X FACTOR UK – LIVE SHOWS – BLOG/REVIEW – 6 October 2012
X FACTOR UK – LIVE SHOWS – BLOG/REVIEW – 6 October 2012
X Factor 2012 is back! The live shows are my favourite section in the series because it is LIVE no hiding behind favouritism of the judges, we get to hear they vocals properly and see whether their personalities can charm the audience and the nation.
Dermot O’Leary is back as our host for 2012, he comes on to ‘Gangham Style‘ and attempts some dance moves – yeah it kinda failed.
The judges are then brought on – the girls have gone for Gothic glamour – Nicole is in black and Tulisa in a deep purple number – thank god that Tulisa is back to her brunette hair it just suits her skin tone so much better!
The wildcards are brought back on stage first…poor Amy Mottram, was have they dressed the girl in? She is a larger lady but that does not do her any favours, it makes the bottom of her stomach look so much larger.
They weren’t on the stage long, not too much hype even, Gary’s ‘Over’ Christopher Maloney wins the public vote…the others are rushed off quicker than you can say ‘potato’ and Chris defaults to shaking like a little leak!
Then the final 12 are all brought out together in a line on the stage - immediately I’m looking at Rylan’s leather trousers thinking ‘no that is not a good look.’
Oh and a slight change this year – no need to wait for the acts to perform – ITV want your money and they want it fast! The lines are open and you can spend your money on any of the acts now!
GMD3 are performing first, their little VT is all about them changing their band-mate from something that sounds less like an STD you might catch in the back-room of the pub. They opt for District 3…perhaps an ode to The Hungers Games.
For their performance they sing ‘Simply the Best’ by Tina Turner…the loose theme for tonight is ‘Heroes’ i.e. an excuse to get some Olympic athletes in the audience. I will be honest it was shaky, their vocals were too quiet for 90% of the song, there were a few nice harmonies but if Union J do better then goodbye. Gary said they ‘won’t be going home this weekend’, Nicole and Tulisa wanted them to ‘loosen up’ and Louis said ‘they did the arrangement themselves’ and they were ‘simply the best’!
Popledge points – 4/10
AND THEN ONE DIRECTION COME ONTO THE STAGE! Big final push for their single ‘Live While We’re Young’ which is currently behind Rihanna and now Adele on the Top 40 countdown – they are supporting James Arthur to win..big endorsement for him from the boys. Liam Payne looking differently with his shaved head, Harry his usual charming self and Niall Horan showing a little nervousness when speaking – bless.
James’ VT shows him moving into his hotel room with Rylan Clark – poor thing! He talks about about getting happier every day from appearing on the show and takes a little light ribbing from Nicole about his appearance in the papers with a ‘Take Me Out’ contestant.
He sings Kelly Clarkson’s ‘Stronger’ but a slowed down version with a break in the middle for him to do a little rap. You know it was ok but nothing amazing, he looked nervous.
Louis says ‘you are going to go far in the competition,’ Tulisa ‘you’d be my first choice if I could choose a boy’. Gary sets the cat amongst the pigeons and advises him to ‘stand strong’ against being changed as an artist and comments that the song could have been ‘harder’. I do agree with Gary although I was slightly annoyed that he described ‘A Million Love Songs’ as ‘his’ song when really it is Take That’s song now! Nicole sticks up for her boy as does James Arthur himself telling Gary that he chose the arrangement for the song.
Didn’t blow me away – 5/10
Melanie talks about her family in her VT and we see her meeting the kids at the hotel which was cute, we then see Gary telling her that any time she needs to escape to see them then she can.
She sings the Beatles and then later Joe Cocker’s ‘With a Little Help from My Friends.’ I hate what they have dressed her in – it was a little hippy like for me and too many clothes on her, it looks like layers and layers of fabric. It started off a little slowly for me but when she brought out the big notes it really was something to behold, I cannot see it being everyone’s taste though.
Gary thanked Melanie for bringing back the ‘dignity’ to the Overs category whilst Tulisa and Louis twittered on about Woodstock and ‘bringing it back to the old school.’ When Dermot asked Louis about his Woodstock experiences Walsh admits that it was on a ‘VHS’ rather than the real deal – lol! Oh and Nicole criticised the song choice?! Gary shot her down with a ‘don’t even go there’ comment!
