The X Factor – FINAL Results!

Joe McElderry wins X Factor 2009!

No big surprise here!   It was pretty clear for the past several weeks that Joe was a front runner.   He’s technically a very good and consistent singer, even if he’s not oozing charisma, but if he’s given the right material, he could sell records.   I’ll be his voice records beautifully.

I don’t know what’s going to happen to Olly.   Maybe he could go the theater route like Taylor Hicks did.   I can’t imagine him as a viable recording artist, although he is really entertaining.   I could forgive his vocal imperfections on his rendition of   “The Climb”, as it was incredibly heartfelt.   I liked it better than Joe’s for that reason.

OMG it was so exciting to see Sir Paul McCartney on the X Factor stage. SQUEEEE is all I can muster at this moment. Sure, his vocals were kind of shot, but he’s a f*cking Beatle!   Enough said.

X Factor voting statistics HERE. Total transparency! What a concept! Joe won decisively, and was in double digits the entire competition. The week that John And Edward were eliminated, Olly Murs had the lowest votes. Olly had a bit of a rocky road to the top. Danyl Johnson fluctuated a lot-probably corresponding to his uneven performances and whatever his press was in a given week.

After the jump, check out the videos and performance recap.

Videos after the JUMP…

Who will win X Factor? Olly Murs or Joe McElderry? Watch the live feed to find out

Oh crap! It’s Paul McCartney!!!!! OMG. squee.

Live Feeds: HERE and HERE and HERE.   The show begins at 2:30 ET.

  • The Final 12 – “Never Forget – It’s fun to see the whole group back together again. I love me some cheesy group numbers. Jedward FTW! –   VIDEO
  • Olly Murs – “Twist and Shout” – Ugh. I hate that Ferris Bueller turned this hot, sexy Beatles raver into a joke.   Just no, Olly –   VIDEO
  • Joe McElderry – “Don’t Stop Believing” – This song is way too big for Joe.   Completely the wrong song for him.   Boring. – VIDEO
  • Alexandra Burke and JLS – Medley – One of Simon’s big-voiced pets.   She’s last year’s winner. Zzzz. – VIDEO
  • Leona Lewis – “Stop Crying” – Simon pet #2. Zzzzzz – VIDEO
  • Olly Murs – “The Climb” –   Yeah, his vocals weren’t all that, but he gave this song everything he had.   I felt that – VIDEO
  • Joe McElderry – “The Climb” –   Joe’s vocals were technically perfect, yet I didn’t feel a thing. – VIDEO
  • George Michael – “December Song” Absolutely gorgeous new Christmas song from George. Love it.   – VIDEO
  • Paul McCartney – “Drive My Car” (The Top 12 join him) – How thrilling it must have been for the kids to take the stage with Sir Paul? I’m a total Beatles   Stan, I have no objectivity. Squee –   VIDEO
  • Paul McCartney – “Live and Let Die” – I hate Wings. Really I do.   But it was still fun to see Paul getting down with the Pyro –   VIDEO
  • Joe McElderry wins X Factor – Joe could barely contain himself.   Olly looked disappointed–I hope he prepared himself at least a little.   This ending was inevitable. –   VIDEO
  • Joe McElderry sings the winners single –   And the confetti falls out of the sky…la la la la – Christmas #1! Unless those Rage Against the Machine peeps manage to knock off it’s perch. – VIDEO
  • Joe McElderry – Studio version of “The Climb” – VIDEO

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112 Comments

  1. I don’t care who wins to be honest. I just find it weird that Simon roots for Olly when he would despise someone like him on American Idol.

  2. O.M.G.

    Total copy of the A17 finale, with the two finalists in white.

    Are they trying to position Joe as Archie and – much much weirder to me, apart from both being nice guys – Olly as Cook (excuse me whilst I wash my mouth out!).

    Or is it just Simon’s underhand way of belatedly acknowledging how great that finale was!

  3. PS – or is it just that I’m an abnormally obsessed uber A17 nutcase and will see echoes on the slightest pretext :lol

    Though I definitely can see the Joe/Archie echoes.

    That doesn’t mean that Olly is going to win does it???

    Surely not!

  4. I think it is poor and simple copy. Besides, the whole white/black thing has its symbolisms…

  5. PS ‘“ or is it just that I’m an abnormally obsessed uber A17 nutcase and will see echoes on the slightest pretext :lol

    This. I don’t recall that finale at all – other than I was happy that Cook won.

