X Factor UK - The Finale!

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UPDATE: The X Factor voting results just revealed! Matt came in 1st every single week except for the very first week where Mary Bryne came in first. Matt came in second that week. 1D was never in 1st or 2nd place.

  • Check out the voting totals HERE.

Matt Cardle is the Winner of X Factor!!!

Rebecca Ferguson is the 2nd Place Finisher
One Direction is the 3rd Place Finisher

Congratulations Matt!  I would have been a’ight with Rebecca taking the win, but Matt has been my fav since the very beginning. It was a very satisfying Top 2.  One Direction seem like really sweet lads, but–They. Cannot. Sing.  Hilarious to watch Simon’s disbelief when the boys went out at 3.  Oh, they’ll be fine.  Simon will sign them and the tweenies will scoop up their music.  No worries.

When 1D were out, I felt pretty confident Matt would take it.

So whadya think?  Still like American Idol a lot better. The big cheesy production, the intense manipulation, are drawbacks.  But the X Factor song selections are contemporary and relevant. Idol’s moldy oldies fall short in that respect. Plus, Simon is able to get some real star power to guest on his show.  Let’s see what he brings to America in the fall.

Stay tuned for the seasons VOTING RESULTS. When they are available, I will be posting them right here.

VIDEOS and Live Blog after the Jump…

Who will take the X Factor crown tonight? Quirky indie strummer Matt Cardle? Soul chanteuse Rebecca Ferguson? Or cute tweenie favs One Direction?

The 2- hour FINALE begins at 2:30 ET, and you can watch it here on a live stream after the jump. I’ll be live blogging as always, of course, so stick around!

The judges make their entrance for the last time!

The voting lines are still open!

Simon says the potential winner has to sing better than the others. (Will, that leaves out your act, One Direction, doesn’t it?)

The X Factor finalists take the stage to sing a big group number. 1D sound like crap. Rebecca looks absolutely GORGE. Here comes Matt (Go Matt). Take That make a surprise appearance. I guess that’s a big deal?

RECAP!!!

Matt Cardle – (Dannii – Boys) – Firework by Katy Perry – His voice isn’t back 100 percent, but this is still pretty good. Passionate, female-centric songs are his sweet spot. Glad he’s back to singing them. Good stuff. Wow. He’s got confetti already and he hasn’t won yet. Louis says, “You’ve paid your dues, this is your time, your consistent, versatile, you’ve got a great recording voice. You could win the show.” Cheryl says, “Best of luck.” Simon says, “A part from the trousers, I thought that was fantastic. You sound better tonight than you did yesterday.” Dannii says, “That was a sensational vocal. Phenomenal.”

Stacey Soloman, in Matt’s hometown, looks like a nut!

One Direction – (Simon – Groups) – “Torn” by Natalie Imbruglia – The lead singing is a little better than usual, but the group singing is still wonky. Louis says, “You could be the first band to win the X Factor, Brilliant chemistry, I love the harmony” Harmony? What Harmony? Dannii says, “You’ve done all the right things, whatever happens tonight, you guys are going to go on to release records.” Cheryl says, “I really believe that you have a massive future ahead of you.” Simon says, “I would love to hear your names read out at the end of the competition, because I think you deserve it.”

Rebecca Ferguson – (Cheryl – Girls) – “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) by the Eurythmics – (Ugh, my computer barfed. Will fill in later)

One more RECAP! And then a montage or horrible auditioners. OMG the bad singers are here in person to sing “Bad Romance”–including the girls who punched each other out on stage and the call girl. A bitch fight right about now would liven things up.

VOTING LINES ARE FROZEN!!!! 3rd place finisher will be announced after the break.

Matt Cardle is through to the Final…and so is Rebecca Ferguson. One Direction leaves X Factor in 3rd place. SIMON HAS GOTTA BE PISSED. HEEEEE. I’m surprised. I thought the tweens would see 1D through at least to the final.

The PHONE LINES ARE RE-OPENED!!! The winner’s single is next

Matt Cardle – (Dannii – Boys) – ‘Many Of Horror’ by Biffy Clyro – Whoa…this song is kind of…violent? Yeah, I know it’s metaphorical. He’s singing his heart out. Lot’s of passion, emotion even if his vocals aren’t 100%. This is better than his first song tonight. Matt on his knees. OMG. That was intense. Wow. Louis says, “You sang every note like you meant it. You’ve got the voice.” Cheryl says, “You sang that from the depth of your heart. Your best performance.” Simon is still pissed. Ha ha. Simon says, “An incredible song, your best performance of the whole series.” Dannii says, “That was absolutely amazing. A true star.” Matt is in tears. I think he’s going to win.

Rebecca Ferguson – “Distant Dreamer” by Duffy – This is good, but would have enjoyed it more if it wasn’t such a huge production. Louis says, “You are an original authentic recording voice.” Dannii says, “I’m so glad you turned up at the auditions. We’ve soon you grow. You are a beautiful lady.” Simon says, “I remember the first time we met you. That song was absolutely perfect for you. I can’t call this.” Cheryl says, “Keep your head high. You have been an absolute dream to work with.” Rebecca is in tears.

Take That are back to perform.

THE VOTING LINES ARE NOW CLOSED!!! The results are next.

Matt Cardle is the winner of X Factor!!! HOORAY! Rebecca Ferguson comes in 2nd. Dannii thanks the fans for voting for Matt.

Matt sings his winners single to close! Simon congratulates Matt “You sang you’re way to the final”. Simon thanks the crew and the fans. Now…on to America!

Watch live video from x factor uk 2010 live on Justin.tv

 
  • http://www.twilightslo.com Mateja

    YAY Take That!

  • fadetowhite

    Take That make a surprise appearance. I guess that’s a big deal?

    No. 1 album in the UK for the last 4 weeks and over a million sold – yeah, I guess so :lol

    I like all of the acts tonight.

    Matt and Rebecca I like as singers and as – from what we can see – people.

