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Saturday, 2 December, 2006

The MacDonald Brothers Fail to make the Semi-Final

The MacDonald Brothers X FactorTonight the X Factor judges had no power to eliminate, with the results being decided entirely by the public vote. The public did vote and the act that polled the lowest number of votes was The MacDonald Brothers, putting them out of The X Factor 2006. In his judges comments, Simon predicted that this was their last week.
On hearing the news, The MacDonald Brothers said: “This is the biggest thing ever in our lives. Thanks for the opportunity. Its been a great experience.”

As a judge, Louis is now out of the X Factor 2006, leaving Simon Cowell with two acts, Ray and Leona, and Sharon just with Ben in the semi-final. Just these three acts remain for next week.


  1. im gutted. i loved these guys. i was really hoping ray would go because he killed mandy so out of tune, as usual, but as ive said before must be more teenage girls with credit on their phone than i thought. my cousin being one of them!

    Comment by lindsay — Saturday, 2 December, 2006 @ 21:33

  2. Ray should’ve left the show. He’s my favourite to leave the show but I don’t even care. Why can’t Craig and Brian have a recording contract.

    Comment by Gemma Bowden — Saturday, 2 December, 2006 @ 21:37

  3. But hey, if you visit Bebo click on my name and leave me a comment about the boys. What would Shayne Ward say about these boys getting the boot?

    Comment by Gemma Bowden — Saturday, 2 December, 2006 @ 21:40

  4. i imagine he, like every sane person in the world, would be thanks God that they have finally gone!

    Comment by turkey — Saturday, 2 December, 2006 @ 22:25

  5. I HATE RAY he def should of went out i wish eton road and mc donalds stayed in they were the best i am so gutted

    Comment by megan — Saturday, 2 December, 2006 @ 22:54

  6. Suprised Ray is still there somehow he clings on in spite of being the worst singer.

    Comment by Bob — Saturday, 2 December, 2006 @ 23:10

  7. maybe they will get one, if so i hope they come to blackburn i will be buying a ticket!!!

    Comment by lindsay — Saturday, 2 December, 2006 @ 23:15

  8. I thought the Macdonald brothers song choices were very bad. When I saw them posted on the forum, I was like, they either got to do something with them or will be voted off. I really thought Ray would go and the brothers would make atleast top 3.

    If they had song more well known songs, I think they would have easily got in for next week and Ray would have been voted off. Maybe if the Brothers had sung Mandy etc….

    It sad to see them go, it is a competition and I hope they do go somewhere, I am sure they will…. only thing with reality tv stars is not all of them last long after the competition is over.


    Comment by Tom — Sunday, 3 December, 2006 @ 05:00

  9. They were actuallymore entertaining than Ray this week and I’m quite sad they left ahead ahead of Ray who I am sure appeals to many but sadly not to me. Sharon hit it right on the nail when she said he reminded her of a Jack Russell terrier ! LOL. Good luck with all he does but I’d hate to say this but I wish the McDs were still the contest instead of him.

    Comment by CT — Sunday, 3 December, 2006 @ 10:25

  10. The MacDonalds let themselves down this week - their choice of songs was awful and their performance was the worst yet. Sad to say but on that performance they deserved to go. However, they were still 100% better than Ray - the one trick wonder. The only reason he is still there is because all the pubescent teeny-bopper girls vote for his cute looks. I would suspect that a lot of gays are also swooning and lusting over him !
    Ben was lucky to survive - without that big choir to hide his inadequacies he would have been booted out instead of the McDs.
    Unfortunately Leona has been and is still the best of the bunch - even though she screaches like a banshee when tackling high notes. She will win X Factor hands down but her future is not bright and she will end up being just another screaming female Mariah Carey/Celine Dion impersonator.

    Comment by Dave S — Sunday, 3 December, 2006 @ 13:31

  11. Ray haas to go. he is awful he should have went this week not the mc donald bros!!!!

    Comment by Angela — Sunday, 3 December, 2006 @ 15:08

  12. Bens inadequacies??????????? hiding?????? how can you hide behind anything when you sing a song acapella. This week he sang that and a Barry Manilow ballad. Leona should have been advised not to sing a Mariah Carey song as it made her a bit of a stars in her eyes contestant, good as her performance was.
    Ben and Leona have been the best 2 singers since the beginning of the final. The only travesty is that Robert is not the third remaining contestant as he was a fabulous singer.

    Comment by Phil — Sunday, 3 December, 2006 @ 15:52

  13. HI Phil [3 Dec]

    couldn’t agree with you more, yes Robert ought to have been on of the remaining three. He certainly is the best singer and performer.

    I wonder if he will be included in the tour? I sincerely hopes so because he will make that stage rock

    Comment by Patricia — Sunday, 3 December, 2006 @ 23:23

  14. oh my god i cant believe macdonald brothers have gone am wel upset n gutted i only watch the xfactor becoz they were onit if any1 knowz how 2 get in contact with dem plz contact me on jadeblack06@hotmail.co.uk thnkz luv u brian n craig so proud of u guyz mwah xxxxxxxxx

    Comment by jade — Sunday, 3 December, 2006 @ 23:28

  15. I dont know about anyone else - but i voted 3 times by text for the Macdonald Bros, but never got my acknowledgement until the early hours of Sunday. I knwo of at least 3 other people that did the same!!! I also know loads of people that tried to vote by telephone, and were continually told that the network was busy, and never got thro. Looks to me like it is, and always was going to be, a Leona and Ben final!!! Not really fair on all of the other contestants, putting them through all this, when it has so obviously been decided who the winner is going to be!!!

