Just when you think one outcome on X Factor is a definite, the show always reserves the right to completely shock you. That’s what happened tonight when Katie Waissel managed to avoid elimination and Aiden Grimshaw got sent home.
How did this happen, you ask? Well, blame the general public, apparently! Because when the judges sent the vote to deadlock – Simon and Cheryl saving Katie and Dannii and Louis saving Aiden – the biggest shock of the night was that THE PUBLIC had voted more for Katie than for Aiden.
In fact, there was a little ripple of confusion earlier in proceeding when Aiden, Katie and Paije Richardson were the last three standing on the stage. When Paije was told he was safe, the looks of confusion in everybody’s faces were hilarious. Even Paije expected to be bottom two tonight, which says a lot about his self-belief. You could almost hear him composing his “Well, I had a good run…” comments in his head.
I loved that Simon Cowell remained consistent in his choice after saving Katie last week. She may be annoying, but she proved in the sing-off that she’s a better singer than Aiden. On that note, Aiden’s final song choice was to musically destroy Crowded House’s Don’t Dream It’s Over, which he attacked and murdered with typical vigour. And for the first part of the song he performed like he’d got something stuck to the bottom of his foot.
When Katie was inexplicably saved, the public were stunned. Not as stunned as Aiden Grimshaw – it was his first week in the bottom two compared with Katie’s fourth. And the fan reaction was mostly negative – toward Simon for saving Katie yet again, and predictably toward Katie.
My personal reaction? When I found out it was Aiden versus Katie, I threw my support behind Katie. She may be annoying but she can be entertaining. I’m fairly certain she’ll be in the bottom two again next week, but the funniest thing about this situation is that the judges gave the public the result they wanted last week – deadlock. And it backfired on the Katie haters!
I’m also slightly relieved that I was on the money with my comments today about Aiden’s performances being predictable and boring. Clearly other people felt the same way, which is a lesson to the besotted fan groups that they exist in a bubble of obsession and the rest of the nation doesn’t feel the same way. Clearly Team Aiden didn’t have the numbers to keep him in the competition – even against a contestant so widely disliked as Katie Waissel.
P.S. What the hell was Cheryl Cole doing with her hair tonight?