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The X Factor
Season 3
Broadcast from 29 August 2011 –
22 November 2011
Judges Ronan Keating
Guy Sebastian
Natalie Bassingthwaighte
Mel B
Host(s) Luke Jacobz
Broadcaster Seven Network
Winner:
Reece Mastin
Reece Mastin.jpg
Origin Greenwith, South Australia
Song "Good Night"
Genre(s) Pop
Runner-up
Andrew Wishart
Chronology
2011

The X Factor is an Australian television reality music competition, based on the original UK series, to find new singing talent; the winner of which receives a management contract and a Sony Music Australia recording contract.[1][2] The third series premiered on the Seven Network on 29 August 2011[3] and ended on 22 November 2011.[1] The winner was Reece Mastin and his debut single "Good Night" was released after the final.[1] Mastin was mentored throughout by Guy Sebastian, who won as mentor for the first time.[1] There was only a one percent difference in the votes between Mastin and runner-up Andrew Wishart.[4] The season was presented by Luke Jacobz.[5] Ronan Keating and Sebastian were the only judges from the previous series who returned, while Natalie Bassingthwaighte and Mel B joined the judging panel as replacements for former judges, Natalie Imbruglia and Kyle Sandilands.

The competition was split into several stages: auditions, bootcamp, home visits and live shows. Auditions in front of the show's producers took place throughout March and April 2011. The successful auditionees chosen by the producers were then invited back to the last set of auditions that took place in front of the judges and a live studio audience during May and June. After the auditions was bootcamp, where successful acts were split into four categories: Under 25 Boys[6] (male soloists aged 14 to 24), Under 25 Girls[6] (female soloists aged 14 to 24), Over 25s (soloists aged 25 and over) and Groups. Each judge was given a category to mentor and had to decide on their twelve acts after day two, and their six acts after day three. Special guest judges, including Wynter Gordon, Stephen Belafonte, Darren Hayes and The Veronicas, were brought in to help the judges decide their acts. Following bootcamp was the home visits stage, where each of the judges reduced their six acts to three, with help from more guest judges including Beyoncé, Melanie C, Jason Derulo, Good Charlotte and Leona Lewis. The live shows began on 19 September 2011.[7]

The third series sparked controversy, namely Mel B's attitude towards the other judges, labeling them dishonest and boring.[8] Controversy also occurred between Sebastian and contestant Mitchell Callaway; Sebastian took aim at Callaway's attitude to the competition following his performance on the third live performance show.[9] There were also claims of a clash between Callaway and contestant Declan Sykes.[10] The grand final decider was watched by 1.99 million people, making it the highest rated television episode of the series.[11]

Judges[edit]

Mel B (pictured first) joined the judging panel as a replacement for Kyle Sandilands (pictured second), while Natalie Bassingthwaighte (pictured third) replaced Natalie Imbruglia (pictured fourth).

On 16 March 2011, judge Kyle Sandilands announced on his breakfast radio show, Kyle & Jackie O that he would not be returning to the judging panel for the third series.[12] Of his decision, Sandilands said, "Not because I didn't like it. I thought the show was great and it was great fun to do but it's just too hectic, it's too much work. So, I've told Channel Seven, no."[12] Following the announcement, it was rumoured that radio hosts, Merrick Watts and Jackie O, and Australian singer Delta Goodrem, were possible considerations to replace Sandilands.[13] Others who were also named to be replacing Sandilands included Mel B, Natalie Bassingthwaighte, George Michael and Brian McFadden.[5][14]

On 31 March 2011, it was announced that Bassingthwaighte would join the judging panel as a replacement for judge Natalie Imbruglia.[14] When speaking of her role as a judge, Bassingthwaighte said she will focus on bringing an honest critique to the show and will guide "the artists through the competition."[15] In late April 2011, it was confirmed that Mel B would be Sandilands' replacement as a judge.[16] Mel B said, "[The contestants] are either going to love me or hate me but it's going to be a fun ride. I'm really easy to get on with and I'm a hard worker. I'm firm but nice."[16] Guy Sebastian and Ronan Keating were the only judges from the second series who returned.[17]

