Tonight we finally got the confirmed list of finalists for [[The X Factor 2010]]. And it looks like Lisa over on Unreality TV managed to predict the final 12 with deadly accuracy.
We’ll do a post-show analysis later on, but initial feeling is that the quality of the singers is pretty strong. Unfortunately, quite a few of them are going to be extremely hard to like. And there’s wild controversy about Gamu Nhengu getting dropped in favour of Katie Waissel. I’m not happy about Treyc Cohen getting rejected either!
Under 28 Males
Mentored by Dannii Minogue this year, the Under 28 male finalists are as follows:
- Aiden Grimshaw: We’re finding it incredibly hard to warm to Aiden, who seems to have the looks factor, but crucially not the personality factor. That said,
- Matt Cardle: The singing painter and decorator who probably does nothing of the sort. Regular readers of Shout know that we’re big fans of Matt’s voice, and he’s our favourite out of Dannii’s group.
- Nicolo Festa: Another egomaniac to the magnitude of Mr Storm Lee, the Italian singer who constantly gets Mika played in the background of his appearances isn’t attracting much love from viewers so far.
Given the good news by their mentor Louis Walsh in a haunted Irish castle, here are the three confirmed Over 28 Year Old singers:
- John Adeleye: A surprisingly good singer, John hasn’t had much focus from the auditions episodes this far, but he may actually be the stronger singer of Louis’ group this year.
- Mary Byrne: Known as “Mary from Tesco” to her legions on fans. We love Mary’s attitude, but there’s never been an X Factor contestant more in need of a makeover.
- Storm Lee: He’s certainly got the Dick Factor. Oh, we’re probably being unfair, but the pretentiously named Storm strikes us as being a bitter egomaniac, because nobody loves him as much as he loves himself. There’s a reason he’s applying for X Factor at the age of 37.
The groups this year are being mentored by none other than Simon Cowell, and his three groups are:
- F.Y.D.: Our crack reporting team tell us that FYD stands for Follow Your Destiny (thanks, @mandylou68). A very “X Factor” style name. Probably the most polished of the
- One Direction: – boyband consisting of solo entrants Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, Harry Styles, Zany Malik and Niall Horan
- Belle Amie: – put together at bootcamp, consisting of Rebecca Creighton, Sophia Wardman, Geneva Lane and Esther Campbell.
We can’t believe that The Reason got binned and even Diva Fever fell foul of the two groups that were manufactured at boot camp.
Under 28 Females
Cheryl Cole’s group – the Under 28 females – are probably the most controversial group of the lot. It would seem that Cheryl has simply went along with the show’s narrative and chosen the singers who’ve had the most screen time. There’s been a fair bit of outcry that Treyc Cohen and Annastacia Baker were sent home, especially since Cher Lloyd didn’t even complete her song at Cheryl’s house.
- Cher Lloyd: Dom Joly brilliantly described Cher as an “anorexic chav rapper”. We think Cher has the potential to be a great singer, but her hysterics at every turn are becoming annoying.
- Katie Waissel: Katie Weasel blubbed all the way through getting her news tonight. You have to hand it to the girl, she knows how to make good TV, but she’s as authentic as the produce in Del Boy’s kitchen.
- Rebecca Ferguson: Cripplingly shy scouser Rebecca already looks and sounds like a popstar. We’re hoping that she can present a slightly more contemporary sound on the live shows though.
Over to you lot – are you happy with the Final 12, or is the line-up missing someone you’d have liked to see at live finals?