Saturday, 31 December 2011

World a Dancehall/Reggae + impact on mainstream in 2011

This post details all the notable bashment moves that I can remember/think you'll be interested in from a London perspective. Can't speak of the UK cah mi nuh deh everywhere. Basically, I don't remember bashment having this impact on over here, as in British artists having so much dancehall material in it's rawest form in my lifetime. I weren't around for Saxon and Coxsone sound days, unfortunately. I'll show many examples of those song which have been popular, in addition to remixes of some of the biggest mainstream singles of the year and international artists that did their version of reggae/discount dancehall. I love it I tell ya. There's also a free mix tape type thing included, my top 5 songs and the interviews I did.

Actually here are the links to interviews Sean Paul, Shaggy, Stephen "Di Genius" McGregor, Mavado, Lady Saw and dancehall artist Aidonia made a response interview to my explosive interview Vybz Kartel. Catch them both here. That has to be my highlight of the year. Knew it was explosive but never knew it would get around 100k views (over different accounts) on YouTube (the response has over 100k). I've actually done more interviews than that, you'll see those in due course. This year was a lot about beyond the scenes, but I still managed to follow up interview the twoo best hardcore artists of recent times (Vybz Kartel & Mavado) with the two most successful mainstream dancehall artists (Sean Paul & Shaggy). And most of the artists I interviewed were Grammy winners than not. I'm quite chuffed with that. (I also interviewed singer/songwriter Kandi and Grammy nominee J. Cole)

A big highlight is interviewing one of the I-Threes/Wailers, Marcia Griffiths to remember Bob Marley who died 30 years ago 11th May this year. You can check her speak about meeting Bob, greatest memories and find out how he was a person from someone that toured, recorded and spent a lot of time with him by clicking here.

Another personal highlight has to be mention in top urban magazine RWD for bringing Daniel Bedingfield's return to their attention. He released a banger on Overproof riddim called "Sometimes You Just Know" too.

Nigerian-Londonite Sneakbo carried on his wave from the success of Touch A Button freestyle which passed 1 million views (until removed for some unknown reason) and banger Wave Like Us ft. Political Peak. Funniest one has to be Freak ft. breakthrough loose bag of the year OG Niki, also continued with the bashment refixes, however unlike Touch Ah Button, these were more undercover gems Money Dream ft. Jah Vinci and "Warn Them" ft. Mavado. Mavado was basically the man to sample as you'll see throughout the rest of this post. Sneakbo's first official single probably would have faired better had he been out of prison. He's in talks with Mercury/Universal about a deal so hopefully they still keep him on dancehall sounding beats. Maybe with real dancehall producers.

West Londoner Ratlin made a breakthrough using the same template "Messiah" remix ft. Mavado, "Squeeze Di Trigger" and "My Life's Not Easy" ft I-Octane. Ard Adz & Shallow racked up YouTube hits the same wayMavado's "Thump Her Up" and "Every Gyal a Cheater" on Notice's 2009 riddim entitled Gallis, plus Ard's alongside Political Peak on "Trapped In Slavery". K.I.G. - Money Everyday, Belly ft. I-Octane "Bad Mind" Big Man Zest Ft Chan Dizzy & L's Hills - Hello Badmind are few more examples of the wave.

Young, uprising talent Cashtastic became teenage girls across London's fantasy boyfriend via "I Didn't Mean it" on Trinidadian-raised, London-based dancehall producer Wundah's Transition riddim. I'll refer to that riddim a little later. Definitely not trying to be one for the girls, "Talk About Pain" is one for the man dem on roads. I'm Stylo G has a song on this same riddim, but I'm convinced it's a Jamaican produced beat. Can't remember the song on it though. Definitely one of the stand out performers at the London leg of Glow in the Dark Bigga Fish tour this Autumn. p.s. he changed his name from Cash to Cashtastic, but I think he would have been better off adopting Cashanova. Still quite hmm but girls seem to love this guy.

One of the biggest bangers rocking clubs over the course of 2011 has been Chipmunk's "Every Gyal" featuring the unmistakable and unavoidable vocals of Mavado.The aforementioned Cashtastic did a remix alongside Stylo G ("Every Gyal" remix) as did a few others following Birmingham-raised producer Dready releasing the instrumental through his Twitter account. Despite no official release, it fared better than collaborations with "bigger" US artists Trey Songz and Keri Hilson in terms of popularity. Mavado broke news of the recording last year, but that wasn't to be Chipmunk's only venture to the dancehall this year as he teamed with fellow Play Hard bredrin Sneakbo to remix (can you guess who it is yet?) Mavado's Star Boy.

iTunes hip hop best selling single in the UK went to Wretch 32's surprise top 5 hit "Traktor" which despite my reservations, has been described as a "dancehall-infused" song by journalists and the artist himself. I guess, seeing him perform the lyrics over a foundation dancehall riddim at the BBC 1Xtra organised Saxon Sound reunion recorded at the legendary Maida Vale studios, helped me see there is a point. Whatever, I'll add it here anyway as it deserves to be.

