X Factor 2012 Judges’ Houses Part 1: Maloney baloney

Ah, judges’ houses. The moment when the ‘A Chorus Line’ absurdity of the audition process gets some added sunshine. Intensify the heartbreak for those falling at the last hurdle by breaking the news from a wicker chair on a palatial terrace. Show them a gateway to glamour before delivering the blow with the words, “I […]

X Factor 2012: It’s Indie Rock ‘n’ Roll For Me

Since the painful arrival of Credibility Cardle on our screens in 2010, there has been a steep upward trend in the number of X Factor contestants showing up with acoustic guitars and sullen faces. Two years on, it is clear that the serious ‘n’ authentic troubadour has left something of a legacy on the X […]

X Factor 2012: Why So English?

Sofabet commenter Chatterbox5200 emails to make a fascinating point about the way this year’s live shows are shaping up. They’re looking surprisingly English.

Of the 24 acts we saw put through to judges’ houses on Sunday’s show, there’s only one – Jade Collins, from Belfast – who was born and is still living outside of […]

X Factor 2012 Bootcamp Part 2: Girl Power

Back in August, we started the arena auditions with Jahmene Douglas’s ‘At Last’. Having sat through the following six weeks, I feel the same way. The second part of boot camp was ruthlessly efficient in clearing the fog.

Producers have thrown punters a curveball in the shape of Lucy Spraggan. First on tonight, she’s the […]

X Factor 2012: These Boots Were Made For Walking

The first instalment of boot camp provided us with little in the way of shock revelations. An opening montage did its best to flash up about eight of the rumoured finalists in a manner that left about as much to the imagination as one of Lorna Bliss’s fishnet body stockings. I can’t be positive but […]

X Factor 2012: 10 Questions for Bootcamp

It’s bootcamp weekend. Here are the questions your Sofabet team (Daniel, Dug and myself) are most looking forward to having answered in Saturday and Sunday’s shows.

1. Does Ella Henderson still smell like Plan A?

So far, so Janet Devlin. Just like last year, a demure 16-year-old girl was pimped to high heaven in the […]

SCD 2012: No Harmer in 16-1 Dani

The new series of Strictly Come Dancing launched last weekend. As a viewer, I think it’s an incredibly enjoyable reality competition that remains at the top of its game. But as a punter, it has always proved less attractive to me than X Factor.

There are a number of reasons for this. Firstly, the smaller […]

X Factor 2012 Audition Show 7: Confusion reigns

As William Goldman once said, “nobody knows anything”. Anybody who has unwisely skimped on their salt supply while monitoring the so-called “spoiler” thread on Digital Spy will have found tonight’s show uncomfortable viewing: the widely-touted Starboy Nathan appeared only in a montage and under the name of Nathan Fagan Gayle; Poisonous Twin, rumoured to be […]