What the fuck??? Once again the X Factor has managed to surprise us with a mixed bag of good singers, mediocre singers, and some truly unfathomable decisions. We’re now down to the final 12, the selection we will be repeatedly and forcibly exposed to over the coming weeks right up until Christmas.
5 October 2009 by superlative
I could tackle this post in the same order as the last one, for consistency, but I think it is far more important that I move straight onto the groups first as I feel like I’m about to explode.
The groups – Louis Walsh, sex pest and retard extraordinaire
What the fuck??????? He put John and Edward through!!!!!!! I can’t BELIEVE it. It’s not that I can’t believe that Louis would do it, I can very much believe that, but I can’t believe he had the audacity to put through a ‘group’ who can’t sing, who stood there like a wet fucking weekend singing off key, and who then cried about how shit their performance was, and who Ronan Keating even said “well I can’t see why you like them”, but who he put through ANYWAY solely because he wants to finger them. It was SO bare-faced and transparent! There was no musical justification for it, and yet he just did it anyway.
Of course, he can make the argument that putting in a group that everyone hates is ‘good television’. But he won’t be making that argument because he’ll be too busy jiggling up and down on their cocks to think about it. He claims they “have potential”. Potential is not enough by this stage of the competition! Potential is fine for the first audition, but then you boot them out at the second stage and say they’re not ready or aren’t strong enough. It was just ridiculous!
If they had been two black twins from Battersea with those voices, would he have put them through? No. A million times no. Louis Walsh is a racist. Not because he wouldn’t put them through because they’re black, but because he so blatantly favours the Irish over all others and with complete disregard for their actual ability. It’ll probably come out in the papers in a few weeks that he knows their family or something, the same as it did with Simon and Leona, and that’s why he’s pushed them through. Or maybe he doesn’t know their family but their school is near his house and he used to look at them in the playground through the railings while toying with his Irish flute.
So anyway, that was dreadful, just dreadful. Also through for the groups are Kandy Rain (meh, they’ll last two weeks) and Miss Frank. Miss Frank are OK, I don’t always like the rapping much, but they can sing reasonably well and aren’t doing badly considering they didn’t want to be a group.
I’m glad he kicked out Harmony Hood, because they were crap and were just there to make up the numbers. They thought they were good because they were all urban and ‘street’, but I’m sorry, this isn’t Sister Act II: Back In The Habit, being from the gritty suburbs but having a heart of gold isn’t enough for this competition. If that’s what you’re hoping for I suggest you look for a fat black woman in a nun’s habit and ask her to make your musical dreams come true.
The boys – Cheryl Cole
This category wasn’t toooooooo bad. Fit Lloyd got through, but is a bit young and may crack under the pressure. She got rid of equally fit Ethan, but I agree that he didn’t sing all that well in his final performance. I don’t know why she tortured that opera boy by making him wait, she was never going to put him through. And Rikki Loney needs to give it up with the hats, it’s not a good look. Who was the other one? Oh yes, Joe. He’s alright, a bit wishy washy. Suspiciously he’s from South Shields like Cheryl is, so when she said “I felt like I knew you as soon as you walked in” it was a bit obviously just because he has the same accent. But anyway, I guess Lloyd is my favourite from this lot. He could do with not speaking though, he’s rather too Welsh.
The girls – Dannii Minogue
As I said before, I found it hard to identify individual girls from this category, and didn’t know that much about them. She’s put Rachel Adedeji though, which is fine. I suspect her real reason wasn’t that she liked her singing, but rather that she liked her prostrating herself before her at the end of Bootcamp (see previous photo).
I quite like the Stacey that got through, she is dippy and sweet. She talks weirdly like Frank Spencer at times, which I find rather amusing. And the Lucy girl has a good voice so I suppose that’s OK.
The overs – Simon Cowell
Some odd decisions here again. Both the women got the chop, which is a shame because they had great voices. He was maybe concerned they would be overshadowed by the under 25 girls, or that they simply wouldn’t get the votes. He’s quite shrewd like that: he doesn’t necessarily pick the best singers, because he knows the public don’t vote for the best singers. Look at Eoghan Quigg: he was crap, and he had a big white face that slowly expanded through the series until he looked like Michael Myers from Halloween. But he got through to almost win it, so Simon knew what he was doing.
Annoyingly, he kept Danyl, who is so retarded he can’t even spell Daniel. And this was despite his massively over-the-top performance, which included gurning and occasionally looking quite like Kermit the Frog. There is such a thing as adjusting your performance to suit your type of audience, and his monstrosity was just not suitable for two people on a sofa three feet in front of you. I don’t like him, he’s a knob.
Jamie Afro is through, but he has been slightly raised in my estimation because he DID adjust his performance – he toned it down a lot, and it felt much more appropriate for the setting. I still don’t like him, I don’t think he’ll sell records, and I don’t know why he always has a fucking dishcloth tucked into his jeans. I don’t need my windows washed, thank you Jamie, although you could probably buff them to a nice shine with that afro.
And finally there was big cheeks Olly. He’s okaaaaaaay in a hamstery sort of way. I suppose for novelty during Big Band week he could house the entire band actually in his cheeks, that might be fun. He’s not great though, he has bad bad hair and his voice is only OK. He’s no Austin Drage anyway.
So yes, I was mildly disappointed. I think I want Lloyd to win (he’s probably not strong enough) or one of the girls (I don’t mind which at the moment).
And John and Edward need to be beaten to death with a rusty rail spike.
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