Showing their concern, presenter Dermot O’Leary and judges Sharon Osbourne, Louis Walsh and Nicole Scherzinger couldn’t stop laughing about the MIA judge.
Joking about which one of them pushed him down the stairs (Nicole said it was a “team effort” between her and Sharon), Dermot then compared the whole scenario to Murder on the Orient Express, citing the fact that each judge had their motive for laying up the boss.
Not only did Dermot eschew his traditional dance in, but there was a new studio, no sing-off between the bottom two singers, no judges’ decision and a prize of going to meet Pink in New York was up for grabs for the best singer. Oh, and the vote was only open for a grand total of twelve and a half minutes.
We don’t know what you thought, but for us it basically meant the jeopardy levels at the end were at absolute zero, despite Louis and co. having to pretend to dither and deliberate as they were forced into saying who they thought their… favourite singer of the night was. How awful that must be for them.
Arguably the most exciting thing that happened during two hours of live shows – aside from some dodgy audio at one point while Sharon was talking – was this guy’s eyeballs.
He was having a great time larking about in the background as Cheryl tried to sound enthusiastic about being at the studio to lend her support to the Groups. Although really, we all knew the only reason she’d bothered rocking up for a front row seat was to see boyf Liam Payne perform. According to viewers, maybe she needn’t have bothered…
Oops. Despite being part of the biggest act ever to come out of The X Factor (that’s One Direction, FYI) when Liam Payne returned to perform solo for the first time ever, viewers were left suitably underwhelmed. And that’s us being polite.
She’s been an early favourite from day one, so it was no surprise that Grace Davies won the most votes on Saturday night.
Dermot rather prematurely asked her how she felt about winning the prize of going to New York to meet Pink, to which Grace had to remind him that she needed to win the sing-off tomorrow night against the act voted top of the Overs and the Groups on Sunday’s show.
Poor Spencer. His parents had flown all the way from America to the UK for the first time ever, but he was voted out in the blink of an eye during the first live show. Well, the blink of twelve and a half minutes to be precise.
Yet just an hour earlier, his mentor had been saying: “I know how hard you work behind the scenes. You’re one of the most professional contestants I’ve ever worked with on the show.”
Although seeing as Spencer had just been voted out, Louis face is arguably not one of total devastation.