'X Factor': Viewers left unimpressed by guest judge Nile Rodgers
X Factor hasn’t had the best of years. The singing competition has had record low ratings, questionable new judge choices and been plagued by technical glitches.
And tonight many viewers were left less than thrilled with Robbie Williams stand-in judge – musical legend Nile Rodgers.
The 66-year-old producer and co-founder of Chic filled in for Williams for a second week in a row, who is in South America touring.
Robbie’s holiday entitlement on this show is something else. #xfactor
— Scott Reid (@scottreid1980) November 10, 2018
Nile Rodgers sitting in for Robbie Williams is like Daniel Day Lewis getting a role because Adam Woodyatt was busy. #xfactor
— MostDeaf (@SnoozeActive) November 10, 2018
While few would dare question Rodgers music acumen, many criticised him for taking too long to introduce the acts.
Nile rodgers needs to just say the name of the act and not explain for a half an hour. #xfactor #thexfactor #xfactor2018
— My View Point (@MyVPoint) November 10, 2018
Alright Nile, this ain't Piers Morgan's Life Stories. Just say their name. #XFactor #xfactor2018
— Adds10lbs (@adds10lbs) November 10, 2018
#XFactor Nile isn't a natural at this is he
— nicky webb (@WebbNicky) November 10, 2018
He also seemed to struggle remembering some of the acts names, including Misunderstood – who he was mentoring on behalf of Williams this week.
“These guys when I first saw them I thought they were totally professional. They write their own music, they’re great! Steph and Jeff…they call..
“Before I tell you who they are called…I’m going to introduce the song – it’s called Maniac…it’s going to be incredible…Misunderstood…,” he announced them as.
Poor Nile lmao he deadass don’t know these acts and struggles to introduce them #xfactor
— Uchis lou 🌹 (@ilaklouis) November 10, 2018
#XFactor is Nile drunk, can't even remember the names of the acts. Don't think he even knows where he is or what he is supposed to be doing 😁
— Jo (@JoJovilicious) November 10, 2018
Nile Rodgers may be a music legend but he can’t even complete a full sentence when he speaks 🤦🏽♀️ doing my head in 😂 #xfactor
— Danni ♡ (@MissDanniWills3) November 10, 2018
And viewers were equally surprised when Rodgers hit back at Cowell after he gave poor feedback to the usually highly praised duo Misunderstood.
Rodgers said he hadn’t wanted the pair to perform ‘Maniac’ and hinted that the show producers had ‘made him’ pick it.
“You’ve lost yourselves!…as a record producer watching this I would think these guys don’t have a clue who they are!” dished Cowell.
“Well I have a different opinion. Because I happen to know that you didn’t want to do it like this but because of circumstances you had to do it like this,” Rodgers retorted.
Quite revealing from Nile Rogers, looks like they were ordered to sing that song. #xfactor
— Teddy Misog (@TeddyMisog) November 10, 2018
Lmao Nile Rodgers is outing the producers #xfactor
— KIERON (@Kieron_Stephen) November 10, 2018
Ooh Nile Rodgers bringing out the shade saying that they were forced to do that song that way! Go on lad. Nice to see someone of his prestige having the backs of artists like that. Bet Simon won’t dare tell him off either. #XFactor
— The Rock Fairy 🤘🏻🧚🏻♀️ (@TheRockFairyHQ) November 10, 2018
He even rather awkwardly plugged his new album, ‘It’s About Time,’ during the episode.
So Nile Rogers is only on to plug his album 🙈 #xfactor
— Sam J (@Sammy_J_88) November 10, 2018
Nile Rogers: you brought me to tears… just like my new album #xfactor
— Sam J (@Sammy_J_88) November 10, 2018
Viewers were also left frustrated by Rodgers overly nice critiquing. He praised act after act, despite in many cases the other judge’s brutal feedback, and even offered to produce boys contestant Brendan Murray album.
Nile Rodgers could get served a sneeze burger at Maccy Ds and not say anything negative about it #XFactor #xfactor2018
— Phil (@philbet5) November 10, 2018
nile doesn't know how to say anything bad #XFactor
— sticks_and_stones (@stones_n_sticks) November 10, 2018
However, he seemed to save up his vitriol for the last contestant, Shan, who up to now had been one of the judge’s favourites and tipped to win the series.
Shan was the only act he criticised that night, and he claimed she was off key and ‘not consistent.’
Sorry Nile whoever-you-are, why the hell are you criticising Shan on technical vocals, yet said NOTHING about Bella’s butchering of A Million Dreams??? Sack this cretin #xfactor
— Oli J 👁🌩🌅 (@nqtramblings) November 10, 2018
Nile gives a standing ovation to that karaoke singer who did eye of the tiger but not to Shan? Seriously lost respect for him. #XFactor
— Sapir Ofer (@SapirOfer) November 10, 2018
“Now I am going to get booed because I know you are unbelievable but that was not a consistent performance. The money notes you hit but the lower ones they weren’t consistent,” he said.
X Factor continues on Sunday at 8pm.
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