The results show kicked of with previous X Factor wannabee Olly Mur duetting with the Muppets. A reminder of all the X Factor performances from last night was followed by a performance by Jessie J.
All in all a great start to tonight's show.
The show was aired on ITV from 8pm to 9pm. Voting lines were still open but only just. A commercial break before this year's X Factor single was launched. Any good I hear you ask?
UK Chancellor George Osborne has waived the VAT on this single which means all funds raised will now benefit the charity.This year's charity single is Wishng on a Star and Misha B started the vocals. All the X Factor finalists were joined on stage by JLS and One Direction..God job.
Finally the results. Who would be sent home and just miss out on the sem-final show?
So as usual pomp and hype with the results revealed in no particular order. Three went through and two acts then had to sing for survival. Through were Amelia Lily, Marcus Collins and Little Mix. For some reason the voting public don't seem to like Misha B.
Before the two acts performed I was sure the judges would save Misha B. Was I right? Janet performed Snowpatrols Chasing Cars and Misha B a slow song from the heart. For me Janet's act appealed more but Misha's was the best performance as far as voice went.
Louis went for Misha B which was no surprise. Tuilsa followed suit but Kelly abstained which meant Janet was going home anyways. So it is goodbye to Janet. Good luck Janet you will be better away from X Factor. Get rid of that red hair they gave you.
Well before the single was launched we had our heartstrings tugged good and hard with personal details of this year's charity. A family with three boys who all have muscular dystrophy was heartbreaking but inspiring. The charity is Together for Short Lives. Without this charity many parents and children would face a much harder future.
Little Mix kicked off X Factor and they got off to a bum start. Too many notes were off key but they were fun and looked fabulous. It was a compilation of two songs and the middle one, Baby Love, was the better of the two.
The acts have two chances to excel tonight so hopefully the second for Little Mix will be better. Little Mix said they had fun but it is not really about that. If they do not come up with the goods they are on their way home.
Tonight's show aired on ITV at 20:00pm and ran till 21:45pm. Plenty of time for two performances by the X Factor acts still in the competition.
Next up was Janet Devlin who has had a hard time of it lately by way of the judges. Louis and the other judges picked up on some mistakes she made forgetting words. As it was Mmmbop she was singing it hardly mattered to this writer. The panel seemed to think her performance was a mess but she was not that bad. As Louis said she has a perfect, individual singing voice which is ideal for recording.
Misha B was up after the commercial break. There have been more claims in the UK this week that this year's X Factor is fixed. The finalists have been appearing on a Marks and Spencer commercial with Misha B ending the song. This week she has been replaced by the come back kid Amelia Lily.This will not improve her ranking with voters. It could just be though that the show's producers are trying to even things up for her as she has had less exposure.
Misha B's first song was Girls Just Wanna Have Fun and boy she sure did but without dropping a note. Best so far tonight. Strong and powerful but including Misha's own style with rap. A unique version of the Cyndi Lauper classic.
OK so next up was last man in the competition, Marcus Collins. He gave a lively, upbeat performance of I'm Your Man which was note and word perfect. Great job but shame about the backing dancers.
Last but not least for the first of their songs was Amelia Lily with China in your Hand. No wonder people think she is fixed to win. The last spot in the show again which is usually the most beneficial spot to have. She did OK but not the best of the night for me.
So we are into the second performances.
Here we go then.
Little Mix performed Beautiful, so how was it?They looked better than they sounded. Wish Tulisa would stop getting to her feet to applaud her act. Her dress is so short and fluffy she looks ridiculous each time she gets to her feet.
Irish sweetheart Janet Devlin was next with Under the Bridge. Next week is the semi finals so there is all to sing for. Voting lines were already open. A quirky performance which will not appeal to all viewers. The song showed off her unusual sounding voice. Janet is worth more than X Factor though so hopefully she will have a successful musical career with or without X Factor success.
Misha B went for Killing Me Softly. Before she sung a note it was obvious the song choice would suit her down to the ground, and it did. Gary Barlow was right though when he said there was the odd pitch problem and he preferred the first of her songs..
For once Marcus Collins performed a slow song opting for Lately.. Great job. Fantastic in fact. Amelia Lily rounded off the evening with Since you have been gone. Apparently Kelly Clarkson is a hero to her. She gave a good performance but was off key at times and it became a bit of a shouting match.
Best of the Night? Marcus Collins.
Going home? Janet Devlin or Little Mix? Drop by tomorrow for the results.
Six will become five after tonight's results show which meant there was all to play for. In their own ways all acts stepped it up for Movie Theme week, as much as their mentors would let them. It all seems to be about winning the public's vote right now but who will have pulled it off.
