X Factor voting: Girls won every week

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  • The X Factor votes for the series have been revealed and Little Mix, Janet Devlin and Amelia Lily topped the results every week

    This year’s X Factor voting statisics have finally been revealed and contestants Little Mix, Janet Devlin and Amelia Lily topped the results every week.


    X Factor producers have released percentage breakdowns from the entire series which show the girl acts were consistently more popular than the boys.

    The girls dominated the top spot week on week, but public opinion swung hugely throughout the series, with winners Little Mix not receiving the highest vote until week seven of the final shows.

    Last year’s 2010 winner Matt Cardle won the votes every week until he was finally crowned the X Factor champion.

    But this year, three contestants have topped the polls – with axed-contestant Janet Devlin leading the way for the first five weeks.

    Devlin, who was originally tipped as the bookies favourite, received nearly a quarter of all votes cast in the first phone-in, while Little Mix were down in fourth position with only 8.7%.

    But after a string of poor performances, including twice forgetting her words, Janet was finally de-throned by comeback-kid Amelia Lily in week six.

    Interestingly, Misha B was the least popular contestant during Halloween week, but still went on to make it to the semi-final.

    Little Mix’s fan base continued to grow steadily until finally in week seven they topped the polls after they sung Don’t Let Go by En Vogue, a performance so popular they went on to repeat it in the final.

    But Amelia Lily had not given up hope and after a powerful rendition of T’Pau China In Your Hand in week eight she returned to top spot with 23.8% of the votes, with Little Mix close on her tail with 22.4%.

    Janet Devlin’s shift from favourite to bottom two was complete by week eight and she left the show, failing to make the semi-final, despite being more popular in the vote than Misha B.

    In a heated semi-final the race was on to make it to Wembley Arena, and Misha B didn’t let her bottom ranking put her off, but the 19-year-old eventually lost out on one of the three final places with just 1% between her and Amelia.

    After Amelia Lily’s exit on Saturday’s final, Marcus was in a close second to Little Mix, but as he had never won a vote it looked unlikely he’d steal Tulisa’s girls’ top spot.

    In the end Little Mix triumphed with 48.3% of the vote, compared to Marcus’ 42.8% (the remainder still voted for Amelia) and became the first girl group to win the X Factor.

    The figures that really matter to the producers, however, are the ratings. And despite all the Wembley razzmatazz the final was down more than four million viewers compared to last year.

    Overall, the X Factor has pulled in more viewers than Strictly Come Dancing but as the finale for the BBC1 show is not until next weekend, it is predicted it will beat ITV’s dominance for the first time.



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