An ex-X Factor contestant throws shade at the new show format


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by Polly Foreman |
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We at heat are of the opinion that The X Factor live shows time is the best of the year.

The leaves are changing, Christmas is on the way, we can finally wear our on-trend winter coat, and we have FITLORDS like Matt Linnen and Sam Black on our telly screens every week.

And Rak-Su.


It may have escaped your notice (actually, it probably hasn’t – literally the whole of Twitter has been kicking off about it) that they’ve completely revamped the format this year.

Instead of having all the acts compete on the Saturday, a sing off with the bottom two on the Sunday, and the judges deciding who goes home, they’ve split the acts across the weekend – and the public vote has the sole power.

There’s also a ‘winner’ each week (decided again by the public), and this act wins a prize – this week Grace Davies won a trip to New York to meet P!nk.

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And some are keener than others on the new format.

Ex-X Factor contestant Sam Callahan, who was in the show in 2013, has slammed the new arrangement – saying it renders the judges ‘pointless’.

Speaking to The Mirror, he said: "For me, on the one hand, if it's legitimately true as they're saying and they just don't have any power then it's good because there's been a lot of controversy over the years that maybe it's not as true as they're saying, or is it fixed, is it manipulated?

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"So I think it's nice for the public to feel that the audience are really to blame for who goes.

"However, I have been known to say before, and I stick by this, that Louis Walsh, I don't believe had any input or any say in how far I went in the competition by mentoring me.



Contestants through to The X Factor live shows 2017

holly tandy x factor1 of 13

holly tandy x factor

Holly Tandy - Girls (Sharon Osbourne)

grace davies2 of 13

grace davies

Grace Davies - Girls (Sharon Osbourne)

Rai-Elle Williams3 of 13

Rai-Elle Williams

Rai-Elle Willians - Girls (Sharon Osbourne)

matt linnen x factor4 of 13

matt linnen x factor

Matt Linnen - Overs (Nicole Scherzinger)

tracy leanne jefford5 of 13

tracy leanne jefford

Tracy Leanne Jefford - Overs (Nicole Scherzinger)

kevin davy white6 of 13

kevin davy white

Kevin Davy White - Overs (Nicole Scherzinger)

cutkelvins x factor7 of 13

cutkelvins x factor

The Cutkelvins - Groups (Simon Cowell)

sean and conor x facotr8 of 13

sean and conor x facotr

Sean and Conor Price - Groups (Simon Cowell)

rak-su x factor9 of 13

rak-su x factor

Rak-Su - Groups (Simon Cowell)

talia dean x factor10 of 13

talia dean x factor

WILDCARD: Talia Dean - Groups (Nicole Scherzinger)

jack and joel11 of 13

jack and joel

WILDCARD: Jack and Joel - Groups (Simon Cowell)

leon mallett12 of 13

leon mallett

WILDCARD: Leon Mallett - Boys (Louis Walsh)

alisah bonoabrah13 of 13

alisah bonoabrah

WILDCARD: Alisah Bonaobrah - Girls (Sharon Osbourne)


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