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Saturday, 15 December, 2007

Leon Jackson Winner of X Factor 2007

After a closely fought contest with over one hundred and fifty thousand auditionees, X Factor 2007 came down to a sing-off between Scotsman Leon and Welshman Rhydian.

Both acts sang their version of the song to be released as the winner’s single “When you Believe”, which is to be released on Wednesday.

Ultimately there could only be one winner, and that winner was Leon!

Rhydian had been favourite to win the competition since Futureproof and Daniel, with Leon referred to as the ‘dark horse’ of the competition, but ultimately with the voting power of Scotland behind him it was former shop-assistant Leon who succeeded.

The battle is now on for Christmas number one - can Leon make it to the top spot in time?


  1. c’mon leon i knew u could do it ur wel better than rydian

    Comment by scotish haza — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 22:40

  2. Rubbish we tried over 20 times just to make one vote for Rhydian, phone company let him down, Leon is crap in comparison!!!

    Comment by Nick — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 22:41

  3. OMG the only reason leon won was because of stupid scotland. rhyidan was millions times better.
    leon will go nowhere. he is a version of david sneddon, ray quinn, he is nothing special.

    Comment by Kitty — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 22:41

  4. This decision makes a travesty of this whole “competition”! I will not watch this nonsense again!


    Comment by Marie — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 22:41

  5. If we could have got through on the lines from Wales at any point, the person who should have won would be Rhydian. The telephone lines need to be improved!

    Comment by Jude — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 22:41

  6. I was going to go buy the X-Factor single…but no way am I going to buy it now.
    Wrong winner!!!
    Danni is unbelievable bias!!!
    All the best Rhydian…

    Comment by Neon — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 22:41

  7. What a fix! Simon Cowell already knew that Rhydian wouldn’t win with your comments after the last song. Leon can’t even sing. I’m absolutely gutted that he has won and will never be visiting Scotland again. Do they not understand that it is a talent competition? How does Leon have the x factor? Oh let me cry and look like a lost puppy dog and then have Kylie looking like an extra Stringfellows join me on stage and then no one will notice that I’m rubbish!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I’m so angry can’t even write anymore

    Comment by Annalise Neilly — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 22:42

  8. We have been trying to vote for Rhydian all night and none of us could get through. That means 3 less votes for Rhydian in 1 household, how many more across the country?
    Are we to assume X factor is just a big fix?

    Comment by Lolly — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 22:42

  9. What A Joke I Cant Belive That Leon Won Over A Fantastic Performer Rydian Should Have Won Hands Down Over That Swing Wanabe !

    Comment by Rachel — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 22:42

  10. What a pathetic X Factor, the British public for once have got it completely wrong. I wonder if Leon would of still won without the constant water works. Rhdian was the clear winner, Terrible!

    Comment by Debbie Phillips — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 22:42

  11. Well id like 2 be 1st 2 put a comment, he is so yummy hes got the looks got the voice and obviously got the X FACTOR n i knew he could win being half scottish myself he has done us proud CONGRATULATIONS Leon youll go far xxx

    Comment by Charmaine — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 22:42

  12. IT IS A FIX

    scotland, leon (leonA won last year…)


    Comment by Kitty — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 22:42

  13. Leon
    What a joke no personality always crying can’t sing will soon be forgotten unlike Nikki and Rydian, who can sing and should have been in the final.

    Comment by Alan — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 22:42

  14. What a setup! The judges were practically saying goodbye to Rhydian after his last song and he had the sad look on his face of someone who has lost a competition. He knew he had lost before the result came in and Sharon’s comment saying ‘he’s revolting’ discouraged people from voting. Also the last voting was unfair as Leon had more live coverage on air than Rhydian did. I hope others write and complain about this humiliating and embarrassing show, it should be banned.

    Comment by Suzy Watson — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 22:43

  15. rydain should have won the show is so wrong, leon is not better at all, anyone can see that, its all for show and xfactor knows it ,i will just stick to strickly come dancing from now on

    Comment by emma rosedale — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 22:43

  16. If there’s one thing I know about a superstar you have to rely on them to sing in tune ALL the time. As much as I like Leon he has sung several songs on the X Factor well out of tune…..the mind boggles!

    Comment by Paula Cz — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 22:44

  17. What a load of rubbish - Leon winner what a fix, he should never have been in the semi’s let alone the final. LAST YEAR I WILL BE WATCHING THIS CRAP No wonder it went down in the ratings with Strictly Dancing and Get me out of here beating it.

    Comment by Angela, South Wales — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 22:44

  18. Oh I am so disappointed that Rhydian didn’t win the X-factor. He is a great talent and how could anyone let a good talent go? I am disgusted with myself for not voting but I will vote with my money and buy Ryhdian’s CD if his single were also released. I thought his version is definitely more inspiring.

    Comment by ST — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 22:44

  19. Yet again another con with the phone lines, no one could get through to vote for rhydian. Best man 2nd again. He was by far better than leon.

    Comment by dean newman — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 22:45

  20. x factor is rubbish how can rydian lose he does not deserve to lose, leon is a rubbish sing the show is fake and x factor knows it, rydian can sing better i am going to stick to stickly come dancing

    Comment by emma rosedale — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 22:45

  21. What a fix he was terrible. He will go nowhere I would not buy his single if you paid me

    Comment by scottie — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 22:45

  22. I am completely and utterly DISGUSTED!! Rhydian is by far the most talented singer and should have won that competition. Leon will be a one-hot wonder and will then vanish into the background never to be heard of again. The phone lines wouldn’t let me though to vote for Rydian - he has been ROBBED of what should have been his!

    Don’t give up Rhydian!

    Comment by Emma — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 22:46

  23. I can’t believe this! Clearly Rydian has the much better voice. He is also different! He would have had longevity and versatility in his career. What a shame!

    Comment by FJ — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 22:47

  24. To Simon Cowell!

    I am so disappointed. If this competition is truly about finding star potential, you have fallen sadly short tonight. To have Rhydian as a “find” on your programme is something you could only have hoped for. The organisation of voting is as such that it cannot recognise talent! Please respond by return.

    Comment by Philippa — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 22:47

  25. Not really a fan of Leons kind of music (swing/big band etc) but preferred him to Rhydian.

    Comment by Becky — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 22:47

  26. spose thats what its all about, anyone can win it. I’m just surprised that someone who can hardly sing in tune has won it. Couldn’t get my vote in either.

    Comment by dean — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 22:48

  27. I am completely and utterly DISGUSTED!! Rhydian is by far the most talented singer and should have won that competition. Leon will be a one-hit wonder and will then vanish into the background never to be heard of again. The phone lines wouldn’t let me though to vote for Rydian - he has been ROBBED of what should have been his!

    Don’t give up Rhydian!

    Comment by Emma — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 22:48

  28. Crazy! No way should Leon have won this show.

    Rydain is one of the most impressive and talented singers to have been on the X Factor. Leon is ten a penny.

    A terrible shame, but wait and see, Rydain will be the real winner!

    Comment by Michael Mann — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 22:49

  29. I am soooooo angry…what the hell were people voting for Leon thinking….the wrong person won….Rhydian was incredible week after week….Leon was out of tune throughout most performances and had the charisma of a wet rag….what a waste of watching for the last 3 months…won’t be making the same mistake next year. Looking on the bright side, Rhyd can choose his own way now and won’t be attached to a show and management that clearly have absolutely no idea about true talent. Good luck to you Rhyd…you’ll be a star and Leon will be yet another has been by February…

    Comment by Abi — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 22:49

  30. biggest fix ever. simon cowell knew leon would win, his last comments were out of order. rhydian was the winner all the way through. Scotland is a bigger country than wales and rhydian had no chance. Leon CAN NOT sing and should never have been in the final three. Lets see who buys Leons records. No one I know thinks Leon can sing.

    Comment by christine neilly — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 22:49

  31. Rhydian would have won if we could have got through on the telephone, all we kept getting was that the network was busy. The telphone lines need to be improved on and then the righte person would have won. Rhydiqn can sing, Leon cannot stay in tune!

    Comment by Dave — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 22:49

  32. yet another ITV stitch up, tried voting for 1 hour constantly engaged for Rhydian, another 1 hit wonder created by x-factor, what a fix, go on Rhydian, make a fortune with Lloyd Webber and show X-factor what you are worth.

    Comment by Dave Hook — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 22:50

  33. And I meant to say a ‘one horse wonder’ he has NO chance of getting a top record for Christmas. I also tried ALL EVENING TO GET MY VOTE IN FOR RHYDIAN LIKE THE REST OF WALES WITHOUT ANY LUCK ALL LINES BUSY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! COWELL YOU HAVE FINALLY DONE IT

    Comment by Angela, South Wales — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 22:50

  34. I dont c how people r sayin its a fix Leon won fair and square SIMPLE AS get to grips with it people!! It only took me 5 phone calls 2 vote for him so you couldnt have tried very hard to vote for Rhydian he is too opera hes got the looks but TOO OPERA

    Comment by Charmaine — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 22:50

  35. Unbelievable! Rydian is not only a fantastic performer but a wonderful singer, he will go on to be the sucessful one NOT Leon who will be forgotten very soon as he just CANNOT sing! This show is a joke when it supports someone with ZERO talent. It makes me so mad when there were so many others who were so much better.

    Comment by Shiny — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 22:50

  36. I am so disappointed. Rhydian should have won hands down. By the above comments, I gather no-one could get through to vote for him. He was consistant throughout and what a very beautiful voice. I hope that they make a dvd of his songs. I would definitely buy it. Leon???? I’m not sure.

    Comment by Colleen — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 22:51

  37. I’m 10 years old and even i know that Rhydian should have won this competion. Leon all the way through has been inconsistent. His first songs in the final were sung uninspiringly and obviously he was struggling to sing the christmas number one. Either the UK is tone deaf or this is a fix as Rhydian should of won. Niki also should of been in the final this year.

    Comment by ewalina — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 22:51

  38. Leon has the full package! He won bcause he has everything, nt JSUT the voicee like Rhydian! “Phone lines didn’t wrk!” Wotever! LUV U LEON!!! x

    Comment by Rebekah — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 22:52

  39. Leon has the full package! He won bcause he has everything, nt JUST the voice like Rhydian! “Phone lines didn’t wrk!” Wotever! LUV U LEON!!! x

    Comment by Rebekah — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 22:53

  40. Travesty Rhydian should have won. Leon’s singing was flat and out of tune whereas Rhydian set the stage alight with his fantastic vocals. A fix

    Comment by Maria — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 22:53

  41. Absolutely will not be watching XFactor ever again, this was a travesty. Lines always engaged so you couldn’t vote. BIG FIX!

    Comment by John — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 22:53

  42. If anyone knows of a dvd of Rhydian can they please share this knowledge. I love hearing him, but he sings with such passion as well.

    Comment by Colleen — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 22:53

  43. Wrong winner! You’ve only got to look at the comments already posted to this blog to realise that. I did eventually get through to vote for Rhydian but it wasn’t easy. Do the judges or the program producers look at these comments, they should.

    Comment by Paul — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 22:54

  44. This was a rigged result. I have no problem with Leon or any other contestant winning on a fair basis, ie. the quality of their performance / personality / flair etc. But ITV used these young people tonight when they turned this final into a nationalistic battle between the Scots, the Welsh and the English.

    It was a foregone conclusion that Leon would win, the English lack any national identity and nationalistic pride, after all what are we known for except awful food and football vandalism? The Scots and the Welsh on the other hand are fiercely nationalistic and this is evidenced by their strong desire to break away from the UK. The problem for Rhydian over Leon is that that there are far far less Welsh than there are Scots. And as for Same Difference they didn’t have a chance.

    Shame on you ITN for your cynical spinning of this final.

    Heartfelt commiserations to Rhydian and Same Difference. From a Welshman. living in England who would like to move to Scotland.

    Comment by John Holme — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 22:54

  45. Oh my god, I am in total shock! What are the public thinking! Wow now we’ve just got one more average singer to listen to. Rhydian was and is amazing Totally wrong winner I’ll re think watching it next year if thats all it can come up with! British Public GET A GRIP!!!

    Comment by Bex — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 22:54

  46. Seems that quite a few people coudn’t get through - including myself - just kept on getting an engaged tone. This needs to be looked into!!

    Comment by L — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 22:55

  47. The worst load of rubbish I’ve EVER seen!!! What a complete and utter fix. Rhydian has got more talent in his little finger than Leon has got in his whole body. If that’s the British Public’s vote then I’m ashamed to be British. I just can’t believe it - what crap!!!

    Comment by JackT — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 22:55

  48. what a brilliant result LEON was absolutely outstanding i think it just sums up that SCOTLAND is simply the best


    Comment by June — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 22:55

  49. Such a fix!!! Rhydian has the most fabulous voice ever in any of the the X Factor shows. He is a true star and should have won way above the others.
    I was going to by the X Factor single but no way now.

    Comment by Sali — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 22:55

  50. rydian should have won, it proves he is better than leon, cum on x factor fix it like they always do, what bull shit, i cant believe it any one says that leon is better is talking a load of rubbish and they know it, rydian is better

    Comment by emma rosedale — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 22:57

  51. Utter rubbish. Goodbye X-Factor. Your time came when you decided to let someone who can hardly keep a note in tune win. Simon I had a lot of respect for your business sense but it seems that sitting next to Danni seems to have turned your brain to mush. Leon enjoy it while lasts which won’t be long.

    Comment by Fedup Completely — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:07

  52. What a fix, No one can phone in when they want to vote, the older ones will not phone in because of ITV’s reputation and no results are published for the public to look at, we have to rely on the ‘honesty of ITV’, and we know what that represents.
    There needs to be a different format based on reality

    Comment by Mark Hall — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:08

  53. Simon! I just heard your lame response. If the best talent cannot win then the whole thing is flawed! Stop wasting our money!

    Comment by Marie — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:09

  54. not happy. always watched pop idol/x factor. always thought it was fair until tonight. now i think this is fixed. i cannot believe more people voted for leon as oppsosed to rhydian. leon hot more bum notes in the show than anyone else

    Comment by sherry — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:10

  55. Dear Sirs,
    I am writing for the first time in my life to express my outrage and utter cynicism at the alleged phone-in result of the X factor. Mr Simon Cowell was apparently possessed of remarkable prescience when he confused the eventual “winner” with the losing finalist and the thread continued through the various judges comments where approval of Rhydian was conspicuously absent despite an overwhelmingly superior performance.
    I have no nationalistic axe to grind, being of English extraction, and can assure you that in future I will pay absolutely no attention to the supposed results of these contests which appear to me to be designed to extract the maximum PR value and income from a predetermined result.
    I remain your disillusioned servant
    Derek James

    Comment by derek james — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:10

  56. I’m not watching x-factor again!!!! How could Leon win …. I’m guessing just cos he’s scottish - anyone know how to download Rhydian’s version of ‘I believe’?

    Comment by laura — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:11

  57. I had my telephone on redial, but we just could not get through from Wales. All we kept getting was “Network busy, you have not been charged for this call” ITV need to get the telephone lines sorted.

    I am disgusted, Rhydian was the most outstanding throughout the complete show.

    Rhydian should release “Oh Holy Night” to compete for the top Christmas song, he would beat Leon, easily. I would buy his single, but would not even entertain Leon’s.

    Comment by Victoria — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:12

  58. It’s a crime! I will NEVER waste my Sat. night again on such a rubbish programme. There was only one real talent on that show tonight - RHYDIAN. The test was the last song. I rest my case.

    Comment by Ceri — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:12

  59. Absolute rubbish leon cannot sing. Must be a fix.

    Comment by Margaret — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:12

  60. I have not watched the first two X factor but Rhydian was the sole reason for my following X factor after watching his performance in the second week (I missed the first one). Too many people take for granted Rhydian’s consistency and the hardwork behind the scene despite him being such a great talent. At first I was going to buy the X-factor winner’s single but now I only want to buy Ryhdian’s CD. I am sure it is coming soon.

    Comment by ST — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:13

  61. Leaon was RUBBISH RHYDIAN should have won

    Comment by fred — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:14

  62. I can’t believe Leon won!
    I think Rhydian is better and more sexy but congratulations to Leon all the same!

    Comment by Lauren — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:14

  63. ur all losers Leon deserved to win he owned the stage(he is also cuter) it was not a fix leon was liked much better. Leon i have never cried so much during your final performance so glad you won. Go on leon your the best. woop woop . Yuor all gays if you dont think so.

    Comment by beth — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:15

  64. Nooooooo Rhydian should have won phoned loads of times couldn’t get through its a fix won’t be watching next year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by Alison Chester — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:16

  65. sorry but hell the hell is this a fix ..
    i think leon is so amazing and so fit !!
    he is just the cutiest and he so deserved to win ..
    lovee him loads buying his single !! xxxxxxxxxxxxx

    Comment by issy noader x — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:17

  66. In my opinion Rhydian was the better performer-Leon has a good voice but he needs time to get to great.Voting for the wrong person could end up hurting the very person you favour.I was disappointed

    Comment by caroline — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:17

  67. Rhydian is the better singer and best overall performer. I would think that anyone in the music business who desires quality and excellence will sign him up. Winning the X factor, apart from the year Leona won, has never meant the best won anyway so I hope that Rhydian is not put off by being runner-up. In some ways it is a relief as he may end up with a better recording deal and career (Steve whathisname anyone?) and be allowed to keep more of his heart (although Leona’s record is technically excellent some of the emotional qualities of her voice have been lost in the production.

    Although I think Leon has potential, he still has a long way to go and his vocals are variable in quality (he’s got “it” but needs work). Rhydian comes through every time and this is what one expects of a great, international standard performer. I will wait to see both their careers progress but I imagine Rhydian will last longer.

    Comment by Liz — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:17

  68. ITV has just suffered a big set back- rigged vote again?

    End of the road for the X factor, this is just nonsense

    Comment by Gee — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:17

  69. Leon is good in a city jazz club, while Rhydian is a future superstar. Go for it Rhydian. I am neither Welsh nor Scottish, but tonight’s celebrations should have been in Cardiff.

    Comment by Epupa Falls — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:17

  70. Leon won due to being a Scottish lets face it. He’ll go the same way as that fat Scottish girl who won similar competition before vanishing forever, do you’re tour of Scotland and disappear fast Leon, bored of swing and thats all you can do and not that well - Rhydian is a true vocalist.

    Comment by JJ — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:18

  71. it is obvious that Leon is just a cry-baby with no talent.what a travesty!Rhydian was the clear winner but the phone lines were jammed.i will never watch this stupid programme again.as for Rhydian,I hope someody has the sense to offer him a recording contract immediately.

    Comment by maria penfold — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:19

  72. That’s nuts. You cannot listen to Leon without cringing at all the bum notes.

    Hopefully Leon will disappear without trace and tru talent will rise to the surface.

    Comment by Will — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:19

  73. Think the majority of comments that Rydian should have won says it all. What a farce, will buy Rydians CD but have given up on X Factor.

    Comment by Alan — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:19

  74. what planet are you ppl on Rhyhdian ok opera which i love but thatisnt going to sell records .look at the wider picture

    Comment by rosaleen — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:19

  75. love the scots but leon dull from the start. Never moved a hair on my body.Unlike rhydian whose weekly performance would have produced multiple hits.Leons success was on the back of kylie

    Comment by Peter — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:19

  76. Couldn’t get through to vote for Rhydian. Phone lines a joke. Nothing against Leon, but he’s not in the same league!

    Comment by Chris D — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:19

  77. Fixed!!!! I had a hell of a job getting through on the phone Ryd was the winner all the way through. I for one will NOT be buying anything that Leon does now nor in the future.

    Comment by Julie — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:20


    Comment by issy noader x — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:20

  79. What utter rubbish! I dont usually watch the X-Factor and this has confirmed why. How can Leon, with his at best mediocre voice and bland personality win over someone who actually has a clear talent. What a joke!
    Looks like all you need to win the X-Factor is the ability to burst into tears and looked terrified all the time.

    So next year if you are considering entering, why not! You dont need any talent! And if you really do possess any sort of talent dont waste you’re time with the X-Factor! Its not for you!

    Comment by Chica — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:20

  80. I am absolutely disgusted!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Y did “he” win??????? I mean come on how is he going to sell 1 record never mind try for christmas numba 1!!!!!!!!! I aso am shocked that the phone lines in wales were down!!!!!!!!!!!!!! omg!!!!! N btw ray quinn is amazing and better that him!!!!!! n he has actually got somewhere unike some will!!!!!! I am not watching the x factor next year as there is no point in watching an absolute joke of a show with a complete loser winning! Leon does not compare to Leona and Shayne and even Journey south were better than him!!! he cant even dance!!!! Anyway I am not wasting any more time I am too stunned!!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by char — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:21

  81. ur all losers Leon deserved to win he owned the stage(he is also cuter) it was not a fix leon was liked much better. Leon i have never cried so much during your final performance so glad you won. Go on leon your the best. woop woop . Yuor all gays if you dont think so. you all need some help simon is an honest man and obviously tthe welsh suck so get over it. Rhydian was good but obviously not enough leon has always been my fav and he is more than a one hit wonder.

    I cried during the messages from family and friends and during leons performance of ‘i belive’ but rhydians version did not move me. he has no stage presence. it is not leons fault give him a break he is only 18 u shuld be ashamed of yourselfs.

    leon is the best love you guys
    beth xxxxxx

    Comment by beth — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:21

  82. Rhydian will go futher than Leon anyway doesnt matter that he didnt win!

    Comment by Gully — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:21

  83. What a FIX!!!!! NO NO NO !!!! Is the nation Deaf?CLEARLY.. Rhydian should have won

    Comment by Nathalie — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:21

  84. Well done to Leon but I do think that Rhyd has more talent. I also think it was unfair that lines reopened before both contestants sang their final song. Leon’s fans had more time to digest his performance and register their vote.

    Comment by Dawn — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:22

  85. Leon is a one hit wonder. I shall not buy his single and no one I know will either. What a fix. The only person who could sing in this final was Rhydian and EVERYONE knows this unless you are tone deaf. Rhydian will go on to do great things leon is a has been already!!!!!

    Comment by fred — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:22

  86. I am still shaking my head in disbelief. Rhydian was the only one who did not come along with some sob story to catch votes, he played the game graciously every week and can truly sing. Leon, with his doe eyes and tears just doesn’t cut the mustard vocally in the same way that Rhydian can…what a let down. It’s no wonder he can’t believe he won, I can’t either.
    Sorry Rhydian ..I really thought you would win…But hey, I think your future is bright whatever.
    Good luck mate!

    Comment by Jenny — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:22


    Comment by Secret admirer — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:22

  88. i like Leon but lets be honest he messed up a lot earlier on and although at times he is good Rhidian did not let us down once. I was looking forward to getting Rhidians xmas no 1 and his album but now I shall have to watch e bay for his performances. on cd. Come on Simon you know this is a wrong decision, do something for Rhidian please, I want his album now and good luck to our new Michael Bouble. Chris

    Comment by christine minton — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:22

  89. Leon should not of won. Rhydian is by far the better singer. I think there should be a re vote as many phone lines were down this evening. Then the real winner will be discovered. Rhydian is a star..

    Comment by Tracey — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:23

  90. Office of Fair Trading should look into whether or not there has been phone rigging on X Factor. People couldn’t get through to vote for Rhydian who obviously had the talent. The only lines available were for the also rans. Total fix.

    Comment by Geoff — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:23

  91. What a load of RUBBISH!! Leon should not of even got passed the first show let alone WIN it!! Rhydian is by far the better singer and perfomer, Leon on the other hand struggled to keep a note in tune…PATHETIC!! I thought X Factor was crap this year compared to what it used to be like and tonight has just proved that it has got even worse. Well i will not be watching next year if this year is anything to go by!! I mean seriously how on earth can you even put Leon in the same catergory as Rhydian?? It is and outrage!! Rhydian you are a star and by far the winner, we all know you will go alot further than the rubbish that won tonight. Leon will be a one-hit-wonder who will never be heard of again and if he makes it to number one for xmas i will be very suprised!

    Comment by Julianne — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:23

  92. Interesting to read comments about the not being able to get through. It took me three goes to eventually get through to Rhydian’s line as well! (I did vote more than once in the end but the lines were busy each time). It certainly does need looking into by ITV if there was a problem with the phonelines although I think in some ways Rhydian, by not getting this contract, will do better anyway.

    Comment by Liz — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:24

  93. You have been robbed. I cannot believe that Leon has won. Rhydian has sang perfectly over the whole competition and dont let this put you off, you have a fantastic career ahead of you. I have enjoyed your performances so well and will buy all your records.

    Comment by Gary Smith — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:24

  94. What a sham, my whole family will never watch the programme again. Rhydian was the outright winner. What a farce! Your programme has lost millions of viewers………………..

    Comment by Victoria Corp — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:24

  95. What a disgrace. A complete fix. leon cannot sing and had a sob story every week. After his last song they showed him crying in the audition as a sympathy vote.
    There was 10 minutes after his song for people to vote, but only 3 minutes for Rhydian. All the judges for some reason wanted Leon to win, thats why Simon made a comment about it being the last time we hear Rhydian sing. Rhydian sang the new single far better and he has been so consistent.If Simon admitted that Rhydian was by far the best contestant, why did he then say there was nothing between them. He said at the start there was going to be a shock … he had it planned before anybody sang. He tried to use the English Nationalism to get Same Difference through but that didnt work.
    Tried to vote for Rhydian for 1 hour as did my friend and neither could get through. Leon will go the same way as that other Scottish superstar winner, Michelle McManus !

    Comment by diane — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:24

  96. Im English and proud of it, love the Scots and Welsh but come on people, Rhydian has been in a differnt league throughout this so called competition! I had no problem at all voting this evening…Wait and see if Leaon has an album out in the next 6 months it’ll be the same as saying ‘make the most of it while it lasts’ I cat see SImon keeping him under wraps for 12 months to perfect the brand as he did with Leona!

    Comment by Steve — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:24

  97. I find it funny that everyone is bad-mouthing Leon, showing total bias. Haven’t any of you noticed by now that Rhydian only has one vocal style, whereas Leon has a larger vocal range and range of styles he’s willing to go with, and do well. If you say Rhydian performed the winners song better than Leon, then you need your head examined. Well done Leon!

    Comment by Mike W — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:25

  98. What a discgrace - Leon can’t SING and he certainly doesn’t have any factor let alone X

    Comment by Robert — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:25

  99. People-

    Imagine you were the producers of the show or the potential manager’s of the finalists.

    If Rhydian wins you have a natural million dollar ticket - Leon, in my mind, nothing special, would fade into the background making you no money.
    If, however, you somehow manage to get Leon to win you also have the natural million dollar ticket as the winner of the x factor but you also have a guaranteed second million dollar ticket with the immensely talented runner up, who, in my mind, won’t fade away but will be around for many years to come.

    With this result you, as the producer, have just doubled your takings!

    It did seem to me that all the judges were aware of the result before it was announced which calls into question the whole system.

    But don’t worry Rhydian will be back, and, simon - next time you need to be a bit more careful who your addressing on stage!

    Comment by Nick — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:26

  100. Come on guys,

    A classical/opera/show singer is never going to win on X factor above a popular artist.

    Truth is, both are winners and lets take our hats off to them. They are both great vocalists and deserve winning in their own way. Leon will hit the charts and popular cd’s, whilst Ryhdian will make the stage etc.

    Good luck to them both. But…..I do believe Leon Needed to win, not just wanted to. Don’t deprive him of that coz he sang very well tonight.

    Well done both guys for a great show.

    Comment by Geordie — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:26

  101. Whoever thinks that Leon will knock Leona off the No 1 spot must be living in La La land. Rhydian is fantastic can SING, has personality (unlike cry baby Leon). Leon (I am sorry to say) is average to say the least. He will be yesterday’s news very soon after tonight.

    Comment by fred — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:27

  102. absolute shambles… phone lines blocked!! they should have waited until the lines were working properly until calling the decision!! Rhydian would have won by far more and was robbed of the title.

    Not to worry, he may not have xmas number one but he will have far more number ones than Crying Leon.

    Comment by Justin — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:27

  103. Absolute travesty that Rhydian didn’t win. It must have been a fix - especially after the judges comments on Rhydian’s performance of the final song. Rhydian was totally brilliant throughout and Leon will just be a one (hit?) wonder. I agree that Rhydian should release Holy Night and beat Leon to a Christmas No 1.

    Comment by Mags — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:28

  104. Result was a fix, don’t buy the single………won’t be watching again.

    Comment by Cheryl — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:29

  105. For all those of you out there saying Leon can’t sing….consider his age and compare his talents to those of any 18 year olds you know. Not a single person i know his age can sing that well. He has incredible power for both his age and size! He simply lacked the experience and confidence of Rhydian, which will come in time. His voice, in my opinion has a gorgeous tone however, I am of course aware that this is a matter of opinion. I would also like to say to all those saying that the phone lines were rigged in Leon’s favour, I tried many times to vote for Leon but was unable to.
    And, despite obviously being chosen for Rhydian, Leon did sing the final song better than Rhydian in my opinion. You can disagree with me on it being chosen for Rhydian, but sadly I watch far too many of these programs and the final song is always chosen for the contestant most likely to sell the most records.
    In my opinion, Leon was the underdog and equally as talented as Rhydian, and everyone likes to see the underdog win sometimes.

    Comment by olivia — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:30

  106. Simply unbelievable! i know that sometimes they are bias on the x faxtor, but in the final they always ending up choosing the talented one to wil until tonight. I was very disappointed because surely Rydian was by far the talented one. Week after week he has proved to be the best. Iam very disappointed. wont be buying cd this year for sure!

    Comment by Sharlene — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:30

  107. We are so disappointed.We phoned for Rhydian at least 50 times but could not get through once.The show was obviously fixed.We hope Rhydian does have a phone call from Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber and has a fantastic West End career , where people can appreciate his talent.
    Rhydian , you are the best !
    Same Difference should have been in the final two - good luck to them.

    Comment by Caz and Laura — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:30

  108. Come on guys… you should have known this was a fix all the time. Beverley had a wonderful voice and should have made the final. Same Difference could not sing. I always found Leon’s performances embarrassing to watch, very awkward on stage. Rhydian has one of the best voices I have ever heard. The really sad thing is how they almost made Rhydian believe he had won it in previous rounds. I think you need to consider who these judges are and what their prime purpose for this show is. If there is any justice in this world Rhydian will be offered a recording contract, only wish I had a couple of million spare to do 2 fingers to that shameful lot on the X factor!

    Comment by Julie Pepworth — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:31

  109. Leon deserved to win, because of his background, because he has a great voice, but mainly because yes, Rhydians voice is amazing, but he could go soo much further in Theater or Opera, Lyon should be given the chance to go forward in English pop. But i must say, in my opinion the song suited Leons voice much better. Anyway, its all for old Simon to make some money, and either way he does…So who really cares!

    Comment by Daanyal — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:31

  110. Funny isnt it that everyone that has left good comments about Leon mention that he is ‘cute’. Isn’t the x factor about talent rather than looks???????????

    Comment by sherry — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:31

  111. Well done leon,u deserve it!!!!!!! Rhydian had good voice but he is better for opera. leon has the whole package. As for phone lines not working - did any one try their mobiles? got through easily wiv them!
    GO LEON xxxxxxxxxxx

    Comment by Laura — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:33

  112. Rhydian you were the only reason I watched the show. Leon you should have gone out long ago and you know it, and any daft batty tone deaf fans who voted for you whould be hung and quartered. rhydian will survive, Leon will sink without trace (very soon) hopefully!!!!!

    Comment by fred — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:33

  113. Just to add to the intrigue, we also tried to vote for Rhydian tonight on landline and mobile but were unable to get through. Is it not all a bit suspicious? Crazy result - good luck to Leon but how on earth can Rhydian not have won that?!!

