5 Videos To Watch On YouTube This Week!

Week 3! Here is my five video suggestions this week! 🙂

Dance

This is a very momentous moment in Irish Entertainment history. I present to you The Riverdance from Eurovision 1994:

 

Music

Hozier’s Take Me To Church music video is so emotive and highlights so much that needs to be highlighted. Not an easy watch but a brilliant and powerful video.

 

Social Issues

In this heartbreaking video, singer and former X Factor UK contestant Misha B talks about racism she experienced on the show and how it impacted on her mental health.

 

 

Relaxation

To help relax you and rid you of stress, here is a great ASMR artist Sarai from Peace and Saraity ASMR. In this video, Sarai helps you to relax with a variety of sounds. Each sound is given a certain amount of time and the descriptions of the sounds go up underneath so you can find any helpful sound easily which is very helpful. Very relaxing.

 

 

History

The following video from Weird History talks about the murder of Abraham Lincoln by John Wilkes Booth in 1865 and the aftermath of the murder. Very interesting and concise.

 

X Factor Live Show 4!

This week was Disco Week on The X Factor and the show was started by Dermot getting on down disco dancing with some of the dancers. Following this we were treated to a medley of hits by Chic. Love them. I remember first when I was younger dancing to their hits and it’s continued into my older years.

First up was Luke singing Wild Cherry’s Play That Funky Music. It’s getting scarey ‘cos it’s two weeks running that I’ve predicted Luke’s song! I was thinking of what he could sing having a rock voice and there’s only two disco songs I could think of with a rock tone but I thought that was the perfect one for him. One of my fave disco songs. He was amazing. Sang it well. Performed it well. In the last two weeks he has become a definite contender to win. Perfect.

Next up was Kingsland Road. And my sis predicted their song choice. (We should be hired! Hehe!) They sang Jackson 5’s Blame It On The Boogie. I thought they sang it well. Connor’s solo was good and then Thompson and Matt’s vocals were good too. Josh and Jay’s vocals complimented them.

This week Tamera sang Wishing On A Star. I didn’t think she sang it well. Loved her top though.

Next up we had Sam Callahan who sang Take That’s Relight My Fire in front of Gary which was very brave. One of my fave disco songs. I thought he sang and performed it well. I liked the choregraghy and how they linked the red of the boxing ring to the red on his top and the red wigs of the female dancers.

Next up we had Rough Copy. Predicted their song too. One of my fave disco songs, Earth, Wind and Fire’s September. Amazingly sung and performed. Nicole was so right, Joey’s dancing made me smile too! Perfect.

This week Abi sang Gloria Gaynor’s I Will Survive in her own style on the piano. Another one of my fave disco songs. I loved the piano. I thought her arrangement was brilliant and she sang it so well. Perfect piano playing. Perfect.

Nicholas was up next and he sang Michael Jackson’s Rock With You. I didn’t think he sang it well. I didn’t feel it was his best performance but I was hoping he’d get through ‘cos I think he’s a real talent.

Hannah was next. I love the song she sang. Jocelyn Brown’s Somebody Else’s Guy. One of my fave disco songs too. (I love a lot of disco song! Disco nerd!) I was so/so about the performance. I felt it was a bit over produced.

Last up was Sam Bailey. She sang Donna Summer’s and Barbara Streisand’s Enough Is Enough. Everything was perfect. Her vocals, performance, her outfit, her hair, her make-up. Everything was perfect. Me and me sis knew she’d be good because there was a clip of her in her VT last week singing Donna Summer’s Hot Stuff. And she was brilliant.

The flash vote was abandoned this week. I completely enjoyed the show because I love disco. I had to smile at how no one knew much about disco except Sam Bailey because I’m 23 and I know a lot about it. Guess I’m a bit like Chris Colfer. We’re older souls than our years!

I love Let’s Dance by Donna Summer but I was glad it wasn’t done by anyone because it’s been done too much on The X Factor over the years!

This week the guest performances were by former champs Little Mix and Taylor Swift and Gary Lightbody who did a duet.

The bottom two this week was Kingsland Road and Tamera. Gary voted for Kingsland Road to stay but the other judges decided to save Tamera.

So goodbye to Kingsland Road this week and best of luck to them in the future. Well done to my fellow Irish person Louis on getting his three boys through again. Completely deserved. Well done to the boys. Never been in the bottom two yet! The only category that hasn’t been. Absolute achievement. All concerned should be really proud.

Next week is big band week. I’m guessing Mack The Knife for Luke. Can I make it a hat-trick of predictions?! Only time will tell!

X Factor Third Live Show!

It was week 3 of the live shows this week and the theme was movie night. So how did each act do?!

 

 

 

Rough Copy

 

This week Rough Copy sang Brian Adams’ Everything I Do I Do It For You. Brilliant as always.

 

 

Sam Callahan

 

This week Sam sang U2’s All I Want Is You. He sung and performed it very well.

