"The X Factor" U.K. viewers flooded the Internet with complaints after the "judges' houses" episode that aired on Oct. 5, 2013. In the episode, it was revealed which contestants in the Boys and Overs categories were chosen to perform in the live episodes that begin on Oct. 12, 2013. Based on these numerous complaints, many "X Factor" viewers are protesting the eliminations of soulful crooner Paul Akister in the Boys category and rock singer Joseph Whelan in the Overs category.
"The X Factor" U.K. sometimes allows the public to vote for an eliminated contestant to re-enter the competition as a "wild card" contestant. Viewers are demanding that the show allow Akister (who is 24) and Whelan (who is 27) to be among the "wild card" contenders if there is going to be "wild card" voting that is open to the public this year.
In the meantime, "X Factor" U.K. judges Louis Walsh (mentor of the Boys category in 2013) and Sharon Osbourne (mentor of the Overs category in 2013) are getting slammed by viewers for their decisions to eliminate Akister and Whelan.
Here are the Top 24 "X Factor" U.K. contestant acts in 2013. The contestants with asterisks next to their names were the ones who were chosen for the live episodes.
Girls (female solo singers ages 16 to 24), mentored by Nicole Scherzinger
- Abi Alton*
- Hannah Barrett*
- Relley Clarke
- Tamera Foster*
- Melanie McCabe
- Jade Richards
Boys (male solo singers ages 16 to 24), mentored by Louis Walsh
- Paul Akister
- Sam Callahan*
- Luke Friend*
- Ryan Mathie
- Nicholas McDonald*
- Giles Potter
Overs (solo singers ages 25 and over), mentored by Sharon Osbourne
- Sam Bailey*
- Andrea Magee
- Zoe Devlin
- Shelley Smith*
- Lorna Simpson*
- Joseph Whelan
Groups, mentored by Gary Barlow
- Brick City
- Code 4
- Kingsland Road*
- Miss Dynamix*
- Rough Copy*
*Chosen for the live episodes.
The "judges' houses" episode for the Girls and Groups categories will be televised on Oct. 6, 2013, when it will be revealed which three contestants from each category were chosen for the live episodes.
At judges' houses in 2013, Scherzinger was joined by guest mentor Mary J. Blige in Antigua. Barlow was paired with guest mentor Olly Murs in New York City. Osbourne teamed up with guest mentor Robbie Williams in Los Angeles. Walsh received help from guest mentors Sinitta, Nicole Appleton and former Westlife singer Shane Filan in St. Tropez, France.
Every year, there are viewer complaints about who gets eliminated on "The X Factor," but the eliminations of Akister and Whelan in 2013 are particularly controversial, since the overwhelming majority of "X Factor" viewers seem to be very unhappy about these eliminations. Akister in particular seems to have developed a large fan base in the short time that he has been seen on "The X Factor" U.K.
Here is a sampling of comments from "The X Factor" U.K.'s official Facebook page:
"Louis Walsh is a joke. Paul was best male singer by far."
"Paul should of gone through I was ready and waiting to buy that mans album he has an amazing voice I think he made the wrong choices again silly man !"
"Paul should have gone through instead of the first lad."
"Paul shud of went thru over the guy luke that hasnt washed his hair in years!"
"Louis finds it impossible to make his own decision. He had the 3 stooges making all the decisions for him. Listen to the voice Louis and you might find a star with substance. So many wrong decisions are made on looks alone. Paul has a voice that gives people chills. If judges feel contestants don't have stage presence then why send them to judges houses in the first place! X factor has now become the judges show. I have posted so many comments overnight because I am truly astonished and angry at the way this show assumes all it's viewers are brainless. I have given X factor years of viewing. Watching Paul go last night was the last straw. Unless Paul's obvious extreme talent is given the opportunity to participate as a contestant in the live shows, then I will retire from watching. I would be happy to get a call from Louis, so I could try and fathom what is going on his head and his ears! Simon Cowell should step in and have serious words!"
"Louis you absolute idiot."
"Paul was best male singer by far!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Could have won the show for Louis!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
"What a joke! Paul has such a velvety voice! Amazing! And he needed the confidence boost! And yet Louis picks the looks over the talent! Surprise surprise! Shallow man, really shallow!"
