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X Factor: What happened to the past winners?

Monday, December 10th, 2012

So James Arthur has fought off double-pronged attacks from a 9-foot tall, perma-tanned, blubbing scouser and a midget bible-basher with weirdly angular hair to become the winner of X Factor 2012. And doesn’t he seem delighted about it? No, he doesn’t. He just continues to shuffle around sulkily like a grumpy teenager who’s been told to tidy his room. Maybe it’s because now that he’s a somebody for the night he’s realised he has to start the hard work of becoming a nobody again.

You see, though they are famous for a while and some of them shift a few singles, most X Factor winners subsequently become spectacularly unsuccessful. Don’t believe us? Let’s take a look at the Ghosts of Winners Past then, shall we?

2004 – Steve Brookstein

Yeah, see? We’ve proven our point already! Brookstein won, released a Phil Collins cover version and then got dropped. He has spent the intervening years complaining about winning, about releasing a Phil Collins cover version and about being dropped.

He now claims to be a jazz singer.

2005 – Shayne Ward

He may have sold over 3 million records since winning but Mr Ward is now appearing in ‘80’s themed musical’ Rock Of Ages instead of being a pop star. He hasn’t troubled the charts for 5 years.

2006 – Leona Lewis

OK, we admit, she did alright. International hits etc, etc. BUT she still lives in Hackney, so can she really considered a success.

2007 – Leon Jackson

We know – who? We can’t remember him either. Apparently he was Scottish. Ring any bells? No? Let’s just move on.

2008 – Alexandra Burke

Success-wise, Alexandra Burke is kind of Leona Lewis-light. She had a few hits and still lingers in the periphery of the media, but really she’s all but had it. The only recent news we could find about her was that she bought a Range Rover. Says it all.

2009 – Joe McElderry

Yeah. Nice lad. That’s about all though, eh? Does musicals, releases Christmas albums, smiles a lot, makes a living. Good luck to him.

2010 – Matt Cardle

First single – No.1, second single – No.6, third single No.185. Say no more.

2011 – Little Mix

A bit early to tell how these munchkins dragged through a branch of Claire’s Accessories will get on. After a year of frantic dieting and photoshopping their debut album has only just come out. It could take anything from 2 to 6 months for them to hit the bargain bins.

X-Factor for geeks? Simon Cowell and Will.i.am discuss TV hunt for tech entrepreneurs

Monday, October 1st, 2012

XFactor-tech.jpgNews has been spreading like wildfire across the internet this morning that super knowledgeable tech experts (and fame whores) Simon Cowell and Will.i.am are soon to be launching the hunt for the next big name in the industry to rival the likes of Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg. Yep, we have no words either.

According to The Telegraph today, at a recent event in London Will.i.am of Black Eyed Peas and stupid hat and glasses fame, revealed that he would be teaming up with Cowell to start a new tech-based endeavour:

“We’re working on a project called X Factor for tech — and it’s going to be out of this world.

“Singing and performance create a couple of jobs. But this will create lots.

“It’s about getting in touch with youth and giving them a platform to express themselves — whether that’s in science or mathematics.”

OK so it sounds fairly positive in theory if Will.i.am’s jumbled and vague explanation is anything to go by and it’ll be a great move if it gets “in touch with youth” about tech. Whatever that actually means.

We also imagine it’d be super entertaining, like some kind of X Factor, Dragon’s Den, Apprentice and hopefully even Battle Royale hybrid.

But on the other hand it all just seems far too contrived. But what else were you expecting from a member of The Black Eyed Peas and the big S-Co?

Via Shiny Shiny

Gary Lineker appeals to Simon Cowell to do the right thing

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

For the past few years one of the later live shows of the X Factor has aired at the same time as the Sports Personality of the Year. Both shows have suffered reduced ratings as a result. With 2012 being a landmark year for British sport, SPOTY host Gary Lineker has taken matters into his own hands by tweeting X Factor boss Simon Cowell directly to appeal to him to avoid a schedule clash.

