If you were looking at X-Factor in the UK over the weekend (judging from the ratings more were tuned into Strictly come dancing) you will have seen the final 12 acts confirmed for the Live shows.
Irish hopes were on 20-year-old Melanie McCabe who was attempting to make the live shows for the 4th time. Having reduced Louis Walsh and the Girls Mentor Nicole Scherzinger (best known for being a member of the Pussy Cat Dolls) to tears twice, in a shock result Melanie did not make it to the live shows again.
Twitter went into a melt down last night with the decision to exclude Melanie from the live shows – like it had the previous night when Joseph Whelan also was rejected by Sharon Osborne. Both were Bookies favorites to make the Top 3 in their categories.
Nicole told Melanie “You’ve got the voice, the range, the spirit, the attitude,’ adding: ‘You’re still so young. I don’t want you to give up because you have something so special but we’re not quite there yet.” Hmmmm – Isn’t that Nicole’s job as a mentor to do on the show?
All of the final 24 were followed home on camera to tell their families and friends the news – except Melanie. We applaud her dignity in telling the show “no” to letting her deliver the news in such a public manner.
So what now for Melanie? X-Factor’s loss is certainly a potential Eurovision gain. Melanie was set to compete in the Irish National Final earlier this year but pulled out due to her schooling commitments. Now that she has finished her exams, we certainly want to see her in the Irish National Final – which could be a strong possibility. With an audience of over 170 million people tuning into Eurovision, Melanie can certainly do better than the poultry 8.5 million that the X-Factor is slowly losing – on both sides of the Atlantic.
Melanie – We want you!
Author/Website co-founder and Editor in Chief Garrett Mulhall
Source : Eurovision Ireland and Metro Herald