History YMMV / TheXFactor

25th Apr '16 4:09:53 AM aye_amber
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* HypocriticalFandom: What's that? The online campaign to get ''Killing In The Name'' by RageAgainstTheMachine to Christmas No. 1 is unfair? Compared to what? ''The several month long advertising campaign to get the latest winner of a singing contest to Christmas No. 1''?

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* HypocriticalFandom: What's that? The online campaign to get ''Killing In The Name'' by RageAgainstTheMachine Music/RageAgainstTheMachine to Christmas No. 1 is unfair? Compared to what? ''The several month long advertising campaign to get the latest winner of a singing contest to Christmas No. 1''?
29th Feb '16 4:52:21 AM Nicole_Ilieva
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** From the beginning of X-Factor through every single season, there was the constant "boy bands are irrelevant, their time has passed". And while boy bands did ''not'' return, the most successful act out of any version of the X-Factor ''was'' a boy band.
24th Nov '15 8:58:44 AM AGTMagic
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** Seann Miley Moore was one of the best vocalists in the series 12 Live Shows, but was eliminated in Week 2 in favour of controversial contestant Mason Noise.
3rd Nov '15 9:02:08 AM missmoon
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** Simon firing Cheryl from the show after only ''two episodes''. Some of the reviewers felt that was a big misstep as Cheryl came off as fairly likable and one reviewer felt that she could have lent the show a more playful tone.
30th Jul '15 8:02:05 AM missmoon
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* JustHereForGodzilla: For some people, the reason to really tune in is to watch the judges (namely Simon vs. Cheryl) yell at each other.

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* JustHereForGodzilla: For some people, the reason to really tune in aside from the audition rounds is to watch the judges (namely Simon vs. Cheryl) yell at each other.
23rd Jul '15 8:31:05 PM missmoon
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* JustHereForGodzilla: For some people, the reason to really tune in is to watch the judges (namely Simon vs. Cheryl) yell at each other.
26th Oct '14 3:42:34 PM missmoon
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* {{Misblamed}}: Arguably, Cheryl, over the whole Gamu Nhengu mess. While Cheryl picked up a '''lot''' of criticism for not putting her through to the live shows, it later turned out that Gamu wouldn't have been able to appear anyway, since she didn't have a visa that would have allowed her to stay in the UK during the live shows. Whether Cheryl really has been wrongly blamed for all of this depends on whether she (and/or the producers) knew this during the filming of the judges' houses.
** However, this is sort of justified. Gamu was going to be deported to Zimbabwe, where there was going to be a significantly high chance she and her relatives would be killed by Mugabe's regime (Luckily, she managed to successfully appeal her deportation) because she was on the show.
** Also the two acts that many blame for making it through in Gamu's place, namely Cher Lloyd and Katie Waissel. Leaving aside the fact that they didn't force Cheryl to put them through, no-one seems to have considered the possibility that it was Cheryl's third act, Rebecca Ferguson that made it through in place of Gamu.
** Although, the problem people have with Cher Lloyd and Katie Waissel getting through to the live shows is more to do with the fact that neither of them actually sang at the judges house. Katie broke down crying and Cher had a sore throat, yet both of the got through over Gamu who gave a very good performance. People don't mind Rebecca getting through because she actually gave a full performance.
*** Cher at least deserved the benefit of the doubt since she had been one of the better singers at the initial auditions and Boot Camp. Katie on the other hand forgot her words at her initial audition, was unspectacular at Boot Camp, and forgot her words ''again'' at the judge's house.
26th Oct '14 2:06:37 PM missmoon
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* ShockingElimination:
** The show's ''first-ever'' elimination was an example of this -- Roberta Howett was widely considered one of the better singers from the first series, but finished in the bottom two and was voted out that week.
** Rachel Adedeji was the second-favourite (behind only Danyl Johnson) to win the 2009 series, but finished in the bottom two three times in the first four live shows, being finally eliminated on the third occasion. It's even more shocking when you consider that in the week when she didn't finish in the bottom two, she topped the public vote by a huge margin.
** Arguably Lucie Jones the following week as well. Admittedly she had finished rock bottom in the public vote, but she was facing John and Edward, who many expected Simon to eliminate. Instead he decided to send it to deadlock, which resulted in Lucie's elimination.
** No-one expected Rhydian to be beaten by Leon in 2007.
** Also Aiden Grimshaw when he was in the bottom two with Katie Waissel. It was his first time in the bottom two and her fourth. It went to deadlock and Aiden went out. This one's perhaps less shocking in retrospect however, as many considered him to be one of the front-runners for most of the time he was on the show, but in actual fact the voting figures proved he was never ranked higher than 5th at any point in the contest.
** One Direction counts as one from a retroactive standpoint.
** The Risk's elimination left many surprised, as there's almost always a boyband who makes it far in the competition.
** Also from 2011, Craig Colton. He was a firm favorite to win right from his audition and made it all the way to the live shows where all of his performances were praised by the judges but one mediocre performance of the theme from ''Film/LicenceToKill'' in week 7 and he was ''out''. However, just like Aiden he was a front-runner but when the voting figures were released, they revealed that he never ranked higher than 3rd.
** And again from 2011, Janet Devlin, while Craig was a favourite, Janet was ''the'' favourite. She had it all; the looks, the voice, the likeablity and if you were a teenage male, it was practically illegal not to have a crush on her. She was booked to win right from her audition and needless to say, soared through bootcamp and Judge's houses, making it to the live shows. She was fine at the start but quite a few eyebrows were raised in Week 3 (Rock Week) as she performed a low-key ''ballad'' version of "Sweet Child O' Mine" (Although she would later state that this was her favourite performance during her time on the show). More eyebrows were raised in Week 4 (Halloween Week) as she performed a frankly ''bizarre'' rendition of "Every Breath You Take" and the following week she forgot the words to "I Want You Back" by The Jackson 5 in the middle of the song in a performance that she herself admits was a disaster. Weeks 6 & 7 were a return to form but she forgot her words ''again'' in Week 8 and that ultimately caused her to be eliminated that week. When the voting figures were released, it was revealed that she topped the public vote for the ''first five weeks'' which included her performances of "Sweet Child O' Mine","Every Breath You Take" and "I Want You Back" and even when she lost the top spot, she never fell farther than 4th.
** In 2012, Ella Henderson who had been a frontrunner from the beginning because of her powerful voice and young age got eliminated in favor of another favorite, James Arthur while "joke act" Rylan and cheesy Christopher Maloney got voted to safety, surprising many.
*** Arguably popular group District 3 in that series as well, but the previous episode, but when they went up against the other BoyBand Union J after all of the judges had mentioned a "battle of the boybands" splitting the vote, you had to think something was up.