    One Direction have started reminding me of the boys I teach – their unbridled enthusiasm and excitement is infectious, even though I don’t like them as singers and am in no way, shape or form their target audience.

    I’ll be happy, whoever wins.

    Simon’s going to give them all contracts anyway!

  • luci

    I heard there was a voting leak on twitter with 1 direction leading the vote. I hope it’s not true I want either Matt or Rebecca to win.

  • Ximena

    please please please 1D can’t win!

    Matt FTW! or Rebecca…;)

  • Valentin432

    I heard there was a voting leak on twitter with 1 direction leading the vote. I hope it’s not true I want either Matt or Rebecca to win.

    I believe it, Matt and Rebecca are splitting votes because they are actually singers lol.
    It’s the first time I believe that they have 3 acts the last day.

  • jammasta

    please please please 1D can’t win!

    Matt FTW! or Rebecca…;)

    I’d switch Matt and Rebecca on the FTW scale but either way, PLEASE PLEASE just let One Direction not win.

  • http://www.twilightslo.com Mateja

    Am I the only one who thinks “Firework” was a crap song choice for Matt?

  • fadetowhite

    Am I the only one who thinks “Firework” was a crap song choice for Matt?

    Nope.

  • Valentin432

    I actually think it was a great choice in order to give him the best chance to win. It’s the biggest hit of the moment and a lot of people like it.
    Also, Matt really went for it.

  • mikeymike0581

    Matt was good!

  • tierbee

    Did anyone understand a word that Stacey said? ‘Cause I didn’t, lol.

  • fadetowhite

    To add to that – I actually don’t mind the song at all in a radio nod-your-head-to-the-beat kind of way.

    But the lyrics are spectacularly bad.

    So Matt’s trick of taking a girly pop song and turning it into something meaningful, by singing the lyrics in a different way just isn’t going to work there: there’s nothing to work with.

    Meaning that he’s left with a voice still rough from illness and a meaningless, light poppy song, that only works in the original because of Katy Perry’s particular style of performing lightweight, but attractive tunes.

  • earthy

    I’m just wondering why Matt is wearing Paije Richardson pants?

  • Ximena

    i was a tactical choice, the song is a hit and to show matt’s vocals. I was a bit worried about his voice because he’s ill, but he nailed it, his voice is so much better!

  • http://www.twilightslo.com Mateja

    I actually think it was a great choice in order to give him the best choice to win. It’s the biggest hit of the moment and a lot of people like it.
    Also, Matt really went for it.

    I know it’s a big current hit, but in my opinion it didn’t suit him at all.

  • luci

    Also, Matt really went for it.

    I don’t like the song, but I agree Matt sounded good, better than last night

  • Duke

    I’m all aboard the Matt train! He’s really got an astonishingly good voice- and his range- omgz.

    But im kinda with the people who are willing to accept a Rebecca win for the sake that 1D doesnt- i will murder babies if those kids win…

  • soccerboi

    GO Matt!

  • steelbluelily

    Didn’t like that song choice for Matt either – think he’s capable of a lot more than that and would rather see a “pull out all the stops” performance for a final. Too bad his voice is still in such crap shape – gotta be frustrating to compete when your instrument is not in top working form.

  • Valentin432

    I know it’s a big current hit, but in my opinion it didn’t suit him at all.

    I think that his best suit are the sensitive songs that connect with his (feminine) audience, but he already did that with the Dido song yesterday. Not a bad change of pace.

    Do they reveal the voting results for the entire season just after the show or do have to wait a little bit more?

  • BashiB

    I really liked Matt’s ‘Firework’ performance, but YIKES at the yellow pants! Thank goodness his voice is coming back.

  • mikeymike0581

    im thinking naughty thoughts about One Direction. Sorry, can’t help it.

  • soccerboi

    Simon a standing O…really? 1Direction really isnt that good…cute boys yes, good voices no.

  • Duke

    1D shuld change their name to: 5 guys singing in unison w/ no harmony..

    WOAH WOAH WOAH- did Louie just say he Loves the harmonies?! um…wa she listening to that?

  • druzilla

    Matt’s voice was better than last night. Good for him. He’s definitely the best overall in my view.

    One Direction singing a repeat song? WTH? They sound better this time than the first time. Good luck, lads.

  • Valentin432

    That was actually one of the few songs that they could handle, so good choice to repeat it.

  • jammasta

    LOL Rebecca doing a dance song again. At least her voice sounds great on it even if she is not moving at all. I love the juxtaposition.

  • Duke

    i think cheryl believes if they pretend to “trap” Rebecca on a really tall/narrow platform then ppl will think she doesnt have the room to dance and therefor, its ok…

  • Ximena

    rebecca is singing “…moving on…” and she’s not moving at all XD but it was cool.

  • tierbee

    That was actually one of the few songs that they could handle, so good choice to repeat it.

    I thought it was a good choice for them, too. Keeping it simple is good when you can’t harmonize to save your lives.

  • soccerboi

    LOVED Rebecca’s performance. She should record that song.

  • Valentin432

    Rebecca is really a disco diva lol and she gained much more confidence since even yesterday, one of her best vocals in the competition.

  • jammasta

    Wait, wasn’t Cher last yesterday, and she got eliminated first? FFFFFFFFF

  • Ratna12

    I just don’t see how One Direction can lose this one.
    I can barely hear the judges, the audience was sooo loud.
    I prefer Matt to win, but I think 1D will win.

  • luci

    Wow rebecca smash it!!

  • BashiB

    Great song choice for Rebecca. I’m pleasantly surprised. That performance may very well have put her in the Final 2.

  • steelbluelily

    There were moments when 1D sounded lovely there. There are also moments when they sound like someone stuck a random bunch of 5 guys together and expected them to just blend – fail. I think they are probably going to win. I’d prefer either Matt or Rebecca over the Beibers, but it is what it is.

  • druzilla

    Love, LOVE, “Sweet Dreams” but Rebecca nearly put me to sleep. She can’t even move her hips! Zzz. She didn’t raise her game. She still seems so uncertain of herself too.

