Saturday, 24 November, 2007

Beverley out after first X Factor deadlock

Beverley and Hope were the two acts in the bottom two tonight, after a strong performance by all the remaining contestants.

Simon and Louis both predictably backed their own acts, Hope and Beverley respectively, but Dannii and Sharon both had harder decisions to make.

Dannii commented that both acts had ’sung their hearts out’, but said that Beverley had been more consistent, so voted to send Hope home.

Sharon then voted to send Beverley home, creating the first voting deadlock in X Factor. As such, the decision was left to the public vote, with the act that had polled the lowest number of votes during the evening being sent home. That act was Beverley, leaving Louis with only Niki left in his category.

299 Comments »

  1. That sucks! i will not watch X factor anymore!!

    watched it for Beverley!!!

    Comment by nancy lee — Saturday, 24 November, 2007 @ 21:15

  2. What a disgrace Sharon. You were weak there. You shoul dhave voted off Hope but you deferred to the public vote because it was easier. What a big mistake.

    Comment by Kerry — Saturday, 24 November, 2007 @ 21:16

  3. That was the biggest fix I have ever seen. Even the fact that the result is on the site so quickly proves it. I have watched X factor from the time it started but never again. Beverley was cheated out of the competition – is everyone in Cowell’s pcoket. I am so sickened by the result. Who is going to be cheated out next – Rhydian????

    Comment by Christine Coffey — Saturday, 24 November, 2007 @ 21:16

  4. Sharon was such a disappointment for all talented women She definiely kopped out big time she not only let herself down but also Beverley a true talented singer compared to a group of no hopers
    Come on Sharon get real be true to your convictions

    Comment by Ann Marie — Saturday, 24 November, 2007 @ 21:18

  5. ABSOLUTELY SHOCKING DECISION!! NO WAY should beverley have went home! Was it me or could nobody else hear how BAD Hope were!!!

    Comment by Lisa — Saturday, 24 November, 2007 @ 21:18

  6. Sharon chickened out! Should she be a judge?????? I think not. Beverley was by far the better act.

    Comment by Angela — Saturday, 24 November, 2007 @ 21:18

  7. i think this weeks result are absolutly s**t i think beverly should have won because she has a better voice than hope i think that the people i the x factor have made a very very bad mistake and beverly would have took you places more than that so called girl group hope. thank you

    Comment by emma and ruth — Saturday, 24 November, 2007 @ 21:19

  8. Really not fair…
    The public only vote for the best looking or best song… They should actually vote for best voice…
    You cannot compare Berveley’s voice with those girls.
    She is much better than Hope…
    Tonight’s show was a mistake!

    Comment by Nathalia — Saturday, 24 November, 2007 @ 21:20

  9. I think this is ridiculous!! Beverly shouldn’t be going home tonight. Frankly I’m startled that Hope are still in this competition.

    Comment by Tammy — Saturday, 24 November, 2007 @ 21:20

  10. Not right. Not right at all!

    Comment by Muppet — Saturday, 24 November, 2007 @ 21:20

  11. don’t know why Beverley has been voted out instead of a few of the other acts. i think it’s a fix as some of the other acts should have been voted out ages ago!
    i think this programme is a fix.

    tracey marshall, york.

    Comment by Tracey Marshall — Saturday, 24 November, 2007 @ 21:20

  12. What a fix tonight was. C’Mon Phobe is the only one that is keeping Hope going Beverly deserved to stay!!
    i Honestly thought Leon And Same difference would have been up and the public probably thought they did not have to vote to save Beverly.How wrong they were so now the final will be Hope and Rhydian it seems to be such a fix!!! No more voted from me as Hope will probably win even though Rhydian is the only one who has the X factor . There def is no Leona lewis’s this year!!

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

  13. Sorry Beverley but you were robbed. You have an amazing voice and an even more amazing personality.
    It seems that the winner has been decided and they were not even entered as a group initially.
    Is this yet another ITV phone vote scandal?

    Good luck in all you do

    Susan Berry (Mrs)

    Comment by Susan — Saturday, 24 November, 2007 @ 21:22

  14. i think it was really obvious that Hope should go. Phoebe is a really good singer but they should change Hope to Phoebe and the girls, or actually maybe just Phoebe and the girls who go Oooh Aaah. The whole part of being in a GROUP is that you sing as a GROUP

    Comment by Lizzie — Saturday, 24 November, 2007 @ 21:22

  15. !!!! What was Sharon thinking of sending home one of only 3 acts able to hit a note. Hope trashed a good song with almost all notes sung flat. Disgraceful result, I will NOT watch this dreadful programme again.

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

  16. This competition is becoming a joke!!!! All the Acts that can actually sing are being sent home! Beverly was a class act and has delivered great performances week after week Hope have been in the bottom two week after week n yet they are still in the running.
    x factor is losing credibility bigtime!!!
    Nicky n Ryhdian are the best acts left. Leon is ok aswell

    Comment by chrystal — Saturday, 24 November, 2007 @ 21:25

  17. Apalling, what a fix. Hope are awful singers, with the lead vocals in tonights song getting more flat notes than correct ones. It’s an utter disgrace – the wrong person has been voted out without a doubt.

    Comment by R Bagworth — Saturday, 24 November, 2007 @ 21:25

  18. I can’t believe Bev is out, it is disgusting. What a joke. She is a class act and did not deserve to go. I can’t believe Sharon bottled it, she knew Bev was the best. I will stop watching now.

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

  19. What the hell is going on, Bev should be still in, this is the biggest joke ever

    Comment by Linda — Saturday, 24 November, 2007 @ 21:27

  20. what a travesty! Shame on you, Sharon, for not having the guts or integrity to be honest; and shame, too, that we have no proof of what the home voters really said. Are they really tone deaf? Beverley has a superb voice, perfect pitch, energy and emotion, star quality – a delight to listen to. ‘Hope’ did a shameful performance: 16 or not, the lead singer was about as tuneful as the dog in the garden next door.
    Is there any point in watching a fix?

    Comment by kaz williams — Saturday, 24 November, 2007 @ 21:27

  21. An absolute disgrace again…what is the point of watching a fix of a show totally controlled by Simon. Extremely disappointed in Sharon who I thought was stronger and would stand up to Simon, but she made the biggest mistake sicnce I have been watching her on TV.##This show is not a talent show it is a show of who likes you the best.

    How can you compare Hope to Sharon, they did not even sing as a group.

    Not watching the show again……waste of my time.

    Comment by Jacqs — Saturday, 24 November, 2007 @ 21:28

  22. I personally cannot believe Beverley’s gone! She had an amazing voice!! Hope is only in there because of Pheobe! She has a great voice, but she should be a solo singer because that’s how they’re acting, Phoebe as a lead singer and the rest as back-up. Tonights show was a joke!! Hope should’ve gone!!!!

    Comment by Dee — Saturday, 24 November, 2007 @ 21:29

  23. This is the biggest blunder a reality TV show has made so far.ITV will be losing thousands of viewers for this s**t factor show just because of this silly old woman’s action.

    Comment by Saj — Saturday, 24 November, 2007 @ 21:29

  24. It is a fix I focussed on Simons face and he was beaming. I’m so suprised that a man who obviously knows the business has focussed on the young leggy ones on his team instead of the talented one. He should have shown a more respectful emotion. one of support for his group but also respect for a woman who has more vocal skill than any of the the Hope girls have. I really do feel like not watching anymore.

    Comment by caroline — Saturday, 24 November, 2007 @ 21:30

  25. that was a disgrace hope are hopeless and the show was fixed sharon simons puppet the show has gone down in my estieem shocking and shameful

    Comment by john charles — Saturday, 24 November, 2007 @ 21:30

  26. Boo Hoo ,its a competition ,who cares who was better or worse that is just your opinion ,you people who say ” I wont watch any more ” get a life grow up .I personaly dont care who wins .they re all bad if you ask me ,but that is my opinion ,my right.You’re allowed to disagree with me that your right.

    Comment by Doug — Saturday, 24 November, 2007 @ 21:30

  27. That was the biggest fix I’ve ever seen!
    Hope are rubbish!! Beverly had more talent in her little finger than the whole group put together!! They want Hope to win but no one will buy their records unless they’re tone death!
    Such a fix!!
    Bring Beverly back!!!

    Comment by Bo — Saturday, 24 November, 2007 @ 21:30

  28. This had to be the lowest moment of X faxtor I’ve ever witnessed. How the Hell Is Beverly any Worse than Hope that she should be kicked out! Seriously These judges don’t know anything about real talent anymore Hope should have left a long time ago their not good singers they have barely any talent and they better be out by next week or else there will be chaos!

    Comment by Erica — Saturday, 24 November, 2007 @ 21:30

  29. Very disappointed with Sharon’s decision. Why should she be paid so much to be a judge if she has no mind of her own? If HOPE wins, I am never watching X Factor again!

    Comment by HomerT — Saturday, 24 November, 2007 @ 21:30

  30. Oh my god what are they doing? Why did Sharon send Beverly home? every body knows that beverly is by far the best out of the two!! Ihave always watched Xfactor BUT NO MORE!! this competition is a fix! me and all of my friends only watched it for beverly! I cannot beleive how sharon cowardly left it to the public vote! it makes me sick that beverly represnted the real women of this world who have a naturally great voice and cares for the people around her and then u get the same old bimbos ‘Hope’ who come year after year for there 15 mins of fame and its no suprise why simon keeps them in is it now…

    Xfatcor that was a BIG mistake i say …..

    GET RID OF HOPE AND BRING BACK BEVERLY HOW IT IS SUPOSED 2 BE!!

    Comment by Katie — Saturday, 24 November, 2007 @ 21:30

  31. Beverly should still be in, Hope to go next week for sure, Niki to win she is the best. Sharon bottled it big time.

    Comment by dawn — Saturday, 24 November, 2007 @ 21:30

  32. YOU ARE AN UTTER DISGRACE SHARON!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    NO BALLS AT ALL…….you shouldn’t be on the programme you pathetic wimp!!

    Beverley and Rhydian were the only ones on the show with talent – it now isn’t worth watching at all.

    X-Factor??????

    Don’t make me laugh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Utterly pathetic – its the BBC for me now!!!

    And what makes it much worse, Sharon, is that you know damned well that you were utterly and completely wrong!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Simon Cowell – you’re a plonker too……you know it was wrong – and it’ll hurt you where it counts – in your wallet!!!

    And I’ve no brief for Louis either……the egomanic is apparently buying the same car I was intending to buy – and it’s put me right off it!

    ….or, for that matter, for Danni….who probably has the best remaining act but who binned two of the good lads before they got a proper chance

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

  33. I am absolutely shocked. I am also really disappointed with Sharon who showed her true colours tonight.. weak. Beverley was fantastic and no way should she be going home. Beverley, I hope you meant it when you said ‘ This isn’t the end!’. Can’t wait to see and hear more from you.
    I think the show is a fix.

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

  34. how many girl groups have we had? shoron why didnt you give beverly a chance! if anyone deserved to get a chance to live her dream after such a hard beginning in life. get those bunch of misfits {hope} who are not thaT BAD,BUT THEY’RE NOT THAT GOOD EITHER! OUT OF THIS WORTY TALENT SHOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by sara — Saturday, 24 November, 2007 @ 21:33

  35. FIX!!! Phone lines are still being fixed even after all the scandal in the papers with ITV. Hope should have left weeks ago. Sharon made the worse decision, even though we all know she wanted to keep Beverley in!!! X Factor want Hope to win as they made them, it’s the biggest joke ever & should not be on our screens ever again!!!

    Comment by Kath — Saturday, 24 November, 2007 @ 21:34

  36. Beverley was classy and talented with a voice like liquid gold. Hope are a bunch of no-hopers who can just about sing in tune but have no class or special talent. I think we all know where the X factor is going.

    Comment by Sue — Saturday, 24 November, 2007 @ 21:35

  37. I have never posted to a website before but i am so incensed by what happened to beverly ! The voting public aught to be ashamed, and, i am sorry Sharon, but you have let the side down! Fair play, never !
    I am not a kid but a very mature woman who loves all kinds of ( good) music.
    Come on one of you get Bev a recording contract and make up for this stupid stupid result.
    this is a sad day for a programme that promised such a great final! so who will we have in the final?? i shudder to think!

    do

    Comment by do — Saturday, 24 November, 2007 @ 21:35

  38. Lets make sure Hope and same diff are voted to sing off next week! Make up for loseing such a great singer. Sorry but they are the worst in the comp.

    Comment by caroline — Saturday, 24 November, 2007 @ 21:35

  39. I WILL NEVER EVER WATCH THE X FACTOR AGAIN…Beverley had the best voice in the competition…she should have won! Shame on you Sharon! I just really hope that Beverley does not take to night on board she is a strong women, with an amazing voice…she is the reason I have watch this programme…she needs to not let this set her back and to go out there and carry on doing what she does best and sing. I cannot believe that Same Difference and Hope are still in there and that she is out! Beverley please please do not take this to heart go out there and be the beautiful star that you are!!

    Comment by Linda — Saturday, 24 November, 2007 @ 21:37

  40. Dear Danni, Sharon, Louie and Simon

    You cruel cruel bastards…how can you do that? I’m a musician in a band, I know a good singer when I see one. Beverley absolutely sang her damn heart out doing very little wrong, Hope started terribly with that stupid wannabe singing the lead..? Crap choice of song also. I like(d) watching X Factor simply to soak up the good voices that do pop up now and again and I know it’s all about money money making and who’s gonna attract the most fan’s after winning but why bullshit yourselves? Judge’s are supposed to mark on vocal abilities if it is a singing competition surely. Again I know both the image and the talent are in play but you’re messing with these peoples soul’s, it was quite clear that you all decided to even the votes as you already knew the F-ing vote count just to make the public look like the C U Next Tueday’s. Poor Becerley that’s all I can say, put me right off the show. Hope will probably win no doubt, depends on how many vote’s they get. You can’t judge on their vocal skills one minute and not the next, Beverley clearly out-sang Hope and I hope she get’s to sell records one day – Go Beverley.

    Comment by Rusky — Saturday, 24 November, 2007 @ 21:38

  41. today have proved how racists still existing, Bev was the best singer in the whole, and you were worried that she will win yet she is black, so i’m my advice is , next time, remember to say that contestants are only whites. your show sucks

    Comment by prossy — Saturday, 24 November, 2007 @ 21:38

  42. How does x-factor work? If you’re talented and perform better than your competition you get voted off? Probably rigged.

    Sharon, you’re one of the most sensible week after week. What happened to your performance tonight?

    Looking forward to hearing more of Beverley’s voice in the future!

    Comment by Eduardo — Saturday, 24 November, 2007 @ 21:39

  43. I don’t think Sharon is sober!!! What a farce. Disgusted. Hope has a snowballs in hell. Sharon has finally put the last nail in her “c” list celebrity coffin. SHAME ON YOU!

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

  44. That was the biggest fix I have ever seen I am so discussed to say that I actually watched this programme. Certainly will not tune in again. It was disgusting. Hope were not in tune and Beverly was fab could not understand why Sharon did what she did only other than to keep the peace probably with Simon. Very very annoyed about this. You can certainly tell who is paying for this show can’t you. Think they ought to bad reality shows now. This has been such a fix it has been unreal. Not happy at all.

    Comment by Susan Woodward — Saturday, 24 November, 2007 @ 21:42

  45. Lets not be naive! Its a programme which is scrpited and manipulated.

    Sharon is a paid employee and will have ben told how to act.

    Trouble is next week its up to the public vote and reality shows are notorious for public c**k ups.

    You can only get a true judges vote if they are entirely indepedent and that can never happen with any show where the judges are employees.