    Comment by Stephen Cave — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:35

  114. Due to the unbelievable result and the attitude of the judges who knew the result, i have contacted OFCOM to complain. Please all of you who are aggreived by this incredibly perverse result do the same

    Comment by paul — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:35

  115. ok so Leon won on the sympathy vote, so that gives his single three weeks? However when Rhydian releases HIS single it will blow the charts, and Rhyd will go on to release mega hits for years to come. Dont be down hearted Rhydian you here to stay, not just a one hit wonder

    Comment by Liz Thompson — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:35

  116. For God’s sake people

    Be objective!!! Holy Night by Rhydian? Now that is a one hit wonder. Look at Aled Jones………yeah exactly, where is he now?
    Rhydian can sing and belongs on the stage. Leon can sing and belongs in pop music. Unless Rhydians supporters can see him on TOTP etc, then I think I have a good point!
    Well done BOTH once again (p.s. R is in talks with A Llloyd W right now ;) )

    Comment by Geordie — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:36

  117. Wellll done leon!!
    Rhydian was crap and rather scary to look at , get over it people
    The better man won!!

    Scotland and leon is the best :)

    Comment by Iona — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:36

  118. Travesty. Of course Rhydian should have won. He has a wonderful talent which will be snapped up by the right people. Interestingly, when I googled X-factor there was an article in the Telegraph which says that Shane MacGowan’s Fairytale of New York may well take the No 1 Christmas spot, as there has been a surge in sales. So come on, let’s boycott Leon’s X-factor single and buy this one - a classic Christmas song anyway.

    Comment by Alido — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:36

  119. The worst fiddle in TV history. ITV, the next time you decide to fix a competition, don’t let the judges give the game away before the lines close! I’m not a fan of the show, but even the creepy couple were better than the winner.

    Comment by Jerry — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:36

  120. No offence to Leon but the lad can,t hold a note.A million pound recording contract!They would be better putting the money on the 3.30 at Kempton.Sorry but the result was a travesty.

    Comment by mike — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:37

  121. What a farce- never again will I watch the X Factor and waste time. Rhydian was the only real talent of that show and hearing him sing was a joy and the single reason for viewing. Why was the nationality factor brought in by ITV. It is cheap and totally misplaced in a talent competition- if that was the aim? Hopefully, Rhydian will be sponsered by people who will invest in his wonderful voice. It would be such a shame if it is lost to the public at large.- Good luck to Leon but I am afraid it won´t last long as there are so many “bigger fish” around.

    Comment by Barbara A. — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:37

  122. Sorry but the best guy did NOT win! Won’t buy the single and shall wait patiently for Rhydians cd. Rhydian you were fabulous EVERY week and the only reason I watched! Thank you.

    Comment by Bry — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:37

  123. I always believed it to be fixed (without saying it actually is, though), and although Leon is a good person, I’m glad that the majority of people share the same beliefs as me - that the show is fixed and that Rhydian was the best.

    I will be buying Rhydian’s music, and I hope that whoever prevented Rhydian winning will get whatever they deserve.

    I won’t say anything bad about Leon, because he himself doesn’t deserve it, but I am gutted that Rhydian didn’t win.

    Comment by Edward — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:37

  124. Oh No Leon the “bubbler” is crying again what a twit. Come back here in a couple of months time and lets see where he is then “Leon who”

    Comment by fred — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:37

  125. A betting scam I reckon. I’ve been monitoring the odds for weeks and Rhyd has been odds on for at least a month. Tonight he gradually shortened from 1/3 to 1/5 (after Same Difference went out), while Leon went out to 3/1. An underground organisation threatened to do this with Big Brother this year and failed. I think this time they succeeded. Let’s face it, bookies are never THAT wide of the mark. On EVERY show so far they’ve been just about spot on. IT STINKS BIG TIME!!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by John — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:37

  126. watch Rhydian on google , so much better than leon .

    Unlucky Rhydian, don’t trust X Factor Niki should have been in the final as well. Think they will lose some voters here, can see why Sharon gets upset on the show all the time.

    Comment by rhydian forever — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:38

  127. hey - I can’t sing a note in tune, maybe I should apply next year and win.

    What an absolute JOKE… im left speechless.

    Rhydian has been the star performance over all past X factor winners since the start of the show, never mind this series. For Leon to win, who should have not even got past the first 2 weeks is absurd. i wont be watching next year.

    You only have to read all the negative posts on this blog, and other blogs to see who the winner should have been - Rhydian, and im sure when he is ‘allowed’ to release a record it will reach number one and he will be a great sucess, unlike Leon, who cannot reach a high note if he tried, looks stiff on stage with freight and shouldnt have been anywhere near the final. Im disgusted with the outcome. I call for a RE-VOTE!!

    Comment by Simon — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:38


    Both were excellent however i believe the best man won but i am DISGUSTED at the scale of ignorance some people are showing with there comments - if the Scotland vote and only the Scotland vote could make a contestant win a show of this magnitude then the McDonald bros for example and all other Scotland contestants would always win - stop the sticks and stones and give your best wishes to who seems to be a lovely young man and a terrific singer with a great future ahead of him!! once again congratulations Leon and i’m sure Rhydian will have his opportunity to light up broadway x

    Comment by natalie — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:39

  129. Boycott the single! Leon has a great voice but he doesn’t stand out from the crowd. Rhydian was the real winner and ITV should be investigated for rigging a phone vote - AGAIN!

    Comment by Adam — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:40

  130. What’s the matter with Britain, can’t we recognise talent when we see it? I do agree that Leon improved over the last few weeks, but there was only person in the race with the X factor from the start and that was Rhydian. I’m sure he will be the one to reach true stardom, and good luck to him! Let’s face it those that come 2nd always do better anyway. Go Rhydian!!!

    Comment by Deb — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:40

  131. We spent all night not being able to get a vote through for Rhydian,,, i’m guessing the call centre was in Scotland somewhere?
    This travesty has signaled the end for the X factor, how can it go on when week after week the talent got voted out and it is finally won by a very average karaoke singer. Time will prove it, next year Rhydian will have a career and everyone will be saying Leon who?

    Comment by Simon & Layla — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:40

  132. Keep leona at number one don’t buy leons, then wait for rhydians 1st single.

    Comment by charlie — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:40

  133. I am so glad Leon won, his version of the christmas song was miles ahead of rydian’s.
    He comes across as a very caring young man unlike rydian who seems to be arrogant and made of steel. I am sure Leon will make it to No 1 for Christmas and want to wish him all the luck in the world x

    Comment by marie — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:40

  134. I am 100% Scottish but even I know that the ‘Silly’ out of tune Leon should HAVE NEVER WON.

    Comment by fred — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:40

  135. I’m old enough to be both their mums. Only one act sings in tune. I watch the show but do not usually vote. Decided tonight to try - but could not get through to “Rhydian”. If this is the way we decide the best singers then this is the finish of this show.

    Comment by Beverley Kindred — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:41

  136. Very very dissapointed. Can’t help thinking this is a rip off. I tried Ryhdian so many times and couldn’t get through.

    There will definitely be some form of investigation, if not by ITV by the press.

    Comment by Alex — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:41

  137. I have not voted on X factor before, but Rhydian has such an amazing voice I felt moved to do so this year (I could get through, but I live in England!).
    PLEASE do us a CD, Rhyd! (Personally, I’d love to hear you do some Queen stuff- I think your voice would be perfect, you have the power and range for Freddie’s songs!)

    Comment by Ellie — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:42

  138. Well done Leon.

    Comment by Heather — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:42

  139. Another thought - the phone companies have stats on everything- if lines were engaged and the result was fixed then ITV should be in big big trouble.

    Simon Cowell is tonight LOSER. Every dog has his day and you’ve had yours mate.

    This show tonight was so obviously out of sinc even Dermot O’leary’s body language from the start said something was wrong.

    For the sake of such shows in the future ITV must agree to a full investigation of its practices. Something was not right tonight and we need to know what or else ITV’s credibility is blown out the water.

    Comment by Gee — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:42

  140. I am in disbelief. Leon I am afraid is not very good. The British general public are once again proven to be ignorant when it comes to any sort of culture. He has a voice that is very average, he is ugly and unmarketable apart from providing a pathetic sob story. He is an embarrassment, especially for Scotland - a dancing gnome who cries every 5 minutes. He will need a £100million to sell records. Shame for the series, mark my words the beginning of the end for the X Factor.

    Comment by Tom — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:43

  141. This is the first and last time we watch the x factor. We have watched it this year because of the sheer brilliance of Rhydian. Can NOT believe that someone who can’t even sing in tune and has little personality has won! If this is the quality of Simon Cowell’s judgement then we are genuinely very surprised.
    Must admit, we always thought that Simon was spot on re comments, but he really gave the game away tonight when he got Rhydian’s name wrong (and if you saw Rhydian’s face you could see that he was taken back as well)

    Next year we will be watching the dancing instead or going to see Rhydian or buying his CD.

    Dear Andrew Lloyd Webber — PLEASE hire this amazingly talented, inspiring performer! He can not be lost ———–

    What a farce —————————- words fail

    Comment by Mick — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:43

  142. Eh? What happenned? Leon isnt in the same league as Rhydian, not by a long way. I reckon that because the little girlies will like him, he was perceived as the most viable buisness proposition and that the votes were rigged.

    If they were not rigged then Leon should know that he didnt win on the basis of talent but because he was Scottish.

    Rigged, fixed and completely off my tv watch list from now on. That for sure.

    If Rhydian releases an Album I will be straight to the shops to buy it BECAUSE he is brilliant. As for Leon, who really wants to buy an album from a strutting chicken who was up to his knees in two inches of dry ice, talentless and has a hollow victory based on his nationality rather than his ‘ability’.

    Comment by Anthony — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:43

  143. Well said, I agree with Olivia. Leon has RAW talent, emotion, soul. He can do Blues, Sinatra, Pop, and he LOVES it? What is everyones problem? The guy just wants to SING and succeed. Again, they are both great, but only ONE is marketable. End of story.
    Slainte Leon

    Comment by Geordie — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:43

  144. it gets on my nerves leon can turn his hand and voice to every style . these ppl that are mad bout leon winning are being too patriotic rhydian i believeve is a great singer but only if he sings opera.wake up and smell the roses leon is king

    Comment by rosaleen — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:43

  145. I am Scottish and I think Leon’s rubbish. Most of my mates think Rhydian’s a superstar and think Leon’s a load of sh**e. This competion is blatantly rigged.

    Comment by Tom Baker — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:44

  146. Well, after having been too enraged to do anything worthwhile for the past hour, I’ve finally logged on here - and THANK GOD - from the majority of the comments here, I see the British public do have taste after all. Luckily I managed to get through to vote for Rhydian, but I’m shocked how many people were unsuccessful. I have loved the X Factor ever since it was first on, but it was unbelievably manipulated tonight, I’m disgusted. Why oh why show the old video clips of Sharon saying she thought Rhydian was disgusting, and Danii sticking out her tongue in disgust…..And as for Simon Cowell’s faux pas - something tells me he knew the winner in advance and was just feeling guilty that the wrong guy had won. However, I believe justice will out - for goodness sake, someone, sign Rhydian up to a major record deal and bring the alternative Christmas single out - it will knock Leon well and truly into touch!

    Comment by Helen Sutton — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:44

  147. I’m absolutely gobsmacked. I can’t believe that talentless idot has won. Total fix. I tried 3 times to vote for Rhydian but couldn’t get through. I hope the single is a flop and Rhydian no matter what you do you are and always will be a star. Can’t wait to see you on tour.

    Comment by coyotechick — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:45

  148. Well.. I’m gobsmacked, Leon sings consistantly out of tune, bad notes and is not very nice to listen to generally, especially when put along side Rydian.

    Like many I tried to vote but couldnt get through, I wonder if those votes from people like me were counted (and from what I’ve read there is a lot of us) then we would have the true winner.

    I won’t be buying the CD, but I would have done if it was Rhydian’s version.

    Comment by si — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:45

  149. Jeez!
    Okay, be happy for Leon.
    He won. Face the fact.
    Yes, Rhydian was a good singer and I agree that he should of won but it is over with now.
    If you wanted him to win so much then phone in. It was not a fix so don’t mix it all up and make stupid excuses.
    And if you keep going on about how he can’t sing, then why is he in the final?
    Obviously people believe he can sing and wouldn’t have voted for him and would be out of the competition a long time ago.
    The judges probably have a lot more experience on this than you do so they know what they are talking about.

    Leon is still a good singer and has only been doing it for less than a year and to get that far on a competition is pretty damn good so quit complaining.
    Also, don’t blame a thing on Scotland.
    It is not like Leon is representing what Scotland think. There are people who don’t like him y’know.

    Finally, just because he cried does not make a difference.
    He was happy that he got this far and for his Mum.
    It did not give him any sympathy votes and if you still believe so then think about Same Difference in the Semi-final when Sarah cried at the end. They should have left that week instead of Nikki but stayed in because she was emotional after her performance .

    So, be happy for Leon.
    What is done, is done and nothing can be changed about it.
    He is still a great singer and I think he will go far.

    Comment by Fiona — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:46

  150. I am thinking about this and feel really that Rhydian was cheated because of the lines being open for Leon longer following final song.
    It is also worrying reading about all of Rhyd’s voters who could not get through on the phone. I think there should be a re-count

    Comment by Dawn — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:46

  151. It wasn’t only the Welsh that couldn’t get through to vote for Rhydian. I’m English and live in Yorkshire and I couldn’t get through either. You might as well save your money if there’s a Scot involved. Is it fiddled? cos there are more English and Welsh in Britain, than Scots- but then, they own and now control everything-don’t they!
    Rhydian was the better singer, by far. Won’t bother watching again.

    Comment by sally Debono — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:47

  152. Rhydian was competing in a jealous environment where medocricy is encouraged. Perfection is discouraged. Rhydian is superb. Unique, wonderful singing voice, professional performing skills, good personality, confident. He lost to a little boy who cannot sing. This says everything about how Britain is today. Pathetic! Rhydian - release your CD - we will buy it.

    Comment by Irene Laird — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:47

  153. Absolutely gutted for Rhydian, thought this was a talent contest!!!

    Also had difficulty getting through but eventually did get a vote in.

    Rhydian will win in the end, many who have come second went on to do very well i.e. G4.

    Stick with it Rhydian you have loyal fans who can’t wait to buy a record of yours. I think you have the ability to have a lasting career, and will not be a one hit wonder. Guess which record I won’t be buying.

    As for “Same Difference” - they remind me of Donny and Marie Osmond, hope someone out there will give them a chance to have a fun show of their own, they cheered us up immensly. I had them down to come second to Rhydian based on the sheer fun factor which we are in short supply of.

    Comment by Mary — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:47

  154. Simply can’t believe it!

    Leon should have gone weeks ago.

    We tried to vote after they announced only 1% between Leon & Rydian. Tried to vote constantly and just got engaged signal.

    Seems like a big con. Won’t be watching in future.

    Comment by Ian — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:47

  155. I think its really come to a sad state when talent contests are won by the person who has the best sob story rather than the best voice. Nothing against Leon, but Rhydian was by far the better singer and deserved the title. Everybody on the show this year has had a sob story, crying nearly every week whereas Rhydian had no sob story, no sympathy, no tears, just came out week after week and performed fantastically!

    I also feel very disappointed at the way in which the judges were clearly bias and aware of who the winner would be by the way in which they addressed rhydian after his last song. It was also disgusting how Leons best bits showed him crying and his story whereas Rhydians showed him in a bad light and with both danni and sharon implying they hated him which I felt was both inappropriate for a contestant in the final and very unkind to put rhydian in that position. Also when Simon called rhydian leon…that speaks for itself!! I also thought Danni showed clear bias towards leon by the way in which when he was announced winner she didnt even console rhydian she was ecstatic and all over leon.

    I would also like to know if anyone else noticed that when all the contestants came out at the end, rhydian was pushed to the back when he was the runner up ?!!

    I feel genuinely gutted for rhydian and really hope he has a hugely successful future ahead of him. Also I hope x factor single doesnt make xmas number one!! Come on Leona, hold onto that number one spot!!

    Comment by Becky — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:48

  156. well done leon you totaly deserved to win

    Comment by rosaleen — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:48

  157. Hi everybody,
    Rhydian should have won. It is either fixed or most people are deaf. Leon is a nice guy with an emotional story but this competition should be about talent not sentiment…

    Comment by Hanka — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:49

  158. I will NEVER, NEVER agian watch X Factor if people like leon win

    Comment by ted — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:49

  159. unbelievable!!!! what a load of crap! i love the x factor but i have serious doubts bout line fixing. i don’t think the votes were fair, i voted for same difference, and got thru no prob.. but im concerned that wales did not get their votes. something definatley fishy there… leon has been crap right from the start.. he cant hold a note, and poor ryhdian was clear leader throughout… something dnt ring right to me.!! some investigations indeed need to take place and fair votes.. im just wondering how many bets have been taking place at the bookies.!! mmmm.!! how do us public know if results are true?? we dnt and itv has been done before for line fixing etc… utter disgusted with result and my heart goes out for rhydian… true winner..

    Comment by paula — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:49

  160. The show was obviously fixed. Even the scots have better taste than to vote for Leon. There was only one winner, Rhydian without a doubt. I have voted the last time ever for such shows as the x factor. I only hope that I will be able to see and hear such talent as Rhydian again. It would be a sad day for us all if we could not. The X Factor show have given us a glimpse of such talent. please dont take it away.

    Comment by anita — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:49

  161. Rhydian you are a star, leon you are rubbish.

    Comment by caz — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:50

  162. Absolute outrageous racial bias………..whose stupid idea was that- pitching Wales v England v Scotland, its a talent contest not a political contest! I will never watch this programme again. Rhydian should have won.

    Comment by Kevin — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:50

  163. I live in the East of England and I did not manage to get through to vote for Rhydian. My partner was able to vote for Leon without any trouble.
    If Leon won the X Factor because of the Scottish factor it brings the whole competition into disrepute.
    The Eurovision Song Contest has lost any credibility it ever had because of biased voting the X Factor appears to be going the same way.
    Anyone who has any idea about singing knows that Rhydian has an amazing voice. All four judges said that Rhydian deserved to win because he had the best voice.
    Leon consistently sang out of tune. The producers in the recording studios are going to have their work cut out turning out cds in which Leon remains in tune.
    I suggest that Simon Cowell ensures that both Leon and Rhydian’s version of Mariahs Carey’s song are released at the same time so we can see who sells the most. I feel very confident that Rhydian would win easily.
    I would like Simon Cowell’s explanation regarding his comments about Rhydian’s final song. I knew then that Leon was going to win and I think Rhydian did as well judging by his reactions.
    Despite feeling very upset for Rhydian that he did not win the X Factor I am positive that he has an extremely successful career ahead of him as an international singing star.
    I thought that G4 were robbed when they came second in X Factor 1 for Leon to win X Factor 4 is a travesty of the highest order. He is only 18, how on earth is he going to cope if as is highly probable he fades quickly from the limelight with a failed music career like Nikki.
    Rhydian you are a winner to many of us as the comments on this blog show.

    Comment by Peter — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:50

  164. Such a disappointment, I was shocked and suprised, I have nothing against Leon, but I just couldn’t get through on the phones and Rhydian should have won, he was just fantastic, a big let down.

    Comment by Mom_B — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:51


    Comment by richard — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:52

  166. I will not buy Leon’s single I am not that stupid. I will of course buy Rhydian’s when it comes out. RHYDIAN SHOULD HAVE WON EASILY.

    Comment by kelly — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:52

  167. I would like to add that Dermot did say that there was only 1% between them so it is not like people weren’t voting for Rhydian or not getting through.

    Comment by Gee. — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:52

  168. “Travesty” should be the title of Leons (X-Factor Winners) new single.

    Rhydian should have won it hands down. I was gob smacked along with the rest of the audience.
    I aren’t too bothered on his part, ‘cos he will make it big no matter what……We wish you all the best Rhydia.



    Comment by Mandie Waldron — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:53

  169. leon ur da best,
    i followed u through tis yrs x factor u have anamazin voice n when ur single is out i am goin to buy it. it amazin luv u pamela from (kidderminster)xxxxxxxxxxxxx

    Comment by pamela newitt — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:54

  170. Its true. To crown a cry baby who cant hit any note in any meaningful way is a travesty. Also, the editing was tilted by showing some kid who cries like a baby, but had to show time and again, Sharon’s stupid comments about Rhydian being arrogant. He’s not, and at least he can sing. I had no clue what Leon was signing about. His diction is awful, is key is off, and he cant sign full stop. Which reminds me, L Walsh is also tone deaf if he thinks Leon can sing.

    Comment by Smog — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:54

  171. couldn’t get through to vote for Rhydian. The judges obviously knew who had won in advance. Travesty - Leon was out of tune - won’t be buying his record.

    Comment by F Mcbride — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:55

  172. Ive had enough of this.

    Leon won, deal with it. Opera is NOT something that everyone will listen to and lets face it, the xfactor is a show for young people. Why do you think they made the age to enter 14?? Think about it people! Both guys have great voices.

    Im sure Rhydian will get a contract but he really didnt help himself. He was cocky from day one and his singing sometimes came across as fake. He didnt put his heart into some of the songs.

    As for people not being able to get through. Didnt “Network busy, you have not been charged for this call” tell you anything? Leon had the SAME thing for his lines!! I tried for a bloody hour and never got through.

    Another thing, it wasnt about the scots and the welsh, it was about who people thought would be better. Who people connected with more and who people picked up the phone and bloody voted for.

    Leon has the x factor. He has everything for main stream songs. Rhydian is a specialist singer.

    For all those people that say bad things about leon, remember hes only young and has had way less training than some of the other people that have been on the show. I just hope he gets the same chances as leona has got.

    Comment by Lexy — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:56

  173. We been trying every minute to vote for our local boy rhydian all night but unable to get through by the looks of it we were not the only ones!!!, Rhydian had the better performance by far. pob luc Rhydian you will go far.

    Comment by Nicky — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:58

  174. I tried to get through for Leon, and couldn’t, so it wasn’t just the phone votes for Rhydian that people couldn’t get through on!!

    Come on guys - give Leon a break- they’ll both do well, Leon may not have been the better one all the way through, but he’s consistently been improving, and they are both just different styles - Good luck to both of them!!

    Comment by Jennie — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:59

  175. What a let down. Rydian was robbed. Leon is RUBBISH and should have even got thru to the live shows at all. What a joke but its ok cos he will go the same way at Steve Brooksteinand the Riddler will be massive!!!

    Comment by Val — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:59

  176. Someone needs to make sure Rhydian releases “Somewhere” as a record, he performs it beautifully. Im a fan of both finalists and honestly couldnt choose as I love both types of music. I think Katherine Jenkins was Rhyds downfall, she sang too loudly and made him seem like a backing singer, this is the first time that the power of his voice hasnt been overwhelming.He has a fantastic career ahead of him and I for one will be queueing to buy his first album. Good Luck Rhydian, you deserve to be a world class star. Well Done

    Comment by Linda Gonzalez — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:59

  177. tbh i think that this could be an eye opener to how everyone in scotland felt last year when the lines were rigged so that the macdonald brothers couldn’t get votes.
    & i tried loads of times to vote for leon but it wouldn’t work. both phonelines have problems.
    leon simply appealed to more viewers.

    Comment by Ainsley — Saturday, 15 December, 2007 @ 23:59

  178. I’m ashamed to say I’m Scottish…. Rhydian was fantastic…I’m so ashamed that the Scottish Public voted this way - it’s not called postcode lottery with Carol Smillie sitting in the panel…. It’s a talent competition for god sake… Rid woz Robbed

    Comment by Joe McBlogs — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 00:00

  179. leon u have shown the world wat a true voice sounds luk go and make ur mark bigger in the music bussiness 1 day i wanna be where u r. i am goin to audtion for nxt yr lol. i cant to hear more n more great sings from u . luv u pamela from (kidderminster)xxxxxxxxxxxxx

    Comment by pamela newitt — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 00:02

  180. What was all this rubbish about voting for Scotland or Wales, I thought it was about the best singer, which quite obviously was Rhydian!!!! Leon was out of tune in most of his songs. Last time I’ll watch X-factor. When is Rhydian’s cd coming out, we’ll give Leon a miss.

    Comment by kelly — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 00:02

  181. Danni’s bias was TOTALLY shocking she really hadn’t got a nice word to say for poor Rhydian….what had gone on backstage I wonder?

    Comment by Joe McBlogs — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 00:02

  182. Cannot believe Leon won. He is a one trick pony, and the world have defintely missed out on some very good musical talent in Rydian. Leon may be cute to the younger kids but if put to the survey what age group actually buys the music? No many as tehy can not afford it, where as Rhydian would have a much better following of all ages. Simon you must pick this boy up as he has something diferent like you saw in Leona and Ben from the last series. He will sell and I would definately buy his work.

    Comment by Heather — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 00:03

  183. Olivia,
    We are not going to consider Leon’s age and experience! This is a competition where we are going to judge everyone based on their performance. We give Leon time, he will improve. I dont deny it. But that is in the future…this is now…and Rhydian is ahead.

    Notice how the ppl who cry always win???
    Well at least this Christmas No 1 might be different from the same old X-factor winners…GO LEONA!!!!

    Comment by Neon — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 00:03

  184. I haven’t been able to watch many shows in this series, but watched the entire final, cringeing at Leon’s complete inability to hold a note, let alone a tune, and wondering how bad the other contestants must have been for Leon to get this far!

    Rhydian seems to have the talent to get somewhere, though he’s a long way from the finished article, but it will take every trick in the sound engineer’s book to get a passable album out of Leon.

    Who was it who said ‘Never overestimate the taste of the British public’?

    Comment by Noel B — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 00:04

  185. Woah. Everyone slow down!!! I loved Rhydian but I also recognise that Leon COULD be a great talent too. I wanted Rhyd to win but was pleaseed for Leon too. Rhyd is in a league of his own and will go to the top without X Factor. Leon needed X Factor and will still go to the top. Give them both a break - great, lovely boys, talented and hard working. Both deserve it for different reasons. Be happy for the winner and accept the loss with graciousness as Rhyd did!!!! Calm down. Well done to both!!

    Comment by Kerry — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 00:05

  186. Someone said ‘ stupid scotland’ was the reason Leon won - a whole nation has been rubbished.

    I think that is why Scotland want independence but we have always had an affinity with the welsh but the English have always been our enemies - nothing changes.

    Well done Leon - Rhydian will get on without X Factor so no worries there. Ryhdian you are a very talented guy and I can listen to you forever but I also like listening to the different styles of Leon and will certainly buy music from both of you but as a Scot i proud that an 18 year old from any nation can get up the courage to enter the x factor and take on the big boys and win through - I could not do it.

    Leon deserves a chance and Rhydian will record many songs and will be appearing everywhere as will Leon.

    Leon had 11m people turn out to see him at livingston and if I had known he was going to be there I would have driven to see him too.

    Dont know about the problem with the phone lines in Wales but we did not always have clear lines for Leon either - it took my daughter of 14 ages to get through to vote for Leon but she persevered and eventually managed to record her vote.

    Go for it Leon and prove them all wrong!

    Comment by Elaine — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 00:05

  187. Never before have I ever written a comment to a website. This is my 2nd - I have just posted one on the BBC as well. I, like many others here know what a good voice and talent is - and it is certainly not Leon. I would not normally watch pregrammes like the X-factor, but actually heard Rhydian, for the first time about 5 weeks ago; he made me put down the paper and listen. When Leon sang on that programme I thought he was hopelessly out of tune. Tonight Leon perfomed well - but I am sorry, for a talent show looking for the best singer the result was a disgrace. The judges all along were calling Ryhdian the best/world class/international quality etc - something smells. Good luck to Leon, he is young and deserves a break - and needed to win, but I think there will be a huge backlash from this total travesty.

    Comment by Ray — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 00:06

  188. I for one will not be buying anything recorded by Leon. He can’t sing or perform period! What a dull act.

    Got to be a fix with so many people complaining against the outcome.

    Good luck Rhydian, although you won’t need it.

    If you had your version of When you believe released I would definately buy it.

    Comment by RichardIce — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 00:08

  189. I liked Leon and Rhydian. Pleased for Leon that he won. Rhydian was more consistant every week and his voice is better. However, as someone else put, Leon is only 18 and is new to singing. Leon will grow as a performer. I truely hope that Rhydian does well out of the X-Factor.

    Comment by Rebecca — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 00:08

  190. I couldnt agree more with most of these comments, Rhydian’s singing sent shivers up my spine it was fantastic. Leon was out of tune, and I couldnt understand the comments from the judges about his singing of the final song,it was embarrasing. I do not normally buy records but I would have bought Rhydians version of that song, but not Leon’s. I am English and no axe to grind,and I think it was a great mistake making it a welsh v scottish thing, as I thought it was all about who was the best singer, not about what nationality they were. If people in Wales did have trouble getting through to vote, then that really isnt on, and there should be a re-vote. That should be investigated straight away. Leon will be a small time singer,nothing above average, whereas Rhydian would have been an international star. Maybe he still will be, I hope so. He is amazing.

    Comment by janet — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 00:08

  191. I have been karaoking for years now,never very good but never realised all I had to do was be cute and cry to win a million pound contract - what a fix

    Comment by KEITH — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 00:10

  192. What a fix…. I will never join in with the hype named the X factor again……

    Comment by Mable — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 00:11

  193. Is anyone else really uncomfortable with the way this show became about voting for your ‘country’ not a singer. The show played up the anti ‘Britishness’ in Scotland meaning Leon had a huge advantage. I’m not saying the lad doesn’t have talent but really there was no comparison to Rhid and Same Difference had far more entertainment value. This was all started by Louis saying acts were good because they were Irish! Can you imagine if we were told to vote for an act because they were black or white- no of course not- but its the same thing. I won’t be watching again.

    Comment by hypatia — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 00:12

  194. Ridiculous! Rhydian is head and shoulders better than anyone in the competition - he can perform, he is a stylish, handsome and graceful man, and he most certainly can sing. Leon should have been out in the first round, he can barely hold a tune together. How on earth he won ahead of Rhydian I cannot fathom. Presumably the Scots voted for him because he is ‘wee’ - wee boy, wee talent. Rhydian won hands down for everyone in our family - we will be buying his albums and watching his shows. Look at all the comments left here - we’re not the only ones who think it is a travesty that Leon won the X Factor. Come on Simon, sign up Rhydian and bring out his amazing first album!

    Comment by Jenny — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 00:13

  195. I hope they don’t fix the charts. I don’t want leon to be christmas number one. It should be a real christmas song (unless rhydian had won) Also, there is a song by Rhydian on itunes, search his name and download the single, beat leon in the charts!

    Comment by Beckie — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 00:13

  196. Leon nailed the, xmas number 1

    Ryhidian murdered it

    thats what decided the outcome, deal with it.

    Seriously who wants to listens to opera shit.

    Comment by Headrush — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 00:16

  197. I would like to change the name of X Factor to FIX Factor.
    I think the people who run programme knew who the winner would be a while before the end. It’s obivous Leon and his image is commercial and can be sold for young girls who know nothing about music.
    It’s a pity that real talent which is so rare to find, such as Rhydian, did not in the end get the full support which would have furthered his career. Leon unfortunately does not have an ounze of talent, has an avarage voice and no charisma.
    MUSIC IS AN ART and unfortunately music is now nothing but big business which has created many leons and leonas who are just packaged for the consumer market, but who sadly lack REAL talent.

    Comment by zaza — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 00:17

  198. The X-Factor is nothing more than a beauty contest judged by 12-year-olds. Rhydian was a clearly better vocally, no one can dispute that. But Leon has this so called X-Factor, which basically means that 12-year-olds vote for him because he is “fit”!

