‘Walk the Line’ Recap: Nadiah Adu-Gyamfi Moves to the Show’s Finale
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During night four of Walk the Line, newcomer Nadiah Adu-Gyamfi stunned the judges and audience alike and rightfully took her place on the throne. Tonight, she returned to perform against four new acts for a chance to move on to the show’s final and win the £500,000 grand prize.
Nadiah could cash out tonight for £10,000 if she felt as though one of the newcomers performed better than she did. This amount reset after three-night champion, Ella Rothwell cashed out last night for £40,000. If Nadiah chose to Walk the Line, and she won the audience vote, she would move forward into the finale. If she didn’t win the vote, and she chose to walk, she would leave the show with nothing.
For her second night, Nadiah went up against Vincent Bugozi, Jamie Hannah, Chanel Haynes, and Luke Barr. Despite a diverse set of performances from upbeat dance tunes to operatic ABBA covers, the finals came down to Nadiah and Luke.
“It’s a Two Horse Race For Me Tonight, Luke and Nadiah”
Luke Burr, the 26-year-old who signed a record deal over six years ago, but was eventually dropped, sang the original song “Mine” while playing the piano. The judges had a lot of positive feedback for the newcomer, who was quickly named Nadiah’s biggest competition.
“I loved the song, loved your voice, playing live on the piano,” said judge Gary Barlow. “Definitely changed the game, Nadiah’s biggest contender tonight.”
After watching her competition, Nadiah took center stage with “Everybody’s Free” by Rozalla. This was a slightly more upbeat performance than her moving ballad during night one, but still allowed Nadiah to show off the purity of her voice. Wrapped in gold, she also popped off some high diva notes to prove she deserves to remain in the competition.
“You come out here and you smash that to bits, you’ve got that Whitney Houston thing about that when she goes up to a high note, you always knew she was going to come through, and you have that,” said judge Craig David before serenading Nadiah with a song of his own.
When it came time to cash out or Walk the Line, Nadiah’s mom encouraged her to walk, and all of the judges agreed. She, of course, decided to walk, saying “when my mom tells me I have to do something, I have to do it.” This was the best choice for Nadiah, and the audience agreed, sending her through to the finals.
“For so many years I’ve told myself ‘you can’t do this,’ and tonight I put those ghosts to bed,” she said. “I hope someone was inspired by that.”
Judge Alesha Dixon once again appeared via video tonight after coming in contact with someone who tested positive for Covid-19 two days ago. She joins Barlow, David, and comedian Dawn French in advising each night’s acts on whether they should “take the money and run,” or come back to perform again.
Be sure to tune in tomorrow at 8 p.m. GMT on iTV to see who will win Season 1 of Walk the Line and walk away with the £500,000 grand prize.