Campaign for Wagner to win X Factor
Published 26/10/2010 | 11:19
X Factor detractors are hoping to scupper the hit ITV show with a campaign to get eccentric singer Wagner Carrilho to win.
Last year, X Factor winner Joe McElderry lost the battle for the Christmas number one when US rockers Rage Against The Machine got to the top following a Facebook campaign.
This year, Brazilian singer and former PE teacher Wagner, 54, is being given a boost thanks to an X Factor protest internet campaign.
Campaign contributor Thanxx wrote on the Facebook campaign site: "If you just fancy a really crazy Xmas number 1 this year... vote Wagner!!! If you despise all what the X Factor stands for, vote Wagner!"
Merton32 wrote: "Let's get Wagner to win! - join this Facebook group!!!!!.. would be v. funny!!!! - Jedward eat your hearts out!!!! X Factor Protest - Wagner to win."
Wagner performed a medley of Spice Up Your Life and Living La Vida Loca on Saturday's show but got through to the next week despite being made a favourite by bookies to go.
His performance on the guilty pleasures themed week left Cheryl Cole cold, with the judge saying: "There was a lot of guilty going on up there. I don't know if there was a lot of pleasure for me."
Simon Cowell was also not impressed, telling Louis Walsh: "Do you understand how crazy this is? You criticise my song choice and then you give Wagner the Spice Girls."
Wagner was taped saying the show "stinks like a set-up" and was reported in The Sun as telling a friend: "I don't think I will win because they won't let a Brazilian win."