Selection process[edit]

Auditions[edit]

In 2011, the minimum age for contestants to audition was changed to 14 years old, having previously been 16 years old.[18] Auditions in front of the show's producers began in March 2011 in five cities: Perth (Parmelia Hilton, 27 March), Adelaide (AAMI Stadium, 29 March), Brisbane (Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, 2–3 April), Sydney (Australian Technology Park, 8–10 April) and Melbourne (Moonee Valley Racecourse, 15–17 April).[19] The successful auditionees chosen by the producers were then invited back to the last set of auditions that took place in front of the judges and a live studio audience. These auditions were held in three cities: Brisbane (Brisbane Entertainment Centre, 21–22 May),[20] Melbourne (Hisense Arena, 27–29 May),[21] and Sydney (Sydney Entertainment Centre, 2–3 June).[21][22][23]

Bootcamp[edit]

The bootcamp stage was held in Sydney and was first broadcast on 7 September 2011.[24] On the first day of bootcamp, each judge was given a category to mentor and were joined by a celebrity guest judge to help them decide their top twelve acts.[24] Sebastian was assisted by Wynter Gordon and was given the Under 25 Boys, Mel B was assisted by her husband Stephen Belafonte and was given the Under 25 Girls, Bassingthwaighte teamed up with Darren Hayes and was assigned the Over 25s, and Keating was assisted by The Veronicas and had the Groups.[24][25] On the second day, the Boys each had to sing a song made famously by a female artist, the Over 25s got styled for a photo shoot and later each had to perform one song, the Girls had to perform choreography to either Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" or Lady Gaga's "Born This Way", and the Groups held recording sessions with vocal producer Erana Clark.[26] On the third day of bootcamp, the judges along with their celebrity guest judges, narrowed down the contestants to six each.[27]

The 24 successful acts were:

  • Under 25 Boys: Rob Baron, Trent Bell, Reece Mastin, Johnny Ruffo, Declan Sykes, Mali Talefenua
  • Under 25 Girls: Tyla Bertolli, Sophie Metcalfe (replaced Tara-Lynn Sharrock due to Visa issues),[28] Chantelle Morrell, Jacqui Newland, Christina Parie, Amy Walton
  • Over 25s: Mitchell Callaway, Pamela Cook, Marina Davis, Cleo Howman, Paige Phoenix, Andrew Wishart
  • Groups: Audio Vixen, Femme Da Funk, Hype (previously known as Lazy J & Big Guy), Three Wishez, Up Front, Young Men Society

Home visits[edit]

The final round of the selection process, the home visits (formerly the "judges' houses"),[25] saw the judges reduce their six acts to three. Each judge took their six acts to exclusive locations around the world. Sebastian and the Under 25 Boys travelled to New York City, where he was assisted by Beyoncé and her A-Team, Mel B and the Under 25 Girls visited Hollywood, where they met up with Melanie C, Bassingthwaighte and the Over 25s travelled to Double Island, Queensland, where she was helped by Jason Derulo, and Keating and the Groups travelled to Los Angeles, California, where they were assisted by Good Charlotte and Leona Lewis,.[28][29][30] After, the judges along with their celebrity guest judges, narrowed down the contestants to three each.[7]

Summary of judges' houses
Judge Category Location Assistant Contestants eliminated
Sebastian Under 25 Boys[6] New York City Beyoncé Rob Baron, Trent Bell, Mali Talefenua
Mel B Under 25 Girls[6] Hollywood Melanie C Sophie Metcalfe, Chantelle Morrell, Amy Walton
Bassingthwaighte Over 25s Double Island, Queensland Jason Derulo Pamela Cook, Marina Davis, Paige Phoenix
Keating Groups Los Angeles Good Charlotte and Leona Lewis Femme Da Funk, Hype, Up Front