  6. This.

    OK – rub it in why don’t you :lol

    Still – I can’t see Olly winning: what sort of music would he record? At least Joe can go down the pop/musical path.

  7. I don’t care who wins to be honest. I just find it weird that Simon roots for Olly when he would despise someone like him on American Idol.

    Seriously. I wish somebody like Jon Stewart (Slezak and Cantiello need to start working on that video!) would do a mash-up of these two shows and Simon’s commentary on the various contestants because he comes off as nothing more than a disingenuous opportunist (albeit one who’s richer than God) the way he praises contestants on X Factor whom he’d laugh off the stage if they appeared on Idol. Maybe he just hates Americans.

  8. G.I. JOE (McElderry)

    Because knowing (to vote for Joe McElderry) is half the battle!

    GO JOE! Sorry Olly fans, I’m a Joe fan and I can’t think of something even remotely clever for Olly. Someone wanna help with that one? Skateboard ollie….?

    How long is this show, anyway? I’ll be out for about 2 hours, I wonder if we’ll know when I come back.

  9. I totally agree Bootstar. But in this contest Simon has a vested in interest in Olly winning because he has been coaching him. Simon being the arrogant and self absorbed person that he is…it is in HIS best interest if Olly wins.

  10. I don’t see either as making it in current pop. For me Olly does best with “oldies” and Joe’s vocals are too musical theater. That doesn’t mean they won’t be successful in their niches though. Just my opinion….

  11. What is Simon drinking? DONT STOP BELIEVING is not a well known song? Um hello?

  12. What is Simon drinking? DONT STOP BELIEVING is not a well known song? Um hello?

    Apparently it wasn’t released in the UK – as hard as that is to believe. Loved Journey. I remember going to one of their concerts when I was in HS.

  13. What is Simon drinking? DONT STOP BELIEVING is not a well known song? Um hello?

    To be fair it isnt that well known in the UK. I only know it from AI tour this year !!

  14. Alexandra Burke and JLS are good.

    Kind of shows this year’s pair up though…

  15. Last year was soo good, that both acts were good. And the forth finalist was awesome too. Do we need to hear Leona in every final Simon? Really???

  16. oh Leona…love your voice…hate this song. Her second CD isn’t selling well at all…

  17. This is a very bad performance from her, in my opinion… But she improved in the end.

  18. Oh dear – poor Olly: he really can’t sing. The song and dance routine works well for him and his voice suits ‘Superstition’ type music, but this really exposes him.

    Ouch.

  19. Olly is butchering this song. But as I hate it… I actually don’t mind LOL Keep butchering!

  20. Simon chose the song.

    Does he want Joe to win that badly, or did he just not expect Olly to get into the final?

    And now he’s talking bilge about how it proved he could sing…

    Ooooo-kay.

    How am I going to take anything he says on AI9 seriously?

  21. Olly was just terrible. Their is nothing else to say about that except to use one of Simon’s quotes “Ghastly Indulgent Nonsense”

  22. Wow Joe just totally separated himself didnt he? WOW…this song was meant for him

  23. It is a pretty crappy song isn’t it??!!

    I’ve never heard it before. Sounds like an AI winner’s single.

    Surely we’re not going to have to suffer this as our Xmas no.1?

    But, of course, Joe sang it better – though that’s not saying much in the circumstances, really…

  24. Louis’s putting his neck on the block and choosing Joe :lol

    This is getting farcical.

    Honestly, the only reason that Olly can win is through a sympathy vote and, whilst UK viewers do love an underdog, he was so awful and Joe is both totally inoffensive and so much a better singer, that I would be astonished if that happened.

  25. DONT STOP BELIEVING is not a well known song? Um hello?

    See Journey’s Don’t Stop Believing in UK as the equivalent of Robbie Williams’ Angels in US. Everyone in UK knows Angels, but few people in US know it until David Archuleta sang it (even then only Idol watchers are aware of it). Journey is a bit of Americana that doesn’t translate well to the rest of the world.

    I avoid listening to Miley Cyrus, so have no idea what The Climb sounds like until now. It’s unequivocally an awful song, much worse than No Boundaries in its mountain-climbing awfulness. Olly sounds terrible on it, suits Joe better I think.

