Last night marked the first of the live finals in which Kevin Davy-White was snubbed from a win, in something that has been called a miscarriage of justice.
The French singer-songwriter performed on stage with Britain’s Got Talent winner and pianist Tokio Myers, but Kevin’s X Factor adversaries upped the ante as Grace Davies performed with Paloma Faith and Rak-Su performed with both Wycef Jean and Naughty Boy.
And after the second performance of the evening, the results of the vote were tallied and the 29 year old singer-songwriter was sent home.
From there, the conspiracy theories were discussed by the viewing public on social media, as people seemed to believe that it was Kevin’s duet partner that let him down.
Taking to Twitter to vent their frustrations and call foul play, one person blasted: “Anyone else think that the ‘duet’ with Tokio Myers sunk Kevin?”
“Well Kevin Davy-White just got well and truly shafted. What sort of duet was that? It was all about Tokio,” added another.
A third slammed: “As if Kevin Davy white had a piano player for his duet what a fix X Factor is, I’m fuming.”
Viewers also thought it was unfair that Rak-Su was given two singers to perform with.
“Love Tokio don’t get me wrong, but Kevin didn’t even have another singer and Rak-Su gets Naughty Boy and Wyclef ? Bit unfair that,” noted one.
Another said: “Rak Su get two acts to duet with yet the others only have one, I take it that’s favouritism. Either way it’s a fix.”
In other X Factor news, Simon Cowell forgot the name of the band Pretty Much’s new single as was about to introduce them on stage.
A few moments, he donated a huge £250,000 to the children’s charity Shooting Star Chase.
Eventually, it was Rak-Su who took home the crown, being declared the winners of the X Factor 2017, having beaten Grace Davies to the top spot. And interestingly, it was the first ever final where no covers were used, with all four songs that were performed being original songs.
Simon said: “I want to say first of all congratulations to Grace who is really an outstanding artist.
“Obviously to the guys, Rak-Su, you are gentleman, stars and to everyone that voted thank you.
“I also have to say something else. This doesn’t get paid for for nothing.
“I want to say thank you to Just Eat, the panel, the contestants and the audience at home.”
“I just want to thank everyone at home, everyone here, all my friends and family who made this special,” Jamal from Rak-Su said, adding: “I’m speechless.”
But even despite calls that the show was fixed when Kevin Davy-White was eliminated, viewers are also calling for the show to be axed, after branding it the worst series ever.
Fans took to Twitter to vent their frustrations, with one saying: “#XFactor So that will.be the end of x factor then?”
Another said: “Think #XFactor needs a break to be fair. For me this has been one of the worst years. Lost its sparkle”
A third said: “That was the worst X Factor ever. Shit winners, no sing offs and only lasted about 5 weeks. Hopefully they revamp the show into something else next year. It’s ran its course now.”
And a fourth said: “Worst ever viewing figures for the X Factor and got destroyed by Strictly in the ratings! Why do ITV persist with this garbage? Its 5 years past its sell by date! …bring back @GladiatorsTV lol”
While a fifth said: “This years X Factor has been dogsh*t. Worst there’s ever been.”7
#XFactor So that will.be the end of x factor then?
— andy hall (@bradfordcabguy) 3 December 2017
Think #XFactor needs a break to be fair. For me this has been one of the worst years. Lost its sparkle
— Joanne Oliver (@Joeyo1990) 3 December 2017
That was the worst X Factor ever. Shit winners, no sing offs and only lasted about 5 weeks. Hopefully they revamp the show into something else next year. It’s ran its course now.
— Jay Alexander (@JayAIexander) 3 December 2017
This years X Factor has been dogshit. Worst there’s ever been.
— Tom Ellam (@ellam90) 3 December 2017
Even one former winner had something to say over the quality of the show, as Steve Brookstein took to Twitter and said: “X Factor final has worst ever ratings. Over a million fewer people watched than last year’s worst ever series.”
X Factor’s show finale would traditionally have been a couple of weeks before Christmas so that they could take advantage of the coveted Christmas number 1 spot. However, this year it was moved forward to the start of December in order to avoid a clash with Strictly Come Dancing.
But that didn’t seem to help, and it makes you wonder how much the show would’ve got destroyed in the ratings had they not have moved it forward, given that even though there was no head-to-head, so to speak, according to some overnight figures, X Factor’s finale only pulled in around 4.4 million viewers, compared to Strictly Come Dancing’s 9.9 million.
It wasn’t just Steve Brookstein that was the only former X Factor alum had something to say about the show. James Arthur, who won the ninth series of X Factor in 2012, has lashed out after X Factor fans hailed Rak-Su and Grace Davies for being “brave” and performing original songs.
Fans hailed Rak-Su and Grace Davies for not opting to cover a track, and Simon Cowell, after watching the band’s performance, said: “Not many artists with this much at stake rather than just doing something before, or doing an old song, you stuck to yourselves.
“You wrote your own song, and not many people do that.”
But their comments seem to get under the skin of Arthur.
He told his fans: “Let’s be honest, this is the first year contestants have been allowed to do their own songs. Let’s stop saying how brave these guys are, it’s an advantage and respect to them for being able to do it.”
Rak-Su were announced the winners of the 2017 series of the X Factor after a tense evening, and Simon Cowell, who was their mentor, said, after the votes came in and it was announced that the band had won: “Congratulations to Grace, and obviously, to you guys, Rak-Su, you are gentlemen, you are stars.
“And to everyone who voted, thank you.”
The group’s debut single Dimelo is also an original track which they performed after they were crowned the winners with Wyclef Jean and Naughty Boy.