Lineker tweeted: “Be a lovely gesture and mark of respect to our wonderful athletes if X Factor didn’t run against SPOTY. What do you think @SimonCowell?”

There was no response from Cowell but Lineker later retweeted a message from Mirror journalist Mark Jefferies which said: “Good news @GaryLineker and sport fans, I’ve been told by ITV spokesman there’s “no chance” X Factor will clash with SPOTY.”

How the clash will be avoided has still not been revealed and there has been no official statement from either the BBC or ITV so the stand off may yet happen. Watch this space….

Bruce Forsyth and Louis Walsh capture valuable headlines with pointless feud

Friday, September 14th, 2012

With X Factor struggling in the ratings and the new series of Strictly Come Dancing launching tomorrow, both shows need is to grab as many tabloid pages as possible to increase ratings. If only there was some way that they could do that. What’s that you say? There is? Wonderful.

Apparently, a couple of years ago, Strictly host Bruce ‘Brucie, nice to see you, good game, what do points make, not in this game, I’m in charge, hands off the wig’ Forsyth had some kind of war of words with X Factor ‘judge’ Louis ‘Louis, Louis, woah, we got to go now’ Walsh and they have decided to reignite it just in time for both of their programmes to get a tabloid boost. What fortuitous timing.

We won’t spoil your tea by going into too many details but it seems Louis thinks Bruce should retire and Bruce thinks Louis is a bizarrely coiffured idiot who’s over-reliance on botox has left him looking like a shiny-faced weirdo. Or something like that. We’re paraphrasing, obviously.

Who’s right, who’s wrong, who cares, what will happen next in this facile, manufactured war? Find out in the next exciting episode of TV Scoop.

Red or Black cancelled: Is Simon Cowell’s empire crumbling?

Monday, September 10th, 2012

With the Sun reporting that the Simon Cowell produced ITV show Red or Black has been axed, X Factor suffering deteriorating ratings and rumours of ill-health we ask ‘Is the end is sight for Simon Cowell’s TV empire?’

Despite giving away TV’s biggest ever prize (£1.5 million) and enjoying 5 million viewers, the Ant & Dec-fronted show Red or Black has been deemed a flop and has seemingly been dropped by ITV. The show is produced by Cowell.

Then, after heavy criticism last series, the current season of the X Factor has seen ratings drop every week and the most recent show was watched by 2.9 million fewer viewers than the equivalent show last year.

In addition, a new biography claims that Cowell has been using tablets and pills to keep up with the intense schedule of shooting the American version of the X Factor and that he was turning into a ‘weird vampire’. The book – Sweet Revenge, the intimate life of Simon Cowell – claims that Cowell confided in X Factor judge Louis Walsh: “I don’t want any more tablets and pills. I’m cutting out the lot, including cigarettes. I desperately need peace. I’m craving normality. I’ve got to work out my demons and come out of it. I have to get back to where I was years ago. I had to stop reading texts at three in the morning and making calls later and later. I wanted peace.”

If you take all of this together it certainly seems that the cracks are finally starting to show in the carefully constructed Cowell empire, who knows maybe ITV’s Saturday night schedule may soon need another overhaul.

X Factor moves their final to Manchester

Monday, August 13th, 2012

Bosses at the X Factor have confirmed that the final of the upcoming series will move from its traditional London base to the Manchester Central Centre.

Show sponsors TalkTalk will be giving away 10,000 tickets to the final, which will feature this year’s judging panel Gary Barlow, Nicole Scherzinger, Tulisa and Louis Walsh. Walsh said: “Our live final is going to be another major event – so The X Factor 2012 has everything! I believe it’s going to be our best series yet.”

The last series of the show has been criticised by both show boss Simon Cowell and Gary Barlow, who called the contestants ‘lazy’. As expected, though, all of the judges are being extremely enthusiastic about this year’s run, which starts this Saturday at 8PM on ITV1.

Are ITV planning to drop the X Factor?

