Posted in Derren's Posts

Posted by Derren Brown November 30, 2008 at 6:58 pm

Well, so much for my theories – I was delighted that they now seem to be placing the final few rounds genuinely in the hands of the public. Or at least I was, until the same public decided we should lose the sensational Ruth and keep any of the surely less remarkable boys. Good luck to Eoghan of course, for whom clearly Simon has a vision, but if all this editorial favouring and Northern Ireland voting means he wins over Alexandra in the final I’ll be absolutely hopping.  Meanwhile, my next few Saturday nights are clearly to be ruined by the partisan dialing of Northern Irish girls too easily swayed by the disingenuous accolades of a marionette jury. Bring back dolly-legged Austin and keep the vote English. Thank you. 
November 30, 2008 at 7:09 pm
BellaFiga says:

I, too, have a vision for Eurghan, but it mainly involves piranha.

Ruth will go far, I think. Nothing at all to do with Simon’s current girlfriend vacancy.

Alex was splendid, and JLS were not. My vote for the night goes to Ruth’s second dress. Have I missed someone? Ah yes, Diana. I realise she reminds me of Zippy from Rainbow.

November 30, 2008 at 7:17 pm
BellaFiga says:

And Britney has a sloppy arse.

November 30, 2008 at 7:38 pm
Nopke says:

Thank God we need to miss out on all the fun here in Holland this time! You will understand this will mean war … between you and northern ireland … I have to say … I’d love to see you hopping though … can we get that on webcam please?! And as for saturday evenings … I’m sure some remedies are out there to see to that … No no, I wont tell which remedies I can see … just let you find out by yourself advice .. don’t watch 9 songs …. or maybe you should .. whatever serves your needs best I’d say!

November 30, 2008 at 7:50 pm
KimM says:

What have you done with the real Derren?

November 30, 2008 at 8:06 pm
Alex Gibbons says:

Just what I was thinking, KimM.

I think a few people are a bit too unnecessarily emotionally attached to the programme and the singers involved.

November 30, 2008 at 8:16 pm
use says:

Derren you need to get out more- seriously. You sound 50!

November 30, 2008 at 8:22 pm
Go Go Yubari says:

Does Eoghan actually sing? All I ever hear are backing singers. Maybe his voice is amazing but only audible to the eardrums of young girls. Young girls from Northern Ireland particularly, because the air is purer over there and they don’t get as much waxy build-up.

November 30, 2008 at 8:32 pm
BellaFiga says:

Eoghan can sing – he has a passable voice that might improve considerably as he gets older. But compared to Ruth and Alexandra and, from last year, Rhydian, he’s piss poor. I suppose his appeal is that he looks like someone a young girl could practise kissing on before moving on to a proper boy.

November 30, 2008 at 8:49 pm
Sue says:

Am gutted at last nights result… Ruth was definately my favourite, she had it all – fantastic voice, gorgeous looking, sexy, fiesty, flirty and confident… definately the kinda stuff needed to go far in the music business I would of thought.

I did worry about Simon’s comment in the show (can’t remember who it was too) – he said something like giving a great British performance on this British show; which kinda felt like it was a dig that Ruth shouldn’t go through as she is Spanish… although we all know that Ruth and Simon are bound to go through something together!


November 30, 2008 at 8:56 pm
BellaFiga says:

It was to Alexandra, Sue. I thought that was kind of pointed, too. Should they not have all British judges then?

November 30, 2008 at 8:58 pm
Rhian says:

Welcome to the life us normal peasants have Derren ;o). The public always seem to get it wrong. I’m still mad Rhydian didn’t win last year and that’s not just cos I am Welsh too. I reckon Simon wanted two stars (well 3 if you include Same Difference) from last year’s X Factor and knew Rhydian would be fine and Leon would return to his life in a shoe factory or whatever if he didn’t win.

November 30, 2008 at 9:00 pm
BellaFiga says:

Same Difference are so many kinds of wrong I would run out of fingers counting them.

