X Factor blog: Why Frankie Cocozza survival is not a fix

14:42 07 November 2011

X Factor finalist Frankie Cocozza has been aXed

X Factor finalist Frankie Cocozza has been aXed

I have a gig tonight (Monday) at The 606 Club in Chelsea and I've spent too much time on this X Factor circus already.

I really don't want to spend a minute more watching Gary Barlow spew nonsense about Frankie Cocozza. The guy has even got to 'sing' in an M&S advert! I'm no expert but I don't think many of the New Generation X Factor audience shop in M&S.

If you watch The X Factor and you tweet then you'll know that The FIX Factor was trending after Sunday's results show. Viewers were upset that Frankie will be singing on TV again next week and that The Risk had been sent home.

Two manufactured boybands have now gone despite the show being desperate for a group to win? For me this only serves as evidence of the show's decline and lack of ability to manipulate the viewer, and it was anything but a fix.

I can't believe that this was part of the script. There is no way the producers would have thought that The Risk would have fallen all the way to the bottom.

Kitty and Frankie were the bookies' favourites to go but I didn't agree. This is what I wrote on my personal blog before the show:

"The double elimination has been called because they can make a shock exit for someone. It's not to restore any modicum of credibility to the tarnished 'reality' franchise. They want viewers not stars. Frankie and Kitty need to stay and I think they will, or at least one of them will."

I had wrongly picked Craig as the shock exit and I admit I really was shocked that The Risk had the fewest amount of votes but I was right about Johnny going.

I went on to say:

"Frankie - should be gone but Louis has probably helped to get silly girls voting. I'm expecting a not so surprising stay.

"Kitty - the press giving her a hard time, Gary had a go at her, did a Madonna song. They want her to lose but they need her to stay.

"Johnny - first on, very poor. Louis has abandoned the camp diva outfits and this will make it hard for him now. Gary put the boot in. I think Johnny will go.

"The Risk - are the only straight men left and after doing a Shalamar track are aimed at 20-somethings and housewives. Safe unless they have decided to back Little Mix as winners."

The shock departure of The Risk tells me that after having five male winners who have all but one parted company with the brand, they have literally run out of women voters over 21 willing to be suckered into betting on male winners, who have less than a 20 per cent chance of making it. They've had enough.

Interestingly, The Sun ran negative stories about Kitty with accusations that she was racist to a member of The Risk. Other papers followed and The Daily Mail even highlighted a few people wanting her booted out and she STILL got more votes than them.

This was one view that wasn't presented in the mainstream media suggesting that The X Factor spin worked against The Risk.

Prediction: Frankie will be around for a bit longer. I'll lose the will to do another X Factor blog.

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