    1D & Matt for the final 2!

  • jammasta

    Joe McElderry just backed Rebecca to win!

    joemcelderry91

    Rebecca has to win!!!!!! Shes amazing she had the studio jumping!!!!!!!

    Holy crap, that clip of Your Song made me cringe a whole lot. The second song, which I assume was the duet, did not sound TOO horrible. They should still have been out a long time ago.

  • steelbluelily

    Rebecca sounded interesting on that. It’s such a disconnect to hear her singing that and then seeing her stand there like her feet are glued to the floor. How can you sing that and not move… at all?

  • earthy

    Hey did you know Rebecca is a role model? Can’t Louis come up with something else to say after each of her performances?

  • http://www.twilightslo.com Mateja

    British blog UnrealityTV thinks Matt’s performance was weak. And they want him to win.

    I’m glad Rebecca didn’t attempt “Single Ladies”.

  • shell29

    I don’t know what I’d enjoy more-the potential meltdown if 1D wins or the potential meltdown if they lose. Hmmm…probably the latter :)

    I missed Matt’s performance, but I like him quite a bit. Rebecca looks fab but I’m not crazy about her singing TBH. I liked the song choice though. I don’t know about Louis’ prediction of her becoming an “international superstar”, but I think she could be big in the UK at least.

    I think 1D will win. They’re cute and the teen/tweenies love them. They can’t sing worth a damn but that doesn’t seem to matter. Simon will pimp them no matter what and attempt to make them huge in the UK and the US.

  • jammasta

    WHAT THE BLOODY HELL IS THIS AUDITIONEES CRAP?!

    Suddenly, One Direction is not terrible LOL.

    Bikini chick is a buttface.

  • earthy

    Where is Wagner in this performance of Auditionees?

  • soccerboi

    Oh my ears.

  • http://www.twilightslo.com Mateja

    Well, “Bad Romance” was certainly the performance of the season!

  • Ratna12

    I don’t want the bad auditioners in the US final X Factor.
    Oh geez.

  • Ximena

    at leat the Auditionees did some harmonies LOL

  • luci

    I’m so scared for the announcement of the vote.

  • steelbluelily

    This is the first time I’ve watched an X-Factor final – do they always do the horrible medley of the worst possible voices from the suditions? That was truly spectacularly awful. Why?

  • Ratna12

    Here we go.

  • Valentin432

    This is the first time I’ve watched an X-Factor final – do they always do the horrible medley of the worst possible voices from the suditions? That was truly spectacularly awful.

    Yes, every year

    Why?

    For “entertainment”

  • Ratna12

    YES, Matt !!!

  • jammasta

    Yay for Matt! Come on Rebecca!

  • Ratna12

    OMG !!!!!
    I think all the tweens were watching and forgot to vote.

  • blmetsfan

    yay bye one direction!

  • Valentin432

    Good bye Rebecca?

  • Ximena

    omg! fuckkk yesssssssss!!! MATT AND REBECCA FTW!

  • luci

    wow shocker!!!!!!!

  • soccerboi

    YES!!!!!!! The Brits got the top 2 right! This would not have happened in America…

  • jammasta

    OHH MY GOD YES YES YES YES YES YES!!!!!!

    Now we just need Liam to realize he’s better than everyone else there and leave!

  • Valentin432

    WOW!!!!
    Guess their fanbase wasn’t as big as advertised. The tweens don’t have unlimited credits to vote

  • druzilla

    OMG 1D out?! Matt FTW! Go Matt! Go!

  • fadetowhite

    Wow – didn’t see that one coming. Just goes to show that screaming kids aren’t everything!

    I honestly don’t mind which one wins now: both are great!

  • steelbluelily

    LOL Valentin – wish they had brought back Diva Fever. I found them actually entertaining.

  • Ratna12

    Matt has a chance to win it all, now.

    Of course both Matt and Rebecca, will probably overshadowed in concert money by 1D.
    who knows ?

  • Duke

    thank you Jesus!

  • http://wwpv.smcvt.edu VAidolFan09

    Not a fan of the top 3 but I would have taken 1D over Matt. Matt sounds like every other bland wgwg in the business.

  • Ratna12

    What happens now ? do they sing again ?

  • jammasta

    Thank freaking GOD. Either way, these two totally deserved the Final 2 and I will be so happy whoever wins (Hope it’s Rebecca but will be absolutely beyond happy if Matt wins). I can admit my fave Cher wasn’t as great a singer, but just as awesome as both.

  • earthy

    Surprised a bit but very happy One Direction is out. It’s about time.

  • BashiB

    Yea Matt ! Gosh I was a bit worried there.

    Good top 2. They’re both worthy but my heart is with Matt for the win.

  • steelbluelily

    Matt and Rebecca – YES! Been hoping for them as #1 and 2, just never expected it to happen.

  • Ximena

    sorry but not many wgwg in the business are so versatile or has a great vocal range and quality as Matt has.

    Matt ftw!

  • JoCeeisme

    I like Matts voice but I have seriously gone off his personality over the weeks, not a fan of Rebecca, she is looking so nervous, can’t see her winning so I think it is going to be another wgwg, fancy that.

  • jammasta

    I’m getting such a sick sense of satisfaction reading tweets by disgruntled tweens. Am I a sick and horrible person? Possibly. But it feels oh so sweet. Sweet dreams are made of these. God, I need to not be so vindictive >_>.

    sorry but not many wgwg in the business are so versatile or has a great vocal range and quality as Matt has.

    As much as I love Rebecca, I totally agree with this. I love his voice.

  • Ratna12

    What song is this ? and why does Matt sing first again ?

  • blmetsfan

    I think Matt is so ordinary. But Rebecca is even more dreadful. Matt FTW

  • soccerboi

    Does Matt’s voice remind anyone of Bono’s?

  • Duke

    OMG I LOVED LOVED LOVED LOVED MATTS SONG!!! THE ENDING!!!! OMFG *DIES*

  • druzilla

    Wow this song Matt’s been saddled with as his potential “winner’s single” is a dud… Zzz. Anyway, Go Matt!

