Why the ‘X Factor U.K.’ Finale is Better Than the ‘X Factor USA’ Finale

Lyndsey Parker
Yahoo TVDecember 15, 2013

The finales for both the British and American versions of "The X Factor" take place this week. "The X Factor U.K." crowned 36-year-old former prison officer Sam Bailey its Season 10 winner on Sunday, and this coming Thursday, "The X Factor USA" will anoint either Alex & Sierra, Jeff Gutt, or Carlito Olivero.

"The X Factor USA" finale is sure to be entertaining, with performances by Lea Michele, Mary J. Blige, Leona Lewis, and of course One Direction. But it won't hold a candle to the U.K.'s finale, because on "The X Factor U.K.," this happened:

To celebrate "The X Factor U.K.'s" 10th season, the series trotted some old fan favorites (or not-so-favorites), including Brazilian blowhard Wagner and "Celebrity Big Brother" winner Rylan Clark. But the real magic happened about 55 seconds into this epic contestant mashup, when Season 6 contestants Jedward, aka the Double Divas of Dublin, descended from the ceiling and proceeded to rub their success (and their gyrating hips) in the judges' faces.

Can "The X Factor USA" do this on Thursday's show? I nominate Wild Thingz, Second Hand High, Denny "Santa Claus" Smith, CeCe Frey, Lyric 145, Jason Brock, Astro, Simone Battle, and Dexter Haygood for the American medley. Whaddya think?

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