Fag breath, red wine and a shock elimination! It’s the X Factor UK Week 4.
X FACTOR REVIEW – WEEK 4 – PERFORMANCES AND RESULTS SHOW
It’s been a tricky couple of weeks for Kye, he really needed to bring it out of the bag this week. Luckily he had a great song to perform – Robbie’s ‘Let Me Entertain You’ – I felt the vocals were ok – he struggled with some of the choruses, I enjoyed the movement around the stage though and the going up in the audience. I don’t believe he will win though.
The boys get Beyonce’s ‘Sweet Dreams’ to sing for this Halloween week, it’s a good song choice and they get to show off individual singing styles as well as some harmonies. I love the fact that they got to pose on a car ala Westlife and Take That in the 90′s. Pretty strong performance – surprised they ended up in the bottom two!
Rylan’s vocals on the ‘Toxic’ section of the song were actually pretty strong to start off with. The ‘Horny’ section I could have done without – also when he says ‘lets have it X Factor’ I cringe every since time! Ha ha Nicole as well plugging her own music through Rylan with ‘Poison’ at the end – he is entertaining and he brings that to a Saturday night – it depends how seriously you want to take the competition as to your feelings on Rylan.
A very hard song to sing this – Evanescence’s ‘Bring Me to Life’ hard because the original is just so perfect and Amy Lee’s vocals are so strong on that track. I think Ella nearly got there, she didn’t have the drama in her voice that the original brings and also they lowered the pitch of the song by an octave for her. That last long note was great though and I also loved her glitter messy top bun! I do agree with Nicole that the range was limited.
Love him or loathe him Christopher Maloney is here to stay – he is obviously picking up the ‘every-man’ vote on the street. I was not happy to hear that he was singing a Cutting Crew song – such a classic and again like Ella’s his version of ‘Died in Your Arms Tonight’ did not live up to the original. Perfectly good vocals though but not an X Factor winner. Tulisa’s face when he finished though – she despises him!
Good old District 3 – we all like an underdog and last weeks show I think showed the public that they could be a current boy-band rather than Louis Walsh’s idea of what a boy-band should be. Plus we haven’t had a good three-piece boy-band since 911 – it is time. I’ll be honest – I didn’t really enjoy this performance, the ‘Every Breath You Take’ portion was good but the Ne-Yo ‘Beautiful Monster’ section I didn’t warm too – gotta agree with Gary a bit, the mash-ups are getting a bit boring – how about we just hear a whole song instead. I do like the fact that they are an ‘organic’ band though – formed from school days rather than looks, they just need to find their stride.
I normally hate ‘Killing Me Softly’ and avoid it when-ever possible, so it is a huge compliment to Jahmene when I say I enjoyed his performance of the song. Lovely vocals, no messing about, he just needs to gain some confidence in himself and he’ll go far.
Jade’s voice didn’t let her down this week but I do think her ability to capture an audience did. The movement around the stage was pretty weak and there was no ‘punchiness’ to her performance – the song (Freak Like Me) demands that from it’s lyrics. I dunno, it was ok but I wasn’t blown away by the rendition. Heidi Range sings it better and that isn’t a compliment to Jade. She looked hot though.
James picks up the best song of the night with ‘Sweet Dreams’ – his take on the song totally suits his personality of a little introverted but with an inner strength and confidence. He is definitely one of the contestants that seems to be gaining confidence on that stage every week. I’m not entirely sure what his music will be like post X-Factor but this performance will definitely be enough to keep him in.
This is my favourite group performance of the season so far – highlight definitely Jahmene and James’s vocals – the strength those two boys have. But kudos to them all including Rylan they all sounded good during the song and managing to sing a chorus with that many people isn’t an easy thing. Watch them taking on Usher’s ‘Without You’ below..
Now for a discussion on the results show, Jade Ellis and Union J ended up in the bottom two – big shocks all round there, especially on the Union J front as I always thought they would outlast District 3 on the show.
The sing off saw Jade taking on Dido’s ‘White Flag’ which was beautiful, so much stronger than her Sugababes song and she was just standing there singing. You could really get the sense of her voice on an album or the radio throughout the performance. Then we get Union J…well it started off well but quickly went downhill, their vocals went extremely flat for about 3/4 of the song. By the end I was screaming for them to stop murdering Pink’s song ‘Perfect.’
As the camera pans back to the judges you can see Nicole and Gary having a little whispering session..I am sure those two are planning who to get rid of. Based on their ‘sing off’ performances Jade should stay and Union J should go.
Tulisa and Louis vote for their own acts – Jade and Union J respectively.
Now it’s down to Gary and Nicole – both pick Union J to SAVE!! What a con – I think they were scared of the competition. We don’t need two boy-bands in the competition either – Union J should have gone…