    Trouble is just how is the best contestant guaranteed to win. Simple answer…they are not

    Comment by Gee — Saturday, 24 November, 2007 @ 21:42

  46. I hope that someone comes in for Beverley and gives her a singing contract…she deserves it.

    I can not believe how fixed this show is…even whilst calling to register a vote for Beverley, you could not get through on the phone.

    The worst result since Xfactor started.

    Comment by Jacqs — Saturday, 24 November, 2007 @ 21:43

  47. If we were to consider the fact that you have 5 times as many people voting for you (i.e. 5 girls = 5 times number of votes from all their friends) it’s little wonder these girl bands are going to go far.

    I thought that’s what we had judges for. Berveley should have never gotten kicked off!

    Comment by Martin — Saturday, 24 November, 2007 @ 21:44

  48. What a farce this show is turning out to be, Hope were as flat a flukes with their singing, Beverley definitely outclassed them, I think Simon was just being his usual spiteful self. Another viewer bites the dust.

    Comment by cAS — Saturday, 24 November, 2007 @ 21:44

  49. Those in influencial positions should not foster mediocrity to boost their own non-progressive agendas. We have witnessed a lot of failure in public British institutions due to promoting this under-achievement. Shame on Sharon!! Who does it serve when the whole nation start to under-achieve due to pleasing the paymaster.

    Comment by dave — Saturday, 24 November, 2007 @ 21:45

  50. this is my last day to watch such stupid program, i thought it was a singing competition, and about people with real talents, not fake ones, but its the opposite. many are loosing interest in this so called x factor, due to rfake jugdes, if you have your own issues, don’t bring them to the show, its about people’s future, not about your selves, im talking to you sharon

    Comment by yoms — Saturday, 24 November, 2007 @ 21:45

  51. I highly doubt it was fixed considering ITV’s recent phone-in fraud. I’d also like to add that I hated Beverley’s continual balling and thought that whilst she was a good singer, she isn’t as good as Mariah, Whitney or even Leona. So let’s take that all into consideration before throwing our rattles out of the pram…

    Oh God, I’m waiting to get hit over the head now… Lets make sure:

    Same Difference all the way! No really…

    Comment by Ben — Saturday, 24 November, 2007 @ 21:45

  52. What’s the point of watching this show if someone as good as Beverley goes like this? The viewing public might get it wrong, but the judges should (and do)know better.
    I think it just suited them to keep Hope in, even though they couldn’t possibly justify it musically; that’s why Sharon cynically washed her hands of a decision.
    If loads of people don’t bother to tune in next week, maybe they’ll get the message.

    Comment by Timaldi — Saturday, 24 November, 2007 @ 21:48

  53. Sharon…what was the reason?! That was rubbish! I bet if Beverley had been in Simon’s team she would still be there!

    Comment by Ale — Saturday, 24 November, 2007 @ 21:49

  54. To be honest, Beverley shouldn’t have gone home tonight because she is clearly more talented than Hope. However, staying in the competition would have simply delayed the inevitable – she clearly doesn’t have a fan base and obviously does not appeal to enough people (shown by the fact that the public voted her out, NOT Sharon). Yes she can sing, but is there a market out there for her, or for that matter, Nicki? We all remember, or as the case may be, don’t remember Steve Brookstein (or whatever he was called) – he was dropped after 6 months by his record label because there is no appeal in seeing 40 somethings singing ballads – it’s boring. unfortunately, i can’t see any of the remaining contestants doing well and i think will have to wait till next year for another Leona…

    Comment by Siobhan — Saturday, 24 November, 2007 @ 21:50

  55. Take this programme off the air as it is an utter fix. I am very disappointed in Simon Cowell for letting this happen and the other judges thought better of you all.

    Comment by Susan Woodward — Saturday, 24 November, 2007 @ 21:50

  56. Beverley should not have been voted off. Hope should have. Perhaps someone record company should sign Beverley she will then have the xmas number on that will teach Simon. Go Bev!

    Comment by Jonathan — Saturday, 24 November, 2007 @ 21:51

  57. Iam so disappointed in today’s result. I think Sharon was so wrong. If we are to Judge on Talent (which we should cause it is) we all know that Hope should have gone home today even they know that cause they were shocked. So is that the truth is that the best we can do. That’s why we have Judges there to make the right/ honest choice to the best of their ability. Can Sharon Honestly tell me that she thinks hope sang better that Bev tonight? Come on. So what was the point she was trying to make because I don’t get it. You can’t take gambles with things like this .This could change someone’s life. Sorry Sharron but you’ve let a lot of people down today. Hope things go better next week Girls ( Hope)
    Good Luck Bev X

    Comment by Miss A. — Saturday, 24 November, 2007 @ 21:52

  58. Beverley out isn’t just a disgrace more of a joke. I too think Sharon bottled it but ….. HOPE got more public votes than Bev so maybe it was fair.

    Completly wrong but fair ….. except of course, this is ITV & we all know how ‘fair’ their phone votes are, don’t we?

    Comment by Mike King — Saturday, 24 November, 2007 @ 21:53

  59. What a total disappointment. X Factor is a massive fix. Beverley was my favourite to win and Hope are nothing compared to her.

    Sharon, you made a stupid decision so you could make it easier for yourself. Where has the real talent gone in this competition? The judges should realise its not all about them, its about the contestants.
    For god sake, get a grip!

    Beverley, you were my favourite and absolutely amazing. You’ll go far!
    Hope & Same Difference – Get out!

    Comment by Sarah — Saturday, 24 November, 2007 @ 21:54

  60. What a fix-Hope were absolutely appalling-even worse than they have been thus far.Beverley was superb by comparison.Did you see the way that Sharon looked at Simon and Louis before she said Beverley[it wasn't HER opinion she was uttering but she as usual was thinking of herself not the acts]-unbelievable ,disgraceful.The show should be pulled now before its integrity[that's a laugh]totally disappears.

    Comment by dave johnson — Saturday, 24 November, 2007 @ 21:55

  61. Hope is not a group…they are Phoebe plus backing singers! Beverley was the better act tonight. Sharon made the wrong decision…..bet she knkows it now.

    Comment by M — Saturday, 24 November, 2007 @ 21:56

  62. Beverly deserved to stay, however there is always a fix like this. To lower the competition ? I don’t know. First of all Sharon knows what she had done was wrong, her expression at the end said it all.

    Simon should know when someone has a good voice…
    He’s also made a huge mistake, and will regret it.

    I’m not surprised either though, I had a feeling she’d go, I even said there’ll be a deadlock, and there was. They do one each year around this time.

    I’m not getting angry by it, this is bound to happen in reality TV shows, it always does >_

    Comment by Melissa — Saturday, 24 November, 2007 @ 21:58

  63. Let me say, at the outset, that Hope are not as good as Beverly and my bottom two were Hope and Niki. However the weeping, wailing and gnashing of teeth on this thread has me ROFLMAO.
    Last week there were posters saying that it should have gone to the public vote as the judges were biased towards Hope. Comments such as “why should the judges decide” were all over the thread (go and look at them) This week, errrr, Sharon should have voted off Hope to STOP it going to the public vote!! Screw democracy this week!! How stupid are some people on here?Beverly was less popular with the great British public than Hope were.
    So, what are you going to do next week if the public don’t vote Hope off? To quote a decent group…”The public gets what the public wants”.
    Forget about the phone vote being deliberately fixed as well. TV companies CANNOT afford to rig those as the Regulators will be auditing the votes with a fine toothed comb.

    Comment by hammy — Saturday, 24 November, 2007 @ 21:59

  64. I’ve never really watched the programme before till this year, my fiancee does. All i want to know is how Sharon can justify sending home a talented singer just because sharon was very weak and did not want to make a decision. Isn’t that what judges do?? Hope has been carried by Phoebe the whole way through this tournament and only she deserves to be where she is now. Sorry Beverly you were cheated tonight.

    Comment by Kem — Saturday, 24 November, 2007 @ 22:00

  65. Right, so once more, genuine talent has been flouted in favour of a crap girl band.

    In what world, does yet another manufactured, superficial batch of teenagers win over someone like Beverley? She radiates warmth, intelligent and talent. This woman, a primary school teacher, is exactly the type of ambassador education craves.

    I think that many of our children have been failed tonight. Many have finally seen a teacher doing something really meaningful throughout this competition, only to be stopped in her tracks. So much for leading by example and providing positive role models, eh Sharon?

    Comment by JBarsam — Saturday, 24 November, 2007 @ 22:01

  66. What a farce. No-Hope should never have been on the show never mind have reached this far. Even I could sing better than them! Sharon should have done her job properly and sent Hope back to oblivion and not Beverly. ‘X Factor’ should be renamed ‘X Farce’. Have they all forgotten what happens when rubbish wins!

    Comment by Humboldt — Saturday, 24 November, 2007 @ 22:06

  67. Time for Sharon Osborne to be booted out of x factor.

    Teh acts she pickec this year were poor and have bombed.

    Now she does not even have the guts to vote for the one of the best performers this year – Beverly. Choosing instead to cop out and leave it to the public vote.

    If your listening x-factor – it’s time for Mrs.O to go – she has nothing worthwhile to contribute!

    Comment by ScottyB — Saturday, 24 November, 2007 @ 22:06

  68. X Factor is fixed and I will never watch it, vote on it or anything to do with it again. Neither should you!!!

    Comment by Kellie — Saturday, 24 November, 2007 @ 22:07

  69. Sharon, you are a disgrace…..you are PAID to be a judge and yet again you tried to be nice to everyone and failed to make a decision. I am sure you thought that Beverley would go through but you bottled it!!!!
    Go back to LA and do us all a favour; you are a waste of space as a judge!

    Comment by Viv — Saturday, 24 November, 2007 @ 22:09

  70. Im so sicken by sharons actions i think sharon should resign from her position on the judging panel she is not doing her job clearly beverley had the better voice those girls are crap and are only getting through on there looks this show is turning out to be rubbish im never watching it again sharon i have changed my mind about you i thought you were a nice woman. Being married to ozzy is the only thing that made you popular you stupid woman…

    Comment by juanita — Saturday, 24 November, 2007 @ 22:10

  71. couldnt agree with you more there hammy. i was one of those who said it should go to public because its fair and we are the ones paying for it. and i stand by that statment. now people are saying sharon took the cowards way out!!! not at all. she chose the fair option. i am more of a fan of beverley than hope but hope were more popular with the general public. end of.

    Comment by lindsay — Saturday, 24 November, 2007 @ 22:10

  72. Urgh. As if Hope stayed in this week. I’m so disappointed.

    Beverley was by FAR better than them. X-Factor is completely fixed. I’ve said it since the night Kimberley left, she’s a friend of mine and they gave the public the complete wrong impression of her on purpose.

    Tonight has just convinced me even more, that this show is a total joke.

    Comment by Rhian-Louise — Saturday, 24 November, 2007 @ 22:10

  73. look i agree that berverly shouldnt off been out tonight but who here actually voted for her?

    Comment by pj — Saturday, 24 November, 2007 @ 22:11

  74. I will Never Ever watch Xfactor Again. I am utterly speechless
    Come on how can you say Bev’s song choice let her down. Why didn’t any of you say if after she sang? You all gave her a good feedback. Come on we all heard, it was live. So don’t try to pull a fast one. So Sharon why did you not vote for Bev. You said after she sang that she was fantastic and sang it perfectly. It seams like it is only Danny that stuck to her words and her comments were consistent with her decision.

    Iam totally put off now.

    Comment by ann — Saturday, 24 November, 2007 @ 22:11

  75. Totally agree with Viv, I am sure Sharon thought that the Public would have voted for beverley and so yet again took the easy option by trying to get out of making a decision….backfired today though and the compertition is weaker as a result. Sharon go home and do something that you are good at……which is?????

    Comment by John B — Saturday, 24 November, 2007 @ 22:13

  76. FIX FIX FIX! Sharon wanted to keep Beverly but was told by the Organ Grinder to save HOPE if they were in the bottom 2! She wimped out hoping the public vote would have saved Beverly but she got it wrong. Did you see Simon’s face when HOPE got through?? UNGRACEIOUS!
    Why would Sharon make the comment ”You’ll see why I am doing this” if she genuinely wanted HOPE to stay in the competion!

    Beverly deserved a chance, HOPE were probably going to get a contract if they got knocked out ANYWAY!!!

    Come on guys.. Keep Simon’s two acts in the bottom two, he derserves it! I know its not the acts fault but it is SIMONS!

    Comment by Fenaya — Saturday, 24 November, 2007 @ 22:13

  77. Hi,

    We live in Ireland – this is to complain that the TV3 broadcast of the Xfactor last six contestants today 24/11/2007 the numbers for voting tonight was mixed up and as such we are very sure that was what affected the Beverly’s Voting –

    TV3 the Irish channel that broadcasted the Xfactor programme – after the first part of the show – displayed the numbers as follows:

    15137121 —
    Add

    01 to vote Nikki

    03 to vote Beverly

    We all voted Berverly on 1513712103 all thinking it was Beverly unknown we were voting for Nikki who did not perform at all.

    Just before the start of the 8.40PM xfactor the results TV3 announced they were sorry the numbers were mixed up for Nikki and Beverly.

    We have tried contacting TV3 but no one to take our call also we called the ITV enquiried number on the TV3 website still no response.

    Can this be looked into – and where possible – a re-count of the votes or this particular broadcast be cancelled -

    I finally was able to speak to someone in ITV over the phone and she said that problem was for TV3 to deal with not ITV.

    Something should be done, this is in justice to Beverly.

    Regards
    Lovender

    Comment by Lovender — Saturday, 24 November, 2007 @ 22:13

  78. BEVERLYS NO WAS 3 FOR VOTING IN IRELAND YET JUST BEFORE THE RESULTS WERE ANNOUNCED IT WAS ANNOUNCED THAT NIKIS NUMBER WAS 3 SO INFACT ALL THOSE WHO THOUGHT THEY VOTED FOR BEVERLY VOTED FOR NIKI. THAT WAS SOME FIX AND SHARON SHOULD HAVE DONE THE RIGHT THING. SHAME ON YOU

    Comment by marj — Saturday, 24 November, 2007 @ 22:14

  79. It was obvious to all the Judges that Beverly was far superior to Hope. She should still be in the competition heading for the final.

    What a cowardly thing for Sharon Osbourne to do!! I have lost all respect for her and would not bother watching XFactor again should she return as a Judge in the next series.

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

  80. What a total fix … I realise the public voted for Hope more than Beverley but many of those who vote for hope are voting for the image of Hope (how many are lads that fanncy them). Personally I think Hope are only surviving because Phoebe’s carrying them and personally I find them a bunch of girls who seek to bring air-headed, sex-obsessed performances with no soul.

    Bring back Bev and let’s have a real competition.

    Also Simon, please stop dribbling over the girls it embarasses men everywhere.

    Comment by Marbles — Saturday, 24 November, 2007 @ 22:16

  81. I’ve always been a BIG fan of Sharon, but NO MORE!!
    What happened tonight was absolutely shocking and has turned the show into a laughing stock. Simon is an arrogant laughing stock following this, and Sharon, well she must have some sort of dementia. I watch NO MORE!

    Comment by Marion — Saturday, 24 November, 2007 @ 22:28

  82. Hey i thought sharo was so wrong toight she has constantly priased beverley what was she playing at she has in one stroke got out of the competetion the only real soulful singer hang your head in shame mrs osborne as you did tonite you have made a grave mis judgement to prove a point against who????? anwser please if you can hpoe are only a one hit one singer act beverly has soul more soul and honesty than you will ever have MRS…..

    Comment by james — Saturday, 24 November, 2007 @ 22:28

  83. What a tawdry show this has become -one of the best singers on the show for a long time sent home over a bunch of out-of-tune girls with a collective charisma bypass. Another fix, another viewer lost for what is now a sad joke.