  • Valentin432

    Argh, that was his worst performance ever, his voice is shot.

  • Ratna12

    Wow, the beginning was iffy, but then he brings it to the end.
    Emotional !

  • steelbluelily

    Wish they had let Matt do one of his own from Seven Summers. That song was kinda boring. I like his voice and think he would be stunning on the right tune.

  • davedpg

    The song was Many Of Horror by Biffy Clyro a Scottish rock band

  • Ratna12

    Does Matt’s voice remind anyone of Bono’s?

    Actually for the past several weeks, I thought about that.
    I just did not dare to say it.

  • jammasta

    He looks like his dad. Aww this is endearing.

  • Elliegrll

    YES!!!!!!! The Brits got the top 2 right! This would not have happened in America…

    One Direction stayed longer than a lot of people who were better singers, and the same is true for Wagner and Cher.

  • Ximena

    ok is something wrong with me? Matt’s performance made me cry, welll it’s one of my favorite song too, but it was so emotional! damn!

  • girlygirl

    Thank god One Direction got eliminated I’ve nothing about boy bands in general, but they just aren’t very good.

  • jammasta

    Rebecca’s song is a little sleepy. I love a great lullaby, I’m pulling for her to win!

    Oh God I’m loving the second verse. Final chorus is epic at points.

  • luci

    Why are the winning singles so slow? Damn I am sleeping right now.

  • girlygirl

    soccerboi

    Actually I think the U.S. has almost always gotten the Top 2 on AI right. Daughtry and J-Hud years are only ones I would disagree with. YMMV, of course

    If Matt wins, just shows WGWG are very popular, no matter what Simon or TPTB might want

  • brod565

    Come on MATT !!!

  • druzilla

    Rebecca got the better “winner’s song” but it’s making me sleepy. Another statuesque performance. At this point I think she’ll win. Bah.

    Matt FTW.

  • fadetowhite

    I’ve got to say that Rebeca’s just got an amazing voice…

  • Valentin432

    I think Matt is the favorite but I never thought 1D would be out at this point, so hard to call it either way.

  • Ximena

    rebecca has such a beautiful voice, but that song was really boring and she didn’t sold it at all, Matt won this round! Matt FTW!

  • jammasta

    OH MY GOD I just started crying when Rebecca’s kids showed up! D’aww……

  • luci

    Wait anybody know, is Rebecca married?

  • soccerboi

    soccerboi

    Actually I think the U.S. has almost always gotten the Top 2 on AI right. Daughtry and J-Hud years are only ones I would disagree with. YMMV, of course

    I agree that America has gotten the top 2 right most years…however, it has not always picked the best as the winner…at least not in my eyes. The last 3 years I preferred the runners-up. Having said that my original comment was really directed towards the fact that as I see it if there was a group of boys in the final 3 they most certainly would have one here in America. The votes are free here and not in Britain. Those tweens all over the country would have gone gaga over 1Direction. Thats all I meant by that.

  • Ratna12

    Does anybody know how much the audience have to pay per one vote ?
    Is that like a cell phone use , about $0.10 ? just curious.
    Wonder if Americans will have the pay per vote too ?

  • istersay

    Wonder if Americans will have the pay per vote too ?

    I would never pay to vote

  • fadetowhite

    Both ‘winner’s songs’ were incredibly boring!

    I can’t believe they can’t find something better.

    Anyhow – I love Matt, but prefer Rebecca’s voice, so I really can’t choose between them.

    Though the devilish side of me wants Matt to win, so that I can laugh loud and long at the anti-WGWGers, who have failed to notice that he only played his guitar for about 4 performances in the entire run of the season.

    Go on Matt – rub their faces in it! :lol

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    Reminder:

    We aren’t going to fight old American Idol battles in this thread. Let’s stick to talking about the X Factor please.

  • jammasta

    DIE REBECCA :( we want one direction, not you

    Just found this on Twitter.

    Seriously? Grow the hell up or get lost and go cry to yourself.

    As much as I dislike One Direction, I would NEVER have wished them death. There’s a line.

  • fadetowhite

    I love this Take That song.

    The ironic thing is I couldn’t stand them when they were younger. They’ve got so much better since they’ve made their comeback, starting with the last album.

    Even Robbie seems less mad now he’s back with them!

  • shell29

    Pleasantly surprised that 1D finished third. Although I’m not crazy about her voice, I like Rebecca. I’ll be happy to see either Rebecca or Matt win.

  • Duke

    Robbie’s got crazy eyes…lol…sounds good tho

  • davedpg

    Votes cost around 35p here

  • luci

    Couldn’t take that sing something different.

  • Duke

    wait…is rebecca seriously the favorite??

  • Duke

    will the voting totals for each week be released as soon as the result is announced? or will it take a couple days?

  • girlygirl

    I like Rebecca and Matt. Both are talented, so I don’t really care who wins — but I don’t see either one ever being a big star.

  • steelbluelily

    Think I need to look into the rest of Take That’s music – they’ve got a really lovely blend of voices there.

  • Valentin432

    wait…is rebecca seriously the favorite??

    THe bookmakers have Matt favorite since the beginning of the season, I think he still is but not by much

  • davedpg

    Normally, the vote totals are released during the Xtra Factor straigh after the main show

  • girlygirl

    Hehe — I have my iPod on shuffle, and Robbie Williams just came on :)

  • druzilla

    MATT WINS!!

  • Ratna12

    Yes !!
    Congrats Matt.

    And Dannie is so pretty… Of course Cheryl is stunning.

  • Duke

    YESSSS THERE IS JUSTICE OMG!!!!!

  • jammasta

    I wanted Rebecca, but I’m still happy beyond belief for Matt.

  • soccerboi

    yay Matt! I liked Rebecca too though. Good Finale!

  • luci

    YES!!!!!!!!!

  • istersay

    Congrats to Matt, I thought he would win after 1D left.