November 30, 2008 at 9:02 pm
Liz says:

Sorry, I know that I am massively in the minority when I say I find X Factor totally boring, but nontheless I do. The original “popstar” thingy which gave us Hearsay many moons ago, was a bit of a novelty admittedly, but now? Now I’m left feeling utterly uninspired. The fact that it’s fake, though not surprising, doesn’t help matters either.
A friend of an acquaintence once told me she had been to one of the auditions for X factor – apparently no one gets to audition initially in front of the “judges”, they are screened by the show’s producers first, and anyone “interesting” (those most likely to humiliate themselves on national tele) are paraded in front of Simon and his crew. Surprise, surprise………………….
Shit, better go, “I’m a Celebrity’s” about to start :oops

November 30, 2008 at 9:06 pm
CheesesOfNazareth says:

Maybe you and Chris Martin should get together Derren. He admitted to crying over XFactor all the time. Sounds like a match made in heaven.

November 30, 2008 at 9:10 pm
Liz says:

Soz for the awful spelling mistakes/typos above btw – I am ashamed to admit I have a degree in English(and feel the need to let everyone know, due to apparent cleverness of blog contributers), but parenting appears to have robbed me of one too many brain cells 🙁

November 30, 2008 at 9:48 pm
Emo Girl says:

Im sorry they got rid of Ruth, she wasnt very good but she WAS better than JLS

November 30, 2008 at 10:04 pm
Me says:

“Meanwhile, my next few Saturday nights are clearly to be ruined by the partisan dialing of Northern Irish girls too easily swayed by the disingenuous accolades of a marionette jury.”

Easy – don’t stay in and watch it. Go outside! There’s a whole world out there, waiting to be explored!!

November 30, 2008 at 10:30 pm
Rhian says:

I thought this was about the X Factor not about personal attacks..?

November 30, 2008 at 11:15 pm
snowball says:

But arent the northern Irish allowed to be in this contest as much as the “english?” so whats the problem?? Do I sense a touch of xenophobia? hmmm

November 30, 2008 at 11:32 pm
Simmie says:

We all have our guilty pleasures.I have more than just the odd embarrasing Ah-ha album in my house (Russian wee-wee videos, Gladiators action figures etc). Let derren have his.

November 30, 2008 at 11:32 pm
Thistooshallpass says:

My guess is that the winner will be whoever Simon wants it to be 😉

November 30, 2008 at 11:43 pm
Andrea says:

Have you noticed the weird facial expression Eoghan does….maybe thats why the public are voting for him.

December 1, 2008 at 12:42 am
drill says:

I only like the old x-factor auditions- it has gotten stale the last few series, maybe that is because there are less funny “freaks” now.

December 1, 2008 at 12:45 am
drill says:

Cheryl is a babe though 😉

December 1, 2008 at 12:46 am
CheesesOfNazareth says:

There are only so many freaks in the world so they have to run dry eventually lol I only like the early stages of XF, after that its just plain meh.

December 1, 2008 at 2:51 am
Aaris says:

I just started watching X Factor on the wonderful YouTube, and it seems alot like American Idol even one of the judges are the same. Simon is of course my favorite judge, and he is usually right. I hope Alexandra and Eoghan make it to the finals. i think Alexandra should win it.

December 1, 2008 at 7:32 am
Katherine says:

Still waiting for perfect egg poaching.

December 1, 2008 at 7:44 am
Kirsty says:

Yes, I’d like to know how to perfectly poach an egg, please.

December 1, 2008 at 9:14 am
Flapjack says:

Sorry to be a curmudgeon, but lets face facts, this whole show is a giant waste of everyone’s time. The so-called winner wins a record contract that lasts 6 months before the public get bored of them, then they are relegated to music’s second division (musicals, charity appearances etc.) before being replaced next year by another mediocrity with a tragic backstory for the public to vote for.
After that, they’re lucky if they can book Butlins.
The real icons of the rock and pop world wouldn’t stand a chance on this show – Bob Dylan had a voice like a whisky soaked tramp, but the talent was in composing songs. Bowie has wierd vocal inflection, but his constant re-inventions make him as fresh today as when he started. Lennon had a nasal whine of a voice, but his songs have genuine staying power. Johnny Rotten launched an entire punk movement, but would’ve been voted off at the audition stage for his raspy ranting inflection.The list goes on…
The point is most of the vocalists on the show are chosen for a preconceived notion of what vocals should sound like, i.e. Aretha Franklin or Whitney Huston. There’s no room for originality.
I just long for the days when vocalists could look like the back of a bus but still cut a music career on talent alone, regardless of personal tragedies.
I think I’m showing my age now.

