WEEK 3 – LIVE SHOWS – X FACTOR UK – 20 OCTOBER 2012 – REVIEW AND BLOG
Another week means another theme on the X Factor UK, tonight we are being ‘treated’ to Club Classics. So grab your cocktails and your glow sticks and stick back and enjoy..
I am not a fan of Chris, to me he harks back to the days of Steve Brookstein. He is a cruise ship singer, nothing wrong with that but he doesn’t have that ‘X Factor’ that sets you apart from the rest. ‘Waiting for a Star to Fall’ is a good cheesy song choice for him but I’m over him.
I would brand this duo as the ‘dark horse’ of the competition, the weeks theme again suited them and allowed them to pick some songs that are nearer their ‘urban’ branding.
They sing a mash-up of Crystal Waters and Tinie Tempah’s Gypsy Woman and Pass Out. It allows them to show-case their singing and rapping. Again it isn’t as good to me as their week one performance but it will get them through this week.
I agree with Tulisa and Gary the ‘Pass Out’ section was weaker and a little karaoke. Nicole and Louis disagree and support MK1.
You have got to feel for Jahmene this week, having your whole life story sold and then told through the press must be a horrible thing to have to live through. He was struck by a few technical issues at the start of the song but kept going and got back on track. ’Say a Little Prayer’ was a nice choice of song, some of the notes did go flat but overall his voice reminds one of the strongest on the show and that last note was brilliant.
Bless him, it’s the first time he’s got emotional on that stage, I hope he’s ok. Louis calls him ‘amazing’, Tulisa ‘adorable’, Gary ‘you looked a little clumsy moving around the stage’ and Nicole ‘you have real talent and courage’. Poor Jahmene, can someone just give him a big hug!
Jade’s VT is all about her losing her voice and being put on vocal rest, I felt you could hear the illness through her performance. It wasn’t performed at ‘full pelt’ and I felt Louis Walsh was correct in saying that she didn’t give enough energy to the performance. Having said that if she is really poorly then I will forgive that. Gary and Tulisa backed up Jade but Nicole also said she ‘under-sang’ the song.
Poor James, last Saturday he had an anxiety attack which he basically describes as feeling like he was having a panic attack. I imagine that he just put so much emotion into the performance that it over-spilled after it had finished and just built up inside him. Glad to see he seems to understand it though.
James is singing LMFAO’s ‘Sexy and I Know It’ he’s slowed it down though and put some acoustic guitar into the track. Good choice for him after last week, a bit of fun for him. Gary Barlow absolutely loved it calling it ‘the performance of the series’ gotta say I don’t agree with him, yes it was a nice take on the song but I found myself zoning out at several points during the song.
Lets face it Union J are winning the ‘Battle of the Boy-bands 2012′ – basically because of George looking like Harry Styles in my opinion. I do think there is room for another ‘One Direction’ in the UK because 1D have become such a global band we have the space for a purely UK based band in the next year.
They are singing the Rowland/Guetta hit ‘When Love Takes Over’ – I’m afraid I don’t know all of their names yet but there are definitely a couple of stronger singers in the band, luckily for the band George (the main star IMO) can hold a tune although he isn’t he strongest in the band.
It was a nice sing-along to the song but I didn’t feel it had much energy or passion about it, like a ‘paint by numbers’ performance. I want more from my boy-bands!
Nicole and Gary agree with me both saying more harmonies and more energy needed.
I wouldn’t say it’s been a brilliant week for Rylan Clark the press coverage has largely been nagative. To cut a long story short he got his arse out in front of the hotel the X Factor contestants are staying in and was therefore politely asked to leave along with his night-time buddy Lucy Spraggen.
If there was a week meant for Rylan then this is it. He starts off singing ‘Dance the Night Away’ by J-Lo before moving into Rihanna’s ‘Don’t Stop the Music’. He is wearing a crop top style suit top…therefore you can see his stomach. The beard has also gone but in its place is a heck of a lot of eye make him. He then at least takes the michael out of himself by performing ‘Shake That Ass’ before switching back to J-Lo and ended up on the floor.
I mean what do you say, the vocals were not up to point but it was entertaining to watch. Tulisa and Nicole both supported him. Gary did not look impressed by the ‘bum’ antics or the fact that every week Rylan stays someone more talented goes. The audience seem to be on Rylan’s side though and he does come across ok when he’s not drunk. Would I buy his music – no. Do I want to see him on TV – yes.
Lucy’s VT is also about her night out with Rylan, she seems to regret upsetting people but it sounds like they both needed the night out and the release of some steam.
Perhaps a first for X Factor Lucy has put some of her own lyrics into Guetta’s hit ‘Titanium’ the verses are her own but the chorus is purely Guetta’s. The high notes are a bit tricky for her but I’m glad she is sticking to her kind of performance. Whether it is a ‘club classic’ though I would debate, it’s slowed down with a guitar like James’.
I think with Lucy her run will last as long as people still find her singing style interesting.
Tulisa, Gary and Nicole are all behind Lucy, Louis has a little jibe about the night out but I don’t think that will affect voters.
Kye didn’t have a fabulous week on the previous show, as Gary pointed out (rather harshly in my opinion) he had 32 flat notes in one minute of his performance. He has it though, he has the looks and the voice to be a success.
I love the staging for his performance and the fact that they have given him a Lady Gaga-esq piano to play. He is singing Swedish House Mafia’s ‘Save the World’ which I’d say is a good song choice for him. I thought when the backing vocals kicked in he lost a little of his tuning but overall I enjoyed it.
Again I would question whether that was a club classic? Where was the beat on the track?
On a side note, he looking RUDDY GORGEOUS tonight, the hair, the make up everything..HOT.
So this week the boys are forgetting about their vocals and are going for FUN FUN FUN.
Great song choice for the boys in the form of ‘Beggin’ it’s fun and also allows them to do some harmonies on the chorus’. They then go into ‘Turn Up the Music’ by Chris Brown and enter full boy-band mode. There was energy and back flips and some decent singing, I quite liked it! It was much more modern looking from them.
Tulisa loved it and said they oozed confidence. Gary also said they were a ‘revelation’ tonight enjoying themselves and being themselves. Nicole also joined in the praise and all agreed that this was their week.
This week Ella gets to take on some dance moves! She also got a tweet from Adele after last weeks performance – perhaps she is turning into a triple threat?
First off I don’t like the dress they have chosen for her – I don’t think it is very flattering. She is singing ‘You’ve Got the Love’ it isn’t my favourite performance from Ella. The dancing wasn’t really dancing, it was moving her arms about a bit. The singing however was very strong, I think I’m thinking of Florence Welsh in my head though, it didn’t quite compare.
Wow I never thought waving your arms around a bit would cause such controversy - Gary hated it and called it dated. I disagree she should be able to dance a little on ‘Club Classics’ week, everyone else on the panel was with me!