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This year’s Betsfactor has been very half baked, because I’ve had loads on and actually promised myself I wouldn’t write A THING! About thirty articles later I appear to be writing more!

Not a single penny of the Betsfactor Bank was risked on this final, it was too close in my mind. I just didn’t feel that there was really as huge a gap in the voting as the polls were showing.  I really couldn’t call it…. but felt I should at least say something on finals weekend, so my money, albeit a very small stake, was on a shock tonight, mainly because I felt it was good value.

Yeah Yeah… but we all know what I would have done had I have been correct…!

Firstly, huge props to Sofabet who stuck their necks out and made a, correct, 1-2-3 prediction. Warmest congratulations to Daniel and the team. I wrote two articles for them this year, so technically I am part of the team.

They like to look at polling. This year it was of a huge sample, and was screaming James to win. Internet polls, which aren’t weighted of course, have predicted Christopher coming last on many occasions this series and last series’ YouGov poll incorrectly forecast a Marcus win (although YouGov are well aware themselves that a lot depends on the night and margins of error yadda yadda). So I was cautious.

I felt it was rather in the balance this weekend. James was given the better phone number and therefore much much better running order position. I talked earlier in the series about authenticity – this win gives the X Factor some much needed credibility back, which they will be pleased with. James also benefited from Tulisa style oratory at the last moment, a little bit of choking when he sang the winners single and the backing of a huge number of celebs.

The way that the show has treated James Arthur has suggested they could take him or leave him as a winner. He’s hit the bottom two (and now becomes the first winner in X Factor history to succeed despite doing so). They have given him some very very unhelpful staging on several occasions as well. Jahmene was the one contestant they never gave weak staging to. This weekend, Jahmene got the massive choir, the golds and whites, a Beatles song as his winners single and had the stronger back story. Also they could easily have implored “the whole of the north east” to get behind James, but chose not to. For the final, James got blues, solo staging, even a hint of red staging that hadn’t really helped others in the past and a really, fairly average, winners single.

Equally, you could argue all the religious undertones to Jahmene’s VT’s were very unhelpful, Swindon is hardly a place with a huge regional identity and a Louis Walsh endorsement is never useful (just ask Amelia Lily).

Here’s Louis’ reaction to the news, just three seconds after the winners name is announced….

Louis Delight


James was the contestant I personally wanted to win, I think it buys the franchise some much needed goodwill. One of the three most authentic acts won it, so it’s all good.

In the next couple of days I might do a “what we got right, what we got wrong” based on the voting stats. We of course.

Congratulations James!



I have to be honest. I really can’t call it. I’ve said “Oppose James” because I felt I should say something, but you’ll notice not a penny of the Betsfactor Bank has been put on this one!

I wouldn’t have been surprised if Christopher had made it through either, far too difficult to call. 

However, after weeks and weeks of trying, the X Factor, which is fast becoming one of the UK’s funniest – almost satirical shows, finally destroyed their man made (gaffe made) monster. They must be hugely relieved.

Given I have absolutely nothing to say as regards predictions, let’s have some fun with:


– Calling him Maloney just showed a lack of respect.

– Dermot refusing to allow him to thank the people that voted for him was… ‘interesting’.

– On the ferry, his lone whooping reminded me of Marcus.

– Want to sum up his call centre visit? Watch the blonde who can’t fire her 2p party popper and gives up. Lame. Cheap.

– When he puts his headset on, look at the two girls nearest to him. One, clearly disinterested, actually has her back to him as he talks! Another has her arms folded.

– That buffet just looked really really crap.

– As did his face on a lolly.

– Who likes watching someone eat and get messy cheap food all over their face?

– Where’s Norris Green?

– I don’t want to be rude about the people who were seen to be endorsing him. But enter your own thought here.

– And here.

– And here. Average age 82?

– “Oh my god, so many people here” says Christopher. As he arrives at a grey street with circa 50 people. Why didn’t he get a helicopter?

– Gary, who’s seemed dead behind the eyes since about week four, didn’t seem to critique his vocal performance. Why?

– His nan’s “great spread” was marginally worse than the spread at the call centre.

– Christopher was allowed 0.3 seconds of a tearful moment before they cut away at the end of the second VT. JamJah were allowed about 90 times that amount. Must have just been a decision for timing reasons.

– When One Direction performed on the show they got bumped up backing vocals. Producers can also subtley crank up the crowd noises on VT’s…. They didn’t for Christopher…

– “So why are you voting for Christopher Maloney?” “Because I know his nan and his mum. I go to bingo with them.” is the sort of ringing endorsement from an OAP you would pray for on the night of the final.

– A silver haired lady points out that he is “for the older group”, but not old fashioned. Always good to get a 75 year old’s take on what’s in fashion.

– Why did the crowd booing stop after the first ad break? We wouldn’t want Chris as the underdog now would we?

– When did we last use cassette tapes?

– Cassette tapes are knackered and get chewed up in your car radio.

– With which era would you associate leather jackets?

– Remember how Little Mix’s victory was as clear as night and day? What did Chris get during Rule the World?

– Louis also calls him “Maloney”.

– Rumours were he was going to perform Who?BerStank and The Reason as his winners single.

– “You’ve done it, you’ve changed you life.” proclaims Louis. As he did last week. Pointing out he’s arrived. (This is a point nicked from Sofabet!)

– Even Gary carefully and clearly points out to the viewers, that he wasn’t his choice. Even Gary. Several Times.

– Why, when Christopher was singing over and over again about stars, did we not see any stars behind him?

– If Gary Barlow’s wife ever wants to know if he’s cheated, or lied, or deceived her, just watch the second VT Mrs B. That’s Gary’s face when he tells loads and loads of fibs. Classics include “I’m just so glad I picked you as my wild card” and “I hadn’t even thought of framing my OBE”. Yeah, you’d chuck it in a drawer somewhere wouldn’t you Gaz.

They must be high fiving in the X Factor production offices. The monster is dead. I hedged him this week from 7-1 to 5-1 and made a modest profit. I’m quite relieved I did!

One Minute to Go

19:59. Saturday 8th December.

One Minute to go. I’ve been tight lipped.

I don’t want to make a prediction.

I really don’t.

I really really don’t.


My mind may well change having seen the show.

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