"Marmite man dem" (it seems you either love or despise their existence) Rizzle Kicks sprung a surprise on everyone this year, especially being nominated for a MOBO Award in the best hip hop/grime category because nobody really knew who they were. Anyway, their single "When I Was A Youngster" sampled English punk band The Clash (who were influenced by reggae) for a ska-infused single which reached top ten.

Still riding off the success of dancehall-fusion SMASH "What's My Name?", the sexiest woman on earth otherwise known as Rihanna released her most explicit reggae cut since "Pon Di Replay" a.k.a. the urbanite's favourite song "Man Down". Shot on location in Jamaica. Did you spot the pun? Good innit? She also collaborated with Drake again, on his album this time for the pounding double-kick dancehall drum "Take Care".

Even Latina queen Jennifer Lopez got in on the dancehall act with the Taio Cruz-penned, Norwegian-raised Stargate produced I'm Into You ft. Lil Wayne the disgrace to dreadlocks. Nicole "probably couldn't spell her surname until the age of 12" Scherzinger twanged Patois on the 50 Cent featured cut, "Right There". If Rihanna made Kelly Rowland's (or if Kelly did the bogle to) "Lay It On Me" there's a chance we'd class it as reggae-fusion.

Back on this side of the pond, another breakout hit, this time courtesy of everyone's favourite ginger sorry, singer Ed Sheeran's "The A-Team" which spent 14 weeks in the top ten (second to Adele's "Someone Like You". If you can't hear the underlying off-beat guitar reggae strums, check the acoustic version (he puts in fills) or "Hmm, maybe that's why he got Shy FX to do the Ackee & Saltfish reggae remix". That isn't to say it's a reggae song, but it definitely has an influence. I asked why he did the remix and he replied he'd love to do a reggae remix of every song then put it on a compilation so reggae is definitely something he's fond of. For a more explicit acoustic reggae song check the deluxe version of double-platinum selling album + for "Gold Rush" (LOVE this song).

Third breakout UK artist in this post, Jessie J enlisted help from renowned UK-based dancehall/reggae producer Curtis Lynch and femcee Lady Chann for a bashment remix to her debut single "Do It Like A Dude".

Bruno Mars topped the UK charts with "The Lazy Song". Also, digitally released "Liquor Store Blues" ft. Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley. In an interview with MTV The Wrap Up he's quoted saying "I’m really excited about my album because I got Damian Marley on a song and like I said, the Marley’s are God’s in Hawaii, especially Damian, he’s my favourite, he’s just so dope. We did a reggae song called, ‘Liquor Store Blues’ and its just kind of this jammin’ funky dark, the darker side of Bruno Mars. I was just like, ‘Man, this would be a dream come true if we could get him,’ so we just make this phone call and he came in with open arms and got down." source. Last reggae song from the one like Bruno Mars is album cut "Our First Time".

Last year, Travie McCoy stepped out with "Billionaire", determined to join his chum Bruno on the acoustic reggae wave this year, he reunited with bandmates GCH, featured Maroon 5's Adam Levine for "Stereo Hearts". Even Justin Bieber got in on the act for the UK top 40 lead single from Christmas album of pretty much the same name, "Mistletoe".

Some english girl group called SoundGirl hopped on the wagon with "Don't Know Why", Dionne Reid received Radio 1 playlist support for "Daddy", which is originally an under rated reggae rhythm track "Tears" from 2006 (see I-Octane "Stab Vampire")

2012 kicks off with two releases in as many weeks: Yasmin ft. Ms. Dynamite - Light Up The World (15th January) followed y Barbadian/Bajan reggae/pop group Cover Drive "Twilight" (22nd January). Really like Yasmin's riddim and think the Cover Drive song should perform a whole lot better than their first. Yeah, it went top ten but it dropped right out, I hope this hangs around for them. Quality song. And how hot does lead singer Amanda look? Maaannnn

Speaking of Ms Dynamite, she bounced back in a big way with dancehall-influenced UK top 40 "Neva Soft". Single also featured a more explicit dancehall remix courtesy of leading Jamaican producer Stephen "Di Genius" McGregor.

Cleo Sol, a recent signing to Island/Universal, should have scored a big chart hit with "High" ft. Gappy Ranks. Hopefully, this sees a re-release with new support and gets the dues it deserves. Gappy Ranks himself released a new album and appeared on industry's favourite TV show Jools Holland earlier this year performing big hit "Heaven In Her Eyes" alongside Jools on piano and personal fave "Longtime". It was so good to see reggae finally back on Jools.

