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Monday, 19 November, 2007

Alisha claims X Factor Exit was a ‘conspiracy’

Alisha Bennett was the latest X Factor wannabe to be booted out of the competition on Friday, leaving Sharon Osbourne with no acts left this year.

Sharon was extremely vocal on Saturday’s show in her criticism of Simon Cowell, claiming that he controlled everything and that she had very little say in what happened during the show.

This is something Alisha echoed, saying “It’s true what Sharon said on Saturday - Simon does have the overall hand on everything.”. When asked about Simon’s criticism of her dancers, she said “For him to say something like that was, you know, a bit of a conspiracy. He watched my rehearsals on Friday”.

Alisha is now tipping Rhydian to win the contest.


  1. I really think this years Xfactor is appauling. Most of the acts are awful, how on earth can Same Difference still be in the competition, their karaoke pub singers what are they all about. xfactor is a waste of time I no longer watch It, I find It boring and dull.

    Nicki or Beverly to win, their the only two on the Xfactor that can sing. Hope are wannabe Pussycat Dolls, never will they reach their standards, they should of gone on Saturday not ALISHA. The judges are crazy and don’t know talent. Simon Cowell loves Hope because the prance around on stage like t**ts and that’s all Simon knows I’m afraid. So I suggest Xfactor is scrapped. Danni Minogue has no singing talent herself, none of the jugdes can sing, they may know about music but they don’t know about singing voices as none of them judges know how to sing.

    Comment by Jessie — Tuesday, 20 November, 2007 @ 20:12

  2. what conspiracy? Simon Cowell spoke the truth the dancing was absolute C… and Alisha would never have gotten my vote anyway ‘cos he singing is C… as well

    Comment by Stormin — Thursday, 22 November, 2007 @ 16:12

  3. The British are the best at moaning.
    Many would not recognise real talent if it jumped up and bit them.
    Just enjoy the music and chill out.

    Comment by Gerry — Thursday, 22 November, 2007 @ 17:14

  4. I think the person saying all the acts are crap is talking nonsense. They are all good. the young singer in hope has a brilliant voice, although I don’t fancy Rhydian he has a fantastic voice, nobody can dispute this.After all it is a matter of taste. I think it must be very difficult to choose. The only thing I think that could be improved is it should all be down to the public vote at this stage as we don’t know how many votes are in it when it comes to the final 2 and the judges in the studio decide.

    Comment by mary hall — Saturday, 24 November, 2007 @ 17:38

  5. x factor is fixed, hope should of gone home, i can’t believe talent like beverly has been wasted for girls aloud wanna be’s this shouldn’t be allowed i dont care if its simon cowells show this shouldnt be allowed, i am furious.

    Comment by amy butler — Saturday, 24 November, 2007 @ 21:19

  6. Leon is reminiscent of a young (and contemporary) Sean Connery when he speaks and when he works with the camera-and then he sings… What more could you want in a star???

    Comment by magi — Saturday, 24 November, 2007 @ 21:24

  7. I sincerely believe that BLACK contestants should not audition for the x factor. They have no chance in this life to win.

    Sorry if i sounded shallow. Observation is my premise for conclusion.

    I am considering quitting watching this programme. O by the way i can’t wait for American Idol- by far a much better show.

    Angry Mark

    Comment by mark — Saturday, 24 November, 2007 @ 21:26

  8. Felt that hope have gone home then and definately gone home tonight Beverley should not have gonehome - She has the personality far better than the group and also she can SING!! Demand a re count think Sharon thought that if she passed it to the tv viewers Bev would have won. Even more of a FIX this week…..

    Comment by Thomasina Goodman — Saturday, 24 November, 2007 @ 21:31

  9. I think Sharron got it wrong this week. The so called band Hope should have gone home this week they were rubbish. The song was wrong for them, they only have one lead singer, the rest of the group cannot sing solo. I cannot believe what Sharron did she should have voted for Hope to go home tonight on that performance. Shame on you Sharron.

    Comment by Roy Clarke — Saturday, 24 November, 2007 @ 21:41

  10. Hey Mark what colour was the girl who won last year? And yes there is a complete void of talent this year, if this bunch is the best they can come up with then I think that this will the last series.

