X Factor 2013: A group of biddies pull out of the competition and reject Joseph Whelan returns after branding the show a fix!

by Nick Barnes

'The X Factor' Auditions, Glasgow. - 04 Jun 2013

The last room auditions of this series of The X Factor are set to air tonight and we can’t have the auditions process without some sort of sob story or a previous contestant returning.

Over the course of the show, we have had returning contestants in the form of Jade Richards for example, but this time it’s the return of builder, Joseph Whelan.

Many of you will remember Joseph from last year’s series of the show in which he made it through to boot camp but failed to get to judges houses. He lost out to Jahmene Douglas and Rylan Clark – both of whom have gone on to have amazing careers so far! Jahmene has a number 1 album under his belt and Rylan Clark has had a dabble at presenting big TV shows such as Big Brother spin-off show, Bit on the Side with AJ Odudu.

When Whelan was given the boot last year, he branded the show a ‘fix’ as he felt he had been “shafted” – well clearly not enough, as he returns to the audition room this evening with his tail between his legs and a guitar strapped to him, according to The Sun.

Following his exit from the show, over 150,000 petitioned to get him back on the show – but to no avail.

This evening he sings Bon Jovi’s Always and is joined by son Kian at the audition, much like last year. Kian stole the hearts of people around the country when he ran on stage after his dad’s performance last year.

the nostalgics

Meanwhile, a group of biddies have pulled out of The X Factor as they want to give the younger generation more of a chance … because they really stood in the way! Delirium is setting in…

Nostalgic, whose eldest member is 94 will be seen on tonight’s auditions show and they sail through to Boot Camp, but they have recently pulled out of the show as they feel going to London would be a big job to undertake for them.

Organiser Linda Silver, who is aged 74, admitted they felt “guilty” for nabbing a place “from one of the youngsters”, according to The Sun.

“Our oldest singer is 94 and the youngest is 65 – going to London for our days was too much. We like a drink and a dance and would have loved it”.

I’d like to say I’m going to miss a group of biddies dancing around on my TV screens during Boot Camp, but I can’t say I will.

The X Factor continues this evening at 8pm on ITV /HD and we’ll have all the coverage here on Unreality TV!


Nick Barnes

Nick is the Assistant Editor at Unreality TV, along with being a full-time Beyoncé obsessor! Email him at nick@unrealitytv.co.uk or catch him on Twitter @ImNickBarnes


  1. cjcsPT on September 21, 2013 at 9:51 am

    And it’s TRUE! C’mon, last year he was absolutely robbed! Rylan Clark? Seriously? He was far better than any of the other boys, and not even making it to judge’s houses was ridiculous! If he thought it was a fix, so he was right!

  2. cjcsPT on September 21, 2013 at 9:52 am

    And btw, this season, I haven’t seen yet a single male singer better than he is! So, let’s hope he makes the live shows, which he could easily win!

  3. Lynsey on September 21, 2013 at 11:27 am

    Could have done without referring to the Nostalgics in such derogatory terms. “Coffin dodging biddies”, really?

  4. ian on September 21, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    nostalgics at least they got up there you should be ashamed of your self for refering to tem in the way and manner have some respect for the older generation as if ”coffin dodgers” how rude

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