The X Factor is hotting up! From the millions of auditions, we’ve gone through bootcamp, judges houses and now it’s time for the live shows. This is my favourite part of the competition as you can really see the contestants start to improve, there are performances from current chart-toppers like One Direction, NeYo and Leona Lewis and there is always a bit of behind the scenes drama as the pressure builds.
This week Carolyn Poole from the over 28s category was controversially voted out after losing in the sing off to Rylan Clark so that is one down and 12 left to go. Here’s what our finalists in each category got up to this week – on and off camera!
Ella Henderson was the most memorable star in the Girls group as she sang her heart out to Gary Barlow’s Take That song Rule The World. This is perhaps the strongest category with Jade Ellis and Lucy Spraggan each bringing a different thing to the mix – quirky indie and edgy soul. However, I can reveal it’s guitar-playing Lucy who is suffering from the most nerves as she had to be pushed onto the stage during live shows – she was THAT scared. Bless!
James Arthur sang Kelly Clarkson’s hit Stronger and wowed the judges and One Direction. James is newly single after splitting from his dancer girlfriend and the buzz on set is that he is a bit of a charmer. If there was a romance among the contestants, money is on James to be one half of it. Jahmene Douglas was also popular among the judges but Rylan Clark was booed off stage when he survived the sing off. Could he be the next to go?
GMD3 started off the first ever live show with an announcement – they have changed their name to District 3. The young boys opened the show with a solid performance of Simply The Best by Tina Turner setting a tough benchmark for the other groups MK1 and Union J. District 3 and Union J are the most competitive of the acts with a distinctly frosty atmosphere between them every time they arrange to meet their mentor Louis. Let the battle of the boybands commence.
Belting out Beatles classic I Get By With A Little Help From My Friends and dressed in flare jeans and a shirt, Melanie Masson gave a truly unique performance on Saturday night. The mother-of-two is sadly finding it really difficult to be apart from her children so her mentor Gary Barlow is giving her the most attention out of all of his acts amid fears she could quit if the homesickness gets too bad. Her competitor in the over 28s category Kye Sones, however, is loving being in the spotlight and is always at least 10 mins early to appointments and practise. How sweet!
There were tears from cute Christopher Maloney as it was announced he was through to the live shows. Yay!!! He sang Mariah Carey’s Hero and although Tulisa said it was cheesey, Christopher was just happy to have been able to sing again. His joy instensified on Sunday night when he found out he was safe for another week. He seems like a really nice guy and truly deserves his success.
Who will survive next week? Bring on round 2 of the live shows!