    Comment by amused — Saturday, 24 November, 2007 @ 22:04

  11. mark you are shallow, if the show was rascist as you are so obviously implying then no black act would get through to the finals and if they did would go in the first couple of weeks. people like you who assume people are rascist make me sick.

    Comment by lindsay — Saturday, 24 November, 2007 @ 22:15

  12. Leona fully deserved to win last year, however if she’d have been darker skined she’d never have won. Hope should have gone tonight!!!! Simon is good see’s talent and backs it regardless of race. Poor guy this year Though has the worst of the bunch and is trying to keep cool about it. Simon I can see it in your eyes your so disapointed this year. What a major come down from Leona.
    PS plaese can I have some VIP tickets for thr final?
    Hey it’s worth a try!!!

    Comment by funky mama — Saturday, 24 November, 2007 @ 22:22

  13. Well what can i say!!! How wrong did Sharon get it tonight!!! There is NO WAY Beverley should’ve been booted off tonight!! This just proves what i’ve always thought that the x-factor is fixed!! As for Leon seriously he ain’t nothing special!! Rydian however what a voice!! not that i liked him much to start with but wow he can sing!!! Same difference are sweet but louis is right they aint gonna win!!! They remind me of a STEP’s tribute band with two people in don’t you think?? Bring back Beverley - kick off Hope!!!!!

    Comment by Leanne — Saturday, 24 November, 2007 @ 22:41

  14. I think they all did well. Pheobe has a lovely voice but we were judging on ‘a group act’ and this was clearly Simon Cowel realising that Pheobe should have been a solo artist and he put her as solo. If I were the other girls in the band I would be furious.

    Beverly should not have been voted off, on 2nites performance she was definately the better of the last 2

    But I am not pleased that Leon and Nikki are getting the votes. Leon is quite clearly ashamed of his job as a sales asistant (WHY!?) and his boss even agreed by saying he was destined for bigger and better. Nikki was positively hostile to a dinner ladies job!
    This is a very important job, looking after the youth of today.
    To serve the public is an honour. I work as a Ward manager in a hospital. The cleaners/porters are very important. As are the health care assitants. They provide the basic care in our NHS.
    I am not against people finding higher paid jobs but I do take exception when the have the attitude of Nikki (at her age she should know better and of Leon who id young but should also appreciate the value of mankind)

    My hopes are on Rhydian, at least he doesn’t appear to be a snob. Same difference, although a bit ‘Happy Clappy’ seem switched on to society.

    Comment by hazel — Saturday, 24 November, 2007 @ 22:48

  15. What is the big deal??? Sharon put it to the public vote. That is the way it should be every week. Yes, Beverley was better than Hope tonight but she obviously doesn’t have the backing of the public who would be buying her records. I’d be interested to know how many of you moaning about Beverley getting voted off actually voted for her?????

    Comment by Dawn — Saturday, 24 November, 2007 @ 23:01

  16. Beverley should have not been voted off, hope should have gone they are rubbish, i vote for rydian to win. i think it will be rydian and leon in the final. dont think sharon should have voted beverley off but i think she thought hope were going.

    Comment by sandra — Saturday, 24 November, 2007 @ 23:13

  17. I think Beverley should have gone. Can you really see her as a recording star? There is nothing different about her - she might have ended up on the cruise ships as some previous contestants.

    Rhydian has a fantastic voice but what can they do with him?

    Hope are simply another Girls Aloud - do we really need another?

    Leon to win I think! He is fantastic, he has real star quality and it’s just beginning to show. He really could be a recording star! Go Leon

    Comment by Maddy — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 08:30

  18. Alisha? Alisha who? Forgotten already, she was rubbish and it was the right decision to vote her off.

    Comment by Annette — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 08:41

  19. How many times have we heard Simon Cowell say “this is a singing competition” - Sharon obviously hasn’t been listening to him!! HOPE - NO HOPE!!! Get them off.
    Its a shame an ‘intelligent woman’ like Sharon, who with her ‘vast’ experience didn’t at least have the
    guts to pick the person who could actually sing. I thought these people supposedly knew talent… Mmmmm!?!