    Comment by angel — Monday, 4 December, 2006 @ 13:13

  16. I am sooo gutted that the Macdonald brothers went!! The main reason I watched this series was them and now they’re gone!! I loved shang-a-lang lol. I don’t think Ben did well with the acapella, he was drowned out by the choir. Ray was ok but I didnt think he was THAT great. I think anyone who can sing well can sing a Mariah Carey song or anything like that so what the judges and everyone else were saying about Leona being better than the original is absolute rubbish, though I’m not denying she’s an amazing singer.

    Hoping to get to the Glasgow tour!

    Comment by Kerri — Monday, 4 December, 2006 @ 16:18


    Comment by cameron — Monday, 4 December, 2006 @ 16:36


    Comment by cameron — Monday, 4 December, 2006 @ 16:38

  19. same here angel, i was a little surprised at that, i thought it was my phone but obviously not. im even more gutted now.

    Comment by lindsay — Monday, 4 December, 2006 @ 19:08

  20. Or maybe because the English outvoted the Scots blind patriotism this time ’round? About time they went, completely out of their league after Saturday night’s performances.

    Comment by Al — Monday, 4 December, 2006 @ 19:29

  21. awww bless the macdonald brothers! wont be the same without them, they were entertaining if nothing else!! :D

    Comment by Laura — Monday, 4 December, 2006 @ 20:14

  22. some extremely bad behaviour with the macdonalds votes……. simon must have been seriously worried about leonas position for him to sink so low as to be tampering with the votes….tut tut simon shame on you

    Comment by la la la — Monday, 4 December, 2006 @ 22:31

  23. yea they were entertaining, to the deaf!! cos my god, those of us blessed with hearing would just switch straight off. Granted they were lovely lads, BUT they are not people you could listen to without watching them as well as it made the songs more bearable

    Comment by michele — Tuesday, 5 December, 2006 @ 13:54

  24. I would love to see Leona go, just to see that smug smile wiped off Simon Cowell’s face. Let’s face it, it’s been a Ben/Leona final since the auditions.

    Anyway back to this week. I thought Ben or Ray should have gone. Don’t get me wrong, Ben’s a great singer, but Freddie Mercury he aint, and only Freddie could do that song justice. What Ben needs is to be standing behind a mike like Rod Stewart used to do, not hiding behind a piano. Why is Sharon trying to turn him into Elton John FCOL? And as for Ray? Well if you shut your eyes when the acts are performing, the Macs were way way better than him. Again only one person can sing My Way, and that’s Sinatra.

    Comment by Sue — Wednesday, 6 December, 2006 @ 13:30

  25. When did Without You become a Mariah Carey song? It was originally written and performed by Harry Nilsson.

    Comment by Sue — Wednesday, 6 December, 2006 @ 13:56

  26. Sue- I had this dicussion with another person in the blog and you as they were are incorrect.

    I mentioned that i loved the song ‘Without You’ by Mariah Carey as it is one of my favourite songs and people started jumping down my throat for saying this. I am 16 years old so i did not grow up in that era of music with Harry Nilsson.

    He however did not write or record the song first. A group called ‘Badfinger’ did so you infact are also wrong. Take a look at this link if you like:

    Totally agree with you though, Ben or Ray should have gone in my opinion. Good points!
    I’d like to see Leona win in!

    Comment by Laura — Wednesday, 6 December, 2006 @ 17:50

  27. P.s i think we’ll be surprised by the final, maybe something unexpected will happen….? the voting public can be funny sometimes!! Maybe it won’t be Ben and Leona after all. I think Ray has a good chance.

    Comment by Laura — Wednesday, 6 December, 2006 @ 17:52

  28. i dont care who wins now that the mac bros have gone, i just hope that ray doesnt win because i just dont like him or his voice but if he does then whatever im not watching the x factor anymore cuz i cant stand to see rays cheesy slimy grin anymore!!!!

    Comment by lindsay — Wednesday, 6 December, 2006 @ 19:07

  29. I hate the MacDonald brother they are simply rubbish and if they become successful (which i really honestly doubt)what has Britain come to??? MacDonald brothers don’t give up your day jobs boys!

    Comment by Belinda — Wednesday, 20 December, 2006 @ 15:20

  30. We love the macdonald bros and want to meet them we live in glasgow, we think they are extremely gorgeous and we are the same age ;) !!

    Comment by Becky and Leigh — Sunday, 28 January, 2007 @ 02:21

  31. Craig and Brian deserved to win Leona had a good voice but she was a bit dull and boring and I didn’t like Ray at all! Ben should have gone Week 8!

    Comment by Catherine — Monday, 12 February, 2007 @ 15:58

  32. i went to the x factor live tour and the macdonald bros got the whole audience up on their feet dancing and singing if they were so ‘rubbish’ how did they do that and i dont think that anyone felt sorry for them they were 2 talented guys and they were amazing

    Comment by Sam — Sunday, 18 March, 2007 @ 21:37

  33. they only sung the rod stewart good thats the only 1 they should of left earlier

    Comment by jake — Monday, 9 April, 2007 @ 16:42

  34. My whole family love The MacDonald Brothers we have thier cd

    Comment by Charmaine — Thursday, 30 August, 2007 @ 11:05

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