December 17th, 2007
Many avid followers of the X Factor on ITV will have been shocked at the result of the final last night as Leon Jackson has been crowned winner of the show, beating ten thousand contestants and winning a one million pound record deal for his singing.
The eighteen year old from Scotland was as surprised as everyone else when he was announced as the winner of the show. His new single, which he also sung on the show, is “When you believe” previously sung by Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston, and may well be number one this Christmas. Rhydian Roberts from Wales came second, even though he was the Bookies favourite to win by a long way, and cheery brother and sister duo Same Difference came third. More than 12 million people across Britain tuned in to watch what was one of the most tense finals of the X factor ever seen.
Bookmakers Ladbrokes were startled by the results. Speaking of Leon, spokesman Nick Weinberg said:
“[This was] the biggest shock in the history of reality TV betting. He saved us from a bumper payout. He’ll definitely be top of our Christmas card list.”
Leon, who broke down crying when the results were announced says:
“I decided to pursue this because I loved singing. Then, as it went along, I knew I could potentially change my mum’s life and I’ve just done it.”
Funnily enough, despite the fair voting it seems that most people seem to be upset by the results. Leon doesn’t have the smiles and personality of Same Difference nor does he have the incredible singing talent of Rhydian. How he scraped through to number one is beyond me, and like many other disappointing reality show wins in the past few years (Michelle McManus for example) I very much doubt that anyone will remember him and his mediocre personality in a few months time. Hopefully both Rhydian and Same Difference will be back on our screens in no time as they were both memorable and talented!