altAll of the reality TV fans will have been glued firmly to their seats on Saturday for the X Factor... and of course that includes the likes of the girls in the Bingo Hideout office.  In fact the chat has been almost entirely about the changes that have happened at the X Factor, some good and some not so good.

The new series of course has seen ¾ of the regular judging panel replaced by new, albeit familiar faces. If you haven’t yet had a chance to catch up with developments or watched the replays, then you might have missed that Gary Barlow, Tulissa and Kelly Rowland are keeping the seats at the famous desk warm.  When we say keeping the seats warm, there is no hint at present that the regular judges, Simon Cowell, Cheryl Cole and Danni Minogue are intending to return.  However in the Bingo Hideout office it is the general consensus that this is purely a temporary situation, a bit like Louis when he left once before and was ‘lured back’. Louis Walsh of course is now the only long-standing member of the X Factor panel that is on the show.

So what were the highlights?  In our opinion the performance by Kitty Brucknell was a little contrived, although clearly she can sing the socks off most of the hopefuls who audition.  For our money though an early leader in the performing and personality stakes has to be 16 year old Janet Devlin. Of course for the younger members of the viewing audience, ‘cheeky chappie’, Frankie Cocozza provided the eye candy if not the strongest vocals so far. For the crazy angle and OMG shockability, then Goldie Cheung has to take the crown; the view of Goldie straddling Gary Barlow was funny, if not uncomfortably cringe-worthy for a family audience. What was nice on Saturday though, was to see the break from the usual format of the show; where the focus is on too many people who sadly have a totally unrealistic view of their ability and seem to be included in the TV highlights just to be laughed at in their audition.

The Bingo Hideout girls are looking forward to the weekend to catch the next thrilling episode and to check out a little more of Gary’s attempts be Mr Nasty, which really isn’t his style.  If you can’t wait for Saturday and are after a little bit of X Factor excitement, then why not visit either Costa Bingo or City Bingo to play The X Factor Steps To Stardom game….. it might just give you the viewing public the opportunity to be an actual real life X Factor winner!

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