The biggest scandal of tonight’s final 12 revelations on [[The X Factor 2010|X Factor]] was that Gamu Nhengu – a fan favourite since her first autotuned performance – didn’t get shortlisted. It was thought by many commentators that Gamu was almost a dead cert to make the live shows. She wowed the judges with consistently good performances, and a unique way of reinterpreting songs that made her stand out from the 200,000 strong crowd.
Viewers were shocked when Cheryl Cole selected Cher Lloyd and Katie Waissel for her three acts – both of whom made serious mistakes during their judges houses rounds. Cher Lloyd was ill on the day she performed for Cheryl and broke down in tears, unable to complete her song. Katie Waissel, who had forgotten her lyrics on her first audition, also fumbled her way through her performance for Cheryl and Will.I.Am.
As always with X Factor, emotions were running high about the decision to bin the talented Gamu in favour of flakey and inconsistent acts like Cher and Katie. Some critics went as far as to complain that Cheryl was being racist in choosing a predominantly white line-up, especially considering that the majority of the shortlist were black.
However, on balance, Cheryl championed Alexandra Burke to her X Factor win two years ago, and her third finalist this year is Rebecca Ferguson.
A number of commenters on Twitter however believe that Cheryl was told which acts to put through, since she was absent from the later stages of auditions and boot camp. I’m not sure how I feel about that news, because it would have made Will.I.Am’s appearance at Judges’ Houses redundant.
Justice For Gamu!
There was a brief flicker of a Twitter campaign brewing – several people suggested that viewers get ‘justice’ for Gamu by voting Katie Waissel out on the first night of live shows. The tweets were hashtagged #justiceforgamu.
I love the idea, but the execution leaves a lot to be desired, since X Factor encourages you to vote for your favourites. It would be much harder to eliminate a contestant through a social media campaign.
There still may be a chance for Gamu though, as rumours abound that there’ll be a wildcard round and some contestants from judges’ houses may return.
On a final note – I think I would prefer Treyc Cohen to return to the show – she’s got a great contemporary look and a fantastic pop voice. What’s your take on the situation – should Gamu have gone through to live shows, or would you have preferred someone else? Or – shock! – are you happy with Cheryl’s final 3 choices?
Update: A Facebook group has sprung up for people who think “Gamu should’ve got through“, which already has over 19,000 members. Wow.