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X Factor: Contestants down to final 12 as pop flops fail to make the grade



By Jo Clements

Last updated at 2:01 AM on 05th October 2009




They have already been pop flops once before. So perhaps that’s why the X Factor judges did not deem them finalist material.


Daniel Pearce, a former member of failed boy band One True Voice, and Stacey McClean, who used to sing in S Club Juniors, had their dreams shattered once again as they learned they had not made it through to the live finals.


‘You’ve been down this road before,’ judge Simon Cowell told 31-year-old Pearce.


‘I’m trying to put myself in your shoes, what that must feel like.’


article-0-06B35514000005DC-473_468x286.jpg Reject: S Club Junior Stacey Mclean was given the bad news





article-0-06B361C7000005DC-134_468x319.jpg One true voice: Former band member Daniel Pearce didn't make it through










But then the music mogul had to break the news that he was not taking him on as one of his chosen three acts in the over 25s section of the talent competition.

He said: 'It's absolutely hideous when you've actually got to sit in front of somebody who has trusted you and you've got to say to them 'now it's a no.'

More than a quarter of the acts who were vying for a place in the live finals had either already had a pop career or previously appeared on a TV talent contest.


The performers’ backgrounds led to concerns that the show was recycling acts because the large number of televised singing contests has drained the talent pool.


But tonight viewers watched as judges Cowell, Cheryl Cole, Louis Walsh and Dannii Minogue got rid of some of the pop rejects.









The girls: Lucie Jones, left, Stacey Stacey Solomon and Rachel Adediji, right


Joining Pearce and Miss McClean, 20, on the ‘no thanks’ list were 20-year-old Phil Delahunty and 23-year-old Ryan Stilwell.


Delahunty, who entered this year’s X Factor as part of group act De-Tour, made it through to last year’s bootcamp stage as a solo artist. Stilwell appeared on reality show Britain's Got Talent with dance duo Kombat Breakers.


Two of this year’s finalists, however, have previously tried their luck at X Factor success.


Rikki Loney, 21, from Glasgow, has been on the ITV programme three times before. He was dropped at the final 50 stage last year.


And 18-year-old Joseph McElderry, from Newcastle, quit at the bootcamp stage in 2007 because he thought he was too young to carry on with the show.


article-0-06B35A9A000005DC-472_468x326.jpg Shock factor: John and Edward are compared to Boyzone





article-0-06B35BC5000005DC-12_468x286.jpg Good news: Kandy Rain are ecstatic to be through to the finals





article-0-06B35B0F000005DC-197_468x307.jpg Here come the girls: Miss Frank were told they have the X Factor




Azi Jegbefume meanwhile - a member of girl band Kandy Rain – was previously in failed pop band Trinity Stone alongside the new Sugababes member Jade Ewen. She also appeared in You’re a Star in 2003, the Irish TV contest to pick Ireland’s Eurovision entrant.


Walsh, who is mentoring the groups, picked Miss Frank and duo John and Edward to compete in the live finals alongside Kandy Rain.










The boys: Rikki Lonley, left, Lloyd Daniels and Joe McElderry, right







McElderry, Loney and Lloyd Daniels were the chosen three in Mrs Cole’s boys category.

Welsh teenager Lloyd made it through despite judge Cheryl Cole voicing her concerns about his tender age.


She told the 16-year-old: 'When you came in yesterday and sang, I was shocked. You really delivered but I think what concerns me with you is mostly your age.

'I was 19 when I was given my opportunity and I struggled to cope with it,' said the Girls Aloud singer.










The over 25s: Jamie Archer, left, Danyl Johnson and Olly Murs, right




'It involves a lot of maturity and there is a massive responsibility. I feel the responsibility because you are only 16.'

Cowell opted for Danyl Johnson, Jamie Archer and Olly Murs in the over 25s.


Minogue chose Lucie Jones, Stacey Solomon and Rachel Adedeji to represent the girls.



The live finals, during which the public start voting for their favourite act, begin this coming weekend.


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1218094/X-Factor-Contestants-final-12-pop-flops-fail-make-grade.html#ixzz0T1REJNFc

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