Does Louis Walsh look relieved in the photo above? It might be because he’s finally managed to jettison novelty singer Wagner Carrilho from The X Factor just in time for the semi-finals.
As you already know, Katie Waissel got eliminated first. This left Mary Byrne and Wagner to face each other in a sing off. Both Louis Walsh’s acts – how would he choose between them?
To be honest, neither act sang their ‘save me’ song particularly well. But that was never the issue with this elimination, was it? This was the judges’ first opportunity to vote Wagner off, and they grabbed it with both hands. Even Louis jumped at the chance to sacrifice Wagner. At least he didn’t abstain from the vote as Cheryl Cole did only a couple of weeks ago!
Simon Cowell took the time to lambast the various support groups for Wagner across the Internet, accusing them of trying to derail the show. He said:
But what I said tonight is, it can’t end up, the end of the show, as a joke. At the end of the day these people entered the show because they needed a break. It’s not about us, its about them.
Here’s the point where we ask: if Wagner was making the show a joke, who put him there in the first place? Well, Louis Walsh, that’s who. But who runs this show and could have blocked that decision? Simon Cowell. So you’ve got to give Simon some degree of responsibility for turning his own show into a joke.
Later, on the Xtra Factor, Louis would go on to explain that he thought Wagner brought entertainment value to the series, a little light relief from the ‘serious’ singing competition part. The problem that he didn’t address is that Wagner saw himself as a legitimate act. So, according to that logic, he was one of those people who ‘needed a break’ as Simon put it.
I won’t miss Wagner. I won’t miss the steady stream of salacious tabloid stories that the press have generated about him and Katie Waissel. But I do wish next year’s X Factor would lay off the cheesy contestants and give us proper stars. But in the same breath I wonder if they did that, would The X Factor become unbearably boring?