Sean Paul scored a top 20 with the Alexis Jordan-assisted "Got 2 Luv U". New album "Tomahawk Technique" is slated to hit stores early February.

Representing dancehall from the UK in a big way in 2011 was Stylo G. Following up success of "Boasy" (remix ft. Cashtastic, Rascals & Maxx) and "Swagger Dem" but the biggest thing has been "Call Mi A Yardie". Recently released a video with freshly released Sneakbo for the Nigerian remix "Call Mi A Yardie/Naija" and even a Canadian remix by Kardinall Offishall. Set up nicely for 2012.

2010 saw a new singer, Lea-Anna, grace our ears who had a potential hit with "Kisses", returns with the Robbo Ranx produced banger for the ladies, "Murda". Boasts a remix with some fire females Jamaican queen Ce'Cile plus UK femcees Lioness & Lady Leshurr. Another one set-up nicely for 2012.

Nigerian youngster Wizkid dropped a banger in "Tease Me" which struck a resemblence to Birch's Roof Top riddim from 2010. Likewise, "U Go Kill Me" a.k.a. the Azonto song by Ghanaian Sarkodie sounds very similar to Equinoxx's Sky Daggering riddim which features Aidonia "Hundred Stab" (very explicit. Marvin Sparks warning is advised).

Equinoxx built the riddim that brought Missy Elliott out of hiding on a track with Spice called "Fun". And another artist appearing out of hiding is Mya who spent a good few weeks in Jamaica this summer. She recently leaked a new song "Take Him Out" featuring Spice.

Aloe Blacc scored a big hit with "I Need A Dollar". Wasn't reggae, but he paid tribute to reggae during his main stage Glastonbury performance. "Soul music comes in a lot of different forms and to me reggae is one of the best forms of soul music". Watch here (skip to 28:15). Damian Marley & Nas brought the Distant Relatives show back to England this year for an arena tour. Video for "Dispear" recorded at the Wembley show I attended. Crazy!!!

We said "See you another day" to Miss Amy Winehouse in July. A big fan of reggae music (although they never tell you that), her first posthumous hit lifted from album Lioness is a lovers rock/reggae cover version of Ruby & The Romantics "Our Day Will Come". We also waved "see you soon" to Smiley Culture, a man credited as the first black UK artist who made it cool to rap in an English accent.

Yet another vital record shop left our high street, this time Dub Vendor. They still operate online through mail orders, but it isn't the same. They will be missed.

Rinse FM bashment DJ's The Heatwave paid trubute to him at their once-in-a-lifetime, had-to-be-there event Showtime. They had jungle, grime, UK-based dancehall, garage legends from past and present (Wiley, Glamma Kid, General Levy, Skibadee etc.) alongside upcoming talents like Stylo G, Mr Williamz and Lady Leshurr. If you weren't in attendance, you can read the review and buy the insightful documentary/performance.

Big up The Heatwave noticing the dancehall influence on Jamie XX's remix of Adele's "Rolling In The Deep" then dropping vocals on it for a hot remix that Jamie xx himself plays. Diplo of Major Lazor fame regularly drops it in sets too.

BBC Radio 1Xtra had a day of programming dedicated to dancehall culminating in a Maida Vale session with UK dancehall legends Saxon Sound (Tippa Irie, Papa Levi, Muscle Head etc.) alongside Wretch 32, Scrufizzer, Stylo G and a few others. I attended that. Wicked.

R&B singer Neyo launched Compound Islands, a label designed to find Jamaican artists and remixed a underrated gem of Mavado's, "I Know You Want Me". Oh, and Mavado signed to DJ Khaled's We The Best Music Group. Look forward to seeing what that produces next year. To me, he reclaimed his spot as the leader of the pack this year, dropping a bag of big tunes throughout.

Hottest riddim for the summer in Jamaica, Summer Time, is produced by a Swedish producer (Adde) that has never stepped foot on Jamaican land. Every car had the now incarcerated Vybz Kartel's song of the same name or potential artist of the year, Popcaan's "Raving" blasting from their car.

Enough with all the other stuff, now for what you've all been waiting for... You may or may not know that I have been gifted with great ears. Not physically, listen ally (think I made that word up, not sure). I'm not being big-headed, it's just something people tell me and can be proven with facts (I should add a "LOL" to show humility, shouldn't I?). p.s. I don't take program, so it isn't a list of the top 5 biggest, they are just my favourites.

Marvin Sparks'Top 5 dancehall songs of 2011

1. Mavado - Settle Down

On my life, you have no idea how much I love this song. Like, have to play it multiple times before moving on to the next. More time I think "Maybe it's about time I move to another song". That's absolutely nothing wrong with this song. Summery daydream keys, drums have a massive, drums pack a consistent kick perfect for a girl to manoeuvre her waistline (yes, I've been on the receiving end plenty times) and filled with more hooks than a Tyson fight. I sing every single word. I'm not afraid to say I sing. Drake made it cool for us. Such a shame it started bubbling in Jamaica as I was leaving. Would have been song of the summer. And Overproof is riddim of the year. Easily.

