Jessica Mauboy Says The X Factor Is Rigged – She Is Wrong And She Is Right
Jessica Mauboy and Stan Walker are clearly fans of Fourtunate on The X Factor as they seemed a tad peeved when they were eliminated last night.
She tweeted –
“My goodness WHAT A RIGGED SHOW #XFACTORAU IS!!!!” and “Can’t believe they just kicked off @fourtnate11 ;(“.
Stan Walker also got in on the acts tweeting “#xfactorau that is a load of crap… THIS IS RIGGED maaaan… Fourtunate r the best 4 realz. Oh thats stupid. Oh Lord u need 2 intervene.. “. (Source: News.com.au)
In a sense she is wrong and right.
Firstly the voting system would stand up to scrutiny so the bottom two would be the two that have the lowest amount of votes so in that sense she is wrong. Also the people that are most like to vote for Fourtunate would also be more likely to vote for The Collective so they are splitting the vote.
However there are ways a format can be manipulated to influence who we vote for something she may have benefited from her time on Australian Idol.
The performer more likely to be get lower votes if you perform first few spots and there is not a random draw for who sings where it is decided by producers. Just going off memory I don’t think Bella or The Collective have ever sung first this series. I could be wrong and if I have time later I will try and see who has received that spot this year.
It is not a death knell, Jason had it and was safe.
The rationale for this spot getting less votes comes down to the fact some people miss the start of shows, either other ones are running late or they are stilling eating dinner or may have forgotten about the earlier performances by the time they get to the end of the show.
The other issue that sways votes is the publicity that they can attract. All acts do not get the same publicity, groups have harder time making an emotional connection with an audience as we don’t know their individual stories as well. Traditionally they have received less media chatter than the single performers. This is different this year as The Collective have been getting a load of press and coverage but this has put Fourtunate in their slipstream.
Finally the judges by the feedback they give can sway how the viewer at home votes, particularly if they like or respect one judge over another. Also the judges in The X Factor actually do get to choose who goes once they are in the bottom two and at this stage of the competition they may not be judging it on their sing for their lives songs. Other factors hold sway they may think that performer might be a threat to their winning or they just don’t think they have any longevity in the music industry.
In a sense it is not rigging it is just the format that each of these shows have all have their advantages and disadvantages. What the viewer has to hope for is the talent does make it to the end. Some years they do others they don’t.