X Factor: Final 12 Revealed!
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Tulisa Contostavlos chose Jade Ellis, Lucy Spraggan and Ella Henderson for the Girls.
The N-Dubz star struggled when it came to breaking the news. In floods of tears, she told producers: "They all deserve it. This is people's lives... their future."
Her hardest moment came when she had to choose between Essex teen Amy Mottram and Lucy 'I'm really Victoria Wood' Spraggan. Both Contostavlos and Mottram ended up in tears: "I'm so sorry, if there were four places rather than three then you'd be right there."
Gary Barlow decided on Melanie Masson, Kye Sones and Carolynne Poole for the Overs.
Carolynne was overjoyed as she was sent home at this stage last year. Kye counted his blessings after one hell of a bum note last night and Melanie... well, our resident fairy was up against Christopher Maloney. Sadly Gary sent the show favourite packing. Are you seeing a pattern here?
Louis Walsh kept GMD3, MK1 and Union J in the Groups category.
Yeah, yeah... groups in and groups out. It's so easy to get confused between them as most of them sound the same. MK1's Charlie is still a shining star but she's the only one frankly. Praise the lord for our pocket-sized peroxide powerhouse or the groups would just be a walking anti-climax.
Let's be honest, they're the weakest category this year. One act's a One Direction cloning experiment, another beyond chavvy. Please let the wild card bring something to the table!
And finally, Nicole Scherzinger chose Rylan Clarke, James Arthur and Jahmene Douglas in her Boys category.
Rylan Clarke's selection came as a shock to all. Nicole chose to lose Jake Quickenden over Rylan as well as Adam Burridge. Both boys were sent packing regardless of being vocally superior.
Rylan sobbed uncontrollably, even asking Nicole if she was winding me up. I think he was more surprised than the rest of us.
I've no idea how a man described as 'cabaret' can make the live shows, least of all when real talent is thrown by the way-side.
Thankfully, the wild card acts were revealed shortly after the final 12 and the talented were given another chance. Christopher Maloney (Overs), Adam Burridge (Boys), Amy Mottram (Girls) and Times Red (Groups) will battle it out in a public vote that concludes on Saturday. The winning act will join the top 12 in the finals.
Gary Barlow gushed about the future: "The live shows will feel very different this year too as contestants can sing their own songs and play guitar - I can't wait for Saturday!"
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It’s so obvious what’s going on here.
Every one of the judges has chosen not to select their most popular act so they can be included in the ‘Wild Card vote off’
So now we know what we have always suspected, that the selection of contestants is not the judges free choice but influenced by other motives, this time it’s just another money making venture.
This is wicked behaviour.
On another note ( if you'll pardon the pun ! ) Times Red are the complete package so why another little boy band ? They definately have my vote, judges please remember, there are an awful lot of us who like a slightly more mature band rather than kids just out of high school !
I think I may stop watching this show as talent is not being selected but skipped over for strategic reasons. Gary's choices are the most sound vocally but you missed a march, rock is on the up and Brad has an amazing voice. I couldn't believe it when you said " who would buy your music ". It's not a niche market Gary ! x
The whole thing is a fix--- plain and simple.. those with talent have been exploited to make way for a camp Diva who should get more votes for his acting then his musical ability.
I do not agree that Gary made the best choices by any means. Christoper had the audience and judges on their feet at his audition.. the man has an incredible vocal range and it saddens me to see those with so much more talent rejected to make way for this attention seeking plonker. who doesn´t even come close to entertaining anyone but himself.. These contestants deserve better treatment from Judges who profess to know the industry. The show and Simon Cowell is a disgrace.
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