Finalists and categories[edit]

Key:

     – Winner
     – Runner-up
     – Third Place
Category (Mentor) Acts
Under 25 Boys (Sebastian) Reece Mastin Johnny Ruffo Declan Sykes
Under 25 Girls (Mel B) Tyla Bertolli Jacqui Newland Christina Parie
Over 25s (Bassingthwaighte) Mitchell Callaway Cleo Howman Andrew Wishart
Groups (Keating) Audio Vixen Three Wishez Young Men Society

Live shows[edit]

Results summary[edit]

Contestants' colour key:

     – Contestant announced as safe (no particular order)
     – Contestant in the bottom two and had to perform again in the final showdown
     – Contestant received the fewest public votes and was immediately eliminated (no final showdown)
Contestant Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Week 8 Week 9 Week 10
Reece Mastin Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Bottom two Safe Safe Winner
Andrew Wishart Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Runner-Up
Johnny Ruffo Safe Safe Safe 8th Safe 6th Safe Safe Safe 3rd
Three Wishez Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Bottom two 4th Eliminated
(Week 9)
Declan Sykes Safe Safe Safe Safe 7th Safe Safe Bottom two Eliminated
(Week 8)
Christina Parie Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Bottom two Eliminated
(Week 7)
Mitchell Callaway Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe 7th Eliminated
(Week 6)
Young Men Society Safe Safe Bottom two Safe 8th Eliminated
(Week 5)
Audio Vixen Safe Safe Safe 9th Eliminated
(Week 4)
Jacqui Newland Bottom two Bottom two Bottom two Eliminated
(Week 3)
Tyla Bertolli Safe Bottom two Eliminated
(Week 2)
Cleo Howman Bottom two Eliminated
(Week 1)
Final showdown Cleo Howman, Tyla Bertolli, Jacqui Newland, Johnny Ruffo, Young Men Society, Mitchell Callaway, Christina Parie, Declan Sykes, No bottom two/judges' vote; public votes alone decide who is eliminated.
Jacqui Newland Jacqui Newland Young Men Society Audio Vixen Declan Sykes Johnny Ruffo Reece Mastin Three Wishez
Sebastian's vote to eliminate Cleo Howman Tyla Bertolli Jacqui Newland Audio Vixen Young Men Society Mitchell Callaway Christina Parie Three Wishez
Mel B's vote to eliminate Cleo Howman Tyla Bertolli Young Men Society Audio Vixen Declan Sykes Mitchell Callaway Reece Mastin Declan Sykes
Bassingthwaighte's vote to eliminate Jacqui Newland Tyla Bertolli Jacqui Newland Johnny Ruffo Young Men Society Johnny Ruffo Christina Parie Declan Sykes
Keating's vote to eliminate Cleo Howman Jacqui Newland Jacqui Newland Johnny Ruffo Declan Sykes Johnny Ruffo Christina Parie Declan Sykes
Eliminated Cleo Howman
3 of 4 votes
Majority
Tyla Bertolli
3 of 4 votes
Majority
Jacqui Newland
3 of 4 votes
Majority
Audio Vixen
2 of 4 votes
Deadlock
Young Men Society
2 of 4 votes
Deadlock
Mitchell Callaway
2 of 4 votes
Deadlock
Christina Parie
3 of 4 votes
Majority
Declan Sykes
3 of 4 votes
Majority
Three Wishez
Reece Mastin
Winner
Andrew Wishart
Runner-Up
Johnny Ruffo
Third place

Live show details[edit]

Week 1 (19/20 September)[edit]