2. Popcaan - Only Man She Want

Much like the above. I love this song. I guess for it to be top 2, I have to love it really. Undoubtedly the surprise star in 2011. Everyone that knows me personally knows I've been endorsing Popcaan hard since last year. He's on about 5 tracks (2 features) from my best of mix last year, this year he has 6 cuts. Bouncy beat, hooks, melody, good (relatable) concept. p.s. "Tek Off" isn't far off "Benz Punany" in my opinion

3. Vybz Kartel - Real Badman

I guess with events that happened this year (charged with two murders) could make this song a bit too real to put here. But hear what, this is a banger!!! And this is a response to an Assassin song you'll probably never hear even though it was a good song. The flow on this is ridiculous. People began doubting whether Kartel could still DJ because he adopted a more singjay vibe, no questions needed. I buss the biggest gun finger to this. I don't condone gun violence, but there is a need for badman songs like we need action movies.

4. Laza Morgan ft. Mavado - "One By One"

Isn't the most conventional "reggae" song, it's more of a meeting of '80s funk and reggae. Once again, hooks all over the place, sassy, makes me think of male-female invading each others personal space in a club, up-close-and-personal vibes. Love in the club concept is tired... if it's on a euro-house x r&b song, not basement/dancehall for me. Soz.

5. Popcaan - Ravin

The most important riddim for 2011 has to be Summer Time. It changed the way people named and created riddims. Vybz Kartel's song didn't hit me straight away, Ravin on the other hand did. Plus, it changed how everyone else saw Popcaan, so it was more of an important song for him. Plus, plus, it was the biggest song of the summer bar none. I don't remember seeing any other song receive so many money pull ups (pay the DJ to start the song again). There has never been a clearer big summer song in Jamaica. In every summer that I've been.


Mavado - "Pepper"
has been quoted so many times by me to not be mentioned as one of my faves. "Ketchup dem ah play man ah pepper"

Another special mention to Cham "Wine" 'cos if there's any justice in the world, this is gonna make girls go wild.

On the reggae side of life, top 5

1. Romain Virgo - "Rich In Love"

This is a vibes, sweet story, wicked riddim, clean video. Hampered by the skippy flow on the chorus to buss it up mainstream. I personally love this a lot. Rich girl, poor boy.

2. Protoje - JA

A cut from my favourite album of the year. Protoje has a refreshing style, good storytelling and top selection of beats. Diggy's ode to JA aka Jamaica is so relatable. If you've been to Jamaica, you can relate, if you haven't this is an honest account.

3. Ky-Mani Marley - Brave Ones

Son of Bob Marley and Shotta's actor Ky-Mani Marley delivered a solid song about the ignorance and fight that rasta's still have to face. As a soon-to-be bald head rasta, I can empathise with his struggle.

4. I-Octane - Mi Sorry

Probably the most under-rated I-Octane song of 2011. He's one of the biggest names in dancehall, but for me, his better works are on the often slept-on one-drop traditional reggae. This one is against people that hire hitmen to kill people. A practice frequent in gangland killings. Raises some real points and it's a good way to deliver an anti-gun message.

5. Richie Spice - Black Woman

I know some will think this is racist or whatever, but when you check it dark-skinned woman are probably the least represented as beautiful in the eyes of the media, hence bleaching products fly off shelves. Skimpy outfits and weave/relaxed hair is another thing that's prevalent. This is a great uplifting song representing for those who don't. That's all.

Honourable mention to Etana - People Talk with this uplifting song against gossipers, backbiters and naysayers.

And like how it's 31st December, another song that we here at Marvin Sparks must post is Demarco's anthem "Love My Life"

Everyone loves a mix, so here's my free dancehall/bashment mix I made for 2011 in September. Free download too.