    Comment by beever — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 00:17

  199. Congrats to Leon, the right man won. To people bitching about the lines being blocked: Same thing happened when voting or Leon so people saying fix can just calm down and realise that Leon won on talent and popularity.

    Comment by Shine — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 00:17

  200. Would like to know in what areas people couldn’t get through to vote for Rhydian who was obviously by far the best. Maybe another ITV phone-in that should be looked into.

    Comment by Marie — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 00:18

  201. I’m ashamed to say I’m Scottish…. Rhydian was fantastic…I’m so ashamed that the Scottish Public voted this way - it’s not called postcode lottery with Carol Smillie sitting in the panel…. It’s a talent competition for god sake… Rid woz Robbed

    Comment by Joe — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 00:19

  202. I find it hard to believe that Rhydian lost out
    is it BIG FIX factor ones does wonder..
    Rydian had no sob story. I thought he was set up from the start to make him look like a clown…
    Rhydian luv…. go back to being a natural redhead..cus you sing naturally from your heart…you are already a shining star..your name will be a legend: I can’t wait to buy your CD…
    Simon don’t let Rhydian slip thru your fingers. I play his videos every day along with Shane Wards… two great Shining Singing Stars.. they could form a duet on a totally X factor CD…both have great vocal range.
    Grandma Ann in Canada .. Xpat Sheffield

    Comment by Ann Wardley — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 00:19

  203. We continually tried to vote for Rhydian but our land line telephone company said that they couldn’t deal with the calls that we were trying to make. My daughter eventually got through using her mobile phone. I find it unfortunate that so many from Wales were in the same position. Was the vote for Rhydian so substantial that the lines couldn’t deal with the numbers calling or are more sinister issues afoot?
    Very sad that Rhydian did not receive the accolade he deserved. It is this sort of result that creates a loss of faith which will eventually lead to the demise of the show.
    S. Hutton

    Comment by S. Hutton — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 00:20

  204. What a complete travesity - i can’t believe that Rhydian lost and that little scottish runt Leon won.

    Comment by comment by kate — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 00:20

  205. Absolute Disgrace!!
    Rhydian is, and always will be a “Superstar” his voice range is fantastic. Leon is just “ordinary” and does not have anything over and above the man on the street, I am sure he is a fine guy, and can sing a few songs, but Rhydian is a true professional and he will be HUGE in the future, he should count himself “lucky” that he didn’t get crowned winner of this Complete Sham of a Show. He does not need the X Factor or any other Factor to get out there and entertain the world… He should just go and do it!!
    Rhydian you are a true professional, good luck and I will be buying your records soon.
    Elaine, Galway, Ireland

    Comment by Elaine, Galway, Ireland — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 00:21

  206. rhydian
    he deserved to win he sang 4 the whole of wales !!!!!!
    the first welsh boy to get through to the final
    proud of you rhyd
    dai iawn XxXxXxXxxx

    Comment by XxlozXx — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 00:21

  207. Can’t believe Leon won it. I didn’t like Rhydian at first but he’s been consistently good each week. How anyone could vote for Leon instead tonight is anyones guess….unless the lines were rigged.

    Comment by VIc — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 00:22

  208. Thought tonights X factor was very entertaining. Clearly the show has reached the point where people are suspicious of the format and especially the voting in the final (because the result never seems to adhere to what is often obvious in terms of who should win). Have read many of the comments about this with interest. I am not in anyway involved with the music industry, and don’t profess to be an expert, but I would say that Rhydian was by far the most consistent and outstanding performer. The result therefore doesn’t fit at all with what I and millions of other witnessed over the past few months. I guess that it is kind of irrelevant really. In this day and age selling singles and making number one is not very difficult in terms of volumes of sales. Selling albums, pulling in punters to your performances, and sustaining this over time is a better measure of talent (Led Zeppelin never even released a single - need I say more). I suspect Leon, or whatever his name is, will be as succesful as his prececessors, whoever they are/were. As for Rhydian, I suspect he will have a long and succesful career the likes of which Leon can only but imagine. As for X factor. Shambles, isn’t it?

    Comment by Shane — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 00:23


    I found it hard to get through for Leon but my determination prevailed..14times!!!!!

    If I worked for BT I would have blocked Rhydians line aswell, what age are you people that like him…do you wear cardigans and sit in your seat smelling of pee petting your cat all day which sits on your tartan rug to keep your kness warm. Seriously, Leon is a good singer and he sings with real passion and fire..he is humble, unlike Rhydian.

    He may not have smiled all the time but at least he shows his emtions and doesn’t mind showing them…Ladies, you all whine about guys not showing emotion.

    I would love my son to grown up to be as polite, caring and humble. Why do we feel the need to people bash when someone does well…?

    You may have preferred the runner up but do you all need to be so nasty about it? Will it realy change your life either way? At least a pleasant boy will be able to give something back to his mum as thanks for bringing him up so well…

    Comment by i love leon!! — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 00:23

  210. Steve, Shayne, Leona. Three winners. Three winners voted for not because they cried every week and where “cute”. They won because they had “world class.” Simon Cowell said to Rhydian that very same thing on numerous occasions. From day one Rhydian was the rightful winner. Flash forward a year. Can you see Leon staying in the top spot in the charts for six weeks like Leona?? I can’t either. Each year the X Factor has found brillaint talent and crowned the right winner. Tonight was the wrong winner. He wasn’t terrible but was mediocre and in no way in Rhydian’s league. It is an absoloute travesty and the show will lose ratings for this. Mr. Cowell, tonight you didn’t do it.

    Comment by Ben — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 00:24

  211. I feel so so disappointed about the result!! i was weeping when Leon was singing… but as soon as Rhydian sang, i confirmed who i should vote for!! Competition is competition, the best should win, not the one who win the most tears.

    Rhydian must be so upset now, but this is life… sometimes, it is not fair… it is just a joke…

    Comment by faye — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 00:24

  212. Speaking as a trained musician I am appalled that Leon won, his recording was rubbish compared to Rhydian’s. Everyone is voting for the sob story and person and not for the talent. I hope Rhydian goes way ahead of Leon, he deserves it. Listen to Andrew Lloyd Weber! I don’t think I shall watch this programme again. Best of luck to Rhydian.

    Comment by Andrea — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 00:24

  213. I think Rhydian should have won - he has an amazing voice and is truely superstar material. But I’m really happy for Leon who has a lovely voice. Those who are saying he can’t sing obviously don’t know what they’re talking about. Of course he can sing, and will get better with training and experience. If Leon hadn’t won tonight he may have faded away, never to be heard of again. Rhydian, on the other hand, will go far - whether he won or not. So everyone is happy - what’s wrong with that?

    Comment by Julie Adams — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 00:25

  214. Never been so discusted in my life,ITV should be investigated for this obvious fix,either that or the voting public are brain dead.Rhydian will win in the end because talent always wins.He will go on to be a great STAR whereas Leon will never make it.

    Comment by john chambers — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 00:25

  215. Like many others here tonight tried from the time the lines opened to when the lines where closed and was unable to get through. Also felt that Danni wanted Leon to win as she kept saying how much she loved him. I agree with other comments that Rhydian knew what the result was. What a true gent he has been.

    Comment by cheryl — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 00:25

  216. Could not get thru all night….neither could my son……2 more votes missed for Rhydian.??????????

    Comment by Margaret — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 00:25

  217. I recall it being said that there was only 1% between the votes for the two finalists during the show. If so, then a problem with phone lines should be investigated. The voting process is the money making factor on this show, so irregularities could constitute the same sort of ‘con’ that resulted in massive fines being levied on tv companies only a matter of weeks ago. There is a huge amount of money generated through phone voting, and as another person commented, the nationalistic fervour being whipped up during this final will have pushed voting even higher.
    I would welcome a statement of actual votes received, so that the public can see exactly how many votes were registered for each contestant. The disgust being registered in so many comments that Rhydian did not win, will be nothing compared to the disgust that will be voiced should it prove that there were irregularities in voting, and the result was already decided upon!

    Comment by Al — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 00:25

  218. Totally agree with Derek James that the judges comments of approval of Rhyddian were conspicuously absent and why did Simon refer to Rhydiann as Leon? Simon doesn’t make mistakes like this. Must have been a fix. Obviously knew Leon was going to win. We too will not watch the X Factor show again. How can rubbish win and talent lose? Leon was even in the bottom two at least once. There were better singers in the auditions who failed to go through. Leon is just a poor karaoke singer. He doesn’t have a recognisable voice. PLEASE let Rhyddian release an album asap.

    Comment by Chris and Rick — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 00:26

  219. Rhydian was by far the most talented and although he didn`t win I am sure that he will have a much better musical carear than Leon

    Comment by Susan Hayes — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 00:26

  220. They are both winners, two very different styles and both so deserve to go on and succeed - you can’t compare them they appeal to different markets. I voted (more than once!) for Rhydian and got through immediately(his voice simply reduces one to tears, unbelievable thank heavens i’ve got it recorded - we are just going to have to wait a little bit longer for his CD, that’s all!!)whoever was to come second or third (in the case of the wonderful Same Difference who were pure joy to watch and lovely singers) are winners in their different audiences. It was the best and thankfully the most diverse X factor final ever.

    Comment by Henrietta — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 00:27

  221. What are you lot on about leon is way much better then rydian Rydian should be in theatre he shud not even applied for it he is too up is own a** I was with leon all the way he is the best you lot are just peed of because you lost and we won so get over it I LOVE YOU LEON YOU ARE THE BEST AND IM WELL PROUD OF YOU XX

    Comment by Sabrina — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 00:28

  222. I think X factor was fixed.When they said that there was one percent diffrence between the rhydian i called several times and could not get any answer. Rhydian should be the X Factor champion not Leon

    Comment by des — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 00:28

  223. What a complete travesity i can’t believe that Rhydian lost - i agree with a number of comments posted on this blog already, that Simon knew who had won by the time that Rhydian had finished singing - Rhydian you were robbed. Simon called Rhydian Leon - how on earth could Simon get Rhydain mixed up with Leon - Me and my family tried all evening to vote for Rhydian we did eventually get through but lines were constantly engaged. I hope that Leon does not get the christmas number 1 and I hope he last as long has the last great scottish hopeful Michelle McManus. Rhydian was the true star of the show, i will not be watching this rubbish again next year. I agree with the comments that Simon has doubled his money and in the long run its all about what Simon wants - I could go on all night i’m still gobsmacked I think it is going to take me a long time to get over this complete travesity, if Leon is the next great british talent god help us. Good Luck Rhydian you have done Wales and Britain proud i will definately be buying your album when it comes out. Rhydian you have a long career ahead of you, good luck for the future. PS if the rest of the world watched this programme this evening they are no doubt laughing their heads off at us and no doubt can’t understand that if this is suppose to be a talent competition then why did the most talented person on the show lose.

    Comment by comment by Beth — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 00:30

  224. Please look at the factors on here.
    I think I’ve seen 3 or possibly 4 in favour of Leon in the votes on here to, is it 111?!!!

    Comment by Mandie Waldron — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 00:31

  225. I tried over 20 time to vote for Rhidian and didn’t get through ONCE. Is this fair voting???. Although I liked many of the Acts including Same Difference, Nicki and Hope, Rhidian shone out amongst them all. So it this a fair vote??? I hope the press pick up on this point. Who would have won if everyone could have voted????

    Comment by Gina — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 00:31

  226. I just can’t believe Leon won! he definately shouldn’t have his version of the new song was VERY wobbly, and so not up to par, as usual Rhydian’s version was fautless, I am not worried about Rhydian not winning, he has enough tallent and his cards are now marked he can make something of himself now and become successful.

    Also Louie, i so hope he is not a judge in the next X Factor, he is trying to be Simon Cowell, Simon Cowell is one of a kind, he is honest and up front Louie is neither it’s my opinion that he spends more of his time trying to get one up on Simon, doesn’t he realise how pathetic he looks?

    Comment by Helen — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 00:32

  227. I am truly disappointed and gutted at the results. Rhydian has consistently been outstanding, where as Leon has only started to shine recently, and still has a long way to go before he’s anywhere near Rhydian’s league. As a lot of people have mentioned the phone lines were awful, I could not get through to vote for Rhydian on my mobile but could on my land line - very odd.

    Comment by Naomi — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 00:33

  228. Rubbish - Leon can’t sing in tune - can’t believe Rhydian did not win - he would have done the show justice with his talent - need to download Rhydian’s version of ‘When you believe’. So disappointed with the result - Simon Cowell should be worried that Rhydian did not win as the show looses credibility.

    Comment by James & Emma — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 00:34

  229. This show is a joke. I’m utterly disgusted. I’m a singer and know talent when I see it. Rhydian was robbed. Leon won’t last, mark my words.

    Comment by Chad — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 00:35

  230. You people are really pathetic!! GET OVER IT! It is a TV SHOW! The best man on the night won, he also sang the single much better than Rhydian (who i actually like). And stop saying the show is fixed! I tried to vote for LEON at least 50 times and got through on about 7.

    So stop being sore losers and GET A GRIP!

    Comment by Steven — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 00:36

  231. In other words Rhydian should have won.
    I’m sorry Leon, but you have to be cruel to be kind….You haven’t got the X-Factor. You’ve got a lovely voice & you’re a lovely person but Rhydian has got it all! RHYDIAN SHOULD HAVE WON THE X-FACTOR

    Comment by Mandie Waldron — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 00:36

  232. Tried at least a dozen times to vote for Rhydian and got the same message every time “The system is busy - try again later”. Did not succeed in casting one single vote. What a total travesty - yet again another ITV phone-in con!! - OFCOM should investigate and declare the result null and void.

    Comment by D.Williams — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 00:37

  233. leon sucked. It ws SUCH a fix- and oh my god how many hints did the judges drop- calling rhydian leon by mistake, congratulating leon before the results were even in, saying to rhydian that it had been a pleasure working with him, dermot practically anounced it…..i cud go on.

    Rhydian should of won. His version was absolutley amazing, leon was weak, nervous, and off key. FIX FACTOR!

    Comment by Madison — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 00:39

  234. An utter disgrace Leon cant sing he is out of tune and anyone with a half decent ear could know this. I was a true x factor supporter but now i will never watch this crap again Rhydian will be around For longer It stands out be far that this is a fix you can see by all of these comments

    From Roy Liverpool

    Comment by Roy — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 00:40

  235. Have you noticed that the X Factor website is down tonight - it’s either because so many people are trying to complain or because they don’t want to give us an outlet for our anger

    Comment by D.Williams — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 00:40

  236. Leon - rubbish from the start, not even top 10 material. Rhyd - superb from the start, clear winner. Pathetic result. Clear fix. I,m Scottish

    Comment by JIMMY — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 00:42

  237. And to all the people saying that rhydian only has one style- i syggest you re watch when you believe on youtube. It was not at all operatic, proved by himself and by the judges comments.

    Comment by Madison — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 00:42

  238. Anyway you lot sayin that u couldnt get through for rydian i was voting for leon and couldnt get through are you lot dumb anyways if you cant get through that means people are voting so stop critizin leon and get on with your lifes you lot are making out its your life LEON WAS THE BEST so get over it people obviously liked him most rydian was scarey anyways he looked like he was obsessed with the devil im not being rude but im 17 and you lot are probably much older even if rydian did win you wouldnt buy his single like children that are younger will buy leon single cause i know i wouldnt buy rydian he is best to be in theatre

    Comment by SEXY — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 00:44

  239. Simons slip calling Rhydian “Leon” was noted by all, the coverage of their personal clips was not equal, Leon seemed to be given more time, and WHY did they show the ridiculous footage of MA Osborne making such a fool of herself at the beginning of the show???? Surely so inappropriate at that stage - I would have thought they would want to forget about that!!! Was it rigged? Who knows – very angry - Rhydian was so obviously the superior talent in every way. Will not watch X Factor again!
    The comments of the viewers above sum it up really, there was only one winner tonight - Rhydian. As someone above rightly said ITV and the X Factor were so lucky to have a unique performer like Rhydian on a Saturday night talent show. He will rise above this, as so many have already said. Shame for Rhydian that he didn’t get to experience the glory and satisfaction of winning tonight that he so much deserved. However he will go far beyond a Saturday night talent show.

    Comment by Angela — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 00:45

  240. This is crazy leon should not of won!!
    They was no compettition with rydian been in the final as he has the best voice. THE X FACTOR IS A FIX !!!
    leon does not have talent the jugdes must here something else to wat we hear on television as LEON CAN NOT SING!! Rydian has the X FACTOR!!

    Comment by jordan godward — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 00:46

  241. Still in a state of shock - blatant fix.

    Comment by Andy P — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 00:47

  242. I will not be watching the X factor next year. It is not a talent contest when the public are allowed to choose. This year the show was poor except for 2 or 3 acts.
    When I heard the judges comments after Rhydian sang his last song, and particulariy Simon’s comment about ‘the last time we ever hear you’, I knew Leon had won. The judges had called Rhydian ‘world class’, ‘international star’, ‘a class above everyone else’ etc through the whole series, but suddenly were lukewarm and also praised Leon after he sang the new single.
    Simon Cowell controls everything and I am sure he was made fully aware during the final songs how the vote was going. He looked totally sick, seeing a potential £7.5M earnings go down the shute as it is obvious Leon cannot sing but has the U15 fan club. The other judges were just putting a brave face on it for TV.
    I voted for Rhydian twice via mobile with no problems so I do not think it was a fix, just the public (especially the U15…) get who they vote for.
    Simon will, I am sure, offer Rhydian a contract too to cover the £1M he will waste on 1 hit wonder Leon.
    It is perfectly obvious Rhydian is by far a brilliant performer with an excellent voice and I will buy his cd. However my 14 year old daughter voted for Leon cos she wants to marry him - she admits he cant sing.
    God help us all……………….lol

    Comment by Alan — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 00:47

  243. And does anyone agree that leon was just carried through his performance by kylie!?

    If you’d given same diffrence kylie theyd of come 2nd

    and if youd given rhydian kylie, he’d of won.

    The celebrity duets were a BIG mistake. BIG mistake.

    Well done Itv. Another fix!

    Comment by Madison — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 00:47

  244. Why do people say such things that the phone lines were rigged - I tried to vote for Leon so many times but couldn’t get through, it happens when they are busy.

    Both guys were talented in their own way and both will be successful. But I voted for Leon because he is still young and hasn’t had the volume of training that Rhydian has been fortunate to have. This is a great opportunity for the 18 year old so people should be happy for him.


    Comment by Leslie — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 00:48

  245. you couldnt get through to vote for Rhydian thats 3 votes maybe more big deal we were all tryin to get through to vote for leon n we couldnt it isnt a fix, rhydian is a good singer but so is leon it was a fair win he done better tonight thts tht

    Comment by AmyH — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 00:48

  246. Simon Cowell already knew that Leon had won before the phone lines closed, hence his final comment to Rhydian i.e. if you don’t win this was a great performance. Also, judging by comments of all the Welsh who couldn’t get through on the phone lines…………. Leon is a nothing with zero personality and a lousy voice. If he really did gain more votes then it is purely a partisan thing. British public I’m ashamed of you. X factor, this is the last series I watch.

    Comment by Gill B — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 00:49

  247. rhydian was the better one through the whole competition but leon was better in the final, rhydian done really bad wiv the second song he was shit

    Comment by AmyH — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 00:49

  248. I will not be watching X Factor any more. It is not about the person with the most talent!!!!! Leon would not even make a good pub singer. Cry and the world is yours!!!! Let Rhydian make a record tomorrow and lets see who gets to number one the first!!!!

    Comment by Casa — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 00:49

  249. Just been sad enough to count these posts -> works out around 10% of people wanted Leon… how the hell did he win?

    I spent over 20 minutes with the phone on redial and still didn’t get through at all, seems like the only person I could have got through for was Leon!

    What a joke!

    Seems like Simon had 10,000 lines open for Leon, and only 1 shared for Rhydian and Same Difference.

    I hope Leon can deliver anyway, Rhydian’s still got my vote!

    Comment by J Neale — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 00:50

  250. Leon won on the back of kylie, noting else, she was there on the forece of her sister being a judge and to back him up because he was the weakest singer. For me, he is “also ran”

    Bum notes all the time, cry baby and sob stories. The boy has as much presence as a hush puppy. Its all in the eyes.

    He wont be heard of much longer. Christmas number one? what a joke!

    Rhydian deserved to win, he has the voice, the talent, the stage presence. What a travesty that he didnt win.

    Comment by tink — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 00:50

  251. i am absolutely disgusted i tried all night to get through to vote for Rhydian without success iwill not watch x factor again what a fix !!and i am from Scotland good luck Rhydian i hope your single is released as i am sure it will go to no. 1.

    Comment by ann robertson — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 00:51

  252. By the way I agree with one comment higher up about What Kylie looked like !!!!!!!

    Comment by janet — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 00:51

  253. 100% fixed this year and I’ll tell you why.
    first of all, Simon knew this, thats why he said Leons name when he was talking to Rhydian. secondly, Rhydian knew this too - thats why he was unemotional about the result - he’s probably already been promised a record deal for twice as much as the ‘winner’.
    the reason Leon won is that he NEEDS it more than Rhydian. if Leon had not won he would have been forgotton VERY quickly, well apart from in Scotland anyway!
    Rhydian will be a huge star in everything he does.
    Leon’s album will be rushed out, it will sell (in Scotland) for a couple of months and then he will disappear into X-factor reject limbo land along with Steve Brookstein.
    Leon’s album will consist of 100% cover versions of him doing his poor mans Michael Buble rip off rubbishy swingy jazz style.
    i predict this - both Leon and Rhydian will have songs out next year a t the same time and Rhydian will out sell Leon just watch out.
    fair play to Leon though - i hope he invests his money well otherwise he’ll be back stacking shelves before next years final - thats a guarantee.

    Comment by KevH — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 00:51

  254. absolute disgrace that leon won and i see the x factor has rigged the competition in leons favor i will never watch this show ever again and im sure im not the only one

    Comment by outrage — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 00:51

  255. i just can’t believe the results and i wonder if everything is fixed before the public decides.

    Anyway all the best to Rydian, you make it big

    Comment by neto — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 00:53

  256. Rhydian should have won!! Leon cant sing!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by Jo — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 00:55

  257. does anybody know the song that was played in the background at the beginning of x factor tonight? im sure its some boy band.. i doubt itll help but its got a lot of duh duh duhing in it, and im sure it says summin like is this what were gonna do after it, haha.. you can clearly all tell i cant really remember the song! xx

    Comment by ellie — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 00:56

  258. Give these guys a break. Simple, Leon ws more popular. Good on you mate. Was a good last show and great performances under pressure. He’s only young also. I am sure we will see much more of Rhydian soon. Both great singers. Well done on an exciting competition! Shame it had to take so long to finish, but is good. Create your own songs Leon. I look forward to hearing them.

    Comment by LS, Essex — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 00:56

  259. Iv just noticed. Everyone who has said Leon is good on this page ie all two of them have commented on his looks. People this is not a look competition. If you want that then tune into a fashion show! This boils down to talent and Rhydian was fantastic hands down. “Cute”. What aload of rubbish.

    Comment by Sam — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 00:58

  260. Iv just noticed. Everyone who has said Leon is good on this page ie all two of them have commented on his looks. People this is not a look competition. If you want that then tune into a fashion show! This boils down to talent and Rhydian was fantastic hands down. “Cute”. What aload of rubbish. Steve, Shayne, Leona. Three winners. They won because they were “world class”. Rhydian was called this by Simon Cowell on numerous occasions. Leon was not terrible but was mediocre at best. This show will lose millions of views because of this. Leon should not have won! Mr Cowell tonight you got it wrong.

    Comment by Sam — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 01:01

  261. Hey Leon

    I just want too say congratulatoins to Leon a Deserved winner I’ve always been a leon Fan from the moment he first walked in to his audition I Thought This Guy has got it and he his has and his much more better than micheal buble denifnity

    I feel a bit sorry For Rhydain but he will get a recording contract no problem

    But Everyone raise a glass and toast the new X factor winner of 2007 it’s LEON!!!!!!!!!!!

    I Love ya


    p.s. Leon i Wish you the best of Luck in your near future and Chin up boy i know you will do well.

    Comment by Bex — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 01:04

  262. haha that person somes up why Leon won. not because he was liked more than rhydiann voice wise but because he is to quote “SCOTTTIISSHH”

    Comment by stuy lad — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 01:04

  263. very surprised and disgusted at the anti scottish an anti leon comments on here tonite,you think you”s had problems with the phonelines im scottish and gave up trying to vote for leon after an hour ,line busy call again ,so we all experienced the bad phone lines
    yes the riddler is a great singer,and will have a fantastic carreer,but pop isnt his genre and x factor was the wrong show for him to show of his talents
    And you should all be ashamed of yourselfs ,giving leon pelters he is just a young lad ,with no training unlike the ridd,who has been classically trained,cut young leon sum slack ,have any 1 of youse detractors ever heard leon outsing michael buble at a full house at wembley ,go and search on youtube ,itl blow your socks off
    why not be genorous in your comments as both singers will have great careers ,instead of ill feeling and spiteful comments,and nonscence about rigged phones ,as i said we couldnt get through up here in scotland either,thats not leons fault

    Comment by stephen — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 01:06

  264. i also could not get through i tried all night!

    Comment by david — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 01:09

  265. I have to start off by saying, CONGRATULATIONS, TO LEON, RYDIAN, AND SAME Differences wonderful, but we can not take it away from Leon great talented and a true and wonderful person, i only hope Leon and rydian don’t read all the RUBBISH that some of the small minded people of wales have commented on this site,as a real gentleman that rydian is will be so disappointed with the unbelievable hurtful and sad thing’s the people of Wale’s have wrote, rydian is a wonderful and talented singer, and he will go places, and its about time we got a new opera singer, and i send him all the luck in the world, its just a shame some of the people of WALES have let him down, you sound like spoilt little children that have spat your dummy out, Congratulations Leon you have made Scotland and England proud, but don’t worry about wales rydian liked you, and that is all that counts, lots of love a true fan and if you do get to read this please please make a CD of the most of the songs you have song in the show i will be at the shop on Wednesday morning to get my copy and pray its no 1 for Christmas, can not wait to see you on the 16th Feb for the X FACTOR tour love kimxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    Comment by kim — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 01:09

  266. We should be used to this by now… the best act never wins the competition, always the act that needs that “boost” to get started. G4, Journey South, Ray Quinn and now Rhydian Roberts will join the list of talents who can actually forge their own career on their own talents, rather than being falsified inept winners of a show that has lost touch with reality. Take heart, Rhydian, not winning this competition actually does mean you’re the more talented artist.

    Comment by Fishsta — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 01:10

  267. Can’t believe we were so stupid to vote for such an obvious fix. Was this a talent concert or a vote for Scotland. By the way, when is Rhydian releasing his CD?

    Comment by sue, ali, chris — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 01:10

  268. I like almost everyone else am in awe of the fact Leon won! Rhydian outclassed and outsung him in every performance since the auditions. It’s an utter disgrace. Why would they want Leon to win. Leon was out of tune almost every performance and Rhydian was so diverse and professional. It’s an utter travesty. Rhydian is perhaps the best talent to ever be found on any reality tv show. He really has the whole package and is everything any record label could dream of. He is millions of pounds wrapped up and given to the x-factor to do as they please. He will no doubt be a future mega-star!

    Guess i’ll have to put the money back in my pocket for the 5 singles I was going to buy people for christmas.

    Does anyone fancy making a petition to record the ammount of times each person called to vote for Rhydian and couldn’t get through and also how many people tried. This could then be sent to the television company as part of a complaint against their vote rigging.

    Comment by Tom — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 01:11

  269. I HATE LEON y wud this happen!!! YYAAAAY rhydian!!!

    Comment by Raquel — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 01:13

  270. A complete and utter farce what have people been watching for the last no of weeks? Rhydian was leagues above anyone else and all the judges knew it. Too many sympathy votes and why could we not get through from the south of England? Rhydian will be arround for years to come whereas Leon will be struggling in Scottish bars.

    Comment by Don — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 01:13

  271. Wow!Didn’t realise this was a site for sore losers. If it’s any consolation my votes for Leon were bloked by the heavy telephone traffic too and I only made one for four of us - but tried umpteen times to get my family’s vote for Leon registerd. Hey Leon is a deserved winner - much more interesting voice, and Rhydian blew it by imagining he would win (in his VT)..too smug. This is as much a test of ‘character’ as it is a talent show, and Rhyd WAS a sore loser which will justify it for many. Leon is clearly a good kid as well as a modest and talented one. Thought the production values this year were terrific - but Fern got on my ….**** (nerves) - too loud and coarse. That apart, roll on the next one - Sat nights will not be the same. How sad is that!

    Comment by Katushki — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 01:13

  272. Have to say, thought Rhydian was going to win all night, but..in Leon’s defence, his version of ‘When You Believe’, in my opinion, was better than Rhydian’s..not that Rhydian’s was bad because it wasn’t, just slightly too operatic for my taste.

    At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter who won…the final 3 will have contracts and careers ahead of them, especially Rhydian who will easily make more than £1million on his first deal!

    Leon is a good winner for this year, let’s not slate the lad…he must have had something special to stay in as long as he did…Good Luck Wee Man!!!

    I will definitely be getting the single!

    Comment by Chris — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 01:15

  273. I must say, I didn’t like Rhydian to begin with, but he does sort of grow on you after a while. Im not bothered that Leon won, good for him, and i hope he uses it to the best of his advantage - he DOES have a good voice and good potential..but he needs more experience, of which Rhydian has had plenty.
    I have a feeling that no matter who he was in the final with, Rhydian wasn’t going to be allowed to win. I think it’s a shame because he’s gone through all that hard work of being in the competition and fighting for it week after week, but I believe he was ‘too good’, if that makes sense. In a way, it doesn’t matter so much because Rhydian has that kind of talent that simply will not be forgotten - he will pop up again at some point, whether he had won or not, that was guaranteed to be the case… but I do think that it was unfair to rig it - they may as well just have said “and the X-factor 2007 winner is Leon” straight after Same Difference was knocked out, but that would have been outrageous of course, so they blocked the phonelines instead.
    Im not bothered by the result, but I do think it was a crappy thing to do, fixing it like that. I wasnt planning on voting, but after his performance of Somewhere, I tried voting for Rhydian multiple times, but never managed to get through - I didnt think much of it, as I dont regularly vote anyway, so I thought perhaps it was normal, but obviously it isnt.
    I wish the best of luck to both of them, Leon and Rhydian.. and i really think bad-mouthing the contestants is way out of line - it isnt their fault if the producers decided to fix the result, they both sang their hearts out, and what happened happened. Its not their fault.

    Comment by Jen — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 01:15

  274. Since last year i thought the x-factor was a fix, But this year just proves it. Leon was not even in the same league as Rhydian. I am outraged at the shows results. As a sound engineer i know what to look for in an artist. Leon was flat in alot of his singing Rhydian although not perfect was 100 times better. This year the competition was thin on the ground with not many good artists. Rhydian was about the only good artist on there and he lost. Personally I now am 100% certain the x-factor is a fix. and so does everyone i Know. NOBODY i have talked to since the shows final will be watching the show again.

    Comment by Steve — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 01:17

  275. Leon quite clearly deserved to win awright! He has a genuine love for singing, as does Rhydian, but he has been classically trained and theres no place for him on the x factor in my opinion to be honest. And everyone that says Leon only won because Scotland voted for him, so fuck? If Same Difference are the act to represent England then that country is more of a flaming joke than i originally thought :D

    All the best Leon, you and your mum deserve this!!

    Comment by Scot9 — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 01:21

  276. look… stop blaming the phonelines,scotland,danni etc your all jusr making stupid excuses for not voting !

    clearly the best winner one .. even all those ryhdian fans should amit that leon was far better at the song

    the public voted .. and leon is the winner .. face the fact !!


