‘The X Factor UK’ Swings Into Big Band Week

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This is a change of pace. It’s been a few years since The X Factor UK has done a Big Band Week. Rather than having the contestants sing songs from musicals or hits from the 70’s, they are reaching back to the 1940’s. You know, the stuff your grandpa always said was better than rock and roll or hip hop. It is great music and for the most part the singers killed it. 

Scarlett Lee

Scarlett is one of the top contenders for the crown this year and she annihilated Can’t Take My Eyes Off You. It’s the perfect song for her. I don’t get why the British audience didn’t connect with this performance much. They are fickle.

Brendan Murray

Brendan is the little engine that could. He gets better every week and he really shined in this performance. He sang Say Something and delivered one of the best performance of the night. Could he be the dark horse?

Shan Ako

This wasn’t Shan’s best performance, but it was pretty good at any rate. Shan sang Summertime. I think maybe the nerves were getting to her because she was a little pitchy. Still, she deserves another week. I imagine at this point all of their voices are exhausted.

Anthony Russell

The comeback kid…er…comes back. He sings Bobby Darin’s Beyond the Sea, which he sang at age 17 when he first auditioned for The X Factor UK. The thing about Anthony is that he’s not the best singer in the competition BUT he’s got a great story. He’s also got chutzpah and that counts for a lot in the music industry.

Acacia and Aaliyah

They have been hanging on by the skin of their teeth the last few weeks but I think the choice to do an original, Act Our Age, was a big mistake. It was in no way big band. The performance was fine but the singing was off. It’s tough to coordinate those two things. I think this may be the end of the road for them.

Bella Penfold

Bella is great but I think, again, her downfall is song choice. She did Strong by London Grammar and it just didn’t work very well. It’s not that she can’t sing, she can, it’s just that you MUST pick the right song. I think she’s in trouble.

Dalton Harris

I’m going to go ahead and say I think Dalton has the best chance of winning the whole shebang. Once again he delivers like the pizzaman. He sings Listen by Beyonce, which you’d think wouldn’t work as a big band song…but it does.

Danny Tetley

Danny had the misfortune this week of going after Dalton. Danny is amazing…but that’s a tough act to follow. He sings My Way, which was tailor made for him. Let’s face it, Danny is a lounge singer and I mean that as a compliment.


Bella Penfold is the first to go as she had the lowest number of votes. I have to say I’m not surprised. Danny, Dalton, Anthony, and Brendan are all safe. Again, no surprise. The dudes really killed it this week. Scarlett is also safe, even though for some reason she got low votes. That leaves Acacia and Aaliyah and Shan to fight it out. A&A miraculously pull another save and Shan was sent home…which I think is BS. But, such is life.


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