The time has come for The X Factor UK live shows to begin and we are super psyched. The chaff has been separated from the wheat, as it were, and now we are left with the best of this year’s singers. But how did everyone do? Let’s examine, shall we?
These guys are among the favorites to win the whole shebang. This duo are both talented singers and performers and could go far. They sang an original song called Chewing Gum which was super catchy. Generally, the judges liked it with a couple of notes on the song itself. All in all a great way to kick off the lives.
Another favorite to win is Anthony Russell, the comeback kid. We all know his story, how he had to drop out last year for personal reasons. But he’s more than just a sad story. Anthony is a damn good singer and he sang Issues, which is the song he auditioned with last year. He killed it. The biggest note he got was that he should move around more.
Danny is one of the better overall singers in the competition this year. He sang Hero by Mariah Carey and Robbie said he was like Mariah with a beard, which I guess is a compliment. The judges really didn’t have anything to tell him other than he’s great. That must be nice to hear.
She sang Fake Love by BTS…again. She sang it at the Judge’s House round as well. Simon loved it, calling it the best performance of the night. The others weren’t as convinced. Neither was I, but Simon is the expert, I guess.
Janice has made news in the British tabloids mainly because she’s the oldest person in the competition. But it’s her pipes that impress the hell out of me. She sang Clarity by Zedd, and though she was definitely a little nervous, she still killed it.
Brendan is a great singer, no doubt. But there is a piece of the puzzle that’s missing. Simon said the performance was boring and he wouldn’t remember it in an hour. The others were a little more kind. I thought it was just meh.
Definitely her best performance all season. A lot of fans have said she’s only in the competition because of her personality, but I think that’s unfair. She’s good and just needs a little polish to make her really great.
This performance was all over the place. He started out rapping…which was not good. Then he sang and it was not consistent. The judge’s liked it for some reason, but I have to say I don’t get it.
Holy crap this guy can sing. He’s currently in Bat Out of Hell in the West End and I can see why. He reminds me of Meatloaf for sure. He sang Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting and it was just plain enjoyable.
The age of the boy band never ended in Britain and these guys prove it. Robbie said they were better than Take That and One Dimension at this point in their development. The audience disagrees but whatever.
For all the production that goes into these live shows, Shan decided to do something different and start off singing John Lennon’s Imagine a cappella. Brave, but it worked. The judges all went nuts for her and rightly so. It was one of the best performances of the night.
Olatunji seems like a really nice guy and he wrote a sweet song about his kids. But his performance honestly left me kind of cold. I just don’t see him going much further.
Scarlett is another favorite in the competition and it’s no surprise why. She’s got a killer voice. Scarlett sang Natural Woman by Aretha Franklin, which is no easy task. But she really pulled it off. Good for you, Scarlett.
I’m honestly surprised they’ve made it this far. Not because they aren’t talented but because choirs usually don’t do well on The X Factor UK. It’s more a genre for the Got Talents. Still, they did a good job and impressed the judges.
Acacia and Aaliyah
Their production value was great but the singing was just not there. It wasn’t bad but it could have been a hell of a lot better and that was what most of the judges thought so.
One does not just do David Bowie’s Life on Mars unless one can bring it. Dalton brought it and brought enough to share with everyone. Damn this dude can sing.
So, who made it through and who went home? The groups that were saved were:
Acacia & Aaliya
Olatunji Yearwood was eliminated as he got the least amount of votes. No surprise there. I was, however, surprised that Janice Robinson was in the bottom and had to battle Armstrong Martins. The right choice was made and Janice was allowed to progress.