The X Factor Final Weekend

After months of auditions and live shows, The X Factor 2010 came to an end with Matt Cardle being crowned the winner of this year’s series.


The Essex boy thoroughly deserved to win the competition and this is just the start for him.


Rebecca Ferguson finished runner-up to Matt but the Liverpudlian beauty can hold her head high and be proud of what she has achieved.


One Direction ended up finishing third and even though the boys did not win the competition, they are the next big boy band. Just look at where JLS are now despite not winning the show.


The first elimination of The X Factor final weekend came on Saturday when Cher Lloyd failed to make it into the final three. However it was a fantastic start to The X Factor weekend and the duets on Saturday were unbelievable.


Sunday was even better as Matt, Rebecca and One Direction once again put in stunning performances and of course not forgetting Take That’s appearance.


Here are my thoughts on the final four acts who made it through to the final weekend.  


Matt Cardle


From week one of the live shows, Matt has put in consistent performances week in week out and because of this he deserved to win the show.


His first song on Saturday Here With Me was a fantastic choice of song. I did think Matt started it a little shaky but he came through it with flying colours.


I have to say, I really enjoyed Matt’s second song and performing alongside Rihanna must have been a dream come true for the Essex lad. There was a little bit of chemistry going on between both artists and to top it all off for Matt, Rihanna said it was an honour to share the stage with him.


Matt delivered two more fantastic performances on Sunday and the winner’s song was his best performance throughout the whole series. He has without doubt got the voice and as Louis said he sang every note of his winner’s song as if he meant it.


It was truly a remarkable weekend for Matt and he will reflect back on it as a career defining weekend. He thoroughly deserved to be crowned the winner of The X Factor and many congratulations to him! Let’s not forget Dannii Minogue should also receive credit for what Matt has achieved during his time on The X Factor.


Rebecca Ferguson


The city of Liverpool has found itself a new music sensation in Rebecca Ferguson. Since her first audition, I got the impression that Rebecca could go really far in the competition.


As Simon Cowell said on Saturday night, the mum-of-two has one heck of a recording voice and I totally agree with Louis Walsh about the Liverpudlian being a class, class act.


She has not only been a credit to herself but also a credit to the competition and I wish her the best possible success for the future.


Her two performances on Saturday were incredible and Rebecca was sheer class on the night once again. I still do feel Rebecca does have confidence issues but make no mistake she is a world class act and her second performance alongside Christina Aguilera was impressive.


All four acts who performed on Saturday do have futures in the music industry but I feel Rebecca is destined for greatness and who knows maybe even represent the United Kingdom in the Eurovision.


She has an original, authentic voice and like Matt she has been consistently good week in week out.


She put in two breathtaking performances on Sunday and was just pipped to the winning post by Matt. But still the future is bright for the Liverpudlian.


One Direction


One Direction have been tremendous since being formed at the boot camp stage of the competition. They thoroughly deserved to get through to the final three and they are the next big boy band in the making.


The group have come on stronger and stronger as the weeks have gone by and they can look back at their X Factor journey with fond memories.


As Cheryl Cole rightly said, One Direction did merit their place on the stage on the final weekend. They have worked incredibly hard and they were rewarded on Saturday by performing with Robbie Williams.


Best ever group on The X Factor? I think so but then again I would put JLS right up there. Why is that that no group has won The X Factor?


One Direction will have been gutted not to have won but the five new pop stars can take plenty of positives during their time on The X Factor.


I have said this time and time again and I will say it again. One Direction have got a massive future ahead of them and they could potentially be as big as JLS.


Cher Lloyd


Against all the odds, Cher Lloyd managed to reach the final weekend of the competition and she certainly brought something new to The X Factor.


I’m sure the majority of us thought that Cher would be the one who would fail to make it into the final three. She was always going to be up against it especially with Matt, Rebecca and One Direction also in the final.  


I personally thought the Malvern star put in two decent performances on Saturday but it did seem inevitable that she would be leaving the competition on the night.


Cher has had her critics and not everyone likes her. However I have been impressed with the way she has just got on with it and Simon even went on to say that Cher is his favourite little brat with a golden heart.


The 17 year-old is a fearless character and there have been times where she has come across as cocky. But to be honest, I don’t see anything wrong with that.


Performing alongside will.i.am will probably be Cher’s highlight of The X Factor and let’s not forget she is still a young girl.


Like all the final four acts, I’m sure Cher will go onto bigger and better things and that we have not seen the last of her.

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