X Factor Live Shows Week 2

This week we had the second week of the live shows on X Factor and eleven became ten. The theme this week was love and heartbreak which of course is a theme with so many songs to choose from. So here’s how the acts got on.

 

Sam Bailey

 

This week after her stellar performance of The Power of Love last week, Bailey sang To Make You Feel My Love and dedicated it to her husband Craig. So sweet. Though I have to admit that I didn’t think she sang it very well.

 

 

Kingsland Road

 

This week they sang Marry You by Bruno Mars. I love Bruno Mars but I didn’t think they sang it well and I felt their needed to be at least one lead vocalist. Song 2 every week seems to be when the overly cheesy choregraphy comes out and I didn’t like the choregraphy but obviously that has nothing to do with the lads. I personally love Josh’s voice especially and would love to see him do a bit of lead vocals.

 

 

Nicholas MacDonald

 

Next was Nicholas and this week he had another effortless performance singing Robbie Williams’ She’s The One. It was flawless! And I liked the choregraphy. It reminded me of the fab choregraphy done for Ronan Keating when he done his version of She Moved Through the Fair. Huge contender to win.

 

 

Abi Alton

 

This week Abi sang Kylie Minogue’s I Can’t Get You Out of My Head and though I liked the choregraphy I didn’t think she sang it very well.

 

 

Shelley Smith

 

This week Shelley bidded to stay in the competition after been in the bottom two last week singing Beyonce’s Single Ladies. I didn’t think she sang it well. The dancers moves were sexy. Also Happy Birthday Shelley!

 

 

 

Miss Dynamix

 

Miss Dynamix were due to perform next. However Sese was taken ill and brought to hospital so they couldn’t. Gary said they heard she was alright and I was so glad to hear that because she looked so weak and unwell in the VT clip. It’s a lot of pressure I’d say for a woman who is so heavily pregnant and I wish her the best in her recovery. I’m really glad her and the baby are alright.

 

 

 

Sam Callahan

 

Sam sang I Won’t Give Up which is a song I love. I was so glad that he did so well this week and his work ethic is extremely admirable. Also loved his outfit this week. The stylish Mr. Callahan. If he keeps working hard he could be a contender to win.

 

 

Tamera Foster

 

Tamera’s outfit was stunning. Loved it! She sang Emile Sande and Labrinth’s Beneath Your Beautiful which is a song I love and which always reminds me of Union J because they sang it for the semi-final last year. She sang it perfectly.

 

 

Luke Friend

 

Luke sang Passenger’s Let Her Go. He sang it incredibly well. I didn’t get the boat either but Louis’ comeback that it was “because he was sailing through to next week” was so quick-witted and amazing.

 

 

 

Rough Copy

 

This week Rough Copy sang the Backstreet Boys’ I Want It That Way. Amazing as always. Simple as that. Love their outfits too. Definite contenders to win.

 

 

 

Hannah Barrett

 

From singing first last week to singing last this week Hannah sang Beautiful by Christina Aguilera. I can relate to her VT. I thought she sang the song beautifully. It is a really hard song to sing and not too many people sing it well outside of Christina Aguilera. The only other time I heard someone sing it well was Amber Rielly on Glee and Hannah’s version reminded me of her version which means it was amazing! Another contender to win.

 

 

Next came the flash vote. The act who finished last this week were Kingsland Road. The following night it was revealed that Shelley would be joining Kingsland Road in the sing-off this week. Sharon saved Shelley but the other judges all saved Kingsland Road so Shelley left this week. Hard luck Shelley.

 

Next week is movie week. I think Sam Bailey should blast out Whitney Houston’s I Will Always Love You from The Bodyguard. She’ll do it amazing.  

X Factor First Live Show!

So all the tears of Judges’ Houses are behind us all for another year and this week we moved on to the first live show from the class of 2013. After Dermot had took to the stage and the judges were seated the performers took to the stage to give their all and earn a place in next week’s live show. It was 1980s-themed and I love the 1980s from it’s music, style to it’s films, etc … so I love the theme. Hashtag nerd indeed!

Hannah Barrett

First up this year on the live shows was powerhouse vocalist Hannah Barrett. She sang Tina Turner’s What’s Love Got to Do with It? She sang and performed it really well. And I love Tina Turner!

Nicholas MacDonald

Next was the fantastic Nicholas MacDonald. I loved him singing Spandau Ballet’s True. I love the song and he did it justice. I didn’t think the choregraphy worked. I know it’s the 80s and cheesy is good but that was too cheesy. Still that was nothing to do with Nicholas who did his part of the performance amazingly. Such an effortless voice.

Miss Dynamix
Miss Dynamix sang The Pointer Sisters’ Jump. While I like them as a band I don’t think this performance worked.

Sam Bailey
Sam was amazing. She sang The Power of Love. It was brilliant. Breathtaking!

Sam Callahan
The two Sams came one after the other and as much as I love Sam Callahan it wasn’t great. He really went for it and performed it well but vocally it didn’t work. It needed more of an edge. It probably wasn’t the right song. Bryan Adams’ Summer of ’69 is very edgy and rocky and Sam is a pop singer so it was a bad fit. I really hoped he get through though because I like him.

Kingsland
I love Kingsland and I thought their harmonies on Wham’s I’m Your Man were fantastic. And I absolutely love Wham!

Shelley Lewis (Smith)
Wow. She was amazing. Vocally it was flawless and it was “good cheese” as Louis said. It was theatrical and fabulous. I absolutely love the song, Heart’s Alone, and Sharon did a fantastic job in helping us see a new side to Shelley as a performer. Kudos to them both. It was amazing.

Abi Alton
Abi sang Bon Jovi’s Living on a Prayer. I love the song and I think Abi did a great new version of it.

Lorna Simpson
I love Lorna’s voice. I thought vocally it was hit and miss but I thought she performed it really well. I hoped she’d get through because I think she has more to give. She does have an amazing voice! Also the hot men were beautiful with their chests shown and those tight leather trousers. Oh wow, wow, wow, someone get me a fan!

Tamera Foster
I think Tamera has a great voice but I don’t think this performance of Chaka Khan’s Ain’t Nobody worked.

Luke Friend
I thought Luke’s performance of Every Breath You Take by The Police was hit and miss. But he has got a really good and unique tone to his voice.

Rough Copy
I love Rough Copy. Amazing band. I loved them last year as well as this year and am so happy they came back and made the live shows this year. Best performance of the night tonight. They done their own version of Phil Collins In The Air Tonight and everything was perfect about it from the vocals to the choregraphy to the styling to the graphics in the background. They performed it so well. Me and My sister love Phil Collins too.

Then we had the new Flash Vote which is a ten-minute public vote where the contestant who finished last in the public vote is told that they will be singing in tomorrow night’s sing-off the night before. The act this week was Shelley.

The final 12 sang Daft Punk’s Get Lucky and it was a really good performance. We had brilliant guest performances from Ellie Goulding and Cher. Huge Cher fan so it was great to see her on it. From the remaining 11 contestantants the act to join Shelley in the bottom 2 was Lorna.

Shelley and Lorna did an amazing sing-off. Shelley sang Jennifer Hudson’s One Night Only and Lorna sang Faith Hill’s There You’ll Be. Though I thought they were both brilliant I did think Lorna was better. However Sharon didn’t vote and with Gary voting for Lorna but Louis and Nicole voting for Shelley, Lorna became the first to leave X Factor this year. Hard luck Lorna, best of luck with your career. You have a really great voice girl and you should be really proud of yourself!

I have to say well done to everyone on actually getting out there and performing on the telly in front of all those people. It’s not easy, their very brave and they should be very proud of themselves.