Cardle gets standing ovation

by Simon Black

The final 10 X-Factor contestants stormed the stage last night and mixed opinions hit the air from the very first performance. Call it nerves, call it matter of taste but some acts just didn’t cut the brie. The only two stand-outs were Matt Cardle and Rebecca Ferguson and the rest just should have stayed at home.

Great American Anthems was the theme this week and contestants seemed to struggle with the highly ambiguous genre. A fact that most judges were waiting to sink their teeth into with a back and forth bickering session erupting each time.

Matt Cardle receives standing ovation from the judges

Matt Cardle receives standing ovation

Matt Cardle was the runaway of the night with his rendition of Roberta Flak’s “First Time Ever I Saw Your face” and the judge agreed with a standing ovation and Cheryl saying  ‘That absolutely blew me away, that was amazing. I felt every single word that you said. It was spine-tingling. I get why you’re a favourite. It was beautiful, absolutely beautiful.’

Cardle, a 27 year old painter, chose the song as a dedication to his mother’s best friend who had died while he was growing up, leaving her to take care of her four sons which Matt soon inherited as his brothers making his family “bigger and better” .

Minouge tearful at Cardle's performance

Minouge tearful at Cardle's performance

Other stand outs during the show was Rebecca Ferguson’s rendition of Bob Dylan’s “Make You Feel My love” and another spine tingle moment was witnessed. Ferguson, 24, is a mix between Corrine Bailey Rae and a splash of Heather Small and if anyone can rival the force that is Matt Cardle it is her.

Another personal highlight was the cringe factor provided by the One Direction boys, a great guilty pleasure which will definitely see them do well coming out of the show.

Acts that struggled and are now in danger include Mary Byrne, who felt the song “slip away from her” and Katie Waisel who sang a horrifying rendition of No Doubt’s greatest hit “Don’t Speak”. The public also just can’t connect to the soulful Treyc Cohen and her position is the most fragile of the entire contestant selection.

Now that the country has sat up and noticed the star that Matt Cardle can become, the bets are naming him as the favourite to take the title and with his ability, he has the potential to become one of the most successful winners, as long as the Simon Cowell marketing machine kicks in a lot sooner than it did for underwhelming Joe McElderry.

Watch Matt perform here!

Relief as ‘Rage Against the Machine for Christmas no.1′ Facebook page re-appears

For Jon Morter and his 700,000 avid followers, (and counting) of the Facebook page, ‘Rage Against the Machine for Christmas no.1′ it has been an exciting couple of weeks. However last night concerns were raised when Facebook’s most popular campaign page disappeared.

Ringleader, Jon Morter was concerned that the page had been shut down in a bid to halt the masses from buying Rage Against the Machine – Killing in the name.

The page went down last night (13th December), and had been inaccessible today, the day in which Morter’s minions intended to storm the charts by purchasing the 1993 hit.

Speaking to theglobalhearld.com Morter said,

“The group went down last night in which a member of Facebook’s PR team contacted to say it was a ‘bug’,” he continued, “Later in the evening the group returned as normal, but now it’s gone yet again I do start to be concerned.”

Jon’s main concern was that charitable contributions to Shelter had substantially slowed. Members of the group have so far raised in excess of £20,000 for the charity.

In a panic a back-up page was launched while Morter awaited another response from the powers that be at Facebook. However, tonight it would appear that all is well on the camp Rage side as the page is once again functioning as normal.

The track is available to download from various websites including, HMV.com, iTunes, amazon, Play.com and Tesco Digital – and looks to be giving Mr. Mclederry a run for his money currently sitting proudly at number 1 in the HMV download charts, while Joe McElderry sits patiently at number 3. Rage also reside the top spot in Amazon’s top downloads as well as number 1 on play.com. However bookies favourite Joe, currently retains the number 1 position on itunes.

Saturday night’s losers: X Factor viewers

The tragic contestant of Saturday night's X Factor

Laura White: The tragic contestant of Saturday night

By Magnus Huntly-Grant & Euan Black

Furore continues over the eviction of Laura White from Saturday’s X-Factor programme.

The anger and revulsion felt across the nation is just a natural response to the long line of televisual aberations which lead the discerning viewer to question the integrity of those on the other side of the camera. Brand and Ross, vote fixing, where will it end? the only problem is that the country’s viewers are not unitised, the only protest we can profer is simply not watching. But, really, not watch X-Factor? Too ridiculous for words.

In times of crises such as these people need a finger to point, someone to blame for a twist so cruel. Poor Cheryl Cole was too angry for words. Cries of ‘Fix’ and various conspiracy speculation abound. Laura’s rumoured dalliance with one of the shows executives, Matthew Firsht, possibly callled into question as a potential motive for her untimely offing.

But maybe things are more straight forward than that, maybe the scam is no secret, calls of a fix are

Cheryl during happier times

Cheryl during happier times

probably erroneous, after all, the votes are regulated by external bodies and Cowell et al understand that the public will to some extent make the next X-Factor  elect someone who’s records they will buy but the eviction format provides a framework by which Cowell does retain the ultimate editorial veto. In this case the expedient move for him was to get rid of Laura, and no one dares question the marketing genius of Simon Cowell. except that in this case they do.

Proliferated by every imaginable form of media; blogs, forums, news and now it has rightly permeated our government, as Andy Burnham, the Culture Secretary, said in a discussion about the television during commons question time this week: “MP’s should resist that temptation to comment on editorial matters”

And then confusingly: “Although, the temptation is great in my case, having seen the wonderful and talented Laura White very harshly voted off X-Factor on Saturday.”

But most confusing of all was his negligence in forgetting to call for a parliamentry enquiry.

As enlightened viewers, you may feel like taking up the cause, in which case follow this link to sign the petition for her re-instatement. Sitting at a mere 14000 signatures at time of writing.

The performance, now being hailed as possibly the greatest performance by any living creature EVER, arguably lacked credibility in itself. Laura proudly explained that she would be playing piano and so she duly did but halfway through the song she stood up and the piano miraculously continued of its own volition.

Ultimately, sad piano music and ear jerking back stories may invoke viewers to vote in droves but wont necessarily sell records and if  you are willing to participate in the utterly tasteless charade which allows for otherwise right thinking people (in most cases) to peddle the death of loved ones in the interests of buying that most valuable commodity – the tragic human interest cause, then how can you expect the people behind the format to have anyone else but their own best interests at heart. It also raises the question of how many people come through the X-Factor car wash unscathed.

If there was ever any doubt that of the proliferation of vacuous and pointless media, it is contained herein – The Laura White TRAGEDY – as the encyclopaedic mind of Goodwin69, the syntax challenged wordsmith of the ITV.com forum, reminds us: ” I am disgusted at what happened last night laura was miles better than ruth ive been a fan since it sarted ive been to all the tours but not any more simon voted ruth out for one reason only which is so unfair.”

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