    Comment by alison — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 01:21

  277. I think both of them deserved 2 be in the final. but Leon did winnn!!!! and Rhydian did train as a singer for 6 yrs and will prob get a job in theatre which a think hes more suited 2 than a pop career. Am so glad that Same difference didnt win they shlda been voted out weeks agoooo!!!!!

    Comment by Linz — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 01:25

  278. us “stupid scottish” are proud 2 be scottish thanxxxxxxx

    Comment by Linz — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 01:28

  279. I voted for Leon and I had problems getting through too, so it didn’t just affect those voting for Rhydian.

    I don’t think it was a rig, but Leon did have several things going in his favour. He’s cute, young, raw untrained talent, and got the Scottish vote.

    Comment by glitter — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 01:29

  280. Won’t be watching this rubbish anymore. Talent contest? So why hasn’t the talented performer won! Cowell, sort your show out because it stinks !

    Comment by Miles — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 01:31

  281. Rhydian will undoubtably be the winner after this fiasco, whilst the X-Factor programme will be the loser. The person with real talent will be able to negotiate a much more favourable deal than the off-the-peg £1M on offer from the programme. He’ll be around for as long as he wants to with his voice, personality and star quality.ITV need to look into the situation regarding ‘phone voting. I can’t see X-Factor viewing figures recovering from this. Good-bye X-Factor and welcome to a new International Star - Rhydian.

    Comment by Peter — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 01:31

  282. What a joke!
    Rhydian was the clear winner.
    Can someone please re-count the votes?
    Or was it all a con???!!!
    Leon is not remotely in the same league as Rhydian. Rhydian is a true class act. Leon has a looooonnnng way to go before he can compete in the real world.
    I am really disappointed and probably will watch the Dancing Show on BBC 1 next year, as it seems more fair and not a FIX as this seems!

    Comment by Em — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 01:33

  283. Once again the blindly nationalistic Scottish vote has inflicted another desperately poor singer upon us. I’m still recovering from the travesty of Michelle McWhereIsSheNow winning a few years ago and then this…. Ah well Scotland enjoy your new “Braveheart”! With his quivering lips and brimming eyes is this the new model of manhood north of the border?

    [yours truly from a non-uk born impartial observer]

    Comment by Steve — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 01:39

  284. Total fix!!!!!Leon cant sing to save his life!!!!!!Rhydian won hands down!!!!! Leon cant sing and will end up the same way Steve Brookstein did!!!!

    Comment by mr x — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 01:41

  285. Just put a message on, but since then have scrolled through and had a read of the other messages on here.
    Clear that X Factor producers have made a BIG mistake and many many viewers are disappointed with this result and angry at the producers.
    There seem to be a lot like me who will not be watching next year thanks to this traversty!

    Comment by Em — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 01:42

  286. We have all witnessed a tremendous travesty tonight. Rhydian is head and shoulders the better talent and it was apparent from the beginning that he was the best. I cringed at how the x factor portrayed him in such an over the top way; that just wasn’t fair. Rhydian’s voice, over the months kept me coming back each Saturday night, to the exclusion of other activities and now I feel like I’ve been duped. I will never watch any ITV competition shows again. Simon Cowell has gone too far… his smugness and disrespect for the public was so apparent and I am disgusted by the result. Someone will take Rhydian on and we’ll be able to buy his music… he’s a world class talent.

    Comment by Canadian in UK — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 01:43

  287. Very disappointed that Rhydian did not win. He has displayed a consistant and quite incredible vocal talent every week. A real world class talent. I voted for him quite a few times tonight and did not experience any difficulty in getting through, but I am in England so not sure if this may have made a difference.

    No other contestant was in the same league as Rhydian from the outset, but Leon has improved over the course of the show and I can see why he got peoples’ votes. For a young lad he does have the potential to be a good singer. Yes, he was inconsistent, he did sometimes sing out of tune but he kept on trying. (He is better than some of the rubbish you hear in the pop charts week in week out).

    Rhydian will no doubt be offered a record deal after his performances in this show. He may even do better by not being associated as the X Factor winner. He will have longevity in the business and I will certainly buy any CD he records.

    If people did have trouble placing their votes then this should be investigated!!

    I was disappointed with the flashback to Rhydian’s time on the show. The reference to him being ‘revolting’ was really unpleasant and not really an appropriate extract to show to him. Yes, he was a little pretentious at the outset but he was probably nervous. He has certainly not displayed this character trait since.

    I wish them both every success with their careers. I have really enjoyed watching the shows.

    How do they manage to get the awful contestants back to perform collectively - are people that needy for fame to be publicly humiliated???? Clearly, they are!

    Comment by Jane — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 01:46

  288. Im sure Jim,ll fix it was there ! I hate x factor. It was only until i flicked thru chanells that i saw rhydian that i became amazed by him. I have watched the last 3 weeks. He has inspired me. I will not be buyin leons album. RHYDIAN DESERVED TO WIN. X

    Comment by Vicky — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 01:53

  289. Am also in a state of disbelief that Leon is the winner. Not to be completely biased I will admit that when Leon was on it he was very good and had a lovely tone to his voice. However, I found his performances very dull and at times completely flat. Nine times out of ten I would fast forward his performances throught the weeks, can’t say the same about Rhydian.

    Every single week I have looked forward to Rhydian singing. A wonderful voice, marvellous stage presence and fabulous hair. Also appreciated was his modesty and humble thanks to the people who supported him. Not a sob story in sight which is refreshing.

    I shall not be watching the live shows of future series of the x factor and although I never buy cd’s and tend to download them instead, I will be making a special effort to buy any cd’s of Rhydian’s.

    The wrong person won this year and I for one hope that Leon fades into Brookstein-ville. See you at Butlins Leon, enjoy it whilst it lasts.

    p.s. No nationality based bias either, I’m english and was rooting for Rhydian all the way. I’m sure his star will shine far brighter and longer than the “winner” who’s name I’ve already forgotten.

    Comment by Kelly — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 01:56

  290. I will not buy leons album. Wot rubbish. Rhydian im waiting for u x

    Comment by Vicky — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 01:58

  291. Well done to Leon, an original voice who got better every week, and did not have the benefit of 6 years professional training. Lets face it Rhydion was a joke how many people in the ordinary population buy classical and when you consider those that do he was CRAP hence why SIR Andrew LOyde Webber gave him the knock back. Sour grapes to his fans who thought he had it made but Sharon had it right at the beginning the guy was weird conceited and tried to hide the fact. He suddenly lost the attitude when it was affecting his votes, he was fake and tonight the nation voted not just Scotland because after all there are more people in London than there is in Scotland. A shinning bright new star is born.

    Comment by Elaine & John — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 02:00

  292. Leons single will be in the sales section in a week. Wot a scam. I reckon Jim,ll fix it was there. RHYDIAN IM WITH U ALL THE WAY X

    Comment by Vicky — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 02:00

  293. Leon = silly little boy. Rhydian= amazing.

    Comment by Vicky — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 02:03

  294. Before the show started, I thought Leon would go out first and, frankly, his rendition of White Christmas was truly dreadful. Fortunately for him, Same Difference were even worse! But Rhydian’s duet with Katherine Jenkins didn’t work and just proved that he is a one trick pony. Leon’s rendition of You Don’t Know Me was his best performance in the whole competition - a good time to pull a rabbit out of the hat! In every other song he had sung flat or off key, but this time it was spot on. I think that turned the tide and the public probably realised that whilst Rhydian has a great voice, he is not a pop singer.

    Last year Leona won. This year it was Leon. Next year it will be someone called Leo!

    Comment by David — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 02:03

  295. Wot a fix. Leon had at least 10 mins extra voting time.call that Fair voting ? RHYDIAN SHOULD HAVE WON. X factor has now lost me and plenty more people as a viewer.

    Comment by Vicky — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 02:06

  296. Well! Did anyone else think that Leon, during the performance of “I believe”, look like a strangled cat? He missed several notes and it was obvious that the song didn’t suit what little voice he does possess. When Simon fed back - he made what seemed like a slip of the tongue - but looking back, perhaps that was significant. Why though, would it suit Simon’s purpose for Leon to win over Rhydian?? Still can’t believe it - we sat stunned in disbelief when the result was announced. Even little Leon looked bemused! We always recorded X Factor on Sky Plus and after a few bars of Leon, always wound it on - so boring, usually embarrassingly flat and dull as ditchwater. Now Rhydian - there’s a different story!! I played his renditions more than once. Loved “You raise me up” (though not with Katherine Jenkins) - preferred the solo a few weeks ago; adored “I vow to thee my country” and “Somewhere” too but my absolute favourite,was “You’ll never walk alone”. At the moment, my thoughts run on the lines of “Shan’t watch this crap again” but perhaps the rules should be overhauled - so that the judges (though half of them are barking!!) maintain some form of control. The last time this happened was with Steve Brookstein (and where is he now??) When the 2nd favourite won Pop Idol (Will Young)- at least he could actually sing (better than the favourite). But this time, it is a miscarriage of justice - to see that stupid doe-eyed and snivelling little “man” limping his way tentatively through the new single - he has neither the singing skills nor the personality to hide behind!! Time to go, beam me up Scotty!!

    Comment by Ian — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 02:10

  297. Calm down, folks!

    It’s just harmless Saturday night entertainment for starters.

    Of course, X Factor is going to whip up the England/Scotland/Wales factor - did you honestly expect Dermot ‘Autocue’ O’Leary to read ‘Vote .. if you want. But we don’t mind if you don’t. Or switch over to BBC. Or go to the pub. Doesn’t matter’.

    X Factor is a money-making machine - tonight’s result, if you calmed down and thought about it logically, is a win-win result for all three.

    Same ‘Perma-Kiddies’ Difference will be groomed for Eurovision and kids TV. Expect to see them on a cruise ship near you by 2009.

    Rhydian will be a major West End/Broadway star; wheeled out to yodel at every rugby international/Royal Variety performance and will release a couple of Josh Grobin-gentre CDs which outraged Rhydian Woz Robbed fans will buy in droves.

    Leon will probably have a Xmas #1 and a decent debut CD. Ultimately he is the next Michael Buble and has a better voice than last year’s surprise finalist, Ray Quinn.

    As for the crybaby remarks, hush up! Leona Lewis made blubbing her trademark and if I hear her simpering ‘It’s been an amazing journey’ line once more, I will throw my Unbiased-logo cushion at the TV.

    She and Rhydian (plus Same Difference with their happy-happy ditties) are one-trick yodellers. I wouldn’t buy any of their albums.

    Leon? much more versatile and once he’s in the studio, expect the full package. Remember this is the X Factor which discovers raw talent, not Leona ‘Stage School’; Rhydian ‘Opera Lessons’ and Niki ‘Stock Aiken Waterman’ backing singer contestants. Apparently, he never sang in public until February so I say fair play to him. He caught my eye from his first audition and was like a breath of fresh air compared to Rhydian who underwent a complete Humility transformation once he got to the live shows.

    Did he see Dannii’s retching impersonation at his audition? Interesting to see again how divided the judges were over him with Simon insisting he could sing but Sharon and Danni disliking his Smug Factor.

    Rhydian seemed to age greatly since his audition; lost weight; went Dolph Lundgren blonde and his face looked Botoxly frozen somehow. Leon, on the other hand, has the ‘puppy dog eyes’; the cuteness factor and from the ITV 2 behind the scenes glimpses has an impish personality compared to wooden Rhydian.

    Yes, it’s supposed to be a singing contest but anyone who believes looks and personality don’t count is as naive as Same Difference, bless their cotton ankle socks.

    Huge mistake to bring back Louis Walsh; only because Brian Friedman was totally out of his depth and fared no better as a choreographer with each week’s dancers producing performances which ranged from cheesy to downright cringeworthy. Alisha’s ‘rollerskaters’????

    Sharon needs to go too - her Lecherous Old Woman gesturing,(Shane Ward, Leon) and the “You know I love you” standard remarks are past their sell-by date.

    Danni was a revelation; honest, articulate and spot-on in her judgements.

    Simon..is Simon. Do you think he’s bovvered about the reaction to this year’s winner? Is he heck!

    See y’all again next September. Yes, even the outraged ‘Never Watching Ever Again’ fans. You know you will ;-)

    Comment by UNBIASED — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 02:11

  298. Rhydian is a supreme talent and he will not sink without trace. Leon had a couple of good moments but has no star quality and is entirely inconsistent in his ability. I live in the Midlands and got through several times to vote for Rhyd….first time each time. If phone lines in Wales were not working properly the contest became a travesty. Most certainly Rhydian will be snapped up by a major record label and will astound us all with his incredible talent. Leon will be a one hit wonder and has no real guts for this business, nor the ability to innovate and become an icon. Rhyd….you are a star. xxx

    Comment by Maria Clarke — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 02:16

  299. OMG!!!

    I must say I wanted Rhydian to win tonight but not enough to actually vote, but after reading all these posts I’m glad Leon won! What a bunch of sore losers!

    Oh it’s fixed, Sharon put voters off, the phone company stitched him up! It’s pathetic, excuse after excuse. And just so you know my sister wanted Leon to win and spent all night trying to get through without any success. Hav any of you thought that Leons supporters had the same trouble with the phone lines.

    Well done Leon, unlucky Rhydian.

    Comment by Jonathon Jones — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 02:17

  300. Absolutely didgusted, but glad to see that the Riddler has so much support.. How on earth did Leon win, i have to say every time he sung i had to turn the channel over because ive never heard ne thing so boring in my life. Also he’s been out of tune every single week, somethings not right, it has to b a fix.

    Rhydian is fantastic and ive loved all his performances, i do think he is world class and hope he goes very far, as for Leon im sorry but all this stuff about wanting to make a better home and life for his mum and crying all the time…don’t we all. And please we really don’t need another boring jazz singer.

    Also for those who say Rhydian can only sing opera, where u not watching when he sung queen and meatloaf?!!

    Comment by lizzie — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 02:17

  301. Couldn’t get through for ages to vote for Rhydian. I am certain he is the best of the 3 and don’t understand why he didn’t win. Really, really disappointed

    Comment by Elin — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 02:25

  302. Yes I agree that Rhydian should have won and that there were problems with the phone lines - but please stop being so insulting to poor Leon!

    Comment by Becky — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 02:32

  303. Not my choice, Rhydian was the one for me, he’s going to be successful anyway. ‘Oh Holy Night’ lovely choice for Rhydian’s Christmas CD, c’mon Simon produce it - I’d buy it.

    Comment by jen — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 02:57

  304. still shaking my head come on leon winning xfactor compared to a unbelievable voiced rhidian the only thing i can say is rhidian doesnt need a 1million record contract cos his gonna be bigger seller on his own using just his awesome voice , x factor is for sure fixed , and i thought simon was a man that says what he means but seems his just a mouse

    Comment by tracey — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 03:03

  305. I love x factor but i switched off after seeing the results. Simon your comments proved it was a fix. I have nothing against Leon only that he cant sing. Rhydian sounded like an angel. I will never watch x factor again.
    Shame on you all. I wont be buying his single (no 1 for x mas) is that a fix also?. Every one who spent money on voting over the weeks should demand their money back. Rhydian cant wait for your first album. Luv u loads.

    Comment by sue — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 03:05

  306. Very surprised that Leon won. Subjectively Niki and especially Rhydian seemed far stronger (and I think Same Difference have a good children’s entertainment career beckoning). I doubt the show was fixed though - more likely a technical error that people will discover later.

    Comment by IanD — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 03:11

  307. This is great.You don’t realise how much pleasure it gives me to see you all squirm and moan about it being a fix…..get a life.The “Wee” scot won and it just sticks in your throat!!!SD were ok but were never going to win.Rhydian was a gentleman and super talented but Leon is the guy who is going places with the million pound contract!!!HA HA HA HA HA HA.Come on folks lets have some more whinging….this is great!!!!

    Comment by David — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 03:15

  308. Congratulations to Leon, what none of you seem to realise is that being a x factor winner ties that pesons career to one direction, with very little choice over which songs will be produced over the next 12-18 months, look at Will Young and how much his 2 album was differant to the 1st. Riddion has a much bigger choice and artistic say over who he signs with and what music he produces. The record companies will be queing up to sign him with bmg at the top of the list.the British public will vote with sales

    Comment by Zoey Seymour — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 03:34

  309. Leon won fair and square. There’s no doubting that Rhydian has a fantastic voice but his style is just too classical. He will be great in stage musicals. He sang the winning song and was note perfect. On the other hand, Leon had a few wobbly notes but there was much more emotion. Good luck to them both.

    Comment by Dave — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 03:36

  310. rhidian is the most amazing singer , he won the hearts of millions , pity we couldnt get throught to vote but he will be a big star anyway leon needed to win cos he aint going nowhere cant sing cant dance and if thats what the factor takes i wouldnt wanna be the one jesus lost my respect for simon i think there should be a recount on all votes if ever we get to vote
    bless the shock on rhidians face as leon won it sort of humiliates you being extradinary losing to a funny no hoper but still he gracefully congratuated leon must of been hard to say what a great singer he was knowing full well his crap fix of the century simon ratings aint everything

    Comment by tracey — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 03:46

  311. well for all those that seem to think leon can sing in my opinion you all need a check up from the neck up , time will tell who will be the bigger seller of many records not just the xfactor xmas cd

    Comment by tracey — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 03:53

  312. I’m not sure why you’re all so upset. Leon has grown in confidence in recent weeks, while rhydian has been so determined to show his humility he’s ended up losing his character. I think losing the xfactor has done him a favour. He perfectly suits the stage and I’m sure he’ll have a wonderful career. Do you all really resent Leon so much? He’s a sweet boy, is having a real story not allowed? Let’s not forget that he can actually sing. Most of the finalists have sounded better than the ’star’ turns this year, which shows just how good the standard is. I believe both young men will do as well as they deserve. Stop sucking sour grapes and wish them both well.

    Comment by deborah — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 04:20

  313. I am so shocked with the result and in a way I expected that to happen not because leon is a good singer, he is no where singing that stupid idiot, but I knew there will be a conspiracy and they will make stupid leon win.I think that Leon is sooo S**T, I think that the results were a set up and it was a political thing, especially when Rhydian sang the Welsh Anthem which was so Brilliant. I am not Welsh but I love Wales and welsh people are so friendly and amazing and I loved every song he sang. Rhydian is truly a World Class and this is just the beginning of the end for Rhydian because that Man has a great future ahead of him.

    Also, I think that Rhydian is already a professional and he is overqualified for the X-Factor,its funny watching Rhydian sing as a contestant because he is so Professional its like seeing a Professor attending school with two year old kinds! He’s just the BEST, and Rhydian made the X-Factor special, but now that he is not there anymore, its so shitty watching leon on the damn screen all the time. leon cant sing, dance or talk.

    I really felt like being there on stage and telling everyone that leon is shit and that its a a set up, Rhydian is the TRUE WINNER and HE IS IN FACT THE WINNER.



    MARYAM :)

    Comment by Maryam — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 04:36

  314. I am absolutely enraged by the results tonight. Rhydian CLEARLY had the most talent and stage presence in the competition and he NEVER used a sob story like everyone else! Ooo my mums a single mum, I cry at every little thing, look at my puppy dog eyes.. what a crock of you know what!
    My feeling is that it was a fix… why couldn’t we get through to vote for Rhydian and by the looks of things alot of others couldn’t either so the “1% difference” was due to that. And I totally agree, the comments made out like Leon had already gone and won it, the judges are so full of it its unbelievable. I hope the show gets found out to have messed up on the phone lines or something and ends because they’ve missed the most talented person who has been on ANY series!
    All I can say is I hope to god that Leon does not make Xmas number 1 as he absolutely murdered what was once a beautiful song and even if he does he will soon be forgotten… the British public have gone and created another Steve Brookstein - who I hear you ask!? I KNOW that Rhydian will go on to have a fantastic and long career and I will support him all the way, but this is a travesty to so-called talent shows… I will NOT be watching this bull again, bring on Strictly Come Dancing, you have a new follower!

    Comment by AJ — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 05:12

  315. I have been in the music buisness for a long time, and Great britain has lost too many oportunities not only singers but football as Simon said yesterday,….but i think a new star 50 years later was born and killed by the X Factor and that is Rhydian,… all the best companies will be after you,,take the best deal..by the way congratulation Leon …

    Comment by Bernard Semaani — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 05:29

  316. How on earth did Leon win? Rhydian was by far the best. Rhydian has the X Factor.

    Comment by Barb — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 05:51


    Comment by Gill Sutherland — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 07:46

  318. I/we have finaly seenand heard a singe worth listening to, that was Rhydian, he could stand next to to biggest as Freddy Mercury or any other big artist. NO let the nation decide by phone, that’s why this country never wins a singing contest like eurovision, the winner Leon. sorry to say was singing many notes off key i.e. false ….. Rhydian would have sold more Xmas recordings, anyway…. ALL THE BETS TO RHYDIAN…..

    Comment by H Schaafsma — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 07:58

  319. I thought the X Factor was to find an act that had something different. If they wanted every year to find a “Pop Idol” why did they bother to change the criteria and the title. They should have run both alternately. Leon is a sweet guy who has a sweet voice but he should not have won!

    Comment by Maggs Mcg — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 08:12

  320. nooooooooooo
    how could leon win??????
    i expected him to go out in the second week of the live shows hes rubbish he cant even hold a note in tune. Rydian has never had a bad performance all the judges kept on saying he was world class. this was such a setup from itv. last night i tried to vote so rydian but the call wouldnt go through, so i voted for same difference instead just to keep leon from winning. leon didnt have the x factor; rydian did. leon isnt going to make it to christmas number 1 but rydian would have done. All the best to rydian and Same difference.

    Comment by Sabrina — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 08:20

  321. For the final 2 playoff I tried continually from the moment the lines re-opened until they closed to get through but to no avail the lines were not able to cope with the demand for Rhydians votes. So 3 votes from us were unable to be counted. Also note that after Leon had sung his playoff song the lines were then re-opened but Rhydians number was not given out until after his song some 5 minutes later. As an English family we have no axe to grind over who to vote for but we do know that Rhydian was by a long way THE BEST and did Wales proud. He has been (and will continue to be) a true professional. We hope he releases a Christmas record and goes where he rightfully belongs AT THE TOP.

    Comment by Sanders Household — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 08:25

  322. Scottish vote kills XFactor again. The weakest of the 3 acts wins the xfactor, just because he’s scottish and all of Scotland (as per usual get behind anything Scottish), God help us if the could vote in English elections, Gordon Brown would be in power for the next 100 years!

    Leon could have sang Humpty Dumpty and the Scots would have still voted for him…… Me thinks that he’ll be a one hit wonder and then disappear into obscurity the way of Gareth Gates.

    Comment by Sean — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 08:32

  323. Never have I seen such a fix, this young man repeatedly sang out of tune, cried and whined throughout the series. Can’t something be done about the clear vote rigging. The judges are only there for the cash and nothing else. From an (English person) p.s. Leon typifies the Scots, a crying whiner

    Comment by Reg Brown — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 08:39

  324. After reading the first 200 comments, I must admit it has restored some faith in me that there are still some SENSIBLE and FAIR MINDED people left in this Country, after last night’s disgraceful result.

    ONLY 17 comments in favour of LEON !!!!!!!!!!!!
    YET 183 comments in favour of RHYDIAN ??????????

    And now with well over 300+ comments I’m sure the same sentiments continue.

    If this had been fairly reflected in the votes, how on earth could this travesty have happened ??

    That Dipstick of a presenter said there was only 1% between the 2 of them, and yet as others have commented they VERY FAIRLY ! opened the phone lines before Rhydian had sung his final song, allowing Leon’s supporters about 7 more minutes to vote than Rhydian’s

    As for a Christmas NO 1 Hit, well lets just wait and see shall we ! (place your bets now!)

    How many have said they Won’t buy LEON’s record ?
    How many cant wait to get hold of RHYDIAN’s CD and Album ?

    Thats right, I’m sure absolutely thousands of you, myself included, would buy Rhydian’s music today if we could.

    Of those that voted for LEON said it was because he was
    SO FIT

    I think that about sums up their mentality dont you !

    Sorry I thought this was meant to be a serious TALENT contest to find the BEST singer. NOT simply a NATIONALISTIC, SENTIMENTAL, MONEY MAKING Farce.

    I’m obviously wrong.

    The programme makers and watchdogs need to have a serious think about what has happened here.

    Other people have used such comments as:

    I think those words just about sum up the real feeling of the SENSIBLE Minority this morning.

    For those of you who voted for LEON, I say WELL DONE, enjoy him whilst you can.

    To RHYDIAN, I say this my friend, You were the real winner last night, your quality, professionalism, style and Grace will bring you all the success you deserve.

    When you sang with Katherine Jenkins, you proved beyond any doubt that you can already hold your own with a world class singer.

    Unlike the other contestant with Kylie, who had to completely slow down and change the arrangement of one of her routine songs just so that he could manage it !


    Comment by RS — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 08:44

  325. Rhydian, you were robbed, mate!

    Should have been the best singer who won, not the one who ‘needed it most’. I won’t be watching again.

    Comment by Louise Simons — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 08:54

  326. We switched this rubbish off when Nicki was eliminated but my kids cajoled me into watching the final.

    If the vote was to be based on the number of flat notes sung, then clearly Leon should have won. This was a contest won on partisan considerations and probably the girlies voted for his cuteness.

    Most X Factor winners vanish into obscurity and Leon will certainly be no exception. I hope Rhydian gets the break he deserves - I suspect that the ink is already dry on the contract he signed last night - given what the judges have already said about him.

    For my part, I will never watch this squalid entertainment again, knowing that as soon as someone of exceptional talent appears, they are doomed!

    Comment by Stephen Silverstein — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 09:04

  327. Do NOT buy Leon’s single as a protest to this grotesque FIX. The judges were a disgrace and using nepotism to make the wee guy look better is unjustifiable. BUY Rhydian’s single. We the British Public will be the true judge of this farce dressed up as a competition. Cowell’s days are numbered - honest he isn’t - HAS BEEN he is to become. Shame on you.

    Comment by G Sanderson — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 09:05

  328. saturday night tv is all about entertainment, fun and colour - “same difference” should have come 2nd, Riddler was the easy winner.

    Comment by cj — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 09:15

  329. Rhydian was the only reason we watched the x factor, all the rest were bland. To have such a fantastic winner last year in Leona and then this year’s travesty. The real losers are the x-factor for turning it into a nationalistic voting competition.
    When can we buy Rhydian’s CD? Where is the best place to download Rhydian’s X-factor songs?

    Comment by sue, ali, chris — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 09:25

  330. Having read some more of the comments, it is clear that “the problem with the phone lines” whether deliberate or otherwise and the apparent fact that voters for Leon got an extra 7 minutes produced this result.

    Everyone should remember the fickle nature of the pop scene and that very few ever have staying power.

    I believe that as well as having more talent than Leon, Rhydian has more staying power but how much, we have yet to discover.

    This result is actually quite good for the major beneficiaries from the programme because Leon gets a contract and you can bet Rhydian will too and there are more profits to be made than if Rhydian had won. There is no possibility that Leon would have got a recording contract if he had been the runner-up.

    Comment by Stephen Silverstein — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 09:25

  331. what a joke the one trick pony won and rydian was robbed what a farce,rydian performed effortlessly each week and lost wheres the justice in that i for one won’t be watching again.

    Comment by kaz — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 09:28

  332. what on earth is up with the people of this country! it was obvious that rhydian was a much better singer then leon (WHO CANT SING TO SAVE HIS LIFE). the x factor this year has been a real let down. WHAT A FIX

    Comment by sian — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 09:29

  333. We all know, throughout the contest Rhydian didn’t sing one bum note! and we all know his talent was above all the other contestants, so hey if he won, nothing to talk about, just what was expected! but Leon winning, hey they are now all winners! we are all talking about it! and it will sell news papers. So guess who has won now!!!!!

    Comment by Fiona Ward — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 09:29

  334. wouldn’t it have been fairer to have opened the phone lines after both had sung? It was obvious from this moment that Leon was going to win. You could see this in the judges’ faces and Rhydian’s. Perhaps they wanted Leon to win to keep Leona at no. 1. Rhydian was the only one to reach her standard. Just off to download Rhydian.

    Comment by KS — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 09:33

  335. Turning this competition into a nationalistic final was a complete disgrace. Leon struggled thoughout the competition and his final performances were less than memorable. “White Christmas” sounded distinctly off in places. His ability is limited to a narrow genre and he clearly struggled (flat etc) when outside of his comfort zone. His constant blubbing was cringeworthy and pathetic though my son tells me that the “emos” love this sort of behaviour. Rhydian showed star quality and maturity throughout but most importantly showed again and again that he could sing with power and a passion that made you tingle. He was note perfect throughout and his final performances were outstanding. Leon, who is he? Rhydian, I’m waiting for your first release and whilst you are probably blocked from releasing a record for Christmas, I’m sure if you did the public would show who should really have been No.1.

    Comment by Pete — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 09:34

  336. Rhydian - bring out You Raise Me UP as a single!!

    Comment by MS — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 09:37

  337. I have been a huge fan of X Factor since it began. Following last night’s farce, I will never watch it again. I tried over 20 times to get through to vote for Rhydian each time receiving a BT message that the phone lines were down. Yet another example of ITV’s appalling track record with phone-in votes??!?!

    Rhydian was heads and shoulders better than Leon and Same Difference (at least SD could sing the correct notes, Leon was flat).

    It is embarrassing to think that Leon is what we are going to export as our latest X Factor Winner, especially after the astonishing talent of Leona last year. I predict Leon will sink with out trace after a forgettable first single (which Rhydian sang SO much better anyway).

    I hope Rhydian will go on to much better and greater things, his voice is astonishing and can make the hairs stand up on the back of your neck. Go for it Rhydian, I’ll definitely buy your record.

    Comment by Angie — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 09:44

  338. What a load of b******s!!!! As usual everything is FIXED. What’s wrong with the public!!! This is not an olympic race between countries or regions. This should have been about talent. Patriotism should not be the deciding factor. Leon can sing however only frank sinatra style songs. Let’s think.. how many no 1s has Bubble had so far? Uh NONE. Rhydian is versatile thus he will eventually wins hands down based in the future. ITV, you are a disgrace!

    Comment by Ureilla — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 09:48

  339. The public have got it wrong once again. When will they learn it’s a singing competition not who looks the best. Leon can’t sing, was flat in most of his songs, has no charisma, no power, and half the time you couldn’t even hear what he was singing.
    Rhydian on the otherhand was sooooo professional throughout the whole competition and a true star performer. Can’t wait for his first CD which I will buy as soon as it comes into the shops. As for Leon’s wouldn’t touch his CD with a barge pole. Hopefully Leonna will keep him off the top spot as she is also another true star performer. Lets see who has the staying power over the next year…Leon (Leon who) or Rhydian!

    Comment by Jackie — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 09:51

  340. Well, well, well, what a surprise- the boring, stiff rank outsider that couldn’t sing for toffee has won! Funny how we tried all night to vote for Same Difference and couldn’t get through on our home phone (Virgin Media.) -did manage to vote on the mobile though.. It should have been a battle between Same Difference (good all rounders) and Rhydian (superb performer and singer). Leon should never have got this far anyway, the world’s most boring, weak-voiced ‘performer’ with absolutely no stage presence.. The whole thing was a fix - from the judges comments on Rhydian on his last song- all saying what brilliant performances he had given throughout the contest- but implying he hadn’t won. Shame on Simon Cowell, I always thought he was honest with his views -to say Leon was brilliant is a joke. AND TO PLAY A PART IN THIS OBVIOUS SCAM IS UNFORGIVEABLE. I will not be buying Leon’s Christmas flop! (Nor watching any of these obviously fixed Talent Shows in the future.)

