X Factor 2013 is over!

The X Factor is over for another for another year

Gary Barlow
Gary Barlow

Well that’s it, the X Factor is sadly over for another year and all the tears, tantrums and moment of sheer joy were worth every single second. It was with great anticipation that we tuned in to last weekend’s final shows to wait with baited breath to see who would finally be crowned the X Factor King or Queen. It was Luke Friend, Sam Bailey and Nicholas MacDonald’s final time to shine as they battled it out to be the winner of the X Factor 2013.

Luke was first to be booted out, which was really no surprise. Having struggled these last few weeks he has had difficulty staying out of the bottom two, having to sing for his survival a record number of times. However he fought hard and he fought well and truly deserved his place in the final three and was very gracious in his defeat.

The trio started by singing Emilie Sande’s ‘Lifted’ with Sam Bailey dazzling the crowds in her sparkling outfit.

Apparently viewing figures for the final shows were at an all-time low, despite the superstars pulled in to sing alongside the three acts. Luke performed a lovely duet with singer Ellie Goulding each playing guitars to add an extra element to the song. However it wasn’t enough to save him. Luke however seemed determined to pursue a career in music and told the audience and his fans at home:

‘I’m going to keep writing music and doing something I love – and writing songs for you guys!’

His mentor Louis Walsh, although not seeming surprised that Luke went out also gave him a vote of confidence acknowledging that perhaps this isn’t the last we will see of him. He simply said ‘Watch this space.’

The two remaining contestants Nicholas MacDonald and Sam Bailey however seemed completely overwhelmed to be in the final.  Nicholas said: ‘I actually cannot believe it to think that I was just a normal boy from Scotland and now I’m on the X factor final.’ Sam said: ‘I’m just so overwhelmed, this has been last chance saloon, it’s been 20 years and I’ve finally got here.’

The acts truly put out all the stops in the final shows, Nicholas MacDonald’s rendition of Candy was quite something with giant sweets such as gummy bears and ice creams acting as the background for the singer. However he faced some criticism from the judges even at this the final stage particularly Gary who didn’t think it was the right song for him.

Sam Bailey chose Lady Gaga’s ‘Edge of Glory’ as one of her final sings. It was a truly powerful performance and stunned the judges –even Gary who commented

‘Now that’s what I’m talking about – that’s how to use a song to showcase your voice.’

Nicole added: ‘You sang the pants off of that song. I’m going to say it, that was Sam-mazing honey – you rocked up there, seriously. You are just a beast up there and a force to be reckoned with. I feel you every time, you deserve to be here.’

Louis went on to describe the singer as a ‘World class act.’

It seemed this be the moment when it became clear that Sam was going to win. She went on to sing with judge Nicole Scherzinger, choosing the Dreamgirls song ‘And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going. ‘ The pair truly mesmerised the audience and Nicole spoke of it being an honour to sing with Sam, and thanked Sharon Osborne for putting them onstage together.

Nicholas sang with Shane Filan –‘Flying Without Wings.’

Sam Bailey was truly shocked when she was finally chosen as the X Factor winner, but with that booming voice and huge personality we are glad that it was her. She is now expecting to tour with Beyoncé and is leading in the race to be the Christmas number one!

It is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to X Factor for another year as it was once again and truly brilliant series. Will we remember them all this time next year though?! That is anyone’s guess!

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