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[NEWS] Facebook reveals UK’s most talked about topics of 2010 by wearesme

In this modern-day and age, Facebook is used as the first point of call for the majority of people when venting their feelings and thoughts. Whether its mass updates expressing content or frustration at the latest X Factor elimination (and or fix) or in some infuriating cases, every minor detail of someone’s life including how many peas they had for dinner; Facebook is the place to get yourself heard.

Today Facebook revealed the most talked about topics in the UK in 2010. This was found through their Memeology study which looked at what terms grew the most in status updates in 2010 compared to the previous year.

There are 26 million Facebook registered accounts in the UK so the findings provide quite a comprehensive insight into the sporting, TV and cultural moments that prompted national conversations. Check out the findings below:

Facebook’s top status trends of 2010

Fifa World Cup 2010

The event that captured the imagination of the nation was the World Cup, which was discussed more than three million times. Subjects that divided opinion did well, with the vuvuzela rising rapidly up Facebook’s list of popular status update phrases in 2010.

Sport

Sport was a key interest – the leading sportsperson was Wayne Rooney, whose prolonged contract negotiation led to enormous levels of discussion on Facebook. Rooney was trailed by his England colleagues Joe Cole, Emile Heskey, John Terry and Rob Green, whose World Cup calamity led him to Facebook infamy as it was discussed by thousands of people.

The X Factor

In the worlds of music and entertainment ‘X Factor’ was king. While not making it to the final, the Brazilian Wagner led other contestants, with a number of supportive groups and pages driving discussion of Wagner past that of prime minister David Cameron, despite 2010 being an election year. The next most discussed ‘X Factor’ contestants were Cher Lloyd, One Direction and Matt Cardle.

Music

Facebook has always been a place where people share the music they love with friends, and 2010 was no exception. If a Facebook music chart were to exist without ‘X Factor’, it would undoubtably be topped by Tinie Tempah, with The Wanted and Ellie Goulding some distance behind.

Television

Increasingly, Facebook has become a mirror that reflects the opinions of millions on popular subjects. While TV may be the way that people unwind in the evening, it is quickly becoming a more social experience. The dominance of some TV shows in 2010’s Facebook words prove how the UK is becoming a two screen nation, where people watch TV but use their laptop or smartphone at the same time to share their views about the shows with their friends on Facebook.

The TV shows ‘Celebrity Juice’ and ‘The Only Way Is Essex’ captured the imaginations of people on Facebook, while the participants in the final series of ‘Big Brother’, including John James and Josie Gibson, driving a substantial amount of discussion – no other contestants came close.

Politics and Poppies

People on Facebook didn’t just discuss music, TV and sports however – the year’s discussion was heavily influenced by more serious subjects, particularly politics and the general election.

Despite Nick Clegg’s rapid surge in Facebook support prior to the election, it was David Cameron who attracted the most attention from people on Facebook. The Conservative party led the Liberal Democrats by a slim margin, despite the Lib Dems attracting more people to their fan page during the election period.

Facebook was also used by many people to express support for British troops fighting overseas, with a surge in conversations encouraging people to purchase a poppy in the run up to Remembrance Sunday.

Weather

It is a common adage that British people talk of little else other than the weather – but despite one of the coldest winters on record, generally weather didn’t appear in Facebook discussion.

The only weather phenomenon which inspired discussion was April’s Ash Could which rapidly became one of the most discussed subjects across the platform as friends used Facebook to keep in touch as Europe’s transport network shut down. (Via BrandRepublc)

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[MUSIC + VIDEO] One Direction – Young Forever (Winners Single) & Harry whispering to Matt clip by wearesme

Had the boys got through to the final 2 we would have seen them perform their version of the Alphaville song ‘Young Forever’, which was most recently covered by Jay-Z and Mr Hudson.

So this is for all the One Direction fans who were upset that the boys didn’t win and thought they would never hear the song. Listen, download and enjoy!

DOWNLOAD LINK

And while were on the topic of One Direction…some of you may have noticed cheeky chap Harry whispering something in Matt’s ear when all of the contestants took to the stage to celebrate after his win.
Yes you saw right, he did say “Pussy”! “Just think about how much pussy you’re gonna get” to be precise! LAD!

Check out the footage below:

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SME RELOAD: Matt Cardle wins X Factor 2010



[NEWS + VIDEO] Matt Cardle crowned winner of UK X Factor 2010 after receiving top votes every week! by wearesme

Matt Cardle emerged victorious this evening, piping Rebecca Ferguson and One Direction to the X Factor crown. It was also just revealed that Matt received the most votes EVERY WEEK in the lead up to the final! Incredible! Rebecca was a consistent second in weeks 5, 6, 8 and 9 and of course the final.

One Direction fell at the first hurdle after a brilliant performance of ‘Torn’ leaving Matt and Rebecca who performed to sing their respective ‘winners song’ and fight for those final votes. As SME revealed a few days ago, Matt performed the Biffy Clyro track ‘Many Of Horrors’ whilst Rebecca performed Duffy’s ‘Distant Dreamer’.

Although SME feel Rebecca’s final performance was better and more suited to the artist (and her stunning voice), Matt’s emotional performance and likeability clearly got him the votes. You can see both performances below:

Matt Cardle – Many Of Horrors (When We Collide)

Rebecca Ferguson – Distant Dreamer

As winner Matt’s version will be released as a single and become hot favourite to bag Christmas number one.