Marvin Sparks 'Does (his) 2011 so far' by MiNameMarvinSparks

Press the arrow pointing down to download


Mavado - Love Mi Life
Chan Dizzy - Hello Badmind
I-Octane - Badmind Fi Di Year
Flippa Mafia - Star a Star
Lady Saw - Wife A Wife
Assassin - Run Di Place
Bounty Killer - Ready Fi Dem
Beenie Man - Nah Talk Too Long
Assassin - Nothing At All
Mavado - Pepper
Shabba Ranks - None A Dem
Stephen McGregor - Bounce A Gal
Daniel Bedingfield - Sometime You Just Know
Demarco - Nuff Gal
Kurup ft. Wayne Marshall - Give You Love
Khago - Tun Up Di Ting
Mavado - Settle Down
Gaza Slim - Always
Vybz Kartel - Summertime
Popcaan - Ravin
Tarrus Riley - Summer Fling
Munga, Supa Hype, Ding Dong - I'mma Need Security
Mavado - Final Destination
Assassin - Wife Material
Wayne Marshall - Good Old Wife
Sean Paul & Fambo - Wedding Crashers
Popcaan - Can't Believe
Popcaan - Middle Day
Chan Dizzy - Dat Mi Know
Vybz Kartel - Real Badman
Aidonia - Nuh Par Wid
Wizkid - Tease Me
Stylo G - Call Mi A Yardie
Vybz Kartel - Sick Head
Popcaan - Clean
Beenie Man - Go Go Club
Popcaan - Only Man She Want
Vybz Kartel & Russian - Get Gal Anywhere
Vybz Kartel - British Love
Aidonia - Touch You Tonight
Assassin aka Agent Sasco - Talk How Mi Feel
I-Octane - Nah Wash (Too Licky, Licky)
Popcaan - Nuh Box Pon Jaw
Vybz Kartel - Stronger We Get
I-Octane - Tell Some Bwoy
Bugle - Friend
Mavado - Do Road
Tony Matterhorn - Ugly
Gyptian - Wine Slow
Hyah Slice - Out My Head
I-Octane - Come Close
Tarrus Riley - Come Over
Wayne Marshall - Great Escape
Dj Powa ft Cliff Twang - Nobody Canna Cross It
Mavado - Star Bwoy (released in 2010 but shot in 2011)
Overmarz - Now You See Me, Now You Don't (see above)
Aidonia - Mek Her Say (and again, so don't try it)
Neyo & Mavado - I Know You Want Me
Laden - Come Mek Me Touch You
Ms Dynamite - Neva Soft
Aidonia - Bad People (2010 for the sake of it)
Laza Morgan ft. Mavado - One by One
Demarco - Love My Life

p.s. if you're wondering how a dude that isn't a DJ nor groupie has shout outs from Vybz Kartel, Busy Signal, Wayne Marshall, Popcaan and Gyptian, they are a few of the many artists I've interviewed. You can check those out here

You can download my 2010 equivalent "Product of My Ears" here

We here at Marvin Sparks dot Blog Spot dot Com would like to wish you all the very best for 2012. Thanks for sticking around even though there hasn't been much content. Thanks for all the great feedback I've received. And if you think I've been a reggae flag bearer in the past, I hope to increase that ten folds in 2012. New moves that I'll announce in due course. And (another sentence beginning with "and") I've seen people call another genre "the new reggae". I'd just like to say, there can only be a new something when the other thing is old. Judging by this post, reggae is well and truly alive. There's much more to reggae than just good beats. Remember that. Imitation is a sincere form of flattery too ;)

Oh, and Soul Culture dot Co do UK is the best non-dancehall/reggae site for content. Check there regularly. I do a lot of updates over there.

Yours truly,

Marvin Sparks
Your ever reliable dancehall correspondent

Sunday, 11 December 2011

Tweeter Review: X-Factor Live Show Final (Real Final)

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Disclaimer: Tweets do not necessarily reflect the opinions of us (me) here at Marvin Sparks dot Blog Spot dot com. We (I) found them funny/relevant

Forget what the papers and judges say, here's what the tweople say!


@LoukiaC Loukia
I think Marcus is singing Buju Banton - 'BOOM BYE BYE' for his next song to balance out how gay this performance is. #Xfactor

@danwootton Dan Wootton
This was my favourite Marcus performance. Great choice for the final. Saw it in the studio and the choir were ace! #xfactorfinal

@Jpizzledizzle Joseph JP Patterson
Marcus cannot sing. I don't get this. Little Mix to win! #xfactor

Im watching yes.... nice jacket marcus

Little Mix

@LoukiaC Loukia

@Popjustice Popjustice
That's a big toaster underneath the stage, maybe some enormous Marcusbread will pop up later

Mix N Blend, why why why are you destroying the VOCAL HARMONIES off a group that know about VOCAL HARMONIES #envoguecomegetyoursong

@kieran_yates kieran yates
This is a brilliant song choice. And they sound better than Marcus.but still like him more

@studiopixie studiopixie
Little Mix will do well but I preferred their first version. I don't find them jarring like Girls Aloud etc. #XFactor

@madnewsblog Mad News
RT @TwinTings: Come on Marcus, surprise us - put on a dreadlock wig & tracksuit drop some ragga. Then I 'might' vote


Marcus you are lovely but ..this Wham track will not win you the show.... Little mIx have got this ..still love you and your pearly whites x

@_Swaggerville Jimmy Swagger
These blatantly aren't the best acts in the final. What is this weak performance about?

