Shelley Smith was widely predicted to be one of the first of the Top 12 contestants eliminated from "The X Factor" U.K. in 2013. That prediction came true, as she was voted out in the episode that ITV televised on Oct. 20.
If "The X Factor" U.K. judge Gary Barlow was having a bad night on "The X Factor" U.K. episode on Oct. 19, 2013, then "The X Factor" U.K. judge Sharon Osbourne was having an even worse night on Oct. 20, 2013. That's because for the second week in a row, the Overs category that she is mentoring this year had a contestant who was eliminated. In an interview with "The Xtra Factor" after the show, Osbourne said: “I am gutted, I am absolutely gutted. I really am. I can’t put it into words.”
As previously reported, Smith and Lorna Simpson were in the bottom two in the previous week, and Simpson was eliminated on Oct. 13, 2013. Simpson and Smith were both in the Overs category (for solo singers ages 25 and older), which is being mentored this year by Osbourne.
Sam Bailey is the only contestant left in the category this year. Bailey had widely been predicted to be the Overs contestant to last the longest in the competition.
In this episode that aired live on Oct. 20, "The X Factor" U.K. host Dermot O'Leary revealed that Smith was in the bottom two of getting viewer votes. In the previous episode, it was announced that that Kingsland Road was in the bottom two in the show's new "flash vote" format, which tallies votes taken within the first moments after all the contestants performed in the episode. As the person with the least number of votes, Kingsland Road automatically had to do sing-off with the other contestant in the bottom two. That other contestant was not revealed until the episode after the flash vote results were announced.
Kingsland Road and Smith then competed in a sing-off for the judges. Kingsland Road performed Pink's "Try," while Smith performed Jamelia's "Stop."
Not surprisingly, Osbourne voted to eliminate Kingsland Road, while Barlow (who is mentoring the Groups category this year) voted to eliminate Smith.
So the decision was left up to the other two judges on the panel. Nicole Scherzinger and Louis Walsh voted to eliminate Smith.
Osbourne and Walsh are close friends who usually vote alike, so it was a departure for Walsh to not cast the same vote as Osbourne, especially since she begged Walsh not to eliminate Smith. On "The Xtra Factor," Osbourne admitted that she is furious with Walsh for voting to eliminate Smith: “I am gutted about what Louis just said. I have always had his back and he’s just betrayed me. I said I would do anything.”
Had there been a deadlock in the four judges' votes, then the contestant with the lowest number of votes from the public would have been eliminated.
On "The Xtra Factor," Walsh explained why he voted to eliminate Smith: “Shelley was amazing and she is such a gracious performer. I think she should go to the West End and perform but I had to go with my heart and I think Kingsland Road have so much more to offer.”
At any rate, Smith was in the bottom two every week since voting opened to the public (and that low ranking cannot be blamed on Walsh), so all indications were that Smith would not have won in the competition anyway.
As previously reported, Osbourne got a lot of viewer backlash for eliminating rocker Joseph Whelan during the "judges' houses' phase of the competition. That backlash could have resulted in two of Osbourne's contestants being in the bottom two of the public's votes and getting eliminated two weeks in a row.
Meanwhile in this episode, Katy Perry performed her hit single "Roar." Robin Thicke sang his mega-hit "Blurred Lines."
Perry was a guest judge on "The X Factor" U.K. in 2010, and she played a role in the origins of One Direction, the world's biggest-selling act to emerge from "The X Factor." When she was a guest judge during auditions, Perry was one of the judges who voted to put a contestant named Niall Horan through to the next round. Horan was later eliminated at boot camp, but he and four other male contestants (Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson) who were eliminated as solo singers were brought back into the competition and put together in a group, which was named One Direction. The rest is history.
Perry fondly remembered her stint as an "X Factor"guest judge: “I like that I let Niall through at one point. He is pretty cute. He is in a little band called One Direction." And even though there are always rumors that Perry might become a permanent judge on "The X Factor," she has always said that she she doesn't think the time is right in her career. Perry added, "I know that you guys [the judges] try your best to give constructive criticism, because it’s actually really hard up there when you become an artist.”
At the beginning of the episode, the show's Top 11 contestant acts performed Avicii's "Wake Me Up." SeSe Foster of the female trio Miss Dynamix was not part of the ensemble performance, since she is recovering from a mystery illness that left her briefly hospitalized on Oct. 19, 2013. However, Miss Dynamix members Jeanette Akua and Rielle Carrington were able to be a part of the group performance of "Wake Me Up." Miss Dynamix was excused from "The X Factor" performances on Oct. 19, and all three members should be back on the show on Oct. 25.
Here are the remaining Top 10 "X Factor" U.K. contestant acts of 2013:
Girls (female solo singers ages 16 to 24), mentored by Nicole Scherzinger
- Abi Alton
- Hannah Barrett
- Tamera Foster
Boys (male solo singers ages 16 to 24), mentored by Louis Walsh
- Sam Callahan
- Luke Friend
- Nicholas McDonald
Overs (solo singers ages 25 and over), mentored by Sharon Osbourne
- Sam Bailey
Groups, mentored by Gary Barlow
- Kingsland Road
- Rough Copy
- Miss Dynamix