Despite giving two of the strongest performances of his X Factor run this weekend, Paije Richardson got voted off the show. He shared the bottom two spot with another shock placing – judges’ favourite Cher Lloyd.
Simon Cowell has this neat little trick – depending on who’s in the bottom two, he changes the criteria for who he wants to save. One week it might be “who I think is most popular with the public” and he’ll inexplicably select Katie Waissel. The next week it’ll be “who I think has the best chance of winning the show”. Or it might be “who I think is the better singer”.
Tonight, faced with losing Paije “Utterly Forgettable Until This Weekend” Richardson or Cher “Voice Of An Amateur Yodeller” Lloyd, he swung the criteria around yet again. It was “I’m going to save the person I’ve continually supported throughout this competition”. Of course, by doing that Simon was conveniently ignoring the fact that Cher’s voice is terrible and that Paije finally showed some real talent this weekend.
It’s just a shame Simon didn’t choose to save the superior singer this week.
Anyway, backed by Cheryl Cole’s support for Cher and a shock defection by Louis Walsh, Paije was sent home. Well, it was inevitable, wasn’t it? Louis choosing to save Cher must’ve stung, because if you recall, Louis was the champion for Paije at the original auditions.
On the upside, like Aiden Grimshaw last week, Cher has discovered that she’s not completely safe. Finding yourself in the bottom two after being told you’re the the hottest sing-rapper in the UK might be a bit of a wake up call. I’ll reiterate that I have nothing personally against Cher. I just don’t think she’s a good singer, and I don’t like how Simon and Cheryl in particular have hyped how good she is.
Elsewhere in the show, Olly Murs takes his unique brand of insufferably smug git and sang his new single. Sorry, mouthed the lyrics to his new single. And the X Factor final 16 were gathered together once more for the annual charity single, also mimed.
I was watching the reaction to the show on Twitter, and you’d be forgiven for thinking that this is a singing competition this year. A few commentators that I follow (including a few who get work from ITV) have been saying that the show is getting boring this year. The shine, sadly, is wearing off The X Factor. Especially in this midpoint, where the final three seem set and it’s just a waiting game to see the others get picked off. The only entertainment at this point is watching for the shocks, like Aiden Grimshaw getting voted off last week, and Cher Lloyd ending up in the bottom two. Those, for me, are two signs that the judges can praise even the shittest of performances, but the public are starting to see through it all.