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Sunday, 26 October 2014

Matt's X-Factor Chart: Movie Week

Lights, Camera, Action; this week the final twelve X-Factor contestants performed once again as they gave some interesting interpretations of classic movie hits.

1. Paul Akister - Try a Little Tenderness 

Paul tipped the scales for me this week as he played to his strengths by belting out this hit made famous in The Commitments. The fact he added a modern twist to the track helped enhance my enjoyment of the piece and signalled Paul out as one to watch.

2. Andrea Faustini - Listen
Whilst I'm still not Andrea's biggest fan, I can't deny that his performance of Beyonce's Dreamgirls hit was pitch perfect and was definitely one of the stand-out turns of the night.

3. Fleur East - Lady Marmalade 

For the second week in a row, Fleur impressed with a song that was right up her alley and gave another solid all-round performance.

4. Stereo Kicks - Let It Be/Hey Jude 
After some contrived controversy surrounding Louis Walsh's comments about them, the self-styled octo-band returned with a renewed passion. Their Beatles medley was definitely their most confident performance and showed that they can actually do something a bit different.

5. Jack Walton - Eye of the Tiger
Though the judges weren't fans of Jack's turn tonight I rather enjoyed his take on the Rocky hit and I find him to be one of the competition's most consistent performers.

6. Only the Young - Boom Clap

It's fair to say that Only the Young's performance of this track from The Fault in Our Stars was a little off-key. However the group came into their own during the first chorus and it was great to see them perform something a little more contemporary.

7. Lauren Platt - Let it Go
Thus far Lauren has been one of my favourites but her performance of the Frozen hit was just a little forgettable. I think the song was a bit too bland and Lauren deserves a lot better.

8. Ben Haenow - I Don't Wanna Miss a Thing and Jay James - Skyfall
I felt that Simon Cowell's two growly men were on a par with each other this week and therefore they share this spot. Both men did fine jobs with their respective power ballads but I feel that one needs to leave the competition in order for the other to shine.

10. Lola Saunders - When You Believe
I think that Lola is being wasted at the moment as we saw this week with another turgid ballad which didn't play to her strengths. It does appear as if Lauren is the girl that Cheryl is more interested in and Lola is getting pushed to he background as a result.

11. Jake Quickenden - She's Like the Wind
One of my favourite guilty pleasure hits was almost murdered by Jake, whose performances are dipping in quality on a weekly basis. I do feel that he'll be in trouble tonight and may be in the bottom two alongside Only the Young.

12. Stevi Ritchie - Footloose
Somebody who'll probably get a reprieve for another week is the foolish Stevi; who came to movie week looking like he was hosting a barn dance at his local town hall. To be fair this was Stevi's best performance to date and at least he and Simon Cowell will be going to a Harvester together at some point.

Let me know what you think of my rankings but getting in touch on Twitter @mattstvbites

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