X Factor viewers SPEECHLESS as final opens with Baby Shark performance

The X Factor final: Dalton Harris WINS show with cover of The Power Of Love featuring former champion James Arthur… after viewers SLAMMED show for opening with a kids performance of ‘Baby Shark’ (as ‘decided’ by Simon Cowell’s son Eric, four)

Standout star of The X Factor 2018, Dalton Harris, scooped the title of champion on Sunday night’s grand finale.

The Jamaican-born 24-year-old, who was mentored by new judge – and former X Factor contestant – Louis Tomlinson, performed his winner’s single, teaming up with another former winner James Arthur to cover Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s The Power Of Love.

Dalton beat runner-up Scarlett Lee to the crown, both knocking third place Anthony Russell out of the running.

But aside from the stomping success of the consistently-excellent Dalton, viewers of the show nearly turned off moments after it started airing on ITV, thanks to the ‘weird’ opening act. 

Viewers were left baffled as the show opened with a performance of South Korean children’s song Baby Shark, seemingly out of no-where.

The premise behind this was that Simon Cowell’s son, Eric, four, had ‘taken over’ from his dad and authorised the opening act, as set up by a VT at the start of the show.

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    Jumped the shark? X Factor viewers were left baffled as the season finale opened with a performance of South Korean children’s song Baby Shark, seemingly out of no-where, on Sunday

    But fans of the series – half of whom arguably might not have children – didn’t have a clue what they were seeing unfold on their TV screens as a group of people dressed as sharks took to Wembley Arena and chanted the lyrics ‘Baby shark, doo doo doo doo doo doo, Mommy shark, doo doo doo doo doo doo, Grandma shark, doo doo doo doo doo doo, Let’s go hunt, doo doo doo doo doo doo!’

    ‘This is Eric’s first release on SyKids Records,’ Simon joked, adding that it’s now available to download.

    But viewers weren’t amused. 


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    ‘What on earth am I watching?’ came one puzzled viewer, followed by another who typed: ‘Is this for f**king real? Wtf!’ 

    ‘Why the f**k is the x factor playing baby shark is this really what it’s come to now?’ another angry viewer demanded.

    ‘This is absolutely cringe and a bad idea for TV this shark s**te,’ another remarked, as someone else posted: ‘Am i on drugs or whats going on?’

    U okay, hun? The premise behind this was that Simon Cowell ‘s son, Eric, four, had ‘taken over’ from his dad and authorised the opening act, as set up by a VT at the start of the show

    Bizarre: Fans of the series – half of whom arguably might not have children – didn’t have a clue what they were seeing unfold on their TV screens as a group of people dressed as sharks took to Wembley Arena and chanted the lyrics ‘Baby shark, doo doo doo doo doo doo’

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      ‘BABY SHARK. I am dying at what this show has become?’ wrote another horrified tweeter.

      Another scathing tweet read: ‘Remember when #XFactor final brought together some of the best artist in the world now in 2018 they’re opening the show with Baby Shark. I can not.’

      Followed by, ‘Dancing sharks & s**t Scouse singer Anthony shouting about a riot,’ and, ‘Reason number 1,000,001 to love #LouisTomlinson: He refused to stand for Baby Shark!’

      Baby Shark first appeared in 2007, but has recently resurfaced as a viral craze, staring in Southeast Asia. 



      Stealing their thunder? The performance somewhat overshadowed the fact that ‘serious’ artists [L-R] Dalton Harris, Scarlett Lee and Anthony Russell were battling out for a record deal with Cowell’s label, SyCo

      K-pop bands then caught on, performing the routine at their own concerts and last summer the Baby Shark Challenge swept the net.

      It’s gaining on racking up two billion YouTube views and ended up in the UK Top 40, beating names such as Keala Settle and Cardi B.

      The performance somewhat overshadowed the fact that ‘serious’ artists, Dalton Harris, Scarlett Lee and Anthony Russell were battling out for a record deal with Cowell’s label, SyCo.

      As the dust settled on the shark situation, the competition was able to get to business, with each of the finalists taking to the stage to perform their would-be winners’ single, should they take home the crown.

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        Anthony was first, singing I Predict A Riot, originally made famous by Kaiser Chiefs.

        In a shock appearance, Ricky Wilson – Kaiser Chief front man – cropped up, dueting with the 28-year-old Liverpudlian.

        Scarlett was joined by former X Factor champion Leona Lewis, singing One More Sleep as her winner’s single, while Dalton teamed up with another former X Factor winner, James Arthur, with a cover of The Power Of Love, made famous by Frankie Goes To Hollywood. 

         

         

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