Anyway, it comes as a bit of a surprise to find Eggnog, who made his way to the final as much on boyish charm than any innate singing talent, releasing the first X Factor Class Of '08 record. RCA seem to have missed a trick in failing to put this out before Mother's Day, but the delay can't have been caused by a painstaking search for the right material. Eunice's album features just one original track, a fairly laughable pop-rock tune called '28,000 Friends' that sounds like track eight from a Busted album.
That aside, Enoch's album is filled with covers of songs he sang on The X Factor (a cheap-sounding remake of 'We're All In This Together', a listless take on 'Does Your Mother Know', a version of 'Never Forget' that's about as rousing as a bout of the flu) and songs he probably would have sung on The X Factor were it a few weeks longer ('She's The One' - pleasant enough, 'All About You' - dull as dieting). The only relatively obscure selections are 'Learn To Fly', a forgotten a1 ballad, and 'When You Look Me In The Eyes', a Jonas Brothers single that flopped on this side of the Atlantic.
Unsurprisingly, none of these covers trumps the version we all know and love. More shocking is the low quality control that's been applied to Emmenthal's vocals. 'Does Your Mother Know' and 'All About You' both feature bum notes aplenty, while the way he attempts to sing the chorus of 'Never Forget' is positively wince-inducing. These shaky performances serve to make the album sound amateurish as well as utterly redundant - and Elephant shows only fleeting glimpses of the charm that endeared him to X Factor viewers. The only saving grace? We won't be worrying how to pronounce his name again until Dancing On Ice 2011.