"It's not a show that cares about the voice ! They are here to find someone that is going to make them earn money..they don't care about the talent! They think the look is more important than talent and that it's the look that makes someone a star..too bad for Paul because even if he does not have the stereotype look, his talent turns him as a star!"
"People are saying Paul shouldn't have got through cus he is not the 'typical pop star' but look at James Arthur was he? No but a brilliant singer and won. This young kid is good but too emotional he will be another Leon if he gets through to last few an emotional mess unable to cope. Paul should have been put through."
"I knew it would happen! I don't trust Louis with the talented acts! Paul is the best singer to come to the X factor in a while and he gets sent home so wrong! Paul and Nicholas were the best boys! The others weren't great so annoyed."
"Paul was by far the best in louis category. I stupidly believed xfactor was a singing competion and was proved wrong last night when louis made that rediculous decision sending him home! Xfactor is now based on finding the sterotypical slim, pretty performers who have an ok voice..owell suppose they will be able to lip-sing there way through after the competion!!"
"Paul does not fit Walsh's image for a pop star...He's obviously slightly overweight and that's no good for walsh..Paul is the best singer ever and he's been sent home...Even if you can't sing but your young and slim and fit his fantasy image your in...I thought it was who could sell records..Not a fashion show Walsh is a GIT"
"Bring Paul back!!!!!!!!!!!
"Sharon should've chosen Joseph over that blonde woman."
"It speaks for itself that people from all over the country not just pauls and my home town lancaster are not happy hes not through!!!! He is genuinley amazing just cant comprehend louies decision at all!!"
"Paul is too talented to need the XFactor in my opinion. His voice is incredible and will go far on its own merits."
"Perhaps instead of replacing Tulisa, they should have replaced Louis."
"If they don't want people that don't look like 'TYPICAL' pop stars, then why on earth would they put them through to judges house!!!!! Paul was the best one by a mile and should have gone through!!! Once again X FACTOR you've sent the best home..... And then to tell Paul that he doesn't look like a pop star! How humiliating for the poor bloke!!!!
"I hope Louis pays attention to all this because if he has any sense he will get Paul back although he doesnt deserve such a talented lad if he can throw him over just for the "pop star" looking ones who all have very weak voices in my opinion at the moment. Hope they,ve got a bit more about for the live shows or its going to be so boring . 6 · about an hour ago Joy Millington bare in mind this is the divvy who made jedward!!"
"Nicholas deserved to go through not sure about Luke."
"Wrong decision AGAIN Louis."
"Paul was by far the best singer in the category and I would have picked up the phone to vote for him, typical Louis decision."
"Paul is by far the best singer out of the boys. The only reason he didn't go through is because of his image and lack of confidece, but I thought that was the point of the show to find talent and coach them to become pop stars."
"Well done Nicholas u defo deserve it Paul should have went through as well.
"I would like to also say I agree that nicholas n luke got thru they were my choices along with PAUL!!"
"Paul was a no brainer....he has the most amazing voice...Louis plays the fools card instead of the Trump card with Paul...."
"Paul was the best singe in the competition! He had so much soul and deserved to get to the live shows! It should be Paul and Joseph getting through! And that boy should be in a boy band because he's got very little talent."
"What the hell was Louis thinking sending paul home he was the best singer he had!!!"
"We can't all be wrong. Everyone is saying the same Paul should be there & not Luke. Praying for the wild card as last year!"
"He really doesn't understand talent!! Jedward, kitty and not putting luke through instead of Paul. The mans an absolute joke!!"
"Paul and Nicholas should have been in final 3, don't care about others or who would have made the extra place as these are the best two! Shocking decision Louis! So disappointed!"
"Paul should of gone through not the young kids they can come bk any year. Paul had best voice in competition so annoying to see the best ones go and not given a chance.
"Absolute farce!! Too many people rooting for paul they nd to bring him back hes a winner!!!!!
"I do think Nicholas should be in the top 3, but Paul should be in there too, instead of that talentless Sam!!"
