X Factor viewers tuned in on Saturday night hoping to enjoy a Mama Mia! themed episode. But despite being billed as ‘Abba week’ – not one of the acts performed an Abba song during the main body of the show – much to the confusion and annoyance of many watching at home.
Thought it was meant to he ABBA week yet no ones sang an ABBA song 🤷🏽♀️ am I missing something #XFactor
— 💕 (@saz_10123) November 24, 2018
Ok so I was conned, this is not Abba week. WTAF is this 😨😨😨 #XFactor
— Christine (@MDNAistheQueen) November 24, 2018
Didn’t know ABBA sang Run by Snow Patrol #XFactor
— FP Jones spills tea sis (@FPandAlice) November 24, 2018
But it turned out that the X Factor contestants were all to perform a Abba medley towards the end of the episode, with the help of none other than original Abba member Bjorn Ulvaeus. The 73-year-old Swede guided each act toward a lengthy medley, that included Abba classics Money, Money, Money, Dancing Queen and I Have a Dream.
Despite the contestants best efforts to pay tribute to Abba, many viewers were left rather cold by the performance. One viewer criticised the show for cramming Abba’s multitude of hits into a ’10-minute medley,’ while another said X Factor had ‘killed’ the widely loved band.
Can't believe that for Mamma Mia! week we got an hour's worth of not-Abba and now they're cramming all the Abba into a 10-minute medley? This show deserves its shitty ratings. #xfactor
— Steven Perkins (@stevenperkins) November 24, 2018
What’s has just happened #XFactor! You have basically killed ABBA for the nation 👏👏. Anthony needs to go back to Liverpool and be the people’s 🛎end.
— Daniel (@danshep1981) November 24, 2018
But no act got quite as much stick as Robbie Williams one last remaining Group – Acacia and Aaliyah. Their part rap version of Money, Money, Money seemed to go down like a ton of bricks with many. Taking a firm traditionalist stance on the Abba classic, many argued that rap and the 1976 Europop song singly don’t go together.
SORRY BUT NO, YOU CAN’T RAP ABBA. I’M DRAWING THE LINE #XFactor
— phoebe ruth (@_phoebejones_) November 24, 2018
Those two girls on X Factor who are trying to be Nicki Minaj and Cardi B are embarrassing. How dare you ruin a classic ABBA song! You bounce around the stage and audience to cover up the fact you cannot sing and you cannot rap like Nicki Minaj or Cardi B! #xfactor
— Rhys Thompson (@RhysThompson5) November 24, 2018
And perhaps most tellingly, was Bjorn Ulvaeus’ remarkably restrained feedback. He said that most Abba covers hadn’t ‘been brilliant’ but that it was still ‘great’ to see how the X Factor hopefuls interpreted his band’s classic hits and that he ‘liked all of their personalities.’
His far from gushing response didn’t go unnoticed, with one viewer saying that Ulvaeus was ‘really dying inside’ and several others joking that he was the master of diplomacy.
Abba bloke has been told to say ‘oh yes that was great’ to everybody but really he’s dying inside 🙂🙂 #xfactor
— Bogs_Of_Justice (@BogsOfJustice) November 24, 2018
Bjorn was desperate to tell them all how shit he thought that was #XFactor
— Matt (@MatthewArnott) November 24, 2018
Bjorn trying to diplomatic there in other words, they’re absolutely shit and murdering some of the greatest ABBA songs ever! 😂 #XFactor
— Rhian (@RedDwarfGirl) November 24, 2018
Bjorn even struggling to find the nice words for the contestants singing his songs, he thought they were crap😂 #Xfactor
— Ash ✌🏻 (@MissAsh_7) November 24, 2018
— Chan Dutton (@vamplacey) November 24, 2018
#XFactor Bjorn is trying to smile, but inside you can tell he's thinking "I'm going to sue"
— Ken Barlow (@I_am_KenBarlow) November 24, 2018
Poor Bjorn, one of the greatest musicians of all time having to sit through his songs being mostly butchered by wannabes #XFactor
— Jake (@JakeThomasLong) November 24, 2018
Who went home on Saturday night’s X Factor?
But let’s not forget, this is a singing competition after all. So who went home on Saturday night? It was time to say goodbye to Ayda Field’s one remaining Overs contestant – Danny Tetley. The Yorkshireman graciously thanked the viewers and Field promised to still visit him in his hometown. And he even got a condolence hug from Simon Cowell.
It was also the end of the road for Brendan Murray, one of the three remaining Boys acts for Louis Tomlinson. The Irishman also gave a heartfelt farewell, and Tomlinson congratulated him for his time on the show.
X Factor continues on Sunday on ITV at 8pm.