X Factor UK: Live Shows Week Eight

This is apparently the hour to come for them nanna votes. Now that Craig Colton has been dismissed and y’all are left with a Top 5 full of young guns pitching to today’s youthful pop market, who’s gonna entertain the middle-aged voters?

I’m just trying to find some way to justify the snoozefest song choices that were assigned this week because something don’t look right when you got Misha B doing ‘Killing Me Softly’ and Marcus Collins belting a piano-based Stevie Wonder ballad.

The final five acts served two performances this week – one being a “guilty pleasure” song choice and the other, a hit cover of their music “hero”. Everyone sensibly chose to showcase an uptempo and a ballad but only one act managed to hit the spot with both styles.

Tulisa‘s last remaining group – Little Mix – effortlessly owned the night with two youthful and relevant performances. It’s interesting to note that the only two acts left that have never been in the bottom two are Little Mix and Marcus Collins. I would not be surprised to see them both in the grand finals, alongside latest entry Amelia Lily.

Check out the highlights of this week’s live shows and why the Power Bottom Two was justified:

1) Little Mix: a double king hit.

Even in their most uneventful of live show jaunts, Little Mix still manages to snatch trophies like seasoned professionals.

This week, I gotta give snaps to Tulisa for the rather on point assignment of a Justin Bieber/The Supremes cover and Christina Aguilera‘s generation-defining ‘Beautiful’.

First things first, let’s address this wardrobe situation that recalls Girls Aloud‘s Chemistry/’Biology’ shoot.

I am not in love with the mash up of ‘Baby/Where Did Our Love Go’ but out of all the “guilty pleasure” song choices flogged last night – these girls were the only ones who managed to make cheesy look so fucking great.

Don’t get it twisted – it’s easy to cover a tacky pop song in a serious fashion and pass it off as “credible reinvention” but that, to me, is not fulfilling the brief. If it’s a guilty pleasures theme, you should basically be hamming it up and throwing caution to the wind. Think of the greats like Spice Girls when they were executing smashes like ‘Wannabe’, ‘Spice Up Your Life’ and ‘Stop’.

Watch Little Mix bring maximum fun in their Justin Bieber/Supremes cover:


 
And now, for the unbelievably heartfelt cover of Christina Aguilera‘s ‘Beautiful’ – which sees Little Mix strip it back and show off their strengths as individual vocalists. Have some Kleenex on stand by.


 
2) Misha B’s back alright!

But blink and you’ll miss it. This week’s soulful urban reimagination of Cyndi Lauper‘s ‘Girls Just Wanna Have Fun’ completely caught me off guard.

On paper, it sounds like an utterly predictable song choice but none of that matters once she hits you with the sharp beats and self-styled rap. This fiercely modern take sounds like something you wish had been on Rihanna‘s Talk That Talk album.

Take a look at little mama Misha‘s first truly exciting performance since ‘Rolling In The Deep’:


 
3) Where are my Kelendriaisms?

It’s like the bitch gave us everything she had last week and this week she’s all out of Kelendriaisms. Y’all know the sole reason why I stay back for the judges comments is to see what kind of sassy Southern sayings are gonna come flying out of Ms Kelly‘s mouth. This show needs her vibrant personality and unique delivery because Gary‘s forever too serious, Tulisa‘s a non-event, and everything Louis Walsh says just feels redundant.

Get back in the game, Kelendria, because every week I should be more interested in what you have to say than where you’ve decided to paint your mole.

4) Amelia Lily made a valuable contribution tonight.

This child can fucking sing, alright. But the problem with “shouty” pop vocalists like Amelia Lily is that, they’re a dime a dozen. How is she different to your garden variety American Idol one-season sensations?

It’s all down to inspired and authentic song choices – and after flogging everything from Michael Jackson to Aretha Franklin – the girl finally got it right with an 80s power ballad this week.

Watch Amelia own T’Pau‘s ‘China In Your Hand’ like nobody’s business:


 
This week’s Power Bottom Two: Janet Devlin and Misha B.

Two of Kelendria‘s Angels found themselves with the least amount of public votes this week. Let’s give props where props are due here. Both ladies should be commended for being true artistes in their own right. You wouldn’t find any other contestant in this series who can interpret music and make it sound completely original like the way these two do.

However, when it comes down to who has more to offer the competition and who’s utterly essential for your viewing pleasure, I think you’ll find one star shines far brighter than the other.

Ms Janet, gurl, I didn’t think it was possible for anyone to suck the life and colour out of Hanson but I stand corrected. This week’s expressionless cover of ‘Mmmbop’ was a total Mmmflop. The waify vocalist’s second song of the night – ‘Under The Bridge’ by Red Hot Chilli Peppers – demonstrated a squeeze more emotional connection but on the whole, it was just too blasé .

Janet Devlin really has come as far as she could on the X Factor. For a distinct vocalist who has long figured out and stood by her own artistic angle, there’s really not a lot more for the girl to showcase. She has been consistently her from the start. You either like Janet Devlin‘s waify style of singing or you don’t – if you didn’t get it at first, it’s unlikely that you’ll ever do.

Misha B, on the other hand, is a multifaceted performer who still has the potential to thrill viewers week in and out. With this teen star, I get a sense that we haven’t seen all she has to offer. There is a longing for Misha to recapture the ferocity of her first two live show performances and last night’s rendition of ‘Girls Just Wanna Have Fun’ was a promising step back in the right direction.

Both Louis Walsh and Tulisa backed the urban/pop princess, praising her drive and sheer star potential. The girls’ understandably torn mentor – Kelly Rowland – refused to vote out one of her females so therefore, by abstaining from her verdict, Janet Devlin was sent home based purely on the two judges’ votes. Gary Barlow later confirmed that he would’ve chosen to send Janet home too.

Next week’s semi final showdown will see the salvaged Misha B take on Little Mix, Marcus Collins and Amelia Lily.

As a bit of a parting gift until then, check out the vomitrocious vocal situation of this year’s X Factor charity single ‘Wishing On A Star’. I won’t say no names but some of them are sounding too much like Alvin and The Chipmunks:

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3 Comments

  1. LOVED Little Mix’s performances.
    LOVED Marcus Collins’ performances.
    LOVED Misha B’s performances.

    Those are the final three (or should be).

    That charity single is just WTF and for the first time on uk x factor i can TOTALLY tell they are miming every word of it. Gross

    • I like for Misha to be in the Top 3 but she’s already been in the bottom two so many times? That don’t instill much confidence in me. She’s just not popular enough :(

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