"Again he needs to bring PAUL back he was by FAR the BEST out of the other lads! huge mistake loui made."
"Louis, you are an idiot. Paul had the best voice this season and you sent him home. Shame on you! I thought this was a singing competition,?! Won't be watching again. Good luck Paul, hope you make it on your own.
"Louis sent Paul - the best in this category home, shameful. Its all about TV not who has the best voice. Paul should audition for The Voice."
"Devastated last night when Louis sent Paul home. He was the best and should definitely have been in his final three! Shame on you Louis."
"Koesph should have went thru!!"
"Absolutely disgusted that Joseph hasn't gone through!"
"Omg, can't believe sharon picked shelley, she's so unlikeable and annoying, she'll not win it for her, people will be desperate to get her out.
"I think sharons gone deaf in her old age. Joseph was way better."
"Big mistake sharon, Joseph should be in and Shelly out."
"Nothing like variety. 3 large women with pretty much the same voice. Snore."
"Gutted for Joseph."
"Sharon wants acts people remember, EVERYONE has remembered Joseph for the last year!!!"
"Wrong decision AGAIN this year to get rid of joseph."
"Shocked!!! bring him back as a wildcard!!! please?"
"Cant believe sharon u picked blondie over joseph im so sick of all the boring girls this year theres too many boring girls in yet u choose yet another boring singer wont be watching your show this year its disappointing.
"Loved him Sharon should b ashamed of herself for not puttin him throo shocking."
"Why did joesph go home for what reason hes good and put in shelley why on earth is x factor so hard to decide JOESPH won it fair and square he deserves it soo much im so sorry i want a redo please! Not in the mood! Sorry Joesph you did well!"
"Joseph should have gone through and Zoe too !!! Sharon has picked the wrong ones!!"
"Such a fix Joseph was by far the best.
"I have to agree with most comments on here- Joseph Whelan - X Factor should have gone through- Shelly will be the first to leave."
"Sharon - are you MAD !?!?!....Shelley and Sam will split your vote - so you should have sent one of them home and kept your only bloke - now you have sent Joseph home I will find it difficult to vote for you SO disappointed ... Joseph is SO popular with the public = you have shot yourself in the foot lady.
"OMG I can't believe they put that Shelley thing through she was just awful."
"Oh Sharon what have you done - Joseph was far better than the blonde one at the end !"
"Sharon is a fool Joseph was the best out of the lot and clearly the most liked judging by most of these comments!!!!"
"Wrong choice Mrs O, ! Joseph should have gone through! BIG MISTAKE!"
"Stupid decision sharon! Joseph should of gone through!"
"Shelley shouldn't of gone through, joseph should of gone through, agreed with the other."
"Gutted Joseph is out!!! Sharon has lost a good en there!!"
"What is Sharon thinking? She has let go of him? He is amazing!"
"What's Sharon doing! Definitely Joseph should have gone through, he's amazing."
"We want Joseph!!!!!!!!!!!!! And he better be a wild card. People would have voted because he is sooo likeable. He literally was mine and many peoples favorites!!!!!"
"How could you send joseph home again? Im not sure you judges know what the public want anymore!!"
"He may not win, but he'd have gone further than the bunch you you picked. He has a a big following. I'm gutted. Sharon I've always rooted for you, as a woman who makes the right decisions, you've just made a very bad one."
"Can't believe Joseph didn't get through - wrong decision Sharon!!!!! Zoe should have too....messed up big time.
"What a joke sharron you have made a big mistake."
"Wrong wrong wrong decision Sharon btw you are not going to win this year either."
"Not impressed with choices at all - Zoe & Joseph gone home - wrong decision - Sam only good one to get through."
"Sharon is insane! Not one star there! She made ALL the wrong decisions!"
"Carnt belive josph did not get through."
"Sharon......you are having a laugh. Joe is true talent. You just ain't got a clue woman.....fuming!"
*Oct. 6, 2013 update: The following contestants were chosen for the live episodes in the Girls and Groups categories:
Girls: Abi Alton, Hannah Bennett, Tamera Foster
Groups: Kingsland Road, Miss Dynamix, Rough Copy