    Comment by Talent-Spotter — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 09:52

  341. What do the British public have against Wales? This was a travesty. Wales has half the population of Scotland and possibly - both combined - one tenth of the UK.
    My husband consoled me last night by saying that he would probably do better by not being associated as the X Factor winner.
    Simon - week after week said - World Class and this is what X factor is all about and that Rhydian could represent the UK all over the world.
    Why show Danni’s original reaction in all those awful clips?
    Rhidian was professional,consistent, brave, talented and handsome. He didn’t cry, he didn’t have a sob story. Rhidian is a gentle man in all sense of the word. He’s had to grow up too.
    I hate reality shows and came across this by accident and became hooked by Rhidian’s voice and his quality performances, good looks and absolute talent.
    Compared to Kylie –(what was that outfit?) and Leon - Rhydian’s act with Kathryn Jenkins was outstanding. On the plus side he’s had a wonderful showcase.
    Pob lwk - Rhidian - but heed this warning. Think before accepting any offer from Simon! He called you Leon all night – maybe he was feeling guilty!

    Comment by Lewis Morris — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 09:54

  342. When did this contest suddenly turn into a National Competition anyway ? How strange that they should end up with a Scotsman, a Welshman and an English couple in the final.. It had never even occurred to me about their Nationalities until this last week, when it was all over the TV.. Total FIX.

    Comment by Talent-Spotter — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 09:58

  343. that absolute b*****s. Rhydian all the way, for all you tone def people out there in the uk you suck, leon got the sympathy vote and we all know it, and we all know that if rhydian were to bring out an album this christmas he would outsell leon hands down!

    message for simon cowell
    how could you sit there and let that happen my estamation of you has now hit rock bottom. you are just as bad as lloyd webber letting a talent like that go.

    message for rhydian
    please do an album rhydian the public wont let you down this time i can promise you. We love you rhydian!

    Comment by joey and sandy — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 09:59

  344. I was absolutely disgusted by what the show makers made of this final. I thought this show was about the best talent and the best chance to be a long time star (Simon’s words)…not about a ‘nation’ competition which effectively is a clever way of getting people voting and changing the odds (considering the differences in population density in the UK). Rhydian is the main reason this show was interesting to watch. He has the best voice, best stage presence and he is indredibly moving when he performs. It is a disgrace that the show was allowed to be so manipulative - what a Christmas message! I feel robbed, of my time and of my faith in this country - I will not be watching the X Factor next year but I will buy rhydian’s CDs…shame the money will go to the same people….but Rhydian has been discovered, no doubt he will not need these guys for too long and will break away after his first contract….SHAME on the X Factor

    Comment by Mercedes — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 10:00

  345. My whole family could not believe the result last night, I had a feeling it was going to go wrong for Rhydian when they made it a nationalistic competition, what a cheap trick. Leon is very sweet but I will not be being any of his records and hope that Rhydian will get a good shot at releasing some of his cos I think he will be a massive star.

    Comment by Mrs K A French — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 10:02

  346. Me and my gf tried voting for Rhydian for the best part of 2 hours and only managed to get one vote through. We must have hit redial atleast approaching 50 times and every time we were unable to connect.

    Obviously i do not know if the same happened for Leon but either way it shows that the vote was certainly not fair as a lot of potential votes would have been lost for atleast one if not both performers.

    Rhydian was in his own league. Totally agree with comments slating the programs attempt at making this a battle of the countries. Leon was boring, often missed notes and, frankly, as a performer I found him annoying (his integrity as a person is not in doubt).

    Comment by MorgZ — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 10:06

  347. Whether or not there is an issue with the voting that needs to be looked in to there is definitely an issue with the judges’ bias. An analysis should be done of the comments made and I am certain it will show a strong bias.
    Leon was constantly out of tune but at the end of each cringe-making song what did the judges say? They told him how good he was and how well he was doing. If anyone else made a tiny slip they got slated.
    Last night in his rendition of White Christmas he was so out of tune again that I could hardly bear to listen - and I certainly skipped the replays of it. The when he performed When you Believe I couldn’t believe what a boring and endless song it was. Then when Rhydian sang it, it came to life and was so enthralling that it seemed to be over in moments.
    But, as so many have said, what did the judges have to say? They told Leon how well he had done and were utterly luke warm to Rhydian.
    And finally - under the heading of his highlights they show the worst possible clips of Rhydian being mocked by the judges.
    No wonder people were misled. How many voters who were unsure who to vote for were swayed by all this? I would say an immense number. Just the same as when Beverly and Niki lost out.
    What I would like to understand is why on earth the judges do this.

    Comment by Theresa — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 10:06

  348. You are a diamond Rhydian! Why are people threatened by greatness, why does just enough and mediocre win? Keep going Rhydian we haven’t seen the last of you. Have a good rest and enjoy the love of your family over the holidays as you will be very busy building your astounding career. I can’t wait to buy your cd.

    Comment by Canadian in UK — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 10:07

  349. Nothing surprises me when it comes to reality television especially when there is telephone voting is involved

    I wish Leon all the best, my worry is that he is far too young and sensitive to deal with the cut throat world of the music business, this guy is an emotional wreck at times, I just hope he find a good honest manager to support him going forward.

    It was not the result I had hoped for, yes I felt Rhydian was good but I am sorry to say the X Factor was not the show for him but it gave him the opportunity to show his talent and I also wish him all the best. In the long run I feel that Rhydian’ musical career will be far more profitable that Leon.

    The result of the X Factor is not going to change anything in my life or my family its all nonsense and life goes on. The X Factor has lost its credibility a long time ago. It needs new judges, new direction and a fairer voting system. Sharon, Louis and Simon are far too personal with their comments, hurtful at times and they lack respect for the acts and themselves, constantly bickering amongst each other and demoralising people.

    The X Factor is just a show, it is not the real world, I am so glad that my children chose an academic career, there is no way that I would want my child subjected to that lifestyle living on their nerves and public opinion and most importantly not be able to lead a normal life, money is not everything.

    Comment by Dave — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 10:07

  350. A winners song where the winner can’t even sing most of the notes! Sums up a totally ridiculous final. Leon can not sing, its as plain and simple as that. My local radio station said they were going to play the winners song and got deluged with texts saying please don’t!! I don’t prescribe to the fix allegations but from the evidence of this blog and farther afield makes you wonder, does it not? It was not so much a talent show but a talentless winner show.

    Comment by Justin — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 10:09

  351. What a total fix, rang continously from lines opening to closing and got through once!

    Rhyd missed out on two other votes just from one house so how many did his miss out on countrywide?

    Once again Cowell has got himself a puppet to make money off and then abandon (wonder how long it will take for Leon to record unchained melody).

    Rhyd mate your better off without that kind of help and your shocked fans are waiting for your cd.

    Comment by donna — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 10:19

  352. what a load of crap, bloody scots cheating again!

    Comment by Justin — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 10:22

  353. I’m still so annoyed with lastnights results - I thought it was a fix straight away; problems getting my votes through, he had less voting time after his last performance, and Simons last words to him (after initially calling him Leon!!) were awful - I knew then that he hadn’t won. Funny how every week Simon loved Rhydian and slagged off Leon week after week! Rhydian and Nikki I think brought the majority of viewers each week. Well I certainly shant be wasting my time or money again with X-Factor or any other TV show!!!

    I think it goes without saying who should have won by the comments on here - very small percentage of Leon supporters comments! I wish Rhydian could release O Holy Night - NOW!! and beat Leon to the christmas number one - we would see who the real talent is then!

    Good luck to Rhydian - I know we will see him soon - and I’m just hoping to be in the Millenium Stadium when he inevitably sings with Kathryn Jenkins our National Anthem at a big game! Look forward to buying your album soon Rhydian!!! x

    Comment by Tina — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 10:24

  354. Xfactor is a con! nobody i know voted for Leon, rhydian should have received way more votes than leon and so its obvious that xfactor changed the results because they did not think Rhydians records would have sold, and the few people that did vote for leon are death or stupid, hes sweet and a nice guy but his voice is out of tune and he cant hit the notes, you compare his version of “when you beleive” to Rhydians version there is no competition. This is not the end for Rhydian he will outshine leon by far!

    Comment by Sarah French — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 10:30

  355. If you like myself couldn’t get through to vote for Rhydian in this extremely dubious result, don’t waste you time here. Get over to the ofcom website and register a formal complaint as I have done. If they receive enough they will be duty bound to investigate. That’s the only way the credibility of this vote can be determined.

    Comment by Chris D — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 10:33

  356. Rhydian is a pure artist and winning a tv competition would have made him look cheap.

    Setting him free was the best thing the judges could do.

    Comment by celine — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 10:47

  357. Rhydian, in my option should have won. Looking through the comments here BOTH contestants phone lines where having problems and the vote was close so I’m not going to assume that itv are to blame. Others have said that Rhydian belongs on stage and not in Pop. My option would be… and what Leon does? He was inconsistent and sub par to Rhydians vocals. Others have said the Leon has more potential but look at historic winners of the comp. Potential doesn’t maen that it’ll turn into a glorious career. The facts are that Rhydian had the odds to win and somehow he didn’t. I suspect it was the ‘underdog’ vote that won this one. I’ll support Rhydian if he releases anything.

    Comment by Brendan — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 10:52

  358. LEON WON - I can’t believe how many people are convinced that there was some kind of cheat and Rhydian should have won because they couldn’t get through on the phone! I have tried to vote for Leon for weeks and always had difficulty getting through - he really is THAT popular! On the final night I could not get a vote through for Leon from start to finish. Stop being victims and accept that Leon was the better contestant.

    Good Luck Leon

    Comment by Maddy — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 11:04

  359. Rhydian was my *clear* favourite to win and I did manage to get my vote in early on in the show. Having said that, I’m not that surprised that Leon won, as Rhydian is actually too good for a competition like the X Factor (meaning no disrespect to Leon or the others). He is in a class of his own and I don’t believe for a minute that not being named the winner the competition will prevent Rhydian from going on to have a brilliant singing career. He so clearly has it in him. If they made a CD of all the songs that he sang for the last few weeks of the X Factor, I would go out and buy it today. His voice is superb and I hope he becomes the next Pavarotti.

    I do think that Leon sang the final song very well, though, and wonder if perhaps it was this that helped him win the competition. I think his version deserves to be a hit single and the best of luck to him. Ultimately, though, my money’s on the fabulous Rhydian.

    Comment by Prynna — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 11:05

  360. Well done Leon!

    Comment by Milly — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 11:06

  361. You all had the same amount of time to vote for Rhydian. The phone lines opened for ALL at the same time and closed for ALL at the same time.

    Stop whining and looking for conspiracy theories when the truth of the matter is Leon was most popular and received the most votes therefore he won.

    Comment by Maddy — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 11:09

  362. I couldnt decide who to vote for and tried to vote for both ryd and leon. Unlike the rest of the people moaning about a fix i got to vote for ryd but not leon (his line was either engaged or at one point there was actually a ‘dead’ tone).

    I have to say to all the people who are not scottish (cause apparently thats why leon won) to stop throwing there dummy out the pram and being big babies………….its only a tv program and if the only reason leon won was because of the scottish votes then what happened to the English votes (well england does have the largest population in the uk and well you would think the most voting power??)

    I think everyone should give leon a break he has only been singing since the begining of the year and has grown with confidence each week. The riddler will do well regardless and of course anyone who has had classical vocal training is alway going to have a stronger voice. Perhaps you should reserve your judgement about leon and see what happens once he gets the same privilege with regards to some proffesional vocal training (not just 10 weeks of a vocal coach).

    Cut the boy some slack and let him enjoy his win rather than putting him down - everyone deserves a chance!!

    Comment by gabby — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 11:17

  363. Monstrous that Leon won. He was out of tune most of the time and always sung the same type of song.

    I tried to get through to vote for Rhydian all evening but always got ‘network busy’. Also Simon’s lukewarm comments at the end and Sharon calling him ‘revolting’ and Danni giving the same gesture during the auditions, shown just at the end of his song was very unfair.

    Perhaps the judges know that Rhydian will be star (I will buy anything he brings out) and want two bites of the cherry with Leon but I can’t think who wants to buy anything sung out of tune.

    X Factor is fixed - that is for sure!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by susan — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 11:22

  364. Well i think its obvious something like this would happen. Most of the contestants this year couldnt sing at all including same difference why they were even in the final i dont know, leon was even worse, i switched off after Beverly was kicked out by the idiotic british public. Poor Sharon Osbourne having to say leon sung well after one of his final performances was a discrace i think she was paid to say that i know Sharon Osbourne would never say leon was good because he was rubbish. Its a shame that the real talent was tossed away and the rubbish given a copy of his new (dull) single which i hope wont get to number 1 most people i know will not buy it and most people on here look like they wouldnt buy it either. I couldnt believe it when they turned it into a national competion with england verses wales verses scotland. Well done exfactor a cockup as usual.

    Comment by Alex — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 11:24

  365. How can someone who signs 50% of the time off key possibly be regarded as having the x factor? Rhydian doesn’t sing my kind of music, but he sure does make you sit up and listen. His duet was indescribably good, and he’ll be the real winner in the end!

    Comment by Susanne — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 11:37

  366. the judges comments have proven that they knew rhydian was going to lose. it is a fix.

    Comment by Kitty — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 11:37

  367. How can anyone say that rhydian could only sing opera? are Meatloaf, Queen, Simon and Garfunkel opera? I tried to get through when the lines reopened after the final song, it was not open for Rhydians number for a long time, and then it was too busy. I liked Leon, he is a nice boy, and good luck to him. But Rhydian took me into another world, as far as talent goes there was no contest.

    Comment by val — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 11:39

  368. What a shambles! Best thing Rhyd can do is go to U.S. of A and get a whopping singing contract. There’s obviously no place for talent in U.K.T.V. competitions. Leon is a decent kid but isn’t a patch on Rhydian. Hope Rhydian gains strength from his legion of supporters and succeeds where Leon won’t.

    Comment by Syd — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 11:39

  369. How do I get in contact with itv because it cant be correct that leon won i think dermot announced the wrong name and they went along with it to not cause a fuss. leon looked as though he was a bit retarded. whos gonna buy his music? who likes swing? heared of ray recently? i dnt think so. rhydian can sing anything hes very versitile and will branch to the broader population. they scrfewed things up by doing the nations thing because simon hoped that same differance would get more votes from the english, it backfired and all the scotish people used there dole money to spend 35p voting for leon. he ruind the final song, how can you take the show seriously now it all bull. may leon fail miserably but hes gonna get number 1 because all you have 2 sell is like 10singles these days and the scotish are thick enough 2 waste there dole on him.

    Comment by owain butts — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 11:43

  370. It seems we are all in agreement apart from a sad few. Perhaps the voting should be on line as well as phone, because we were unable to get through several times with our vote for Riddle. Am off to download everything I can from this unique Welshman!

    Comment by Susanne — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 11:43

  371. you are all idiots, leon is the better singer of the two of them, rydian isn’t even good looking. i am glad he didn’t win. leon is the best, the cutest and the best singer. WELL DONE LEON!!!!!

    Comment by rachel — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 11:46

  372. Live in West Wales and couldn’t get through on phone to vote for Rhydian. Wanted to vote for the BEST singer NOT the one who had the best sob story. Anyway, being Welsh made NO difference to my decision to vote for Rhydian. If the best singer was English,say, I would have voted for that person too so it was down to, (but shouldn’t have been) nation against nation. Will never watch X Factor again. It was a money making opportunity for the T.V.company etc. I’m going to buy Rhydian’s CD when ‘they’ allow it to be released. Leon’s a nice person but I’m afraid we won’t be hearing from him this time next year.
    Llawer o gariad Rhyd!

    Comment by Norm — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 11:47

  373. What was supposed to be a singing contest, became a Nation contest. The Scotts were determined to win and voted in mass but the truth is that Leon can’t sing in tune. Rhydian will release a record and the selling figures will show who’s really the best.

    Comment by Lola — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 11:48

  374. Well what a fix. Little man Leon has as much talent as a dead fish and a none existant personality snivelling little shit!

    X Factor has cut it’s own throat by rigging votes and telephone lines. I and others I know will never watch this total crap again.

    Comment by Ian Mallachy — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 11:49

  375. I think,Hope,Niki and Same Difference should have been in the final!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Hope should have won,Same Difference second and Niki third.
    Rhydian should have gone out on the first week,Leon I had hoped to go out on week 2!!
    Hope had loads of hope left but people just didn’t vote for them.
    Hope were cool,and had perfect voices!
    Even if Pheobe was leading them they were still really really good at singing.
    Lewy,Same Difference were good enough to come second so I don’t see why you don’t like them!!
    Simon,Hope and Same Difference were the best singers in the compertion,Future Proof weren’t that good!!
    Lewy, Niki had the perfect voice she had the X Factor!!!!!!!!
    Danni,in your group I think the best singer was Andy,worst I’d say is Rhydion and Leon was OK!

    Everyone you should have voted for Niki,Same Difference or Hope!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by Sophie — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 11:54

  376. Rhydian was the winner, Leon was rubbish.
    Rhydian will have many years of recording ahead of him, he is brilliant, he is talent, i will not be watching x factor again, i thought the show was about talent, not a little puppy eyed boy who was booing his eyes out! Leon was hitting so many bum notes over the last few years, how has he wonder, i wonder…..

    Comment by annie — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 11:57

  377. Leon winning, omg, what is going on! cant hold a candle to Rhydian.

    Comment by susie — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 11:58

  378. rachel, how on earth can you say that leon is a better singer that rhydian!!??!!??!!! there is just no competition!! rhydian is in a different league.
    i dont think anyone denies that. apart from a few very scottish scots.

    Comment by Katie — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 11:59

  379. X factor can no longer be called a talent show, Rhyidian was cheated.

    Comment by chrystal — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 11:59

  380. its a total sham! no longer will be watching the x factor, thankfully the good from the show is Rhyidan.

    Comment by mike — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 12:01

  381. I have never been a lover of the ‘welsh’ but Rhyidan is an exceptional, talent is talent!

    Comment by kendall — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 12:02

  382. this cannot be so, Leon is a little boy who should be singing at Butlins, Rhyidan is pure gold talent and time will show this, he will be recording records for a long long long long time, mark my words!

    Comment by Yvonne — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 12:07

  383. The true test will be in record sales, I predict the riddler will easily out sell Leon, unless of course blubbing at every opportunity is an effective marketing ploy.

    Comment by anthony — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 12:14

  384. Leon is just going to fade away in the background, same troubles here of trying to vote for Rhydian but the phone lines were ‘busy’ so i give up, he’s just going to be another Ray Quinn. A nobody, waste :(

    Comment by Simon Thompson — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 12:17

  385. Shame on the X-Factor. Thw wrong guy won. Rhydian has the world class talent. The winner? I’m not sure. Shame on the British for letting down the real winner. This is the first and the last time we will view the program. The program is a farce. It is not finding a talent but a pretty face. Dani, it’s obvious. What are u doing?


    Comment by Fatima — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 12:25

  386. FIX FIX FIX FIX FIX!!!!!
    I can’t believe this Bublé wannabe as come out as the ‘winner’. He is crap and constandly sings out of tune! RUBBISH RUBBISH RUBBISH!!!!
    I would rather of seen Same Difference win!
    This time next year he will be a total nobody!
    Rhydian is the best and will go far! He should of won. WHAT A JOKE! i will NEVER watch this show again. FIX, waste of time and money!

    Comment by Joanne Butler — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 12:33

  387. The phone lines for Rhydian were NOT (I REPEAT NOT) working - i just could not get through FROM WARWICKSHIRE - recent weeks have seen a bias beyond belief for the eventual “winner” why was he allowed to perform live to thousands (Bublay fans) the others did not have this chance!! ALso putting him on with brave Kylie - what a play for V O T E S. The kid is nice enough but cannot hold a song! YOU SHOW THEM RHYD - FOLLOW YOUR DREAM.

    Comment by Bizzi Jones — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 12:36

  388. I think the final result was disgusting,, no offence to Leon, but, Rhydian was the best,, I wont be watching the X Factor again.

    Comment by Julie — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 12:37

  389. Leon should NEVER have won. I was in shock. He so doesn’t deserve it as much as Rhydian.

    Comment by Jo — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 12:38

  390. x factor conned rhydian last night. tried to get through but could’nt. what a set up, rhydian was best by far as everybody says so, someone needs to look into it, we dont mind losing but when everyone tries to phone and no-one can get through dont u think there is something up, what a con what a load of crap.

    Comment by louise — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 12:40

  391. I am English and have been living in Scotland for 12 years. I voted for Rhydian because he was by far the best singer with the most talent not anything to do with nationality. It was wrong to make it nation against nation its not the eurovision song contest!! I think Same difference should represent us in that contest next year they would be brilliant.

    Comment by Helen — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 12:41

  392. Why does the X factor have age catagories? The voting always goes for the young singers whether they can sing or not because it’s the young people who vote for them.. As one comment said Leon is well fit! obviously it is because he is cute! and not because he can sing.
    Rhydian can sing but he is not as cute!! He is a very versatile singer and did not sing in opera style all of the time.The judges are looking for the right look to hit the charts aimed at the younger generation to make more money! I suggest that next year they only have non talented 16-20 year olds then it will not really matter who wins!! GOOD LUCK RHYDIAN YOUR THE BEST!

    Comment by Lesley — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 12:44

  393. To all the people moaning that they couldn’t get through to vote Rhydian the same happened when voting for Leon. The right person won considering Rhydian was professionally trained in classic singing and Leon learned it the way alot of people learn standing in your own home infront of a mirror dreaming of being a singer as Leona did and look at her now. Well done Leon will be buying your single on Wednesday and look forward to your first album.

    Comment by Ian & Yvonne — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 12:46

  394. Maybe the majority of U.K.citizens really are that bland hence a win for Leon.

    Comment by Ailsa — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 13:05

  395. Rhydian should have won - it was a total fix. The result was due to the programme and Simon making more money . If Leon had not won he would have faded away, no one would have been interested. I too believe the result has been best for Rhydian, he does not want to be tied to a cheating programme like the x factor - he will be a big star . I too wish he could release a single for xmas as he would definateley sell alot more.

    I WONT be buying any of Leons records EVER !!!

    Comment by Kim — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 13:07

  396. i have to say that i was very shocked at the winning result last night. Rhydian without doubt has the best voice, professionalism and stage presence. So im sure you/we all agree he should have won. HOWEVER…leon is 18, and underdeveloped. RHYDIAN can and will go on to do BIGGER things, in musicals, and big west end shows. whilst LEON will never have that opportunity. POP music in the uk is mainly bought by teen girls and boys - both of which aspire to LEON. MOST of the people on this thread from the way in which they write appear to be educated adults, and unsurprisingly have all voted and backed RHYDIAN. most younger people will already be satisfied by the win and so if you notice have rarely contributed to this forum. SO

    Comment by howard dee — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 13:10

  397. With judges like the coarse Sharon Osborne et al what should we expect? Lions led by donkeys I think the saying is.

    Comment by Rob — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 13:11

  398. I saw X Factor for the first time last week….

    Leon is a nice guy with a nice voice, he’s young and seems to have come a long way in a short time however that extra star quality needed to make it just didn’t come across….

    Rhydian will be a success regardless, I suppose the positive thing is X Factor showcased his talent, I’m sure he’ll be snapped up by those with an eye for real talent….

    like most people I’m still scratching my head as to why he didn’t win….

    at the end of the day it’s all about TV ratings and advertising revenues, controversy is good for business, I’m sure Mr Cowell and Co. are happy.

    Comment by Liam (Dublin, Eire) — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 13:12

  399. Rhydian was all set to win and he was clearly the best consistently until they made it a competition of countries instead of talent. I’m disappointed and I was also looking forward to buying Rhydians cd but I definately won’t be buying Leons. Leon may be a nice person but he doesn’t have the X Factor, his singing is ordinary. A year from now people won’t even remember his name but everyone will remember Rhydian. As for Simon Cowell and X Factor, you’ve done yourselves no favours, I’ve seen and heard a lot saying they won’t watch X Factor again and I certainly won’t. I also think that based on what people have said about the phone lines there should be a thorough investigation as to what happened there.

    Comment by gb - cheltenham — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 13:13

  400. Maybe the majority of the British public really are that bland!

    Comment by Ailsa — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 13:13

  401. rhydian did not sing for wales, leon did not sing for scotland, same difference did not sing for england. they sang for themselves.they entered the *singing competion*, because they wanted to win and have a career doing what they love and make a good life for themselves and families. i have to admit that leon sang the last song very well but it is the only song he has sung in tune all series! he seems a very nice lad and i wish him well, but for people to say they voted for him because he is *cute* or from scotland is the most ridiculous reason for voting for anyone. i have never voted for anyone in any competion just because they were english like me,there has to be a bit of talent involved. so yes leon was good on the night, but rhydian was fantastic all through the series and really should have won. i won’t be watching the x factor next year (not that they will notice or anything) but because there is no point in watching a singing competion, when the best singer doesn’t win (except leona last year ) oh, and to the person who said england and scotland have always been *enemies* … for god’s sake this is the 21 century .. grow up. even my scottish friend thinks thats lame.

    Comment by lorraine — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 13:14

  402. I hope everyone who is complaining about not getting through to vote is going to complain to ITV. I emailed ITV and they have passed on my email to the programme. I tried all night to get through to vote for Rhydian and even though I redialled as soon as I got the engaged tone I couldn’t get through.I tried throughout the whole prgramme. It was all a fix and I have complained. If everyone did it they might do something about it!
    Good luck Rhdian -you are the best.

    Comment by Andrea — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 13:14

  403. rrydian should have won perhaps the judges should be neutral when it comes to the final this sways people.plus having kyle minogue with leon helped.plus danni wanted leon to win.

    Comment by frances — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 13:30

  404. I knew there was something fish going on in x factor when Nikki and Beverley were voted off before Leon. I have been a staunch supporter of Leon from the first. I was very worried for Rhydian but kept optimistic. Leon certainly has his fans but I think there is more to this than meets the eye. I hope someone really looks into this debacle. I think Leon fans better suspend their gloating. Time to bury Fix Factor!!!

    Comment by Canadian in UK — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 13:33

  405. Rydiann should have won he had the better voice.perhaps if he had done a faster song it would have helped.the judges should be neutral when it gets to the final.plus people probably voted for him seeing leon sing with kylie. plus danni wonted leon to win .iam sure we wont hear the last of rydiann he will probably last longer than leon.

    Comment by frances — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 13:35

  406. What an absolute travesty. Rhydian should have won instead of that out of tune, no talented, no pesonality would-be.
    You are a winner in our eyes Rhydian. All the best. Any CD you bring out we will buy as will many others.

    Comment by Frank Burton — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 13:38

  407. I’m totally gutted by the result. Only just watched it on tape now. Rhydian has pure emotion in his voice and it moves you to tears. Leon is a Ray Quinn wannabe from the last series. X factor can forget it now their credibility has gone. I hope Rhyd releases an album asap. Who’d listen to a full album of Leon’s? I certainly couldnt.

    Comment by Lisa — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 13:44

  408. Leon and Nikki were the best contestants. Nikki should have been in the final. When I heard her name called out that she wasn’t in the final, I was very disappointed. I wanted Nikki or Leon to win, though my dad says Rhydian was by far the best, but I have my own opinion.
    I’m so glad that Leon won and when I get my Christmas money I’m going to be first in the shop buying the Christmas number one by Leon, but my dad says “IN YOUR DREAMS”!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by Clare — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 13:46

  409. No the right person did not win - if you think he did then you must be tone deaf or prehaps you were drunk when you watched the show.

    The only thing Leon did well was cry - pathetic.

    I am going to enter the x factor next year not because I can sing but I can come up with one hell of a sob story!!!!!!

    Comment by Teagan — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 13:48

  410. What an absolute farce X Factor has become. Won this year by a talentless, out of tune “singer” with the charisma of wet cardboard. We certainly won’t be watching next year. Rhydian should’ve won - he has bucket-loads of talent and will prove to be more successful. What a fix ITV - you should be ashamed of yourself.

    Comment by Ian — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 13:50


    non of you could have done better!
    yes rhydian was a good singer
    but so was leon



    Comment by ella — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 13:51

  412. Well done Leon! You are a true star and really deserve this. I would definately not have bought / listened to Rhydian - he may do OK in some musical, but he’s definately not a pop star.

    Comment by Larri Dunn — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 13:52

  413. OMG I made a mistake by saying that I was a staunch supporter of Leon… forgive me I meant Rhydian… Yikes… Leon is a nice enough kid but he can’t sing.

    Comment by Canadian in UK — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 13:53

  414. The only reason Leon won is because of all the young girls thinking he is ‘cute’. Does cute mean that he cries all the time and cant sing?
    Rhydian was the best singer in the show his voice was very powerful and fit a variety of songs not just swing like Leon.

    Comment by SJ from the Sanders household — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 14:02

  415. Rhydian, How unfair, you should have truly been the winner. I tried 4 times last night to vote but could not get through. You are head and shoulders above the rest, but you know what? Life has a way of turning around and we all love you. You are already our star.

    Comment by jill — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 14:08

  416. im delighted leon won rhydian is brilliant he was going to get signed wether he won or lost the 2 of them are brilliant in their own ways id buy both their albums and same difference their good but not good enough….
    i think the right person won he now has a chance to fullfill his dream………

    Comment by punchy — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 14:09

  417. Rhydian is a world-class singer, and certainly the best singer in this years xfactor. His voice is a rare gift. He will have a huge career - I would buy his album tomorrow and I buy very few. The best of luck with your career.

    Comment by Lucy — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 14:09

  418. What on earth happened last night? Rhydian was and has consistantly been the far better singer.It did seem,as the programme progressed that they were pushing Leon more and more.Absolutely unbelievable ,the wrong person won,Leon seems like a nice kid but Rhydian was a far better performer ,ah well no more Xfactor for me.

    Comment by julie snowe — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 14:12

  419. I’m glad Leon won the X Factor because it gives Rhydian the freedom to go and do what he wants now without having strings attached.. Everyone knows he is a million times more talented and this way he’ll do better. The X Factor is a farse and I think everyone realises it. Leon won’t go past a Christmas number one. He hasn’t got the confidence or the talent.

    After all, look how well all the other underdogs did..

    Shayne who?

    Comment by Claire — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 14:14

  420. Rhydian is the real winner,International career beckoning away from the glitz and hype of being the x factor winner, LEON may love it for now but he may also have to end up a crooner rather than a pop star as he isnt one.

    Comment by Simon — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 14:24

  421. Congrats’to Leon, he deserved to win.
    Leon won simply because more people voted for him than the other two contestants, most people on here are angry/upset because their choice did not win. If Leon had lost, most of the posts here would be from people shouting that it was a fix that he did not win. I had trouble voting for Leon, but persisted and managed to get through.
    so again the reason most of the posts are against Leon on here is that Leon’s supporters have no need to vex as he is the **WINNER**

    Comment by Mags — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 14:25

  422. What’s all the crap about a fix? I tried over 20 times to vote for Leon without getting through!!! ALL the lines were overloaded.

    Although I admire Rydian’s voice, he made every song sound the same and, having been trained, he is the finished article. He will have a great future in musicals and the like.

    Leon has raw talent that the sensible people in the British public recognised. He’s only been singing for a year for goodness sake. He will now get proper voice training and will lose the scared rabbit look. He has much more popular appeal than Rhyd.

    A worthy winner on pure potential.

    Comment by Jean MacDonald — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 14:32

  423. Are you lot stupid Rhydian is SOOOOO rubish, he could never get a number 1 album because nobody is that stupid to buy that. Leon should have won he has been the best contestant in the competition. GO LEON!!!

    Comment by Scott — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 14:32

  424. It is clear that the British public voted on marketability rather than quality. Rhydian was by far the better singer by a long stretch. Just shows what a few tears and a cute boyish face does to the voters. I hope that Rhydian produces an album as I will definately buy it.

