I don’t blame them for hoping for somewhere more exotic

Rick's talent makes Lionel Messi look average                                           Picture: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

RICK JACKSON: How I led Pompey to European glory

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Did you watch the triple bill of The X Factor last weekend? For research purposes (honestly, it was work-related) I did.

I have to admit to laughing out loud at Cheryl’s group’s reaction when they discovered where she was taking them to.

I’m referring to Sunday’s episode, which was the grand finale to the judges’ houses shows.

Whilst other hopefuls flew to the Caribbean and America, Cheryl’s lot went to Nice in ...France.

It was rather funny to see them pause for the disappointment to register and then put on their happy faces.

I found it a bit embarrassing to watch. Don’t get me wrong, France is lovely. But you can’t blame them for hoping for somewhere slightly more exotic.

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