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Saturday, 13 December, 2008

And the winner of X Factor 2008 is … ?

With just hours to go before the live X Factor final, it seems that before they’ve even sung a note, the odds are stacked in favour of Alexandra Burke.

Alexandra, who has attracted great comments from all the judges all series, has the clear advantage of singing with a real superstar. If you believe that part of the reason Leon Jackson won his controversial victory last year was because of his duet with Kylie Minogue, then surely Alexandra is sure to win with Beyonce by her side.

JLS and Eoghan are, by contrast, performing with two aging Irish boy bands who arguably have more to gain from a Saturday night ITV1 performance than the contestants they’re singing with.

It’s perhaps not so surprising then that the bookies have Alexandra as odds on favourite, with JLS likely to be second and Eoghan third. But who do you think will win tonight? Do you think that some of the contestants who already left the competition, such as Diana and Laura deserved to win more than any of these three? Post your comments and let the world know!


  1. I think Laura White should have won, she was the best singer by miles!

    Comment by Billy — Saturday, 13 December, 2008 @ 10:13

  2. Ruth and Austin should still be in the competition. JLS to win!!

    Comment by Paul — Saturday, 13 December, 2008 @ 10:28

  3. I recon Diana should have won. Her voice is the most different.
    Also she’s the most suited to the winners song
    I hope Eoghan wins 2nite :)

    Comment by Gracey — Saturday, 13 December, 2008 @ 10:35

  4. i think diana vickers should of won but now im backing eoghan all the way !!!!

    Comment by shannon — Saturday, 13 December, 2008 @ 11:06

  5. Diana deserved to win. Unfortunately I think a number of things went against her. She peaked too soon and as well as gaining a huge fan base she also picked up a large we hate her club. This always happens when someone starts to do well. I feared after week one after everyone started talking about her that people would get sick of it and begin to hate her. When she missed a week because of illness it gave these people even more ammo against her.

    All I can says is this, in the words of Simon Cowell after Diana’s performance of Man in the Mirror:
    “what is really really important is that this is not karaoke, this is you doing your interpretation of a song and it is working”.

    The rest are (and yes I include Alexandra in this) karaoke singers who do nothing new with a song. They sing it exactly like the original. Boring!

    Comment by Nicola — Saturday, 13 December, 2008 @ 13:50

  6. JLS to win because there needs to be a group winning x-factor and there the best or if not alex. but i cnt stand tht lesbian look alike eoghan i dnt say i h8 ppl but i really hate him he just does my head in he should of gone ages ago but tone deaf ppl voted for him

    Comment by Jay — Saturday, 13 December, 2008 @ 14:17

  7. Eoghan should win :D
    I personally think that he is amazing! He is also really good looking!! Nead x

    Comment by Nead — Saturday, 13 December, 2008 @ 14:40

  8. i think that JLS are gonna win wiv dianna 2nd and eoghan third
    but i still would love eoghan 2 win
    my godfather said he will dye his hair green if he does lol

    Comment by becca j — Saturday, 13 December, 2008 @ 16:06

  9. I was shocked when Laura was voted out, however, here we are weeks later and I caould not be more excited about Alexandra – a star has emerged! Shy girl with a good voice has grown into an amazing woman, with amazing talent – a true DIVA in the best possible meaning of the word (IE: has the voice, has the style, has the moves and has humility all in abundance) I’m that confident she will win

    Comment by freckles — Saturday, 13 December, 2008 @ 16:38

  10. EOGHAN 2 WiiN. :)

    Comment by shannOn — Saturday, 13 December, 2008 @ 17:41

  11. By far ruth should be in the final of the x factor 2008 but out of the three in the final, eoghan is by far the best singer and entertainer so everyone vote for eoghan!!!!

    Comment by jordan — Saturday, 13 December, 2008 @ 17:47

  12. EOGHAN 2 WIN! Bcuz…….
    a)Hes from Northern Ireland (like me)
    b)He has da best voice
    c)Hes not annoying
    d)Hes cute

    Comment by Bronagh — Saturday, 13 December, 2008 @ 18:28

  13. cum on eoghan i
    liked austin
    he should still be in the competition

    Comment by alfie — Saturday, 13 December, 2008 @ 20:40

  14. Go Alexandra. Your the best. Through to the final now she will win

    Comment by kinsey — Saturday, 13 December, 2008 @ 22:03

  15. JLS shud hav won !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! they shud hav been the first group !!!!
    ye i do admit alexandra was gd BUT JLS were the ones 2 deserve it !!!!!!
    alexandra , i think put on everything her fake crys ….

