This series has been an amazing journey of dramas and egos, amongst the judges and the contestants. Poor Frankie Cocozza attracted most of the bile from the tabloids who both condemned and relished his wicked ways. He is a sleaze bag, but at eighteen years-old with the names of seven women he has slept with tattooed on his butt, what would you expect? I think his tabloid headline days are close to ending and it may be that he will develop into a UK Justin Bieber, without the bad attitude! Joking!
Meanwhile, Janet Devlin, the Irish singer with a fantastic unique voice, was unceremoniously kicked off this weekend, when her own mentor Kelly Rowland sealed her fate by refusing to choose between her and Misha B. It was a dramatic and cowardly gesture from Miss Rowland, as both Louis Walsh and Tulisa Constostavlos had voted to retain Misha B and the result rested on the majority decision anyway. Gary Barlow confirmed later he would also have voted off Devlin.
The right decision was made. Janet has the potential to be a recording star within a niche market, but she failed to deliver on the show when it really counted, twice forgetting words and with several performances below par.
I don't know what it is about Misha B. but I just can't warm to the girl. There is something fake about her humility on camera and more reports are emerging of her stroppy behaviour behind the scenes, with the production crew tired of her demands. I suspect the stories are true, but one has to acknowledge she is an amazing artist on stage and deserves a place in the finals. Is it possible that the negative gossip is being deliberately leaked to limit her appeal?
As the show enters its last weeks, both Marcus Collins and the girl-band Little Mix, continue to deliver confident performances. Marcus, the only man left standing could very well take the prize, but win or lose, he needs to establish himself as a credible artist. That means ignoring the Cowell music machine, more comfortable with novelty acts. It might be worth Marcus seeking the advice of Will Young, who insisted on doing things his way and emerged as a recording artist of distinction. Sadly, others who relied on Simon Cowell to establish them beyond the show, failed in their careers.
As for the judges, I think Tulisa has matured and offers good solid advice, Louis has become predictable with the same two or three stock phrases, Kelly is frankly irritating and Mr Barlow's ego has become bigger, but not necessarily, better than Simon Cowell's, the man he is trying to emulate.
It is obvious that if the show is to survive it will need a total overhaul and the presence of Cowell. He may decide to suspend it for a year, but it is more likely that it will return with him at the helm, both Tulisa and Gary beside him, but without Kelly or Louis.