On to the first order of the day – the X Factor, which, in our opinion, trumped Strictly this weekend.
OK, SCD had Amy Winehouse (newly enhanced, if you believe the rumours) and her talented 13-year-old niece, Dionne Bromfield, but it still couldn’t top the X Factor, which threw us one surprise after another this week.
First, Dannii’s clanger (which earned her more column inches then even Anton Du Beke). After almost two decades in the industry, the Aussie singer (and G.A.Y regular) should know better than to joke about a contestant’s sexuality (after Danyl Johnson’s rendition of Jennifer Hudson’s And I’m Telling You, she said, 'If we're to believe what we read in the papers, there was no need to switch the gender reference in that song.') Sadly, nobody else found it funny. The X factor audience sat in shocked silence, while at home we all squirmed on our sofas. It caused such a stir that Dannii issued a statement. 'It was meant to be a humorous moment,' she said, 'Danyl and I were joking about the very same thing in rehearsals on Friday, so it carried on to the show.' But did you see the funny side?
In the results show, there was an empty seat on the judging panel as Louis had flown to
Kandy Rain and Rachel Adedeji were in the bottom two and, as Louis is the girl band’s mentor, they automatically got his vote, but this was not enough to save them and the scantily clad ex-pole dancers were the first contestants cast out of the live shows.
Which leads us to ask, how on earth are John & Edward still in? If you voted for them please tell us, what is their attraction?
Finally, the star of the show, Robbie Williams. It’s been three years since he last performed on British soil and the singer has big shoes to fill, following Take That’s recent triumphant comeback. Do you think he lived up to expectations?
Last year’s winner Alexandra Burke also appeared in the results show, performing her new single Bad Boys, flanked by an army of dancers. OK, she looked a-mazing (that hair, that dress, those legs), but was Cheryl’s protégée, renowned for her belting voice, lip-synching? That’s not a great example to set to the new batch of contestants.
There’s so much to talk about. Tell us your thoughts.