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Posted by: Betting.Betfair on Oct 24, 2011 at 11:05:09 AM
Like school kids who'd just had their skipping rope and marbles taken from them. That's how one newspaper described X Factor judges Gary Barlow, Louis Walsh, Kelly Rowland, and Tulisa Contostavlos, and it's hard to disagree. Saturday night's Rock theme descended into chaos the second girlband Rhythmix performed a medley of pop songs - wearing cut-off jeans and a bit of pink in their hair (to make it look rocky). From that moment on the judges were at each other's throats, accusing each other of ducking the theme. But regular readers of this column, will remember that I told you last week that X Factor themes now mean absolutely nothing. If it's rock week, then all you have to do is don a pair of black fingerless gloves and away you go, you can sing any song you like. And it will be...
Posted by: Betting.Betfair on Oct 24, 2011 at 10:44:30 AM
Sami Brookes was eliminated from The X Factor after losing out in a sing-off to fellow Over-25s competitor Kitty Brucknell. Brookes performed a decent rendition of the Cher classic If I Could Turn Back Time on Saturday night, but although judges Louis Walsh, Tulisa Contostavlos and Kelly Rowland gave positive feedback, new head judge Gary Barlow was far from impressed, labelling Brookes' performance as boring. But it has to be said that Kitty performed a near faultless performance of the Lady Gaga hit 'Edge Of Glory' during the sing-off and thoroughly deserved to stay, a view shared by judges Barlow, Rowland, and Walsh. Despite being matched at a high of 6.2, Brookes was the favourite all week in the Sixth Elimination market, generally available to back at around the 4.0 mark. ...
Posted by: Betting.Betfair on Oct 17, 2011 at 02:31:12 PM
You never stop learning. That's what my mother always tells me, but then it's easy for her to say that, she's a teacher. She has a point though, especially when you apply her belief to this year's X Factor. Last weekend we learned that Gary Barlow is a rubbish mentor, and that Frankie Cocozza is just rubbish. We also learned that Kitty Brucknell, despite having the ability to wipe the floor with Jedward and Wagner in the most hated contestant ever stakes, is actually very good. And let us not forget that we learned that X Factor themes literally mean you can sing absolutely any song you choose, or in the Boys' case, any rubbish song that Barlow chooses for you. I remember the days when a theme was a theme, like Elton John week for example where you had to sing one of the great man's...
Posted by: Betting.Betfair on Oct 10, 2011 at 11:10:59 AM
Ultimately this blog is about betting; and from time-to-time, from a betting perspective, a spanner is thrown into the works - like double eliminations, a person automatically going through to the next week because of a throat infection, or eliminations being cancelled for example. The X Factor producers have the right to do what they like, and whilst it's not always ideal when you're trying to win the kids Christmas present money, you just have to get on with it. But betting issues aside, last week's decision by X Factor producers to force each mentor to eliminate one of their own acts was completely unnecessary, and it overstepped the line, if there is such a line that is. Somehow I doubt there is. It was billed as a big twist, except it wasn't a twist it was some grown men (or ...
Posted by: Betting.Betfair on Aug 26, 2011 at 10:18:20 AM
[b]During X Factor last year, betting.betfair tipster Jack Houghton turned a starting bank of £1,000 into a whopping £1,900. Two years previously he returned a 17-point profit to anyone following his recommended bets. Before the betting action starts this year, we asked him to share his Six Golden Rules of X Factor Punting.[/b] [u]Rule 1: Ignore Demographic Theories [/u]Around the time we were all partying like it was 1999 (because it was), and were all worrying that the Y2K bug would end the world as we knew it (which it wouldn't), public-vote reality television became mainstream (where it stayed). From the moment we started watching (and betting on) Big Brother and its ilk, people started pontificating about the "type" of person who could win these shows, based on the "type" of ...
Posted by: Betting.Betfair on Dec 8, 2010 at 11:26:32 PM
So here we are then - the end is nigh. Saturday nights will once more be yours. The trouble with the final weekend of the[b] X Factor[/b] however, is that come Monday, the unemployment figures in this country will have swelled faster than Cash Warren on his wedding night (oh, Google it or something). Indeed, reading the news this week, it appears that being OFF the show is truly awful. Waissell is in bits, Wagner can't get his bennies - it's the stuff of nightmares. Enough of these losers however - who will win, that's what the world wants to know. Well, our tip is [b]One Direction[/b]. During the inevitable victorious-homecoming segment of the final show, viewers will be treated to scenes of insane mobs of screaming girls. These same girls will presumably stay up all weekend hysterically...
Posted by: Betting.Betfair on Dec 2, 2010 at 11:12:57 AM
...it doesn't mean they're not after you. Is Rebecca right to fear Cheryl? The German philosopher Baron Friedrich Wilhelm Christian Karl Ferdinand Freiherr von Humboldt (Basil to his mates) was a bright old herr. In introducing his essay 'Sphere and Duties of Government', he emphasised one central idea - "the absolute and essential importance of human development in its richest diversity." Fine words, and a theory which thanks to John Stuart Mill, has stood humankind in pretty good stead ever since. Until now. Until the appalling manipulation of the British population over the weekend, that contrived to remove the mightily diverse Wagner from our screens. Two thrust out Cowell is it? I'll give you two thrust right in that . Savage editing and having to sing early made a mockery...
Posted by: Betting.Betfair on Nov 22, 2010 at 03:27:43 PM
I'm not quite sure what to make of the [b]X Factor[/b] weekend we've all just had to endure; it was bizarre to say the least! Most of the craziness centred around eccentric Brazilian [b]Wagner[/b], who without a shadow of a doubt put in the worst performance I've ever seen by any X Factor contestant this year or any other year. But it was Cheryl Cole's post-song verbals towards Vaarg-ner that made for uncomfortable viewing. Wagner had simply stated some facts in an interview done earlier in the week, that Cole was someone to look up to because of the way she's come from a council estate to where she is today. Unfortunately [b]Princess Cole[/b] took offence to Wagner's subsequently twisted words and decided to have a pop at him live on air. It was all very unprofessional - on Cole's...
Posted by: Betting.Betfair on Nov 15, 2010 at 01:19:13 PM
Last Monday I wrote, "Aiden (Grimshaw) has to be the most boring contestant ever to appear on The X Factor. If you don't connect with the public then you simply won't win". Now I don't mind a bit of stick, in fact I welcome it. But more than half the comments I received last week were criticising me for labelling Aiden boring, and some of you even thought that the [b]dullest teenager[/b] in Britain should be favourite to win this year's competition. Well actually, Aiden was favourite - albeit briefly - after his stunning performance in the very first live show. But since then he has gone downhill faster than an alpine skier, so much so in fact that I tipped him up at big odds in the 7th Elimination market. Unfortunately for me he was the eighth person eliminated! But the end result...
Posted by: Betting.Betfair on Oct 29, 2010 at 10:42:44 AM
With the girls outnumbering the boys seven to four on Strictly Come Dancing, The Contrarian is confident that his last reality TV show tip - on Strictly having a female winner - is as good as won, and it's time to start thinking about the X Factor. He's not sure if a girl is going to win yet, but there's one thing for certain - it won't be current favourite Matt Cardle. Oppose him at 2.86 - here's why... [b]The favourite rarely wins[/b] The first rule of reality TV show betting is to never bet on a favourite and that advice is particularly useful when it comes to the X Factor, as those who backed Rhydian Roberts in the 2007 final, which he went into as the 1.29 frontrunner, learned the hard way. Another fairly staggering trend to be aware of is that in each of the last three series,...
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