Saturday, June 30th, 2012

The Daily Star are today claiming that ITV may be looking to replace their Saturday night megahit the X Factor.

The last series was deemed by many to have been a relative disappointment and, with Simon Cowell again missing from this year’s judging panel, it looks like there are plenty of people around ready to sound the death knell for the show.

The paper are quoting a ‘senior ITV source’ as saying: “Every television network is always looking for the next big thing. They’d be crazy not to. X Factor has had a brilliant run, but no show lasts for ever. Over the past few years Simon Cowell has been the main source for many of our top hits but some feel that we’ve got too many eggs in one basket and we’ve become too reliant on one man.”

Scrap a show that is still raking far more money than it costs to produce AND risk the ire of Cowell, one of TV’s most successful moguls? Seems a bit unlikely. We think it’s far to early to write the show off.

X Factor 2012 judges confirmed – here’s the first official picture

Monday, June 18th, 2012

The judging line up for the 9th series of the X Factor has been released. It will once again feature Gary Barlow, Louis Walsh and Tulisa Contostavlos but Kelly Rowland has been replaced by former Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger.

Sherzinger has been quoted as saying: “I’m so excited to join the UK X Factor family. It’s where I got my start, so it feels great to come full circle. I can’t wait to see what talent the UK has to offer and to help inspire and bring out the best in these artists.”

She had previously been a guest judge on the show. This series will also feature Geri Halliwell, Rita Ora, Leona Lewis, Mel B and Anastacia as guest judges.

 

Kelly Rowland quits The X Factor?

Monday, January 16th, 2012

Kelly Rowland is not expected to return to The X Factor.  The When Love Takes Over hitmaker – who sat on the panel alongside Louis Walsh, Gary Barlow and Tulisa Contostavlos on the last series – reportedly couldn’t cope with all the surrounding emotional stress of the ITV1 show, while programme boss Simon Cowell was less than impressed with her overall performance.

A source told the Daily Mirror newspaper: “She enjoyed her time on the programme but was taken aback by the circus surrounding it.

“From his side, Simon felt that Kelly had got off to a really strong start but slightly faded towards the latter half of the series. He is already on the look-out for fresh talent.”

Before the last series ended, Kelly – who clashed with Tulisa when the N-Dubz singer branded Kelly’s act Misha B a “bully” live on TV – admitted she was unsure whether she wanted to renew her contract.

She said: “I’m really not sure whether I’ll be doing it again. If Simon Cowell wanted me back on the show then it would be something I would have to think about. I don’t know if I could do it again. We’ll have to see what happens.”

Tulisa Controstavlos: Little Mix Cannonball single is ‘formality’

Monday, December 19th, 2011

Tulisa Contostavlos says Little Mix’s debut single is “a formality”. The N-Dubz singer mentored the group -  whose cover of Damian Rice’s Cannonball reach number one in the UK singles chart yesterday (17.12.11) – to victory on The X Factor and thinks they can go on to establish their own identity now they have released their first song.

She told the Daily Star newspaper: “If I’m being honest the debut single Cannonball  is more of a formality for them. The real fun will begin when they get in the studio and find their identity. That’s when they’re going to start the ball rolling.”

However, Tulisa believed the group – Perrie Edwards, Jade Thirlwall, Jesy Nelson and Leigh-Anne Pinnock – will go on to great things.

She said: “I do believe they are going to be the biggest girl band we’ve had for years.”

Show chief Simon Cowell is thrilled by the success of Little Mix’s single, which has sold over 210,000 copies since its release last week.

He said: “I’m absolutely thrilled. I think they have something really special.”

While they are currently at number one, Little Mix are expected to lose the top slot on Christmas Day (25.12.11) to the Military Wives choir.

X Factor 2011: girl group Little Mix voted surprise winners

Monday, December 12th, 2011

Little Mix were crowned champions of The X Factor last night.

The girl group – made up of Jesy Nelson, Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Perrie Edwards and Jade Thirlwall – beat off stiff competition from fellow finalist Marcus Collins to become the first band in the history of the ITV1 show to be named winners.