  • Valentin432

    Well, that was expected but I’m happy, the best vocalist won.

  • TheGreatXL

    Can’t wait for US X-Factor this next year.

    I’ve watched this show for years. It’s soooo much better than Idol.

  • fadetowhite

    Glad for Matt – he’s such a nice guy and has a great voice.

    It’ll be interesting to see what sort of album he makes – ditto Rebecca!

  • Duke

    that was an amazing moment :-)

  • Ratna12

    Did Simon just say his goodbye speech ?

  • luci

    Lol what was cheeky Harry whispering in Matt’s ear.

  • jammasta

    Ahh, the weight is off my shoulders.

    My favorite didn’t win (again), but this time, the winner was actually very very deserving and very awesome, so all is well and everything is great. These two are truly great and will go on.

    Luckily for me, my friend can get me British songs. I assume Rebecca’s single is not released, which kinda blows because I want that song, but I’ll take Matt’s too.

    I wish Cher was there tonight along with these two, but no matter, she’ll do fine. Sure she’ll have naysayers because she’s different and supposedly a wannabe, but she’s still got it. They don’t have to like her.

    One Direction may not tank, but they did not beat Matt and Rebecca, so I’m grateful. They may end up more successful, but that won’t matter to me. Who knows, maybe if they work together more they’ll learn to harmonize. Without competition surrounding them, maybe it’ll be like the American Idol tour and they’ll improve.

    I might try X-Factor because the vocal talent still seems like it’ll be less than American Idol >_>. Who knows, I could be the next Wagner Carrilho or Rebecca Ferguson.

    Now here’s hoping the people on Twitter who want to kill Rebecca for surpassing One Direction will keep their mouths shut and learn some damn respect.

    Ahh, this has really been a good season.

  • girlygirl

    Another WGWG wins!!!! LOL. congrats to Matt Cardle, he seems like a good guy and is talented. Good luck to Rebecca as well.

  • karenc

    I’m glad Matt won. And I liked his version of Fireworks. To me it sounded more like a U2 version of the song.

  • krurly

    Jammasta and anyone else.. do you know how i can get any songs? am not from the uk but i really want matt’s single and his firework rendition was great!!!!

  • jammasta

    I have my friend get them for me. I have no idea how she does it, she’s from America too. Apparently you need a gift card from that country or something.

    I really wouldn’t mind that, Muse has a couple songs not released here but in the UK, and I wouldn’t mind getting me some of Rebecca, Cher, and Matt’s performances.

    Interesting. Simon thought Aiden would win, so did Louis. Nicole and Simon also thought Gamu.

    Wow, Matt Cardle won EVERY single week except the first (and third, apparently)! Who won the first week was…. Mary Byrne? LOL. To be fair, it was her most amazing performance, and it really WAS amazing. She got 2nd for the 2nd and 3rd weeks, Cher got 2nd for 4th, Rebecca got second most of the other weeks except Beatles week when Katie Waissel got 2nd.

  • Duke

    LMAO! Both Simon and Nicole picked Gamu to win at boot camp- Cheryl must feel like a total idiot lol-

    WOW! Matt won EVERY week but 2 of the weeks at the beginning where he came in second!!! Mary beat him twice- in week 1 and week 3! thats insane!!!! Simon didnt like that very much lol!

  • davedpg

    Mary won the first week, then Matt won every other week

  • fadetowhite

    They’ve just done the voting figures on ITV2.

    Matt won pretty much every week, bar the first.

    Rebecca came through strong towards the end.

    One Direction were never in the top 2!

    ETA: I see we’ve all been watching the same thing :lol

  • karenc

    I was wondering the same thing Krurly. I’m not sure if we can buy from the UK store.

    Interesting about the voting results, I kind of wonder what they would be for American Idol.

  • Duke

    I thought she said mary won week 1 and week 3, with matt coming in 2nd both those weeks…then matt won every week after that…with rebecca coming in 2nd the majority of the time towards the end…cher got 2nd once (week she sang stay) and katie got 2nd once (when she sang help)….one direction was not mentioned at all…

  • Ximena

    so Matt was the winner a long time a go XDD

  • luci

    Mary won the first week, then Matt won every other week

    That is amazing, I can’t believe that. Wow the look on Simon’s face was hilarious.

  • Ratna12

    Wow, except for week one, Matt won every week.
    I would have thought that One Direction won some weeks.

    I kind of like this revelation, actually.

  • krurly

    Jammasta! am guessing she uses an itunes gift card? i wonder why i never thought of that? but will u mind asking her how she gets a uk gift card? or just more details in general please.. thank you!

  • krurly

    yea Karenc am sure there is a way so if anyone can help us and how us how to buy songs from itunes uk it will really be appreciated…

  • jammasta

    I asked her a few times and she didn’t give a straight answer :/.

  • BashiB

    If anyone figures out how we can get Matt’s single in the U.S, please advise. I want it!

    Matt ruled this competition in votes…absolutely smashed it! All this worrying I did every week for nothing. Ha!

  • Valentin432

    Heh, demographics and being one of the most talented gave Matt an easy win, guess the audience is really similar to AI.

    It’s hilarious that the producers wanted us to believe 1D was that incredibly popular boys band, guess you do need to sing well to get votes.

  • Duke

    Dermot, the host, and the Xtra Factor host BOTh picked Matt to win at boot-camp…the judges, well just Louie and Simon since cheryl and Dannii were not there, picked Aiden(Louie) and Gamu/Aiden(Simon)..and guest judge Nicole from the pussycat dools picked Gamu….funny, seems like the hosts are more in tune with talent than the judges…

  • Esqt

    LOL, Matt won! Well, he got the voting advantage for performing first and he’s less boring of the two.

    Now, that the competition is over, I’ll be interested on how they fare in the real world. :)

  • http://www.twilightslo.com Mateja

    One Direction – Forever Young (studio recording)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1KCypi_-6J4

  • http://MJO judes

    So I see Danni Minogue’s guy won . She’ll no doubt bring him down here to Australia .