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* ShockingElimination: Drew and Astro's double elimination surprised quite a few people, as they were favorites to win the season among many.
** Simon choosing Tiah Tolliver, Simone Battle, and to a lesser extent, Drew, over fan-favorites and early frontrunners such as Caitlin Koch, Jazzlyn Little, and Melanie Amaro (although Melanie was brought back as a wildcard contestant).
** And only a week later, viewers got another shock, as Rachel Crow was eliminated in a deadlock decision, saving Marcus Canty for the third week in a row.
** Vino Alan in season 2. Not so much because of his competition in the bottom 2 (Diamond White had been strong in the competition as well), but before his elimination, Vino had consistently landed in 3rd place for the votes. But one bad performance (due in large part to a bad song choice, which was also a substitution for his initial song choice less than a day before his performance), and he was sent packing.
19th Oct '14 12:38:41 PM missmoon
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* NeverLiveItDown: In the 2013 series, Paul Akister made it to judges' house and was rejected by Louis Walsh. He returned to the 2014 series and made it to the live shows under Mel B's category. The judges, especially Simon, have reminded Louis at every opportunity that rejecting Paul was the wrong decision, although Louis has defended that he felt Paul wasn't ready.

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* NeverLiveItDown: In the 2013 series, Paul Akister made it to judges' house and was rejected passed over by Louis Walsh. He returned to the 2014 series and made it to the live shows under Mel B's category. The judges, especially Simon, have reminded Simon has constantly berated Louis at every opportunity he can get that rejecting eliminating Paul was the wrong a monumentally stupid decision, although Louis has defended that he felt Paul wasn't ready.ready at the time.
12th Oct '14 12:00:52 PM missmoon
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* NeverLiveItDown: In the 2013 series, Paul Akister made it to judges' house and was rejected by Louis Walsh. He returned to the 2014 series and made it to the live shows under Mel B's category. The judges, especially Simon, have reminded Louis at every opportunity that rejecting Paul was the wrong decision, although Louis has defended that he felt Paul wasn't ready.
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