After a string of breathtaking performances – including a rendition of their winner’s single ‘Cannonball’ – the quartet struggled to contain their emotions as host Dermot O’Leary broke the news to them and ecstatic mentor Tulisa Contostavlos.

Jesy said: “Oh my God, this is never going to sink in. We can’t thank the public enough for picking up the phone.”

After receiving the backing of show boss Simon Cowell – who has predicted the group will be as big as the Spice Girls – Little Mix are now expected to rake in a staggering £8 million in commercial deals.

As well as their £150,000 record deal advance, the foursome are expected to bag a number of lucrative contracts with major brands.

An insider told The Sun newspaper: “Offers have been coming in for weeks now. People in marketing spend their lives looking for suitable role models. Little Mix are the full package. The trick will be knowing what to turn down.”

Meanwhile, Simon has also lined up Richard ‘Biff’ Stannard – the songwriter who helped the Spice Girls find fame – and ‘X Factor’ head judge Gary Barlow to work alongside the band.

The source added: “Simon has made no bones of the fact that he wants the best writers on board. He genuinely thinks the girls can be as big as – if not bigger than – the Spice Girls.

See the gallery above for all the fashion from the weekend.

Rebecca Ferguson wants fellow Scouser Marcus Collins to win The X Factor

Friday, December 9th, 2011

X Factor runner up, Rebecca Ferguson

Rebecca Ferguson wants Marcus Collins to win The X Factor. The Nothing’s Real But Love singer – who finished as runner-up on last year’s series losing out to Matt Cardle in the final – is rooting for her fellow Liverpudlian to land the record deal on Sunday (11.12.11).

Rebecca is still grateful for the support the city gave to her last year and knows the whole of Liverpool will get behind Marcus – who is mentored by Gary Barlow – at the weekend.

She said: “I’ve been watching it ['The X Factor'], I missed it last week but I’ll be definitely watching the final. I want Marcus to win I’m rooting for my Liverpool boy. I know Liverpool was really rooting for me last year and it would be nice for us to have a winner, I think that would be really lovely. I’ll be voting for him.”

Rebecca released her debut album ‘Heaven’ this week which she co-wrote with producer Eg White to mass acclaim.

She admits she is really “grateful” to the ITV programme for launching her music career and is proud she got to the final.

Rebecca explained: “I always wanted to write my own music and that’s what I was always doing before ‘The X Factor’, I always wrote and so for me it was a no brainer, it was just what I was going to do. But I look back on ‘The X Factor’ with pride, and sometimes I still can’t believe it was me on it. I’m pleased I did so well on the show and it gave me a fantastic platform. I’m grateful for what’s it’s done for my life.”

Rebecca begins her UK tour on February 20 at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall.

X Factor 2011: Kelly Rowland reveals Amelia Lilly comeback song as favourite moment

Friday, December 9th, 2011

Kelly Rowland’s favourite X Factor moment of this series was when Amelia Lily performed her comeback song.

The Down For Whatever  hitmaker thinks the blonde finalist “shut the building down” with her version of Queen’s The Show Must Go On minutes after she won a public vote to re-enter the competition as a replacement for axed contestant Frankie Cocozza, who was chucked off the programme for breaching show rules.

She said: “The top moment of X Factor was probably when Amelia came back to sing The Show Must Go On. She shut the building down.”

But Kelly felt her “most emotional” time on the show occurred when she chose to eliminate the blonde beauty from the competition during the first live programme, and also when Misha B was axed last Sunday (04.12.11), leaving Amelia, Little Mix and Marcus Collins as the remaining acts in this weekend’s final.

She added: “The most emotional moment of the show was probably when I had to let Amelia go and when I had to let Misha go.”

The 30-year-old singer “really admires” fellow judge Gary Barlow and is honoured to have worked with the Take That singer throughout this series of ‘X Factor’.