Contestants' performances on the first live show
Act Order Song[31] Result
Reece Mastin 1 "Closer to the Edge" Safe
Three Wishez 2 "Telephone" Safe
Andrew Wishart 3 "The Man Who Can't Be Moved" Safe
Christina Parie 4 "Since U Been Gone" Safe
Mitchell Callaway 5 "Only Girl (In the World)" Safe
Johnny Ruffo 6 "Moves Like Jagger" Safe
Audio Vixen 7 "Viva la Vida" Safe
Jacqui Newland 8 "Love Story" Bottom two
Declan Sykes 9 "Uprising" Safe
Cleo Howman 10 "Jar of Hearts" Bottom two
Young Men Society 11 "The Lazy Song"/"Price Tag" Safe
Tyla Bertolli 12 "Set Fire to the Rain" Safe
Final showdown details
Act Order Song[32] Result
Cleo Howman 1 "Chasing Pavements" Eliminated
Jacqui Newland 2 "Heavy Cross" Safe

Judges' vote to eliminate

  • Sebastian: Cleo Howman – based on the final showdown performance[32]
  • Mel B: Cleo Howman – backed her own act, Jacqui Newland[32]
  • Bassingthwaighte: Jacqui Newland – backed her own act, Cleo Howman[32]
  • Keating: Cleo Howman – was impressed by Newland's passion during the final showdown[32]

Notes

Week 2 (27/28 September)[edit]

Contestants' performances on the second live show
Act Order Song[36] Result
Audio Vixen 1 "Valerie" Safe
Declan Sykes 2 "I Write Sins Not Tragedies" Safe
Mitchell Callaway 3 "All Summer Long" Safe
Jacqui Newland 4 "Heaven Is a Place on Earth" Bottom two
Young Men Society 5 "You Shook Me All Night Long" Safe
Tyla Bertolli 6 "The Edge of Glory" Bottom two
Reece Mastin 7 "I Kissed a Girl" Safe
Andrew Wishart 8 "I Want to Break Free" Safe
Three Wishez 9 "Don't Stop the Music"/"Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'" Safe
Johnny Ruffo 10 "Down" Safe
Christina Parie 11 "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" Safe
Final showdown details
Act Order Song[38] Result
Jacqui Newland 1 "Respect" Safe
Tyla Bertolli 2 "Fighter" Eliminated

Judges' vote to eliminate

  • Sebastian: Tyla Bertolli – said he went for his guts[38]
  • Bassingthwaighte: Tyla Bertolli – based on the final showdown performance[38]
  • Keating: Jacqui Newland – gave no reason[38]
  • Mel B: Tyla Bertolli – reasoning that Newland was better at controlling her nerves[38]

Notes

  • This week's shows were aired on Tuesday and Wednesday nights due to the Seven Network televising the 2011 Brownlow Medal.[39]
  • The songs that the contestants sang in the live performance show were chosen by the Australian public.[40]
  • Sebastian was absent on the live results show, but present through live telecast, thus eligible to vote.

Week 3 (3/4 October)[edit]

Contestants' performances on the third live show
Act Order Song[43] Result
Young Men Society 1 "Walk This Way" Bottom two
Christina Parie 2 "Gives You Hell" Safe
Andrew Wishart 3 "The Flame" Safe
Johnny Ruffo 4 "Here Without You" Safe
Three Wishez 5 "Numb" Safe
Jacqui Newland 6 "Shut Up and Drive" Bottom two
Reece Mastin 7 "Dream On" Safe
Audio Vixen 8 "Good Times" Safe
Declan Sykes 9 "Life on Mars?" Safe
Mitchell Callaway 10 "Run to Paradise" Safe
Final showdown details
Act Order Song[42] Result
Jacqui Newland 1 "Just a Girl" Eliminated
Young Men Society 2 "Change the World" Safe

Judges' vote to eliminate

  • Keating: Jacqui Newland – backed his own act, Young Men Society[42]
  • Mel B: Young Men Society – backed her own act, Jacqui Newland[42]
  • Bassingthwaighte: Jacqui Newland – gave no reason[42]
  • Sebastian: Jacqui Newland – said that Young Men Society had to be in the Competition for a lot longer but admired Jacqui's strength for being in the final showdown 3 weeks in a row.[42]

Week 4 (10/11 October)[edit]

