X Factor UK 2012
The Final: Part One
Part One of X Factor 2012 UK’s final was set. On Saturday 8th December 2012, live from Manchester Central Arena, the spectacular was unleashed. After trying times, the show finally set out to crown a winner. Over the weekend, the two last parts would see either Jahmene Douglas, Christopher Maloney or hot favourite James Arthur take the crown.
The final took place in Manchester, as many believe the show’s insiders forgot to book Wembley arena. Despite this, the show went on.
Move on Up – Curtis Mayfield
Opening up inside Big Ben staging to reveal Jahmene was a pitiful, laughable attempt for the final and the grand opening. What relevance did it also have?
At the live final, Jahmene chose to be miming live. Very bad live technicalities followed.
He also looked completely lost and uncomfortable on stage.
There was no star quality shown for a future artist yet.
Meek, drab and uninteresting.
Louis who chose to repeat his ludicrous statements that Jahmene, as he said of Rylan Clark previously, was a “role model” for people, where he showed nothing in that sort. Jahmene reminded Louis of a “Luther Vandross.” What an insult to Luther.
Tulisa jumped in with a “young, timid soul” She wished him the “best of luck from the bottom of my heart.” Another clouded judgement of personal interest than professional outlook.
Gary added a touch of reality expressing the song choice wasn’t worthwhile as he was “not a fan” of the selection. “No chance to shine” was his credible critique.
Mentor Nicole Scherzinger added “My little Jahmayzal” tackily pleaded for votes “C’mon Manchester, show some love. All people in Great Britain, change life, vote for him!”
Where are the regulators who take a lazy approach and ignore the whole series investigation?
What a Feeling – Irene Cara
Another abusive piece of footage from backstage bullying was show with the building in the VT shown stating TO LET with a space in it reading down to insinuate ‘TOILET’ for Maloney’s journey on the competition.
Once the performance began a HI Fi radio burst open seeing Maloney give a groovy, upbeat song amidst a series full of mundane, safe, dreary performances to be carried by other contestants. It was a great vocal transgression, as the show’s ethos is. To start out growing and progress over the week’s with a better sound, which this act did so, as others failed to do.
Strong high notes into a dancing beat were also added.
Some felt it was a sabotage song from backstage interaction of producers of the show.
Nicole went on “not easy what you just did. I know how hard you’ve worked to be here.”
Louis aimed to protect his constant abuse every week admitting he was “negative a few weeks ago. I love the high notes.”
Tulisa “Must be amazing, you always do you” she quipped in a meaning to be compliment, yet words were still subliminally derogative.
Gary acknowledged the “people’s vote” had received “masses of criticism” whilst focusing on his performances in a positive light.
Feelin’ Good – Nina Simone
Walking out to a dubstep/ Professor Green characterisation yet again, walk and talking into the mic from throughout the audience backstage doing the whole ‘grime thing’ come superstar arena guy. The song, highly dated in X Factor handling, was another stereotypical and safe performance. We have seen this all before.
A scream and shout, then lost intensity among the bass drowning out his vocals. Please save us Matt Cardle.
Louis gabbed on “Find somebody new, who deserves a break. You’re special. People have to vote” he asked once again.
Tulisa then shouted “Pick up the phone and vote for James Arthur!”
Gary added “best performance to date by far.”
Nicole rounded up with “Fighter. Super-star. My love, hope your feelin’ good” in a bundle of clichéd donations.
Duets will come next.
American Idol victor and star Kelly Clarkson sang as the video package behind showed the class of 2012 for the X Factor’s TV journey. Cheryl Cole was given a close up, as long clips of all acts were shown, except for Christopher Maloney who had a fraction of a second shown with more backstage victimisation involved. Clarkson gave another pleasant performance.
Nicole, who wasn’t at the judging desk, has some pork scratching’s from her pub encounters, which Dermot passed to Gary who in turn passed them to Tulisa. #PorkScratchBreath
Jahmene Douglas and Nicole Scherzinger
The Greatest Love of All – Whitney Houston
Stereotyped Jahmene sang another Whitney classic to overkill on the series once more, ruining her legacy with lack of respect.
Jahmene was isolated on platform seemingly off shore. Nicole, the mentor, had a grand entrance with the doors opening revealing her. Jahmene was obsolete. Scherzinger sang as she walked and met Jahmene in the middle of the long catwalk. Soon enough, tragedy would strike.
Scherzinger, whose voice was still loud as beforehand, found her mic not to be working, which exposed the fact tracks were pre-recorded in rehearsals earlier in the week.
She would instantly and yobbishly grab the mic, wresting it from protégé Jahmene’s hands as he was confused and shocked to the level of swift aggression by his mentor who sought to maintain her reputation and forget about her subject looking a insolent fool to millions of viewers.
