Fans of ITV singing contest X Factor have been very vocal with their thoughts on this year’s competition, with plenty of controversial moments in the current series leading to angry viewers taking to social media sites like Twitter to express their opinions during and after the live shows.
Reputation management software built by HitSearch has been capturing Twitter data relating to the X Factor judges over the course of this year’s series, and with the final approaching this weekend, the data compiled makes for some interesting reading.
Over two million tweets relating to the X Factor have been captured during the months of October, November and December whilst the show has been on air, and Tulisa Contostavlos has been the most talked about judge this series, with the 24-year-old taking a 37 per cent share of all tweets relating to the show’s judging panel.
But while Tulisa has attracted the biggest volume of tweets this year, almost half of these tweets have been less than complimentary towards the N-Dubz singer. Whilst X Factor has been on air, 49.7 per cent of all tweets posted about Tulisa have expressed negative opinions.
The honour of most popular judge amongst Twitter users this year goes to Gary Barlow. While the Take That icon attracted around 26 per cent of tweets, he has undoubtedly been the most liked judge this year; 60.2 per cent of tweets relating to Barlow were of a positive nature.
The other two judges, Louis Walsh and Nicole Scherzinger, took a reasonably average share of tweets this year. Nicole attracted 23 per cent of all judge-related tweets, and the former Pussycat Doll’s tweets were mostly positive, with a 54.9 percentage. Meanwhile, Louis’ share of tweets was the lowest at just 14 per cent, but of these tweets, 52.2 per cent were in praise of the Irishman.
Unsurprisingly, Sunday is the most popular day of the week for X Factor tweets, as this is the day that the live results show is broadcast. Just under 40 per cent of all tweets relating to X Factor judges were posted on Sundays, as the bottom two acts are announced and viewers react to the judges’ decisions on which of the acts to take into the next round.
With the X Factor final taking place this weekend, the fate of the final three acts is now out of the judges’ hands, as the winner of the series will be decided solely by the public vote.
However, there will always be something for Twitter users to talk about concerning the judges, whether it be the fashion choices of Nicole and Tulisa, or the sometimes controversial opinions that the judges express after the acts have performed.
So it is still wise to keep an eye on Twitter this weekend to see whether the general consensus of each judge stays true to the statistics that have been gathered over the course of the series.