Good voice but not the X Factor – 6/10
Again I will make my point about ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ – I do feel that she is more suited to that type of show. Time will tell I guess though, I think she’ll get a career out of this but I don’t think she will win.
Lucy will be performing her own song called ‘Mountains’ which also presumably fits into the ‘Heroes’ category. I do like her song-writing style, it is very autobiographical and sentimental. They tell a story about how Lucy sees the world and herself and I really like that about her. It is something new to the X Factor which I think it needs. I like her make up and styling as well – nothing too different for her. It’s all very KT Tunstall. I am guessing that they added the strings section on the backing track – I’m not sure I liked it..perhaps simple would have been better.
All of the judges really liked the performance, Louis was worried it was a gamble but to me in week one it isn’t..perhaps when we get further down the line it will be.
Doing it her way – 6.5/10
This group are the bookies favourite to go out first, so it is an uphill battle this week for the duo. Their VT sees them in their hotel and also talking about ‘giving it 100%’ ‘being champions’ – all that usual stuff.
I actually like them as a group, they remind me of The Tings Tings or Tinchy and Amelle – again I do not think their urban style suits the X Factor, more people watch the show for entertainment than will eventually buy a chart single. Therefore they are too niche to win the show. They sing Chimpunk’s ‘Champion’ mixed with Hot Chocolates’ ‘Everyone’s a Winner.’
Tulisa said their vocals weren’t very strong, actually I think they sounded pretty good! Charlie was perhaps nervous on the first show, Nicole said they were ‘fresh and current.’ Louis said they were the only act who looked like they were enjoying themselves and then everyone had a good old giggle at Louis asking how much of that performance he actually came up with. MK1 stood up for the mentor and said it was 50/50, then Louis said they could be the new N-Dubz to which Tulisa replied…
NO THEY CAN’T BE BECAUSE…N-DUBZ ARE GETTING BACK TOGETHER
Say what!? Good news they are better as a three!!
Any way back to MK1 – I agree with Nicole – from a chart perspective they were the most bankable so far.
Ting Ting-ing it to 7/10
I have a bit of a soft spot for Chris, he obviously has an amazing voice and you wonder if he had been born into different circumstances he would have pursued a musical career at a younger age.
Yes it was a little clichéd choosing Mariah’s ‘Hero’ but it worked for him, I can imagine the Grannies picking up the phone after the final note in their thousands. It was a competent and assured performance, he even smiled at the end!
Gary mentioned that he couldn’t chose a song for the wild-card this week as Tulisa and Nicole said it was a little cheesy. Louis made some comment about his fake tan and cruise ships…whatever Louis!
Line of the night goes to Nicole - ‘might want some burger with that cheese’ !!
Dated but quite appealing – 5/10
New member George is I think one of the cutest things I have seen in my life! He is the best thing about this band…there were several flat moments during their performance of ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’ by Queen. Also like District 3 they need MORE VOLUME – at points they were getting drowned out by the backing track and even the backing track vocals. I’m not sure if the staging worked for them either, the dancers were distracting at moments and I’m not sure whether being put on top of a box made them feel more nervous.
Tulisa wasn’t feeling the song choice and also agreed with me too much going on and you couldn’t hear the vocals. Louis said it was ‘fun’ and then Gary and Tulisa really dig into Louis’s song choice and dancing. Gary mentioned to Louis that since he worked with boy-bands times have changed, ha ha! Then they argue some more about playing it safe with Louis using that he was taking a risk as an excuse.
Bad song choice and weak vocals – 4/10
Jade’s VT was all about her daughter, it tugs at your heart-strings to see a little kid asking for a house with ‘carpet and a garden.’ I think for voting though you have to leave those stories out of your head.
The song choice is Enrique Iglesias’ ‘Hero’ I do not like it as a choice for Jade, I would liked something more modern for her. She seems very nervous in her vocals and the song ends without me feeling like she’s even started, it didn’t build, there was no drama in the performance. I didn’t really like it.
The judges liked it though Gary though it was great, Tulisa said ‘captivating’ but Nicole did say the song wasn’t in her key which I agree with!