@KarlNova Karl Nova
Marcus is like Joe McElderly even if he wins I think he'll struggle #xfactor

This Chrismas, Marcus murdered Last Christmas by Wham #XFactor

Little Mix

@Adenike1 adenike adenitire
Kelly looks s bored, she's even started rehashing Tulisa's words! Bet she can't wait till this is all over and she can go back to US

boring boring dull dull!

@LondonDiva I Am...LondonDiva
Yes girls sang! Perry sing muthafucka sing! OMG those vocal runs!!! My womb! #xfactor #LittleMix

@Adenike1 adenike adenitire
Good decision to let Perrie take lead vocals

Oh Tulisa shut up!!!

@ArchnaSawjani ArchnaSawjani
Oh Tulisa pls sit down boo- it's really not that serious!

@madnewsblog Mad News
RT @miss_liljo: Tulisa needs to shut the hell up...FACT #xfactorfinal

@_IceMaiden_ Char Ay-Ge
Meeeeeeeeeeee!!!!! RT @MarvinSparks: Anyone else bored?

@ondolady Ondo Lady
@MarvinSparks Yes, me!!

@studiopixie studiopixie
@MarvinSparks Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz! Deadest #XFactor Final Ever Sparks O_O

Marcus final song

@Vulavox Vula Malinga
oh no u didnt... let me tell you something... no one does this better than Damien Rice & @SupaShar ... Marcus has already failed.

@Caligraphist The Caligraphist®
If it don't work out tonight Marcus can always do the cruise ships or become a spokesman for Dark & Lovely or suttn. #Xfactor

@LondonDiva I Am...LondonDiva
What is this please? Love this song. Always have. But this from Marcus? #xfactor

@MsCeeElisha Casey CeeCee Elisha
Winners song is always dead.

@Adenike1 adenike adenitire
This is gonna sound better sung by Little Mix I can tell! They will make it more fun. This sounds like Westlife lite - size Marcus, love ya

@VanessaLaker Vanessa Laker
Marcus' voice is actually not that amazing. Hearing him sing a slow song, he doesn't sound particularly great!

The best thing about this years X Factor has been Marcus' eyebrows!

@ondolady Ondo Lady
This is terrible. Why do X Factor bosses insist on dragging out the whole street to do backing vocals? #XFactor

@kieran_yates kieran yates
I'm bored now.this is like a repeat of yesterday with worse songs and no marmite toast boy.

@VanessaLaker Vanessa Laker
BUT... Marcus is a lovely guy, so if he wins, I ain't mad!

@Jenizzlebee Ms. Bossman
Is it me or has Marcus vocals gone down the pan the last few weeks? Coming to think of it Ive never been wowed by a performance #xfactor

Little Mix

@DJCodeBlue DJ Code Blue
Is this programme ever going to end?

@danwootton Dan Wootton
RT @RyanJL: Acapella opening. WIN.

@skvibemaker Sean K Vibemaker
Why are the X-Factor winners always given some boring sleep-inducing song as their first single to mingle?

@studiopixie studiopixie
This actually sounds really good! Gwaaaaan Little Mix #XFactor

@madnewsblog Mad News
I'm surprised Damian Rice agreed to this... #X-Factor

@WendiWrites Wendi Bekoe
Do you reckon the winner's song will ever be something fun and uptempo? #XFactor

@Caligraphist The Caligraphist®
This girl can sing. She needs to dash weh the other girls. She will eventually I'm sure. #Xfactor

@DeliciousDavina Davina
But why is my girl always in some weird leggings situ. #xfactor

@MichelleShanti Michelle Owusu
Lil Mix need to learn how to synchronise their *drops*, all punching the air at 4 different times. Other than that - go Lil Mix!

@Caligraphist The Caligraphist®
Kelly clearly has no fucks left to give. Amazing. #Xfactor

@MelissaMono Melissa Monologues
Kelly looks bored.

@EvalinSaysItAll Évalin
Kelly is just dead behind the eyes......In other news, Kelly's weave is on point tonight.

@thatgrapejuice Sam GrapeJuice
Can we have a moment of silence for Kelly Rowland's wig and ensemble tonight. Fierce! #xfactor

@MarvinSparks Negus Marvin Sparks
Whys this still going on? Just wanna know the result. Join me in singing: "Why are we waiting? We are suffocating!"

In conclusion for the whole series (once again)

if we didn't have Twitter X Factor this year would of been dead with no hype or jokes....


