My Opinion On The Last Five In X-Factor!

 

We have reached the final 5 in this year’s X-Factor and next week promises to be a treat after the jukebox landed on Louis Loves meaning eight of Louis’ favourites next week as the artists will perform two tracks each from this week. Very exciting! But what is my take on the final five acts vying for X-Factor 2016 glory? (And what songs do I think they should sing at some stage before the end?) Read on to find out …

Emily Middlemas

 

I’m not really crazy about Emily’s voice. I did think she was good at Judges Houses but outside of then I haven’t being that impressed. On the plus side she is going to be doing a fast song for the first time in the competition this week and it’ll be nice to see how she does it.

Songs: I’m So Excited by The Pointer Sisters
From Eden by Hozier

Five After Midnight

 

The lads have had some ropey weeks. In my opinion their performances of Valerie, Thriller and Try A Little Tenderness weren’t great. But other than that they had had some very good weeks and are clearly a talented and polished act. I really like them and they are my second favourite from the top five. They are one of two acts left that I think with the right songs could have a very good career outside of the competition.

Songs: Yeah! by Usher ft. Lil John, Ludacris
Where Is The Love? by The Black Eyed Peas

Honey G

 

Honey G isn’t the greatest singer or rapper in the world but I do admire in a way that she gets up there when it’s clear that she isn’t if that makes sense. It’s almost like a punk attitude in a more commercial setting. I think the amount of hate she gets is pretty ridiculous. It’s only a singing competition after all and as viewers we are meant to judge whether we think someone is good or not, not take hates against people. And it is brave of her to get up there every week despite the level of criticism thrown her way so regularly.

Songs: Straight Outta Compton by N.W.A.
Bust A Move by Young MC

Matt Terry

 

Like Emily, I am not that crazy about Matt’s voice. Considering he is odds on favourite as I write this it’s probably an opinion that’s in the minority. I loved his version of She’s Out Of My Life at Judges Houses but otherwise I haven’t being impressed by his performances. I love Sam Smith and Matt’s performance of Writing’s On The Wall to me wasn’t great this week.

Songs: 7 Years by Lukas Graham
She’s Like The Wind by Patrick Swayze

Saara Aalto

Saara is my favourite. I think she is so professional. She’s a great singer and performer and she hasn’t did a bad performance in the whole show. Her performance of It’s Oh So Quiet by Bjork in particular was excellent as was Enough Is Enough. Like Five After Midnight with the right songs she could have a great career outside of the competition. She’s an all-rounder.

Songs: Nothing Compares To You by Sinead O’Connor
Walking On Broken Glass by Annie Lennox

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Rock Reigns Supreme as Ben Haenow Is Crowned X-Factor Champ!

Tonight Croydon’s Ben Haenow was crowned the winner of X Factor 2014!

The talented rock singer battled against fellow competitors Fleur East who was second and Andrea Faustini who was third. The 29-year-old van driver was winning the contest from week four after his sexy and amazing performance of AC/DC’s Highway To Hell and maintained his winning streak to the end of the show winning against Fleur 57.2% to 34.3%.

Following his win, an emotional Ben said:

“Thank you so much for making my dreams come true.”

His mentor Simon Cowell said:

“A fantastic runner up Fleur. I could not be happier for you, Ben, you deserve it. You’re a great guy, this is your moment.”

Over the course of the weekend, Ben sung Demons by Imagine Dragons, Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran with the man himself, Man In The Mirror with Michael Jackson and the winner’s single Something I Need by OneRepublic.

The song is great and Ben sings it perfectly and Mel B seems to agree saying,

“That song was made for you. You pulled it back, then you put it out there. You gave range to your vocals and gave it light and shade.”

It’s a great night for Ben. It’s a great night for rock music. Well done Ben! Well-deserved! 🙂

Here is Ben singing his new single:

Andrea Faustini Speaks To OK! Magazine!

I want to be best friends with Andrea Faustini! He’s amazing and it was great reading his interview with OK! Magazine in which the Italian X Factor semi-finalist donned the whole English Gentleman look with clothes supplied by Moss Bros amongst others. The interview took place in the Kensington Hotel and Faustini, 20, spoke about his family, his love life, his past singing experiences, famous fans, his fellow contestants, the X Factor judges, British food and culture and how he will remain true to himself.