  26. George Michael is amazing!!! Show the green ones how it’s done George!

  27. Well… I think Simon screwed himself over with The Climb. You know he wasn’t thinking that Olly would be in the finale. I’m sure he was imagining Danyl winning the whole thing.

    Actually, I’m thinking that Lucie would have done the best with it.

    Thank God my young daughter isn’t into the whole Miley thing. She had a chance to go to her concert for free and still turned it down. That’s my girl! :lol:

  28. Kelly Clarkson and her two backup singers did an amazing rendition of “The Climb” a couple months ago.

    Joe should win easily, however, if UK viewers end up picking Olly instead, then they deserve to hear his version of “The Climb” played endlessly by their radio stations.

    Meh. Not impressed by that George Michael song.

  29. Joe should win easily, however, if UK viewers end up picking Olly instead, then they deserve to hear his version of ‘The Climb’  played endlessly by their radio stations.

    This! I bet there are actually Olly backers who wish they could take their vote back after listening to the Climb knowing that it is going to be played a million times on UK radio.

  30. Paul McCartney certainly can still give it some welly.

    That was great!

  31. Well, he’s struggling a bit on Live and Let Die, but then how old is he now?

    After all of that anaemic music tonight, it’s just fantastic to hear something good.

    Edit: he was fine on Drive My Car

  32. Joe should win easily, however, if UK viewers end up picking Olly instead, then they deserve to hear his version of ‘The Climb’  played endlessly by their radio stations.

    Lol:

    I don’t think we’ve done anything to deserve any version of that song repetitively played on the radio, though I’m sure Kelly did a great job on it.

  33. See Journey’s Don’t Stop Believing in UK as the equivalent of Robbie Williams’ Angels in US. Everyone in UK knows Angels, but few people in US know it until David Archuleta sang it (even then only Idol watchers are aware of it). Journey is a bit of Americana that doesn’t translate well to the rest of the world.

    Well, not completely true. “Don’t Stop Believin'” got to #19 in the UK in 1981 for Journey. “Angels” never charted in the U.S. for Robbie Williams.

  34. can we vote for Paul

    ITA! He’s got to be getting close to the Over 25s x3 group….

  35. I have noticed that flashing bunny ears seem to be a favourite of X Factor fans as well as Idol fans.

    Interesting…

  36. Congratulations, Joe!

    Pity the winners’ songs are always so excruciating but at least he didn’t get saddled with NoBo.

  37. Paul McCartney was not impressive. He’s clearly showing his age vocally.

  38. Funny comment from the chat session accompanying the live feed:

    “Joe’s album will sell really well…. if they release it around Mother’s Day!”

    Congrats to Joe & Olly.

  39. Congratulations Joe! It’s really amazing to finally see the the best vocalist and the most consistent contestant win!

  40. Dying to hear the boys’ take on The Climb, but in preparation for cleansing one’s ears, here’s Kelly covering it. Damn, that girl can sing anything! I actually thought it was a pretty good “inspirational” song the first time I heard Miley sing it. Just needed a good singer.

    From the descriptions here, it sounds like Joe did a good job. Dying for the videos . . .

  41. Well that was expected, deserved and yet totally dull. Glad this disaster of a season is over and hope that next season will be better.

    And good luck for Joe with having a career in popular music, not seeing it, but hey, Bieber and SuBo proven that almost everyone has a chance of being successful.

  42. There is no question Joe deserved the title and I’m happy for him. I hope he has a successful career.

  43. I was wondering what McCartney was doing on the show.

    Surprise, surprise, he’s got a ‘best of’ album coming out.

    Best of Wings, alas.

    Mind, you, listening to the snippets on I-tunes, there was a strange nostalgic glow about hearing the wince inducing coyness of Mull Of Kintyre and Pipes of Peace again. I was but a teeny girl when they topped the charts.

    No Frog Chorus though: surely a major omission.

    I do like Live and Let Die.

  44. Yay! Congrats Joe! The best guy won…UK, you done good. :-)

    I’m curious about the vote totals. I wonder if it was even close. Seemed pretty obvious to me Joe was the star of this crop.

  45. Edit: Bootstar (sorry got the wrong poster!) – agreed. Just listened to the Kelly version and it sounds good when she sings it.

    She’s just a great singer.

  46. Does winning actually matter other than getting the title? The winner is signed to Simon right, and so does the rest if he so chooses.