    Comment by Kag — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 11:19

  20. 1st of all tht mark guy sayin its racist WTF?i agree bev shunt hav gone exetrmrly talented huge voice and awesome lady but it was really really dumb of u 2 say tht seein as leona won the x factor last year!chek wat colour her skin was! also are manu factured and its fixed their tryin 2 fix it but the public hav seen tht thers no hope left they are HOPELESS!they r jus desperate 2 be famous but cant sing A single note properly.however the people tht are left in the comp apart frm hope r all really good an hav ther own inavidual talents!x

    Comment by lisa — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 12:31

  21. Beverley is in a different league to Hope and Same Difference. Sharon was cowardly in not supporting the by far superior vocals of Beverley, but the public were racist in not supporting Beverley in the same numbers as Nikki (very similar acts, one white, one black). Yes, Leona won last year, but she was so amazing it overcame the racist factor. I was embarrassed at the decision. The best singer in Hope is a long,long way short of Beverley.

    Comment by David — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 13:49

  22. I do agree that it’s unfair that the person who calls all the shots on the show also happens to be a judge.

    Hope are boring and sound terrible. They look like every other girl band out there, except they sound even worse. The lead singer is nowhere near strong enough - she just doesn’t hit the notes. She was rejected as a solo singer for a very good reason - her voice just isn’t strong enough to be on stage. But she’s the best out of a bad bunch that deserved to be chucked ages ago.

    Beverley was very good indeed and she definitly should have staed, but it is true that there are already lots of people out there like her. Same goes for Nikki.

    I really like Same Difference - they’re so bubbly and energetic and it rubs off on me when I watch them! Rhydian is great - totally unique and interesting. Leon is great too - he’s realy grown on me.

    Comment by glittery — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 14:53

  23. X factor lost a star when alisha was sent home.
    The judges should try and let another girl sing the solo apart from phoebe.
    Hope need to be out as soon as possible

    Comment by Joy — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 15:12

  24. Same Difference to win! I know they’re irritating to watch, don’t think that they’ve ever grown up, they are still the same two little kids that are dancing in front of their tv in the clips, but they’re young and energetic and do sound great.If you don’t actually watch them they ARE good! Music is for the ears and not for the eyes!

    Comment by Annette — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 16:50

  25. Listen the chaps called Dawn and Maddy, Beverly should not have gone. If you reason well, she only pulled the lowest votes not because she din’t have a market out there but it was against 5 X more individual girl votes as opposed to people voting for just her as a solo artist. If it was just herself and Phoebe pulling votes, then obviously, Phoebe will pull the lowest, Period.

    Comment by lunmsy — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 18:33

  26. Beverly butchered one of my favorite songs ever. Nilsen wiped the floor with her and the public were right to vote her out on that one performance.

    Hopes performance was really mature by comparison, they nailed that song.

    Comment by Mick — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 19:00

  27. Hope and Same difference must be in the final 2. Only then will people understand that this show is rigged.

    Beverly would not have been kicked out if this show was in the US - a true showbiz country which appreciates real talent.


    Comment by Anem Mmm — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 21:02

  28. Please dont bring race into this. Hope will have had votes from young girls as would Leon and same difference, and Beverly is a bit older. Us older viewers had a hard time choosing between Beverly, Nikki and Rhydian, and we can only vote for one. Hope are just like all the other girl groups with no individuality at all, Same difference are for little girls, and leon is very average. Nikki and Beverly both have great voices, but I think that Rhydian is the only one with the star quality to sell records. It is mostly young people who buy records, and I dont think that Beverly and Nikki fit the bill,even though they both have really good voices. Now that Beverly has gone I really hope that either Nikki or Rhydian win because none of the others are up to it. But who knows, obviously Simon is biased,and many people will vote for sex appeal instead of talent. I wait with baited breath.

    Comment by janet — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 23:53

  29. There are some really good singers left now, each good in there own unique way, I was sorry that Alisha got voted out, she had a lot of potential, I just hope that someone can see that and sponsor her to become the star she could be. Rhidian is amazing, and Leon well he gets better each week Nikki I feel is being made into something that does not suit her, she is vamped up more each week to the point she looks overdone..mutton dressed as lamb springs to mind. Each contestant who does not win will always maintain a living singing..Out of all of them the ones who will make stars will be Leon and Rhidian. Sorry Simon but the happy siblings will not remain in public favour, you can only take so much of their sugary sweetness. Having said all that I wish each and everyone of them well, they have worked hard and done their best..

