SHOOT : Bratavio – First act to be evicted from the 2016 season of X Factor – live performance
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Bratavio (formerly Bradley & Ottavio), is a duo consisting of Bradley Hunt (aged 23) and Ottavio Columbro (aged 24), both from Southampton. Ottavio Columbro previously auditioned for The X Factor in 2012, where he reached Bootcamp but failed to make it to Judges’ Houses. Bradley and Ottavio originally planned to audition as a duo, but briefly split up after an argument caused by Bradley allegedly giving raw chicken to Ottavio. Therefore, they auditioned separately as soloists but were rejected by the judges who advised them to rekindle their relationship; they later came back as a duo and sang Buttons by The Pussycat Dolls, which earned them 3 yeses, with Simon Cowell saying no.
Their progression through the competition was met with a negative response from social media as they were branded as a ‘novelty act’, especially when they were qualified by mentor Louis Walsh as part of his top 3 finalists, as many thought they were less talented than the other competitors.
In week 1 of live shows, Bratavio ended up in the bottom three of the public votes, after their performance of a mash-up of “Boom, Boom, Boom, Boom!!” by Vengaboys and “Barbie Girl” by Aqua, and had to perform in the sing-off against Saara Aalto. They performed “The Only Way Is Up” by Yazz, and were eliminated with only their mentor Louis Walsh voting to eliminate Aalto. After their exit, they complained about Walsh’s apparent lack of faith in them, as Walsh reportedly told them they would be in the sing-off minutes before the reveal of the results. Despite expressing hope on The Xtra Factor that they would meet again with Walsh, they later said that they won’t be keeping in touch with Walsh in the meantime and expressed their desire to enter the next series of Celebrity Big Brother