Entertainment behind the scenes
With Jedward gone, has X Factor lost its X factor?
So, the “terrible twins” from Ireland, John and Edward Grimes, have been booted off the X Factor, ending their skin-of-the-teeth, tip-of-the-fingernail existence on the show.
Once again in the bottom two of a public vote, Jedward were up against Olly Murs, the singer from Essex who was many tipsters’ favourite to win the show … at least until last night.
Rather than a high-octane, madcap dash around the stage surrounded by dancers and pyrotechnics, and a performance closer to shouting than singing, the spiky-haired duo surprisingly chose to sing a ballad, Boyzone’s “No Matter What”.
The plan backfired, with a rendition that exposed Jedward’s limited singing ability. The fact that the British media has dubbed Jedward the “tuneless twins” says it all really.
Murs was his usual accomplished self with a performance of Eric Clapton’s “Wonderful Tonight”, though clearly surprised to see himself scrapping it out with the also-rans.
Dannii Minogue had the last vote on the judging panel, and, for a change, declined to refer the decision to the public vote. She did, though, ask whether the X Factor was a singing competition before making up her mind – perhaps she ought to know the basic rules by now.
Louis Walsh, Jedward’s mentor, was sad to see his protégés go, and warned that the X Factor would be a duller place without them. Like Jedward or loathe them, perhaps he has a point?