    We’ve seen that Simon has been a Danyl fanboy since Day 1. Have Simon been enthusiastic about Joe so far? Is there a point of winning if you’re not guaranteed the full support as a winner?

    Whoa… sudden deja vu.

    ETA: Forgot to congratulate Joe. So congratz! *coughFWIWcough*

  47. Paul McCartney was not impressive. He’s clearly showing his age vocally.

    I think if anyone has earned the right to rest on his laurels, Paul has!

    Congrats Joe! The only choice, imho.

  48. Well, not completely true. ‘Don’t Stop Believin”  got to #19 in the UK in 1981 for Journey.

    Not true. It only got to #19 this year after Joe performed it on X-Factor earlier in the season.

    The more useful thing to note is that both are iconic songs in their respective country, songs that everyone in the country knows and mean a lot to them and definitive in some way of their popular music. Don’t Stop Believing is still charting on US iTunes, shockingly enough currently doing better than Adam Lambert’s Whataya Want From Me. Personally I think Don’t Stop Believing is mediocre, but then perhaps a lot of Americans think Angels is a mediocre song too.

    A few other iconic British songs of last couple of decades – Oasis’ Don’t Look Back In Anger or Wonderwall, The Verve’s The Drug Don’t Work, Manic Street Preachers’ A Design For Life.

  49. Joe looked constipated again. He listened to what I said yesterday. Amazing to see a guy who cares enough about the fans to listen even when it’s a simple tip like “Don’t take a laxative” (although if he really does listen, I hope he’s careful and doesn’t let us shove him around).

    Anyhow, I want his single >_>. Wonder if it’ll show up at all in the US.

    Mateja, broken link?

  50. I am happy for Simon Cowell. He has been dying for a winner who is under 20 and who can appeal to the tween audience. Recall the inexplicable praise for Eoghan Quigg?? He finally got what he wished for — Joe is 18/19 — a slightly older version of Quigg. Hope it works out for Simon. Really. He deserves everything that is coming to him.

  51. Both those guys are cute, but neither did anything great with that song,”The Climb.” And neither has any “X” factor from where I’m sitting for that matter. That was like a poor imitation of “The Davids.”

    Good God, I hope this isn’t what we have to look forward to after Simon kills American Idol so he can force the US version of this show down our throats.

  52. Thank you, Mateja. The voting percentages are interesting. I wish AI would post them after the finale. If I am reading it correctly, Olly is the only contestant to benefit from the Judge’s Vote – that is, he would have gone home instead of Jedward in Week 7, but everyone else was the lowest vote getter the week they left. I didn’t watch the entire season, so I don’t know, did the judges exercise their vote for anyone else or just leave it to the public vote?

  53. Joe never even scraped the bottom, and he was always in double digits. Wow. Agree with those results, his rendition of Don’t Stop Believin’ was not all that, he was completely out of his element on that one (At least during the chorus). O_O @ Danyl going from 7% to 36% that week.

  54. Seriously. I wish somebody like Jon Stewart (Slezak and Cantiello need to start working on that video!) would do a mash-up of these two shows and Simon’s commentary on the various contestants because he comes off as nothing more than a disingenuous opportunist (albeit one who’s richer than God) the way he praises contestants on X Factor whom he’d laugh off the stage if they appeared on Idol. Maybe he just hates Americans.

    Actually, Simon’s “hatred” might be to our advantage. He is doing no service to his own show or to his countrymen by molly-coddling them. Granted, he is overly critical of exceptional American Idol contestants, complaining about their clothes, their attitudes, or their weight when he doesn’t want them to win — anything but the voice because that can’t be faulted! (See Allison and Carly.) But, by being tough on the Americans he is doing them a huge service, because it is more than clear that they can handle it and surpass his withering tongue — every god damn year.

    Journey is a bit of Americana that doesn’t translate well to the rest of the world.

    Well, I can’t say that Joe was the be all and end all of that song, but he did a pretty good job. However, X-Factor viewers enjoying it should get thee to Itunes and pick up the Journey version. It is a great, iconic song.

  55. I avoid listening to Miley Cyrus, so have no idea what The Climb sounds like until now. It’s unequivocally an awful song, much worse than No Boundaries in its mountain-climbing awfulness. Olly sounds terrible on it, suits Joe better I think.