Contestants' performances on the fourth live show
Act Order Song[47] Result
Johnny Ruffo 1 "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)" Bottom two
Mitchell Callaway 2 "Everybody Hurts" Safe
Three Wishez 3 "Ghetto Supastar (That Is What You Are)" Safe
Reece Mastin 4 "Ironic" Safe
Audio Vixen 5 "Chains" Bottom two
Andrew Wishart 6 "Nothing Compares 2 U" Safe
Declan Sykes 7 "Smells Like Teen Spirit" Safe
Young Men Society 8 "Black or White" Safe
Christina Parie 9 "Zombie" Safe
Final showdown details
Act Order Song[46] Result
Johnny Ruffo 1 "Just the Way You Are" Safe
Audio Vixen 2 "Somebody to Love" Eliminated

Judges' vote to eliminate

  • Keating: Johnny Ruffo – backed his own act, Audio Vixen
  • Sebastian: Audio Vixen – backed his own act, Johnny Ruffo
  • Bassingthwaighte: Johnny Ruffo – gave no reason
  • Mel B: Audio Vixen – decided to take it to deadlock and let the public vote reveal their decision

With the acts in the bottom two receiving two votes each, the result was deadlock and reverted to the earlier public vote. Audio Vixen received the fewest votes and were eliminated.[46]

Week 5 (17/18 October)[edit]

Contestants' performances on the fifth live show
Act Order Song[48] Result
Christina Parie 1 "Teenage Dirtbag" Safe
Young Men Society 2 "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)"/"Get Busy" Bottom two
Declan Sykes 3 "Forever Young" Bottom two
Mitchell Callaway 4 "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" Safe
Johnny Ruffo 5 "What Goes Around... Comes Around"/"Cry Me a River" Safe
Andrew Wishart 6 "Dakota" Safe
Reece Mastin 7 "She Will Be Loved" Safe
Three Wishez 8 "Lose Yourself" Safe
Final showdown details
Act Order Song[50] Result
Young Men Society 1 "Let's Get Married" Eliminated
Declan Sykes 2 "Wonderwall" Safe

Judges' vote to eliminate

  • Keating: Declan Sykes – backed his own act, Young Men Society[50]
  • Sebastian: Young Men Society – backed his own act, Declan Sykes[50]
  • Mel B: Declan Sykes – based her decision on who would be more favourably internationally[50]
  • Bassingthwaighte: Young Men Society – thought it would be fair to go to deadlock since its Young Men Society's second time in the bottom two and Sykes' first[50]

With the acts in the bottom two receiving two votes each, the result was deadlock and reverted to the earlier public vote. Young Men Society received the fewest votes and were eliminated.[50]

Week 6 (24/25 October)[edit]

Contestants' performances on the sixth live show
Act Order Song[51] Result
Mitchell Callaway 1 "Throw Your Arms Around Me" Bottom two
Johnny Ruffo 2 "Lost Without You" Bottom two
Three Wishez 3 "You're the Voice" Safe
Andrew Wishart 4 "Flame Trees" Safe
Declan Sykes 5 "Fall at Your Feet" Safe
Christina Parie 6 "Weir" Safe
Reece Mastin 7 "Joker & the Thief" Safe
Final showdown details
Act Order Song[53] Result
Mitchell Callaway 1 "I Won't Let Go" Eliminated
Johnny Ruffo 2 "Billie Jean" Safe

Judges' vote to eliminate

  • Sebastian: Mitchell Callaway – backed his own act, Johnny Ruffo[53]
  • Bassingthwaighte: Johnny Ruffo – backed her own act, Mitchell Callaway[53]
  • Mel B: Mitchell Callaway – said Ruffo was the most improved since the first week[53]
  • Keating: Johnny Ruffo – gave no reason[53]

With the acts in the bottom two receiving two votes each, the result was deadlock and reverted to the earlier public vote. Callaway received the fewest votes and was eliminated.[53]

