In the end, this year’s X Factor UK came down between two of Simon’s overs and the cute boy won. I think no one is surprised, especially not the producers who have seen the results every week. Fleur consistently smashed it (I am so British now!), and actually has potential to be a contemporary artist, and Ben will likely end up in the James Arthur graveyard. Here’s a short list of the people who didn’t win X Factor and where they are now: Ella Henderson (“Ghost” is a massive hit), One Direction (duh), JLS, Olly Murs (both JLS and Olly have sold over 10 million records worldwide), Jedward (represented Ireland twice at Eurovision). There are also countless people that have released good music, including Aiden Grimshaw, Cher Lloyd, and Mischa B. Fleur will be fine.
Besides the “big mega X Factor smash up,” most of the performers had connections to the show: three acts discovered on this very show, two people who often perform on this show, one former X Factor UK judge and one former X Factor US judge (to Simon: “I don’t miss you”).
Favorite guest performances, ranked
1. Olly Murs and Demi Lovato
I am actually going to listen to this song. Demi was appropriately wearing Westwood.
2. One Direction and Ronnie Wood
They all looked like they were having fun for the first time in years.
3. Ed Sheeran
Britain’s favorite red headed muppet/songwriter!
4. Ella Henderson
Her jumpsuit, however, was less memorable.
5. Sam Smith
His voice is so pretty.
6. Take That
Bonus: Gary’s gritted teeth and constant smirks.
I appreciated that he asked Fleur to do “Beneath Your Beautiful” with him.
GAP OF TALENT
8. Meghan Trainor
Clearly more of a video star than an actual performer.
HUGE GAP OF TALENT
9. X Factor’s Greatest Hits
I don’t even know anymore.
No, really, this thing was the worst
Party bus tours, ranked by fun
1. Andrea’s, because of the desserts
2. Fleur, there was lots of dancing and I think maybe Jack Walton
3. Ben had beer? But no desserts or dancing. Booo.
Weird things I noticed during One Direction & Ronnie Wood
Why the pictures on the facebook page are from dress rehearsal
Maybe an exaggeration
Ben called Ed Sheeran “the most incredible man in the world.”
Best fwends forevah
Worst fan name
Highlights from home bus tours
What does Ronnie Wood look like?
It’s my new favorite game!!!
I’m thinking the old woman in this:
Of the non-duets, Fleur’s “Can’t Hold Us” was by far my favorite. Ben did an Imagine Dragons song (yuck) and I don’t even remember what Andrea sang and I just watched this yesterday.
I didn’t cover last week’s episode, partially because I was sad about
James Graham’s Stereo Kicks’ elimination and partially because I forgot.
For those of you who are just fans of reality singing competition shows: our coverage of American Idol will begin in the new year. VIVA LA LOPEZ!!!
All screencaps by me or via the X Factor facebook page.