The X Factor 2012 Season has just kicked off.
Any thoughts so far?
i thought 16 year old Ella was rather good.
Did you hear Lucy's song today?
i loved her and what a talented songwriter, reminded me of lily allen with the way she makes it real
I like Ella and Lucy, but Lucy won't go as far because she already has too much of an identity and it's not mainstream enough for X Factor.
Her accent and her song reminded me a bit of a cross between Victoria Wood and Arctic Monkeys! There have been a couple of decent lads on as well.
Still don't think the show is as good without Mr Cowell and I cannot stand Nicole Shitzinger.
Was there anyone decent on tonight's show?
Joseph was good, I thought (and had a cute kid too!). Melanie plugged the kids' singing group then pulled off a powerful performance of a Janice Joplin song.
The liifeguard Jake was quite watchable too!
The live shows start next weekend.
Category (mentor) Acts
Boys (Scherzinger) James Arthur Jahmene Douglas Rylan Clark
Girls (Contostavlos) Ella Henderson Jade Ellis Lucy Spraggan
Over 28s (Barlow) Carolynne Poole Kye Sones Melanie Masson
Groups (Walsh) MK1 GMD3 Union J
Each judge also chose one wildcard each after judges' houses. The public will then get the chance to vote for their favourite out of the four wildcards, with the most popular act sent through as the thirteenth finalist. This will leave one judge with an extra act.[.
The four wildcards are: Christopher Maloney (Overs); Adam Burridge (Boys); Amy Mottram (Girls); and Times Red (Groups).
I think it's one of the weakest shows for years, contestant wise. Not as strong a line up IMHO.
I was happy with who went through for the girls, except I really like Amy too so I wouldn't mind if she won the wildcard vote.
The boys: Only like Jahmene, Rylan is funny but I think he'll get annoying after a while. I like James' audition but now he grates on my nerves.
The groups: Union J were a shoe in to get to live shows, it's blindingly obvious they are being groomed to be the 'new' One Direction. Yawn.
I really liked Times Red but I knew they'd be considered too old.
Overs: Cannot abide Melanie. Carolyanne is pretty good, Kye is a bit boring.
Ella seems the obvious front runner at the moment , and she is pretty awesome but usually the favourite doesn't win!
Oops forgot to say I really do like MK1 :)
Live show details
Week 1 (6/7 October)
Theme: Heroes night (songs inspired by the Olympic Games)
Special guests: Olympians Laura Trott, Lizzie Armitstead, Danielle King, Joanna Rowsell, Nicola Adams, Luke Campbell, Jade Jones, Tom James, Pete Reed, Alex Gregory and Charlotte Dujardin appeared as guests in the audience, and One Direction made a brief guest appearance on Saturday's show, being interviewed by O'Leary after the first performance and giving advice to the contestants.
Group performance: "Read All About It (Pt. III)
Musical guests: Leona Lewis ("Trouble") and Ne-Yo ("Let Me Love You (Until You Learn to Love Yourself)")
The Xtra Factor musical guest: Leona Lewis ("Come Alive")
The result of the wildcard vote was revealed before the performances, with Christopher Maloney announced as the winner.
Contestants' performances on the first live show
Act Order Song[ Result[
District3 1 "The Best" Safe
James Arthur 2 "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" Safe
Melanie Masson 3 "With a Little Help from My Friends" Safe
Lucy Spraggan 4 "Mountains" (original song) Safe
MK1 5 "Champion" / "Every 1's a Winner" Safe
Christopher Maloney 6 "Hero" Safe
Union J 7 "Don't Stop Me Now" Safe
Jade Ellis 8 "Hero" Safe
Rylan Clark 9 "Gold" Bottom two
Kye Sones 10 "Man in the Mirror" Safe
Ella Henderson 11 "Rule the World" Safe
Carolynne Poole 12 "Starships" Bottom two
Jahmene Douglas 13 "Imagine" Safe
Final showdown details
Rylan Clarke 1 "One Night Only" Safe
Carolynne Poole 2 "There You'll Be" Eliminated
Judges' votes to eliminate
Scherzinger: Carolynne Poole – backed her own act, Rylan Clark, stating that she "believe[s] in him"
Barlow: Rylan Clark – backed his own act, Carolynne Poole, stating that the decision was "easy"
Contostavlos: Rylan Clark – claimed that she loved Rylan "with all her heart" but made her decision based on the vocal performance of the final showdown
Walsh: Carolynne Poole – said that he loved both acts, and said he wanted to "keep Carolynne", but when O'Leary asked him if that meant he was sending Clark home, he said he wanted to save them both and chose to take the vote to deadlock
Week 2 (13/14 October)
Theme: Love and heartbreak
Group performance: TBA
Musical guests: Rebecca Ferguson ("Backtrack") and Taylor Swift ("We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together")
The Xtra Factor musical guest: TBA
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