Underwhelmed my expectations – 5.5/10
Lets hope that this doesn’t descend into a total mess…he is going for a full on dance routine by the looks of the VT. Then we see Rylan looking at his twitter feed and getting upset by the tweets sent to him.
Rylan is dressed in a gold sleeveless top with an Egyptian themed set complete with dancers and a fake throne. His song is Spandau Ballet’s ‘Gold’ which isn’t a bad choice, it allows for a dance break section on the chorus which is I guess where he wants his career to go.
To be fair to him his vocals were just as good as some of the boy-band members, few wobbles but it wasn’t terrible.
Louis loved the performance and Tulisa described him as an entertainer and commented that his vocals were ‘on point.’ Gary said he had fun on the show ‘until he started singing’ then he said all the other judges should be ashamed of themselves for letting him through and calling him an ‘embarrassment’. It was a little strong Gary. Nicole then pulls the ‘Do What You Like’ card out to embarrass Gary who retorts with ‘well I’m still here 22 years later.’ Ha ha!
Rylan also sticks up for himself commenting that the show is called the X Factor and not ‘The Voice’ he freely admits that he is not the strongest singer and says that he is improving.
On paper I would have hated it, but you know it was good! 6.5/10
OMG OMG OMG MARK OWEN IS ON MY TV SCREEN!
Gary Barlow takes the Overs to go and see lil Markie recording his new solo album. They get to sing with Mark on one of his new tracks and we get to see Mark’s cute little face – amazing.
His song is Michael Jackson’s ‘Man in the Middle’ I really liked the new arrangement of the song, the drum section were great. Overall it was a good performance, he needs to open his eyes more to connect with the audience and a couple of notes wobbled but overall good.
Nicole tells him to ‘take in this moment’ Louis said it was incredible and he will get a record deal with his talent. Tulisa loved his vocals and Gary commented that next week he would get Rylan’s budget for his staging.
Enjoyable and a cutie – 7/10
My current favourite – I think her vintage flare is really current at the moment and we don’t have that type of pop star in the UK – i.e. there is a place for her in the market. She sings ‘Rule the World’ by Take That, her vocals are so big without her even trying, it looks effortless, I would say two notes fell a little short out of the whole song. Pretty amazing.
Gary comments ‘I hate it when people sing my songs ten times better than me!’ Nicole just gives her a standing ovation and calls her ‘stunning.’ Louis -’faultless’ and ‘definitely better than the original!’ Tulisa comments on her age and her nerves and how amazing she is despite both of those factors.
Ella calls it ‘the best moment of her life.’
Classy and effortless – 8/10
Her VT is all about her nerves and being ‘stuck in her way’ at 32…Gary tells her to cut loose and have a little fun.
She is singing ‘Starships’ by Nicki Minaj which was a bizarre song choice but actually it kinda worked…the choruses were very underwhelming though but the verses I really liked her voice and tone sounded lovely in those moments.
Tulisa questions how the song fits into the theme of ‘Heroes’ and I agree, Louis hopes she gets a recording contract and they all commented on how amazing she looked. Carolynne said the song was supposed to ‘make country cooler.’ Which is kinda weird because it’s a rap song! Any way it was pretty good..
Popledge points – 6/10
Nicole introduces his as ‘last but definitely not least.’ He is another contestant who I warm to just from their personality, he is so softly spoken but I do think he has an underlying confidence in his voice. In his VT we see him in Asda and then nervously giggling throughout his rehearsals.
He sings ‘Imagine’ by John Lennon – a good X Factor choice as 99% of the population will know this song. He does appear a little nervous, when he isn’t singing he isn’t sure what to do with himself and ends up looking at the ground a lot. I hated the choir and then beat on the backing track – it cheapened the song for me.
Again his performance lack a little drama or change of paces, it was all a little similar. But his voice is good, it just needs controlling. He tends to do vocal acrobatics on every note – I would like to hear one line just sung from him.
Oh and Gary agrees with me telling him not to ‘over sing’, Nicole comments that Jahmene performs the song differently every-time and tells him that he has ‘found his balls’. Jahmene just starts giggling away whilst Dermot ruffles his hair in an over-affectionate way!
Vocals need some work – 6.5/10
Phew that was a long show wasn’t it readers? Did you make it all the way through? Who was your favourite from the night?
Leona Lewis and Ne-Yo are tomorrows guest performers.