@MichelleShanti Michelle Owusu
Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaay! Lil Mix #xfactorwinners

@loudmouthmelvin Loudmouth Melvin
Of course they were go an win. Well done Little Mix #xfactor

congrats to Little MIx and Tulisa xxx

studiopixie studiopixie
FAAAAAAAAAAHK! #LittleMix have made history! I'm actually very happy for them! BIg Up! #XFactor

@danwootton Dan Wootton
TULISA IS THE QUEEN OF THE X FACTOR. She's won it just like Cheryl in her first series. COME ON @GarethVarey #xfactorfinal

@Caligraphist The Caligraphist®
What was Kelly muttering when the camera cut to her?? lmao #xfactor

@TwinTings TwinTings
I bet every single one of The Saturdays threw their remote at the TV

@KarlNova Karl Nova
RT @SimonCowell: Thought @TheXFactor UK looked amazing. I think a group may win for the first time ever. <- I had to retweet this again

@MarvinSparks Negus Marvin Sparks
N-Dubz's juju is strong. Nah, nah, nah I mean 'trong. Shouldn't have written them off. Well done Tula

Saturday, 10 December 2011

Tweeter Review: X-Factor Live Show Final

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Forget what the papers and judges say, here's what the tweople say!

Cass Denton
And we're OFF!!!!!!

Joint Performance

Mad News
RT : You know Marcus is pissed he's not in sequins like the girls!

Karl Nova
Yeo Valley was such a fail this year
I Am...LondonDiva
I'd want to see performances then vote. Whoever sings last would have less time that the first two to get votes. 

Marcus Collins

❤ Xi'an Loves ❤
Wow I didn't see one ethnic minority pupil at Marcus' school
I Am...LondonDiva
Gary coming like one old man with his cuppa.
Jamie Howard
Marcus was more excited about the screaming boys, then the screaming boys were about Marcus.
Mad News
Marcus' paternal side of the family missing in action lol -Factor
Jamie Howard
Marcus will be presenting Xtra Factor next year!
Christiana Mbakwe
This is boring. I don't want a geography/family history lesson. Hurry up and sing

Smooth Fuego
Marcus why in the hell would you sing this looool
❤ Xi'an Loves ❤
Jamie Howard
Hey ya! The emergency exits are here, here and here...........
The Caligraphist®
This song ain't working for you b.
Oh Noooooooooo! O_O
Tony Black
Dre 3000 would be screwin, I used to like this record
❤ Xi'an Loves ❤
Mad News
RT : Marcus' eyebrows! My envy 4 them will live forever ! Lol! So smoothly shaped! -Factor
Bangs and a Bun
Marcus, I've enjoyed looking at your purdy face. That's about all I can say about that performance. You purdy.
Kelly A
Marcus you're so pretty
RT RT : Marcus sounded a mess but his shoulder pads look fierce! They are PERCHED
I Am...LondonDiva
If ppl are voting now for Marcus after this it's not fair on the other 2 acts as the lines close at the same time.

Little Mix

Mervin Martin
Don't the fat one from little mix look like Sid from ice age
Perrie arrives home to South Shields to see an angry Cheryl Cole with a baseball bat 'aaaahhmmm the ooonly singa from these pawts pet'
Jamie Howard
Name another girl band where you wouldn't bang 1 member!?!
Vanessa Laker
I want Little Mix to win...
❤ Xi'an Loves ❤
Bangs and a Bun
The stamping girl with the face is steady losing on the costume front every week.
The Caligraphist®
Little Mix sound decent when they sing individually but its a problem when they try to sing together. In a group so to speak.
: How old is the oldest member of Little Mix?"<---Young enough to put you on a special register& put u in a cell with a roadman

Amelia Lily

Pilar Nalwimba
You can just tell Kelly is not feeling Amelia at all!
Oh I love Amelia. I also love pink. However this outfit is just ridiculous.
Mad News
I think we all know who will be winning this... -Factor
Karl Nova
Oh dear I am beginning to think Amelia is gonna win it
Justin Chinyere
She can't handle the chorus sighhh
Bangs and a Bun
Tulisa & her 'am I bovvered?' face slay me.
Ondo Lady
That was boring!!!
These stylists are taking the PISS! Loooooooooooool! WTF! because these stylists are not driving Looooool!

End of round one

Christiana Mbakwe
The fact that people believe someone catapulted to fame via a reality TV show has "worked hard" demonstrates how low the bar for work is set
Kelly A 
esp. When the person in question missed about five shows!

Annika Allen
Lil Mix to win!
The Caligraphist®
Amelia to win though.
Negus Marvin Sparks
So far, so boring
Mad News
RT : Anybody else feeling distinctly underwhelmed by this final?

JLS x One Direction

  Jamie Howard
Why do they have american accents?!?!?!?
Dj Fira
": Yo, dem JLS guy deh fi keep Jah-Mek-Ya outta dem stinkin mouth"loooooool
How much more cleavage does Oritse want to show ffs? The effeminisation continues.
Smooth Fuego
Looool I thought those dancers were crazy random crowd members looooo
Pilar Nalwimba
I see Aston got a fresh jerry curl for this performance
Trini Trent
JLS? One Direction? Ch...the standards for talent are awfully low. I'm going to surf Myvidster until they leave
I Am...LondonDiva
Was Harry singing that for Caroline?
Christiana Mbakwe
This boyband mash up makes me wanna quit life.
This is a fucking racket and a half

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Jamie Howard
So Tulisa is gonna perform in a band where she is the least talented?!