    Comment by Geoff — Saturday, 24 November, 2007 @ 22:30

  84. Dear Hammy don’t be daft! Votes from the public were always going to be higher cos there are five in the group. Do your math hammy no brain.

    Comment by Marion — Saturday, 24 November, 2007 @ 22:31

  85. well said hammy…

    Comment by Ben — Saturday, 24 November, 2007 @ 22:33

  86. What a disaster.
    If that is what the public wants, them I’m afraid on this occasion they’ve made a huge mistake, along with Sharon. She knew Beverly should have gone through, her dumbfounded expression when she heard the result told us that much. Hope, is like any other girl group going. Their saving grace is Pheobe, which has been repeatedly stated by the judges. The trouble is they’re supposed to be a GROUP not a solo artist with backing singers.
    I thought the way Beverly took the news was really admirable, ‘this is not the end.’ Good for her. Oh and I admired the fact that she thanked Simon, even though upon hearing the result he stood up grinning from ear to ear clapping… Well attempting too, considering the booing coming from the audience.
    The fact that he did that just to get at Louis was pathetic. He showed such a lack of respect and I think it’s terrible. It’s all about the judges’ personal rivalries and not about the contestant. They need to get over their huge egos and remember who the program is supposed to be about.
    Basically I loved Beverly, I thought she really was amazing.
    Hope are good, just not good enough to be anything other than ordinary and it’s a real shame that they are still there and Beverly is on her way home.

    Comment by Tali — Saturday, 24 November, 2007 @ 22:37

  87. i cant beleive that beleive that bev is gone,i am non english person cant understand complete english song but bev s voice realy touch ur heart,sharon made such a big mistake, one person s mistake should not shatter ones dream bring beverly back. she deserve to win

    Comment by ume — Saturday, 24 November, 2007 @ 22:38

  88. how f***** unfair thatz my 2 two fave contestants voted out in 2 consecutive weeks i dnt like any1 else i might not watch it anymore !!!

    Comment by conor — Saturday, 24 November, 2007 @ 22:40

  89. Bev took it well. She’d not have won anyway. She was soooooo much better than hope but she’s black, and black people don’t win X factor they win Idol which has far better talent on it. Yer yer Leona won last year a truly deserved win, an amazing voice, the acceptable shade of “black” for the general British public. Thats just my opinion.

    Comment by funky mama — Saturday, 24 November, 2007 @ 22:46

  90. Sharon, I thought you were a strong woman but you are so weak. You totally let the side down tonight.
    What a ridiculous result – Hope can’t sing to save their lives, they are only through because of people like Simon whose brain is in their pants!
    Sorry but they were totally out of tune, weak and could never hold a candle to Bev.
    What a total farce the ‘X Factor’ has shown itself to be tonight. Thats the last time I watch it.
    Bands like Hope and Spice Girls show me that real talent obviously doesn’t matter – the industry doesn’t deserve Bev who not only has the best voice I have heard for years but also a wonderful personality and talent oozing out of her.

    Shame on you Sharon.
    Bev, we love you!!!

    Katja

    Comment by Katja O'Neill — Saturday, 24 November, 2007 @ 22:46

  91. Based on tonight’s performances I did have Hope and Beverley in the bottom two. But definitely thought that Hope should have gone tonight. Still, I can’t imagine them being in the competition much longer.

    On a separate note, I thought that tonight, for the first time, Leon came into his own and was the best performer.

    Comment by HC — Saturday, 24 November, 2007 @ 22:49

  92. I was very disappointed with tonight’s result. I think ‘Hope’ didn’t have a hope, so I was surprised that Sharon Osborne should cop out and not vote them off. We all know they’ll be in the bottom two again next week, so why don’t we just put them out of their misery now – and ours!!

    Comment by Philip — Saturday, 24 November, 2007 @ 22:53

  93. I think Sharon did the right thing, obviously if Beverly was more popular than Hope then she would have been staying. I have never been a Beverly fan as far as vocals go, just not my type of singer, she does seem like a really lovely person though. On saying that I do agree that Hope was not as good, but they were the correct two to be at the bottom.

    Rhydian and Same Difference for the final I believe.

    Comment by Mark — Saturday, 24 November, 2007 @ 22:53

  94. Beverly should have been kept in she was by far the best. The best thing about hope was Phoebe’s dress can can anyone tell me where its from !!!

    Comment by jane pavitt — Saturday, 24 November, 2007 @ 22:54

  95. Yes the public get’s what the public wants…well the x factor public must want tits and arse….same as Simone cos want they didn t want tonight was a class singer with an amazing voice!!

    Comment by Linda — Saturday, 24 November, 2007 @ 23:04

  96. Sharon,
    Shame on YOU !

    Bev had a great song & did a great job !
    As for hope – they should be called hopeless

    We all know Simon has 99% control but……….
    Is this show going to turn out to be a scandal / fix?

    Comment by M — Saturday, 24 November, 2007 @ 23:05

  97. well what a load of old cobblers….Hope – more like ‘no hope’ they are absolutely crap…what a fix by the pervy puppet master and his cronies…Hope should’ve gone a long time ago..!!!!!

    Comment by denise — Saturday, 24 November, 2007 @ 23:08

  98. Sharon completly bottled it tonight, she didn’t want to be seen as the ‘wicked witch’ who voted the persistently weak Hope out and relied too much on the public vote instead. Shame on you Mrs Osbourne!

    Comment by Lesley — Saturday, 24 November, 2007 @ 23:09

  99. The show is a complete fix. Hope are talentless. Beverley has more talent in her little finger than all of them put together.

    Sharon should be fired. She is no judge but frightened to make a decision. That’s what she is being paid for

    Comment by Jackie — Saturday, 24 November, 2007 @ 23:18

  100. We get a week when all the acts up their game, except Hope who were just as bad as usual, and along come the judges and ruin it all. I thought these shows were about finding people with talent but this show has become an ego trip for the judges who don’t seem to give a damn about the acts. This competition between the judges has taken over to the detriment of the artists who have to stand there listening to self righteous idiots arguing amongst themselves. Its all an utter disgrace.

    Comment by colray — Saturday, 24 November, 2007 @ 23:25

  101. Absolute disgrace – Beverley absolutely rocked! – The best female singer on TV in years! I hope someone on the panel backs her talent, because the other group just hasn’t got a Hope!

    Comment by CJ — Saturday, 24 November, 2007 @ 23:43

  102. Let’s face it… the act who have a better chance of suceeding today are Hope. Beverly has a great voice and she would do well for probably a year max and then would vanish. you have to have the right image as well as a voice and at least Hope are up to date and people would probably buy and download their songs. Didn’t really care much though, Rhydian to win!!

    Comment by Laura — Saturday, 24 November, 2007 @ 23:49

  103. I think Sharon tried to play smart tonight by voting for beverly by thinking hope would have the fewest votes from the public. God didn’t that backfire!! Thats why Simon was smiling at Sharon so much as if to say your little plan backfired and Sharon looked mortified when she heard the result. She should hve just done the right thing and voted Hope off they were defo the worst tonight. All though can’t stand same difference, they just remind me off that couple off of The katerine Tate show that say “guess what…” “what?” oh you’ll never guess etc.. SO SO CHEESEY

    Comment by Marie — Saturday, 24 November, 2007 @ 23:51

  104. Absolutely right hammy. If the lowest public vote was for Beverly then it is she who should have gone. Those who disagree are only stating what their personal opinion is. Next week the judges don’t get to decide. Perhaps it should be like that every week. That seems only fair. Why should the judges get to overrule hundreds of thousands of votes? Anyway – it’s all academic as the best one will win in the end whoever goes out next week.

    Comment by ray — Saturday, 24 November, 2007 @ 23:52

  105. Hi again – when I put my comments on here the show had not even finished. The ‘editorial’ was on here before it had been broadcast. How come? I am not some ’sad person’ who lives for X Factor like someone has made out. Also when I made my comment, there were no other comments on here …strange! Tonight’s show was an absolute disgrace – well the final result was. HOPE were absolutely terrible – out of key! Perhaps the telephone votes should be published. X Factor has lost many ardent viewers tonight. I have always enjoyed the show but not anymore. You, especially Sharon (who I thought was supposed to me unbiased) have ruined the show for many, many fans. I will vote with my finger next week by pressing the remote control to any channel but ITV. It really saddens me missing out but you have just proven the show is fixed. When Hope do win the show, which is inevitable considering it is Cowell’s act, they’ll have the Christmas No 1 but that will be the last of them. They have one person who can sing – the rest well I can’t even say they are ‘eye candy’, but it is obvious they will win – they are Cowell’s act. I am really sad – I have been stupid enough to believe it was genuine and have loved the show. If you want to make your mark join me next week and don’t watch – we can make a difference – we owe it to Nicky, Rhydian and the other acts to make sure they get a fair chance. Come on ITV – be brave enough to publish the results. How come we couldn’t get through to vote for Beverley?

    Comment by Christine Coffey — Saturday, 24 November, 2007 @ 23:54

  106. Very shameful.There was everything wrong in the judges decision.First,Louise said last week’there’s space for a new girl group’ and compares HOPE to Spice Girls.At least, all spice girls can sing solo and as a group, but HOPE only has Phoebe carrying them along, week after week.Simone knows the rest of the girls in that group are crap, that’s why he puts Phoebe in the front line to make them all look good.He knows the rest of the girls will not propagate the group well,so he cleverly allows phoebe to always take the lead.They are not unique,probably wont sell much if they win.
    Very Very Big shame to Sharon, a jugde that can’t take her stand in anything as revealed tonight(and she thinks that’s being impartial).Why be so diplomatic? No one voted for leona last year because she was good looking or nice.she was simply and evidently a star act and that’s why she won over Ray,you can not fault that. Shame on you Sharon.

    Comment by lunmsy — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 00:12

  107. I had so much respect for you Sharon but not after tonite’s result. No wonder you dont have any more contestant left as God could see right thru you.

    You ought to be ashamed of yourself. It’s only today I got your biograpy from ASDA and trust me it would be returned first thing in the morning, i rather give the money to charity. YOU are a big LET DOWN to the woman soceity.

    Comment by Thelma — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 00:17

  108. Bev pulling lowest votes than HOPE? Think of it.Five girls each have their own individual fans out there voting for them as individuals and fans voting for them as a group, against Beverly who has fans voting for her (alone)as a solo contestant? Of course you will expect Bev to pull the lowest Vote, logically. But Sharon should have been reasonable to save Bev no matter her so called reason cos she was better than HOPE vocally.Only Danni made a reasonable judgment on Beverly.

    Comment by lunmsy — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 00:25

  109. I agree with hammy. Geez some of the comments on this post are ridiculous and others shocking. I mean Prossy, to link the vote in this competition to rascism is ludicrous. At the end of the day everyone had an opportunity to vote and the people who did decide to vote gave her less votes than anyone else and that is the end of it. Plus, even if she did survive tonight it seems inevitable that she wouldn’t have won anyway. Its not the first time she was in the bottom two. Saying that Beverley clearly is a talented person so I wish her all the best in the future.

    Comment by R — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 00:37

  110. This just show how difficult for a black to suceed in this country. Racism is allowed even in the public TV and no body cares. Even the girls could not believe themselves that they got more “votes” than Beverly. This is the British culture of idiolising wrong people. Then, when things goes wrong they blame those people. Just like the England National team. Let Hope win the X Factor and see how many album they are going to sale. They will be just like the England team. This is why we have horrible singers in this country.

    Comment by Proches — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 00:48

  111. Sharon bottled it tonight. That’s it for me and X-factor. It was a fix. Why is everyone so scared of Simon C to the extent that Sharon daren’t vote for the obvious choice(Hope) to be sent home. She bottled it and I’m through with X Factor, this series and any future ones. It’s a fix.

    Comment by Beryl — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 00:59

  112. this the END for sharon’s joke as a judge. The ultimate wannabe showed her true colors once again! Her acts are always the first to go and her overdose of tantrums and childish behaviour continue poissoning talented artist careers. Please leave the show as you promised before… You will not be missed by the viewers or the artists or their families or Danni or Rhydian. Remember all the humiliation he’s been through from the talented kelly osbourne’s mummy.
    Beverly is the talented diva and good person you will never be. Good luck to Niki! Unfortunatly you will need it in the joke factor…

    Comment by david — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 01:06

  113. Furthermore, there is a total absence of evidence that Beverley had polled the lowest number of votes. The number of votes was never announced. I expect that will be fixed too, notwithstanding ITV’s recent exposure of falsification of telephone calls fiddles. Will they ever learn? Probably not.

    Comment by Beryl — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 01:11

  114. I think most people on here need to get a life. People who can sing getting chucked out is the nature of the game!

    It’s a public vote, Sharron bottled it and it went completely to the public so get over it!!!

    Both acts keep appearing in the bottom two, Hope will probably go next week and if Beverly hadn’t went tonight she would next week – she may have talent but there’s no way she could have won – she doesn’t have the public’s backing.

    Comment by Jane — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 01:13

  115. Guess I was the only one who was happy Hope stayed then? Dont get me wrong Beverly was a decent singer. But at the end of the day whether Beverly stayed this week, she would have gone next week. Im more annoyed with the fact leon gets through every week with the sympathy vote…. people are only voting for him because he looks as though his gonna **** himself everytime he is on stage!

    Comment by Daz — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 01:34

  116. I am totally shocked at disgusted that Beverley, the only person who can actually sing out of that stupid array of no-hopers, has now been kicked out of the X-Factor. She was the only reason I watched the programme. She is fantastic and should be as famous as Brenda Edwards who didn’t make it, yet was chosen for musicals such as Chicago. Beverley has real soul, real talent, and is such a lovely, caring woman. Those hopeless girls that make up Hope are only there because of Simon – they have zero charisma and cannot sing in tune. Rhydian is a joke act, Niki can sing but lacks personality and class, and Leon is sweet but can’t sing all that well. As for Same Difference, get rid of them, please! Make them stop! They are painful to watch. A grave misjudgement was made tonight, and I am never going to watch the X Factor again.

    Comment by Sylvia — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 01:45

  117. I must be the only person on here who thinks Phoebe sang better than Beverley tonight.

    Comment by Steph — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 01:47

  118. I have followed x factor for a long time now. I will not be watching again after tonights sham. I don’t understand what happened as Beverley is clearly the better singer and better performer. Was Sharon under instructions to vote for Hope. Yet another example of media manipulation. ITV you have lost a viewer as this was such blatant fix and I have admired Sharon up to now but either she was ordered to do this or she just lost her common sense. Hope were such amateurs backed up by the fact that they were in the vote off so often. Best of luck to Beverley and I will only be tuning into Strictly Come Dancing from now on.

    Comment by Keith Renton — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 02:02

  119. I’ve just come home to watch the results and am really shocked.
    Bev’s performance was barnstorming; Hope weak by comparison. What on earth was Sharon thinking of?

    Comment by Teresa — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 02:02

  120. disappointing sharon, that’s true, i dont even wanna think she’s completely manipulated. however i dont think bev has the best voice as a black woman, just think of dionne last year and even better brenda 2 yrs ago…those were voice but voice is not everything…
    but yeah…cant believe hope are still in, this really sucks!
    and Prossy, pls, lets stop talking shit…this has nothing to do with racism or wathever…u know what? u are the one who feeds the racist thing with post such as urs! nd, yeah, i’m black!

    Comment by antonia — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 02:04

  121. Thanks hammy for that, if we all voted for Beverly initially then she wouldn’t have been in the last two spots and you all wouldn’t need to moan and rant. This goes to show you that atimes an act who could have gone home based on public vote is actually saved by the judges.
    I do agree with Sharon, both acts represent two different groups so fair play. So people quit looking for who to blame.