She explained: “Gary is one of the nicest people I’ve ever met. I really admire him as a man, as a husband, as a musician, as a father, I just think he’s an incredible man and I’m just really happy that I got a chance to know his this year.”

X Factor 2011: Misha B leaves show with superb version of Jessie J single

Monday, December 5th, 2011

Misha B was booted off The X Factor last night (04.12.11) – missing out on a place in this weekend’s final.

The 19-year-old singer looked unsurprised as host Dermot O’Leary announced the result and then paid tribute to her mentor Kelly Rowland.

She said: “I just want to say thank you to everyone here at The X Factor for making my dreams a reality.”

“Kelly is the best mentor in the world.”

Dermot then told her: “You are one of the most creative acts we have ever had in the competition. Thank you so much.”

During Saturday’s (03.12.11) show, Gary Barlow told Misha she didn’t stand a chance of winning after fellow judges Tulisa Contostavlos and Louis Walsh called her a “bully” a few weeks ago.

He told her: “I have sat here and witnessed your journey throughout this competition and I can’t help but feel a little bit sad.

“You have been wrongfully accused in the past of being someone that you are not. The really horrible truth behind this is, even if you’re lucky enough to get through tomorrow night, I don’t think you can win this competition because of that and that’s a real shame.”

This weekend’s final will now be contested by Amelia Lily, Marcus Collins and Little Mix – who are the most successful girl band in the ITV1 show’s history.

X-Factor 2011: Is the stress getting to Gary Barlow?

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

Gary Barlow is “not particularly enjoying” his role on The X-Factor.

The 40 year old Take That singer – who took over from Simon Cowell as head judge on the ITV1 show earlier this year – admitted he doesn’t feel “in control” of the series and has struggled to get his head around the intensity of the competition.

He said in an interview with Esquire magazine: “I’ve got to get my head around it, learn to enjoy it. It’s so intense. All those people out there watching every move you make and analysing it and talking to their friends about it and tweeting and gossiping.

“I think at this point the reason I’m not particularly enjoying it is I don’t feel I’m in control of it. Maybe I’ll never feel like that. It’s a totally bloody new thing for me.”

Gary’s comments are now sparking rumours that he is set to leave the X Factor at the end of the current season, with insiders claiming his chances of returning next year are “beyond slim”.

With ratings plummeting to a four-year low – and currently being beaten by BBC One rival Strictly Come Dancing’ – show boss Simon Cowell is reportedly keen for at least two of the current judges, also including Kelly Rowland, Tulisa Contostavlos and Louis Walsh, to be replaced.

While Tulisa is considered the “most likely” to return, Kelly Rowland could undergo job swap with US X Factor judge Nicole Scherzinger, and Simon is also keen for former panellist Cheryl Cole to resume her role on the show.

An insider told the Daily Mail newspaper: “He’s not happy and wants to distance himself from this series, but has no plans for it to carry on like this next year.”

X Factor 2011: Paddy Power now makes Little Mix favourites

Monday, November 28th, 2011

There’s been nothing predictable about this year’s X-Factor with all four remaining acts have at one stage or other having been the bookies favourite to win the show at some time or other. But it’s Tulisa’s girl group Little Mix (pictured right) that are now heading the betting in the penultimate week.

Paddy Power have made the teenage foursome their 11/8 favourites to be crowned this year’s X Factor winners, closely followed by Scouse hair crimper Marcus Collins at 6/4. Amelia Lily is third in the betting at 5/1 followed lastly by Misha B at 10/1.

Despite bowing out of the competition on Sunday night, Irish songstress Janet Devlin still has a bright future ahead of her according to Paddy Power who are quoting just 7/4 that the Tyrone red-head will have a Number 1 single in Ireland next year. It’s also just 10/1 that she’ll perform a duet with the legendary Elton John.

Sharon McHugh, spokesperson for Paddy Power said: “This year’s X Factor is just too close for comfort. Little Mix are the favourites going into the semi final week but we’re seeing money right across the board for all the acts. It’s definitely the most unpredictable series of X Factor we’ve seen yet!”