Marcus & Gary Barlow
Take Twat
Digital Spy
Yay, judge duets! ( )
Christiana Mbakwe
There was once a time when the likes of Beyonce & Christina Aguilera joined finalists on stage.Now we've got Tulisa & Gary Barlow
I Am...LondonDiva
Gary and that damn velvet!
Trini Trent
Marcus should win . He is not as bad as the other acts & he stays on-key most of the time
Justin Chinyere
Is Marcus singing with Gary or to Gary? i dunno
Mad News
RT : If Brokeback Mountain was a musical ....
RT : 2 poofs and a piano « lol
Ondo Lady
Has UK X Factor spent all their budget on Tulisa's wardrobe? Where are the A lists for the duets?
love marcus but that will not win him the show.... sorry semi dead performance...MARCUS TO WIN still love him...his smile
The Caligraphist®
This is the recession special.

Tulisa x Little Mix

Janay Louise
Wonder if Tulisa is going to embarrass herself.
Lynnike and Sefa DJs
Oh Gosh! I'm nervous for Tulisa. Is she abt to get put to shame vocally?
Mo the Comedian
HERE WE GO TA'Loser is going to sing, she better be fire after all here talk
Jimmy Swagger
This is going to be painful
Well this is boring
❤ Xi'an Loves ❤
Mo the Comedian
Why is she treating them like her backing singer doe
Where are the harmonies. What the hell???
Pilar Nalwimba
RT : Nah that beatbox killed me. Dead. Bye. See you later!
Trini Trent
so this is how Tulisa's singing voice sounds...she's okay. Why is she a judge on this show though? ?
adenike adenitire
Why is Tulisa treating this like her band and she da lead singer!Let the girls sing,especially Perry,she's better than u blood! She rips!!!!
[Dials 999] 21.13 RT LMAO Oh no the hamster did not just beatbox, or was she chewing the woodshaving from her cage?

Amelia x Kelly 


Jamie Howard
Kelly is gonna have to stand in the background and just let someone else just take the lead..........
Negus Marvin Sparks
Show them why you were Beyonce's backing dancer girl
The Caligraphist®
Kelly when Amelia starts goin out of your vocal range just drop the mic and whine down pon it aight babe? Cool.
Christiana Mbakwe
Kelly, no shade but you knew Amelia had something yet you sent her home?
this is sick... they already killed it
Christiana Mbakwe
This is the best thus far. Told you Kelly's wig is annointed
the girls are rocking out ....they just killed the other 2 performances.. on another level
Trini Trent
so...Amelia is outperforming Kelly Rowland. Somebody hand me Mathew Knowles' belt. These pre-op tranny vocals <
(This is brilliant)


Adele Louise
"And now we introduce Leona to show you all how it's done..."


*reaches for trapdoor lever*
I <3 Leona Lewis
Jimmy Swagger
This country loves some suicide music, Leona Lewis, Coldplay...
Pilar Nalwimba
It's been 5years and your telling me they couldn't get Leona Lewis a personality. The girl can sing though
Not sure what's better, Leona's voice or her new nose, both are AMAZING!

Michael Buble

Jamie Howard
Does he have an X-Factor Contract?!
❤ Xi'an Loves ❤
Ok I think we've seen Michael Bublé perform enough times now SURPRISE ME PLEASE
Bangs and a Bun

As a Canadian, I'm forced to be pro-Buble. Plus, he just seems so goddamn nice.
Michael Buble again? Did they not do this last year?
Jme (Jamie Adenuga)
Michael Buble just mindfucks females. Coz I dont know none of his songs and he's octuple platinum or summin. Fuck this guy
The Caligraphist®
This is dead Buble? Whats goins on??
Jme (Jamie Adenuga)
He looks constipated fam
Pilar Nalwimba
Luv Michael Buble would see him live once every year if I could!
Ondo Lady
I rather like The Buble. Still sad that he never married Emily Blunt, they would have made a lovely couple.
Lynnike and Sefa DJs
Awww, Mike didn't choose to sing with Tulisa, slight par! Just Kelly and Gary
Smooth Fuego
RT Michael Bublé reminds me of Beyoncé, y'all. Both they names begin with a B and end in é.
Negus Marvin Sparks
Canadians go in with this music ting innit? Justin Bieber, Michael Buble and Drake. They all make pretty similar music too


Jimmy Swagger
So much for your conspiracy theories about Amelia

Negus Marvin Sparks
Amelia or Little Mix were going cos they both have similar fan base (in my head). Marcus has the granny dem and guys like him


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