    Take That make a surprise appearance. I guess that’s a big deal?

    Yes MJ – Take That are a big deal. I was living in the UK in the 90′s when they were huge[ in the rest of the world other than the US] & now that they’ve reformed with Robbie Williams it definitely is big news. One direction could take some tips from Take That on how to harmonise as they are brilliant at it. TT also write catchy good quality songs .
    Its ironic that One Direction sang Natalie Imbruglia’s song Torn as she has just finished a stint as a judge on our Australian X Factor – her girl came 2nd to the rocker Altyan – who had Ronan Keating as his mentor.

    Wonder if Americans will have the pay per vote too ?

    I would never pay to vote

    We pay to vote here in Australia as well. I much prefer this – then there can be no claims by conspiracy theorists about vote tampering for hours on end as those that vote pay for it if they do keep voting!!

  • Duke

    Wikipedia is saying that Mary won week 1 with all the other weeks won by matt…but like MJ, i remember the host saying mary one weeks 1 and 3 with matt coming in 2nd those week….

  • davedpg
  • Esqt

    They revealed all the weekly results after crowning the winner? That is awesome!

  • CDCIdol

    Mary did have more votes than Cher.

  • Duke

    Ahh, so matt did win every week but week one….wow wasnt expecting that from mary….good for her…would have been awesome to see matt give a clean sweep of the competition!..really tho, no one else came close to him in any of the weeks except for week one

    CONTROVERSIAL WEEKS:
    week 9- people were mad they didnt send it to a dead lock- cher would have been eliminated
    week 5- when cheryl refused to pick between tryce and katie- katie would have been eliminated

  • bagel08

    It’s soooo much better than Idol.

    How so?

  • Valentin432

    Interesting things about the percentages:

    1) Matt was a frontrunner from the beginning and won easily most of the weeks.

    2) The two times she was saved, Cher had the least amount of votes (not surprising).

    3) 1D was never really popular, they just had a very vocal fanbase

    4) Mary began strong but people got tired of her quickly.

    5) If the votes worked like on AI (the contestant with the least votes go home), this would have been a saussage fest just like the previous year.

  • luci
  • earthy

    Here’s a shrunk copy of the voting totals.

    http://img839.imageshack.us/img839/48/xfactorvotingtotals.jpg

  • Thea

    Loved the x factor this year. To all who are always taking sides between AI and XF: to me it really comes down to the contestants… Last year xf was BAD, and AI almost as bad… On average the talent was quite poor. This season of XF instead the average was high, and we got many amazing performances. Mastly from Matt and Rebecca, but from Aidan, Cher as well for example.

    Agree that the song choices are so much more contemporary and varied on xf this year.

    I hope AI this year brings it.

    LOVE that Matt won. I know the music styles arevery different, but i really saw many “David Cook” moments in him. Which might be part of why i loved him so much ;)

  • Duke

    luci:
    12/12/2010 at 5:39 pm
    http://xfactor.itv.com/_uploads/userassets/files/vote2010.pdf

    According to this Matt won week 3.

    according to that Matt won week 3…but i deff remember the host saying mary won…

  • davedpg

    The presenter of the Xtra Factor has been getting so much stick over here for being useless

  • Thea

    Ps: really interesting to see the vote results week by week. And Such a welcome chsnge vs the “secrecy” of AI

  • druzilla

    And now we see the truth: Mary did beat Cher Lloyd on the public vote!

  • jammasta

    Paije also had more votes than Cher. Oh well, I liked her way more than either of the other two.

    Treyc had more votes than Katie.

    Matt’s worst weeks were when he sang When Love Takes Over and Come Together. I understand the second one. Do not remember the first one.

    Mary and Matt are the only two who always had more than 10%. I’m honestly surprised Rebecca didn’t always have that. Even during Week 3, it’s kinda baffling. One Direction had just one week where they were under, and BARELY under 10%. That I find mildly surprising. I would’ve expected more that sunk just under 10%.

    Also, of the past 3 winners, Matt had the lead the longest. Alexandra was middle-of-the-pack according to Wikipedia until the end (Eoghan Quigg was almost always in first, according to Wikipedia), and Joe was always near the top, but did not stay there until late in the competition.

    Also note the total votes, just above 15 million. Interesting. I wonder how paying to vote would affect American Idol, aside from a bunch of more casual fans getting kinda mad at the change and some thinking that it’s a great way to stop the powervoting.

    I also find it quite entertaining that after Cher and One Direction were eliminated, each of them still got votes.

    Cher was the only contestant who even came close to overcoming Matt when he won, when she sang Stay (she was .88% below him). Every other time, he had a really comfortable lead.

  • Valentin432

    according to that Matt won week 3…but i deff remember the host saying mary won…

    Week 3 was the week Matt covered Baby One More Time, I’m sure he won that week. Mary was repeating her audition performance.

  • chearts77

    Percentages have now been released

    http://xfactor.itv.com/_uploads/userassets/files/vote2010.pdf

    So, the lowest vote getter doesn’t necessarily go home? Looking at that, Cher should have gone home way before she did. How do they do this on X-Factor? Do the judges decide from the bottom 3 who should go home? Sorry, haven’t really been following all season. *blush*

  • yaddabing

    so people throw themselves over x factor since the wgwg wins idol, yet this happens….

    whatever…my favorite performance of the season was nicolo’s Just Dance.

  • jammasta

    The bottom 2 have a sing-off, and the judges choose who gets eliminated. In cases with double eliminations, the bottom vote-getter was eliminated, and the other acts in the Bottom 3 had a sing-off. In the event of a tie, it goes to the bottom vote-getter, which is known as a Deadlock. How many times did it go to deadlock this season? I only remember Aiden’s elimination being deadlocked.