    JLS ur still the winner 2 me !

    Comment by jessica — Saturday, 13 December, 2008 @ 22:57

  16. omggg i sooooooooooooooooooo badliiii wanted jls to winn i wz cryin im not sayin alex ixxx bad she great itz jus we need a goodd banddd 2 win tha X FACTOR

    Comment by mrs aston merrygold — Sunday, 14 December, 2008 @ 10:07

  17. thought the final was a scripted farce.Alexandera was very good but she knew she was going to win and every comment and reaction she made she sounded like she was acting .The judges (except louie )wanted alexandera to win and swayed there influence with the audience toward alex.Which there entitled to do i suppose but i felt they totally blanked aston’s amazing perfect vocals on jls’s last performance with dull comments which was’nt fair .Then went totally over the top (as usual) praising alex .who was good as was aston before hand,it seemed totally biast and an unfair kick in the teeth to aston and jls.Which i wonder if thats why he was quiet and i believe he added himself that was his best performance .Also we all know being last to perform makes a diffrerence.Yes Alexandera was good enough to win but i felt the show was unfair to jls.

    Comment by k — Sunday, 14 December, 2008 @ 13:37

  18. K,
    The show would have equaly been unfair to Alex if JLS won.Both acts were incredibly good so admit it, the best performance of the nite won. Check out the vote statistics on ITV website.

    Comment by lunmsy — Sunday, 14 December, 2008 @ 15:00

  19. Although Alex is great Leona is the all time best. Alex’s crying got on my nerves a bit and if she said Oh my God once she said it a dozen times!! Laura White should have been in the file

    Comment by Frankie — Sunday, 14 December, 2008 @ 16:14

  20. Come on – think what you are saying. Aston has a lovely sweet voice that has developed a lot through the show. But he has none of the strength, variety, drama, diversity, control and over all brilliance of Alexandra.
    The only reason poeple were talking about Alexandra winning is because she is far and away the best! When that happens then the person is talked about hat way.
    JLS are a fabulaous group who will do really well but they couldn’t win against Alexandra. Not in a million years.
    I absolutely love JLS and their performances in isolation have become excellent having started quite wobbly in the early shows but they can’t compare with Alexandra who has been brilliant every time from the first audition..
    Advanatage in being last to perform? Funny that – last year it was complained that he last to perform got less voting time. Amazing what people will come up with!

    Comment by Theresa — Sunday, 14 December, 2008 @ 16:35

  21. Most of the acts I found pleasant but mediochre. There were 2 that I couldnt believe got through the auditions I thought they were so bad, marmite and bovril (Diane and Eoghan)! I loved the voice of Rachel but couldn’t stand her crass, loud, ignorant street ways. Throughout the comp I felt that either Laura, Ruth, Alex or JLS could/should win, on the night 100% Alex was the clear out front, unchallenged, no-one came close winner.

    Comment by Seldom Seen — Sunday, 14 December, 2008 @ 22:36

  22. DAH i did’nt say alexandra should’nt win ,i said i thought jls was blantently snubbed by the judges on the final act which was far there best.Come on ,with beyonce etc it was the alexandra show ,get a grip!

    Comment by k — Monday, 15 December, 2008 @ 09:24

  23. Just read today’s Telegraph for the best, and most honest, review of the X-Factor final. As it says, Beyonce proved that Alexandra does not have that much talent and that winning is not exactly a password to fame.

    Where are previous winners (other than exceptional Leona)?:

    Steve Brookstein – Album, 40,000 Things scraped into the charts at number 165.

    G4 Split up

    Shayne Ward – Switched on Christmas lights at Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet – cool!

    Andy Abraham – Represented the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest and came last. Currently on tour. Forthcoming venues include Chesham and King’s Lynn – big time or what!!.

