After the emotionally charged atmosphere of last week’s love and romance themed X Factor, it was time for the 11 finalists to get their groove on for this week’s club classics themed show, and they certainly showed that they can turn the stage into a party.
First up to perform was Christopher Maloney, who was hoping that the judges would love his rendition of Waiting For a Star to Fall by Boy Meets Girl, but it was more cheese on toast than delightfully delicious, and he was left disappointed by some of the judges’ comments.
“I don’t get it,” Tulisa told him. “It’s too cheesy for me. This isn’t even fun for me anymore.”
Next up to sing were dynamic duo MK1, who lit up the stage with a mad mashup of Crystal Waters’ Gypsy Woman and Tinie Tempah’s Pass Out, but they also failed to get the judges going, with Tulisa and Gary Barlow left less than impressed with the performance.
Jahmene Douglas was feeling nervous to go up next, but he needn’t have worried as his amazing rendition of Aretha Franklin’s Say a Little Prayer left the judges astounded and lavishing praise on his head.
His mentor Nicole Scherzinger told her boy: “You’re 22 years old and you have way more courage and soul and bigger balls than anyone I know Jahmene. You are here for a reason and for a great purpose, don’t you ever forget that.”
Jade Ellis has been having problems this week with her throat, but she was determined not to let that hold her back and delivered a rousing rendition of Ultra Nate’s Free, complete with pink hair and matching lipstick.
Gary was impressed with Jade and told her: “Jade, well done. Based on what I heard tonight it was a nice safe performance. I thought you did a good job.”
One of the most spectacular performances of the night came courtesy of James Arthur, whose unique performance of I’m Sexy and I Know It by LMFAO left the judges amazed and James delighted with all the positive comments he received.
Taking to the stage with his trusty guitar, he put his own unique spin on the track, and the judges absolutely loved it, with Louis Walsh telling him: “What a brilliant interpretation. You are really professional, you had a really tough week but when you get on that stage you really own it.”
Union J were hoping that Love would Take Over with their rendition of the classic Kelly Rowland track, and they were in for a treat as they were told by Gary: “We are witnessing the birth of a brand new boyband.”
The crown for the most over the top performance of the night has to go to Rylan Clark, who strutted onto the stage in what looked like a cut out space suit surrounded by a group of sexy backing dancers for a mad mash-up of Jennifer Lopez’s Get on the Floor and Rihanna’s Please Don’t Stop the Music.
While most of the judges really enjoyed the performance and danced along, Gary was really unimpressed with the performance. Surprise surprise!
“Rylan, we have 10 very talented contestants left in this competition and for every week you’re here one of them goes home,” he said.
“You should have been the best performer tonight but you were actually the worst.”
Lucy Spraggan was up next, and after her and Rylan being thrown out of their hotel earlier in the week for ‘bad behaviour’, she was determined to throw herself into her performance, and what a performance it was!
Putting a unique spin on David Guetta track ‘Titanium, the judges loved her performance, with Nicole Scherzinger telling her: “Brilliant job in making the song your own. Your lyrics are so honest.
“You are titanium babe, there’s a sparkle in your eyes.”
Kye Sones was determined to Save the World with his rendition of the classic Swedish House Mafia track, and with nothing but praise from the judges, he was delighted to be told by Tulisa: “Last week we all felt like something was missing. Whatever that was is back this week. The Kye we all know and love is back.”
District3 had the audience on side with their mashup of Beggin’ and Turn Up the Music, and Gary told them: “You are the revelation tonight.”
With just one act left to go, it was up to Ella Henderson to try her best to impress, but she needn’t have worried, as her disco classic You Got the Love was as amazing as ever, and she was delighted when Nicole told her: “You were effortless and you made it yours. You’re beyond your years.”
With some amazing performances last night, who will be going home tonight and who will be returning to the competition next week?
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