The X Factor regularly has themed weeks to aim to challenge contestants to try out new styles of music, however, this week’s choice of theme left viewers gobsmacked.
As a tribute to the legend George Michael who sadly passed away on Christmas Day last year, contestants performed a number of his hit songs – but viewers weren’t loving it one bit.
Many acts chose to put their own stamp on the tracks, however, those who watched the show claimed the singer would be ‘turning in his grave’ at the shocking renditions which were performed throughout the evening.
One particular act who shocked the nation was firm-favourite, Rak Su. Winning the public vote for a number of weeks on the trot, their version of ‘Faith’ didn’t go down well at all with viewers.
In the middle of the track, the group of four added their own rap lyrics, which included the phrase ‘Netflix and Chill’. One viewer stated the act should be ‘arrested’ for completely ruining the legendary song, whilst many flooded to social media to discuss their own opinions:
“What a shambles,” one disgusted viewer tweeted.
Another angered fan wrote: “I do wonder if the sound quality isn’t conveying as well to the viewers at home as it is in the X Factor studio. These singers sound awful and they’re murdering George Michael classics!”
Whilst another said: “George Michael is trending number one in the UK because we’re all horrified that this is happening.”
“What a disgrace to George Michael. George would have hated that mockery of faith.” another tweeted.
“Sorry, I don’t remember George Michael saying ‘Girl, you look so fine’ in any of his songs.” one user added.
— Laura-Jane (@OhSoLaurs) November 11, 2017
— Sharon (@see75) November 11, 2017
Rak Su should be arrested for doing that to a George Michael song #xfactor
— KP (@IamKP17) November 11, 2017
Before this week’s performance, Rak Su were interviewed by OK! Magazine to discuss what viewers could expect from their George Michael themed performance. One of the band members said: “We are going to try and pay tribute to a great George Michael song, while putting our own little Rak-Su spin on it as well.”
Whilst viewers at home were left highly unconvinced, the judging panel which consisted of Louis Walsh, Sharon Osbourne, Nicole Scherzinger and Simon Cowell were loving Rak Su’s take on the track.
Nicole claimed she was extremely impressed, telling the boys: “What a great way to open George Michael week. Bridging the gap between the old school and new the school. I love the way you stuck to the integrity of the song .” whilst their mentor Simon agreed that it was what the track may have sounded like if George Micheal had released it today, adding they “made it their own”.
“You are current, you are relevant.” he said. “I do believe, I don’t want to jinx it, but I think we are watching stars in the making.”
All seemingly wasn’t going to plan on yesterday’s show as Simon almost forgot who he was introducing before his own act performed on stage. Shuffling his papers anxiously and stumbling on his words, viewers were left feeling awkward amidst the silence in the studio.
“Actually I don’t know the running order of this show, so I am going to make this up as I go along.” he confessed.
Rummaging through the papers on his desk and aiming to gather himself together, Simon tried to get back on track as he told the camera: “Actually I really did know who was coming up next… it’s Jack and Joel.”
Many fans were convinced it was Simon’s way of ruining Jack and Joel’s chances of winning the show, despite the fact the duo were his own act. In recent weeks, he has been seen giving the pair harsh to mediocre feedback – a strange way to go about things as a mentor. However, Simon’s ‘tactic’ must have done the trick as the Oxford-graduated pair were booted off the show after a lack of viewer votes.
If the tension of all that wasn’t enough, even Sharon Osbourne got slammed by viewers for swearing on live TV pre-watershed – whoops.
As Mrs O gave her opinion on Matt Linnen’s performance, she had a slip-of-the-tongue moment which left viewers a little shocked.
Audience members booed her as she told the contestant who performed George Michael’s classic hit ‘Careless Whisper’: “You did really well. That version was rocking. I still feel there is insecurity with you as an artist.”
Failing to hush the jeering crowd, she told them: “Yeah yeah, I know I’m a b***h.”
— Kris Lee (@KLReay) November 12, 2017
Viewers weren’t impressed by Sharon’s expression, which was broadcast 30 minutes before the 9pm watershed. One viewer claimed that it was hardly ‘family viewing’ when those types of comments are made freely.
One viewer took to Twitter, writing: “My seven-year-old to me … ‘Mummy, Sharon just swore’. Family viewing perhaps not #xfactor?”
Whilst another quipped: “Uh oh, Sharon said the B word on # XFactor,”
Another also said: “It’s only gone 8:30pm and Sharon says yeah I’m a b***h”
Some viewers were even confused as to why Dermot O’Leary didn’t jump in and apologise for the blunder, however, whilst some were left furious, others thought her quote was hilarious.
“Sharon, quote of the year. ‘Yeah Yeah I’m a b***h’. Haha.” one user tweeted.
“Yeah yeah yeah.. I know, I’m a b***h…. Sharon is everything” another fan commented.
Meanwhile, sibling trio The Cutkelvins was said to have ‘broken a huge rule’ of the show during their live performance.
Despite the theme, the group had a completely different idea on how to go about their performance. Instead of choosing a classic George hit, they instead chose to perform two of his cover releases ‘Killer’ and ‘Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone’; with many believing they had cheated their way out of the theme.
Even Simon admitted that hi act was almost skirting around the theme slightly before introducing them to the stage: “Singing not one of George Michael’s songs but two of his greatest ever covers, The Cutkelvins.”
One angered fan took to Twitter to slam the group: So let me gets this straight, the Calvert-Lewins or whatever they’re called are covering Seal & The Temptations…….on George Michael week”
“George Michael has so many incredible songs…so why didn’t the Cutkelvins sing one of them?!” another said.
Another commented: “I’m watching #XFactor from last night. George Michael week. I like the CutKelvins but i must be in a parrarel universe if Adamski’s Killer was a George Michael hit,”
Whilst one furious tweeter added: “That was really poor from The Cutkelvins. They butchered the song. Was that even George Michael’s? Not a tribute if you don’t sing his song #XFactor.”