If the crowd response at Wembley Arena in London is any indication of who will be the winner of “The X Factor” U.K. in 2011, then Little Mix should start celebrating a victory.
In part one of the eight-season finale (which ITV televised on December 10, 2011), 17-year-old finalist Amelia Lily was eliminated. She had been mentored by “The X Factor” U.K. judge Kelly Rowland.
The final two acts are 23-year-old Marcus Collins and female quartet Little Mix.
(Click here to watch the voting results announcing Little Mix and Collins as the final two acts.)
Without question, female quartet Little Mix got the biggest cheers from the Wembley Arena audience of approximately 10,000 people. The group (Jade Thirlwall, Perrie Edwards, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jesy Nelson) originally auditioned for “The X Factor” as solo singers, but they were rejected as solo singers and allowed to continue in the competition on the condition that they join a group formed by “The X Factor” U.K.
For the past few weeks, Little Mix (formerly known as Rhythmix) and Marcus Collins had been widely predicted to be the final two acts of 2011, since neither act had been in the bottom two of getting votes from the public.
Collins is being mentored by “The X Factor” U.K. judge Gary Barlow.
Little Mix is being mentored by “The X Factor” U.K. judge Tulisa Contostavlos.
The winner will be announced on December 11, 2011, in a live ITV1 telecast from Wembley Arena.
The December 10 episode featured footage of the Lily, Collins and Little Mix visiting and performing in their hometowns this week.
During the finalists’ live performances on the December 10 episode, the judges had nothing but good things to say. Their feedback wasn’t about critiquing but rather celebrating how far these finalists have come.
Here is a recap of the December 10 episode:
Little Mix, Collins and Lily teamed up to sing Take That’s “Greatest Day.”
(Click here to watch the performance of “Greatest Day.”)
Collins sang OutKast’s “Hey Ya.”
(Click here to watch the Collins’ hometown visit and his performance of “Hey Ya.”)
Little Mix sang Florence + the Machine’s “You Got the Love.”
(Click here to watch Little Mix’s hometown visit and their performance of “You Got the Love.”)
Lily sang Christina Aguilera’s “Ain’t No Other Man.”
(Click here to watch Lily’s hometown visit and her performance of “Ain’t No Other Man.”)
Barlow and Collins sang Billy Joel’s “She’s Always a Woman.”
(Click here to watch the performance of “She’s Always a Woman.”)
Little Mix and Contostavlos sang a medley of Alicia Keys hits “If I Ain’t Got You” and “Empire State of Mind.”
(Click here to watch the medley performance of “If I Ain’t Got You” and “Empire State of Mind.”)
Lily and Rowland sang Ike and Tina Turner’s “River Deep Mountain High.”
(Click here to watch the performance of “River Deep Mountain High.”)
“X Factor” U.K. almuni groups JLS and One Direction teamed up for a medley of the JLS hit “She Makes Me Wanna” and the One Direction hit “What Makes You Beautiful.”
(Click here to watch the medley performance of “She Makes Me Wanna” and “What Makes You Beautiful.”)
“The X Factor” U.K. 2006 winner Leona Lewis sang Nine Inch Nails’ “Hurt,” as interpreted by Johnny Cash.
(Click here to watch the performance of “Hurt.”)
Michael Bublé sang “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home).”
As previously reported, the acts announced to perform in the season finale on December 11 are Coldplay and Westlife.
December 11, 2011 update: According to several published reports, ratings for the December 10, 2011 episode were 11.8 million U.K. viewers, which was a decrease of 3.5 million U.K. viewers compared to part one of “The X Factor” U.K. Season 7 finale in 2010. On December 10, 2011, “Strictly Come Dancing” surpassed “The X Factor” U.K. in the ratings by getting 12.3 million U.K. viewers.
This decrease in viewership for “The X Factor” U.K. has several media outlets speculating that another shakeup on the judges’ panel may be happening in 2012. ITV has confirmed that “The X Factor” U.K. executive producer Simon Cowell will not be returning as a judge on “The X Factor” U.K.