To celebrate the final this week, over the next three days we'll be presenting our list of the best 15 bits from The X Factor 2012. It's all subjective, so please feel free to tell us we're wrong and leave your own suggestions in the comments below.
15. 'Let's Get It On' with James Arthur
While on The X Factor, James Arthur has shown himself to be many things - innovative performer. Frankie Boyle bother. Digital Spy hater (yup, we're still not over that). However, it's doubtful that anyone watching at home saw him as a sex symbol - until the semi-finals and his crowd-pleasing rendition of 'Let's Get It On'.
You'd think having the growling, lumbering singer bang out Marvin Gaye's soulful, sensual classic would be a right turn-off, but Arthur channeled that stage-stomping anger into a performance of such passion that even Nicole Scherzinger, the woman who once sang an entire song about being hotter than one's girlfriend and dates a man who races Formula 1 cars, looked ready to pounce on the man from Saltburn.
14. Rylan spices up The X Factor
We thought we'd seen the last of Geri Halliwell on The X Factor after she lost the job seemingly destined for her at the auditions, failing to realise that nonsensical shouting does not equal good judging (although to be fair, it has worked for Louis Walsh for nine years).
But no, Gezza reared her ginger head again in the live stages to give her biggest fan Rylan Clark a Spice Girls masterclass. And while the only way we'd 'Wannabe' in that room is if we had a bomb strapped to our chest, the resulting performance - beginning with Rylan 'skydiving' into the studio in a Union Jacket - was fun, flamboyant and absolutely jaw-dropping. After that fabulous display, even the harshest of Rylan's critics had to concede that the man knows how to entertain.
13. Pink lookalike is gonna start a fight
We all know the only reason anyone tunes in to The X Factor at the auditions stage is to mock the rubbish acts, but in this year's opening episode the arrival of a certain contestant was no laughing matter. Pink impersonator Zoe Alexander came on and sang Pink, told the bemused judges that she was "trying to get away from the Pink thing", then accused The X Factor of making her sing Pink, before she started seeing... red.
It wasn't a strong moment for either Miss Alexander or the programme itself - her accusations certainly felt plausible, but even if true there was no need for the violence and fury seen backstage. Still, months later it remains one of the most talked-about moments of this year's X Factor, if for the wrong reasons. We doubt she'll be back for the auditionees' sing-song at the final.
12. Union J and District3 face off
Way back before Louis Walsh started proclaiming both to be the next *slams table* big *slams table* boyband, it was decided that there was only room in the competition for one group of moderately attractive young men.
So at the climax of Boot Camp, Triple J and GMD3 - as they were known before their rebrand and the arrival of George Shelley - went head-to-head in an impromptu sing-off. Of course it didn't really matter since both ended up in the live shows anyway, but it was a rare stripped-back moment from X Factor, the bands' raw acapella performances of their own making shining without the need for dizzying lights and Louis Walsh-approved boxes.
Poor Tulisa. It's not been the best of years for her, what with the whole sex tape scandal, the controversial romance with footballer Danny Simpson, her debut solo album The Female Boss totally flopping and Nicole Scherzinger stealing her title as X Factor's top gal. The last thing she needed was millions of people being given the impression that she stinks out of her mouth.
There's so much to love about 'Fag Ash Breath', but we think our favourite thing after Gary Barlow's smug post-joke face, the kind of look we'd expect to see if he'd been given a second OBE, only this time made of chocolate, is Tulisa's stare down the camera, her eyes screaming to us 'What the f**k is this, guys?' Well, Tulisa, TV gold is what the f**k this is. And we're watching it again...
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