The word on... The X Factor, ITV

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"I just wanted to say how sorry I am to see Bad Lashes go. They were not my favourite, so I did not vote for them, but they were not the worst act of the first live show. The reason I think girl bands don't do well on 'The X Factor' is because most people who like girl bands are not in on a Saturday night in front of the telly. They are probably out partying."

Emilia Shurmur,

"Laura White is the hottest early favourite 'The X Factor' has ever seen after she wowed in her debut live performance on the 'X Factor' on Saturday night."

"Is someone feeding the 'X Factor' stylists hallucinogenic drugs? We only ask because surely someone in control of their mind wouldn't dress an entire cast in bargain-basement satin?"

"Daniel [Evans] sounded like a terrible pub-singer during his awful rendition of 'I Want To Know What Love Is', and Louis [Walsh] pointed out, quite correctly, that he looks like Ricky Gervais. It was a joke that he wasn't in the bottom two. We were also listening out for the laughter track during Scott's [Bruton] song 'Yeah Yeah', which was just hideous."