    Comment by Juliana — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 02:10

  122. WHY THE F**K IS EVERY1 BLAMING SHARON FOR TONIGHTS DECISION?
    IT WENT TO PUBLIC VOTE
    THE PUBLIC VOTED
    NO1 VOTED 4 BEVERLY WHO WAS SHOCKING TONIGHT
    SO SHE WENT
    HARDLY SHARONS FAULT, SHE MADE IT FAIR AND PUT IT TO THE PUBLIC VOTE…
    THE PUBLIC DIDNT LIKE HER!!!
    U SHUD HAVE MADE THAT EXTRA TEXT!!!
    MORE PEOPLE LIKED HOPE THAN BEVERY – AND THATS THE VOTING PUBLIC – SO U CAN OFFICIALLY BURY YOUR BEVERY FANCLUB 6 FEET UNDER COS SHESNOT AS POPULAR THA WHOS LEFT.
    END. OF.

    Comment by jack — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 02:10

  123. Hey I agree with hammy above- next week will start to show what the public really want when their votes alone count. What should happen is we should be told the placing and not who has got through in random order. If Sharon had not put it to deadlock and we all knew she would then I for one would never of guessed the public voted for Hope above Beverly. I would of put Nikki in the bottom two tonight. Her story of how she auditioned won the hearts of loads at the start. How many times do we have to be bloody reminded? Louis Walsh you are an absolute P***k. the hi light of the night for you was to see your band promote their new song.
    I would buy music released by the Riddler and Leon but that is it. This has got to be the worst ever X Factor.
    there should be one for the teenagers alone- that might be worth watching. (Thinking back to that young black lad that Danni sent home.)

    Comment by Sue — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 02:41

  124. I’m speechless!

    I was shocked to see Beverly in the bottom two but I thought this would be such an easy final decision – Hope would lose by a mile. Beverly’s voice is powerful and her performances are exhilirating and passionate. I listen to her songs in absolute awe. Hope consists of essentially a one girl lead with backing vocals – this is not a girl band, and in any case, Phoebe’s voice is really not that strong. Hope’s performance tonight was the worst by far. I’ve rarely enjoyed their singing particularly as they use so many xfactor backing vocalists when they have 5 vocalists already!).

    At decision time, I thought, “I’m glad the final decision is up to the judges because they are their to judge talent”. Public vote can be skewed by many factors and the popular acts aren’t necessarily the best, they just happen to have a lot of groupies/fans. So when Sharon said she’d take it to public vote – I thought – Oh NO! How could Sharon do this when her comments during the show clearly supported Beverly (didn’t she wish Hope, “good luck!”?).

    Maybe Sharon thought that Hope were so bad, and that Beverly was so good that public vote would reflect that?? No Sharon! That’s what you’re there for – to judge and balance out the inequities in the public voting system! Deadlock should only be used when the 2 lowest acts are equally bad or equally good. Tonights show was a no brainer.

    I will really miss seeing Beverly next week – can they bring her back? She would have made it to the final 3. Hope’s last performance will be next week. I will make sure I go and wash my hair when they sing next.

    Comment by Ros — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 03:06

  125. I agree that Sharon could have showed more spine but at the end of the day Beverly was voted out. Maybe the Irish TV3 number mix-up was to blame but actually I am not really surprised about the result. First of all, Beverly is black and that doesn’t really go down well with the British. Then, the show is called X-Factor and not “best singer”. Look around you guys and see what sort of people are dominating British TV: utterly untalented airheads that make a fortune by having sex in the big brother house, throwing tandrums in the salon or eating maggots in the bush. Are they to blame? Are TV makers to blame? Don’t think so… Its us, we create those monsters by watching that rubbish and buying those paperso In that respect I agree with previous comments: we should all get a life and switch the box off more often…

    Comment by Alex — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 03:14

  126. Maybe Beverley didn’t get as many votes cos people thought she didn’t need them.
    They should do a quick “RE-VOTE” if it goes into deadlock. Only then would you actually see who the public really wants to keep in.

    I didn’t vote for Beverley, BUT if I had known that she’d be in the bottom two, I would have.

    Comment by Ruman — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 03:23

  127. Our family have been regular viewers of X Factor and Pop idol and have gone to the tour shows too. But tonight we have kicked the habit because of one monumental mistake by Sharon, whose judgement and credibilty (and that of the show) is completely shot. She said she did it for a reason – presumably to create the drama of a lockout (cue the music, lights caption etc.) The girl group hope are in fact hope-less. They cannot sing in tune (even the solitary lead singer tonight), they cannot dance (just very limited movements) and they even look stilted walking down to the front of the stage in shoes to accentuate their legs. I am past ogling at young teenage girls, thank you. Beverley was a class singer, full of emotion and her “legend” was appealing too as a working teacher.
    That was my last ever episode of X Factor. It is sadly lost its credibility and is no better than the old ITV wrestoling shoes of yesteryear. As for the public vote – how can anyone like Hope. Have they got a management organisation or a big family voting multiply for them?
    I hope the young Scottish guy Leon goets to the final two with Rydian, but I am so disappointed and disillusioned now I won;t ever be watching again. Seems i am not alone in feeling this way. A big error of judgement from Sharon to lose viewers – she has absolutely no consistancy – her comments when the acts appeared was totally contradicted when she voted at the end. Desperation, sorry. Bye.

    Comment by Charlie — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 03:42

  128. Well NO HOPE got through, and all because Sharon took the easy way out. used to admire this lady but not any more. i am disgusted with this result.
    i really think that the only votes that should count are the public’s and the judges shouldn’t have any votes at the end. Let the public decide and stop this silly little bitching that goes on within the judges.
    cant wait for the final as if simon has his way it will be the 2 groups. not that either are really bad ( i couldnt do it) but they are not the best. Louis by far had the best acts this year and yet they are all getting sent home.

    Comment by Sheryl — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 06:41

  129. Can’t believe Beverly got voted off, probably due to Sharon being in Simon Cowells wallet! There has been lots of little coments about Hope being in the Cowell dressing room so may be there’s some under table lip sync going on.

    Comment by Shep — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 07:15

  130. I am dissappionted in Sharon whom I previously so much cherish and respected. She should have been bold enough to send Hope home. Sending Beverly home is a disaster to this competition and infact there is no longer competition for me.

    Beverly never mind you are a star, and the world should watch out for you.

    Comment by Jonny Smith — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 08:32

  131. Sharon may have chickened out but at the end of the day the public had more votes for Hope.I think the results should always be down to the public vote, after all, its the public who’ll be buying the albums and not the judges.Beverley will no doubtedly go much further than Hope in the big bad world. Don’t know why the judges keep rating Phoebe, she sounds like a singing schoolgirl, no depth in her voice at all.I shall still be watching, just to see the gorgeous Simon Cowell!

    Comment by Annette — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 08:34

  132. I cant believe “Mrs O” voted Beverley out what a wimp!!!
    Beverley was amazing last night she gave it her all and is such a lovely person to go with it.
    Sharon just didnt have the guts to send Hope home and was easier for her to leave it to the public.
    Hope were crap it was just like a single person singing with backing singers, Hope out next week!!!
    Nikki and Rhyd will be in the final guaranteed!!!!

    Comment by Lilly — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 08:47

  133. If only Sharon had quit when she was threatening too! Sorry Sharon think you’re lovely and bubbly as a person,
    however, you are far too nice and show no back bone to stand up to Simon.
    Having been raised around music from the day I was born I know talent when I hear it.
    Wow I would love to be a judge on that show. If people think Simon can be cutting I’d sure give him a run for his money.
    It is definitely time that Leon who is consistently only an average performer and offers the personality of a wet blanket, and Same difference who would be wonderful for Disneyland entertainment. They can sing however, I find them sickeningly too cutesy. I think now is not their time they need a few years to mature a little bit.
    And as for Hope-they only made it this far by being totally trashy in the first shows. Yes they are all gorgeous girls to look at, however, that doesn’t make them able sing any better! I have never yet bought an album based on how the singer’s legs look in a far too short skirt!
    And Luey, Luey, Luey! Wasn’t it your idea in the first place too form these trashy groups? Shame on you. And Simon was so adverse to the idea. If only he’d stuck to his guns we wouldn’t now be suffering the affliction that one refers to as Hope.

    Comment by Glenene Bennett — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 09:14

  134. If its true that Irish voters were given the wrong numbers to phone and many more votes would have gone to Beverley, then the judges should make the decision to let Bev come back!!
    Thats a disgrace!

    Comment by Katja — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 09:43

  135. I think that Louis Walsh should sign up Beverley, he would have a big solo artist in his camp, Are there any record producers out there with any brains (not Simon Cowell) should give Beverley a recording contract, She has a wonderful voice and personality that lights up room. Beverley you go for it girls I’d buy your album anyday KEEP IT UP AND DON’T GIVE UP

    Comment by Sharon Nutt — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 09:48

  136. What an awful show! Beverley should not have even been in the last two. She is brilliant and I would have expected her to have been in the top three in the final. Hope she goes on now on to an amazing singing career. Sharon Osbourne has lost oh so much credibilty now. Who would want her as a manager? Go back to the US Sharon! The show stinks!

    Comment by Steve — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 09:49

  137. I am so shocked that Beverley is gone. Its obvious that she didnt get enough votes because of her colour. I dont watch x factor anymore, so unfair! Cant believe how Hope and Same Difference are there every week, im so angry…

    Comment by Julie — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 10:01

  138. What a cop out!!! I used to think Sharon had balls. As a judge you know you are expected to make tough decisions. However, last night was NOT a tough decision to make!!! It was blatantly obvious to everyone who was the best act and clearly one of the easier ’send homes’ to do of the series so far. WHY OH WHY did she let herself down by doing that? I used to respect Sharon but I’m sorry i’ve no respect for her anymore. I feel really sorry for Beverly, she is a fantastic singer and deserved much better treatment than that. I hope we see a lot more of her . Go Girl!!!

    Comment by Gail — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 10:02

  139. That is RUBBISH!!!
    Beverley was my favourite contestant! Hope should have gone home. Sharon made the wrong decision.

    Comment by Milly — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 10:17

  140. Hope are HopeLESS and Same difference are SO IRRITATING
    they cant sing to save their lives, they are BLOODY AWFULL
    whoever is voting for them STOP.
    Same CRAP
    and Hope LESS to Go Pleassee!
    Rhydian To Win , hes got talent! x

    Comment by Rhydian Fan! =] — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 10:21

  141. Last night was a disgrace!! I have always enjoyed the show and believed in its integrity, to a point, but last night has just proved that i am totally niave! I was told when this series started that It was already fixed that Hope would win!!! I refused to believe it but last night has just proved that that infornation was correct. I have always been a fan of Sharon Osbourne but she should be ashamed of herself tonight! Beverley was clearly the better act of the two and Hope can in no way be described as a group, they are a singer with four backing singers!! The singer, (Phoebe) while being a good singer and improving all the time, can not hold a candle to Beverley and the rest of the acts. I thought that the point of the Judges deciding between the bottom two was to make sure that accidents with the public vote did not happen and the better acts would be saved. I don’t see why this farce should continue! Have the other acts been informed that Hope are the guaranteed winners? If not, then last night should be an eye opener for them too!!!!!!!! Why not just declare Hope the winners and have done with it? I certainly won’t be watching any more shows!
    By the way, I tried to post this message on an itv.com forum and it was rejected! Strange huh?

    Comment by Pam — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 10:24

  142. The silly arguing between Simon and Louis detracts enormously from their professionalism. They are like schoolboys. Surely they can make critical comment, honestly, without it being directed as a personal hit on the other. Can they not put a few words together about the act they have seen without trying to make a hit on one another. Each should be publicly censored for it. Track records or not, millionaires or not, they let themselves down every week with their unprofessional childishness. Grow up boys!!

    Comment by Tom — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 10:33

  143. I am still in shock. In a way, i shouldnt complain, I never vote, since the voting scandal, I havnt voted on any show, but I still think that Beverley should have not gone home, she was fantastic. I know the type of music i would buy and listen to, and Hope are not among them. I have cd’s by Andy Abraham – remember him? as I think he has a lovely voice. Hope you get a contract Bev, I look forward to buying your music. Who will go next Rhydian? If he isnt in the top 3, then i will think its a fix.

    Comment by dawn — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 10:34

  144. If anyone here think that Hope should have stayed theyre tone death. They can’t sing for gods sake, it’s like a mix between strangling cats and cows mooing.
    THIS IS A FIX!!!
    Hope are hopeless, and i’d NEVER buy theyre records and neither would anyone I know!!

    Comment by Bo — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 10:47

  145. What a load of rubish, how can anyone truely believe Hope are more talented than Beverly? Sharon has always been so vocal when her girls were voted off, so why did she take the easy way out? instead of standing up for what is right.

    GET HOPE OUT, GET HOPE OUT, GET HOPE OUT

    Comment by Marcus — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 10:49

  146. Hope are the worst act in there. I didn’t like them from the start!! And why is it whenever they were clothes to cover themselves, they’re in the bottom two? Is it just me or is that really happening? Beverley should NOT have gone out!!

    Comment by Lillian — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 10:51

  147. Your right Annette, it was the public vote u can see in sharons face when beverly was voted that she picked the wrong decision, but I have to say a lot on here say rigged phone calls its been like that for ages. I did think Beverly and Hope would be in bottom 2 Leon was superb as was rhydian and Niki, Same Difference were actually ok, the brother best sister is rubbish. Anyhow it happens if u can lip read what louis walsh says we might be into sommit cause beverly agrees on sommit i wonder what he said

    Comment by Michael — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 10:54

  148. My mum, dad and I watch X factor and try to be impartial and thought Hope should have gone out weeks ago. We have long respected Sharon but last night she just simply got it wrong and one of the best acts went home prematurely. If Simon thinks that Hope had better talent than Beverly then he needs a hearing aid.

    The show has turned into a farce!!

    Hanna

    Comment by Hanna — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 11:02

  149. Even assuming the vote is not fixed (well lets live in fantasy land for a moment) the public vote is a popularity contest not a talent contest – Leon really isn’t up to it but he has the public backing so there he stays. I thought the idea of the judges vote was to save the contest from just the sort of thing that happened last night but Sharon bottled out.

    Truth will out, its public vote only now and Hope haven’t had the public backing so if they are still there in a couple of weeks it really does scream FIX

    We haven’t got the talent of last year, and the judges behaviour is appalling – is it real or some sort of bizarre act. Simons behaviour after the result was shameful, and the bickering between Louis and Simon is petty and childish – they should focus on the contestants not one-another. Surely they could give constructive criticism without the petty nastiness.

    Hats off to Girls Aloud last week who asked the judges to recognise the stress and cut the contestants some slack.

    So why do we, a fifty something couple with a background in serious music watch the bl***y show? Just for the glimmer of talent that comes through in the likes of Leona and Bev – who was our favourite to win!

    Best of luck Bev – you are a star.

    Comment by Margaret — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 11:03

  150. Sharon – it’s time to pack up and leave – you haven’t got a clue and clearly have no place on this show as a worthy critic or judge. I’ve lost my admiration for you and you are not the strong, sensible woman everyone thinks you are – you are in Simon’s pocket and as you yourself pointed out last week – on the payroll!

    Comment by Julie — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 11:12

  151. What is all the a pleasant but average voice and no charisma. Hope will not win and I agree they are terrible.
    Rhydian is in a class of his own which is exactly what the judges are saying.He is the only one that week after week can stay in tune.
    I also agree that the rules should be changed so that the act with the lowest public vote should go. The sing off is pointless.

