The X Factor Live Tour 2012 - The Brighton Centre, Brighton
While you're munching on your Saturday night takeaway, ensconced in front of the goggle box picking out your winners on The Voice and Britain's Got Talent, spare a thought for X Factor's "Class Of 2011" as their days of reality show stardom may be at an end as their 2012 tour is almost complete.
What happens after that is pretty much in the hands of the record companies (even in this DIY digital age). I'm sure every finalist would love to be in One Direction's shoes, slaying the States but I imagine in reality that a handful will slowly return to their old life, while a few lucky contestants may get the chance to a grab a chunky chart position.
In the meantime, each contestant still has the opportunity to dazzle their audience and possibly win over a few new fans in the live arena while the tour continues and I took a trip to the seaside on a lovely sunny day to see what the Factor finalists had to offer.
Fix followers may know that I enjoy my music-based reality shows and this was the second year running I'd attended an X Factor tour, having taken in 2011's performance at Wembley Arena. The Brighton Centre was a good bit smaller so the show seemed far more intimate, even though it was a largish venue.
Photographers were allowed to shoot a run of the first song from each of the opening acts, with little powerhouse Amelia Lily kicking off my picture taking with Christina Aguilera's "Ain't No Other Man".
One thing about the X Factor tour is it's always a great production with lots of dancers filling the stage alongside the singers and series runner-up Marcus Collins had a group of girls accompanying him throughout his take on "Move Like Jagger".
Each of the initial acts that rolled out impressed me, even including The Risk whose TV appearances generally had me leaving the room to put the kettle on as they just weren't my thing. I suppose being surrounded by hordes of screaming fans helps you to buy in to the whole experience.
I may not have been a fan of the boy band but I was looking forward to seeing what Janet, Misha and Kitty were up to and their performances exceeded my expectations, especially Misha B's "Rolling in the Deep". Mind you, Kitty gets the award for the most off the wall production with her "Sweet Dreams" rendition.
I sat out the middle portion of the show but photographers were allowed back to cover Tulisa's little muffins' first song, so I was ready to shoot when 2011 winners Little Mix took to the stage. I'd always really appreciated the girl's appearances on a Saturday night so I was curious to see if they could cut it live and as luck would have it there was a spare seat smack dab in the middle of the front row, so I was able to take in the remainder of LM's set after terrific opener "You Got the Love".
Each singer got a chance to shine throughout the six song set, even while suspended in mid air for "ET", but the girls really pulled it out the bag for their last two numbers, with their familiar take on En Vogue's "Don't Let Go" bringing the house down, with winners single - "Cannonball" restoring a bit of order. The girls were still inundated with cries of adoration throughout the song though and left the stage to roars of approval.
The evening ended with all the acts returning for a medley of songs that had appeared earlier in the show, giving the audience one last chance to see their favourites before stardom (or obscurity) beckons. Whatever happens I'm itching to hear new material from Little Mix, Misha B and Janet Devlin, so hopefully something will appear before the end of 2012.
The Class Of 2011