They then shared the mic.
Many have debated whether the production crew PURPOSELY cut the microphone, in order to protect votes and sympathy for Jahmene to increase to boot out Maloney. It would not surprise me.
Tulia and Louis instantly stirred the crowd to cheer when the mic was cut. Interesting.
After the ‘accident’ Jahmene blared out a little bit of noise and Nicole smashed through with her vocals. It was all about Nicole once again.
The mic was working fine when Jahmene had it. Scherzy’s also had the vocals projected, even though the mic wasn’t on. So why did she change tack to one mic only? …
Nic played it up further adding “it sucks when your mic isn’t on” The backing track played lous enough and at constant volume when the mic wasn’t ‘working.’
Christopher Maloney and Gary Barlow
Rule the World – Take That
A classic tender track from the Take That bandmate and expert songwriter Gary Barlow lended his support to Maloney.
X Factor didn’t want anyone to duet with him for fear of greater votes acquired.
It was a better manoeuvre. The pair had a powerful ballad with strong holding and star quality projected. Maloney gave his best performance ever alongside Barlow in what was proof of Maloney’s musical journey with great levels of improvement and now star essence. He also looks flawless in coats.
Begrudging Tulisa and Louis were the nodding dogs to the music played out on stage.
There were high notes, as well as being powerful, classy, respected and professional.
Asked how it felt to duet with Maloney, Barlow responded “Gorgeous.”
James Arthur and Nicole Scherzinger
Make You Feel My Love – Bob Dylan
James began with Nicole double duty Scherzinger taking over. Both mic’s were working now. The shouting overkill rang out again from Arthur in an overdoing manner. This will ruin his overall outlook if continued. Beat and linger screams then followed. Despite all the noise, and the trying effort, it was essentially a ballad of boredom. It did not show any true star qualities that Arthur can be as an artist going forward, despite following, at this time.
Having votes now, in the X Factor bubble is all well and good, but how do you preserve your longevity which no one has even began considering. The curious case of Steve Brookstein rings forth.
Nicole afterwards said “Manchester, give it up for James Arthur” once more playing to home crowds, often a tradition in American culture. This is a respected British showcase, and the two countries are respected for having different staging, which makes both imports successful to the other.
James responded “Best mentor. Brought my confidence back.”
Dermot introduced the next musical guest signing with “Open Arms.”
RIP / How We Do
You may remember Ora lately making waves from the X Factor auditions as a guest judge. You may remember her trending on Twitter a few weeks back as “Rita Whora” after allegedly cheating on Robert Kardashian. (Pot, Kettle, Black.) Or it may have been from her X Factor performance on the live results show also.
Either way, Ora performed a good medley of her few hits. These consisted of RIP, How We Do. There was no “Open Arms” single sang. Get your wording right.
She started with a burnout car blazing in the middle of the arena booked in. Wow, that’s, fresh.
Seemingly taking a Tulisa/chav stance, transforming into a tracksuit and coat, this time entered some weaker than usual vocals talking through the piece rather than singing. She was a little drowned out by her own voice in the backing track played over her. Whoops.
After her How We Do track, Ora proved to be an expert suck up removing all her individuality respected for adding “Tulisa and Nicole doing a great job” on the panel. Ora publically asked for one of their jobs here in disguise. Classy.
Ora has a new UK tour coming up soon.
Five minute warning!
Someone is getting booted off, so hurry up and vote people! Tense.
To fill the time, X Factor finally brought on a real star.
Can’t Get You Out of My Head
Electric violins and an open door “La La La…” set the scene as Kylie strode onto the stage gracefully. Clad in a shining orange dress not to be mistaken for a quality street wrapper, Kylie added glamour and dignity with a dash of tantalising zest.
Surrounded with orchestral tone, with gothic, dark underlines, filled with concert stage worth it was something never seen before on a TV stage. It was an excellent showcase of star aura.
She later joked with her human props, who seemingly unmovable till one collapsed in a fun moment. The other, kept his bargain of unbreakable rock. Both added to the chatty composition afterward with Ky and Derm.
We now have the final, final result…
The first act making the final is… James Arthur.
The second act making the final is… Jahmene.
Christopher Maloney was the last to be eliminated form the public vote. He finished in third. Of his time in the competition he said “This has been my life for ten months, it’s been an amazing experience for me, some days have been hard but there’s been more good things than bad.
“I’ve learned a lot about me as a person and how strong I’ve had to be it’s been emotional.”
Maloney may gain a record contract and feature on the X Factor tour, despite bosses trying to remove him from it as a measure of abuse, once more. More on this later.