    Comment by Patricia — Monday, 26 November, 2007 @ 00:29

  30. Yes Hope were dreadful last night but when will people realise its not colour or talent that counts but how they are marketed and five families town and support is greater than one.However a great injustice was done and hope are consistently poor

    Comment by CORRINA — Monday, 26 November, 2007 @ 01:19

  31. Anem Mmm,

    OPEN YOUR EYES. The US is the most fake and racist country in the world.

    And for everyone else, why does Beverly leaving make the show racist??????????
    Hope is ethically mixed so would kicking them out be racist or sexist?
    Wake up, the public voted Beverly out because they didn’t like her.

    Comment by heather — Monday, 26 November, 2007 @ 12:43

  32. I’ve followed X factor right through this year and its true the standard is probably not as good as previous years. That said the performances are getting better each week and as the weaker acts go it will get more interesting.
    I don’t believe the show is totally rigged but its clear the judges have their own agenda and and are steering the competition to the own ends.
    Hope have been very poor 3 nights running and Saturday was a bit of a joke, a female lead singer with backing girls. Thats not what a band should be doing on the show. Its unfortunate that Beverly went but i did feel she would be in the bottom two as the competition is getting tougher now. If it was just vocal talent then Beverly deserved to stay but only just! The show appears to desperately want the girls to reach the final this year but i can see them getting the boot next week, they are the weakest left at this point.
    Who will win, its hard to say really, Rhydian is very good but doesn’t really fit in on the show somehow. I’m left saying to myself “i know he’s good” but i don’t end up voting for him. I say Rhidian to go third last. I don’t believe Leon is good enough yet but he will probably improve as time goes on. He will be getting a hugh Scottish vote and the girls will like him as well so he could make the final. Same difference had their best night yet and if they pick the right songs they might get to the final.
    I think the trick is to wach the show and enjoy it for what it is and remember the best act might win the final but only if the judges (Simon Cowell) agrees with the public on who that act is

    Comment by Gerry — Monday, 26 November, 2007 @ 16:30

  33. I still think the overall standard is well down on last year. Rhydian was the one exception this week, his rendition of “Somewhere” being genuinely goose-bumping. I still think Nicki is a shouty karaoke singer, Leon is mediocre and Hope, who I do like, had a poor week. Regarding the “race” row, the problem this year was simply that the two black singers who made it to the late stages were Alisha who couldn’t sing in tune and Beverley who sounded like a million other middle aged Disco covers singers. Same Difference, love ‘em or loathe ‘em, they give a 100% polished professional performance every single week. But Rhydian has to win if the show is to retain any credibility. Having “X Factor” means standing out from the crowd. You don’t achieve that by belting out karaoke versions of your favourite oldies. And, by the way, since there has been much comment about racist voting, it is not exactly every day that the Welsh win anytying either!

    Comment by NEIL MARCH — Tuesday, 27 November, 2007 @ 04:34

  34. Hope Gone at last!!! phew!! About time. So many talented contestants have been “killed off” because of Hope. Its ridiculous to watch every week. These girls can’t sing(except for one). They were just being kept in cos Simon and Louis couldn’t contain their excitement for them. It was like watching to old raincoat men drooling over some pathetic young girls. I thought this was a show about talent…and singing. I …and many people I know…are glad that there’s been some justice at last! 3 cheers to the public vote!!

    Comment by farah — Monday, 3 December, 2007 @ 21:20

  35. I think the show is rigged for sure. why is it that Simon’s two groups have come this far?? How else can such a “talent-less” group of people such as Hope and Same Difference do so well. What other country in the world could have such people in a talent contest!! At the end of the day if Simon likes Hope so much, he can sign them up to his label anyway. As for Same Difference, I’m sure C Beebies could do with some new presenters!!!!! My money is on Leon and Nikki. I just hope Same Difference goes this week.

    Comment by John — Monday, 3 December, 2007 @ 21:32

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