December 1, 2008 at 10:21 am
BellaFiga says:

I would debate that Johnny Rotten launched the punk movement. Anyway, I enjoy the X Factor. However, I will not be spending £200 on it this year.

December 1, 2008 at 10:23 am

I think the novelty of Diana has worn off for me, I didn’t enjoy either song this week. Every week I think the song choice won’t work and every week I love being wrong (her version of With Or Without You was fabulous) – not this time though. Shame.

Ruth has always been too shouty for me, JLS were deathly dull (I thought they might do Baby One More Time but was hoping they would do it acapella to make it interesting – or like Travis did on Radio 1). Eoghan… ugh. I think it’s more the High School Musical vote that kept him in than just regional voting. Alexandra is far and away the best in every possible way and she deserves to win. More than that, she deserves success beyond X-Factor, very few ever get that though.

December 1, 2008 at 11:01 am
Sue says:

What I thought was funny as well was that on Eoghan’s first song one of the judges commented that it was a bit too much ‘High School Musically’ and that he shouldn’t keep doing songs and dance routines that focused around that… and then his next song was High School Music! (classic)


December 1, 2008 at 1:17 pm
Lyvvie says:

I watched TXF for the first time, since you confessed your love for it last week. I had to see what fuss about. My daughter and I sat on the sofa with our jumper sleeves pulled over our hands and muffling our ears for most of the show. “That was awful!” followed by “Clang!” everytime someone hit a wrong note. In our opinion the only one worthy of winning this competition is Alexandra. Although I think Ruth should’ve had another day and the wee spikey headed fellow or the goose-voiced girl should’ve gone instead.

And someone should get that wee blonde some shoes, it’s cold for goodness sake! There’s quirky and then there’s dumb.

I’m sure my daughter will want to watch it all over again this week. I’ll be sure to wear the extra thick jumper this time.

December 1, 2008 at 2:34 pm
Annie says:

“# use Says:
November 30th, 2008 at 8:16 pm

Derren you need to get out more- seriously. You sound 50!”

YOU be serious! He’d be practically in the ground.

December 1, 2008 at 4:09 pm
Ms G says:

What? People die at their 50’s already there in the UK?! Good that I’m not living there .. it’s probably due to more primal genes or such (people used to die way earlier in the past .. well, you added at least 10 years to the age of 40 already .. it’s coming .. ).

No, at least 80 that must be … (didn’t you notice that walking cane aside of the stage?), it’s just because he is a mentalist that he did not fall down yet .. Elderly people are not so out of the X factor among eachother as you may think … (keep a close eye on them … little devils they are ..).

December 1, 2008 at 6:20 pm
drill says:

I’m glad they chose Cheryl from Girls Aloud and not the ginger one, urgh- she is a freak, but then a lot ive seen are ugly. Not saying they all are, but the ones I have seen, especially when its short hair as well.

December 1, 2008 at 7:27 pm
Miss E says:

Whats with the ” keep the vote English thing”. very disappointed he said that, not everybody from Northern Ireland would automatically vote for Eoghan because he’s from here.

December 6, 2008 at 6:47 pm
Rhian says:

I eagerly await XFactor 3 though I’ll not be watching it tonight. Shall be watching The Dark Knight instead….

December 14, 2008 at 11:07 am
Morgaine says:

I don’t really watch the X-Factor, not that I have anything against it but it rarely occurs to me to switch the telly on (except for anything to do with Derren or Dawkins, for which I have a phone alarm to remind me!)
However… it annoys me no end that they assume they have the xmas number one sewn up.

SO… why don’t we Rickroll Xmas??? (<- I swear on… um.. “The God Delusion” that this isn’t a Rickroll)

We did the MTV Awards and got Best Act Ever (

This has to be worth 79p per person, just to show Cowell et al that the xmas no. 1 isn’t exclusively theirs!