Tonight's X Factor results show was aired from 8pm until 9pm on ITV. Packed with performances from Rhianna and one of last years X Factor hopefuls, Rebecca Ferguson the show eked itself out for an hour. The heavy presence of commercial breaks helped of course.
Rebecca was as unassuming as ever but what a voice. Powerful yet sweet it beggars belief that she olny made it to runner up last year. Sometimes however those acts that do not win fair better. Look at JLS. Rhianna was up next and fairly toned down compared to previous X Factor performances.
At last we reached the nitty gritty. Who would be on their way back to the real wold?
As usual the results were in no particular order. Misha B and Little Mix were first through. Next was Marcus Collins. This left Janet, Amelia and Craig. Oh dear. Well Janet was through so who was going home. The judges to decide after both sang for survival.
Craig was first with Will You Love Me Tomorrow. Sung to perfection obviously Craig was struggling to keep himself together. Beautiful. Amelia next with This Time. A great rocking performance which made it hard for the judges to choose who was on their way home.
Would it go to deadlock. Well Gary thought Amelia shouted her way through her song nd of course Kelly disagreed. With those two going for their own acts it was down to Tulisa and Louis. Tulisa saved Craig but Louisa went for Amelia. Finally it would be down to the public vote. Its goodbye to Craig. What a disgrace. He was gutted but gracious in defeat, Bye and good luck.
Craig Colton opened tonight's show, themed songs from the movies. It is week seven and there are only six remaining acts. Soon X Factor madness will be over for another year, but not just yet.
The opening spot can be the kiss of death to X Factor contestants. Craig seems to have been given this spot more often than the others, but has survived. Tonight he performed one of the James Bond themes, A License to Kill. Not my sort of song but he hit all the right notes. He did look a bit like a bank manager of old, but hopefully his fans will vote in their droves.
Of course Craig's mentor, Gary Barlow, said that it was a stunning performance and the judges had a hissy fit or do I mean an argument. Divas and egos.
As usual on X Factor the commercial breaks came fast and furious. After the first it was the turn of Janet Devlin. Janet has had a few bad weeks as far as judges comments go. So what about this week?
Her song was from How to lose a guy in ten days. Kiss Me, suited her. She was more animated that often in the past, looking much happier. So what about the judges opinions. Louis and Tulisa showered praise on her. Gary? He said she had improved this week, big of him I thought.
Amelia Lily, who only came back to show last week but now seems the pundits favourite to win, was next with Think, from Bridget Jones' Diary. She sang it with a rock edge but for me it will always be an Aretha Franklin classic. It was OK though. Half way through the show and no extra special performances but all A OK.
Misha B put paid to that with a stunning performance of I Have Nothing from the Bodyguard. Not a dry eye in the house. Little Mix next with Don't let go. The audience and judges loved it and yes they seem to be getting better each week.
Last but not least was Marcus Collins with higher and higher. Marcus went for an upbeat almost gospel version of the song.He is proving to be the one to beat.
Best of the night? Misha B and Marcus. Going Home this week? It could be Craig or Janet, but it could be anyone's guess. See you tomorrow for the results show which features Rhianna and Rebecca Ferguson.
The results show November 13, 2011 continued with the Lady Gaga theme. X Factor is more gaga that ever this year and so an appropriate theme.
The show kicked off with the remaining contestants performing Walking on Sunshine. A great performance. They looked and sounded good but of course this year such performances are mimed.
Next up was a re-run of last night's performances in an attempt to gain more telephone votes and therefore more revenue. One of X Factor UK's close run things last year, One Direction, were up next. As very young men last year they had aged and visibly grown.
Finally it was those all important results. Well you know what I mean.
First through Craig Colton followed by Janet Devlin. Marcus was next and we could see where this vote was going.Amelia Lily the latest member of the X Factor madness followed by Little Mix. This left Misha B and Kitty to sing for survival. Of course we know how the judges will vote, don;t we?
Well after the break Kitty sang for survival first. Over the Rainbow was unlikely choice for Kitty but it showed she can sing. An honest performance with no frills , apart from her clothes.
Kelly introduced Misha B as if she was the only contestant desperate to win X Factor. Surely they all are. Misha B put in the better performance and chose a more current song.Gary had the choice or the chance to go to the public vote. Would he dare? Course not.
Going home .Kitty. She went out with a bang and finally managed to sing a bit of Born this Way. Till next week then when the X Factor madness continues.
Adverts pile up during X Factor and tonight was not different. So next the commercial break. After the break Lady Gaga performed. As wacky but entertaining as ever. Looks like she has had some cosmetic surgery though. Ouch.