X FACTOR BETTING

Outright Winner
11/8 Little Mix
6/4 Marcus Collins
5/1 Amelia Lily
10/1 Misha B

Next Elimination
10/11 Misha B
6/4 Amelia Lily
9/1 Little Mix
12/1 Marcus Collins

Winning Judge
11/8 Tulisa
6/4 Gary
11/4 Kelly

JANET DEVLIN SPECIALS

Chart Success
7/4  Janet to have an Irish No 1 single
5/2  Janet to have a UK No 1 single
50/1  Janet to have a US No 1 album

Famous Friends
5/1  To duet with Ellie Goulding
8/1  To duet with Florence & The Machine
10/1 To duet with Elton John
20/1  To duet with Coldplay

2012 Specials
7/1  To perform onstage at Glastonbury 2012
8/1  To appear in a hair dye advert in 2012
20/1  To represent Ireland at Eurovision 2012

X Factor 2011: Janet Devlin gets the boot, at last

Sunday, November 27th, 2011

Janet Devlin: the Irish singer wasn't everyone's cup of tea

Though widely tipped to win the competition, it always looked like Janet Devlin was going to struggle after last night’s terrible live performances on The X Factor.

Claiming she was sick, the Irish warbler managed to forget the lyrics to her ‘guilty pleasure’, Hanson’s Mmm Bopp – a song with only about five words in it. Sure, she picked it up for her second ‘hero’ performance of the night, Red Chilli Peppers’ Under The Bridge but she was still a long way short of her slicker opposition.

But this is Janet Devlin who somehow had managed to avoid being voted in the bottom two since the competition began despite several poor and bland performances in recent weeks. So when she was voted into the bottom two tonight (November 27th, 2011) I did think that maybe she would be lucky once again.

Predictably enough her sing-off was against Misha B who is no stranger to these events, having finished in the bottom two three times. And while Devlin’s choice of a Snow Patrol number was perfect for her strange, ethereal voice – and she performed it well – it was no match for Misha B who looked and sounded every bit like a natural performer during the sing off.

In the end, both Louis and Tulisa’s votes to send Janet home proved to be enough to finish her off after Kelly decided to abstain (in any case Gary Barlow would have voted to send Janet packing too).

So who next to leave the stage? Though I think Marcus and Misha are the best singers and performers in the competition it’s difficult to imagine that Misha can go all the way with the public so divided over her (she still hasn’t got over those stories of bullying in the press).  I reckon, then, the final will be Amelia Lily, Marcus and girl group Little Mix and that Marcus will be crowned the overall winner.

ALL IMAGES: ITV.com and ITVPICTURES.COM

 

X-Factor 2011: Kitty Brucknell in catfight with fellow Britney Spears impersonator

Friday, November 25th, 2011

Kitty Brucknall: voted off last night's X Factor

She may have left the show, but the controversy around Kitty continues.  This time, she has been accused of stealing someone else’s life.

Apparently she tried to take Lorna Bliss’ friends, work and boyfriend as her own, after the pair met when they were both working as Britney Spears impersonators.

Lorna, who appeared in the last series of  Britain’s Got Talent, claims Kitty was friendly at first but soon attempted to steal her gigs.

She said: “I was busy preparing for a Britney gig. Kitty begged me to tell her where it was so she could come along. It was a bit weird because she wasn’t my friend.”

From then on, Lorna maintains Kitty started taking her work as a Britney impersonator and became too involved in her personal and professional life, including starting a hate campaign against her.

Lorna told the Daily Star newspaper: “I can’t prove it was her but there were things like, ‘Lorna can’t sing’ and ‘Lorna’s act is rubbish.’ It seemed random.”

Lorna also suspects Kitty stole her Johnny Depp lookalike boyfriend too.

She said: “We’d been going out for a few months when Danny suddenly told me Kitty had been sending him messages via MySpace telling him to dump me. It put a lot of strain on Danny and I. We kept having rows. He started saying horrible things about my work.