    Comment by Peter — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 11:23

  152. TRAGEDY!

    Comment by simon — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 11:28

  153. I thought the whole point of the bottom “two” singing again was to give the “acts” an opportunity to prove themselves once more. When Beverley sang for the second time it was clear that her performance demonstrated more of her talent than was evident during her first performance; the power and passion in Beverley’s voice was even more present the second time around. Hope,in contrast,where out of tune, and in many other ways too, some distance from matching Beverley’s performance. So,not only does being in the bottom “two” allow from the contestants to compete against each other again, it also allows the judges to take responsibility in making a decision on choosing the best act second time around based on this performance. It makes no sense to give this vote to the public, unless the public were given the opportunity to vote again. The first vote in based on the first performances only. So, the “deadlock” part of the show does not work, because it is wholly unfair given that it does not take the second performance into account, and needs to be re-considered.

    Comment by Mike — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 11:32

  154. did you see simon grinning his little stupid face off? laughing when beverly went out? i thought better of Sharon. i’m not sayin it is, but it probably woz a fix, ‘coz people could think it’s racisim now. Hope’s crapp, how did bev have the fewest votes? Hope best go in the quater finals, and in the semis, Same Diff. Simon probably did fix it, ‘coz he nos Same Diff won’t win.

    Comment by indya hyams — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 11:35

  155. Hope were obviously going to go through cos they had 5 times the vote. What was the matter with Sharon Osbourne? She is in the pocket of Simon Cowell, and she did say i dont know why im making this decision. She was wrong to make it and she know she was. BRING BACK BEVERLY!!!

    Comment by Sarah — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 11:44

  156. It is a complete fix that, Hope are actually really bad and i am quite surprised they are still in. They should have gone out, and Sharon Osbourne is one of the worst judges ever and i hope she takes that back about whst she said last night and i want Beverly back in. i want Beverly back!!!!

    Comment by Rachel — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 11:48

  157. well sharon i love ya but i think you messed up this time girl. beverly is an outstanding performer she should still be in there iam gutted!

    Comment by benita — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 11:50

  158. bev i think you will survive without the x factor go girl give it to em…….

    Comment by benita — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 11:53

  159. My estimation of Sharon has been severely dented.Not only did she make a huge mistake by her actions, she has now demeaned the show.At the beginning of the broadcast she said she could sit back and be impartial well, there’s being impartial and there’s copping out,sadly the latter applied.Hope, or should I say No Hope have no chance of winning and Simon knows that.Thank God for the Riddler whom I believe will be a huge STAR.

    Comment by nigel — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 11:58

  160. i cant believe it!!

    hope are awful!!!!!!!!

    it makes me so mad to think they would put a singer and 4backing singers together and call them a ‘girl group’

    even the main singer cant sing!!!!!!!!!!!!

    they cant sing, cant dance, they do actions and poses where they are TRYING to look sexy when they are clearly uncomfortable and it makes the viewers uncomfortable!!

    Bev can sing.. isnt that what this ’show’ is all about

    i actually think sharon thought more people would vote for beverly so maybe her plan back fired but she SHOULDN’T have taken that risk!!!!!!

    i look forward 2 watching beverly!!!!!!!!

    EVERYONE i know is in shock that HOPE went through instead of a woman with class and most important of all…. she can actually sing

    i know myself and everyone i know are not watchin any more as it is CLEARLY a joke!!

    Comment by shocked!! — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 12:05

  161. Well, having never contributed to anything like this before this is my second comment.

    What you or I think of the result really doesn’t matter, what is important to the credibilty of the show and to the contestants, who put so much of themselves into this, is that the result was fairly arrived at.

    Having read a little more now I am convinced that the result was unfairly reached and should be subject to independent scrutiny or, alternately, Bev should be brought back for a re-run. After all, they are one contestant down so schedules will allow this.

    Why. Firstly, under the rules of the show, the judges mediate the public vote on their own opinion of the quality of the performances. The vote returns to the public only if the judges are genuinly deadlocked. It is clear from Sharon’s earlier comments that she believed that Beverley gave the better performance, her vote to send her home was cast to change the decision mechanism by throwing it back to the public vote. Of course you can ’spin’ this to say she really couldn’t decide etc etc but does anyone believe that? You can’t change judging mechanisms on the fly like this Mrs O!

    Secondly the phone numbers were mixed up in Ireland. I believe that it would be easy to reverse the votes on those numbers and calculate whether Beverley would still be in the bottom two. If there is the least doubt that she would then the vote should be null and void.

    Sorry if this sounds a bit pompous but Beverley deserves fairness – that is all any of them can ask.

    Comment by Margaret — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 12:09

  162. fix!

    i think the x-factor have lost a LOTTTT of veiwers now!

    Comment by laura — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 12:11

  163. Like a lot of people I very disappointed at Sharon ‘ducking out’.Think she banked on public voting for Beverly and got it wrong.
    Did not like Rydian at all at beginning of contest.Thought he was an arrogant,over confident Welshman who could ’sing a bit’.
    I got it wrong! Rhydian is in a class of his own, head and shoulders over all other contestants.He sings with great ability,talent and most of all with passion.It is a long,long time since a singer has reduced me to tears and with a song which is not one of my favourites. Rhydian comes across as a sincere,professional talented Welshman who can sing ‘quite a bit! He has got to be in the final and I would bet that Simon Cowell will sign him up win or lose. Why are Hope and Twice as Nice still in the competition? Don’t think Hope are going anywhere,wereas Twice as Nice might make panto,childrens tv or a Colgate advert. Still love the show though, good entertainment

    Comment by Anne Kenney — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 12:25

  164. I think hope will sell more songs in the charts than Beverly, I get fed up with Big women belting out old ballads bit boring and might sell one or 2 singles but that will be it, It’s alright all you moaning that Sharon did the wrong thing but at the end of the day Beverly got less votes, So the general public must prefer Hope or you lot didn’t pick up the phone and vote, Stop whinging,

    Comment by Lee — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 12:50

  165. what i find amazing is after hope sang sharon said she hoped the public would vote for them as she thought it wasnt great.
    she totally praised bev and said she deserved to be in the competition.
    then 30 mins later votes her of……………i smell a rat and a rancid one at that.
    the only conclusion i can come to is they already have bev signed up in a record deal i dont think this is the last we have seen of her due to the fact beverly is a very emotional woman and never shed one tear when recieving the result screams record contract to me.
    i cant believe hope are even in the top 5 there tone deaf.

    Comment by lorraine — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 13:01

  166. I think the judges decide their vote beforehand!! No way are Hope any where near as talented as Beverley. A total shambles. I thought Sharon was a strong woman, but she showed her true colours last night. Shame on her.

    Comment by sue — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 13:02

  167. Let’s not forget ~
    A group will ALWAYS get more votes.
    Between them they know more people.

    Comment by M — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 13:05

  168. Ok guys yea sharon chickened out but she is obviously now in cowells pocket after walkin out the other week and you have to remember beverely was in the bottom 2 cos not enough people voted for her, i loved her and wanted her to win but did you all vote cos maybe thats why she was out, hope she does stuff after though and she is so good she’ll get a record deal but come on dnt put it all on sharon she wouldnt be there if people had voted but also come on cowell you idiot wot is with the no hopers!!!!!!!!

    Comment by Hannah — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 13:07

  169. SHARROONNN!! WHAT THE HELL HAVE U DONE!! YOU’VE JUST TAKEN OUT THE WINNER OR X – FACTOR…!! HOPE HAS NO CLASS… THERES ONLY 1 SINGER IN THAT.. THE REST ALL LOOK STUCK UP… !! Beverlyyy is by farrr a class act with an amazing voice… X- factors gnna be shit noww without her.. i only watched it becasue of her… Sharonn… you’ve dissapointned half of the nation… bad choice girl!

    Comment by D — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 13:14

  170. What a cop out Sharon! After telling Beverley for weeks she’d make the final you were too weak to face up to upsetting Simon and putting the weaker act out!

    Comment by myra macgregor — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 13:19

  171. F**king X factor is such a fix. Beverley was so much better than hope. The competition is more about looks than actual talent. Beverley should get a record contract.

    Comment by alex — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 13:24

  172. hope are rubbsh Bevily should have gone

    Comment by india green — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 13:33

  173. What a joke! Hope were completely out of tune and Phoebe’s voice isn’t strong. Are the judges tone deaf?

    The competition this year is very weak compared with previous years. Beverley is not a patch on Brenda from last year and Maria Lawson from the year before.

    This competition has really gone downhill. the judges are promoting their own agendas.

    Comment by Liz — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 13:41

  174. i cant beleive sharon did that!! what a disgrace, she obviously cant hear properly! Hope are terrible! they can’t sing and they all look like sluts!

    Comment by Manon — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 13:42

  175. sorry i made mastak hope should have gone

    Comment by india green — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 13:44

  176. Look guys, we all know Beverly was the best act with a superior vocal and fantastic execution. Who cares what Simon, Danni, Sharon thinks or even Loui thinks. Only one thing is clear this show is not about talent but about those 4 liars and the TV boses making much of the money from people like us by just making fool of ourselves. The question we have to ask ourselves are we going to let ourselves fooled by paying our money?
    verdict: watch the programs but don’t make calls!!!!!
    Good luck Beverly, justice will prevail one day!!!

    Comment by Honest — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 13:45

  177. Last night’s performance was the ‘jumping the shark’moment for X-factor. Even with a programme like this,when you know vote-rigging has taken place in the past, suspension of disbelief in a fixed programme has to take place to make it work.That is no longer possible. Last night, on`one hand we had a singer (black) who has consistently given a good performance and yesterday not only successfully tackled a notoriously difficult tune but gave what has become rather a cliched song a new depth.On the other, we had 5 girls, most of whom couldnt hit the right note if given a large mallet each and who lack the personality of even Steve Brookstein (who could at least sing in tune). No contest, right? -particularly as the casting vote was with a judge who had promised to be ‘impartial’.
    Wrong, of course. Next year I suggest ITV save us all time and put out the followng notice when auditioning for X-Factor. “Wanted, five bimbos willing to give a cheap thrill to a rich middle-aged sponsor. Ability to hit the ocasional right note welcomed but not as essential as showing a lot of cleavage and leg and appearing regularly in the tabloid press. Progress to the finals is guaranteed. You may have to face the occasional strong black woman with an amazing voice but dont worry – the judges prefer the pay cheque from said rich middle-aged sponsor to having an independent opinion.”

    Comment by masimo — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 13:55

  178. You could see Sharon wanted Beverly to stay she should have send to send Hope home! Hope is basically Phoebe with a few backing singers! Beverly deserved to stay! She has been great EVERY week. You never know though, sometimes the X Factor winnner dissapears after a year or so and another contestant gets a record contract! Only time will tell. Beverly will go far!

    Comment by Rob — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 13:58

  179. I won’t be watching anymore either. I personally think the judges should have nothing to do with the contestants besides judging them – they should be totally objective. That would be like the ‘Best in Show’ judge at Crufts having one of her own dogs in the Show Final – doesn’t make sense. How long is it going to take for people to realize that ‘girl’/'boy’ bands are fodder for the weak minded? We don’t need another girl band – as a species I think we should try to evolve past that. Beverly was the obvious superior musically – and if the one doing the main vocals for Hope last night was their strongest singer … that group has some real problems. It doesn’t take a lot to shake your ass and flutter your eyelashes. Any girl/woman can do that. It’s cheap. It does take a lot to have integrity and develop a true raw talent – which is what Beverly was doing before she was ‘voted’ off. I realized last night that she’s better than the show anyway … so good luck to her in her endeavours.

    Comment by Stacie — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 14:09

  180. I think that Sharon made the worst mistake she could by leaving it to the public vote, i think that Sharon thought that Hope were going to get the lower votes thinking that it would leave Beverly still in but it back fired on her. She just didnt didnt want the public to give her s..t, so therefor gave it to the public to vote (MASSIVE MISTAKE SHARON. Beverly i think by a MILLION miles is the best contestant on the X Factor, she should no way ever had gone home. And as for you Simon you should never have looked so smug, because there is no way that your Groups are going to make it anywhere near the final.

    Comment by Jan — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 14:10

  181. voting beverly off is the most unfair thing that happened. hope sound terrible what on earth was sharon thinking i bet she is regretting. it’s like those girls are fixed to win. the only competition that existed was between rhydian and beverly so there’s no point of watching since we know who the winner is unless he is sent away like beverly. i wouldn’t be shocked.

    Comment by stella — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 14:19

  182. Beverley was the only contestant that sang with soul, Sharon is two faced and deserves a smack for what she did. X-Factor has lost all interest for me now, Beverley was not only a beautiful person, her smile & voice came from the heart.

    Comment by Dee — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 14:20

  183. I have never wrote a blog before, but last night just made me want to write.

    Beverley nailed the song on the second time round. My partner who’s not into it had the tv on downstairs, and after she sang, he ran upstairs shouting, ‘how bloody amazing is she’.

    Sharon what were you thinking? I realise you thought that the public vote would keep Beverley. People probably thought she’d be a dead cert so didn’t vote. So basically, your cocky arrogance has robbed a fantastic women of her dream. Well done, I hope you feel proud about that.

    Comment by julia — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 14:38

  184. I agree with the majority of comments – in that Sharon chickened out completely – Hope are absolutely awful. I also believe that there should be another vote recount after the Irish TV mess or at least let Bev sing again next week.
    By the way anyone read Ben Eltons book “Chart Throb” – you should – there would be no surprise last nights result then.

    Comment by Pauline Gregory — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 14:39

  185. I would urge as many people as possible to read Ben Elton’s Chart Throb which nicely captures the absolute farce we saw last night in Beverley being voted off. If the four judges want to spend their huge fortunes going out and buying the crap that the winner will now produce so be it – I for one won’t be spending a penny. What a fix – but, then again, perhaps ITV’s telephone polling system is up the creek again??…Despite that Mrs O – you should be ashamed and get a job out of the music industry or stand up for talent and ignore the script. I thought better of you love.

    Comment by Martyn — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 15:00

  186. Actually I beleive Sharon did absoloutely the right thing, after all the show is about who the PUBLIC want to win and as Beverley got less Public votes than Hope I am guessing the public didn’t want her to win!

    So all power to you Sharon, well done for having the nouse to defer the whole rocess to the people spendig their money voting!

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

  187. I agree it was a shock and if I had been voting between Beverley and Hope I would have definitely chosen Hope – so maybe a quick re-vote would have been the answer. As it happened I voted for Rhydian. I also very much enjoy watching Same Difference. The turn offs for me are the sob stories and, with the possible exception of Danni, the Judges – especially the so called “only impartial one” who says “the truth hurts”.

    Comment by lesley — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 15:14

  188. Sharon is a disgrace and i hate her.
    Hope should have a change of name n they are not even matured.
    Bev go on, you are made for the best and x factor is not meant for u.

    Comment by Joy — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 15:20

  189. What a shocking result, and a big cop out from Sharon. Why is she paid so much when she can’t even make a decision? Hope are rubbish, maybe a couple of fairly talented “eye candy” girls. Beverley has more talent in her little finger than the members of Hope, and Simon knows it. He should be ashamed of himself and his all powerful actions. His rudeness to Louis gets worse every week as well. I shall not be watching any more series of this show, will just continue to watch and vote for Rhydian, what a star he will become.

    Comment by Carol — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 15:21

  190. Ashamed of Sharon’s lack of honesty. Simon’s group are very poor, not one good voice between them. Beverley has more talent in her little finger than the rest of them put together. His rudeness to Louis gets worse every week, he has become far too powerful. Will not watch any further series of this show, will just keep voting for Rhydian who will become a big star even if he doesn’t win. I think Sharon realised her mistake as she obviously thought Beverley would be safe. What a shambles of a show this has become.

    Comment by Carol — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 15:24

  191. Does anyone know how you can complain to itv…I think that people should. I think that it would be a good think for Beverley to know that people out there can see what a load of rubbish last night was and that she has people behind her. Mind you there are a lot of groups and singers out there who have been through these contests and have done better off for not winning, like liberty x so maybe Beverly will be one of them.