X Factor got off to a bad start tonight. Well perhaps that should read did not get off at all. A technical problem prevented the live show coming to air at its scheduled time of 8:15. ITV filled the first quarter of an hour with some of the best and worst auditions of 2011 X Factor.
The show began with the hype including Frankie Cocozza's departure. Host Dermot O'Leary arrived in a flourish accompanied by two girlies and Lady Gaga's Paparazzi. He briefly gave the names of the four people, one of whom could possibly replace Frankie in the show, Their fate is in the hands of the voting public. Choose well folks.
Tonight's show is themed Lady Gaga versus Queen which gives the six remaining contests plenty of choice.
Frankie details followed along with more on the four wannabees. The show may have started late but obviously time was not an issue.Well it is going to run till 10:00pm.
Kitty hoped to perform Gaga's Born this way, but as Misha B was singing this song she was out of luck. The judges rotate who gets first pick and it was not Louis' turn. She ended up singing Queen's Don't Stop Me Now which suited her down to the ground. Not as current as Gaga though.
Next up was Craig Colton. He said Gary had been on his case this week but that he loved the pressure. A bit different to press reports. Paparazzi was odd being sung at a slower speed and by a man but somehow it worked..
Little Mix were a case of least said soonest mended. OK but nothing to write home about and instantly forgettable.Janet Devlin was up next and received a bit of a pasting by the judges. And it is her birthday poor kid. This blogger loves the tone of hersinging voice but feels X Factor is the wrong platform for her. Hopefully she will get sent home from the madness that is X Factor and build a musical career of her own.
Voting lines closed for Frankie's replacement but of course the result was going to have to wait.
Marcus rocked again this time to Queen's, Another one bites the dust. Tulisa thought it was boring as it simply followed last week's style. Gary said her comments were tactical. IMHO his was one of the best performances of the night.
Misha B closed the competition this week performing Gaga's Born this Way. It was as impressive as always but somehow did nt hit the spot this week. Note sure why but there you have it.
Before the show closed it was announced that Amelia Lily will return to the X Factor. She was favourite to return. She received 48%% of the vote.
Being back in the show it meant that Amelia would now perform and actually close the contest tonight. Amelia went for Queen's Show Must Go On. As a rock chick it suited her. She put some of the others to shame given the few hours rehearsal she had.
Going home this week? Kitty, Little Mix, Janet Devlin or ?? If Janet is lucky it will be her and a music promoter will take her career in hand. She deserves better than X Factor and is a square peg in a round hole. Happy birthday by the way.
Results show tomorrow with Lady Gaga guesting and One Direction as support act.
Louis Walsh is renowned for his X Factor tears and tantrums. He is not alone. Over the eight UK series of X Factor, all the judges have had their moments of glory and their moments of comedy. This years panel are no different.
Louis is the only remaining judge, come mentor, from previous shows. He usually has an ally in his next door seating partner. In the past that has been Sharon Osborne, Mrs O, and then Danni Minogue. This year he seems to be bonding with Tulisa but not quite in the same way. Hell there is such an age difference as well as so many other differences.
So is his latest confession, that he is on the point of quitting the show, just more propaganda to gain X Factor publicity?
Late this week Louis admitted that he is a man on the edge. On the edge of quitting that is. He is said to have called the three new judges "crazy". Louis also it seems is not happy with X Factor changes. Perhaps the viewing audience agree? After all X Factor UK ratings have nosedived this year.Hence the quest for publicity this week.
Louis told previous X Factor judge Danni Minogue, “It’s series eight, Dannii, it’s tough. It’s no fun. Everyone is taking it so seriously. The other judges all want to win. It takes over your life. It really takes over your life, it’s like a soap opera 24/7.It’s 50/50. You only live once and I want my life. I don’t want to be dealing with all these crazy people, and that’s just the judges.”
Well Louis work is often like that and I am sure you are reaping rich rewards.
Louis went on to tell a friend “When I started on the show eight years ago it used to be fun and it was never work hanging out with Sharon Osbourne and Simon, but things have changed too much. I love Tulisa but I’m not close to the others. Now it has become a proper job. I think it could well be the right time to bow out. Simon has always said my job is safe but I never wanted to be a TV star anyway.”
Well you better do the decent thing then Louis, stop putting your hand out for the X Factor pay and resign.
There have also been reports that two of X Factor 2011 better contestants, Craig Colton and Janet Devlin are also on the brink of leaving the show. Janet has been revamped beyond recognition yet she had such innocent raw appeal before the show's stylists got their hands on her. It so often seems that X Factor turns amazing performers into unrecognisable no hopers.
After Frankie Cocozza's sensational exit from X Factor this week four acts have been brought back. Jonjo Kerr, 2 Shoes, James Michael and Amelia Lily with only one act selected. It will be up to the voting public to decide. Could it be Jonjo the military man as it is Remembrance weekend?