  • chearts77

    Thanks for the explanation, jammasta. :)

  • http://www.twilightslo.com Mateja

    So, the lowest vote getter doesn’t necessarily go home? Looking at that, Cher should have gone home way before she did. How do they do this on X-Factor? Do the judges decide from the bottom 3 who should go home? Sorry, haven’t really been following all season. *blush*

    The Bottom 2 sing again for the judges and they decide who goes home. Sometimes the decision is based on singing, sometimes on marketability or other factors. This year they kept Katie Waissel on the show over better singers because she was more controversial and generated more press than those better singers.

  • LK3

    Matt’s worst weeks were when he sang When Love Takes Over and Come Together. I understand the second one. Do not remember the first one.

    Matt sang When Love Takes Over the first week: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hiv5ZUt0uZc

    How many times did it go to deadlock this season? I only remember Aiden’s elimination being deadlocked.

    Yep, that was the only time there was a deadlock this season.

    The presenter of the Xtra Factor has been getting so much stick over here for being useless

    She’s dire. I hope they replace her for next year’s Xtra Factor.

    Interestingly, XF has always been won by the boys and the girls categories. Never the groups and Over’s (except S1).

  • BashiB

    Here’s Matt’s single:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jovf4NL8IR8

    He sounds fantastic.

  • jammasta

    Matt sang When Love Takes Over the first week: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hiv5ZUt0uZc

    Yeah, after watching that, I can definitely see it not getting first. It was an up-and-down performance, even if its ups were much more significant.

    Reminded me of the kind of music I can see him doing, which is a good thing.

  • britlady

    I normally catch up on any Kris Allen/David Cook news on here but have come out of lurkdom to comment on ways to purchase music from the UK.

    There are UK itunes giftcards on ebay, all seem to be a reasonable exchange rate. You would need to open an account with UK itunes to redeem this – if I remember correctly you need a UK mailing address to do so but that’s a minor detail. It is also possible to send an email gift certificate from the UK but once again, the recipient would need to set up UK account. I am fortunate to have itunes accounts in both the US and the UK, having (legitimate) mailing addresses and credit cards in both locations. I’d be happy to send a couple of UK certificates in return for US ones if anyone is interested.

    I’m unsure of the best way to organise this, if anyone is interested let me know and we’ll see if there’s a way to work something out.

    And congrats to Matt, he’s been my fave from the beginning. Love Rebecca too, but don’t think I could listen to a whole album all the way through.

    Edit – just seen his youtube channel with all performances
    http://www.youtube.com/user/MattCardleMusic

  • Ximena

    BashiB:
    12/12/2010 at 6:29 pm

    Here’s Matt’s single:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jovf4NL8IR8

    He sounds fantastic.

    The guy has an amazing recording voice too, great stuff! WOW

  • Miss Blue

    It’s soooo much better than Idol.

    The only reason I’m going to watch X Factor/US is too hopefully get a candidate like Altiyan Childs. I doubt we ever see someone like him on AI so hopefully we can get one on XF.

    Glad to see Matt win. I was backing him from the start, with Aiden second. Didn’t think Aiden would stumble so badly, and so quickly.

  • jpfan

    Yikes, that official single totally blows. Not that the other acts were that great either. It’ll be interesting to see how this guy does in the UK. I’m getting a strong smell of “meh” but maybe they’ll buy this stuff.

    He’s better than Lee Dewyze. But just ;) There’s no way in hell they’ll release this dull single in the US.

  • http://www.twilightslo.com Mateja

    I was listening to Matt singing his single and damn, he was screaming.

    Matt’s single is a cover of this:
    Biffy Clyro – Many of Horror
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mAh–lH0H3U

    The song obviously got the usual X Factor winners single treatment. Well, at least there is no choir.

    The original version was released on 18 January 2010 and peaked at #20 on UK singles chart.

  • Truthiness

    Well congrats to Matt. Good season of XFactor all the way around. Will be interesting to see if he can have success after the show.

    I love that they release the totals of the votes after the show. I really wish they would do that for AI. It’s funny that XFactor that has more manipulation from TPTB does that, and AI doesn’t.

  • lica

    judes comment made me look for the Australian X Factor, and I must say: Why Ronan Keating had to go all the way to Australia to become a judge? He’s Irish and would be an awesome substitute for X Factor’s Irish judge – Louis Walsh. I do like him, but I really don’t think he’s a good judge. He always says the same comments. He is a good producer and he can see talent, but he is always the “comic relief” of the show.
    I also thought that the winner – Altiyan is very good, and better than some of the contestants in the UK show this season.

  • lica

    Oh, I must confess that one of the reasons why I don’t think Louis is a good judge is this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2AcNKkGI0eI

    He was a judge when Cheryl (now X Factor judge) was a contestant in Popstars the Rivals. He and Geri were discussing because one of the girls chosen to the live shows couldn’t continue and who they would ask to return to the show. And I agree, Kimberley is prettier – but that is not a pageant show Louis! Afterwards, when Nicola manages to get in the program thanks to another girl who quits the show, she was never in bottom two, and she made some good performances in the show.
    My favourite was this one – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=62YnMKqH_CU
    Kimberley in the show – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qBXpDuVnn_c
    And, of course, that’s what he says about Cheryl in her audition: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UpWus7NUeyY – again – don’t you feel it is a pageant show? lolz
    (Nothing against the girls, I’m just showing how Louis was back then, and why I don’t think he should be doing this)

  • sue

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CNMvyBaE96Y

    Yippie Matt won! I am so happy for him. I loved how pissed Simon was. lol. :) Congrats to Matt and to Rebecca. I’m ready for X-factor America now.

  • Truthiness

    I think Matt has an interesting voice, and I like parts of his voice from his single, but it’s so dull after a while. And if there was a hook in there, I missed it.

    I thought that Matt and the song sounded kind of like Chris Martin in Coldplay’s Yellow, in the beginning of the song, but then song got more overproduced and cheesier as it went along, so eh.

  • Hazehel

    I think the single suits someone with a lower voice than Matt, he doesn’t sound quite right in this song. I don’t know if Dannii chose the song, but she hasn’t been a good chooser of song for Matt. I think Matt won in spite of the songs chosen for him. The best song he performed was the one he first chose himself – First Time Ever I Saw Your Face.

