I can’t say I’m surprised that diva next door Sam Bailey won this season of X Factor UK, especially after the big Beyoncé prize was announced. A Luke Friend-Beyoncé tour would make no sense. He came in third, with the bland Nicky McDonald as the runner up. Don’t worry Luke, One Direction came in third too.
Here is Sam’s first single, Demi Loavto’s “Skyscraper,” which will probably be the Christmas number one, a British peculiarity I did not know about until Love, Actually.
Sharon starting bawling when Sam won. This is her first winning contestant on her last season of the show.
THE BEST THING EVER
Some genius at X Factor decided that the finale needed a supergroup performance from all of the crazies/fan favorites/people I love the most (read: Rylan).
You should really watch the video for yourself.
Here are some highlights:
Kitty rode this large sparkly ball onto the stage.
Then she did some oversinging and tried REALLY HARD to be sexual.
Look, it’s Two Shoes!
Wagner wore an Egyptian hat. I think that’s Johnny Robinson there on the left.
Jedward almost knocked over Nicole’s water glass with their hilarious gyrating.
Rylan brought joy to the entire universe.
Nicole and Sharon are adorable. I’m glad the female squabbles that have plagued this show recently were not an issue this season.
They fistbumped after Nicole sang with Sharon’s finalist, Sam Bailey.
The ladies really enjoyed Rylan’s performance. WHO DIDN’T? (Besides Gary).
Runners-up: Sam and Mrs. O doing karaoke to “It’s in His Kiss” at Sam’s homecoming.
Queen of the World
You think it would be Sam Bailey, the eventual winner, but it was really Nicole.
She got to sing THE BEST PART of “And I am Telling You” in their duet (it’s “there’s no way I WILLLLLLLLLL,” duh).
Sam is lovely but Nicole, in her cut out gold dress, is the focus here.
I put a gif up there at the top but Nicole looks even better when she is not glammed up. I would kill for her hair and I love the kohl-rimmed eyes.
Is this the McDonald tartan? It’s on both Louis’ tie and Nicholas’ scarf.
What did these girls do before Nicky’s performance?
How did this dancer from the intro not sneeze with this hair across her face for thirty seconds?
Where can I get this wallpaper from Luke’s parent’s house? Maybe in black?
Strangest performance that didn’t involve Rylan
Nicholas McDonald did Robbie Williams’ “Candy,” maybe in an attempt to not be “baby Bublé,” but it was so bizarre. I loved it, but not for the right reasons. Gary thought the song choice was foul (he co-wrote it!).
Here’s the original version in case you haven’t heard it:
Worst intentional tear jerking
When Nicholas thanked his mom and she said “that’s what parents do.”
Sam reuniting with her family.
The video of Sam’s nan.
Then when she showed up at the finale!
I live for friends and family members of the finalists acting crazy.
Someone brought Nicholas some haggis. It made me want to throw up.
Stuffed guitars and bad wigs in honor of Luke.
This wackadoo had a LOBSTER dressed like Luke.
Because Caroline is at heart an E! reporter, she asked Nicholas’ fellow Scots what they wear under their kilts. Don’t people in England know more about Scotland than that?
This cake had its own seat on the airplane.
I haven’t watched Sunday night’s show yet but the big news seems to be Harry Styles’ new earring:
Also Katy Perry wore this:
Here is One Direction doing “Midnight Memories,” JUST BECAUSE.
I liked all the duets but Luke and Ellie Goulding doing “Anything Could Happen” wins for me.
American Idol starts in a few short weeks and the love of my life, J Lo, is returning, so I will be covering that in some way. At least ooohing and ahhing over her pretty pretty hair and makeup.