X Factor’s judges are asked every year to give early predictions as to who they think will win the series. But this year, their powers of foresight failed them, with none of the panel choosing to back eventual winner Ben Haenow or runner-up Fleur East.
Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Louis Walsh, Mel B and Simon Cowell were asked to name the act they thought could take the 2014 title during this year’s Boot Camp stage of the competition, along with hosts Dermot O’Leary and Sarah-Jane Crawford.
Now, Boot Camp is pretty early on in the competition, so the judges and hosts had yet to see the acts in the live stages, but had watched them face the dreaded Six Chair Challenge, as well as their early auditions.
Stereo Kicks proved to be a popular choice with Simon Cowell and Louis Walsh who also listed them among their choices. In addition, Cowell backed Jay James (who was voted out in favour of Stevi Ritchie), while Louis singled out Kerrianne Covell, who didn’t even make it through Judges’ Houses.