X Factor week six roundup: karaoke kings and spicy queens

It's week six of Live Shows and the competition is hotting up.

First up was poor Christopher Maloney. He belted out Elton Johns classic I’m Still Standing. Giving it his all he was hoping to impress the judges but sadly it wasn’t to be.

Nicole Scherzinger was straight to the point: “I liked the confidence, liked the performance”, but she still called the singer the “karaoke king”.

Louis agreed with Nicole even repeating her “karaoke king” comparison. And Gary, well he was impressed – he is his mentor after all – telling a nervous looking Christopher: “You nailed it”

Next up was Jahmene Douglas. The shy singer took to the stage and belted out Robbie William’s Angels.

Louis Walsh, who is a huge fan of Jahmene, told him: “Every week you deliver and you get better. “You have star quality, that was an amazing song choice and I think after this week you have to be in the final. You’re a star in the making.”

Tulisa continued the praise as she told him: “If you’re going to take an old school classic and do it in this day and age that’s the way you do it.”

Louis had borrowed a couple of stools from the Westlife museum and given them to District3 and they seemed to have brought some of that boy band magic they were needing with an excellent performance of Eric Clapton’s Tears In Heaven. Having had a few hard weeks, the boys left the judges stunned,

Tulisa told them: “This is when I love you. This is my most favourite performance.”

Go District3!

Following District3 was the only remaining girl, Ella Henderson. Tulisa has her eye on the prize with this young lady and if the bookies are right she won’t be disappointed.

Ella took to the stage and did what she does best, nailing the moment. Performing Tinie Tempahs Written In The Stars the 16-year-old apparently can do no wrong.

Louis told her: “This is what the show is all about. You’re the best girl since Leona Lewis.”

Mentor Tulisa urged the public not to assume Ella was safe and to pick up the phone and vote.

And now for Rylan Clarke. Well who doesn’t love a Spice Girls Medley? Rylan certainly entertained the judges, and Tulisa and Nicole were chair dancing. Much to Rylans delight, Gary said his performance was absolutely brilliant but the vocals were diabolical – suppose you can’t win them all.

The second boy band of the night Union J performed Coldplay’s Fix You. They’re hoping their performance encourages people to pick up the phone and vote for them. Gary Barlow told the boys he felt as if he was: “witnessing something big about to happen”.

Boy band expert and mentor Louis Walsh was delighted with the boys’ performance and urged everyone to pick up the phone and vote.

Finally, last but by no means least, James Arthur did Adele proud as he performed a perfect performance of Hometown Glory.

Louis Walsh compared him to Professor Green. Telling James he was a brilliant interpreter of songs.

Tulisa told James: “I’m happy to be on the panel while you’re here.” Mentor Nicole Scherzinger was delighted: “You took the legendary Adele and freaked it. You are the future of music and you take the real love and passion and come back with a phat beat like that. You, my love, are the best of British.”

But it wasn’t over then. X Factor’s most successful group to date One Direction were back on the X Factor stage to perform their new single Little Things. The boys are now global superstars and are embarking on a world tour early in 2013. Who knows maybe one of the remaining seven acts will be following in their footsteps.

Tune in tonight at 8pm on STV and ITV to see who makes it through to next week.

You can download all of the contestant’s performance from last night from itunes

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