    Journey South – Switched on the Christmas lights in Skelmersdale.

    Ray Quinn – Dropped by record label less than a year after appearing on X Factor. Currently appearing as Aladdin in pantomime in Peterborough – can it get any better?.

    Rhydian Roberts – Turned on Christmas lights in Sheffield.

    By the way, thanks K (comment 17) for teaching me a new word “biast” – is that text speak for “biaised”, or did you just not lern speling at skul?

    Comment by Baz — Monday, 15 December, 2008 @ 12:05

  24. Sorry BAZ,
    But your analysis is based on people who did not even win the X factor aside Shayne and Steve Brookstein.
    And Oh! how did you just 4get to include Leon Jackson to your list? hmmmh! dint do yur homework properly.

    Of course wining is not a password to fame, but you become famous bcos You’re either very Unique,different or You’ve got star quality which will definitely attract and draw ppl’s attention to you .8 million votes on the nite showed ppl enjoyed what they saw on saturday and voted all out for Alexandra and JLS but Alex got the most.So ppl loved and enjoyed her performance whether alone or in duet with Beyonce..

    I have no doubts she will definitely do well cos yu either have the quality or not, and Alex does have it.
    Compare that to last year when Leon won?

    @comment 22, JLS were not snubbed by the Judges on their final performance.They got good comments.Alex put an extra style t her last singing and hence the sort of comments she got.
    Compare the 2 performance..The viewers at home obviously chose the one tht blew them away.

    Comment by lunmsy — Monday, 15 December, 2008 @ 20:03

  25. Sorry baz (is that text for Barry?)i wrote my comments quite quickly as i have things to do. I suggest you read some of the previous comments for spelling and who cares it’s a blog.Also do you not have your own opinion and life that you have to spend your time quoting papers.Your reading “THE TELEGRAPH” and all you have to comment on is the x factor??? Try “THE SUN”.

    Comment by k — Monday, 15 December, 2008 @ 23:17

  26. sorry lunmsy but i think jls was snubbed and everybody’s entitled to there opinion sorry if that bursts your “i love alex” bubble,such is life.

    Comment by k — Tuesday, 16 December, 2008 @ 10:12

  27. jls should have won the x factor thay are well fit. good luck in the future lads x x x x x x x x

    Comment by jess — Tuesday, 16 December, 2008 @ 11:59

  28. I still feel Alex over dramatised.And Simon didnt do Eoghan any justice. He should have supported him more. Even when Dermott asked him to itroduce Eoghan he spent more time advocating for Alex. It sounded really bad from a viewers point of view and think Eoghan should get an apology from Simon for the lack of support he gave him on the Night. Eoghan You are a wee star and would people please respect his name as being spelt the Irish way. Go Eoghan Go

    Comment by Bonbon N ireland — Tuesday, 16 December, 2008 @ 14:54

  29. If you wanted to score it on pure singing ability the final 3 should’ve been Alexandra, Ruth and Laura. If it were based on most likely to have a chance at being a bona fide “pop star” after X Factor it should’ve been Alexandra, Diana and JLS.

    Diana shot herself in the foot by a) doing the wavey hand thing for each song, b) singing “hugh” whenever she meant “you” in a song and c) the week off ill as has been said before giving her detractors ammunition to use against her.

    Laura was denied her rightful place by blatant tactical voting (Louis, again!).

    Eoghan should never have got near the finals, “singing” (I use the term loosely) next to Ronan proved he’s only as good as his backing singers.

    Alexandra was the rightful winner on the night, her vocal talents are in a different league to Eoghan and JLS (watch her bootcamp performances, especailly the one where she sings “the first time ever I saw your face”), the problem she’ll face going forward is being managed by the same guy who manages, and has already poured millions into, Leona.

    Comment by Mark — Wednesday, 17 December, 2008 @ 10:06

  30. K,
    Not at all.It cn’t burst my bubble for Alex as am not the only one who agrees and defends the fact that Alex is a great singer and deserved to win.
    Yu’re entitled to yur opinion, but the truth is that JLS were not snubbed in anyway.No pity wity for them as they’re great singers and will do very well.

    Comment by lunmsy — Wednesday, 17 December, 2008 @ 21:10

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