit around Tweeting and ranting and whooping like sleep deprived howler monkeys on a sugar rush for a couple of hours every weekend. The X Factor has got a claw in every single one of us… apart from the mules amongst you, rooted in your field and hee-hawing at your Snow Patrol albums.

Hi all, the acts in the bottom two this week were Lucie and John and Edward.

First to sing was Lucie who sang One Moment In Time Whitney Houston - The Ultimate Collection

Second were John and Edward singing Rock DJ Robbie Williams - Robbie Williams: Greatest Hits

Louis of course voted to save John and Edward while Dannii voted off the twins. Cheryl also saved Lucie so it was down to Simon’s choice. Yet again he sent it to deadlock.

The public vote decided that – by having the lowest number of votes – Lucie would leave. Oh my….

Two top live blogs tonight:





It seems that ITV overcharged viewers by £200,000!! And if you voted during last season of X Factor, then it’s probable that you are owed money. Viewers were charged 50p as opposed to 35p when they pressed their red buttons on their remotes. 1.3 million votes later and that’s a lot of extra money!

ITV will do its best at repaying anyone who was overcharged. It will also be making a donation of £200,000 to Childline.

If you were overcharged, contact ITV on 08000 63 62 63.

Leona Lewis (21) has the number one single for Christmas 2006 only a week after winning The X Factor.

Here’s the top 5 singles right now:

  1. A Moment Like This – Leona Lewis
  2. Patience – Take That
  3. Sorry’s Not Good Enough – McFly
  4. I Think We’re Alone Now – Girls Aloud
  5. Truly Madly Deeply – Cascada

Here’s the great video of Leona singing “A Moment Like This” at the X Factor finale:

The song is the fastest selling download in history and is expected to be the fastest selling single of the 2006.

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