    Comment by Linda — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 15:26

  192. i cant believe sharon didnt save Beverly! she diserves to win!

    x factor has become a joke this year now with same difference and the other acts. niki deserves to win now.

    compared to last years amazing season – this years pants.

    sign Ray Quinn on instead of this years rubbish! hes much better!

    Comment by paige — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 15:27

  193. I am shocked! Hope are ‘ok’ but nothing special. We do not need girl band. We have Girls Aloud who are fab! and nothing can top them, Hope would not survive!

    Bev has an amazing powerful and souful voice that in our music industry today is non existant! We need her to produce some quality music.

    It should have been Same Difference in the bottom two, in fact they should go, why are they still in!??!!?
    They are cheesy and i certainly would NOT buy their records! The smiling is doing my head in!

    I really think x factor is one messed up show! its popularity not about talent!

    Comment by Becky — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 15:37

  194. just watch the program. WHAT A CON! this program is
    RUBBISH… sharon your spineless you should of voted off HOPE. THERE ARE CRAP.. very dispointed cant watch no more. bev your GREAT……..

    LESTER

    Comment by lester mckenzie — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 15:44

  195. SHARON OSBOURNE?!?!!?!???
    Ever since last night I really respected that woman, and thought she was an excellent judge on the show.
    But after Beverly was voted off I was outraged. Beverly had the most amazing voice of all the women on the show.
    No way in hell should she have gone out.

    Sharon thought she knew best and thought that the public would have voted more for Beverly. But her arrogance proved her wrong.

    THOROUGHLY DISAPPOINTED AND TERRIBLY UPSET.

    Comment by Amelia — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 15:44

  196. Hi,
    I’ve never written on one of these things either but I just watched the repeat of X Factor and I’m horrified. Sharon obviously did that on purpose (”for a reason”) and how stupid because she should say who she wanted to go home rather than leaving it like that. I thought Beverley was amazing.

    I dislike Hope, everyone I know dislikes Hope – so who on earth is voting for them? I think we know the answer to that.

    Look everywhere on the internet – Hope are disliked and I’m not phoning up again as who the public like or dislike simply isn’t reflected in the line results.

    Comment by Laura — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 15:45

  197. If you look closely, just before judging Hope’s final performance, Simon leans over to Danni and Sharon and says something like ‘Let the public decide’. There is your answer whether the, specifically female, judges are impartial or not…

    Comment by Simon — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 15:48

  198. This is the first week that I hadnt voted because i was out for the evening. I think that we should be able to vote before the end of the show.

    Sharon should be sacked. As a judge she should have the integretity to be unbiased and unafraid of Simon. Beverley you are the best and should have been in the final with the only other contestant that can sing…………

    All say together SACK SHARON!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by Violet — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 15:49

  199. Well, well, well Sharon you should be asked to leave!!!

    Beverley you are a class act

    Comment by Valerie — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 15:53

  200. sharon your a coward.ive always thought you were the best judge.but not only have you let beverly down you let yourself down.

    Comment by s fowler — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 15:58

  201. I think that we should be able to vote before the end of the show as i had to leave before it finished so could not vote.

    Sharon should be sacked as she seems to have lost her integrity and obviously is afraid of Simon.

    Beverley you are the best and shpuld continue to pursue your career as a singer……

    Comment by Violet — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 15:59

  202. The only reason Beverley was int the bottom two is that she is such a strong act, no1 thought they needed to bother voting for her. Unfortunately, I cannot say the same thing about hope. The public don’t like them, they are by far the weakest act in the entire competition. I feel disappointed that Simon wants to win so much that he’s got his priorities totally mixed up… no1 will watch the show if the strongest acts are voted out because it’s a waste of money voting at all!
    Beverley was the strongest female act… it’s a joke! Not going to bother watching anymore… what a fix!!

    Comment by Emma — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 16:08

  203. Well. What a disappointment. Not much we can say about Simon because it quite obvious he’s got balls for brains. But Sharon. Girl . . . you behaved like Pilate. Shame on you. Beverleys voice was by no means the best in the show but come on . . . who you judges all kidding? Stop trying to insult our intelligence. Mind you one has to have more than a thimble full of brain cells in order to recognise poor faltering, out of tune notes sung by bimbos in short skirts and lip gloss. Obvioulsy grey matter is something you judges are woefully lacking. All I can say is that the Emperor had no clothes on and the show is no longer about raw talent.

    The group Hope should change their name to Hopeless. It is far more fitting. Good luck Beverley.

    Comment by Anita — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 16:09

  204. “next week will be the first time i am totally impartial and i can say what i really feel”- Sharon at last weeks show after alisha went.

    yes sharon we did see the real you a WIMP. i did notice that the 3 black people who were in the competition are now gone but as leona wasnt white we cant use that excuse.

    im disgusted by the public vote and by the amount of votes hope got ( the only votes they deserved were sympathy votes because even i can sing better than that!!!). im also disgusted with that freak simon cowells smug, beaming face as he stood up clapping when beverlys name was called- someone deserves A SLAPPING!!!!

    Comment by hannah — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 16:11

  205. I WAS really mad that beverley went home hope should have been the one to go home I HAVE been watching X factor from the start I thought sheron will be sending Hope Home but she sent beverley home I think she only did that to please simon.

    Comment by rosemarie agu — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 16:32

  206. ABSOLUTELY A FIX what a disgrace sharon you are suc an idiot that was the biggest fix ive ever seen. I look forward to watching x factor every week but i will never watch it again i’m still livid about it. i’m so pleased everyone else feels the same. the ratings next week will definately drop. simon if you cant see those girls are c**p you shouldnt be doing the show beverley was amazing last night and simon you cant bare the thought of her winning because shes not in your group. i voted 6 times last night and feel sick i wasted my money to go into your pocket.

    Comment by helen saunders — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 16:36

  207. I was not happy that beverley went home it should have been Hope I was really mad about the choice that sharon made was it to please simon. Hope should have been the one to go home.

    Comment by rosemarie agu — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 16:37

  208. X Factor is a farse! Beverley has a wonderful voice and should have either been the winner or the runner up of X Factor.
    I think they have to change the rules on phone voting as I know that there are people out there who are voting over an over again and this is just not fair, it means that stupid cabaret acts are being kept in because of this.
    Really disappointed in X Factor, don’t know how they can run a new series next time round.

    Comment by Angela — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 16:42

  209. Sharon – what a disgrace, there was no comparison between the two and i think you should now leave the show. until now i thought you were always quite right and have really felt for you when it comes to the decisions but you have completely changed my opinions on you now and i am so angry at you for it.
    Beverley – really gutted for you, don’t let the ridiculous decision by Sharon affect you cus she obviously didn’t have a clue, she said she had a reason for what she did well personally i want to know what that was!!! you keep going girl
    Debs

    Comment by Debbie — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 16:55

  210. Hope scraped through on two counts. One was that after the voting was over they delivered an appalling performance which was much worse than the one we voted on. The other was, according to stories, they ‘won’ an argument with Simon Cowell over the choice of song.
    Few people ‘win’ over Simon; he’s a phenomenal A&R man with whom I worked very happily a decade ago. So, Hope, if you don’t want to be known as “Phoebe and The Woo Woos”, listen to him and only disregard what he says when you’ve out-sold Leona Lewis.

    Comment by rapid thomas — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 16:55

  211. I think x factor is going downhill. Bev was great as usual,love rhd’s song choice, same diff can sing&dance,nikki fab.Hope&leon need 2 go it is getting ridiculous. However if bev was amazing more of u would have voted for her.People need 2 remember that noone is safe&u need 2 keep voting4 ur favourite.final will be nikki& rhd.However i think leona is better than rhd as he is professionally trained,but leona or paul potts r not.He has that unfair advantage&he suits musical. Funny he was rejected 4 joseph.

    Comment by Akua — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 17:05

  212. Sharon, Sharon, Sharon…..do you really need the money so badly?

    Comment by suzzy — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 17:21

  213. I cant believe Beverly went out and hope stayed. I personaly believe Futureproof should still be in rather than Hope. But it could be a tatical vote off. Have we thought of that? You lose the decent competion to get the favourite to win. As for it being a racialy motivated vote off… erm have you not noticed that one of Hopes members is black? or does this not matter to those that like to play the race card. Leona Leiws is black, she won last years contest, and rightly so. and at least half the contestants in this years fianlists are black, stop playing the race card to suit. And no I am not a racist

    Comment by Helen — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 17:22

  214. Sharon did the right thing!
    Fact is that Bev didn’t get enough votes to stay in the competition. Niki is the winner anyway doesn’t matter what order the others drop off the show, which i must add is poor quality this year!!

    Comment by Jade — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 17:29

  215. Ruman – shoulda woulda coulda.
    hammy – I agree with you.

    The public will NEVER be satisfied with certain parts of these kind of shows. It is NOT the Beverley show; the show will survive WITHOUT Beverley and, let’s be honest here: Beverley was NOT going to win. It may have been Hopes’ third time in the bottom two but it was Beverley’s second. She simply doesn’t have the appeal. It is NOT all about vocal talent/voice! If it was, then Brenda would have won her season of X Factor. Yes! Beverley’s got a great voice but great voices come a dime a dozen. The irony is is that you DON’T NEED a ‘good’ voice to be successful in todays’ music industry. Look at Britney and Fergie! 90% of this years’ X Factor contestants can sing better than them!

    In and out of this show once in a while you get some people who have an exceptional vocal ability and can sell millions of records: Kelly Clarkson, Christina Aguilera, Mariah Carey, Carrie Underwood and (hopefully) Leona Lewis.

    Sharon almost ’sending’ Beverley home may not have been the right decision, but at least she MADE a decision! Just like Sharon, the public have a right to decide whatever they want. Not everyone’s gonna agree with Sharons’ decision or Beverley being sent home, but that’s the way it is. It happens! Brenda, Maria, Tamyra Gray, La Toya London, Jennifer Hudson, Melinda Doolittle. You move on. We’re trying to find someone who can sell millions of records – and, if we’re lucky – extremely talented. And the people who are saying they’re gonna boycot the show because Beverley got sent home are the same people who said they’d boycot the show because Lous Walsh sent Maria home. Two years down the line, the show’s still here, they’re still here.

    People are all saying ‘oh, it’s a fix’, ‘Sharon’s weak and a wimp’, ‘the judges shouldn’t get to decide’, etc. People just want someone or a party to blame. Most importantly it’s NOT a fix; these kind of shows are being watched like hawks now to prevent any supposed rigging: people just don’t wanna accept the truth. The same public who are outraged by Beverley being sent home are the same public who would criticise her if she won, released an album full of Aretha Franklin covers and dropped off the face of the Earth. Hope – they won’t win – but they’ll sure as hell have a better chance of success. End of.

    Get over it.

    Comment by Anthony — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 17:42

  216. Completely gobsmacked by this result – and I think Sharon was too! She thought Beverley would get through on the public vote. Well done Danni for having the courage to stand up to Simon (I don’t think he will be pictured holding your hand this week!)

    There was obviously some error with the voting and should be investigated like the other phone-in scams.

    The bottom two should have been ‘Hope’ and ‘Same Difference’. How ‘Same Difference’ are still in it baffles me. They are too O.T.T. especially the girl, she is like an overgrown Shirley Temple. I expect her to start singing “On the Good Ship Lollipop”!

    Comment by Joan — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 17:42

  217. A disgraceful decision by Sharon, Beverly was clearly the better singer. What was really being voted for? Certainly not true talent. Is X factor a big racist farce?

    Comment by Baffled in Enfield — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 18:22

  218. I wonder if Sharon voted for Hope in order to stay in Simon’s good books.

    Her comments to Beverley were always wonderful. In voting against Beverley Sharon made a liar and fool out of her own self because when it came to the crunch she did not stand by her words.

    Last week when Hope was also in the final two, Louis’ decision to keep them in was based on whether he should ruin one person’s life (ie Alisha) or FIVE people’s (ie Hope).

    This week faced with the same dilemma Sharon – you disgraced yourself. Hope you slept well last night!! I still can’t believe it. I always thought you were a fair judge. You have let Beverley, yourself and viewers down, BIG TIME.

    Hope Beverley is offered a recording contract by a company that does not include any of these so-called judges.

    Comment by Sandy — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 18:25

  219. There was definitely some jiggery pokery going on last night – I am convinced Simon has a hoard of voters out there keeping that mediocre group in…last night they were a mess. Ghastly song, ghastly everything….and the second time they had to sing was excruciating as they tried to justify their presence on stage with body swaying in the place of singing. Bring back Beverley, this was the most unfair decision ever.

    Comment by Susie T — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 18:41

  220. Big mistake Sharon!! All I can say is good luck for the future to Beverley she WILL be going places just watch, she has the X FACTOR.

    Comment by Kazza — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 18:45

  221. Sharon cocked up big time. If she takes the time away from being arrogant and actually reads all these blogs then the least she can do is find beverley her dream job. beverley was a victim of stupid sharon’s inferior IQ.

    Comment by deb palmer — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 19:07

  222. i think it was the biggest fix ever beverly shoul still be on the x factor. beverly should win but now looks that niki or rhidian will win it is a big fix and should never of happend!!

    Comment by owen dugan — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 19:15

  223. Its a disgrace, not only should it have been Hope that were booted out but what in gods name is wrong with the british public?? Tone deaf I think. Having spoken to friends and colleagues, no one understands how the comedy duo Same Difference have lasted this long, not alone Hope. This is a TV phone scam yet again and a massive cop out by Mrs Osbourne. Beverley, Rhydian and Niki were the only ones that could sing throughout this whole contest,……isn’t that what it is supposed to be about?? Shame on everyone involved with xfactor, won’t be watching it again.

    Comment by Claireabella — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 19:36

  224. How did last night happen?… i mean fair enough it might not have been beverleys best performance but how could hope get through over her? NO WAY!! Also i hope the x factor bosses change the judging squad next series danni minogue didnt make it as a singer so shes ruining other peoples chances of becoming singers. Rhydian cannot sing she picked the wrong three finalists in the beginning

    Comment by Annoushka — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 19:51

  225. Why not tell black people in the beginning not to enter the show in the beginning instead of raising false hopes and just kicking them out close to the final…Next year why not make a black factor where black people might get the chance to win…dont say leona because shes not fully black

    Comment by Jade — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 19:55

  226. Sharon how could you?? you have been praising Beverley since the begining saying she would be in the final because she has a brilliant voice and what a fantastic role model she is – and on that point you are absolutely right, so why in the hell did you send her home, she sang that song with real strenght and passion – unlike hope who quite frankly are awful and should have gone home the first time they were in the bottom two.. I am so disappointed, I feel so sorry for Beverley. I thought the X factor was about people with real talent being recognised and given a fair crack at the whip, now I have lost faith in both the show and the lack of courage and conviction of the judges.

    Comment by Ells — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 20:26

  227. OMG !! how did hope manage to survive against beverly, im sorry but beverly is 100 times better then that hope !! i am in shock !!

    Comment by stephanie — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 20:32

  228. thats so stupid sharon, beverley is a fantastic singer, far better than hope.
    you have robbed that woman off her dream, when she could have gone to the top.
    !!!!!!

    Comment by emily — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 20:35

  229. What a complete fix – you can tell Simon clearly fixed that, i bet you anything hope will win, because its simons show.
    Simon cowell will get bricked in the face one of these days.

    Comment by Nicola — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 20:51

  230. Oh, and Hope absolutely SUCK!
    I mean, they cant sing, they are only making their way through this competition because most nights they come on stage with their boobs/bums/legs/whatever else on show!
    and that Simons their mentor – AKA – FIX

    Comment by Nicola — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 20:53

  231. Hope had been voted off by the public three times at least and only the judges had saved them. Why is that? Why do you insist on saving them? Let the public decide: WE DON’T BELIEVE THEY HAVE ENOUGH TALENT. Please SEND HOPE BACK HOME. I’m sorry Beverly you really didn’t deserve this.