Speaking about his close relationship with his family, he said,

“I used to share every single moment with my family. My sister was like my best friend. Just lying on the sofa at home, talking and laughing with them. They come and see me whenever they can. So that is important to me. We try to be in contact every day with Skype and FaceTime. When they come over for a weekend I get to spend time with them.”

Was so sweet reading that because I’m really close to my family too and my sister has always been like my best friend too. 🙂

On the topic of his love life he said how he has never been in a relationship or never been kissed saying,

“No, I have never been in a relationship. It just hasn’t happened. I was kissed by a dolphin in Mexico.”

And admitted he has never had his heart broken saying,

“No, fortunately.”

But this is not his first time doing the whole reality TV singing thing. He was previously the winner of Italian talent show Ti Lascio Una Canzone and said of the experience,

“I was only 13. It was a good experience. It helped me to grow. Maybe it helped performing in front of big audiences.”

And he has tried for the Italian X Factor too,

“I tried four times. The first three times I didn’t even get to go before the judges. This year, I did and got four yeses. But I got them here. So I made a choice and my choice was England!”

Yes, I understand! We all know producer’s rounds well who do auditions for singing shows! 🙂

And he spoke about finally getting to the judges’ round saying,

“I am a huge fan of The X Factor UK. I admire the way the shows made, the music choices and the atmosphere in the studio. A lot of famous singers have come from the show. I couldn’t believe I was going in front of the judges. At first, it was just like a holiday. There were thousands of people and I thought, why would they pick me? But then everything happened so fast.”

When asked how he felt about Kate Moss and Ed Sheeran been fans he said,

“I used to see them on TV at home and now they’re rooting for me. It’s weird but beautiful.”

On the topic of his fellow contestants he was asked if he was sad when current I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here! contestant Jake Quickenden went out of the show,

“I was very sad. I was also sad about Lola and Paul going. I got on with Jake from the start and I think he saw me as a little brother. He was very protective of me.”

Speaking about Jake going into the jungle he said,

“I think he’ll be fine. He’s the sort of person who can deal with all different sorts of situations, and the type who will be nice to everyone.”

Asked about his favourite contestants he said,

“I did like Paul. I thought he had an amazing voice. I also like Lauren; she is so young, talented and very mature considering her age.”

But he admitted no one on the show caught his eye saying,

“Oh, no!”

Speaking about his mentor Mel B he said,

“I love her! She’s very easy to speak to and is very humble. She works hard. She’s not just a judge to me. She is like a friend. She helps me in the choice of song, staging and production. I am happy just to be working with her. She is not so scary!”

Speaking about Simon Cowell’s comments from Big Band week when he did a flawless performance of Ella Fitzgerald’s Summertime he said,

“I’m not happy but I know his comments are important. He said I pull faces. But I will try not to think about it while I’m singing. Otherwise I am done for. I want to please Simon so fingers crossed! (laughs) I read he had apologised to me and Lauren. I think that’s fair. He is the boss and I think the fact he apologised shows he cares.”

Speaking about moving judge Cheryl Fernandez-Versini to tears with his emotive singing voice he said,

“You put everything into what you sing. If you see somebody crying that means you’re doing something good.”

Speaking about Britain he said,

“It’s not my first time here but I just love this country and the city. Rome and London are both beautiful but so different. I like the atmosphere of London. It seems very modern. You can find literally everything you want here. Although it is also full of art and history – similar to Rome. I like fish and chips, cottage pie but you are not good at pasta. I’m sorry. You try, that is commendable. But please stop trying! I have just found a new thing that I love – Terry’s Chocolate Orange!”

Speaking about remaining true to himself in an industry where certain images of people are encouraged he said,

“If I don’t like something I can speak up. It’s me on that stage so I have to be happy with what I’m doing or wearing. I still eat everything that is in front of me. I’m not changing.”

And we all love you just as you are Andrea! 🙂

X Factor 2014 Ones To Watch!

So The X Factor is into it’s live shows stage and below I have put my top five ones to watch from the acts left in the competition this year!

Andrea Faustini

Oh my god his voice is just outstanding. Though there is some very good singers in the competition this year I think with the right marketing Italy’s Andrea is the only one who could be a worldwide star. You can see it. I’m no expert. It’s just obvious. He’s amazing. Seems so lovely too and he loves pugs. What more could you want?

