But that didn't seem to matter to the throngs that turned out to greet one of the show's finalists Rebecca Ferguson in her hometown.
The pretty Liverpool lass got an ecstatic welcome when she rolled up to her house, accompanied by a police escort and her mentor Cheryl Cole.
Joining neighbours and friends in the freezing temperatures were her children, Lillie May, six, and Karl, four.
Meanwhile, pupils at her former school Gateacre Comprehensive went wild when she arrived to sign autographs.
The emotional homecoming culminated with a concert at the Liverpool Echo Arena, where Rebecca looked overwhelmed by all the attention.