    Comment by claire — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 20:58

  232. I agree with the majority here that Beverley shouldn’t have been voted off,but how’s this for a conspiracy theory ? ITV programming is worked out a long time in advance, especially for Xmas, so the X Factor finals must have been slotted into the schedule some time ago.When Emily left,they would have been a programme short.Knowing how much of the programme is staged ie: the ‘return’ of Louie,don’t you think it’s possible that this weeks show has been delibrately rigged ?
    There’ll be a big to-do over Sharon and the votes,causing loads of publicity for the show and Bev will be brought back and the show will be back on schedule.
    Just a thought,or maybe i’m reading too many spy novels !!!

    Comment by Viv — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 21:57

  233. I thought I’d had too much G in my G&T when I saw the outcome. Sharon said she had a reason which she’d explain later. I never heard it. Hope haven’t put in a single good performance and even Phoebe is not that good a singer. I agree that Beverly wouldn’t have won the competition but could have been in the last three with Nikii and Rhydian. I reckon he’ll win. He was accused of being barking mad at the start but he seems like a really nice guy as well being an absolutely outstanding and unique talent. However, after last night’s fiasco…..who knows. By the way, I’m sure Simon is an outstanding producer and businessman but take it from me as an experienced musician, he doesn’t have an ear for a tune. He’s accused singers who were spot on of being flat or out of tune and vice versa. Shame the whole thing isn’t judged by musicians or other credible singers ??

    Comment by Roger — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 22:17

  234. What really makes me laugh is the number of you on here crying that the voting was fixed – then going on to say that next week the truth will out as it’s all up to the public vote!

    Do you see the flaw in your logic? Probably not – but then that’s what the programme makers are banking on – more passion than sense!

    It’s X Factor – it’s a pantomime at best – get over it!

    Comment by IsisElle — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 22:56

  235. i have to say i lost all respect for sharon.first of all the piss take of andrew llyod webbers name.sharon u are not fit to wipe his shoes, and then to vote out the second most talented person well it just goes to show what u know about music.sweet fa

    Comment by joyce — Sunday, 25 November, 2007 @ 23:28

  236. Come on – Sharon – I guess you thought that Hope would have scored the lowest public vote (and they should have – they were weak) but you should have had the courage to say what you thought – never mind who the mentors were. The judges obviously will support their own acts but when it’s not one of their own, they should be honest and select the act who has performed best ON THE NIGHT. On Sat. – there was no contest but, yet again, a class act has gone out.

    Comment by Angela — Monday, 26 November, 2007 @ 01:35

  237. sharon for the first time really disapointed with, you lost my respect but you probaly wont read this anyway

    Comment by john — Monday, 26 November, 2007 @ 02:11

  238. Danni love you and your sis great dicision

    Comment by john — Monday, 26 November, 2007 @ 02:16

  239. Last week Sharon stated that she was now the only impartial judge left as she had no acts to protect – a lot of use that turned out to be. Her credability stems from her coursge and honesty and I saw none of that in her decision this week. I would of thought little of the above conspiracy theory but I can’t get out of my head just how calm Beverley was about the whole thing. When she entered the competition she had an air of desperation about her ‘wanting to prove something and give the kids hope’. Now she seems happy to to accept such an unfair decision without comment.

    Comment by Bryan — Monday, 26 November, 2007 @ 07:12

  240. I think viewers should DEMAND a re-run, as its clear now that the Irish votes were mixed up and went to Nikki instead of Beverley!
    To re-cap, the irish voters were told to vote the number ending with 103 for BEVERLEY, but that was Nikkis number!!

    I think Sharon also owes us an explanation why she clearly had favoured Beverley but then squirmishly voted for Hope – that cost the X Factor all its remaining credibility!
    So everyone who is disgusted at the result: EMAIL ITV and accuse them of vote-fixing, because thats what it was.

    I hope they do the decent thing and let beverley come back.

    Comment by Kat — Monday, 26 November, 2007 @ 08:10

  241. This is what happened some time ago when girls aloud who could not sing a note between them were formed. X-Factor should be honest enough to inform viewers that it’s not about talent but about their view of what a pop band or individual should be. It should be renamed as the sexfactor…………

    Comment by not surprised - Haringey — Monday, 26 November, 2007 @ 08:39

  242. Re the above comment from Viv – you may well have a good point – the same thing had crossed my mind ie how were they going to make up “Emily’s” week.

    The other point I would like to make is that the judges must know the voting figures for the previous weeks ergo Simon’s comment to Danni and Sharon.

    Cowells just out to make as much money as possible and believes that he can make more out of a crummy girl group – who can’t sing than he would have made out of Bev. Bev was not my favourite but she was a hell of a lot better that those 5 atrocities.

    Comment by Scarlett — Monday, 26 November, 2007 @ 09:27

  243. lol. . . the individual who thought Phoeba alias Hopeless sounded better than Beverley is obviously tone deaf!!!

    Comment by anita — Monday, 26 November, 2007 @ 10:09

  244. Sharon is a disgrace – it HAS to be a fix. I know she said she was going to be impartial but she didn’t mention INSANE as well!! She should be fired.

    Comment by Tess — Monday, 26 November, 2007 @ 10:46

  245. The results from last nights show was an absolute disgrace. What was Sharon thinking of? I’d like to know what was the reasoning behind her decision? As it is not obvious to me!!

    Comment by Martina & Lorna — Monday, 26 November, 2007 @ 11:01

  246. This is a travesty. X Factor used to be a good show, but now it has just turned into any other piece of saturday night rubbish. The judges obviously cannot recognise talent, particularily Sharon. I am not watching it anymore.

    Comment by Sophie — Monday, 26 November, 2007 @ 11:15

  247. what a con.Sharon should be sacked as a judge if she is unable to tell the difference between a pitch perfect performance by Beverly and a tone deaf one by Hope. Beverly has been cheated. are they trying to make sure Rhydian wins? Yet another vote rigging scandal by ITV???

    Comment by jonny — Monday, 26 November, 2007 @ 11:56

  248. Hey, I think that you all have to take a big breath here and think of the competition with all the acts in mind. Bev is a good singer, but she’s not star quality, and she often got lost, bordering to screaming in the high notes of her songs. I agree with the public vote, it proves what the broader audience think that Hope are nice to look at and Pheobe is actually not the only girl in the group that sings well, and I’m pretty sure Simon’s going to display that next week. Bev was SO GREAT, and I’m sure she’ll have a succsessful career in music anyway. Hope are still a young act, and they could possibly develop into something amazing, just like Leon is proving to aquire more confidence by the week! If any act should go now, it’s Same Difference. Their vocal’s are not great in comparison to the rest and I don’t believe in a massive future development for them either. I think the right people have been booted out all along, with the exception of Daniel who really was a great singer. Rhidyan – great, Leon – great (could def. be the ‘dark horse’), Hope – might surprise, Niki – super if given the right song and well… there you have it. Laters, A.

    Comment by Anna — Monday, 26 November, 2007 @ 12:07

  249. I think sharon did the right thing.

    STOP with all the conspiracy theorys!
    The public voted for beverly to leave, If you were that fussed why didn’t you vote for Beverly Hmmmmmm…
    I Like Hope.

    The only thing Niki can do is ballads, which is getting boring and unfair on the other acts who can do more varied acts. even RHYDIAN can. She should be the one who leaves.

    Comment by heather — Monday, 26 November, 2007 @ 12:29

  250. It just goes to show what a scam the entire show is.

    Hope could not cope with that song and for a man who is supposed to be one of the most successful people in the music business it was a pretty stupid move giving 5 little girls with bag average voices a song by Christina Aguilera.

    Beverley, on the other hand, gave an amazing performance, yet somehow Hope are still in the competition…

    I wanted them out from day one. They’re crap. They want to be the next Girls Aloud… give it up girls, You’re like a mix and matched, thrown together chaotic mess of a group with rubbish voices and no personality. Go back to your day jobs and give us all a break from your shambolic performances. You almost made my ears bleed. I actually winced.

    Hope? what an apt name, not a hope in hell..

    Comment by Claire — Monday, 26 November, 2007 @ 12:39

  251. How STUPID and Cowardly is Sharon. This was about saving her job as Hope is Simon’s act. I cannot believe she did not send Hope home and what point was she making as she stated???? I saw no point to her decision so I watched Xtra Factor to find out but no, she just made some pathetic comments which explained nothing. Even I realised if it was left to the public vote Beverly would go as the diva voters are split between her and Niki. I have lost respect for Sharon and the integrity of the Show

    Comment by Susan Woodward — Monday, 26 November, 2007 @ 13:00

  252. Sharon you have done wrong this time!! You took the gamble and it back fired. Time for you to go and I have always been a big follower of yours. Maybe you could nopw start managing/promoting Beverly who has got a real TALENT. Sorry Sharon you have done wrong. No more X Factor for me.

    Comment by Marci — Monday, 26 November, 2007 @ 13:15

  253. What a con! What a shame! Beverley should not have gone! She is an artist. Hope are not. They should have gone home!

    Comment by H — Monday, 26 November, 2007 @ 13:25

  254. I definately agree that Bev was well and truly robbed this weekend. As for Sharon, she should have had the courage of her convictions. When Bev finished her spot Sharon was all over her, yet when (No) Hope finished, Sharon virtually said in a polite way that this was the end of the road for them. She should feel absolutely gutted for not backing up her own comments. Hope are nothing but eye candy and have been less consistant than Bev. There are only two people in it when it comes to the final and that will be Nikki, what a voice (and untrained) and Rhydian (professionally trained) what a guy. If (no) Hope are in the final, then it is definately, alleged or otherwise, fixed. Nikki and Rhydian have definately been the most varied and consistant throughout.

    Comment by Douglas W. Marsden — Monday, 26 November, 2007 @ 13:33

  255. Sharon ,

    I have always admired you but you have gone down in my estimation , Hope are an abomination and shouldn’t still be in the show, if you don’t have the courage of your convictions you shouldn’t be a judge on this show. X Factor should be taken off the air I will not be watching from now on as I am sure you (Thats the judges) all know who is going to win from week 1. What an absolute debarcle. There was only one contestant in this years show and you have thrown her out.

    Comment by Jo — Monday, 26 November, 2007 @ 15:26

  256. A horrific chain of conspiracy ,Xfactor created hope,so they will stoop to any level to make sure their little darlings reach the final.The voting cock-up in ireland,and sharons pathetic wimp-out,unfortunatley resulted in 1 of the 2 best performers,the golden voiced beverley being unfairly sent home.For christ sake,what more did this lady have to do when she delivers week after week and still gets shafted,but much respect to her for the gracious way she took it.The smug reaction on simons face really said it all and himself and the others who run the programme should hang their heads in shame.

    Comment by Lee — Monday, 26 November, 2007 @ 15:32

  257. hope had a right to stay in i like em beverly rubbish hope good thanx sharon

    Comment by nabz — Monday, 26 November, 2007 @ 16:34

  258. I cannot believe Beverley is gone. The reason I watch the show every week is to see Beverley, Nicki & Rhydian. There is no way Simon Cowell believes Same Difference & Hope are in with a chance. What is wrong with Sharon? Why would she vote Beverley out? Totally stupid, ridiculous & pathetic – What a coward. I’m also totally sick of the nonsense between grumpy Simon Cowell & Louie – It’s time they both grew up & started to realise the show is about the contestants & not them. Do they spend all week trying to think up snide nasty comments to throw at each other. Why is Same Difference still in the competition? Can’t bear to watch their silly performances.

    Comment by Jackie — Monday, 26 November, 2007 @ 16:49

  259. I am sick and tired of the so called judges voting for the acts that they mentor. How can the public believe the judges to give impartial opinions when its quite obvious they are more interested in ” point scoring ” against each other and are only interested in winning the competition regardless of the talent the winning act has. Its about time that the format of the program was changed. By all means keep the four judges but only in a mentoring capacity. The actual panel of judges should be impartial so the viewing public and the acts are given honest opinions .

    Comment by Anne — Monday, 26 November, 2007 @ 18:18

  260. I’ve never heard so much sh**e in my life, especially from the repressed sado called Proches, who needs to get a life… really. In my opinion, the right 2 were at the bottom, I felt Beverley was better than that completely talentless shower of tarts (Phoebe excepted). Bev’ got less votes and went out, Sharon could, and should have sent Hope home, but copped out and left it to the public…ah well. But for prostate…sorry Proches to suggest racism is the route cause is ridiculous. Leona is clearly not white and she won last year, 2 members of hope are also of colour. So prosac…sorry again Proches, I would suggest venting your spleen about the way the show went, would be more constructive on the clear strangle hold Cowell has on the show.

    Comment by Graybags — Monday, 26 November, 2007 @ 19:08

  261. I am totally and utterly speechless. Sharon should be ashamed to show her face on TV – she has lost all credibility. How could she have bypassed talent because of who is liked more – I wonder what was her criterion for blanking beverley. Maybe it is even more than what we say – could be deep rooted and skin deep reasons anyways! Not watching or voting again. Thanks Sharon

    Comment by paulette — Monday, 26 November, 2007 @ 19:35

  262. I apologise as I can see that my message could be misconstrued – I would have voted HOPE to go and BEVERLEY to stay – either I am a bad typist or is something else going on here?

    Comment by lesley — Monday, 26 November, 2007 @ 20:40

  263. Sharon – you are a coward! You know as does everyone else that Beverly was a potential finalist. The judges are there until the final 5 to be sure that the right people go thru and you blew it an gave up the most important job the judges are there for. Next time just let the public vote from the start – you are useless. Your cowardice sent home a finalist. Shame on you!

    Comment by Peter — Monday, 26 November, 2007 @ 21:03

  264. I dont think it was sharons fault. I think she didnt want 2 choose and thought that Beverley would get the pulic votes. Your all saying that Beverley shouldnt of gone bt did any of you actually vote? She was by far the best singer saturday and i put her in the finals along with Nicky. Now Beverley has gone i really dont know who will be in the finals prob Same difference who shouldnt of bn on the live shows anyway. I thut Simon made a big mistake there as i thut he’d put thru Ghost as i loved their vocals. Lets c how PHOEBE AND HER BACKING SINGERS do next week coz 2 me they should be booed of the show.

    Comment by Charlie — Monday, 26 November, 2007 @ 21:31

  265. Hope are absolutely awful. They are not even that good-looking – they are just caked up with makeup and wear skin-tight or revealing clothes. And that is even before they open their mouths. Really really terrible. They do not look or sound like a reputable girl group.

    And well Beverley is way too good for that stupid show.

    Comment by B — Monday, 26 November, 2007 @ 22:03

  266. Meet Sharon Osborne you must be joking!!!!on second thoughts yes please cos i want to tell her exactly what i think of her she is a disgrace,a coward,and should leave the X factor panel of judges immediatly what a cop out explain yourself answer these comments!!!

    Comment by james — Monday, 26 November, 2007 @ 22:49

  267. Its a fix – read chart throb by Ben Elton – the “simon cowell” type character controls the show and decides right from the beginning who is going to win. Each week is scripted and the “sharon” character and “louis”
    character are threatened with the sack if they do not do as scripted!!

    Comment by Teagan — Tuesday, 27 November, 2007 @ 09:40

  268. Graybags obviously is racist/prejudiced to be taking the micky out of someone else (prostate/prosac) because they vented their opinion – see where the problem starts? Sharon is not alone – it is a culturized politically correct situation. “… Leona is clearly not white and she won last year ….”. On the Larry King show in New York it was stated by British interviewee that “the the first ever black person won the x factor”. Leona won because of the blatant obvious fact that she is and will be one of the most talented x factor contestant there is. Trust me it is not all about talent.

