The trio sought to blame everyone but themselves (and their patchy vocals) for their semi-final elimination. Mentored by Take That’s Gary Barlow, the JLS wannabes performed End of the Road by Boyz II Men in a sing-off with 17-year-old Luke Friend. Their choice of song turned out to be prophetic, however, as they were booted out after the judges went to deadlock.
Backstage, after the performance, lead singer Joey James demanded an explanation from Sharon Osbourne as to her decision to save Luke Friend.
“It was a fairly emotional exchange of views between a very upset Joey and a rather blasé Sharon,” our source says. “It was in the corridor outside Mrs O’s dressing room and Rough Copy had just finished the Xtra Factor. Joseph tried to corner her to explain what they had done wrong. But Sharon simply brushed him aside saying, ‘It was just your time, darling.’ The band then disappeared in to the canteen to mourn their elimination with their family and friends. Gary was nowhere to be seen either as he hung-out with Michael Buble in his dressing room. I don’t think they were too impressed with that.”
Next door, in Louis Walsh’s dressing room, there was a smug celebration as, for the first time in 10 years Walsh has two acts in the final. The Irish music manager will have to work for his millions this week as he is being sent to both Glasgow and Devon to drum up support for his two hopefuls.
“Louis will be doing the whole homecoming with both his acts,” a show insider confirmed on a tea break. “He will go to Glasgow first and try to make as big a spectacle as he can. He is also talking about wearing a kilt. Then he goes to Devon, but to be honest I think he is more focused on securing the Scottish vote.”
Walsh’s efforts may all be in vain, however, as all the talk backstage is that Sam Bailey (above) already commands 65 per cent of the vote. Our moles say that apart from one week, she has topped the poll and is going to be a runaway winner.
“It looked like Nicholas was going to make a late push for the final when he topped the vote two weeks ago,” our source said. “But Sam came storming back last weekend and it will take something special for him to win. Luke doesn’t seem to be in the running at all and will go out on the Saturday night after the duets.”
The celebrity duets are incredibly limp this year with Nicholas performing with Shane Filan, while Sam Bailey will sing with Nicole Scherezinger (we guess they had to find something for her to do at the weekend). Luke will perform with either Jesse J or Ellie Goulding, that has yet to be finalised, but it isn’t exactly Beyonce.