First Audition

Paul Akister

Paul Akister is back and is sounding amazing. He seems really nice and his personality reminds me a bit of my own. I know he’s been advised to talk more and if he feels comfortable doing that so be it but I think he’s wonderful just as he is and for me anyway is coming across very well indeed!

First Audition

Ben Haenow

Ben seems really nice and is absolutely beautiful and his girlfriend is a very lucky woman! 🙂 Outside of that and back to the singing he is really a really strong singer and clearly very experienced with music. You know instantly that he’s used to doing gigs. I suppose here’s where taste kind of comes into it and while if I’m been honest I think Andrea is a better singer (because let’s face it, it’s really hard to be technically better than Andrea!) I’d be more inclined to buy a record by Ben just based on the fact that I love rock more than diva style pop music and excluding his first audition which was in the soul vein Ben has since been rocking out. I love his style too.

First Audition

Only The Young

They seem nice and Mikey is gorgeous. I like that although their a pop band essentially there is an edge to them that’s bordering on pop/rock. And I love the way they incorporate old songs into the mix unlike a lot of bands do which makes them stand out. I’m an old soul so I love a lot of old music so it’s really cool and their so talented and they gel so well together as a band. Again I love their style too.

First Audition

Chloe Jasmine

Chloe Jasmine has had a lot of negative reactions but I personally think she’s great. Outside of her been posh I can relate to a lot of her personality. It isn’t easy when you’re perceived as different to always be yourself and I think it is incredibly brave of her to go on the show and do that. I think she comes across really nice and I love her style too. I think she has an incredible voice. I think it’s very distinctive although I prefer her singing classic songs than more modern tunes and I think she could have a great career with that kind of music.

First Audition

Who is your favourite act this year? Comment below with your thoughts! 🙂

“Cheryl Is Back!”, Confirms Simon Cowell!

Cheryl Cole is returning to The X Factor panel!

Cheryl Cole has returned to The X Factor judging panel, it has been revealed. The 30-year-old Newcastle lady, who previously appeared on the panel and won the show twice with Alexandra Burke and Joe McElderry, was speculated to be coming back during the annual rumour mill.

Simon Cowell tweeted, “It’s official. Cheryl is back. Most importantly she is a brilliant judge of talent.” 

Cheryl has said she is “happy and excited” about her return to the hit show and tweeted a picture of herself pretending to throttle the programme’s creator, with a tweet which read: “Guess what. I’m baaaacccckkkkk.”

Fellow judge Louis Walsh said on his Twitter page: “It’s official. Cheryl is back. Oh no.”

Josh Cuthbert Admits That He Would Have Tried Out For The Voice UK!

Josh admits he would have tried out for The Voice UK if things had not worked out with The X Factor!

Josh admits he would have tried out for The Voice UK if things had not worked out with The X Factor!

Union J’s Josh Cuthbert has revealed that he would have tried out for The Voice in the UK if he had been unsuccessful in his The X Factor bid.

Cuthbert said:

“I would have just kept trying and would’ve done it through any avenue possible. So yeah, I probably would have gone on ‘The Voice’ or something like that, but I’m glad we managed to make it through ‘X Factor’.”

Josh was speaking at Union J’s live set at M&M’s World in London’s Leicester Square where the band sang many of their album tracks including Carry You, Beautiful Life and Loving You Is Easy for an exclusive crowd in celebration of the launch of the shop’s brand new personalised printer service

Josh also spoke about their fans and revealed that he thinks that each of them gets the same amount of attention as each other from their male and female fans.

“I think because we’re all quite different … there’s not one of us that gets more attention than the others, because we all appeal to different people.”, the Union J hunk said.

Simon Cowell Set To Return To The X Factor UK And Louis Walsh Has Renewed His Contract!

Simon Cowell is set to return!

The X Factor UK’s longest standing judge Louis Walsh is set to return!

Simon Cowell is set to return to the UK X Factor after three years judging on the US version which has just been cancelled by Fox. Cowell has been upbeat about coming back. He said through ITV’s press office that he is “absolutely thrilled to be returning to The X Factor UK. It’s been three years since I last judged the competition and I’m excited to find a global superstar again.”

Louis Walsh will also return ensuring that the duo of Cowell and Walsh is set to appear on our screens again. There has been many rumours circulating about who the other judges will be but Cowell said,

“Despite all the rumours, ITV and the producers have not decided on the rest of the judging panel quite yet. You’ll just have to wait and see….”