    Comment by Richard K Leah — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 14:34

  425. just a little question - if same difference had of made the final two - How would they have sung the last song as the contestants were to sing the same song at the end???
    It was kinda made easier if the two guys sung it and not a group??
    Plus did anyone else pick up on the fact that the judges didn’t make many uplifting comments to anyone apart from leon??
    Also Same difference when they found out that they weren’t going through they didn’t seem to surprised about it - it was almost as if they were expecting it???
    Plus i think Lou should be sacked from the shows as he gave poor criticism to the ones who entertained us the most - plus his bickering with Simon( a real music founder) is getting old hat.
    Plus i would really like to know if an investigation will be carried as regards the voting system as we the public can’t actually see behind the scenes - well i feel as if we have been done out of what could have been the best show in ages for X -Factor - way to go!

    Comment by Tom — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 14:43

  426. I for one was horrified by the result last night,i cannot sing nor profess to but looks like u dont need to now.I shall certainly be applying for next years show now that the standard for winners is pathetic!Leon cant sing nor i doubt he will be ever able to.

    Comment by John — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 14:52

  427. are those people that make comments about Rhydian all Welsh!

    Rhydian is a arrogant individual who yes had got a good voice but he’s certainly not a popstar, more West End material.

    Leon has a voice that can be developed and nurtured and ensure that he has a good career.

    Thank god same difference didn’t win. It was cringe worthy!

    Comment by Mediator — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 14:57

  428. a total farce. Danai was obviously biased and wanted her “brave heart” to win. The show has been devalued, where has integrity and honesty gone to. Well done Rhydian, you were brilliant.

    Comment by polly — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 14:59

  429. I have been a devoted fan of the X factor… but not any more. We should demand an inquiry on the voting numbers. We could not connect for Rhydian. The vote was obviously rigged. The judges have been “spinning” the Leon bit for weeks. His mum??? she is one of millions of single mums out there for goodness sakes! The remarks to Rhydian after his final song were disgusting. Had the producers decided then who they wanted to win & told Louis & Simon. It certainly seemed that way because they were thanking him & sending him on his way. Rhydian’s face …. I could have cried for him. Boycott the single….. buy Westlife instead! Let them be Xmas No 1!

    Comment by Sue — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 15:03

  430. Mags(421)take a reality check. If Rhydian had won as he deserved to very few people would have put comments on this blog in Leon’s favour. The vast majority of people on this blog are expressing their support for Rhydian and the fact that many could not get through to vote for him. Very few people are saying Leon deserved to win. That explains everything. It is reminiscent of when Thatcher was Prime Minister millions must have voted for her but very few had the courage to admit that they had.They were too ashamed.

    Leon comes over as a shy and likeable eighteen year old. The fact that he is Scottish and from a one-parent family and he needs the money for his mother is completely irrelevant.Last night Simon Cowell said that Rhydian deserved to win because it was a singing contest and he had the best voice. At the end he said Leon was a worthy winner because he needed the £1,000,000 more. What is going on ? If there is another series of X Factor should all the contestants be means tested before they are allowed to enter. Mr Cowell made a complete mockery of the show last night. I feel sorry for all the flack that Leon is taking because he should not have won and it is Simon Cowell’s fault. To turn it into a battle between Scotland and Wales was just asking for trouble.

    On another blog the comment was that Leon was a pop star and Rhydian was not. Rhydian has been described as a one-trick pony/Opera singer. I thought Leon was trying to copy and emulate Michael Buble. I have never heard Buble described as a Pop Star. Rhydian over the weeks proved he is able to successfully perform a number of vocal styles. His version of “You raise me up” was one of the best performances I have ever seen in a televised talent competition. As the judges said it was probably the best ever version of that song. If it is released on CD I am sure it will be a massive hit.

    Most people who leave comments on this blog are not musically trained but it does not require any expertise to know that Leon consistently sang out of tune. The final was no exception. I agree that Rhydian faultered slightly in “When you believe” but I think that can be forgiven. For someone who is as flat as pancake quite regularly to win X Factor is unforgiveable.

    Comment by Peter — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 15:09

  431. I’m very disappointed that Rhydian didn’t win. I was looking forward to buying his first record. Anyway, am very sure he’ll have a great career ahead. You can download Rhydians ‘Made in Wale’ on itunes to show his support. Rhydian,deserved to win! Great voice,passionate and very humble!

    Comment by Caroline — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 15:11

  432. EXcuse me i am irish not welsh and i belive that rhydian is a much more professional amzing world class singer and the x factor was noithin more dan a FIX!!! it makes me sick!!!


    Comment by ELLE — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 15:12

  433. I live ion Ireland and I followed the whole show from the start (like many others) and I said that Leon should have been out weeks ago. It was so obvious that he was going to win regardless. I won’t say that Rhydian should have won over all the other contestants but in the finals yes Rhydian should have won. Complete fix and rigged possibly from the start IMO. Shame on all the judges.

    Comment by Noel — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 15:13

  434. I have always been a great fan of X factor and Simon Cowell but bitterly disappointed at last nights show. The contestants have been extreemly poor this year and the only talent was Rhydian and that was why I kept watching to see how he progressed. I did vote last night but found it very difficult to get through as lines continuously engaged.Why were there not enough lines? All this makes you wonder at a fix especially when Simon writing Rhydian off at the last song!! and Danni did not appear to be that enthusiastic about her contestant!! We have all lost confidence in these reality phone ins so maybe ofcam should investigate! Would have interesting results maybe. I feel it is time that X factor was axed or have a completely different format. I hope Rhydian does not sign up with Simon’s company he would be better to distance himself from the X factor.

    Comment by Janet — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 15:16

  435. one must say that for a young lad that Rhydian has a spectacular voice, Im sure he will go on to be a great success. My guess is that the young scot won purely through his image, out of tune during most of his songs, completely out of his depth in the final, should have gone when in the bottom two with Nicky! At least he had a young pop image, because his singing wont get him very far, they could auto tune his voice in the studios but live he would be just as awful. AS for Rhydian Roberts.. simply hope to hear you live very soon!

    Comment by King Charles — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 15:18

  436. all of use who have said ” he only won because stupid scotland voted for him” for a start dont call scotland stupid and what are you on about leon was better on the night and he can sing in mny different styles where as rhydian could only sing in1 : musical so leon was the better person to win I REST MY CASE

    Comment by ryan morham — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 15:19

  437. Maybe there will be an investigation into the voting.Maybe Rhydian was the winner after all……in your dreams.Leon was the best performer on the night and he walked away with the contract.Just for the record,The phone lines for Leon were constantly blocked all night .It makes me think that Leon was so far in front that it was going to look embarrassing for the show.They said at one point there was 1% between the acts…..RUBBISH.Leon was so far in front and i think you will find that he has had the top votes from week one.GET OVER IT!!!!!

    Comment by Leonna — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 15:20

  438. 427.. yes most of them are probally Welsh, but an equal share English. You could say we dont really like the Scots but then they dont win anything often, enjoy the success while you can! 6-nations around the corner, hope to see Rhydian on show before we crush the Scots yet again. X-factor enjoyed bringing the nationalism into the show last night, and so do I!

    Comment by Willy the welshman — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 15:22

  439. An absolute travesty…..Rhydian barely hit a bum note all series. Leon barely hit a right note all series. As many have said above, Leon will be a one-hit wonder like David Sneddon. Rhydian will be like Lemar and real talent will show through.

    Thanks Simon Cowell for ruining my Christmas (okay, bit dramatic, but you get the gist!).

    Last year, me and the bad tempered other half went to see X-Factor Live……not this year, I can tell you!

    Comment by Dave — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 15:24

  440. What a travesty!!
    Apart from his last performance which was reasonably good, Leon was disappointing and completely lacking in charisma throughout the contest.
    Rydian is truly world class - not only as a singer but as a MUSICIAN. There is no question in my mind as to who deserved to win.
    With any luck, Rydian will be beating off the recording contract offers with a stick. We’ve not seen the last of him.
    It’s clear that Leon has neither the character or the consistency to be more than a one-hit-wonder… if that.

    Comment by Leigh — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 15:25

  441. out of tune, out of his depth and hopefully outsold by Leona come a week Sunday! bloody awful result and they should call an investigation into those phone companies. it should follow same routine as strictly dancing, with results out the following day not 15mins later! bloody disgusting! Cowell I want a refund!

    Comment by King Charles — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 15:26

  442. Agree with some of the comments above but for people to say they wont be back to scotland because Leon won is stupid and shows how petty people can be, simple if you dont enjoy the sheer beauty of scotland for what it is then dont bother coming we are better off without you.

    Comment by Geo — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 15:31

  443. Rhydian you were the true winner right from the very start. I’m stuck for words…

    Comment by Annette — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 15:43

  444. There are one too many nationalistic comments here. It was never about that, or at least I never thought so. Rhydian’s audition showed how far he has come too…from a rather cocky, overweight lad to a slender, striking and uncommonly talented man. As for the cuteness factor….did any of Leon’s supporters acually see Rhydian’s chest and bum? Wow factor!

    But joking aside, it is absolutely clear that Rhydian is an icon in the making. He knows he can sing, he was born to sing….that isn’t arrogance, but self belief.

    I think that the presenters of the show, the 12 finalists, and Leon himself knew that Rhydian should win. Their sickened smiles and false whoops of joy were easy to see through. It was like watching a train crash in slow motion.

    Above all, Rhydian showed himself as a professional right to the end, even through his (DISCREET!) tears. A man of grace, of wonderful talent, of a future in the music business that will outlast the X Factor and all its wannabee mentality.

    I do wonder if Lord Lloyd Webber has signed Rhyd yet? :-)

    Comment by Maria Clarke — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 15:46

  445. What aload of rubbish last night, Leon winning it had to be a joke , hope he doesn’t get the xmas number 1 , and we all know what album he will bring out next “SWING” that has been done last year by Ray Quin.

    And as for Leon has got a voice and can develop it, what into?

    All thats left to say is see if he is still around in a Years Time.

    Comment by Jon — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 15:51

  446. Comment (2)

    Well Maybe If You kept on TRYING To Get Thorugh Like EVERYONE Who Supported LEON Did You could Of Had A Winner!

    You Gave Up Too Soon!!

    Comment by Leonna — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 15:52

  447. Disgusted with x facor!!

    tried to vote several times from Dublin for the real winner Rhydian!!!couldnt get through complete scam, he was too good for the show, wont be watching it again. isnt it a TALENT competion????? the judges knew who had one beforehand, it was written all over their faces! Leon wasnt even as good as Ray last year!!! again the public have voted for another one trick pony.
    no one will even remember Leons name next year.
    Dani was completely biased sending Kylie on stage with him, probably because leon could never hav ‘entertained’ without her!!!!

    Comment by Pam — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 16:16

  448. The result was a complete farce, Leon sang out of tune two weeks running and looked like he was running on the spot and not dancing. Rhydian is far superior in talent, looks and self control, you never saw him crying or telling a sob story. Time will tell who the real star is, Rhydian will be snapped up and Leon will fizz to a damp squib.

    Comment by Barbara — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 16:17


    i’m indifferent to the winner, however just get over yourselves.
    Rhydian’s not sobbing into a pillow. He’s taken the fall like a man but has hundreds of little people whinging like petty idiots on a website.

    You’re all extremely sad.
    And some of the comments posted are a disgrace. You should be ashamed of yourselves.

    Leon won. More people liked him.

    Comment by Julia Fernando — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 16:20

  450. Leon constantly sang like he was scared to death and had a shakey voice, Rhydian sang like a star from day one, I was so shocked that their was even any contest between the 2 of them and then when he won- it showed that the X factor have got it totally wrong, they have not found a star but let one go…..
    Rhydian you are the star!

    Comment by Nicola — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 16:21

  451. A total travesty and a completely undeserved win for Leon. Will the Scottish ever stop runing these competitions with their voiting for anyone who’s Scottish regardless of talent? Michelle McManus killed Pop Idol and her career bombed after the first single. I can’t see Leon doing much better. Leon’s performances throughout the competition have run the spectrum from dire to OK and Rhydian’s have all been exceptional. Leon’s signing is barely competent at best and he has a personlity like a damp flannel and his endless sob stories were nauseating. My dad left too but I don;t use it as a reason to emotionally blackmail people all the time about my “humble” background with my mum. Life’s not perfect but there’s always a lot of people a lot worse off than you - shut up about it. At lest Rhyd won’t have to release that awful winners song and its obvious his career will leave Leon’s in the shade longterm. I’ve noticed on all the boards its mainly the Scottish who are supporting him - most of the rest of the UK think a real injustice has been done. Come on the backlash!!

    Comment by Matt — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 16:22

  452. Oh, to Mediator. I’m not Welsh, I’m English. Take it you’re Scottish though no doubt.

    Comment by Matt — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 16:25

  453. I thought I was hearing something else to everyone when they kept praising Leon… who can’t sing, can’t dance, can’t speak coherently… I can’t believe he wasn’t the first one voted off. Rhydian was superb, a beautiful quality to his voice, and able to cover a wide range of songs. Just like X-Factor 1 when non-entity Steve Bernstein beat G4, this show has to be rigged.

    Comment by Lucy G — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 16:26

  454. myself my husband my 90 yr old grandmother and 23 year old daughter all loved the riddler. he crossed generations. we all got goose bumps when he sang.

    what a travisty that that bandy little whimp with no talent managed to win. what a joke! he had exactly 16 minutes more voting time than rid how can that be fair? it was not. cowell knew with his comments that lion had won. they should be prosecuted for rigging it. no way was that fair. if you open the phone lines show both contestents numbers. you had half an hour to vote for the out of tune bandy nothing and 14 minutes to vote for one of the most beautiful singers i have ever heard. discusting!!!!!!!!

    Comment by lizzie — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 16:29

  455. Rhydian I was gutted by last nights results. You have been the true star of the show from day one. Can’t wait for your cd to come out cause that will be No 1 unlike Leon’s who will be lucky to get into the top 20. Don’t ever think you are the losser because in the majority of people’s eyes there was no doubt you were the true winner.

    Comment by chrisvale — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 16:32

  456. very disappointed, Rhydian should have won, comments from judges and the sight of Danni wretching in the auditions were bound to affect how people voted. Sharon made it so obvious that she disliked Rhydian. Pathetic!!!! but well done Rhydian for showing so much dignity and not blubbering.

    Comment by TERESA — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 16:35

  457. it’s a complete waste of time real talent always loses because of all the little slappers who vote for looks over talent, leon was out of tune on first two songs, and a weak performance on 3rd, rhydian should be the winner, won;t be wasting my time watching next year, ps kylie lood like a 2 dollar hooker!

    Comment by nick (swansea — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 16:43

  458. Heres a thought for the consipracy theorists out there. Did anyone notice the 5 minute break between the last 2 performances after we heard there was 1% difference between the top 2 acts?

    Seems to me that both acts would have got a rush of votes after their last performance and im fairly sure
    1-10% of all the votes were cast in that rush. Difference is that leon had that break to get 1-2% ahead of rhydian and maybe he never pulled it back? does any1 think they seemed to rush to the result after rhydians best bits?

    Think leon had the potential to win it though, i think he deserved it as much as Rhydian in the end and since rhydian WILL be a super star who cares?

    Comment by Stephen — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 16:51

  459. As an ex-professional singer I have to say: “What a joke!” Leon is okay as a singer but I cannot see him making it as a professional. His voice is average and his singing (a different skill to just having a voice) is below average. This competition has gone the way of the Eurovision Song Contest. The Riddler will go on being a professional. I’m not sure he’ll make it to superstar status because he simply is not exceptional enough in his own field (Il Divo?). However, he obviously deserved to win, and was in a different league to Leon. Finally, I must say that Leona Lewis was an incredible singer and the first contestant I had heard in these sort of competitions that was truly of professional standard.


    Comment by Tom — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 16:56

  460. I am still in shock, how could Rhydian not have won!!! Certainly has a lot to do with the fact the voting lines re-opened at the wrong time. It should not have reopened until both had the opportunity to sing the last song.
    I think there should be an enquiry. They were not on even playing fields!!!

    Comment by Dawn — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 16:58

  461. “i think leon is so amazing and so fit !!
    he is just the cutiest and he so deserved to win”

    might sum up why leon won. lots of young girls voting for him because they think he’s “fit”. and also the whole scottish pride thing. and his weeping about mummy at every opportunity.

    rhydian was robbed.

    Comment by kris — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 17:03

  462. May i remind you that the show is called X -Factor NOT PopIdol or “The more i cry the better i come across”?

    or “Maybe i will be a superstar in ten years time”???

    and we all know who had the X factor and that means charisma, great voice, stage presence etc..
    and i am afraid that is and will be Rhydian!!!!

    Get a record out ,mate and you will see who the real winner is!!!

    oh and Simon, i think you dont have to do a show next year.. pple are too pissed off to tune in! I rather sit on the sofa and have Rhydders Cd playing..then waste my time with having to watch that crap again!

    Comment by Mimi — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 17:04

  463. Congratulations to Leon from Neil. I watched his performance Rydian done well Leon good on yer mate made Scotland Proud and to to his family and friends espcially Wendy I will celebrating his succcess with a litre of Bells Whiskey WELL DONE MATE

    Comment by Neil — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 17:09

  464. If Rhydian released a CD tomorrow, I, my husband and my children would be the first in the queue to buy it. Rhydian has a true talent, I think they had to be careful who he dueted with, he would have outsung the majority of stars. Leon should have gone in the first couple of weeks! He did nothing but cry and shame on the judges for milking the situation. The only judge I think who gave Rhydian any positive feedback was Simon (I think he realised his true talent).

    Danni’s positive comments were all for Leon, Rhydian received no positive comments from her last night at all. Same difference should have got through, at least they made us smile; Leon just made us want to cry!

    I think the phone voting should be changed. There is absolutely no way of truely monitoring how many people phoned in and the word ‘fixed’ springs to mind.

    We were appalled when Leon won (nice lad, no talent) and we will not be watching the x-factor next year.

    Comment by J Brooks — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 17:11

  465. I have to say that x factor has gone barking mad, throughout the early part of the competion Simon Cowell slated Leon, none of the judges held much esteem for his talent, i do believe in one programme he was in the bottom two sing off, he came back as the judges began to say on the outside and gaining momentum, right from the start i said that leon could not sing, dance or perform apart from crying, yet he managed to pass all the great talent , Beverly, Nikki, Same difference and then took the win from the real winner Rhydian, each time he was called to come back the next week i cringed, i also noticed how after terrible performances he was still retained to the next week right away up until the final, by the way in which he had been kept in the competion each week i knew he was going to win it then, it just stunk of a fix, the judges must think we are all so stupid and thick, wrong, its the judges who are stupid and thick, well Mr Cowell and company you have shot yourself in the foot, leon, YOU CANNOT SING, DANCE OR SHOW ANY TALENT WHATSOEVER, Rhydian, you were dealt a below the belt body blow by those you put your trust in, the Judges, phone in votes should now be stopped, let the judges work in the future, we want talent, not has beens before they have got started, X Factor has just lost its Xfactor,.

    Comment by Ray Pratt — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 17:17

  466. Can’t wait to go and see Rhydian in concert. He is the real winner. Would love to go out and buy his album today. Also had problems voting from Ireland….

    Comment by Caitriona — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 17:25

  467. All this worries me as to whether it is really a fix. im going to audition for next year’s. I voted twice for Rhydian and got through straight away, which surprised me as i thought it would take ages like it usually does, to vote. I also agree as to why the line ‘he’s revolting’, as said by sharon, was showed in Rhydian’s best clips?????

    Comment by Sabrina — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 17:40

  468. Shut up Beth! Whats this nonsense of favouring someone cos of good looks and apeal? Why did so many Welsh voters not get through the other end of the fone lines? and for whoevere said he had tried only 5 times before he got through to vote for Leon from scotland, others tried 20 to 50 times from Wales for up to an hour and the lines were still engaged! How do you explain that? why was there no alternative version to vote other than calling? At least Texts? Yes Leon can sing, but Rhydian deserved to win. Well, Good luck to Leon!!!!!!! Hope he survives out there!

    Comment by lunmsy — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 17:44

  469. What an absolutely disgraceful scam. Rhydian was brilliant and was head and shoulders better than Leon who shouldnt have got anywhere near the final. Clearly the judges comments gave away the fact it was fixed, there should be an investegation into this. Also I coulnt believe Dannii’s comments a few weeks ago calling Niki out of tune !! Helllllo !! Leon was constantly woefully out of tune.
    Dont buy the single - I’ll even buy Cliff’s record this year !.

    Comment by Neil — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 18:04

  470. Comment (462) Mimi

    Sorry But Leon Is The WINNER! not Rhydian
    Yes Rhdian Has A Good Voice
    But Leon Suited The Songs Better!
    And If You DO COme From England It Shows The English Are BAD LOSERS!

    (Can Someone Not Cry On T.v Without Getting Blamed To Be Pretending!!!!???)

    Comment by Leonna — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 18:05

  471. anybody can tell me where I can get Rhydian’s album? I want to buy his album this week. He’s a real singer and artist.

    Comment by a foreigner — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 18:19

  472. Will everybody please stop complaining !!!!! It is only a competition and not the end of the world. And like in every competition there are winners and loosers. To my mind the three finalists possess their own styles and have different qualities, and therefore deserve the best. Just because you do not fit in a particular mould does not mean you have to be put down all the time. And if they are meant to pursue a musical career, I wish them all the best. Good luck to the three of you!!!xx

    Comment by florence — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 18:26

  473. Sorry but I find most of the comments on here totally racist and bitter; all finalists were brilliant for one reason or another and the fact that they all came from different parts of what makes up the British Isles should have nothing to do with the result; after all, if what is said stacks up, remember that Scotland has only a tenth of the population of England so would that not mean that Same Difference should have won?

    For the record, I am English, I live in Scotland and have some Welsh blood and thought Rhydian was incredible . It is wrong to assume that everyone in “sad Scotland” rung all night to vote for Leon; conversely, we could say, the “sad English spent all night ringing for Same Difference” or the “sad Welsh”,, how racist. Not one of the finalists was a loser in any way shape or form and hardly anyone posting negative comments would have the guts to get up and do what these guys did but there could only be one winner and that was Leon chosen by the public of the UK. Should we not be sending our congratulations to him? If he was that bad, why did he win?

    I personally wish all the contestants the very best..

    Comment by Anne — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 18:28

  474. Absolutely ridiculous that Leon won. Do people not understand it’s a TALENT contest? Rhydian is really something-his voice is incredible. Words cannot describe, so I shant try. Leon is just another second-rate nothing. He sang one good note through the whole series (in ‘when you believe’) whereas Rhydian sang each and every note perfectly. Really wanted to buy the single-but can’t now. Might start the cats whining.

    Obviously a fix.

    Rhydian will be a superstar. I am sure of it.

    Leon will cry and miss his mother when he realised that it is hard work and he can’t sing.

    Comment by Lu — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 18:39

  475. Rhydian is gorgeous! Very sexy.
    Leon=nice lad
    One problem:
    Poor Rhydian-what must he have though when they read Leon’s name out.
    Rhydian is AMAZING. He makes me shiver each time he sings. Can’t wait to buy his first album and see him in concert.
    O, p.s If Leon is ‘fit’ i’m santa. And believe me, i’m no Santa Claus.

    Comment by Rebecca — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 18:44

  476. Rhydian’s voice is mesmerising and so gorgeous too! Can’t believe Leon won. I thought it was supposed to be a talent show?!? Well, won’t be watching X Factor next year.
    Leon is, unfortunately for us, in our world.

    Comment by Isabelle — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 18:47

  477. Like so many others I don’t believe the result was right. Whatever personal opinions are on style the simple fact is that Leon never sang a song all the way through in tune and if he can’t do that what’s the point of giving him a recording contract. We are not single buyers but would have bought Rhydians version - not Leon’s it was terrible, made me cringe.

    One thing that concerns me though is the complete about face of the judges, they were so cool towards Rhydian after his final performance, after telling him time and time again before then he would win. Seems to say something doesn’t it?

    Also, the voting probably wasn’t rigged, after all the fuss recently doubt it could be, but if the evidence of people here who simply couldn’t get through to vote for Rhydian is the be believed the system was unable to cope with the timing and volume and therefore the result was unfair. The compare (so forgetable I don’t know his name) told us it was close so what we really saw wasn’t a true reflection of opinion but the number of votes that the system managed to count. That is what needs to be investigated. After all the prize is seriously valuable so the contestants deserve fairness.

    I challenge the X-factor to publish the voting stats.

    Anyway, we won’t watch the show again, the whole thing got on our nerves this year, the judges bickering, the sob stories, the success of the talentless over the talented because they were ‘cuter’. Watched it through for Bev, Nicki and then Rhydian. Never agin. Bye Bye Xfactor.
    BTW did anyone else think it was absolutely disgusting to take the p**s out of those dreadful ‘auditionees’ by letting them sing again, looking at their faces some of the poor souls really thought they were there for their talent.

    Comment by Margaret — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 18:52

  478. I wont be watching X factor….I was going to make atleast 5 phone calls for Rhydian but couldnt make even one.

    leon has not won by X factor but because of Luck factor. The votes for Rhydian just didnt go through.

    Me and my family are from India and we havent followed western music closely for most of our life. But since we started watching X factor , in every episode of the finals , Rhydian’s song choice , music and vocals impressed and entertained us….That’s what is the X factor…..

    Shame on the technology implementations of ITV which has costed selection of the right X factor winner.

    Comment by Sandy — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 18:52

  479. Gutted!! Feel totally let down!! I was at a Xmas party & counld’t get thru to vote for Rhyd on my Mob. My freind tried about 20 times to get thru on a land line to wait for Rhyd & couldnt get thru either. Total fix! Leon can’t even sing in tune! How the hell can Rhydian go on second to last on the X-Factor tour, it’ll be emabaressing! and when did it become the Kylie show anyway! Don’t buy the X-Factor singe!!!!!!

    Comment by Diane Williamss — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 18:53

  480. I am glad that Leon won it cause he was good but I was wanting either Leon are Same Difference.

    Comment by Joanne O'Loan — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 18:54

  481. To 437 I think you need to get some help with your hearing come now lady GET A GRIP! Look at the comments I think something must be fixed somewhere do ya think!

    Comment by Debbie — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 19:06

  482. After all of this I suppose we should thank the X Factor for bringing Rhyddian to our attention!

    Am not a happy bunny at all re the result but there is a glimmer of hope in that Rhyddian MUST get a contract with someone!

    My wife has e-mailed Andrew Lloyd Webber’s company to ask him to ’save us’ and employ him. To be honest I think that Sir Andrew has already clapped his hands and got Rhyddian’s number …. perhaps he was the one who voted for Leon a thousand times!(ha ha )

    Off to Utube ………. Somewhere ……..

    Comment by Mick — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 19:10

  483. RHYDIAN!! The REAL winner! Just realised that the wimpy leon(a)like was also asked to produce a 2008 Calendar - it will last longer than he does (as a singer.)

    Comment by Bizzi Jones — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 19:20

  484. oh my god. seriously, some o u guys really need ti get a lyf! jus accept dat d best person won n stop bein sore losers. if ya hink its aw bin set up den mebe u shld go n complain ti fone companies about it, n d little faggot who sed it was scotlands fault makes dem a selfish person cos aw dey care bout is creatin wars n feuds between our nation. its seriously pathetic!

    Comment by rachel — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 19:22

  485. Well at least I did my part got through 5 time to vote and by the look of it having read some of the comments about voters not gettin through it was just as well I did,although it didn’t work Leon still went on to win,what a farce Rydia you were great last night,can’t wait for your first CD to be released

    Comment by Andy Wildman — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 19:45

  486. FIX.FIX.FIX.Say no more!Rhydian has talent he WILL go far I felt the judges ,producers etc let him down badly at the last hurdle.As for showing the video clips with Sharons comments and Danni’s gesture shame on you all!!!!!!!
    You will have the last laugh Rhydian you will become a superstar.
    I will never watch it again or waste any phonecalls on ANY competitions ever again.
    Pob Lwc Rhydian !Hold your head up high .Wales has produced numerous talented singers and your name will be added to the list with Aled Jones,Bryn Terfel etc

    Comment by Rhian Jones — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 20:08

  487. You are that is called Headrush, you are mad to say that Leon nailed the christmas no. 1 and Rhydian did not. Both sang their songs well, and Rhydian’s was smoother and more pleasant to listen to. Period.

    Comment by lunmsy — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 20:14

  488. Britain’s Got Talent? Yes, it has but inevitably be ignored when it comes to partisan voting which places nationalistic fervour over real talent.

    My daughter is 13 years of age, likes hip hop and dance music but even she has the intelligence to see beyond cute looks and puppy dog eyes to recognise the real star of x-factor- Rhydian. So it’s no good Leon supporters dismissing Rhydian supporters as old and not with it. It all comes down to basic intelligence and taste. Half of the pro-Leon supporters on this site cite him as “fit” or “cute”, can barely spell and use childish taunts of sour grapes despite that there is a genuine outcry of disgust at last evenings farce where the shows producer Mr. Simon Cowell clearly knew the result and made sure we knew it and mebers of the panel suspiciously patted Leons head with prasie despite his mediocre talent. If he was ginger, fat and spotty would his “talent” shine through. No it wouldn’t.Because he hasn’t got any. He is likeable, personable, enjoys singing and has done well to make a lot of a little, but is not a winner of this talent show in my eyes.
    I won’t be happy until there is an investigation into the voting on this final and the results made public.
    Why there would be a fix, I do not know, but I guess that the young impressionable and hungry for fame Leon would be more pliable for record producers and the Cowell management, guaranteeing them bucks with an album, magazine deals and TV shows. Cynical, but true! Rhydian, however is his own man and in charge of his game. For him, the X Factor has given him the springboard he needed and he will never look back. Leon, however- two words spring to mind- Gareth Gates.

    Comment by rachael — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 20:15

  489. A truly terrible result. Rhydian was by far the better singer of the two. I fear this travesty will do serious damage to the X Factor brand (how many people above are saying they will no longer watch it) and further dent the public’s faith in TV phone voting.

    If there is a next series they should reveal how many votes each contestant got (if not on the show then on the website afterwards). Also ditch this business of announcing the results in “no particular order”. Be open about who got what votes.

    I predict Rhyd will go on to a bright career while Leon will sink without trace.

    Comment by Steve — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 20:59

  490. I also tried all night to vote 4 Rydian an couldnt get through thats the reason he didnt win an there should be a repeat cos they deffo got the wrong winner cos you need to be able to sing well an consistently
    Rydian will find his way!!

    Comment by sue maule-farrell — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 21:06

  491. gonna stop dissin Scotland
    Its much betta than yar wales
    Am sooooooooo glad tht Leon won
    Rhydian did not deserve to win
    thts y he didnt
    Leon will go awl thu way
    so why dont yhoo shut up Lunmsy!!!!!!

    Leon i knew yhoo would win!

    Comment by Susan — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 21:08

  492. I would like to know how someone who sings constant tly out of tune and is a nervous wreck !!!wins the X factor….Rhydian was truely fantastic what a singer and performer, he could have his own programme on a Saturday night and draw in millions….I truely beelieve it! X factor you should be ashamed…its a disgrace!!!

    Comment by Helen — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 21:14

  493. X factor is turning into the Eurovision song contest no singer with talent will want to enter after last night.
    Rhydian is better off out of it! I expect he will get a no 1 before bland Leon. I won’t be buying this ‘winner’’s DC for the children!!

    Comment by Steve Glasgow — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 21:32

  494. Interesting to note how many posters say that leon desrved to win because he is ‘cuter’ or looks ‘hotter’, thus showing why the music business in this country is bankrupt and has no substance.
    In the cold light of day, having initially thought that it was a travesty that Rhydian did not win, I am now more than happy. Why?