“I truly believe Kitty helped stir up trouble and caused the break-up.”

Meanwhile, Kitty’s mentor Louis Walsh has signed on for the next series of The X Factor.

According to the Daily Mirror newspaper, show boss Simon Cowell has ordered television executives to prepare a lucrative contract, believed to be around £1million.

An X-Factor source confirmed: “Louis is the only judge who has been verbally offered a deal. Despite all the reports that he has been sacked, he is 100 per cent nailed on to be back – if he wants the job.”

The other judges – Gary Barlow, Kelly Rowland and Tulisa Contostavlos – are yet to find out if they will return.

Coldplay and Michael Buble lined up for X-Factor final

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

Coldplay set to appear on the X-Factor final

Coldplay and Michael Buble have been lined up to appear in the X Factor final in a move that’s sure to get middle-aged Mums up and down the land excited.

While it is not yet known who will be battling it out in the hope of being crowned winner of the ITV1 series, it is thought Irish teen Janet Devlin’s moany voice would be most suited to the Fix You hitmakers and the Canadian crooner could complement Marcus Collins’ style.

An insider told the Daily Star newspaper: “There isn’t anyone left in the show who would suit Coldplay’s music apart from Janet.

“She wowed everyone when she sang ‘Fix You’. It shows how confident everyone is that Janet will make the final.”

Although the third act has not yet been confirmed, if girl band Little Mix reach the two-part final on December 10 and 11 they are keen to sing alongside ‘Price Tag’ hitmaker Jessie J, who helped their mentor Tulisa Contostavlos select her finalists at the Judges’ House stage of the competition.

Jesy Nelson said: “It would be so cool to duet with her in the final if we make it.”

Despite Janet having potentially bagged a slot alongside Coldplay in the X Factor final, she and fellow acts Misha B and Amelia Lily are said to feel “deserted” after mentor Kelly Rowland jetted off to Paris to promote her new single.

An insider told the Daily Mirror newspaper: “It’s fair to say the girls – Janet and Amelia Lily in particular – are less than impressed. They feel like they’ve been left to go it alone and want more hands-on attention, especially when they see Tulisa being incredibly present with her group, Little Mix.

“To them, it feels as though Kelly is prioritising her solo career over theirs.”

Craig Colton voted off The X Factor after voting deadlock

Monday, November 21st, 2011

X Factor 2011: Craig Colton is the latest contestant to get voted off

Craig Colton was voted off  The X Factor last night (20.11.11).

The 22-year-old hopeful – who landed in the bottom two alongside Amelia Lily – fought back tears as judges Gary Barlow, Kelly Rowland, Tulisa Contostavlos and Louis Walsh took the decision to deadlock after giving the acts two votes apiece.

Following a sing-off which saw Craig perform the Shirelles’ Will You Love Me Tomorrow and Amelia – who only re-entered the ITV1 competition last week in the wake of Frankie Cocozza’s axe – belt out a rendition of Lady Gaga’s You and I, Tulisa and Craig’s mentor Gary voted to save the Liverpool-based singer.

Criticising Amelia’s performance, Gary said: “Amelia I feel like you shouted your way through that, while Craig was understated and gorgeous.

Tulisa added: “I don’t think I’ve ever been so torn before in a sing-off. Based on tonight’s performance, I’ll send home Amelia.”

However, Louis – the only judge left with no acts left in the show – claimed the 17-year-old wannabe was a “ready-made” pop star, sending the decision to deadlock.

He said: “I’ve loved you from day one, Craig, but I think Amelia is a ready-made pop star.”

Kelly – who is mentoring Amelia, as well as Janet Devlin and Misha B- explained: “Craig, I love you. I think you are a beautiful vocalist. I’m saving Amelia.”

After learning he would be leaving the competition, Craig told Dermot he had the time of his life on the show.

He said: “I’ve had the time of my life the last few months. I’ve done myself proud.”

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