X Factor USA 2011 Final: There’s Always Amaro

Coincidentally I’m in New York during the week of the X Factor USA final, the climax to the first season of the franchise over here. A couple of huge posters in Times Square advertise the show with Simon Cowell front of picture, beaming down on the hordes below. Cowell boasted rather opimistically that he would […]

Strictly 2011 Final Preview: Will Judd come up trumps?

We reach the end of a memorable season of Strictly. Whilst X Factor has looked increasingly frayed at the edges in 2011, the seamless entertainment of the BBC show has been deservedly winning the Saturday night ratings battle.

There are plenty of reasons why. Strictly contains some key ingredients that X Factor programme makers may […]

X Factor 2011 Results: Week By Week Voting Statistics

The X Factor has released the week by week voting results for 2011 – here they are. We’ll do some more in-depth analysis of these statistics over the next few weeks, but for now here are some headlines that immediately jump out. As ever, we’d greatly appreciate your help in dissecting these stats. Do please […]

Little Mix win the X Factor 2011

Little Mix win the X Factor 2011. Sofabet heartily congratulates Leigh-Anne, Jade, Jesy and Perrie. They may have beaten our pre-live show selection Marcus Collins in the final, but we can’t begrudge the girls a victory that is the best result for the franchise and one of the few bright spots in a rather tawdry […]

X Factor 2011 Final Saturday Update: Little Mix in pole position

We had occasionally wondered if producers might think it was job done having got Little Mix to the final. That’s not the case. The lesson of tonight was unequivocally that producers think Little Mix can win, and very much want them to win. The markets reacted accordingly, with the girl group now as short as […]

X Factor 2011 Final Preview: Why we’re still on board with Marcus Collins

Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose. When we wrote our speculative 1-16 prediction over two months ago, before the live shows started, we said that in an exceptionally open looking year, Marcus Collins ticked the most boxes. On the morning of the final, we feel exactly the same way.

What an intriguing three-horse […]

X Factor 2011 Final Friday News Roundup

As we’ve hit 100 comments on the duet news article, we thought we’d post a fresh slate to keep the discussion going. Some selected Friday thoughts and reading:


Will the Gary Barlow duet help Marcus Collins?

An official press conference has just confirmed Saturday’s X Factor Final duets. As suggested off-handedly as a piece of wild speculation on Sofabet last week, the three finalists will perform with their mentors. Marcus Collins and Gary Barlow will sing Billy Joel’s ‘Always A Woman’, Little Mix and Tulisa will do a mash-up of Alicia […]