The Blog

Featuring fresh takes and real-time analysis from HuffPost's signature lineup of contributors

Dean Midas Maynard Headshot

X Factor Finalists Review

Posted: Updated:
Print Article

So here we are. The competition is really hotting up now. The finalists have been chosen. Who will do well, who will fail, but most importantly who will reach the X Factor Final? Here are my own personal views on the final 12.

The Wildcard: Amy Mottram would be my personal choice, but it really is a close call between her and Christopher Maloney. Very close.

Louis and The Groups

MK1 Fresh, funky and cool. I just don't think they will get the votes that will help take them through the competition.

GMD3 (Name change pending) As the competition has progressed, these three lads have really started to make their mark. But Union J are hot on their heels and may be favoured by the voting public.

Union J The best of the groups by far. If they overcome the tricky first few live shows, I think these four guys could be this year's dark horses.

Nicole Scherzinger and The Boys

James Arthur No doubting James' talent but the live shows and theme weeks could cause him some problems. I still think he is top five material.

Jahmene Douglas Cracking voice with a likeable personality, but will his nerves be his undoing? I would still be very surprised if he isn't in the top four though.

Rylan Clark He is not a bad singer, but will shine through on how he "performs" on stage. Top six or seven but will need to keep the audiences interested.

Tulisa and The Girls

Lucy Spraggan Great first audition and a fantastic songwriter. I really like her style, but I don't think the show is right for her. Could be this year's shock exit.

Jade Ellis Good singer who is being overshadowed at the moment by Lucy and Ella. Needs a good first live show or it could be over at the first hurdle.

Ella Henderson Wow, phenomenal young talent. She is the one to beat. This girl has one hell of a future ahead of her whether she wins or loses. Finalist.

Gary Barlow and The Over 28s

Kye Sones The girls love him, he is a good singer, but I think there are stronger acts in the competition and he may lose out, as we hit the real business end of the show.

Melanie Masson I really like Melanie and I would sign her to my agency tomorrow. I really hope the show gives her a career, long after it is finished.

Carolynne Poole My Midas act for 2012, we have never had a country singer at the live shows and I hope the public gives her a chance to show what a phenomenal talent she is. Finalist.

The first live show is this Saturday at 8pm on ITV.

Good Luck to all the acts!