X Factor seems to have had its day but the shows producers are loathe give up. To know when enough is enough. A bit like the Eurozone but on a minute scale.
Frankie issued a statement saying, "I'd like to apologise to Gary, my fellow contestants and everyone who has voted for me, but, as of today (TUES), I will no longer be in The X Factor. My life during the show has gone out of control and my behaviour off stage has over-stepped the rules of the competition. I no longer deserve my place in the show, so I am therefore leaving. I would like to thank everyone who has supported me".
A spokesperson for X Factor said, "Frankie is leaving the show today after breaking competition rules. He is going to take some time out before continuing his career as a singer. We wish him all the best for his future."
Today's events follow revelations that Frankie boasted of cocaine use. A shouting match between Frankie and his mentor Gary Barlow is said to have taken place on Sunday. Looks like the show did not need last week's double elimination after all.
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The show on November 6, 2011 had a twist. Hardly an unsurprising one as this has been done before. A double elimination to keep the contestants on their toes and clear out the deadwood, as far as contestants goes. So 9 become 7.
Tonight's professional entertainment came by way of JLS and Florence and the Machine a success story to live up to. But who had polled the lowest public X Factor vote.
Previous X Factor hopefuls JLS opened the show. A brief interview with the X Factor contestants and Florence and the Machine were up next. Don't they pad the results shows out?
First to hear bad news was The Risk who were given the Big E. For once it seems that the public agreed with this blogger. The next two bottom places were taken up by Johnny Robinson and Kitty, both from the Louis Walsh camp, no pun intended. Surely this must tell Louis something about the way he has handled his acts, the Overs. His two remaining acts in the next to bottom places. He could have so easily had no acts left.
So who was to go?
Well both acts sang for survival with stunning performances. It would be up to the judges to decide between Kitty and Johnny. My money would have been on them saving Kitty but did they? Of course. They see some sort of future musical career for Kitty but not Johnny, except in Panto, if you listen to Gary Barlow.
All were in agreement though that Johnny was one of the good guys and they wished him well.
All of this means that Week 6, next week, Gary Barlow still has three acts, Kelly Rowland has two, and both Louis and Tulisa just one act each.
Guy Fawkes X Factor was to be a hard week for many of the contestants. The theme was Club Classics which is way out of the comfort zone for people like Janet Devlin and Craig Colton.
This week is to be a double elimination and so the remaining acts need to fight hard to stay in the competition. So what did they come up with?
First up was popular and oh so camp performer Johnny Robinson. I have to agree with the conclusion that his performance tonight was a backward step. It leapt straight into the panto season. It was a combination of Madonna's Stuck on You and Dead or Alive's Spin me Round.
Janet Devlin was next and she tried to put in a more bubbly performance. After all the judges had asked her many times to do this. Did they like her performance? Of course not. Tulisa said that she was starting to realise that Janet had a style all of her own. About time. Whether Janet will remain for next week's show though is anybodies guess. Tonight she even forgot the words, at one point, of the Jackson 5 classic, Want you back, which she performed.
Craig Colton was more comfortable than expected, performing Bryan Adams' Heaven. The Risk stumbled their way through a Night to Remember. Finally there was a great performance and it was by Marcus Collins. He is a consistently good performer but tonight was his best performance yet. Reet Petite never sounded so good before.
Kitty was up next. Madonna's Like A Prayer was Kitty's choice. Wacky but yet cabaret. How did she manage that? Three acts left to go, Little Mix, Frankie Cocozza and Misha B.
Frankie gave I Gotta Feeling, by the Black Eyed Peas, a shot. Love that song. Could Frankie come up with the goods? From the first note his singing was flat. Tuning issues galore. Oops. The judges gave him a pasting but more entertaining was the ensuing dispute between Louis and Kelly. Even Gary joined in at one point. He took the blame for Frankie's performance saying he chose the wrong song.
Misha B had a shock last week when she was one of the acts in the bottom two. Performing Proud Mary tonight was going to be right up her street but could she pull it off? Yep and some. For the first time we saw Misha's hair left quite natural and she looked stunning. Proud Mary can be a bit Karaoke but not when the singer has a voice like Misha.
So was it last but not least for Little Mix performing Rhianna's Please Don't Stop the Music? Oh dear. It started badly and did not get any better. They looked good, moved well but it is a singing contest when all is said and done. Perhps it is my ears that are out of tune as the judges loved Little Mix.
The two acts to be eliminated could be The Risk, Frankie, Johnny Robinson or Little Mix. Best of the night? Misha B and Marcus Collins. Still we usually get it wrong, so check back tomorrow for the results show review and the eliminations.