Week 7 (31 October/1 November)[edit]

Contestants' performances on the seventh live show
Act Order Song[54] Result
Reece Mastin 1 "Stayin' Alive" Bottom two
Declan Sykes 2 "Walking on a Dream" Safe
Christina Parie 3 "When Love Takes Over" Bottom two
Andrew Wishart 4 "Titanium" Safe
Johnny Ruffo 5 "Without You" Safe
Three Wishez 6 "I Feel for You"/"Push It" Safe
Final showdown details
Act Order Song[56] Result
Christina Parie 1 "I'm with You" Eliminated
Reece Mastin 2 "Always" Safe

Judges' vote to eliminate

  • Mel B: Reece Mastin – backed her own act, Christina Parie[56]
  • Sebastian: Christina Parie – backed his own act, Reece Mastin[56]
  • Keating: Christina Parie – gave no reason[56]
  • Bassingthwaighte: Christina Parie – chose to eliminate Parie to "stay true to [her]self"[56]

Week 8 (7/8 November)[edit]

Contestants' performances on the eighth live show
Act Order Song[57] Result
Johnny Ruffo 1 "Sir Duke" Safe
Andrew Wishart 2 "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" Safe
Declan Sykes 3 "Help!" Bottom two
Three Wishez 4 "In the Air Tonight" Bottom two
Reece Mastin 5 "All by Myself" Safe
Final showdown details
Act Order Song[59] Result
Declan Sykes 1 "The Ballad of Mona Lisa" Eliminated
Three Wishez 2 "Nobody's Perfect" Safe

Judges' vote to eliminate

  • Keating: Declan Sykes – backed his own act, Three Wishez[59]
  • Sebastian: Three Wishez – backed his own act, Declan Sykes[59]
  • Bassingthwaighte: Declan Sykes – gave no reason[59]
  • Mel B: Declan Sykes – gave no reason[59]

Week 9 (14/15 November) – Semi-final[edit]

Contestants' performances on the ninth live show
Act Order First song[60] Order Second song[60] Result
Andrew Wishart 1 "Animal" 6 "Burn for You" Safe
Johnny Ruffo 2 "So Sick" 5 "Tonight Tonight" Safe
Reece Mastin 3 "Breakeven" 7 "Paradise City" Safe
Three Wishez 4 "The Time (Dirty Bit)" 8 "Turning Tables" Eliminated[62]

Notes

  • For the first time this season, each act performed two songs – one uplifting and one emotional.[60]
  • Also for the first time, there was no final showdown and the act that received the fewest public votes was immediately eliminated.[62]

Week 10 (21/22 November) – Grand Final[edit]

21 November
Contestants' performances on the tenth live show
Act Order Audition song[63] Order Song of the series[63] Order Winner's single[63] Order Superstar duet[64][65] Result[1]
Andrew Wishart 1 "Someone Like You" 7 "Dakota" 10 "This Much I Know" 4 "You Found Me" Runner-up
Johnny Ruffo 2 "Do You Remember" 5 "Sir Duke" 11 "You Don't Wanna Know" 8 "Shoop"/"Push It" Third place
Reece Mastin 3 "Come Get Some" 6 "Dream On" 9 "Good Night" 12 "Kids" Winner
22 November

Guest performers: The Fray ("Heartbeat"),[66] Luke O'Dell ("Introvert Extrovert"),[1] Guy Sebastian ("Don't Worry Be Happy")[66] and Kylie Minogue ("I Should Be So Lucky")[66]

  • Group Performances:
    • "I Like How It Feels" (performed by top three finalists)
    • "Imagine" with Emmanuel Kelly (performed with top 12 finalists)[1]
Contestants' performances on the final live show
Act Order Song Result
Johnny Ruffo N/A N/A (already eliminated) Third place
Andrew Wishart 1 "With or Without You" Runner-up
Reece Mastin 2 "Cryin'" Winner

Reception[edit]

Controversy[edit]

