»X Factor 2011 Auditions«
Tuesday, 7 December, 2010

Mary Byrne: X Factor bosses rigged the show to get rid of me

Mary Byrne has spoken out against X Factor bosses, claiming they deliberately orchestrated her exit from the show on Sunday. Viewers were outraged after Mary was voted off by the judging panel – even though they had been told by Dermot O’Leary that “Your votes and your votes alone can get your favourite act safely through to the final.”.

Mary said “It’s a fix. It’s obvious Simon Cowell didn’t want me. I knew the public had voted for me to stay on, and I actually thought the result would be based just on their vote. It was only on Saturday I discovered that there would be a sing-off where the judges decided. Simon apologised to me afterwards and I joked: ‘You could have warned me, you b*****d.’ He told me I was going to be a multi-millionaire within a year though so I’m happy with that. That’s why I gave it everything on stage, because I knew the result, and I knew it would be my last song. On Saturday I was given the ‘save me’ songs. I knew then my days were numbered.”

Leaks from the show suggest that Cher Lloyd, who went through to the final, polled a much lower percentage of the vote than former Tesco worker Mary.

The show’s producers have attempted to calm the public by assuring that there will be no sing-off during next weekends shows, when one act will leave on Saturday, and the winner will be crowned on Sunday.

Sunday, 5 December, 2010

Mary Byrne misses out on the X Factor Final

Filed under: Cher Lloyd,Mary Byrne

Mary Byrne and Cher Lloyd were in the bottom two this week, singing for a place in the final.

Mary sang This Is A Man’s World and delivered her trademark massively powerful vocal.
Cher was visibly tearful during her performance of Everytime.

Louis Walsh unsurprisingly backed his own act, and likewise Cheryl. Dannii Minogue opted to send Cher Lloyd through, which left the decision up to Simon Cowell. Simon said that he had ‘supported [Mary] since the beginning’, and that Mary could ‘walk away from this competition with pride’, before sending Cher through.

Only one act leaving tonight: Who will it be?

It was the X Factor semi-final last night, and we now know that for the first time it’ll definitely be a four act final, as only one contestant it leaving tonight.

But who will it be?

She’s Always A Woman and You Got The Love
Matt was struggling with tonsilitis last night, and said himself that his second song wasn’t his “best performance”. But the judges had nothing but praise for his first song, with Simon saying “Look forget about the fact that you had flu, because I don’t think anybody cares. It was a brilliant choice of song and I like the fact that you had your own flavour on it”.

Nothin’ On You and Love The Way You Lie
Cher performed two rap songs tonight, and Dannii Mingoue questioned this choice, saying: “It was such a tricky song choice tonight. The rapping was great and with the singing you hit your stride at the end of the song. I would have liked to hear you sing a ballad to get you through to the final.”

Never can say goodbye and The Way We Were/Try To Remember
Mary’s first performance gained a muted reception from the judges, but they were full of praise for her second. Simon said “You should be very proud, it was much better than the first song and you are a good singer and it’s about finding the next big pop star.”

1 Direction
Only Girl (In The World) and Chasing Cars
One Direction had probably the worst reaction from the judges of the night. Simon Cowell was ill this week, and so the boys were mentored by Cheryl Cole. She told them: “I love you guys. I thoroughly enjoyed mentoring you. That song was a little bit dangerous cos its so current right now as Rihanna’s record that you have to completely make it like it was never ever written for her. I don’t know if it quite worked for me but I hope to see you in the final.”

Show Me Love and Amazing Grace
Rebecca had almost universal praise from the judges, with Simon tipping her for the final: “I loved that this is a side of you we have never seen before. It was so cool, so controlled, your vocals were on the money and this is the first time that you are showing me that you don’t just want to get into the final, you want to win and I like that.” Louis went even further, telling her “You’re my favourite contestant ever. You’re likeable, you’re lovable. you’ve got star quality. I think you’re amazing.”

Friday, 3 December, 2010

Song Choices for X Factor Semi Final

It’s ‘Club Classics’ week on the semi-final of the X Factor, although you can expect that this will be interpreted as liberally as the themes usually are on the X Factor.

Mary – Never can say goodbye and The Way We Were/Try To Remember
Cher – Nothin’ On You and Love The Way You Lie
1 Direction – Only Girl (In The World) and Chasing Cars
Rebecca – Show Me Love and Amazing Grace
Matt – She’s Always A Woman and You Got The Love