  • Lovesyesha

    Wow, that makes me really mad how Simon manipulated the vote! Whether you liked Mary or not (I did, I love those big old-fashioned belters) you have to admit that she was robbed of that place in the finale. Clearly she was consistently more popular than Cher, they had never done a sing-off in the semi-finals or final 5 before, and Mary at least deserved the deadlock for outsinging her. That was an awful ploy on Simon’s part, and even though I think Danii is the best judge, I am disappointed that she didn’t send it to deadlock. Anyways, I don’t think Mary will have to go back to Tescos, she’s kind,talented, and she appears to be very popular (and she is the rightful 4th place finisher on X Factor).

    As for the finals, I am so happy 1D came in third. The look on Simon’s face was priceless! Rebecca was my favorite, but I really liked Matt too, so I’m happy for him as well.

  • krurly

    Hello Britlady! i would be interested in knowing how to purchase itunes gift cards and stuff so if you could please send me a messsage or something? thank you! i wouldn’t mind changing my US credit for UK credit (sorry i don’t know how to send private msgs)

  • springboard

    My heart is happy with Matt winning. My head is worried about the kind a music Simon is going to make him release. I would have preferred Matt to be signed by a label other than Syco.

  • http://www.twilightslo.com Mateja

    One Direction were never lower than 4th and never higher than 3rd in the voting. Rebecca slowly gained votes from week to week. And it didn’t matter how good or bad Matt’s performance was from week to week, he was always ahead. Mary’s first live performance (Man’s world) was a real moment, but from then on, people slowly got tired of her and the judges eliminated her over a more current contestant. Cher hit the absolute bottom of the voting twice. She was obviously not everyone’s cup of tea (except Cheryl’s with two sugars).

  • hcpoirot

    Congrats Matt for winning. :)

    A few comments:

    If we see the finale week votes some interesting facts. After the first night when Cher eliminated, Matt in first with 39%, Rebecca 25% and 1D 18%.

    But singing first, and surprisingly Cher fans votes went to Rebecca. On second night of finale after singing first song, Matt still at 39%, Rebecca increase sharply to 32% and ID% 20.

    But Matt sang his heart out with his new single and gain some important votes. He is up to 44% and Rebecca to 38 in just few minutes.

    NOtes: That show you that singing the right songs and right performances can really make the difference and gain you tons of votes.

  • hcpoirot

    And to why Danii chose Cher over Mary:

    I am guessing here but with Mary gone and Cher still there, she will compete with 1D votes and Mary votes will gone some of them to Matt. (Look at the voting charts)

    But with Cher gone, her votes will gone to 1D and Rebecca and Mary turn out pretty popular with votes. Matt will not increasing tons of votes with Cher gone in top 5.

    Danii decision to send Mary home is 100% right to make Matt win more easier.

    I am not Cher big fans but at least she try to entertained people and Mary seems to singing the same type of song and it become boring week after week. Louis is not that good with song choices and it proves again and again. Thats why he only get to mentor Group or over 28 again and again.

    THe most interesting is: Wagner. Actually his votes keep increasing each week except for week 5, He even touch 10% at his last week in X-Factor. YIKES!

    THey will surely had crappy singer in the finals again next year.

  • hcpoirot

    Take That is on the demand. They perform at X – Factor results and Strictly COme Dancing result (DWTS UK) at the same night. Two very popular shows that will certainly help their album and single sales.

    Kara and Artem (ex SYTYCD season 1 alumni) made it to finale 3. Congrats.

  • LadyBeBop

    Lovesyesha:
    12/12/2010 at 10:28 pm
    Wow, that makes me really mad how Simon manipulated the vote! Whether you liked Mary or not (I did, I love those big old-fashioned belters) you have to admit that she was robbed of that place in the finale. Clearly she was consistently more popular than Cher, they had never done a sing-off in the semi-finals or final 5 before, and Mary at least deserved the deadlock for outsinging her. That was an awful ploy on Simon’s part, and even though I think Danii is the best judge, I am disappointed that she didn’t send it to deadlock.

    I think it’s a slap in the face to Louis who went without an act in the finals. To me, the best case scenerio would have had each judge have an act in the finals.

  • Reflections On Life

    And to why Danii chose Cher over Mary:
    I am guessing here but with Mary gone and Cher still there, she will compete with 1D votes and Mary votes will gone some of them to Matt. (Look at the voting charts)
    But with Cher gone, her votes will gone to 1D and Rebecca and Mary turn out pretty popular with votes. Matt will not increasing tons of votes with Cher gone in top 5.
    Danii decision to send Mary home is 100% right to make Matt win more easier.

    Extremely good point, hcpoirot! This speaks to the Survivor-esque quality of XFactor vs AI. Especially when it gets down to the top 5 or fewer, it makes sense for judges to eliminate good candidates who are a threat to their own. It also makes sense to eliminate candidates whose votes you think will shift to yours, or retain candidates whose votes won’t go to yours. Danii, playing the game… you go, girl!

    (P.S. At a bar last weekend in USA with big screen TV, a danii video played, everyone at the bar said “kylie’s gone brunette?”, no one had heard of danii.)

    XFactor votes show that Katie & Cher got free rides on the backs of TreyC and Paije, and later, Mary. In fact, Katie should have been gone Week 1! Conversely, shock-boot Aiden left when he should have – he had the lowest vote total that week.

    I agree with the hosts and the others predicting before the show started. My favs were Aiden & Gamu, and following that, Matt & Rebecca, and after that, TreyC & Paije. Cher is in her own bucket, a league of her own. As Danii said, killer combo of confidence & vulnerability. Haven’t seen that kind of stage presence and performance skills from a teen since Britney & JT. Good slate of talent overall, good season of XF UK.

  • sallysimmons

    I guess if you’re watching the show and involved with the contestants, you start to think they’re better than they are. I can’t explain the love for Matt any other way. He’s a cute guy I guess, but a star? No way.

    I didn’t think there was any real talent among this bunch.