Published Tuesday, 17 September 2013
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Stephanie Woods' Arena Audition
Souli Roots' Arena Audition
Lydia Lucy's Arena Audition
Rough Copy's Arena Audition
Kingsland's Arena Audition
Next of Kin's Arena Audition
Nicholas McDonald's Arena Audition
Kingland's Room Audition
Brick City's Room Audition
Rough Copy's Room Audition
Ryan & Lydia's Room Audition
Giles Potter's Room Audition
Lydia Lucy's Room Audition
Stephanie Woods' Room Audition
J Koda's Room Audition
Souli Roots' Room Audition
James McDonald's Room Audition
Next of Kin's Room Audition
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Well following events this weekend, it's easy to see that the arena audience have in no way lost their impact, despite the return of the low key room auditions.
The room serves a purpose in letting the judges see what each hopeful has to offer, without the buzz the crowd can bring.
Their excitement cannot mask or exaggerate certain aspects of each particular act.
But when it comes to the arena - all bets are off.
The audience's persuasive power was demonstrated on a huge scale this weekend on more than one occasion, when the thoughts of the people influenced the decisions of the judges.
Case and point was Stephanie Woods.
Stephanie seems like a nice girl and there is no doubt she has a pretty decent set of pipes on her.
We all know I'm going to root for her (see last week's blog) as when she was just fourteen she made it to the judges' houses stage and was whisked away to LA, only to be told no by Sharon Osbourne.
Well Sharon Osbourne is back and so is Stephanie.
During her room audition she sang, she cried, Sharon cried, I DID NOT CRY!!
Then Stephanie returned to face the arena audition and, though I am far from an expert, to me she did not seem at her best.
Gary Barlow put it down to song choice.
Yet this was all news to the audience who explicitly showed their support for the singer on stage and when all four judges decided to give her another chance, "captain obvious" Nicole Scherzinger was kind enough to let the viewers know: "The audience saved her."
This was witnessed again with Souli Roots, who clearly has not got a note in her head, but her infectious sense of fun had the audience on their feet cheering.
This soon spread to the judges, who, whether they liked it or not, was now aboard the Souli train of good times.
Souli was put through to bootcamp and the audience prevailed once more.
But should they have?
It should be noted that the judges were at times seen to be putting their foot down in spite of the audience's opinion - loveable bus driver James McDonald was a huge hit with the crowd, but the judges felt he was only 'ok' and refused to put him through to the next stage.
This did not go down well with the X Factor mob.
But is there something to be said about giving the public what they want in spite of talent or experience?
I suppose, for better or worse, it will inevitably come down to the public in the live shows. But can we be trusted?
Let's not forget that last year's contestant Christopher Maloney was repeatedly told by the panel he would never make it through to the next week.
Yet he received the votes and was put through again and again.
And what about Wagner?
Actually, let's not talk about Wagner. I've only just got over the fact that he was ROBBED of the X Factor crown!
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