It was death by a thousand cuts that characterised this years UK X-Factor post-bootcamp shows. The last forty-eight acts were due to be sliced in half numerically, many of them celebrating a "Yes" vote before having the decision reversed by the indecisive judges. Such painful public humiliations have boosted audience figures dramatically. Evidently the programmers have been studying the attendance records of the Colisseum in Rome.
Six chairs await the lucky six contestants per judge who will advance to the next round, the "Judges Houses."
The biggest shock of this latest stage was the elimination of boyband Overload, one of the earlier favourites for ultimate winners. Lavishly praised at the auditions stage, and blessed with the enthusiaistic screams of teenage fans on the night, judge Louis Walsh opted to add them to a three sided sing-off versus one already secure girl band and one he had previously first approved and subsequently killed off. The adjective "messy" doesn't even begin to describe his analytical processes. Decorative and reasonably harmonious, Overload will be missed. And no-one will ever forget Louis' "You're going homes" followed by tumultuous booing, followed by his "Okay, bring them backs" and cries of "Swap, swap, swap" from the audience. Mayhem would be an understatement.
The three-way sing-off. It's all over for Overload.
So we're left with:
Three good singers, though "boyish" doesn't quite capture the reality.
Will it soon be all over for the "Overs? For Stevi, surely!
Some startling back stories. Some great singers? Maybe. Maybe not.
It's a miracle anyone made it through Louis' "process." More like elimination by Russian Roulette!
Lustralboy says: The Colisseum saw slaughter and death in vast quantities. But the X-Factor audience needed no lessons from Rome when it came to giving the thumbs down to their least liked acts. Tune in for more blood on the dancefloor next week.
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