    1. He will not be associated with that crap Xmas single.
    2. He can decide what he wants to do and who he wants to sign for, rather than having to sign for Cowell.

    and finally

    3. The thought that Cowell must have spent all last night thinking about Leon whilst the words “I have to spend a million on HIM??” continually revolved around his head.

    Next year can I formally announce I intend to enter the competition having
    1. changesd my name to Leo as it is a natural progression
    2. ensured that at least one of my parents are dead
    3. made my living parent proud of everything I have done, even if none of it is an achievement
    4. practiced crying at every opportunity
    Thankfully the ability to properly hit more than one in three notes is no bar to victory.

    Comment by hammy — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 21:35

  495. Omg guys stop putting it down for rhydian not winning cause of phone votes i voted for leon like 5 times and it took me a while to get through have you lot ever thought it might have been cause alot of people were voting but i guess just not enough it was only 1% in it dermout said so get over it.

    Leon will do something with this unlike rhydian he would have realeased that record and gone straight to Andrew lolad Webber and go to the westend

    How could you say it was a fix it wasn’t if you remember Louis said to turn down the call to andrew so why would he say that if he didn’t think he would win

    In the end it came down to votes and leon won he has the whole package he will make singles just like shanye ward.

    So leave Leon Alone And get a LIFE stop putting it down to things whichs its not!!!!!!!!

    Comment by BabyLozy — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 21:38

  496. What a load of rubbish, leon should never have won. I and so many other people tried to get through on the phones to vote for rhydian, continually engaged.
    These high paid bosses need to sort this out quick, considering all the problems with phone line voting this year. What a fix and a travesity

    Comment by rogers — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 21:43

  497. If TALENT and star quality counted for anything then Rhydian should have won the x-factor hands down - instead I fear the contest has been decided by those who are more fiercely partisan than those who were voting on the basis of merit. That said - Rhydian will become an international singing star whilst Leon will be lucky to get even a flash in the pan. If I was also being partisan I would have voted for Same Difference - but when a talent comes long like Rhydians it would be a moral crime NOT to give him the vote - even Simon Cowell strongly hinted that Rhydian was the best act on the night despite his backing the rival Same Difference.

    Comment by Philip Lewis — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 21:54

  498. Hey - whatever we might think about X-Factor rigging, phone lines not working, Leon singing off key etc. Let’s not forget that Leon might be reading all this and it’s cruel. I also thought Rhydian should have won, and I also thought it was a foregone conclusion that he would, and I also am in shock !
    But - let’s at least wish Leon good luck, with good grace, and thank him for his part in the show. You know I think that’s what Rhydian would have wanted us to do. Caz.

    Comment by CAZ — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 21:55

  499. Well I wont ever be going to see Leon in concert, however, different story for Rhydian.

    Comment by Mal — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 21:57

  500. I think Leon has a fabulous voice and as he gets older and more experienced and less nervous the tuning is bound to improve. He is very young and I hope they look after him! Rhydian has a lovely voice too and I am sure he will do well in the future. Well done Leon - just keep your feet on the ground and work hard.

    Comment by Elinor — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 22:04

  501. Okay, so Leon won.. he’ll do sing his version of mariah carey/whitney houston song. But thats it, i really can’t see him doing much else. He’s good looking but so is Justin Timberlake. Alot of people wanted Same Difference as Winners, and Rhydian. I belive Rhydian should have won, he has the X-factor.
    He sings outstanding songs with amazing confidence and just because he don’t cry and tell us all how much he is doing it for his family.

    that makes him up his own arse, erm i don’t think so, tbh if you buy the puppy dog act your pathetic.
    I’ve been told the show was rigged and phoning in for rhydian was impossible, yet you could ring in for leon?

    so how did Leon win, becuase his lines should have been like that. If ITV did fix it, its pointless.. he won’t go anywere.


    Comment by Nicole — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 22:22

  502. I’m surprised that so many people like Rhydian and his opera style of singing. You would think that the whole of the Uk sits and listens to opera!! I somehow don’t think so. I know people are all swept up in the hype of X factor and Rhydian..but if we get real, how many of you really listen to and prefer opera music?? I think Rhydian is a good opera style of singer..very suited for Andrew Loyd Webber…or to sing on Disney feature lenght cartoons. He’s be perfect. But He’s not your typical chart or radio singer. He’s not the guy you see on MTV or simlar music channels. Thats probably why Leon won. Good luck to both of them…they’re good in their own ways. However Leon was right to win. Well done. Rhydian should enter an Opera contest or something. He’ll do well I’m sure.

    Comment by John — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 22:25

  503. 1. Leon Should Of Gone In The First Few Weeks How The Hell Did He Stay In?!?!?!? His First Eva Perfomance Was Absaloute Rubbish Compared To Rhydians….And Everyone Else’s Really..And His Perfomances Carried On To Be One Of The Worst Throughout The Competition, And Yet Rhydian Never Had One Bad Word Said About Him..And Sang In Tune Through The Whole Show… Leon Cant Even Sing That Well

    2. I Fell To Sleep During His Performances …He Showed No Personality Whatsoever…Dull…Boring, Couldnt Sing Half The Notes In Tune, And Loooked Absaloutley Terrified …Obviously Not Ready For Famee!!

    3. Sob Story…Crying…Stupid Teenage Girls Drooling Over His Apperant Cuteness = Votes …How Stupid…Thats Not Talent. Rhydian Had The Most Amazing Voice, He Gave Me Goosebumps When He Sang, And The Some Of His Performances Were So Interesting And Entertaining…Even The Quirky Ones Like ‘Lets Get This Party Started’ Were Great To Watch!

    4. I Voted For Rhydian On The Final Night Once…Then Tried Again But Couldnt Get Through At All, I Must Of Tried At Least 20 Times And Still Didnt Get Through, Jus Kept Saying ‘Network Busy Try Again Later You Wont Be Charged For This Call’ ..There Was My Votes Gone Out The Window…How Many Other Votes For Rhydian Were Thrown Away Because Of That Too???

    5. Its Stupid That The X Factor Decided To Bring The Nationality Of The Contestants In To It! Lets See…Scotland = Lots Of People…With Lots Of Pride, All Wanting One Of Their Own To Win, Even If The Guy Has Hardly Any Talent Whatsoever. Wales = Not So Many People…Wanting Rhydian Win…Obviosly Nothing Wrong There Because Rhydian Was The True Winner!! So Well Done X Factor You Robbed Rhydian Of His Win Partly Because Of That

    6. Ive Saw Posts In A Forum Of Why People Voted For Leon…Some Said They Felt Sorry For Him…And That They Didn’t Even Like Him And Thought He Couldnt Sing But Still Voted For Him Because They Felt Sorry For Him!…Others Said They Voted For Him Because He Was ‘Hot’…And Yet They Continued To Say That He Cant Even Sing That Good And That They Wouldn’t Buy His Single…Is X Factor A Beauty Competition Or A SINGING Competition! If Its A Talent Competition…Then Rhydian Should Of Won And Leon Shouldn’t Have Been Let Passed The 2nd Or Third Week!!

    Im Not Even An Old 30 Year Old Something To Know That Rhydian Was The Best Talented In The Show And Should Of Won…Im 17…Every Girl In My Class At College Talk About How Cute Leon Is And How They Voted For Him Because ..’Woooaaah He Loooked So Damn HAWT Last Saturday I Could Just Eat Him Up And I Could Of Hugged Him When He Cried AWWWWW What A HOTTIE!!111!!! Leon To Win WOOP WOOP’ Its Kind Of Pathetic Really Seen Has How He Couldnt Sing Half The Notes In Tune.

    Well..After All That Id Like To Say..Good Luck Leon, Your Certainly Gunna Need It, Though I Dont Think It Will Help. I Hope Rhydian Releases A Song That Will Get To Number One Or Something So That The Real Winner Will Get Somewhere With His Career, Theres No Doubt He Will Though, He Is Amazing! Leon Will Be Forgotten And Gone Within A Few Months…(With Any Luck) And If Not Then God Save Us All From The Craaaapp He Will Produce!!!

    Comment by Kim — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 22:31

  504. Reference comment (465) sorry Ray but your surname just about sums you up!!!!!.

    Comment by David — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 22:59

  505. ITV have admitted that there was a problem with the phones but it seems that it was nothing to do with them or BT. It was Virgin Media. Strange then that the two largest population centres in Wales, Cardiff and Swansea are served by Virgin Media and in those two areas Virgin are the Phone company of choice. Of the 3 million or so people in Wales at least half are in those two areas.

    Funny that.

    Comment by Martyn — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 23:20

  506. You are a diamond Rhydian! Why are people threatened by greatness, why does just enough and mediocre win? Keep going Rhydian we haven’t seen the last of you. Have a good rest and enjoy the love of your family over the holidays as you will be very busy building your astounding career. I can’t wait to buy your cd.

    Comment by Canadian in UK — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 23:42

  507. Leon or should we call him Leona, pussy of a cry baby.
    This bloke is a comedian and was on the wrong show. The X factor has lost it and some were along the line has become a fix, probably due to money. What a shame, Rydian was by far the clear winner, superb talent and will no doubt succeed - Goood Luck Leon or is it Leona your gonna need it - PS Scotland do not compare Leon to Brave Heart, Brave Heart was a Man!

    Comment by andy — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 23:56

  508. i voted for leon 7 times as he was much better den rideon

    Comment by becky — Sunday, 16 December, 2007 @ 23:58

  509. What an absloute travesty! This jsut goes to show the whole x-factor is one big con from start to finish. Rhydian sings in tune the whole time unlike Leon who can`t hold a note at all.After all this is a SINGING competition not who looks the cutest.Power to Rhydian, he`ll be around a lot longer than Leon. Go Rhyd!!!

    Comment by Heather Phllips — Monday, 17 December, 2007 @ 00:17

  510. Rhydian will be the true winner in the end as he will sell more records and last longer than Leon could ever hope to do. Rhydian is my winner and cant wait for his CD to come out.

    Comment by Gemma — Monday, 17 December, 2007 @ 00:18

  511. Another telephone fix scandal from ITV?? How come that so many people could not get through when they tried to vote for Rhydian? It definitely looks all fixed. Rhydian should have won but I am sure he will have an international career faster than Leon… Rhydian, you are the BEST!!

    Comment by French Lily — Monday, 17 December, 2007 @ 00:47

  512. Leon is not even meant to be in the semi finals. how could a great star like Nikki be out instead of Same Difference and Leon. Thats totally ribbish. N the final song both Rhydian and Leon Sang, Rhydians was 100% better than leons.. i mean…x-factor is not a talent show. it doesnt produce any talent. its only a public likeness show. its all rubbish. all rubbish.

    Comment by Tosin — Monday, 17 December, 2007 @ 01:21

  513. The people contributing to this blog are probably not a scientifically representative sample of X-Factor viewers. However it is interesting to note that most of those in support of Rhydian are much better at stringing sentences together than those behind Leon. With a few exceptions, of course.

    I can’t believe that someone with such obvious talent as Rhydian has lost against someone who cannot sing in tune, is difficult for a non-Scot to understand and lacks charisma.

    Either it’s a fix or the public have appallingly poor taste. In either case, the X-Factor has lost all credibility. At least Rhydian doesn’t need Simon Cowell.

    Comment by David — Monday, 17 December, 2007 @ 02:16

  514. Hey you guys….I have really enjoyed all the comments here….thanks for giving me an entertaining Sunday.

    I like Leon, I really do. His Sinatra-esque singing really made me sit up…”Well, you don’t know me” was absolutely suited to his burgeoning style. However he is still awfully young and impressionable, as well as not being quite on the money with his voice. He can sing well in his comfort zone. If he was properly managed and went for voice training, he could one day be a seasoned performer. He does have potential.

    However good he was in parts, his votes were clearly gained through the sympathy angle and cuteness value. A couple of folks have mentioned Gareth Gates, and that was my thought too…Gareth has a pleasant voice and personality, but so many voted because of his bravery in overcoming his stutter. But….they recognised that Will Young was the real deal. Who is still around now?

    I don’t think anyone wants Leon to fade away but we recognise that his talent is only in the baby steps stage. To subject him now to the pressures of the money lords of the music business will be potentially destructive. The cynicism is really very hard to take on that one.

    Rhydian, thankfully, seems to have the innate wisdom that will allow him to refocus and remember that a competition that is arguably a bit biased towards the mainstream pap that passes for music is not for him.

    Week after week, Simon Cowell and Louis Walsh have repeatedly said that Rhyd is world class and that he would win. It was starkly notable then, that their final comments to him were so weak and unencouraging….”whatever happens, you have a career” sort of thing.

    If this blog is read by any of the producers, then they must take note. We are a trusting nation (yes, all of us, borders make no difference) but this exercise in cynicism will have repercussions. It is not a question of sour grapes at all. I think that most of the final 12 have a chance of a good career. But there was one clear star, head and shoulders above the others…and that is Rhydian.

    Not just for his talent, which is immense, and there is obviously more to come - but for the fact that he represents the best of us…not the dumbing down of the pop trash that we are told is what people want.

    Good luck Leon, but I think your young dreams will be taken over to an extent you might never have imagined, and that makes me sad.

    Rhydian…if you ever read in here, then believe that there is nothing holding you back now. We don’t want to lose you to Broadway, but you do belong to the world now. Good luck….and show us your chest again!!

    Comment by Maria Clarke — Monday, 17 December, 2007 @ 02:18

  515. I had never watched The X Factor before this series, because I never believed such populist nonsense could ever discover anyone truly special. But Rhydian was that exception. His voice makes me shivver and I would do anything to see him perform live some day, very soon I hope!!! Leon cries for mama too much and can’t hit any interesting notes. Sounds like ITV made a hash out of the phone voting too, so at least Rhydian can comfort himself that he probably actually won.

    Comment by Victoria — Monday, 17 December, 2007 @ 02:36

  516. To all RHYDIAN fans……………you are pathetic.Why don’t you listen to and watch the man himself.Rhydian is a gentleman but i think he would be disgusted to see such terrible comments about one of his fellow finalists.Rhydian just takes it on the chin.He said “some things in life are just meant to be”.The blog is for bleating Rhydian fans going on about how Rhydian should have won…..Grow up and start acting like adults!!! Just because your favourite doesn’t win is no reason to destroy the feelings of another.You make me sick.

    Comment by David — Monday, 17 December, 2007 @ 02:53

  517. FIX!!!

    I’m still in shock that Rhydian didn’t win, he was FABULOUS. I think it’s one of the two following options:

    a) Andrew Lloyd Webber paid all of his staff and friends and colleagues to vote for Leon, and bribed some telephone operators at the x factor to suspend their services for Rhydian. All so that he can now offer Rhydian a MEGA bucks contract. I bet Lloyd Webber is gagging to sign Rhydian, and would have been prepared to go to these lengths.

    b) An inside job on the x factor, designed to maximise their earnings - they make money from leon’s single at christmas, and then, when leon crashes and burns, they will also have signed up rhydian and can focus on his career. I assume there is nothing to stop rhydian from signing up with simon cowell’s record label now?

    Anyway, in either event, it leaves me with a bad taste in my mouth. Leon was rubbish. Simon Cowell has really gone down in my estimation - I thought he was honest and stood by what the public decided. He can’t possibly have missed the fact that leon sang out of tune??? or that rhydian’s voice was mesmorising??? Simon, I think you need to do some damage control, and tell us honestly what is going on here. or you will lose MANY viewers for next year. or certainly, you will lose many voters. The phone-line situation is a FARCE. Not good enough.

    Comment by James — Monday, 17 December, 2007 @ 05:49

  518. RYDIAN has always been the best I cannot believe that he did not win and I believe it was fixed. I hope someone signs him up and he brings out a christmas single cause I will buy it. He has the most amazing voice and can sing all types of music. I will pay to see him sing as he really is amazing.

    Comment by Nicola — Monday, 17 December, 2007 @ 08:16

  519. I despair. I hope Rhydian reads this blog (and all others) as they consistently say the same thing. No-brainer, he was awesome and it is a complete nonsense that he didn’t win.

    Comment by GM — Monday, 17 December, 2007 @ 08:23

  520. What a fix ! It must have been for the Totally Talentless Leon to have won. The real winner was Rhydian & he’ll prove this in the future when Leon sinks without trace like Steve & Michelle. Rhydian will go on to sell millions of records & I’ll be buying them. Sign him up someone as soon as possible. Graham Thomas.

    Comment by Graham Thomas — Monday, 17 December, 2007 @ 08:42

  521. There was less than 1% in it and from reading the comments, it sounds as though if the phone lines had been working Rhydian would have won.

    Leon probably wouldn’t have even been in the final if he wasn’t Scottish. He was really quite rubbish in some of the earlier shows and would have been booted out for sure had he not had a whole country behind him!

    Comment by Julie (England) — Monday, 17 December, 2007 @ 08:55

  522. After all the phone scams that have been going on just lately, the public have yet been duped again. So obviously a fix as Leon can’t sing. Why would ANOTHER young guy sing Swing, just like ray Quinn last year(which I thought was also VERY strange, that is not the genre I want to hear from someone so young. I’m not into opera either but RYDIAN WAS BY MILES THE BETTER SINGER. At least he showed he’s an all-rounder and sung other genres without making the into one genre all the time like Leon did. VERY DISSAPOINTED. Anyone who voted for Leon must be tone deaf. Rydian should have won hands down so it is clearly a fix. Leon should have gone instead of Nikki the other week.

    Comment by Purple — Monday, 17 December, 2007 @ 09:26

  523. I am so disappointed in the X-factor! I am a true X-Factor fan and have always supported the eventual winner from the start. After seeing Rhydian on the first show, there was no doubt in my mind he was the winner. Something went seriously wrong this year!

    Even before the show started, the signs were on the wall for Rhydian - The nationalistic propaganda was a sad way to end the show. X-Factor is supposed to be a British concept, a competition to find someone in Britain with real talent. This year’s show turned into a UK version of the Eurovision Song contest and we all know how much credibility that show has.

    Leon is not a bad singer, he has a lovely voice and I believe he will make a very good recording artist, I wish him good luck for his future. Rhydian on the other hand is in a different league… listening to him sing Phantom left me speechless!

    Rhydian, my advice to you is simple - listen to Andrew Lloyd Webber, if possible have him as your mentor, he will not let you down.


    Comment by Rachel — Monday, 17 December, 2007 @ 10:18

  524. It is very easy:

    If you believe this has been a fix and Rhydian should have wan because HE WAS THE BEST SINGER BY FAR of all the contestants just DON’T BUY OR DOWNLOAD any single from Leon…

    Nothing against him, just to show this Business that they’ve made a big mistake with the fix…

    Comment by Fernandino — Monday, 17 December, 2007 @ 11:20

  525. After being angry all over the weekend i decided this morning to go on the X Factor website. This was the first time I have ever watched this show and the sole reason was Rhydian. His voice was spectacular, like many other people it sent shivers down my spine and I could listen to him all night. Every week his performance was spot on unlike a lot of the others who delivered a lot of flat notes. I have nothing against Leon when he has a good day he doesnt do bad, however on Saturday night his performances were all flat and his duet with Kylie well no comment. He is young and I feel he needs a bit of time to mature and find his voice, plus like a lot of other people he seemed to cry a lot. Rhydian had no sob story, he came on every week and delivered a performance that was in nearly every ones eyes outstanding. On Saturday there was no competition Rhydian was the clear winner. I also felt that Danni was biased towards Leon and didnt really offer any support to Rhydian. I live in Yorkshire and also could not get through to vote for Rhydian until the last minute before lines closed. I also felt the judges were talking to Rhydian as though he had already lost and Rhydians face showed that. Never mind, I wont be buying the single by Leon but I would have bought Rhydians, someone has downloaded me all of Rhydians songs so I will be listening to them. I also agree that Rhydian should release ‘O Holy Night’ for christmas and I along with most of my family would buy it. I believe that someone will sign Rhydian and in a couple of months he will be releasing records, to let a voice like that disappear would be an outcry. I wish Leon all the best but in my eyes there was only one winner and that was Rhydian.

    Comment by Julie, Josh & Sammy — Monday, 17 December, 2007 @ 11:41

  526. I think people are deaf!! Come on guys, Rhydian and Leon singing, there is just no contest!! How on earth did that Leon win is beyond me!! As soon as I heard his name, I switched it off. Couldn’t believe what I was hearing!! I was brought up by my Mother who raised me all by herself in a council flat. Anyone want to give me a million pound contract????

    Comment by Jaimie — Monday, 17 December, 2007 @ 11:44

  527. It’s pretty obvious that Rydian’s obnoxious attitude at the start of the show is what lost him the votes. You need to have likeability as well. Everyone seems to be forgetting that. Rydian is clearly an opera singer not a pop singer. Look at G4 at their career? Leon won and good on him. The looks, the voice, and an amazing performer for a 18 year old. There is no way it is a fix (I know this for a fact) although I do know judges knew before us. The prozak twins are not even worth mentioning. and as for “Stupid Scotland” thats not very nice! Looks like someone has Rydian’s attitude……

    Comment by scott — Monday, 17 December, 2007 @ 12:07

  528. I could not get through to vote for Leon either!

    Comment by scott — Monday, 17 December, 2007 @ 12:10

  529. This is a travesty!!!! Leon did his best but let’s face it he had so many bum notes in his songs! Dannii unquestionally favoured him. People voted because her sister sang with him….who did she provide for Rhydian, an opera singer that half the country doesn’t know. Fix fix…did anyone else notice that at the final comments the judges were already talking as if Rhydian had lost. Watch it again!

    Comment by Judith Ward — Monday, 17 December, 2007 @ 13:00

  530. Cummon guys. When a record label invests £1mil+ do you not think they have their say? I agree with last post, At this point Simon realised SAME DIFFERENCE had gone to far, hence his comments that they were in the LEAD or “1-0″ as he termed it, he knows what he’s saying ITS TV FOR GOD SAKE!!! Very shrewed this sent Leon’s voters & supporters who hadn’t called scrambling for the phone lines. TO TOP IT OFF I WON’T MENTION THE COMMENTS MADE TO RYDIAN AS HAS BEEN MENTIONED AS WELL AS SIMON CALLING HIM “LEON”…..probably the show’s producer confirming that he had HIS result!!!

    Comment by Maxine — Monday, 17 December, 2007 @ 13:03

  531. The result was staggering, and totally unfair. Rhydian is world class, but Leon is mediocre. What went wrong?
    Would love to buy Rydians version of Holy night, but wont be buying Leon’s. He is young, experienced and in most cases out of tune.
    Kylie probably won him the competition, but Rhydian and Katherine Jenkins were fantastic. What a great disc they could make together.

    Comment by Anne and Bob; Yorkshire — Monday, 17 December, 2007 @ 13:04

  532. Leave little Leon alone! im disgusted with all these comments!

    great little singer! will do well.


    Comment by Stuart — Monday, 17 December, 2007 @ 13:23

  533. What with Rhydian singing last (and phone lines closing within a few minutes of his performance) it meant that Leon had the advantage of more time for viewers to vote after hearing his final song… Would have been fairer if Rhydian had sung immediately after Leon… It was as if the judges had already decided on Leon; their comments clearly indicated their preference for Leon to win. But let’s face it, Rhydian will go on to a bright future because he has got a brilliant voice and charisma (isn’t that the X Factor?) whereas Leon… er, who was Leon?

    Comment by christine — Monday, 17 December, 2007 @ 13:31

  534. Both guys are superbly talented, but Rhydian needs no help from anyone to make it. Leon needed this huge boost to his confidence to make the most of the wonderful talent which has emerged these last few weeks. He has humility and a huge heart and I am so proud of him.

    Comment by Diane — Monday, 17 December, 2007 @ 13:48

  535. Leon is a nobody like Gareth gates.
    Just got votes for being a nice white boy.
    he also crys like a wonker.

    Comment by Leo — Monday, 17 December, 2007 @ 14:03

  536. I simply cannot believe that Leon won the X Factor. He was totally rubbish in comparison to Rhydian. Rhyian had everything… charisma, he was professional, knew how to capture the audience and a true peformer. I cannot even believe that Leon made it through to the last few shows. He has no confidence, hsi voice is too flat, he cries too much and thinks that by saying that winning would help change his mum’s life for the better would win the hearts of the audience… yawn… come on guys…. he will be a one hit wonder…. Rhydian, you’re by far the best!

    Comment by Emma — Monday, 17 December, 2007 @ 14:05

  537. worst x factor of them all so far and who on earth told Katherine Jenkins she could sing, she totally destroyed a wonderfull song, no wonder Rydian lost out and as for the winner!!!! enough said. cant sing cant dance no talent

    Comment by Mac — Monday, 17 December, 2007 @ 15:17

  538. I phoned the number for Rhydian nearly 30 times before finally getting through. Many Rhodian supporters would not have been so persistent. The final was a fix developing into a competition between Scotland and Wales with the larger country winning and many Rhydian voters unable to register a vote. Rhydian is one of the finest singers in the world whereas I considered Leon the worst of the finalists.

    Comment by John — Monday, 17 December, 2007 @ 15:44

  539. It’s a shame really, I think Leon is an average/mediocre singer, he isn’t bad but he’s not absolutely fantastic either. I would have thought that Rhydian would have won because he does have a very good voice, but he’ll still be successful either way you look at it.

    It’s another shame hearing people putting it down to teenage girls voting for Leon because he is “fit” or the likes. I’m a 15-year-old girl myself and I always look for the talent in shows like these, not the looks. We aren’t all boy obsessed, you know.

    I’m curious as to how well Leon will do, though. I wish him luck, but it seems to be a trend that the runner ups do BETTER than the actual winners. Not always, but it’s happened in most cases.

    Comment by Luci — Monday, 17 December, 2007 @ 15:48

  540. What is the so-called entertainment industry of this sad excuse for a country coming to for Ridian to come runner up to the likes of Leon? Sorry, what little faith I had in the British public has been seriously smashed by the infinite stupidity of the results of this musical cattle market. there were far better acts who didn’t even make the last five!
    What the Heck is going on that can justify such a farse?

    Comment by Tony Frost — Monday, 17 December, 2007 @ 16:31

  541. hey didnt leon do well. I love him 2 pieces. Hes got talent and hes a professional. Go leon Go leon lol. lv yahhhhh . . ……

    Comment by joanne — Monday, 17 December, 2007 @ 16:41

  542. The vast majority of the comments on this site basically confirm that the outcome of this competition is absurd. In comparison to Rhydian, Leon is a poor singer and will be here today and gone tomorrow. Time will prove that this is the case and he should release a single at the same time as Leon when he will then prove who is the clear winner.

    Comment by Mike — Monday, 17 December, 2007 @ 16:55

  543. when Rhydian gonna has a concert? It will be fantastic to see him again on live concert…emm miss you Rhydian.

    and thank you very much for your beautiful voice and amzing performance. You make my life more cheerful and heppier when I hear your voice…really powerful and sincere.

    Comment by a foreigner — Monday, 17 December, 2007 @ 17:14

  544. Insufficient phone lines
    Rhydian allowed far less time for votes to be made
    Judges making no comments about Leon’s out of tune singing and over-complimenting him
    Judges being very hafl-hearted to Rhydian after his last fantastic performance
    Rhydian’s ‘highlights’ being the edited extracts that looked bad for him
    Leon’s highlights being all about his sob story
    Simon calling Rhydian ‘Leon’
    Driving the nationalistic fervour when the population of the one country is so much greater than the other

    They didn’t need a phone line fix like the others recently - it was thoroughly fixed in all the above ways.

    All very well telling people it’s up to them to vote but after this sort of a steer and set up how could the vote be fair.

    Definitely Fix-factor

    Comment by Theresa — Monday, 17 December, 2007 @ 17:17

  545. Leon should have been voted off 5/6 weeks ago by those so called judges when he showed on several occasions not up to it and was unable to sing. Its sad that ITV allow such a fast to continue and have the cheek to ask us to pay. Its a good thing this has happened as it will hopefully blowout next year or a least find some real judges.. Ryadian should have been top followed by Same difference on the final show. Blame the judges. Only one vote on the final not 2.

    Comment by Dave — Monday, 17 December, 2007 @ 17:33

  546. hmmm… i agree with alot of people saying that rhydian WAS a better singer, BUT on the other hand he did sing the same style all the time .. if it was a fix then surly cowell would have made SD win as it was his act.

    Leon has something that rhydian doesn’t….. he can sing in many different styles which appeal to people more than opra..leon is also young and seemed to be getting better every week, imagine what he will be like is a couple of years.

    EVERY1 who sayd he cant sing to save himslef. yes he had his moments when he was dire BUT that ws manly nerves look at the note in his single what 8 seconds? tht is brilliant and yes i know rhydian done the same but this surly proves that he can sing?

    Comment by ryan — Monday, 17 December, 2007 @ 17:50

  547. Well I phoned for Leon, and came across busy quite a few times, simply because so many people were voting for Leon. He’s a star. May the best singer win, and he won, got my votes every week. Theres the original singers in the charts, and lets face it, Rhydian was never going to make it, Opera doesnt reach the charts these days. Leon is the next Michael Buble; he’s great! Got such a personality, been watching his weekly blogs, there soo funny :). Well done Leon. You done Scotland proud, there was no one better to represent Scotland than you. My family in Ireland voted too, so it wasnt just for our country. It was for your voice. Cant wait too buy your single on Wednesday morning after my very last school exam. :D and Ive downloaded it on iTunes already! Love Lisa! xx

    Comment by Lisa! — Monday, 17 December, 2007 @ 18:03

  548. Just accept it! Leon is a great singer who has great potential for the future. The variety of songs he can sing and his capitive audience is much greater than Rhydian’s. Rhydian is good at operatic performance, but as evident from When You Believe he struggles to change into his style. We have got enough operatic performers!Not just Scotland but the BRITISH public thought Leon was a better performer and deserved to win. Trained singers such as Rhydian shouldn’t be allowed in such competitions! How nasty some of your comments are, get over it! WELL DONE LEON-YOU’LL GO ALL THE WAY! LEON 4 No1!!!

    Comment by ScotLad — Monday, 17 December, 2007 @ 18:21

  549. what a fucking joke leon cant sing he cant dance, he looks like a ponce what exactly did he do to win it, most of the great singers dont even get to see the judges hopefully everyone will realize that this x factor shit is ruining the christmas no 1 spot every year and severly damaging the music industry by not letting real talent come through without the help of t.v viewers, so if you truly do love music please dont buy the ”x factor” single after all its not the artists chart number its the t.v shows

    Comment by fraser — Monday, 17 December, 2007 @ 18:21

  550. Congratulations to Rhyddian and Same Difference the result could not have been better for them. They are both free to forge real careers.
    To have won would have confined them both for the next twelve months or so to the “winners” career carefully orchestrated by Mr Cowell and his company.
    they should be grateful that they can now get on and receive the respect and no doubt glowing futures that they deserve. rhyddian can be regarded seriously as a highly talented opera/contemporary singer and i am sure will have an amazing career on stage and recording. Same Difference I am sure will go on to great things entertaining people as they have done these past weeks.
    Whilst I agree the worst performer won - I am sure that in the cold light of day the “losers” will ultimately gain more than they could have done within the x factor family.

    Comment by Richard — Monday, 17 December, 2007 @ 18:21

  551. Something seriously wrong with the telephones - lines for Rhydian - either engaged or “disconnected”. At least Rhydian sang in tune - I don’t think we have heard the last of him - he will go on to be a true superstar.

    Comment by Mike D — Monday, 17 December, 2007 @ 18:32

  552. who reckons Dannii’s groping Simon under the table to get her way? It’s obvious she wanted Leon to win all the way. I mean, when she listened to him in Spain, he was awful. He has been nearly every week. And Rhydian supporters couldnt get through. Rhydian deserved it more than Leon, but not only that but, I phoned for SD six times but only two got through. After that I phoned for Rhydian twice but only one got through. And I live in ENGLAND! Its all a fix. Niki had way more talent than Leon and shouldnt have gone out last week.
    Plus, if you watched the Xtra Factor on Saturday, you would see that everyone who wanted Leon to win had said he was “fit”. My own gender has let me down; I have lost all faith in the female population if they believe somebody should win a TALENT competition than on looks alone.

