After last week’s double elimination, this week’s X-Factor saw the theme change from Boy Band/Girl Group to Disco and finally to the acts warbling their way through a collection of Michael Jackson and Queen hits. Although the performances were mixed, the night was stolen by somebody who wasn’t even on the bill.
1. Fleur East – Will You Be There
To me, Fleur is the only act who consistently makes the most of her three minutes on live TV every week. After an impressive number of weeks of dancing and singing, here Fleur let her voice speak in a performance of the Michael Jackson hit which was worthy of a professional.
2. Only the Young – Blame it on the Boogie
I believe that Only the Young are incredibly markeatable act, albeit for a pre-teen audience. I’m still convinced that they all have holiday park experience, a suspicion that was backed up by this infectious performance of the Jackson Five smash.
3. Lauren Platt – I’ll Be There
Lauren is the kind of X-Factor vocalist that I would describe as dependable as she has a great voice but hasn’t really capitalised on the promise of her first two turns. Here, her performance was fine but she didn’t provide anything particularly memorable.
4. Andrea Faustini – Somebody to Love
I would put Andrea in the same category as Lauren with both providing vocally strong performances that have nothing about them. Although I feel that Andrea will win the contest, tonight’s turn didn’t really live up to what he’s done in the past couple of weeks.
5. Stereo Kicks – You Are Not Alone
When the most memorable thing you’ve done all series is have your stage invaded by a second-rate comedian. That’s exactly what happened to Stereo Kicks last night when Simon Brodkin, the man behind Lee Nelson, ran on stage and tried to emulate their routine of You Are Not Alone. The funniest part of the whole incident was witnessing Simon and especially Louis’ reaction as Brodkin was pulled off the stage. The performance itself was patchy but ended on a high and featured the Louis Walsh special of boys on seats standing up on the key change.
6. Ben Haenow – Man in the Mirror
Much was made of Ben’s decision to sing A capella for the first thirty seconds of his performance and primarily how brave it was. Whilst I agree that it was a bold move I also concur with Mel B’s statement that it exposed Ben’s weaknesses. I personally feel that he could end up in the bottom two tonight after this questionable decision.
7. Paul Akister – Don’t Stop Me Now
Paul has provided two weeks of fantastic performances but I feel is now being dragged down by dreary song choices and a contrived story of not being grateful of his place in the competition.
8. Stevi Ritchie – Bohemian Rhapsody
Stevi continued to explore the comedy route with his rendition of Queen’s most notorious hit. Featuring a nightmare-inducing opening sequence, Stevi ably negotiated his way through the songs many parts and provided another memorable performance even if, once again, it was for all the wrong reasons.
9.Jay James – The Show Must Go On
Jay James had a poorly throat this week, and didn’t we all know it, meaning that his performance of the Show Must Go On was lacking in intensity. Despite this I don’t think the British public will vote out a former military man on Remembrance Sunday.