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 series.
The full phone vote results are released soon after the show ends. When they are we will post within the hour a quick initial analysis here on Sofabet. If you can hold on with your comments on them until this is done, then we can debate them in the same thread.
In the final, relevance and a sense of freshness trumped the middle-of-the-road, more old-fashioned candidate. This was particularly clear on Sunday, with Marcus’s choice from the live shows of ‘Higher and Higher’ by Jackie Wilson against Little Mix looking far more contemporary with En Vogue’s ‘Don’t Let Go’.
Back in early October, we really struggled to pick who to tip in our 1-16 preview because all the acts had weaknesses. The fact that they all had weaknesses allowed producers to pick them off and let Little Mix sluice through on the inside rail.
We repeat that the first group, and a girlband at that, is great news for the show. However, there is a desperate need to reboot the franchise after the rather unseemly and increasingly obvious way that many of their rivals were put to the sword by producers.
The list of victims is a long one. In fact almost every eliminee, whilst often not helping themselves, was treated in a shoddy way that helped guarantee their demise when it happened. Nu Vibe, Sami, Sophie, Johnny, Kitty, Craig, Janet and Amelia were all thrown under the bus at certain points, whilst Misha was walking wounded from bullygate onwards.
There really needs to be a greater sense of fairness about the way that each act is presented next year if cynicism isn’t going to destroy the show. We will be presenting our own ideas of how producers can go about this. Look out too for a review of the 2011 series, just as we picked the bones from the 2010 series. We will also compile our favourite ten Sofabet posts, just as we did for 2010.
And there are many more reasons to return to Sofabet over the coming weeks. Coming up we have the Strictly Come Dancing final, followed by the X-Factor US final. And in the new year, the Eurovision season begins in earnest. Sofabet is nothing without its loyal and insightful commenters, who got so much right this year, not least the Little Mix steamroller. Many thanks and long may it continue. Let us know what you think about Sunday’s show below.