    Comment by f — Monday, 17 December, 2007 @ 18:43

  553. “Little leon” will sink without trace - the sooner the better as my cat can sing in tune better!

    Comment by sam — Monday, 17 December, 2007 @ 18:54

  554. whoever said leon was good looking needs their eyes tested. HE CAN’T SING. Old Frank Sinatra will be turning in his grave to hear him compared to him “Get a life” he couldn’t lick Sinatra’s shoes

    Comment by Katy — Monday, 17 December, 2007 @ 18:57

  555. I think its terrible to read all the people saying how Scotland is bigger than Wales and that if Leon didn’t have Scotland behind him he wouldn’t have won- Absolute Rubbish! I suppose England had no vote then!- remember England has nearly 10x as many people as Scotland, if the majority had wanted Rhydian to win he would have. And I know for a fact many Scots voted for Rhydian. Grow up…its a talent contest not a contest of the nations!

    Comment by ScotLad — Monday, 17 December, 2007 @ 19:10

  556. Hey Rhydian’s releasing a single!! It’s called Made in Wales. You can get a sample off the x factor website i think

    Comment by Sam — Monday, 17 December, 2007 @ 19:20

  557. What a dissapointment!Leon has no star quality;no need for someone like him in the music industry!I will certainly not buy his records!!!As for Rhydian it is a real shame he didn’t win.He is talented and an amazing singer!I wish him good luck and all the best!I really hope he gets another chance to show these people what he is made of!Go Rhydian;you are worth a million pounds!!!

    Comment by marya — Monday, 17 December, 2007 @ 20:01

  558. As I stated before on other thread it should have been a Talent competition not a popularity competition which it resulted to due to england vs scotland vs wales, however i do feel it is unfair that everyone is saying leon was really really bad.. yes at the beggining he was but he was the most improved to be fair, there is no doubt about it Rhydian had the most talend with vocals and they far outweighd leons skills.
    I do believe rhydian should have won based on talent and vocal skills.
    And as many others who voted for Rhydian I also didnt get through and i was constantly on the phone since his phone lines opened.

    Comment by Sarah Penson — Monday, 17 December, 2007 @ 20:05

  559. I think it was disgusting that “mother of the year” could be so dreadfully offensive to a young man, by saying and demonstrating her feelings, against this very sweet young man. She’s lucky that Rhydian, with a Rhy, not a ry is not my son

    Comment by Alison — Tuesday, 18 December, 2007 @ 00:04

  560. Telephone problems aside, they ought to think about renaming the “X-Factor” to the “Cute Factor” as there was no other reason for Leon to get so many votes.

    Leon had no stage presence, sang inconsistently and at best was ‘ordinary’. Close your eyes during his performance and it could be any singer. (In fact, opening your eyes after he’s finished is likely to be difficult!!)

    The only thing he had in his favour is he gets young teenage girls all hot under the collar. That’s where the bulk of his votes came from. You only need to look at the majority of the people defending him on this blog to see they are all saying how cute he is or how they love him.

    It also frustrated me that Louis, EVERY TIME, mentioned England, Scotland or Wales when talking about the performances. This was a VERY sly way of skewing the voting in my opinion.

    This final has really left a sour feeling about the X-Factor. The voting system is NOT fair when it’s manipulated to make it a nationalistic vote or cuteness contest.

    Comment by Slartibartfast — Tuesday, 18 December, 2007 @ 00:08

  561. Hey, look, all complaints aside here now, sure, Leon wasn’t great, but have you actually heard the recorded single? It sounds pretty damn good…

    Comment by Bennett — Tuesday, 18 December, 2007 @ 11:21

  562. Sorry….is this an x factor blog or have i stumbled upon the Rhydian didn’t win ,sour grapes blog!!! Get a life losers .If he was good enough,he would have been snapped up years ago……….sad people ha ha ha ha

    Comment by David — Tuesday, 18 December, 2007 @ 11:47

  563. What a complete Farce that final was, Leon seems a really nice guy, but he did not have that certain wow factor, just a good sob story - whereas Rhydian was far and away in a different worldclass league with talent and captivated his audience totally.

    I was so disgusted I switched off before the end of the show, and will certainly not be bothering to watch this show again !

    Comment by Lisa — Tuesday, 18 December, 2007 @ 11:56

  564. there only gonna get him to see an old song like the do everytime people allways win on x factor trust me

    Comment by david — Tuesday, 18 December, 2007 @ 12:53

  565. what a travesty! It’s meant to be a talent comp! Leon’s record sounds second rate just dont get it

    Comment by Joel — Tuesday, 18 December, 2007 @ 13:06

  566. you guys are all losers didn’t you watch the final loen sung way better that what ever you call him
    he was born an winner and will be a winner
    gud luck loen you can make it

    Comment by amanda — Tuesday, 18 December, 2007 @ 14:53

  567. Rhydian fans should calm down and accept that Leon has won. From the beginning I found Rydian very creepy and never warmed to him. I quite like opera but some of his performances were very ’songs of praise’ others as ‘camp as christmas’. Leon’s progression as the weeks went by was obvious, he just got better and better. He also came across very sincere and yes a bit emotional. No big sob story like Nikki and her dad or some of the others. Just a nice young man that loves his mum. The only time Rhydian showed emotion was after it had sunk in that he had lost. As for it being fixed that’s just a OTT conspiracy theory. Although I wanted Leon to win I assumed that bookies favourite Rhydian would be the 2007 winner. It was a shock when the brilliant Dermot O’Leary said Leon’s name, the underdog had won. Some of the comments left by Rhydian fans are bizzare. That when Simon Cowell mistakenly said Leon instead of Rhydian it was some weird sign that he knew who was going to win. Very strange! Why can’t you be Rhydian fans without being nasty about Leon, show a bit of self respect. Fair enough you are disappointed by the result and wanted your favourite to win but lets get it in perspective here. Nobody died did they!

    Comment by sloh — Tuesday, 18 December, 2007 @ 15:10

  568. Rhydian was the most consistant through all the competition and the only one without a sob story.
    Leon is a nice lad, but that’s about all.
    How can hge be descrtibed as the next Michael Bubble.

    Should me Michael Leon Bubbler.

    Now more complaints on voting and phone lines.

    However, Rhydian will go on to better things.

    Comment by Gerry Woodgate — Tuesday, 18 December, 2007 @ 15:21

  569. I wanted Rhydian to win simply because he is incredibly talented, and deserved it.
    However, I’m not too upset that he lost. I was shocked, but in the long run, Rhydian is going to do so much better.
    Leon was very off key most weeks, and I think a lot of the acts in the final used sob stories and got sympathy votes but Rhydian didn’t do that, or cry, once during the x factor. That’s something I admire.
    I wish him all the luck in the world because his voice sends shivers down my spine and I think he’s incredible. I know a lot of people would buy Leons music over his, but thats all commercial and I know there are also a lot of people out there who appreciate the pure talent that people like Rhydian have.

    Comment by Tori — Tuesday, 18 December, 2007 @ 17:06

  570. Also, I have noticed that the majority of the people on ehre who actually thought Leon DID deserve to win have been using the reason:
    ‘he’s so fit’ or ‘he’s the cutest thing!’

    Is this HONESTLY what x factor is about to you people? Who’s the cutest, or fittest?

    Looks like talent isn’t as important as it used to be. As long as the guy’s cute, he should win. It makes me sick.

    Comment by Tori — Tuesday, 18 December, 2007 @ 17:18

  571. Rhydian; its simple Leon won fair and square; our very own Michael Buble and an undisputable winner. Go on grow up and get a life. All you did was exhaust you vocal chord throughout the competition, but unknowingly to you a superstar was in the making. You were too embroiled in your arrogance and you failed to notice Leon’s versatility in his choice of music.

    Max Clifford did say; to be a star you’ve to have the personality that goes with it…Rhydian you are so 2 faced and hypocritical by saying the result was fixed.What was all that about wishing Leon all the best in his career??? I was so impressed by Leon’s humilty throughout the competition; again this is one trait money can’t buy.

    Comment by timi — Tuesday, 18 December, 2007 @ 18:48

  572. i have said it before and i’ll say it again. rhydian should have won. however, i don’t think the votes were rigged , it’s just that the voting system is rubbish. why can’t they have voting all week,and then the results the night after the show as they do in strictly come dancing? then none of us could complain of not having time to vote. personally i think leon should stop singing michael buble style.. i hate it, and actually i think he sounds more like a young frank sintra at times (any of you here old enough to remember him?) which is a much better person to be compared to. also, whats with all the nationalistic crap? you don’t, if you have an ounce of brain vote for someone just because they come from the same country as you if they are rubbish (sorry s.d )i certainly don’t.i’m english and voted for rhydian every week. however leon won, i’m not happy, but i hope he does o.k. as he seems a nice enough lad.

    Comment by lorraine — Tuesday, 18 December, 2007 @ 18:49

  573. i am so happy leon won!

    leon has improved through out the competition where as rydian has not. He could have got somewhere without the x factor don’t get me wrong rydian can sing but he can only sing one type of music. Leon’s version of when you believe was far better then rydians as it is not in his type of music. And the fact that rydian is being a big baby about this and saying how he knows it was fixed and he has been set up makes me glad leon won even more. Leon has got talent..he is not a perfect singer but he has potential 2 improve this is reflected through out the competiton rydian however has not improved.

    leon is a star. is it not that the x factor is not just about who can sing it is also about who has potential and the star look aswel as this?

    it was not a fix. How do you think leon is feeling having to hear all this rubbish about he should not have one and how it was a fix and he is “talentless” he obviously has talent otherwise he would not have got so far.


    Comment by Shelley — Tuesday, 18 December, 2007 @ 19:02

  574. leon winning only goes to show how easily duped the british public are by a sentimental ‘emperor’s new clothes’ scenario … literally anyone with no talent for music CAN win the x factor.

    leon jackson has all the musical the charisma of a potato!

    Comment by brett peake — Tuesday, 18 December, 2007 @ 19:20

  575. Ref Shelley (573.) I agree with only one thing you say,’Leon isn’t a perfect singer’. The rest of it was pants…I love you Leon?…grow up…

    Comment by Holly — Tuesday, 18 December, 2007 @ 21:39

  576. this is silly, why is everyone moaning about leon winning? yes rhydian is an extremely good singer, but can u really picture him in top of the pops magazine like shayne or leona? why cant people just admit that both rhydian and leon have fans. on the night my brother voted for same difference and got thru 1st time, my dad voted for rhydian got thru 1st time and then when same difference were kicked off my brother voted for leon and again got thru 1st time. it obviously isn’t a fix, as before when steve won, simon cowell admitted the fix. now x-factor is being threatened with never happening again don’t you think he’d admit it himself again? im not saying rhydian can’t sing really really really well cos i’d be lying, but for gods sake give leon a bit of a chance! his version of ‘when you believe’ was great!
    they’ll both get far, but not by so called ‘fans’ dissin who you didn’t want to win n stuff. support the people you do like instead of slaggin the other person off!

    Comment by Gen — Tuesday, 18 December, 2007 @ 21:43

  577. oh and:

    A spokeswoman for Talkback thames who produce The X Factor said today;

    “Phone lines were monitored through-out the night and there were no issues on voting lines. We do get a huge surge of calls and, depending on phone operators, some callers may have experienced an engaged tone or busy network message and therefore may have to call back, but these calls should not be charged.”

    Comment by Gen — Tuesday, 18 December, 2007 @ 21:54

  578. Here i am once again to express my disappointment about the irregularity of thi show called XFactor! Leon? Who`s Leon? Now, i remember, is he not that kid that cried allthe time over his mum? Well, let`s get real,we don`t give a damn about his mum we want talent and he lacks big time!He`s not even cute and good loking, he also got a horrible and annoying accent! He can`t dance….do u want more… I appeal to all Rhydian`s fans, please DO NOT BUY ANY LEON`S CD IN THE FUTURE!I bet Rhydian will have more success than that silly scot!

    Comment by Emanuela — Tuesday, 18 December, 2007 @ 21:55

  579. Yip - agree - Leon has improved the most through the competition - he now sings 1 out of 4 notes in tune rather than none at all …..

    We’re English, got through to vote and still think it has been a fix ———-

    Strictly Come Dancing we’re back !

    What a farce - and if Simon Cowell is cross about the reaction — good –join the rest of us!!!!!

    Comment by Mick — Tuesday, 18 December, 2007 @ 22:00

  580. i think leon is cool and rhydian pushed it too far i liked leons voice from the start. i hope there is another just like leon

    Comment by adam — Tuesday, 18 December, 2007 @ 22:13

  581. People that say that Rhydian sings opera obviously don’t know what opera really is… what Rhydian has is a trained voice that has proper breath control, he sings in tune and his voice is beautiful. There is so much lousy singing around these days that some people don’t recognise excellent singing when they hear it. He should have won on the strength of his consistent performances. Furthermore, he was so badly treated by the x factor people… shameful so called highlights at the end, showing all the insults they spewed behind his back from the audition onward. Rhydian showed a lot of class. I won’t be watching any more of these so called phone-in competitions that are manipulated by those that have their own agendas and have a lot to gain by their machinations. I feel used… no more Fix Factor for me. Roll on Rhydian’s fabulous career… the one good thing out of all of this despite the disappointment of his not winning on Saturday.

    Comment by Canadian in UK — Tuesday, 18 December, 2007 @ 22:43

  582. David (562) I think you are the sad one. You obviously know nothing about the entertainment industry. Talent does not automatically mean you are going to be a success. It is more important to be in the right place at the right time. Going on X Factor has given Rhydian the opportunity to be noticed. He certainly has and now he has Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber and Simon Cowell fighting to sign him. Rhydian in all probability will soon be on Broadway and releasing albums which are massive hits. Some loser !!!!!!

    Comment by Peter — Tuesday, 18 December, 2007 @ 23:30

  583. i strongly believe that rhydian will be deeply embaressed by some of the comment’s i have read on here. Leon won because he is a singer who is aimed at the wider market , he is young very talented and will go a long way . I myself love opera but i strongly believe Katherine Jenkins blew Rhydians chances by singing over him , she ruined his performance i strongly believe that. and by the way leon is not a scottish runt as pointed out by a small minded person (who has probably never met him) . I and a lot of other ppl i know also couldnt get through on the phone so get over it leon won fair and square because he sing’s in the style most ppl want to hear.

    Comment by maria — Tuesday, 18 December, 2007 @ 23:54

  584. hey why cant people leave leon alone he is a really good singer and i will buy his album even if i dont like the songs stop dissin him yea enywayz luffin leon loads and i no it seems weird that leon wonwhen it was leona last time but it dont matter so jus leave im alone yea bye bye

    Comment by jade bennett — Wednesday, 19 December, 2007 @ 09:37

  585. Wow everyone is bitter about Rhydian being smashed at the end eh? Pretty childish really. He got beaten at the end because his opera version of that song was aesthetically painfull to listen to.

    Watch this video Rhydian got beaten because of his attitude too. He was lucky to pass boot camp.


    Comment by scott — Wednesday, 19 December, 2007 @ 11:53

  586. Everybody on this website needs to get a grip!!!!

    Rhidian is a good singer and would do great in the westend but can you imagine him with a number 1 hit? More people hate him than love him!

    I am Scottish and proud to be Scottish but i would never vote for someone based on where they are from its about talent. Leon is 18 years old and has only just started singing and in my opinion is excellent at it, he has the looks which will gain him alot of young female fans and has such a lovely caring personality (unlike that weirdo Rhidian)

    All these people who are saying Scotland voted thats why Leon won because he scottish etc etc etc Well Leona who is English won last year so is that because all of England voted because shes English?

    Yous are all pathetic Leon deserved to win and will have an excellent carrer ahead of him whereas Rhidian has just shown how bitter he is along with the whole of Wales IE banning to play Leons song on Welsh radio stations its pathetic and sour grapes springs to mind.

    Well Done Leon you done Scotland proud :-D

    Comment by Debs — Wednesday, 19 December, 2007 @ 13:06

  587. I watch the x factor every year, I’m totally hooked. Last year’s show was a brilliant with Leona winning, she’s fantastic and I’m a huge fan. This year, has been disappointing, what with the nasty remarkes from Louis Walsh and Sharon Osborne absolutely dreadful ..just so unprofessional. Then to top is all Rhydian didn’t win, how awful. Rhydian has total talent, class, stage presence, a brilliant voice ..basically he’s been robbed of the X Factor 2007 title. I cannot believe that the scotsman Leon, with his pathetic crying won. To top if all that duet with Kylie…well she made a major wardrobe mistake. She looked more like a prostitute..so cheap and nasty…yuk! Total tack! All I can say is that Simon Cowell, who I’ve always had the total respect for needs to sort this out. Rhdyian is the STAR NOT Leon!!! This year Simon, sorry but I’m not buying Leons X Factor singhle, no way. In contrast, I will be buying ANYTHING that Rhydian produces.

    Comment by Elaine — Wednesday, 19 December, 2007 @ 13:21

  588. I am astounded that Rhydian didn’t win X Factor! Although I am not surprised as I tried to vote 10 times and couldn’t get through. It seems that ITV has messed up again with voting lines. Rhydian was amazing and was set to be a clear winner throughout the whole show and deservedly so. Leon sings out of tune and has the personality of a wet blanket. Yet another 2 minute wonder produced by X Factor. I think I will watch Strictly Come Dancing in future as I cannot bear to see another artist with the Zero Factor win a million pound contract yet again. Good Luck Rhydian with your future career, I will certainly be buying your records.

    Comment by Jenny — Wednesday, 19 December, 2007 @ 13:47

  589. In reply to the person who suggested we watch a video clip of Rhydian. All I can say is compare it to the last few X Factor shows and you will see that the improvement in every aspect of what he can do has been far greater than any improvement by Leon.

    Comment by Jenny — Wednesday, 19 December, 2007 @ 13:56

  590. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZlWYK66O4ck


    Comment by BEN — Wednesday, 19 December, 2007 @ 14:14

  591. Just proves that no matter how good you are, a smarmy attitude gets you knowhere. Well done Leon. It’s quite pathetic that so many people can’t accept it- not everyone liked Rhydian…and…do you blame us?

    Comment by ScotLad — Wednesday, 19 December, 2007 @ 14:35

  592. Rhydian is just so arrogant thats why he got beaten. People remember his attitude and know he was fake at the end. Isnt this obvious?? It was easy to hate Rhydian and the prozak twins where as there is no reason to dislike a talented 18 year old star like Leon.

    Comment by scott — Wednesday, 19 December, 2007 @ 15:37

  593. C’mon guys. If you read most forums, reviews, etc then you will clearly gain the general understanding that BOTH Leon and Rydian fans had troubles voting for BOTH parties. Myself, voted for Leon. I tried 20 times to vote for Leon and 10 of those times I couldn’t get through. My friends voting for him had the exact same experience. Also, think how it sounds to both finalists hearing these comments; it’ll sour the win for Leon and I don’t think Ryd would want to win on this kind of merit. Sounds like Ryd fans have sour grapes because they gave up too easy on the voting :o) Sorry!

    Comment by Ruth — Wednesday, 19 December, 2007 @ 16:09

  594. When Simon said earlier during the Westlife Life concert that there would be an upset in the final voting, he wasn’t joking.It was so obviously a fix but I don’t understand why.Leon will be forgotten in six months.

    Comment by sher — Wednesday, 19 December, 2007 @ 16:34

  595. This programme is called X Factor not Pop Idol - the fact that there are all these messages demonstrates that the person who has this is called Rhydian. I deplore the attempt, encouraged by Louis Walsh, to make this a contest between nations. I only watched the show to see, each week, what Rhydian would come up with next - and, by the way, I do not see “Raise me Up” or “Get the Party Started” as opera. Something very strange happened - at the beginning Simon said “we should really give this to you” to Rhydian. Before the lines had closed he said well your mother will be proud (ie even though you do not win). So it is all about those last minutes.

    Good luck to both. However, Rhydian, it has been a privilege to watch and listen to you and I know you will achieve your goal. (But try to keep some input if you can - I know you wanted to duet with KJ but your solo performance of Raise me Up was just so perfect that perhaps you should have left it as it was.) Thank you for the hours of entertainment.

    Comment by lesley — Wednesday, 19 December, 2007 @ 17:04

  596. A FIX well Instead of X-FACTOR it should be FIX-FACTOR LOL well, ive been watching the x-fctor since it started and now i only watch the auditions and dont watch the stages as of this…. i watched the final last year and thought that leona shouldnt win, but she did, and ever since tis year when rhydian got in to the stages i thought he would win, i wasso gobsmacked he didnt win, so from now on im not watchin the x-factor any more, so well done itv lost my viewings!!!

    Comment by Anomyous — Wednesday, 19 December, 2007 @ 18:00

  597. Lesley (593) I agree totally with your comments. It is obvious that the correspondents criticising Rhydian for being operatic have no idea of what Opera is. As you said “You Raise me Up” and “Get the party started” are contemporary and Rhydian did not sing them in an operatic style. There is no doubt that he was the most successful at tackling the various vocal styles. Leon proved he was the one trick pony and he was not that good at his Michael Buble impersonation.

    Those people who are ranting on about Rhydian fans being too critical need to spend more time actually exploring what a good singing voice is. Rhydian has one and Leon does not. Similar, to many others,I found Leon a very likeable young man. I agree he played on the sob story far too much. What worries me is that at eighteen he has been thrown into the limelight and how will he cope when he ultimately fails like David Sneddon and Michele McManus. The boy lacks any stage awareness and has no natural rhythm. No one is going to take him seriously. He will probably have the Christmas Number One but it does not take many sales these days to top the charts.Where does he go from there ?

    A deaf friend of mine watching the performances of Rhydian and Leon and their body language interestingly signed to me that Rhydian looked a star and that Leon looked like a frightened rabbit staring into a car headlights. Rhydian is going to sell a huge amount of cds and sell out concert venues throughout the world. Realistically there is no way that Leon will.

    Some of the insulting and infantile comments about Same Difference will probably come back to haunt those that made them. They did not appeal to me but I am sure they are going to have a successful career for years to come. I can see them lasting a lot longer than Leon.

    I sincerely hope that Leon is nurtured by his family and Simon Cowell. He really is being thrown into the Lion’s Den. There is no doubt that Rhydian is able to cope with anything thrown at him but what about Leon ?

    There is no doubt that Rhydian was in a league of own compared to all other contestants. Already Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber and Simon Cowell are fighting to sign him up as many others will be.

    I only hope all those who encouraged Leon to enter and those that voted for him will be as supportive if and when he fails.

    Rhydian has also been accused of being arrogant and not very likeable. Come into the real world. Most of the icons past and present fit into that category. That maybe part of their appeal.

    Comment by Peter — Wednesday, 19 December, 2007 @ 18:20

  598. Rhydian was treated very shoddily by Sharon from the start ok if one cant singh but he CAN. Simon said he was world class-that speaks for itself. The X Factor show should BAN all these sob story tales we hear. I can tell you dozens of my sob stories but I cannot sing!!!! It should be based on the talent and not the
    heart strings. Rhydina not once was rude to the judges he took it not once did he give a heart string story her SANG and boy did he sing! Experts have said when phone lines get jammed some can automatically go on to another line! Simon should not have indicated neforehand that there could be a huge turn around that evening BEFORE the show started. We cant change the result now BUT we can demand Rhydian releases a single now! and we can demand he gets some sort of title for it such as New Superstar ro something similar as I do feel he has been cheated out of what he deserved. I “love” Rhydian and never have I ever cared in any other years a toss who won-but could recognise he is special. he did not ask for that stupid hair style THEY gave it to him. Just because he doesnt “put him self about” does not mean he is odd he is super!!!!!
    Come on Rhuid keep smiling dry the tears make a record and we will ensure iot gets to number one.

    Comment by astra — Wednesday, 19 December, 2007 @ 18:37

  599. It is impossible to have a meaningful competition which involves voting if all the votes cannot be counted.

    I tried to vote for Rhidian over 20 times and was unsucessful.


    Comment by Linda Jeffes — Wednesday, 19 December, 2007 @ 20:11

  600. omg for god sack get over it obviously the public prefer leon its the target audience that there looking at rydian is grand 4 old grannies not for teenagers and also leon is gorgous like get over urselfs

    Comment by leona — Wednesday, 19 December, 2007 @ 20:29

  601. I think what is devastating for Rhydian fans is that they are being deprived of purchasing or downloading his beautiful rendering of When you Believe which was absolutely magical. In view of all the problems and controversey over the voting I think the producers of X-factor should compensate Rhydian fans by allowing his CD to be released and downloaded even though Leon has won the contract. Rhydian fans will not purchase Leon’s CD anyway and I think this would go some way to make his fans feel happier. I’m not sure though how to go about asking the producers to do this - has anyone any ideas.

    Comment by Rosemary — Wednesday, 19 December, 2007 @ 20:56

  602. Does anybody else find this slightly disturbing that there are so many really nasty comments here?

    Get a grip people - it’s an entertainment show on TV, nothing more. I would have thought that previous years’ X-factor programmes have already proven that not always the best singer wins. So what?

    Have we got nothing better to do than to pass judgement on people we don’t even know? How can you hate Rhydian or Leon??? You only know about them what the programme directors want you to know, and they only say what they are told to say once they get onto the live shows.

    I just can’t believe some of the things I’m reading here. It shows a lot of the posters in a very poor light.

    If you don’t want to buy Leon’s CD - fine. Give the money to charity, that might really make a difference.

    Comment by Manuela — Wednesday, 19 December, 2007 @ 21:12

  603. To Emanuela and Peter….What a couple of plonkers.You wouldn’t know talent if it bit you on the bum!!!! Fair enough Peter sounds as if he is a sad guy but Emanuela sounds like a vicious little thing that needs to grow up………..the winner is……LEON.

    Comment by David — Wednesday, 19 December, 2007 @ 21:48

  604. check out Leons single the words drivel and nonsenses come to mind. This really somes up tho show if this clown has a carear in 3yrs I will bet my own life on the fact he is already finished. This goes to prove real music is not about singing kareoke and children should not deciede talent contests. Sharon is a silly bint who got lucky the same way Jade Goody did so Simon as your the brains behind this show sort it out. Leon wont be able to sell out working mens clubs in 2yrs fixing phone lines is a disgrace

    Comment by Jay — Wednesday, 19 December, 2007 @ 22:56

  605. Unfortunately, Leon struggles to sing in tune. The week before the final, Simon told him he sang out of tune. When Niki was voted off, Leon knew he should have gone instead. The boy was embarrassed.

    To commiserate with Rhydian, and to offer a runner-up speech, befoere the result was announced, was a disgrace. Simon Cowell even called Rydian ‘Leon’ when he addressed him.

    The x-factor was compulsive viewing, but the final was very tacky. To pitch Scotland against Wales was a mistake. The producers misread the public mood.

    Of course the result was a fix. Only a fool would believe otherwise. There was only one winner on the night…Simon Cowell’s bank balance.

    Comment by Georgie — Thursday, 20 December, 2007 @ 11:35

  606. David (603) having to result to insulting people who do not agree you with is not very adult. It also demonstrates an inability to take part in a coherent and constructive debate.

    It is obvious from your blogs that you either you have no idea of vocal quality and the entertainment business or you are just trying to wind people up. I feel sorry for you and maybe should enrol for singing lessons which will then educate you to realise that Rhydian can hold a tune and Leon cannot.

    Taking your level of wit? as an example - Rhydian from the press releases is about to be signed to star in Phantom on Broadway, USA. Leon will be lucky if her ever travels as far as Ealing Broadway.

    Hopefully you will honour your comments and buy Leon’s cds and support him when his musical career inevitably is short lived. Somehow I doubt you will.

    Comment by Peter — Thursday, 20 December, 2007 @ 15:19

  607. Leon deserved to win. Phone lines where not crap as i had to try 23 times to vote for leon. rhydian was great, i agree but its a comp for entertainment and frankly he bored me to tears. i can never imagine buying rhydian’s cd for anyone other than my gran. plus it helps that leon is hot! I think u should all get a life.

    Comment by Lolli — Friday, 21 December, 2007 @ 17:54

  608. Who ever won the X Factor I think I am right in saying that there were are too many Rhydian fans who have really missed the joy of listening to a really talented star singing tonight ————-

    this Saturday seems very empty —-

    Come on Rhydian and Simon - get that record out! (AND Sir Andrew put us out of our misery and tell us what is going on!!!!)

    Comment by Mick — Saturday, 22 December, 2007 @ 21:11

  609. Leon,

    ignore all the crazy welsh sore losers out there.
    you have the potential, you have the voice, you have the looks mate!!

    Quite frankly if i was you i’d celebrate your Xmas No 1 in a WELSH pub, just to rub it in a bit more :D….


    Comment by just me. — Sunday, 23 December, 2007 @ 19:31

  610. I cannot understand why so many people are against Leon winning the X Factor, he has the whole package, good looks, talent, nice voice, and has more appeal overall than Rhydian. The best man won. WELL DONE LEON, can’t wait for your album to come out.
    Just keep your feet on the ground, work hard and prove all these sad, very rude losers wrong. I think you’re lovely, and deserved to win.
    Lots of Love always.

    Comment by Doreen — Tuesday, 15 January, 2008 @ 01:39

  611. Doreen,
    I cannot believe you would post such patronising comments about Leon and then insult anyone who does not support him as sad and very rude.

    You are obviously not following the media reports.
    Surprise, Surpise - Rhydian has signed a One Million Pound contract with Simon Cowell. He is about to be signed to play the Phantom on Broadway.

    Leon on the other hand has already pulled out of his first concert and the reports are that he is feeling the strain already. His cd sales are way below those achieved by Shayne Ward and Leona Lewis. He just does not have what it takes to survive in the cut and thrust world of entertainment. Unlike you I am not being rude but realistic.

    As many people have said whether or not Leon was unfairly declared the winner is irrelevant as there is absolutely no doubt that Rhydian is having the last laugh.

    Rhydian has an amazing voice and can stay in tune unfortunately this does not apply to Leon.

    Comment by P J — Tuesday, 15 January, 2008 @ 17:21

  612. Leon Deserved To Win 100%
    Rhydian Was An Outstanding Singer And Good Performer.However,Having Both These Qualities Leon Had Something Loveable About Him. He Obviously Gave The Public What They Wanted Anyone Who Says Other Wise Should Remeber Leon Won. You Are Intitled Too Your Own Opinion Ofcourse however, When You Get Cheeky And Offensive It Is Out Of Order. As My Mum Always Says If You’ve Nothing Nice To Say Shut The Heck Up =]

    Comment by MhairiClare — Tuesday, 15 January, 2008 @ 22:50

  613. Dear MhairiClare,

    Your Mother should have spent more time making sure that she had instilled good manners into you. Maybe she/you should also invest in lessons in English Grammar and Spelling. You may then be taken seriously.

    Comment by Kathy — Thursday, 17 January, 2008 @ 12:50

  614. This is the first time I have posted a comment but I think a reply to MhairiClare (612) is required.

    I do not know which comments she is refering to but I think she should reflect on something my mother used to say to me. If you have to resort to insults you have already lost your case.

    Some people will find your comments offensive MhairiClare.

    I have grandsons of Leon’s age who I love very much. I certainly did not find Leon loveable. I found his constant sob story annoying. To win a singing contest you should be able to sing not be lovable and rely on a sob story.

    A constructive comment to MhairiClare. Invest in singing lessons to find out what staying in tune means. Then you will realise why all the Rhydian fans find it impossible to believe that people wanted Leon to win.

    Comment by Violet — Thursday, 17 January, 2008 @ 16:10

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