There was a lot going on during the weekends X Factor show, but one thing that no one seems to think about is what happens to the contestants who have to go back to normal life after they are unsuccessful in pursuing their dream.
During the dramatic quadruple elimination, Rai-Elle Williams and Holly Tandy were given their marching orders and left the show on Sunday, but it wasn’t without its own controversy.
Sharon Osbourne managed to steal a few headlines when, after not being able to contain her shock at losing two acts at once, uttered the word f**k on the live show before gasping and putting her hand to her mouth after realising that what she had said had been picked up by the mics.
The wife of legendary musician Ozzy Osbourne, 65, consoled her two acts and went in for a hug as they received the crushing news that they had been eliminated from the show.
Her shocking four-letter utterance came about half an hour before the watershed cut off point.
Grace Davies saw herself top the viewers vote during the Sunday night show, and as a result had to face off against Saturday’s winner Rak-Su.
Sharon may have covered her mouth and gasped, but her expletive did not go unnoticed by the viewers at home, who seemed to take a slightly less serious view of the incident.
One person said: “oh @MrsSOsbourne what are you like dropping the “F” Bomb “live” on @ITV earlier this evening on @TheXFactor – only you!”
Another fan wrote “Sharon Osbourne just dropped the F word’ while a further viewer shared a photo of a shocked Mrs O captioned ‘Sharon Osbourne when she realised her live F-WORD slip had been heard loud and clear on live TV.”
While another, slightly more old-fashioned fan one could assume, wrote “swearing is not good mrs o your a lady” (sic)
The show will move on and we will get the chance, next weekend, to see another set of singers go toe to toe with each other to see who will come out on top. And from there, the show will once again move on. The winners will be celebrated, and their stories will continue to be told, but the losers will be quickly consoled and then shipped off, back to normal life, without the cameras following their emotions and their ups and downs.
But what happens when the cameras turn their attention away from you, and follow the winner as the show moves on? Well sometimes, you can just slip back in to normal life and get on with things, confident in the fact that while you may not have succeeded, at least you tried.
Some losers feel the effects more than others, and Sam Black is feeling the realities of a broken dream more than many others at the moment – as his time on the show has left him almost completely broke, with just £1.25 in his bank account.
The singer gave up his seven-day-a-week job to follow his dream of achieving fortune and fame on X Factor, but having been kicked off the show, life goes on for the young man, except now he has to pick up the pieces financially as well as emotionally.
While the show did indeed help to keep Sam and his family’s heads above water while he was on the show (as he was unable to work his job and earn) now that he’s gone, he’s on his own, and he’s been left practically poverty stricken.
Sam spoke to the Daily Star Sunday and said: “I’m not going to lie, I have £1.25 in my bank account.”
The young father added: “I’m really broke as I haven’t been earning money while I’ve been on X Factor. They do help out but I’m used to working seven days a week and only just getting by then, so it has been tough with no wage coming in.”
The singer also told The Sun that he missed his son, Mason, so much during his time on X Factor that he got “really down” and considered going home.
The young singer’s exit was bittersweet for this reason, after he missed out on spending time with his son.
He spoke to The Sun Online and said: “You have moments where you’re feeling really down and think ‘do you know what? I just want to go home.'”
But despite feelings of wanting to go home to be with his son, Sam never thought about actually quitting the show.
He continued: “I never really thought about packing it in completely but there were days where I was really missing Mason and got really down, do you know what I mean? I’d never quit on anything.”
Though Sam kept up to date with his son through Facetime, he said that missing his son and his fiancé was the worst thing about competing on X Factor.
He said: “I missed him loads and he’s changing so much! All the time.
“He’s getting his little teeth coming through, he’s a little belter.”
The singer said that he will especially miss fellow competitor Kyle Cutkelvin, who became one of his closest friends during the show.
He said: “Me and him have got a lot in common. We’ve both got young babies and I turn to him whenever.
“I just know he’s there to talk to me whenever.”
Though being on X Factor has left Sam and his young family almost completely broke after Sam had to step away from his seven-day-a-week job, one good thing to come from the proceedings will be that at least now he has the chance to spend some quality time with his son and his fiancé. And with them, he can chalk his time on the show up as experience, and re-build things.
But the next time you’re watching X Factor, spare an extra thought for the contestants, because you never know what they might be giving up or walking away from to follow their dreams.