    Give it credit for having a melody, though, which is more than one can say for No Boundaries. And I don’t find the lyrics to be more awful (it’s still awful, but not “make it through the pain/ weather the hurricane/to get to that one thing” awful, in the that the cliches are more basically coherent).

    But, yeah, Joe was obviously going to wipe the floor with Olly on this one. He did. And… we’re out. (This definitely reminded me of S6, in the end)

    As to the voting totals… hmm, how interesting. Closer, actually, than I imagined they would be (I thought the disparities might be more between contestants on a more regular basis than proved true).

  56. No emotion from Joe on the show, at least in his singing. He felt like a singing robot today.

  57. Awww, Joe is so cute! I’m glad he won, he did a great job every week and deserved it. That’s cool that the presenter had the CD case there for the single, that’s better than any statue they could hand him.

  58. Congrads Joe, my highlight of watching the videos was seeing Jedward!!!!!!!!!

  59. Awww, Joe is so cute! I’m glad he won, he did a great job every week and deserved it. That’s cool that the presenter had the CD case there for the single, that’s better than any statue they could hand him.

    they do that every year with the winner … the song is always available for download from midnight the night of the final and in the stores on the Monday.

    I’m pleased for Joe .. he’s been he most consistent and seems a lovely guy (plus he lived just a couple of miles from me … lol) …. Olly was also very gracious in defeat

    Highlight of the night for me was George Michael though .. I love his new Xmas song .. the video is really cute and touching too

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Hbwa00VEMc

    The song is available today .. but I think you can download it for free on Xmas Day (or maybe even earlier)

  60. I’m so glad Joe won!

    Where can I buy his mp3 version of The Climb from the US? The X Factor website just links to UK stores; I don’t know if I can buy the mp3 there.

  61. Dying to hear the boys’ take on The Climb, but in preparation for cleansing one’s ears, here’s Kelly covering it. Damn, that girl can sing anything!

    Well I thought her version of Seven Nation Army was not of goodness, so not everything. bBt her, and the back-up singers version of Climb was certainly better than Miley’s, like that’s hard, and better than Joe or Olly’s, also not hard.

  62. Joe is a really good singer, and deserved to win the XFactor for sure.

    Liked him on The Climb – but I was not really feeling the Don’t Stop Believing song for him.

    I bet Lambert could blow the roof off singing some Journey!

  63. Where can I buy his mp3 version of The Climb from the US? The X Factor website just links to UK stores; I don’t know if I can buy the mp3 there

    .

    I’m not sure if you can download from Amazon UK outside of the UK but it’s available for download from there also at just 29p which is really cheap as downloads are usually 79p .. the sample there sounds really pretty

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Climb/dp/B0030L0XLC/ref=sr_tr_1?ie=UTF8&s=aps&qid=1260748775&sr=8-1

  64. Is Simon Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde? He acts completely different across the pond, so much nicer. I even saw him “dance” a little in his seat when Joe was singing Don’t Stop Believing which he never did on Idol.

    I haven’t been following the show closely, but I loved Joe’s rendition of DSB and he’s extremely handsome. However I was puzzled when Simon said it wasn’t a well known song. Say what? I guess Journey wasn’t popular in the UK? If so they missed out big time.

  65. I thought Leona Lewis was great tonight. That song “Stop Crying Your Heart Out” may not be that familiar to US peeps but it was clever to use it as a soundtrack to the contestants’ videos in the background as crying was omnipresent this year.

    Did anyone hear the technical glitch shortly into the song where the pitch of the backing track changed slightly?

  66. Is Simon Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde? He acts completely different across the pond, so much nicer. I even saw him ‘dance’  a little in his seat when Joe was singing Don’t Stop Believing which he never did on Idol.

    Not to mention sing along with Joe during one of his performances LOL.

    Anyway, I don’t know if those stores accept U.S. money :/.

  67. Personnally I thought that Leona murdered one of my favourite Oasis song tonight .. but there agian I’m not a lover of her voice .. I tend to think she has the habit of sucking the life out of all the songs she covers and turns them into dirges (although I do quite like “Happy”).

    I far prefer Oasis’ version of Don’t Cry Your Heart Out ..but the words were very apt to use over the past contestants montage

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QkjVeF-CKIs

  68. Miley blows both Joe and Olly out of the water on The Climb.

    Except when Miley sings it live. ;)

  69. Did anyone hear the technical glitch shortly into the song where the pitch of the backing track changed slightly?

    Yeah I noticed that also…my ears did a double take then I had to go listen to that spot a couple times. Sounds like Joe’s vocal pitches down at that point also…was Joe lip-syncing???? Strange! Check out the look on his face right after it happens!

