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'X Factor' show three: A return to form? Share your verdict

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Too much sunshine. A post-Olympics slump. Not enough singing. Louis Walsh's hair. There have been a lot of explanations for the slump in X Factor ratings at series nine, but none of them totally add up yet.

The show has pretty much been the same as every other year, and the only real difference appears to be more singers with guitars and a few troubadours flogging their own songs, rather than covering Etta James's 'At Last' for the 456th time.

The X Factor 2012 - Episode 3: Melanie Masson

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The X Factor 2012 - Episode 3: Joseph Whelan

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Tonight's show added weight to Gary Barlow's assertion that the Overs category (who haven't won since Steve Brookstein crooned to victory in series one) might be the ones to watch this year. Melanie Masson proved that age shouldn't be a barrier on the TV talent show, as the mum-of-two landed the plum episode finale spot.

Elsewhere, Joseph Whelan looks like one to watch with the perfect blend of nice guy/sweet vocals/emotional backstory that us X Factor viewers can't help but lap up.

The X Factor 2012 - Episode 3: Melanie Brown aka Mel B arriving on the red carpet

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The X Factor 2012 - Episode 3: Anastacia

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Mel B returned to bring some added (Scary) spice to the judging panel in Manchester. However, her presence only casts further doubt over this year's quartet. The series nine foursome look a bit toothless right now without a Cowell-like figure to keep everyone in check.

Anastacia was the latest guest judge, cameoing in Scotland, but she failed to make much of an impact on the show. The lack of consistency on the panel this year has been a frustration for some viewers.

It's been hard to get a grip on the panel (who's being tough, who's being sweet), because the dynamic flip-flops constantly. Hopefully this problem will be resolved at Boot Camp when Scherzinger will have to find her feet quick and bring some much-needed sass to proceedings.

What did you think of tonight's X Factor? Did you spot a potential winner? Or were they all duds? Give us your reviews below!

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