Three days before the season's premiere, Mel B made comments about the other judges, labelling them dishonest and boring.[8] She said, "I don't care much for the other judges ... Ronan thinks he knows it all [and] Natalie is just too nice and really dishonest. Guy could just be boring, like 'get on with it. Keep it moving, brother.'"[8] During a radio interview with The Kyle and Jackie O Show on 29 August 2011, Bassingthwaighte responded to Mel B's comments saying, "I think it's in fun – I hope so otherwise she deserves a slap."[67] Mel B appeared on the same radio show the following day and said, "They're all scared of me and I love it, there's got to be one bitch on the show so I might as well take that bloody crown."[68]

More controversy occurred after Sebastian took aim at contestant Mitchell Callaway's attitude to the competition following his performance of "Run to Paradise" on the third live performance show.[9] Sebastian told Callaway: "You've got to have the right attitude to this competition, you've got to be focused and to be honest, not be rude to people and have the work ethic. For you to not learn your lyrics and for you to at times be rude to crew, you really have to pull that in and rein that in because you won't last long in this competition or this industry if you do that."[9] The following morning, Callaway's mentor Bassingthwaighte spoke to radio station 2Day FM about the issue:

"It makes me feel sick actually, I feel sick in the stomach ... I feel Mitchell did the best performance that he's done so far, I think Guy made the mistake of commenting on stuff that didn't happen on camera. He said he's rude to crew and needs to check his behaviour ... When he [Mitchell] got off stage he said, 'I'm not coming back'."[9]

However, later that same day, Callaway tweeted, "I'm not gunna quit guys ... It's not the Aussie way. I'm not gunna let al u beautiful ppl dwn. Or Natalie after everythn she's done."[9] On the third live results show, Sebastian apologised to Callaway and said he "chose the wrong time and place to say it".[69] The Seven Network insiders revealed that a clash between Callaway and another contestant, Declan Sykes, was the real reason behind Sebastian's on-air rebuke.[10] Sykes, who battles Asperger syndrome, reportedly took offence at being pricked with a pin by Callaway.[10]

Contestants[edit]

Contestant Emmanuel Kelly appeared on the first episode of the season's audition show on 29 August 2011, and performed a rendition of John Lennon's "Imagine".[70] His performance earned a standing ovation from the judges and the audience.[70] Keating was full of praise for Kelly, who then moved into the next round of competition. Keating told Kelly: "I don't think I've ever been moved as I was by that performance."[70] Kelly and his brother Ahmed were adopted by Children First Foundation boss, Moira Kelly, who is also the guardian of the once-conjoined Bangladesh twins, Krishna and Trishna.[70] Kelly and his brother came from Iraq, where they were abandoned at an orphanage and both suffered limb deficiencies as a result of chemical warfare.[70] During the third day of bootcamp, Sebastian eliminated Kelly from the competition, disappointed that he had forgotten words to his song the day before.[71]

Another contestant, Luke O'Dell, appeared on the third audition show on 31 August. After failing to impress the judges with his rendition of Kelly Clarkson's "Since U Been Gone", O'Dell then sang an original song he wrote titled, "Introvert Extrovert", which made him an overnight internet sensation.[72] The song entered the iTunes' Top 100 chart overnight and landed O'Dell thousands of fans on social media and his official YouTube channel.[72][73] The song title also became a worldwide trending topic on Twitter for more than two hours, following his television performance of the song.[73] Overnight commentary on Twitter and Facebook quickly labelled O'Dell as the Australian version of Rebecca Black, who found fame with her song, "Friday".[72] However, O'Dell failed to move through to the next round of the competition.[72] Both Kelly and O'Dell returned to perform on the live grand final decider show.[1]

Ratings[edit]

