Who needs Cornish clifftops or Mediterranean sunsets for romance when you’ve got the ‘X Factor’?
It seemed the heady atmosphere of the TV studio got to one contestant, when he seized the moment to propose to his girlfriend of six months during their audition seen on last night’s show.
Sharon Osbourne and Nicole Scherzinger were left reaching for their hankies when singer Sunderland singer Stephen popped the question to his girlfriend Sharna, even going down on one knee in the best traditions.
Stephen ignored the cameras to say to Sharna: “I’d like the opportunity to ask this beautiful woman if you’ll be my wife. Will you marry me?”
Fortunately for Stephen and the waiting masses, she said ‘Yes!”
Despite this heady concoction of reality TV plus romance, there was a mixed response by viewers to the footage of one wannabe star proposing to another.
Viewers were not so easily moved, with many taking to social media in what can only be described as mood-killing contempt.
One asked: “Why would you propose in the X Factor audition room ffs?”
Another pointed out: “OMG. Seriously?! Because nothing says romantic like The X Factor audition room #TheXFactor”
Another summed up: “Making yourself look like a k**b on TV.”
Maybe you had to be there - because even Simon Cowell was beaming, and Nicole Scherzinger cooed, “Ah, an X Factor wedding.”
And in even better news, the duo - performing as He Knows She Knows - also got through to boot camp, after ‘Yes’s all round.
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Despite both a chart-topping single and album, Steve was dropped by his record label shortly after his time on ‘The X Factor’, before he was ever given the chance to release a second single with Syco.
Two years later, he independently released the single ‘Fighting Butterflies’ independently, though it only charted at number 193.
Unlike most ‘X Factor’ winners, Shayne’s second single, ‘No Promises’, followed his winner’s single by just a couple of months. The Bryan Rice cover reached number two in the charts (it was kept off the top spot by Gnarls Barkley), which managed to land him that rare thing of a second album on Simon Cowell’s label.
A masterclass in how to leave your talent show past firmly in the past, Leona Lewis changed the face of ‘The X Factor’ when she released ‘Bleeding Love’, which topped the UK chart for an impressive seven weeks.
Although he’s often overlooked in the ‘X Factor’ history books, Leon Jackson’s first post-‘X Factor’ single, ‘Don’t Call This Love’, charted at a respectable number three in the UK singles chart.
After Leon Jackson disappeared without a trace, Simon Cowell roped in producer du jour RedOne, and Flo Rida, to give Alexandra Burke her best shot at a number one single.
Their efforts paid off, and ‘Bad Boys’ is still one to get us up dancing whenever we hear it (even if Flo Rida can’t pronounce ‘Alexandra’).
Joe McElderry was the first ‘X Factor’ act to miss out on the Christmas number one, thanks to an anti-Simon Cowell Facebook campaign, but bounced back less than a year later with the bright and shiny-sounding ‘Ambitions’. The Donkeyboy cover charted at number six.
The buzz around Matt Cardle was slightly eclipsed by the fanfare surrounding his fellow finalists Cher Lloyd and One Direction, whose singles preceded his. The lead single from his ‘Letters’ album, ‘Run For Your Life’, matched Joe McElderry’s peak position of number six, and was co-written by Gary Barlow.
After becoming the first group to ever win ‘The X Factor’, Little Mix were able to breathe a bit of life back into the franchise, topping the charts with their debut single, ‘Wings’, which they also co-wrote. They later hit the number one spot again three years later, with their track, ‘Black Magic’.
James Arthur’s first musical output ‘You’re Nobody ‘Til Somebody Loves You’ was one of the most original ever recorded by an ‘X Factor’ champ, with only Lorde’s ‘Royals’ holding it off the top of the charts.
His music was pretty much overshadowed by his turbulent time in the press, though, when he faced a backlash for his use of a homophobic slur during a rap song.
Sam’s covers collection, ‘The Power Of Love’, never received a second single, although she did release the song ‘Compass’ as a promo track.
Her album, released in time for Mother’s Day, did reach the top of the UK charts, though, featuring collaborations with Nicole Scherzinger and Michael Bolton.
While the world waited with baited breath for Fleur East to unveil ‘Sax’, winner Ben Haenow offered the track ‘Second Hand Half’, featuring Kelly Clarkson. Despite a performance on ‘The X Factor’ last year, the track only managed to reach 21 in the charts.
Louisa and Clean Bandit will debut ‘Tears’ live for the first time during Saturday night’s ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ live final, which kicks off at 7.30pm on ITV.