    Happens at 3:25

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7rwE8MH9kP0

  70. Okay, I chose 4 out of 5 winners this year.

    I hope your streak ends here! As much as I like Russell, I hope Jakob gets it. ;) But… I seem to do much better picking the international SYTYCD winners for some reason.

    It was my first season watching XFactor and I enjoyed it quite a bit. There are several aspects of the show that I like. I do hope that Simon brings it to the US. I’d certainly watch it.

  71. #1 single for Christmas in the UK!

    Not so sure if it will be the Christmas #1 this year. There is a campaign to stop Simon Cowell getting another Christmas #1 for the 5th year in a row by getting people to buy Rage Against The Machine’s Killing In The Name. Last year a similar campaign managed to get Jeff Buckley’s Hallelujah to #2, not enough to stop Alexandra Burke’s version. This year the song is weaker, and the singer is also weaker, so there is a possibility that the campaign may succeed.

  72. I hope your streak ends here! As much as I like Russell, I hope Jakob gets it. ;) But’ ¦ I seem to do much better picking the international SYTYCD winners for some reason.

    It was my first season watching XFactor and I enjoyed it quite a bit. There are several aspects of the show that I like. I do hope that Simon brings it to the US. I’d certainly watch it.

    Fair enough, but if my streak ends it’s all your fault. ALL your fault :P.

    And yes, I agree that it would be interesting to bring X Factor here. I like many of the ideas they use. It was my first season watching it, too (although to be honest I’ve still only watched a handful of performances). I rather liked it. Maybe a bit more than American Idol. It seemed like it was easier to treat each contestant like a normal human through this show.

    Simon’s an enigma. In the U.S., he’s brutal, there he seems nice. Personally, I like UK Simon more than US Simon.

  73. Wow, I thought their versions of The Climb were terrible. Oy. Thought Kelly’s was pretty good, but think this year’s winner of Australian Idol, Stan Walker’s version is the best. So much power in his voice. Here’s the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dga6VdWdXCc

    Hmmm, I didn’t follow OzIdol this year but based on that video, he can certainly belt out the high notes but the beginning part in his lower register is pretty shaky.

    Miley blows both Joe and Olly out of the water on The Climb.

    ROFL! gangreen29, you gave me a good laugh. Since when has Miley blown ANYONE out of the water vocally? I don’t think Olly sang it well at all but even he showed more emotion than “AutoTuned Miley”. The fact there are over 63 million views on her official music video is whacked – an example of the power of the Disney marketing juggernaut making any actual vocal talent an irrelevant consideration.

  74. Seriously, do people in the UK not know Miley’s version? That song’s been so played out here…bad choice Simon, but he’s the guy behind SuBo so I’m sure it’ll go #1 and sell millions, haha.

  75. And yes, I agree that it would be interesting to bring X Factor here. I like many of the ideas they use. It was my first season watching it, too (although to be honest I’ve still only watched a handful of performances). I rather liked it. Maybe a bit more than American Idol. It seemed like it was easier to treat each contestant like a normal human through this show.

    Simon’s an enigma. In the U.S., he’s brutal, there he seems nice.

    Please, no! American Idol is already too much about the judges and not enough about the competitors. On X-Factor, it’s even more about the judges with them directly coaching the contestants and choosing their songs for them. Then they go on the air to pretend to critique the performances. If they want to mentor/coach, I don’t feel they should also judge. What a huge conflict of interest.

    Simon’s not an enigma. He’s a complete fraud as a judge. He makes things up to suit his business strategy. The fact that some of his commentary is accurate doesn’t compensate for the numerous other times he has pimped, de-pimped or refused to pick a side, not because of the actual performances but for the purpose of advancing a hidden agenda.

  76. Please, no! American Idol is already too much about the judges and not enough about the competitors. On X-Factor, it’s even more about the judges with them directly coaching the contestants and choosing their songs for them. Then they go on the air to pretend to critique the performances. If they want to mentor/coach, I don’t feel they should also judge. What a huge conflict of interest.