 

 

Hannah Barrett

 

This week Hannah sang Adele’s Skyfall. It was amazing. Such a hard song too.

 

 

Nicholas MacDonald

 

Nicholas sang Sarah McLachlan’s Angel this week. It’s one of my favourite songs and he sung it really well. Completely effortless.

 

 

Abi Alton

 

Another song which is one of my favourite songs Moon River from the film Breakfast at Tiffanys. Love the movie. Love Truman Capote. She sang it really well.

 

 

Miss Dynamix

 

Miss Dynamix sang Gabrielle’s Dreams this week. I didn’t think it was great.

 

 

Sam Bailey

 

This week Sam sang Celine Dion’s My Heart Will Go On. One word: Outstanding! I loved the choregraphy too.

 

 

Kingsland Road

 

They sang Rob Orbison’s Pretty woman from the movie of the same name. I loved Jay’s top. I love houndstooth. Got a pair of houndstooth trousers recently. (I’m sure no one cares but yeah!) I liked Josh’s bit and Connor’s bit but I didn’t love the rest of the performance if I’m honest though I did love the choregraphy. I love Jersey Boys!

 

 

Luke Friend

 

Luke sang Seal’s Kissed By A Rose this week. I said in the shop earlier because the song came on that one of them would sing it. I was so happy Luke did because he did his own unique and wonderful take on it. Best performance of the night.

 

 

Tamera Foster

 

Tamera sang Beyonce’s Listen tonight. She sang it really well. It’s a very hard song too.

 

 

 

Next we had the flash vote! The act who finished last tonight was Miss Dynamix.

 

The contestants also got to go to the premiere of Thor 2 where they got to see the beautiful Mcfly and the equally beautiful Chris Hemsworth.

The Wanted and Lady Gaga sang in the results show. Huge fan of both so really enjoyed both their performances. Nathan’s solos were beautiful. Also great song. Such a great songwriter. He wrote Union J’s new song too. They were on Xtra Factor singing it. Jaymi and Josh were also on the panel on Xtra Factor too this week.

This week there was a shock when Hannah Barrett fell into the bottom two. Gary chose to save Miss Dynamix while Nicole, Sharon and Louis chose to save Hannah after the sing-off where Hannah sang Emile Sande’s Read All About It and Miss Dynamix sang Swedish House Mafia’s Don’t You Worry Child.

 

Hard luck to Miss Dynamix but best of luck to Sese with the baby and to the three of them as a group.

 

Bring on disco week!

 

 

 

 

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.

X Factor Judges’ Houses 2013

It was that tense old Judges’ Houses time again on The X Factor across the pond in the UK everyone! We all watched tonight as the final twelve finalists were picked by judges Louis Walsh, Nicole Scherzinger, Sharon Osbourne and Gary Barlow. So let’s take a moment to reflect on the goings-on of Judges’ Houses and I will give my opinion of who I would have put through.

 

The Overs

 

Sharon’s Judges’ House in LA

Joseph Whelan
Sam Bailey
Shelley Lewis (Smith)
Lorna Simpson
Zoe Devlin
Andrea Magee

 

Judges’ Assistant

 

Robbie Williams

 

Who She Chose

 

Sam Bailey

Shelley Lewis (Smith)

Lorna Simpson

 

Who I Would Have Chose

 

Lorna Simpson

Joseph Whelan

Zoe Devlin

 

 

The Boys

 

Louis’ Judges’ House in St Topez

Sam Callahan

Paul Akister

Nicholas McDonald

Ryan Mathie

Luke Friend

Giles Potter

Judges’ Assistant

 

Shane Filan, Nicole Appleton and Sinitta

 

 

Who He Chose

 

Nicholas MacDonald

Luke Friend

Sam Callahan

 

Who I Would Have Chose

 

Sam Callahan

Nicholas MacDonald

Ryan Mathie

 

 

Gary’s Judges’ Houses in New York

 

Acts

Brick City

Rough Copy

Kingsland Road

Xyra

Code 4

Judges’ Assistant

 

Olly Murs

 

 

Who He Chose

 

Rough Copy

 

Kingland Road

 

Miss Dynamix

 

 

 

Who I Would Have Chose

 

Rough Copy

 

Kingsland Road

 

Miss Dynamix

 

 

 

Nicole’s Judges’ Houses in Antigua

 

Acts

Abi Alton

Tamera Foster

Melanie McCabe

Relly Clarke

Hannah Barrett

Jade Richards

Judges’ Assistant/s

 

Mary J Blige

 

Who She Chose

 

Abi Alton

 

Tamera Foster

 

Hannah Barrett

 

Who I Would Have Chose

 

Jade Richards

 

Hannah Barrett

 

Abi Alton

 

 

So there you go. Another exciting X Factor Judges’ Houses stage. Roll on Live Show number one! Best of luck everyone. Come on!

Tell me what you think? Did the Judges make the right choices? Who do you think will win? Comment below and let me know! 🙂