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what do we think about him then?
Completely beige. Will fade into nothingness quicker than any past winner I reckon.
can someone do a quick "where are they now" please?
Actually don't I'm not really that bothered.
Contestants: Olly Murs and 1D.... that's it.
James Arthur? Glad his career is over, the homophobic prick.
are probably pretty comfortable. Sam Bailey might still do alright.
Olly Myrs has shifted something like 15m records!! That's impressive
So literally no idea if he's any good.
How did he win? Usually they have an angle - sob story, plucky underdog, man of the people, stands up to judges etc? Or can he actually hold a tune?
drives a van
i had him pegged as winner WEEKS ago
only wanted about 5 minutes of it this year
presumably out of sheer desperation, they *tried* to make a bit of a sad backstory out of his brother having slight tinnitus (from rocking out too damn hard on the regular some years back). It was quite moving.
it was dogshit.
because he's called Ben and it starts with hey (what's wrong with you).
So can I have some indie points for not knowing he is and then have them immediately removed for my Phats and Small knowledge.
So for that reason, I'm in.
disappointed he didn't do 'Spinning Wheel' with a salsa beat, tbh.
But almost none of the X Factor ones?
Michelle McMannus, Gareth Gates, Will Young, Hearsay, Girls Aloud, PROPER CONTESTANTS. What happened?
your mental capacity reduces as you age
The desperation and (usually) ultimate disappointment that they have at every stage of the process is quite sad. There are some notable exceptions of course but even if they win the whole thing they might get a year or so with some sort of career but the majority end up on the cruise ships.
This guy will be the same
they seem to be on the verge of tears, pleading with the judges and the public to keep them in. The older ones feel it is their last chance. The younger ones say how much they want it. They must have seen that a lot of the winners do fuck all, and the talented ones rise to the surface either way. Some are even tainted forever as X Factor rejects and will never be a serious artist. Unless they just want the winning single, a couple of mediocre ones then an appearance on next year's opening show before a career in the west end / cruise ships / panto.
Olly Murs has had more UK Number 1 singles than One Direction. That was 2 minutes of my time well spent.
Love this piece of top-notch journalism:
Like that he decided on a photo of himself rather than the winner though :)
that he compares himself to One Direction on the basis that they both came third in the X Factor. So many similarities.
"But probably the most successful artists to come out of the show, One Direction, who came third in 2010 like I did in 2012."
LASER EYES!!! :D
"I did hear his phone lines went down, what a surprise - the exact same thing happened to me on the final weekend in 2012."
about that request for kids tagged on the end of the article.
Olly Murs shares a birthday with john lennon and his middle name is 'Yoko'
It is shit but we record it and fast forward the guff so it is over in about 30 minutes tops. Ben is utterly forgettable but is likeable and a plucky underdog. Doesn't translate well into sales sadly. Fleur seems more like a pop star, she should be alright. Andrea had some initial cuteness and appeal but he is actually quite bland when he had to sing proper songs. I am struggling to remember any others now. That 8 piece boy band was hilarious. Erm.
The thing I noticed watching the final, the same goes for the live shows really, is I wonder how far the guest stars would get if they were on X Factor? Would Sam Smith have got through Abba week or after being made to do a Bat of out Hell cover? (the guy who did that complained about the song choice and Simon did not look happy at all). The gradual whittling down of people means the blandest rise to the surface.
Sam Smith wouldn't have got through Sam Smith week.
to get a recording contract anyway (Leona Lewis), she absolutely walked it.
Just horrific industry fast-tracked guff: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mqiH0ZSkM9I
but his hat's shit. burn the prick!
fleur will do her janet jackson/ciara dancing thing but also uptown funk esque songs, will probably go back to working with dj fresh and do a rudimental feature. i can see her making an album with a few #bangers on it with like mnek and duke dumont and stuff but i'd love for her to go proper ciara.
lauren could be a one-girl little mix if she could dance but instead i think she could go a bit cher lloyd-y and do duets with becky g except she doesn't do any rapping - she could just go around singing that song off frozen in shopping centres.
andrea has a good voice and could be set for life if he just brings out albums of big ballads and a few italian language songs for the grandmas and stuff
i think only the young could have been signed by simon because they're a marketable package
i don't see why stereo kicks having 8 members is revolutionary - blazin squad had 10.
paul has no personality whatsoever and is really smug
i feel sorry for lola cause she has an alright voice but she wasn't ready for x factor. why did cheryl give her not just a whitney or mariah song but one by them both?!?!? amateur move - should have made her do a jessie ware kind of thing where her voice was just nice and relaxed.
jay james was boring but he'll probably go and see troops in afghanistan even though i'm sure none of them will want to hear him sing but they might want to have a pint with him
stevi richie and chloe would be set for the next five years if tv burp was still on
blonde electra are desperate to be pop stars so i can see them doing loads of things to get on the mail online sidebar thing
the other boyband were better than stereo kicks it's a shame
all of the other ones were unremarkable really, don't see the potential of them as solo artists. props to jake for getting in i'm a celeb when people still remembered his face.
and ben haenow is crap
the polyphonic spree spit on that
totally indistinguishable from her backing track. I'm willing to accept this is more of an issue with the arrangement and the stage production than it is a flaw with her, but it just blanded her out. Not as bland as Bland Ben, but still.
unless we're due a Steps revival or something. It's been years since the last successful mixed-gender pop band, discounting the Black Eyed Peas which is basically two soloists anyway.
there's literally no work to be done there, it's a formula that works. they've spent two years living together and working on their harmonies. now just give them some time in the studio and a few chorouses and some dance moves that 4 year olds can do. i can see them getting into vlogging to tap into the zoella market.
Not saying Haenow was any better, mind.
you're both wrong
this is the first proper popstar on x factor in ages https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DzDG44Jmfow
by "proper popstar" i mean someone who has their strengths and knows what they want to do and is most likely to succeed
really liked her doing a fool in love
definitely a fault of the production, but it's weird that they purposefully chose to do it (see 'shame')
i heard once that the contestants record their own 'live edits' but i dunno
they could be the new Steps/S Club 7, they'd be huge with little kids.
Ben Haenow was so boring, I never thought he'd win! But it's better for Fleur that he did.
yeah! you could almost see the pound signs light up in louis and simons' eyes when they walked into the room on their first audition
judging from the voting percentages, the public love(d) ben, but you just know it's all going to go tits up
number one on, Christmas day.
Haenow, you're a pop star,
You'll be forgotten, by May
just a bloke of the people, i think - man with a van who lives in a council flat with his mum and brother. people probably fancy him and he has a gravelly voice.