    Comment by paulette — Tuesday, 27 November, 2007 @ 09:43

  269. I’m a bit puzzled over the scheduling of the X Factor.
    If I remember correctly the Final is usually on the last Saturday before Xmas so that the winner potentially can have a number 1 hit record. If Emily had not been sent off the show due to the numbers remaining I work it out that the Final this year would have been on Sat 29th December.
    Or have I got it wrong? I’d be glad to have some views on this. Thanks

    Comment by Helen — Tuesday, 27 November, 2007 @ 11:54

  270. Hello. Are any of you twits that are saying the public voted actually reading these blogs? There was a major screw up with the phone numbers in Ireland and as a result Niki got Beverley’s votes! So people were voting for Beverley-they just simply didn’t count for anyone other than Niki. Fair play Niki can sing. Rhydian too. Beverley did not deserve to go, she has delivered good performances regularly. Quite simply put Hope is hopeless-they SUCK big time, all of the time!
    I believe the next one that needs to be voted to go after that awful performance is Sharon……Shame we can’t vote the judges off really.

    Comment by Glenene Bennett — Tuesday, 27 November, 2007 @ 12:04

  271. Sharon,what a coward,you know in your heart that beverley was the better out the two,so why didn’t you do the right thing and vote hope out,are you scared of simon or something? Shame we cant see the public vote,thought itv had learnt a lesson with their vote rigging. Well i will only keep watching xfactor now for niki,watch out girl,if simon doesn’t like you,you could be next.The best three left now are,in this order Niki, Rydian,& Leon.So my view is the show last saturday was fixed. We cant all be wrong.Good Luck this week Niki.

    Comment by TERRY TURNER — Tuesday, 27 November, 2007 @ 13:59

  272. I hope somebody in charge actually reads these comments. I (was)a massive fan of the x factor and was even considering auditioning next year.As it is I will
    never ever watch the show again.This was hopes 3rd week in the bottom two.When Alisha was in the bottom 2 for the third time she went out..and she could sing.

    If they were going to keep one of the groups in it should have been futureproof.At least they could sing.

    Hope are a bunch of cats and they dont sing much better.
    Cop on Simon et all. The public hates hope.

    Comment by Trish O'Leary — Tuesday, 27 November, 2007 @ 16:27

  273. Sharon, Sharon, Sharon – it’s called a “Backbone”. I think she thought that Hope would have got the least amount of votes, which is why she took the easy way out. I sometimes wonder if Simon is actually running the show. Hope are a complete waste of time – none of them can actually sing. As for Same Difference – are they on Methylenedioxymethamphetamine…??

    Lets hope HOPE get the boot this weekend – if not, Simon is defo running the show.

    Comment by Steve — Tuesday, 27 November, 2007 @ 17:15

  274. I agree with you Glenene,there was a balls up with the phone numbers,thats why beverley is out,if beverleys votes were going to niki,(Not Knocking You Niki)because you were fantastic last saturday,beverley and hope should have a second public vote,you cant call the system fair when the phone numbers wre mixed up.We all know hope are hopeless,So i think the viewers of the xfactor should demand a second public vote,if beverley is voted out then, so be it,as it was TOTALY UNFAIR TO BEVERLEY.

    Comment by TERRY TURNER — Tuesday, 27 November, 2007 @ 17:39

  275. Some slightly OTT reactions so far I think. Yes, Sharon bottled it and can hardly be called a ‘judge’ if she hasn’t even got the courage of her convictions. On the other hand I firmly believe she expected Bev would be more popular in the public vote than Hope. And why shouldn’t she – judging by the shock! horror!outrage! on here? No-one seems to have really addressed the fact that the public got it ‘wrong’. If people felt so strongly about Bev then they would have voted in sufficient numbers to keep her out of the bottom two. There is NO WAY that phone votes would be rigged in the current climate – it would be suicidal.

    Bev was (and is) undoubtedly a very talented singer. I think she’ll do quite well for herself (a la Brenda) but would NEVER have got to the final. Hope have only got controversy to make them stand out. They won’t make the final either.

    As for last Saturday’s other contestants: I really enjoyed them – every single act performed well. I was most impressed by Same Difference (good singers, always entertaining, definite fun factor) and Leon (seems to have the voice of a classic crooner). Rhydian is in a league of his own and Niki is also excellent (though I can’t really warm to her).

    Looking forward to what this week brings (especially if it’s Hope’s long-awaited elimination).

    Comment by froggat — Tuesday, 27 November, 2007 @ 19:17

  276. MMM, maybe it’s people with a ‘P’ in their name. The point of the person with the least votes going out is a simple enough concept….for most people. Racism is abhorrent in any form, and is an easy card for people to play, normally trumped by sense or reason. As long as ‘people with chips’ shout racism, the more it clouds the issue of dubious practices within Cowells circus. Lets hope Leon doesn’t get voted out next or we’ll be in for Braveheart 2! People who cloud the issue are playing into the hands of the show riggers.

    Comment by Graybags — Tuesday, 27 November, 2007 @ 22:14

  277. Up until Sat 24th Nov I had doubts about anyone possessing the X factor…….until Rhydian sang.I’ve still got goosebumps.

    Comment by Dawn — Tuesday, 27 November, 2007 @ 22:35

  278. God there are some classic rants on here, amongst some sensible stuff.
    In response to some of the weirder posts.

    1. “Hope got more votes than Bev because there are five of them and only one of Bev”!! “Hope will have more friends than Bev” Priceless!!! Does anyone here think that the number of votes cast are so few that the number of mates a contestant has will swing it for them? Also, if groups have such an advantage, why don’t they win every year? Why did Hope have to sing off against Futureshock earlier in the series? Were their friend out?
    The ONLY way programmes like this can pay for the £1 million contract and other prozes at the end of it (as there is no guarantee of a successful career) is by making money on the phone calls. They make thousands and thousands each week on them. Every person who auditioned for X factor will probably vote each week 9if you will queue to try and get on tv (often with a singular lack of talent) you will send a text when the real competition starts. On top of that there are plenty of others who will pick up the ‘phone.

    2. How will they make up the fact that Emily left?
    On this blog I remember reading, before the bullying story broke, that there were going to be two evictions that particular week. In the end there was only one after she left.

    3. Bev was only in the bottom two because voters thought they need not vote for her because she was so good.
    Perleese!! If that is the case why has Rhydian never been in the bottom two?

    4. Same Difference are crap.
    They may be annoying but they are not crap. they come across as being particularly professional in their approach to their routines and they are comfortable in singing with each other because they have been playing working men’s clubs on the south coast. It does not make them my cup of tea, but it does not mean that I hate them because they are so cheesy. I would not buy their records; I would not go and see them in concert. On the other hand, plenty of people do like them, as shown by the fact that they have never been in the bottom two yet.

    5. Beverly was the best singer on the programme.
    No she wasn’t.

    6. Being black means that Bev couldn’t win because people are racist.
    Some people are racist, I agree. However, to think that those people go around trying to get black people off talent shows does the ongoing fight against racism a disservice. The fact is there is not a great market for middle of the road, middle-aged singers. The colour of her skin had nothing to do with it.

    The one interesting piece of information in this thread is the “Irish” angle in relation to the ’switched’ numbers. On my view of the performances (and I am not in the first flush of youth!!) ny bottom two were Hope and Niki.

    Comment by hammy — Tuesday, 27 November, 2007 @ 23:48

  279. Public didn’t vote beverly because they thought she was safe. But why did sharon make such a mistake. She told to Beverly that she had goosebumps looking at her performance then WHY??? Sharon is a loser….That is why none of her acts are left and she never wins the competition. She made a wrong mistake because it was in her hand whether to keep beverly in or not.

    Comment by Emma walsh — Tuesday, 27 November, 2007 @ 23:55

  280. I used to like sharon alot but now i don’t like her anymore because she was the reason why Beverly went out. Beverly was fantastic and don’t think this is a talent competition anymore.

    Comment by Danni — Tuesday, 27 November, 2007 @ 23:57

  281. Come on mrs osborne what were your reasons!!!!!!!!! at least have the guts to answer all your outraged veiwers of X factor before you leave the show and go back to america where youshould stay!!!!!hope you are boo’d of next week impartial my ass in simons pocket more likely

    Comment by james — Wednesday, 28 November, 2007 @ 00:39

  282. I liked Beverley as a singer and I agree the rest of Hope apart from Phoebe cannot sing Phoebe can however she is a great talent even if they do not win the X Factor she will make on her own.

    Comment by PG — Wednesday, 28 November, 2007 @ 12:44

  283. It seems a fight for Scotland – Leon, Rhydian – Wales, the rest can be sorted by whom ever wants to vote for them. Just watch out for Scotland & Wales against England.

    As for Beverley being voted off, travisty, a fix? we wonder but a sad response from Sharon who has been so strong in the past.
    Liked HOPE but they are not a patch on Beverley or Nikki or even Rydian.
    Just wonder what the viewing will be for the XFactor from now on.??
    PE

    Comment by PE — Wednesday, 28 November, 2007 @ 15:58

  284. To answer the question about Sharon’s reason to vote off Beverley; she did it to force the viewers vote. The rules state that if both acts tie, then the act with the lowest number of viewer’s votes will leave the show. Sharon obviously didn’t want to make the decision so named Beverly to force a tie.

    Comment by weasel — Wednesday, 28 November, 2007 @ 16:59

  285. I was angry!! I loved Beverly!
    I think its fixed for Hope to win, because come on they were not a patch on Beverly!! They wern’t good at all compared to her.

    Boo to X Factor – Bring Beverly Back!

    Comment by Vicky T — Wednesday, 28 November, 2007 @ 18:09

  286. hi

    i think if hope when out sharron would be seen in a diffenrent light, and she thought Hope would go.

    they brought the deadlock roule in so they had to use it at one point and as next week is only down to public vote it had to be used.

    i still think bev was better than Hope too.
    SH

    Comment by stella — Thursday, 29 November, 2007 @ 14:40

  287. what were u thinking sharon???? hope should of gone off
    it was a FIX

    Comment by owen dugan — Friday, 30 November, 2007 @ 16:24

  288. Thank goodness for people with the sense to reason out the farce of Saturdays X factor, think through the number of eliminations to the end of the show to see that they didn’t tally, consider phoneline confusions, and not to mention the fact that the winner will apparently cover a Mariah Carey song on the 17th Dec…when the show should still be running. The ‘judges’ are simply window dressing to give Cowell’s show the semblense of a true competion, the show is a huge money spinner owned, controlled,and very carefully stage managed by him. Hence a truly hideous bunch who look and sound like a bad hen night crew will go far, and suprise suprise he’s thee mentor

    Comment by Graybags — Friday, 30 November, 2007 @ 18:35

  289. After watching X Factor replay today, for the 1st time I agreed with Louis why Hope is being selected instead of Beverley. Hope did not show a good performance except the whole song is being controlled by 1 lead singer! Maybe if Pheobe is in X Factor as solo single, then it’s fair chance to sing again with Bev!
    I would think the person to send home should be Sharon instead!

    Comment by Amy Wong — Friday, 30 November, 2007 @ 20:23

  290. I posted last weekend and just confirm that I am not watching tomorrow and getting my life back. I was just curious to read the blog entries – very indicative of a major concern and a probable “switch off” by viewers.

    The point for me is not the level of the public’s vote, or my own personal favourite, but that there was a major discrepancy between Sharon praising Beverley and making some half-hearted comments about Hope – then voting the opposite way to send home Beverley.

    No integrity for her. And none for the show. The reasons may come out someday. But I am now not too interested.

    So its goodbye from me. Its been fun. We have seen some talented people on these shows. But now its at the “two falls, two submissions or one knockout” level of ITV integrity. And I don’t discount either vote-rigging or racism in the level of the public vote. But then Sharon was there to be the impartial judge. She just messed up big time, and it was so OBVIOUSLY wrong!

    Comment by Charlie — Saturday, 1 December, 2007 @ 02:32

  291. shocked for the results.sharon should vote one out.bev is just one person with a family and friends to vote for her while hopes got 5 families and friends to vote for them….viewers were the exemption…she’s one of the judges so she should judge while people vote…to rhydian and nicki..goodluck guys…

    Comment by GLOCEL — Saturday, 1 December, 2007 @ 09:21

  292. I hate it when you guys say the public voted Bev out as though you can’t see see it was Sharon’s weak decision followed by the X5 more votes for Hope that was the cause! She’s got s trong Fan base out there, and they public don’t have the final say, its the jugdes. Shame on you MRS OS-B-o-r-e-d!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by lunmsy — Saturday, 1 December, 2007 @ 17:33

  293. As for the guy called Hammy who is very well analysing everyones comments, if you’ve been following the show, you ll realise futureproof got sent home to HOPE not through public vote but through simone’s decision. Its also clear you have not got a clear mind which act to back up.So make up your mind, Nickii or HOPE?

    Comment by lunmsy — Saturday, 1 December, 2007 @ 18:04

  294. I have absolutely no idea what is going on tonight with this show, it is an absolute embarrassment to the great Legend that Is Freddie Mercury

    Why do these shows insist on doing Queen songs? I will never understand it. Nobody EVER has and nobody EVER will be able to do Queen songs justice. Freddie Mercury was unique, he had a fabulous range in his voice, so please judges, take note and stop with the Queen songs if you care about your contenstants, nobody can do these amazing songs justice

    Comment by Queen Fan — Saturday, 1 December, 2007 @ 19:59

  295. What an pathetic egocentric boring person Sharon has become ,when she speaks it is about her or at best repetitive soundbites It is no wonder semi talented singers give up when she shows off It is not entertainment to be insincere and boorish it destroyes peoples ambition Beverley could have and should have been saved by Sharon but no Sharon was too busy promoting Sharon She has denied Beverley having a change of career by attempting to prop up her rather sad career

    Comment by neil — Saturday, 1 December, 2007 @ 22:15

  296. Beverly was one of the best contestants on the X Factor how on earth could that cats chorus beat her?
    I find this show incredibly ageist. If your an older act (like Beverly)it doesn’t matter if you have an amazing voice the public just seem to want a bunch of squawking youngsters with very little clothes on and very little (if any) talent!!!

    I am so disgusted and disappointed with Sharon I thought if anyone would be fair and honest it would be her Sadly, I was wrong. It would be interesting to know what Simon whispered to her just before she made her decision though?
    As for a comment I read about Beverly being voted off because she is black that was a incredibly racist, narrow minded, ignorant thing to say if we’re being honest Beverly got knocked out because she wasn’t Simon’s act, and she didn’t go on stage half naked making a fool of herself.

    Comment by Viv — Sunday, 2 December, 2007 @ 02:46

  297. Sharon should have done the job she is paid for and made her own judgement. This was the last week for the judges to decide and that is what she should have doen – not simply left it to the vote. Deadlock is for when the judges’ decisions are equal, not for when the last judge hasn’t the courage to make a judgement. Given Sharon’s skills and experience she could not fail to know that Beverley was the better act in comparison with Hope from every point of view and she should have said so.
    I just cannot believe that she has caused such a talented performer to be dropped prematurely.

    Comment by Theresa — Sunday, 2 December, 2007 @ 09:26

  298. My husband and I were utterly dumbfounded to realise last night that Beverley was voted out last week. I really can’t credit it, that such a hardworking and stunning performer with possibly the most genuine and warm personality ever seen on the show lost out to a group incapable of singing in tune.

    We will not watch the show again as that left a very bad taste. From reading the other comments here it appears that Sharon was jointly responsible for voting her out; now she has lost all credibility in our eyes. One expects Cowell to be a megalomaniac politician on the show he funds and grows wealthy by but until now we’d always thought Sharon had integrity.

    Comment by S Roberts — Sunday, 2 December, 2007 @ 09:56

  299. it is not fair on beverly i thouht she was the best

    Comment by claire — Saturday, 8 December, 2007 @ 16:26

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