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X Factor 2012 – The Boys


Cian Carroll discusses the boys category who made it through the bootcamp stage in the X Factor 2012 and their individual chances of progressing further within the competition.

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Well it wouldn’t be The X-Factor if there wasn’t some of controversy along the way and boy did we get it Saturday night at the boot-camp auditions.

One of the early favourites in the boy’s category, Joseph Whelan, was inexplicably shown the door ahead of Essex model, Rylan Clark; much to the annoyance of the rocker’s adoring fans. It’s created that much of a stir that an internet campaign has been launched in an attempt to get Whelan restored to the show’s line up.

Lets not kid ourselves here though, folks; this category could and should have been so much better than it actually is. For my money, Joseph Whelan would have added an edge that’s slightly missing in this group; not to mention of my personal favourites, homeless entrant, Robbie Hance; who I felt had a serious chance of doing very well in this competition.

I did predict in a previous article that he would have to overcome his demons to progress but sadly, he succumbed to those aforementioned problems during Saturday night’s boot-camp audition; storming off-stage after forgetting his lyrics and failing to return.

That being said, there are still some star performers within this group of boys and out of those six, I have a feeling we’re going to see a lot more of Nathan Fagan-Gayle, AKA ‘Star-boy Nathan’. The London born R&B singer wowed the crowd with a magical performance of Marvin Gaye classic ‘Lets Get It On’ and is no stranger to the glitz and the glamour of the music business having been around since 2005 with previous chart entries and a current record deal with independent label, MONA records.

Having also got a sneak peak at his electric bootcamp performance of Labrinth’s ‘Earthquake’, I’m starting to think odds of 40/1 are WAY too big to have a little nibble at.

Jahmene Douglas has retained his place as overall second favourite at 6/1 but I’m really struggling to see how those odds can be justified given his nerve jangling appearance at the boot-camp auditions Saturday night.

The poor kid needed medical attention before his performance and while there should be no doubting his vocal ability, which is absolutely superb by the way, you’d have to question whether he has the mental strength to see out the rest of the show. They could do worse than employ a psychologist to keep his confidence soaring at all times; that, or just get someone to hug him from one performance through to the next.

Among the other lads, Jake Quickenden seems the standout to me given his delightful marriage of looks, vocal range and personality and with him being another rather large 50/1 shot, a sneaky tenner on this big hunk and you’re up 500 big ones if he comes home with the bacon.

Overall though, I feel like odds of 5/2 on the boys being the winning category feel slightly small to me when you consider the strength of the other categories and the fragile nature of this band of brothers. Your money might be better placed elsewhere.

Judges Houses:
Nicole enlisted Ne-Yo as her guest judge in glamorous Dubai. He didn't show huge affection for any of the boys and remained quite critical about their singing abilities but evetually a decision was reached on who to put through to the live shows. Nicole decided to give the opportunity to James Arthur, Jahmene Douglas and controversially, Rylan Clark.

She has chosen Adam Burridge as her wildcard selection and a large amount of the public are expected to vote for him as unfortunately he lost out to the less talented Rylan Clark.


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