Posts Tagged ‘contest’

X Factor’s Daniel De Bourg speaks out on the last-minute song change that saw him axed from the show

Tuesday, October 30th, 2007


At least he’s taken it well. Daniel De Bourg, the most recent singing hopeful to be shown the door on ITV1’s The X Factor has spoken out against the show with claims of a conspiracy. Someone call Fox Mulder – the truth is out there! De Bourg ‘sang’ The Foundations’ ‘Build Me Up Buttercup’ and with cheesy dance moves and too many ‘whooos’ found himself suitably ejected from the contest. But why choose a song that clearly didn’t suit his voice and subject him to a routine that he didn’t look comfortable with? Over to Daniel.

“Brian Friedman had my whole ‘When Doves Cry’ routine choreographed – he’d hired the dancers and I was going to close the show this week, and then suddenly at 12am on Saturday I was given a CD of bloody ‘Build Me Up Buttercup.” But this wasn’t the first song change as prior to the Prince classic, De Bourg had planned to sing Damien Rice’s Cannonball: “After the end of the first week Louis came up to me just as I was leaving to get into the car, and said ‘we’ve changed the song’. It was absolutely not the right decision. I don’t know what was going on behind the scenes, it’s a big, big TV show.”


TV Review: University Challenge, BBC2, Monday 10 September, 8pm

Tuesday, September 11th, 2007


It feels like we’ve had a thousand first round matches in this year’s University Challenge already. Surely everyone and their mother have turned up for the academic face-off by now – no? Well not those jolly chaps and chapesses from Durham University and St Edmund Hall, Oxford (pictured right) as the two institutions locked horns in last night’s instalment. Durham can boast 007 smoothie Roger Moore as one of their former students while Robin Day and Terry Jones are some of St Edmund Hall’s alumni.

Does the history, silly anecdotal stories and celebrity references matter when the action commences? Not a jot, but that Paxman just loves the sound of his own voice. On to the contest…


The X-Factor judges: Who would win in a scrap?

Wednesday, September 5th, 2007


Sharon Osbourne’s estranged brother David Arden has claimed that the X-Factor judge will quit the show soon, partly due to rivalry between the judges. The 56-year-old is quoted in The Sun as speculating that: “She will hate Dannii. She’s always had a problem with women who are better-looking. But Dannii’s been such a hit. Sharon’s days are numbered.” Arden has also asserted that his sister hates other judge Simon Cowell.

As true professionals its all smiles for the cameras and air-kissing when the world is looking, but with this news of alleged back-stabbing and bitchiness, how are we to know who likes who and who hates who in camp X-Factor? And if the ITV talent contest was to get nasty, as it so often does with all the water throwing, who would come out on top? Let TV Scoop referee the fight as we see which of the judges truly has the X-Factor.


TV Review: University Challenge, BBC2, Monday 27 August, 8pm

Tuesday, August 28th, 2007


It might have been the Bank Holiday yesterday which for many meant enjoying the last of the summer sunshine, barbeques and traipsing around Homebase – but that thankfully that didn’t disrupt University Challenge.

It was an Oxford versus Cambridge affair, with Worcester taking on Pembroke (pictured right) in the eighth round of the academic contest. With the students assembled, Paxman explained the rules in his usual hasty style and soon the action began.