    I’m still debating on the “judges choosing the contestants’ songs” thing. I mean, if they’ve got good judges, the judges may choose songs better and there’s bound to not be “disastrous song choices”. However, if the judge sucks, they’ll choose an incredibly bad song (i.e. “I Kissed A Girl” for Lloyd).

    Maybe I’m just naive, but I don’t really see the judges as that manipulative/pretending to critique. I mean, it’s most definitely there to some degree, but I don’t know if it’s that huge a deal.

  77. I love Leona, and her version of Oasis’ Stop Crying Your Heart Out is delightful. Must be the 90’s music lover inside of me…

    Anyway, mom will love to watch those Macca performances :). I’m personally a Lennon kind of person and can’t stand most of his solo/wings music, but the man is truly a living legend.

  78. Can’t edit anymore :/.

    So, I’m hoping that group that’s supposedly tired of X Factor getting the #1 spot for Christmas sales doesn’t succeed. The basis behind that Facebook group is incredibly stupid, and they say it’s nothing personal against X Factor or Simon Cowell (even though it’s almost painfully obvious that it is). SMH. It’s not for Rage Against The Machine, it’s against Joe McElderry who hasn’t done crap to anyone except appear on X Factor.

    There are much better things to protest/raise public awareness about, what the hell do they expect to accomplish with this? All I see is disrespect and stupidity.

    Also, that supposed sign of that group is really foolish. “**** you, I won’t buy what you sell me!” Nobody asked you to buy a thing, don’t be so pretentious and self-entitled.

    Le sigh. Sometimes I just hate people.

    Oh, how freaking delicious was this direct quote from someone in the group.

    “They’re willing to take a stand, and not get all pissy about music taste.”

    What a freaking hypocrite.

    Taking a stand against the gigantic giant, X Factor, which is working with Joe McElderry to promote world domination and destruction! How excellent! Take a stand against something so harmless as freaking musical taste. Just great! Joe’s single will decimate a population! Let’s stand against that! *ends sarcasm*

    And you admire them for not getting “pissy about taste” which is exactly what you’re doing.

    Sorry, I’m in a fit of rage right now. Hypocrisy is a bigger issue than musical taste.

  79. Nope…, I did not understand the Zzzzz in the remark about Leona Lewis
    I don’t like every thing of hers, but she did “Stop Crying Your Heart Out” more than justice, once she came out of her lower register.(too low to be intelligible). I think I was holding my breath as she soared to the power ballad.
    I’m out of breath and she sang with power and heart!!
    JOE, JOE,JOE!! It would have been a travesty had he not won tonight.
    He was “gobsmacked”to the max. Actually his lack of articulation showed
    just how young he is…..Oh well, He’ll come along as he should in due time.
    I am thrilled for him. JOE, the recording star, for many years to come!!!!

  80. Joe’s ‘The Climb’ is #1 single on iTunes UK.

    Final show’s ratings:

    Last night’s X Factor finale peaked with 19.7m for ITV1, early viewing figures show.

    The two-hour show, which saw Joe McElderry triumph over rival Olly Murs, averaged 15.62m (53.2%) between 7.30pm and 9.30pm, peaking with an impressive 19.7m (63.2%) when the result was announced at 9.18pm.

    Last year, Alexandra Burke’s victory had 13.46m (54.4%), hitting a high of 14.59m (61.4%) at 10.40pm.

    Holly Willoughby-fronted spinoff show The Xtra Factor then put in 1.87m (7.6%) at 9.30pm for ITV2.

    Post-X Factor on ITV1, 9.84m (38.4%) tuned in for I Dreamed A Dream: The Susan Boyle Story, which aired between 9.30pm and 10.30pm.

  81. Ranting is kinda embarrassing >_>. Though I do like callling things “delicious”…. lol.

    Anyway, good interview. He already seems pretty decent at it, I didn’t see him being nervous or having to adjust to being interviewed, he’s just a genuine guy. How could anybody hate that face? He’s always smiling :).

    He may not ooze charisma, but I like his heartfelt performances and almost permanent happiness.

  82. Stop Crying My Heart Out is an Oasis song?!

    I love Oasis and own several albums, I just haven’t heard that one before, but it was totally and utterly unrecognisable as Oasis.

    I thought she was pretty awful until the last 1/4 of the song.

  83. Wow – that’s amazing. Followed the link and I do know that Oasis song and it’s great when they sing it – don’t think I own it though.

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