On Nov. 15, 2015, “The X Factor” U.K. episode featured the eliminations of two contestant acts: Max Stone (from the Overs category) and Monica Michael (from the Girls category). The show’s judges are Simon Cowell, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Nick Grimshaw and Rita Ora.
Stone was the first one to be eliminated in this episode, since he received the lowest number of votes from the public. He said in his farewell comments, “I feel really lucky to have come this far.” When Stone was asked by “X Factor” co-host Caroline Flack why he think he received the lowest number of votes, he answered, “I think it might have been the song. Maybe I needed a song to show my voice more. I’m not sure why. It’s been a fun journey.” Cowell (who was Stone’s “X Factor” mentor) said, “Max has been a gentleman. He’s been very cool. We had a funny relationship to begin with, but I really got to like him. He’s got a great voice and great talent. I always say that if you leave at this stage in the competition, it’s all about determination. Believe in yourself, because you’ve got a hell of a voice. You’re going to do great, I promise you.”
(Click here to watch Max Stone get eliminated.)
The remaining acts in the bottom three were Michael and Anton Stephans (from the Overs category). They both had to do a sing-off, with the judges deciding which act would be eliminated. Michael performed Beyoncé’s “Broken Hearted Girl,” while Stephans sang the Neville Brothers’ “If You Don’t Know Me By Now,” a song that was also made famous by Simply Red.
(Click here to watch Anton Stephans perform the Neville Brothers’ “If You Don’t Know Me By Now.”)
When it came time for the judges to vote, Ora and Fernandez-Versini voted to eliminate Stephans, while Cowell and Grimshaw voted to eliminate Michael. With the votes in a deadlock, the contestant who was eliminated was the one who received the lower number of votes from the public. And that contestants was Michael. In an big unfortunate blunder, “X Factor” co-host Olly Murs prematurely announced the results of that vote, but made a quick apology for the mistake. Murs has been getting slammed by critics for being a terrible host, and this blunder will only add fuel to that fire. It’s doubtful that Murs will be asked to host the show again in 2016.
(Click here to watch Michael get eliminated.)
In her farewell comments, Michael said of her time on “The X Factor”: “Oh my God, I loved it. it’s been an amazing journey. Thank you for bringing me back. Rita, you’ve been amazing. Thank you so much for everything.” Ora (who was Michael’s “X Factor” mentor) added, “I just want people to know that no matter what happens tonight, Monica is an amazing songwriter, and she’s an incredible, incredible artist. And regardless of what happens, you’re going to be great. Thank you for letting me work with you.”
This episode also featured an appearance from One Direction (the group came in third place on “The X Factor” U.K. in 2010), which performed “Perfect” from the group’s fifth album, Made in the A.M., which was released worldwide on Nov. 13, 2015. Jess Glynne was also a guest performer. She sang “Take Me Home.”
At the beginning of the episode, the contestants performed Irene Cara’s “Flashdance (What a Feeling)” from the movie “Flashdance.”
(Click here to watch the contestants’ performance.)
Here are the remaining acts for “The X Factor” U.K. in 2015:
GIRLS (female solo singers ages 16 to 25)
Mentor: Rita Ora
BOYS (male solo singers ages 16 to 25)
Mentor: Nick Grimshaw
OVERS (solo singers over age 25)
Mentor: Simon Cowell
Mentor: Cheryl Fernandez-Versini
Reggie ‘N’ Bollie
These contestants will be on the 2016 “X Factor” U.K. tour.