The premiere episode on 29 August 2011 topped the night's overall ratings with 1,319,000 viewers,[74] compared to the 1,186,000 viewers who tuned in to watch the premiere episode of the second series.[75] All six of the audition episodes ranked first on their respective nights and peaked the highest the following night with an audience of 1,690,000 viewers.[74] The first live performance show on 19 September 2011, gained 1,452,000 viewers and topped the night's overall ratings.[76] The live grand final decider show on 22 November 2011, was the highest rated episode of the third series with 1,998,000 viewers.[11]

Episode Original airdate Timeslot Viewers
(millions)
Nightly
rank
Auditions 1 29 August 2011 Monday 7:30 pm–9:00 pm 1.319 1st[74]
Auditions 2 30 August 2011 Tuesday 7:30 pm–8:30 pm 1.690 1st[74]
Auditions 3 31 August 2011 Wednesday 7:30 pm–8:30 pm 1.526 1st[74]
Auditions 4 1 September 2011 Thursday 7:30 pm–8:30 pm 1.403 1st[74]
Auditions 5 5 September 2011 Monday 7:30 pm–8:30 pm 1.475 1st[77]
Auditions 6 6 September 2011 Tuesday 7:30 pm–8:30 pm 1.636 1st[77]
Bootcamp 1 7 September 2011 Wednesday 7:30 pm–8:30 pm 1.527 1st[77]
Bootcamp 2 8 September 2011 Thursday 7:30 pm–8:30 pm 1.403 1st[77]
Bootcamp 3 12 September 2011 Monday 7:30 pm–8:30 pm 1.398 1st[78]
Home visits 1 13 September 2011 Tuesday 7:30 pm–8:30 pm 1.404 2nd[78]
Home visits 2 14 September 2011 Wednesday 7:30 pm–8:30 pm 1.457 1st[78]
Home visits 3 15 September 2011 Thursday 7:30 pm–8:30 pm 1.284 1st[78]
Live show 1 19 September 2011 Monday 7:30 pm–9:30 pm 1.452 1st[76]
Live decider 1 20 September 2011 Tuesday 7:30 pm–8:30 pm 1.429 5th[76]
Live show 2 27 September 2011 Tuesday 7:30 pm–9:30 pm 1.410 1st[79]
Live decider 2 28 September 2011 Wednesday 7:30 pm–8:30 pm 1.221 2nd[79]
Live show 3 3 October 2011 Monday 7:30 pm–9:00 pm 1.255 1st[80]
Live decider 3 4 October 2011 Tuesday 7:30 pm–8:30 pm 1.399 2nd[80]
Live show 4 10 October 2011 Monday 7:30 pm–9:00 pm 1.310 3rd[81]
Live decider 4 11 October 2011 Tuesday 7:30 pm–8:30 pm 1.486 2nd[81]
Live show 5 17 October 2011 Monday 7:30 pm–9:00 pm 1.371 2nd[82]
Live decider 5 18 October 2011 Tuesday 7:30 pm–8:30 pm 1.418 2nd[83]
Live show 6 24 October 2011 Monday 7:30 pm–9:00 pm 1.352 3rd[84]
Live decider 6 25 October 2011 Tuesday 7:30 pm–8:30 pm 1.387 2nd[85]
Live show 7 31 October 2011 Monday 7:30 pm–8:30 pm 1.205 3rd[86]
Live decider 7 1 November 2011 Tuesday 7:30 pm–8:30 pm 1.517 3rd[87]
Live show 8 7 November 2011 Monday 7:30 pm–8:30 pm 1.326 3rd[88]
Live decider 8 8 November 2011 Tuesday 7:30 pm–8:30 pm 1.574 1st[89]
Live show 9 14 November 2011 Monday 7:30 pm–9:00 pm 1.408 1st[90]
Live decider 9 15 November 2011 Tuesday 7:30 pm–8:30 pm 1.498 1st[91]
Live Grand Final show 21 November 2011 Monday 7:30 pm–9:30 pm 1.458 2nd[92]
Live Grand Final decider 22 November 2011 Tuesday 7:30 pm–9:30 pm 1.998 1st[11]

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