By the time we're all back at our desks next week we'll know the most popular 'X Factor' act, not the winner, just the most popular because the truth is that they're all going to win. Little Mix, Amelia Lily, Marcus Collins, Gary Barlow, Kelly Rowland, Tulisa Contostavlos, the producers, the guest acts, Betty the tea lady. All winners.
That's the reality we fans tend to ignore. In the heat of the 'X Factor' moment we treat it like a deadly serious talent show and if who we want to win doesn't, then you better believe Twitter will hear about it!
At its core 'X Factor' is a talent show, but on top of that they're looking for someone marketable and with the star quality that the title refers to. Each of the finalists has these qualities in some way or another, but who should be the winner?
[See also: X Factor 2011 highlights]
Amelia, having been brought back from the dead (or z-list obscurity which is the same thing), has done well over the weeks but has never really grabbed the audience
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