Let’s hope his career doesn’t follow the route of last years winner; Joe McElderry! And we wish Rebecca and One Direction the best of luck who will no doubt both go on to be credible and successful artists much like runners-up JLS and Olly Murs.

And before we leave you, a quick shout out to SME favourite Aiden. It was revealed that Louie and Simon had both predicted Aiden would win this year when asked at boot camp stage!

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[NEWS] X Factor Final songs revealed by wearesme


For the first time in the shows history, each finalist has recorded their own song instead of singing their own version of the same song.

It’s definitely a good idea, for both the artists and the competition. No longer can people argue that the song was chosen with one artist in mind and likewise the artists themselves will be happier.

Just moments ago the songs were revealed, and it wouldn’t be The X Factor without a bit of controversy. The 2 controversial choices are One Direction singing a Jay-Z and Mr Hudson’s song, while Matt Cardle tackles a Biffy Clyro track.

Check out the artist song choices and the original versions below:

One Direction – Forever Young (Jay-Z & Mr Hudson)

Matt Cardle – Many Of Horror (Biffy Clyro)

Cher Lloyd – Impossible (Shontelle)

Rebecca Ferguson –  Distant Dreamer (Duffy)

We think Rebecca’s song is going to be stunning and probably the best of the bunch. What are your thoughts? And who will you be voting for?

The X Factor Final will be aired tomorrow (Saturday) at 7pm on ITV1.

SME x

SME RELOAD: [VIDEO] Cheryl Cole ‘dad dance’ on stage with Cher Lloyd



X FACTOR 04/12/10 Semi Final – BEST OF THE BUNCH by wearesme

It’s crunch time on the X Factor, with the semi final performances now done and dusted. Last night the contestants had to sing a club classic and a ballad to get them into next weeks final.

This week we were very impressed with One Direction and the ever consistent scouser Rebecca.

One Direction – Chasing Cars

The boys had a tough week losing their mentor Simon to flu (poor sod) and they were also one member down in rehearsals with Zain making his way home due to the passing of a relative (genuine sympathy).
And yet they still stepped up and gave 2 good performances; our favourite of which was their version of the Snow Patrol classic ‘Chasing Cars’.

‘Chasing Cars’ is the second single from Snow Patrol’s fourth album, Eyes Open. It was recorded in 2005 and released on June 6, 2006 in the US and 24 July 2006 in the UK. It became notable as one of the songs that revealed the impact of legal downloads on single sales in the UK. The song is Snow Patrol’s biggest-selling single to date

It’s like they’ve been doing it for years! When you remember that the group were strung together during the audition process, their achievement in getting this far seems all the more impressive.
They definitely deserve a place in the final; if anything to show the world that hard work pays off because they took their lifeline and have done their utmost to prove it was deserved.

Rebecca Ferguson – Amazing Grace

Rebecca sung the beautiful hymn ‘Amazing Grace’ in her second performance of the evening.

“Amazing Grace” is a Christian hymn written by English poet and clergyman John Newton (1725–1807), published in 1779. With a message that forgiveness and redemption are possible regardless of the sins people commit and that the soul can be delivered from despair through the mercy of God, “Amazing Grace” is one of the most recognizable songs in the English-speaking world.

Rebecca said she has wanted to sing this song for a long time and it was a very clever song choice here. Not only does it suits her voice perfectly but it’s very relevant with (what is meant to be) a very religious time of year just around the corner.

Please note; we have not mentioned the C word for obvious reasons. She should be arrested by the music police for murdering 2 more great ‘rap’ songs. That will be all on the matter.

Results on ITV1 @ 8pm tonight.

SME x



David Haye TKO’s Fraudley Harrison in Round 3 by wearesme

First off, we’d like to empathise with those of you who forked out £15 of your hard earned and/or sacrificed a night out on the tiles to watch this fight.

Everyone knows that Audley Harrison is a walking talking joke, but even the most experienced pundits out there held the opinion that he might put up some sort of a fight; after all he is a gold medalist.

But that wasn’t the case and after an extremely uneventful first 2 rounds and having thrown next to no punches, Audley Harrison was knocked out and left 1 million pounds richer. Its a funny old world!

If you missed it, click here to check out the footage from round 3



X Factor 13/11/10 – Best Of The Bunch by wearesme

And so Live Show number 6 came to an end last night with all the acts singing Elton John numbers; rather ironicly considering Elton slated the show only weeks ago.

Rebecca Ferguson – Candle In The Wind

Top of the class this week will come as no real surprise to anyone, she’s every teachers pet; Rebecca Ferguson. Once again making a classic song sound current with her beautiful and distinctive voice.

Predominantly associated with Princess Diana, Candle In The Wind was originally written in 1973, in honor of Marilyn Monroe, who had died 11 years earlier.
But in 1997 Elton John performed a remake of the song as a tribute to Diana, Princess of Wales. This version of the song was released as a single and reached No. 1 in several countries world-wide.

One Direction – Something About The Way You Look Tonight

Stripped back with no stage performance, the boys were able to show off their vocals and harmonies on this song. Performed like a true boy band!

‘Something About The Way You Look Tonight’ was released as the first single from the album ‘The Big Picture’. Funnily enough, considering our favourite performance of the night, the single was released as a double A-side single with the 1997 version of ‘Candle in the Wind’, performed tonight by Rebecca.

Results at 8pm tonight (Sunday 14th) on ITV1.

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