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THIS show was sunk. Host Matthew Newton en­tered re­hab af­ter be­ing ac­cused of beat­ing fi­ancee Rachael Tay­lor, Ro­nan Keat­ing’s mar­riage en­dured turmoil, and there was talk Natalie Im­bruglia was be­ing a diva.

New host Luke Ja­cobz came onto the show just a week be­fore launch and footage had to be re-edited to re­move any trace of Newton.

Things were a mess for The X Fac­tor. And then a funny thing hap­pened . . . peo­ple watched it, and voted. It was a suc­cess. It seems the shat­tered Oz Idol fans were more than happy to change sta­tions and em­brace the new sing­ing comp.

I mean re­ally, how dif­fer­ent are they any­way? Peo­ple per­form, peo­ple get voted off, they show a video mon­tage of their ‘‘ jour­ney’’. Kyle Sandi­lands has been on both pro­grams and on this one, the judges men­tor their group of con­test- ants (though I’m still not sure what ad­vice Kyle can of­fer ex­cept ‘‘ don’t wear that cos it’ll make you look fat’’).

But there’s been a sur­pris­ingly good bunch of tal­ent and heck, haven’t they spent some money on stag­ing for the per­for­mances?

Though I still don’t get why the con­tes­tants have to wear the same clothes on the elim­i­na­tion night as they did on per­for­mance night . . . do they think the TV au­di­ence won’t

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