Was it me or was this weekend’s second live instalment of The X Factor a bit of a downgrade from last week? A lot of acts failed to really stick out through all the massive productions, but some were still pretty ace so let’s have a rankage.
Number in brackets is where I stuck them last week.
1 (3) Janet Devlin
Janetbabes has had a tough week, but it didn’t affect her performance. Her rendition was beautiful – not big, balls-out massive; just really, really touching and very lovely. Before last week’s performance I wasn’t even a fan, and naturally she will slip up when it comes to “IN DA CLUB WEEK” or whatever fast-paced themes lie ahead, but for now she remains a frontrunner.
2 (2) Misha B
Misha “PUT IT DOWN” for the second week in a row, and though I did ultimatelyt prefer ‘Rolling In The Deep’ she did bring a 90s classic to the fore and make it “contemporary”. Reports that she’s been a diva backstage are yet to be addressed, but if they’re true then why is Kitty getting so much harder a time…?
3 (11) Rhythmix
Top marks for these girls – ‘I’m Like A Bird’ wasn’t perfect (what performance this week was?!) but the VT before they went on went some way to earning them some likeability, and the urban re-interpretation of ‘I’m Like A Bird’ was great. I hope they don’t go this week – they categorically do not deserve it.
4 (7) Marcus Collins
Kelly was right when she said she wanted more “oomph” from Marcus, but this was so much more his “thing” than that disappointing ‘Moves Like Jagger’ rendition from last Saturday. The last half in particular was wicked.
5 (1) Sophie Habibis
Was ‘Wherever You Will Go’ as good as ‘Teenage Dream’? No. But it was still a great performance. The wavy wailing from note to note will annoy some viewers, but hopefully she can pull herself back into the very upper echelons next Saturday. I hope she stays for a long time.
6 (9) Sami Brookes
‘I Will Always Love You’?! SPOT THE MENTOR. A great performance but too early in the show and too cliche a song choice to be remembered. Her VT was great though and, again, I hope she manages to pull through the public vote for another week.
7 (6) The Risk
‘Just The Way You Are’ was a little safe, just like their performance last week. They need to start living up to their name and taking some risks. But they are four great singers, and though I don’t yet think they can have a JLS standard of success outside of the show, they’re definitely in this for the long haul.
8 (5) Craig Colton
Not ‘Jar Of Hearts’ was it? And again, I don’t like how he forces the attitude and the emotion rather than really “feel it” (and I know how wanky that sounds). He has a great voice, but he needs to calm down the theatrics in my opinion.
9 (12) Kitty Brucknell
She did a good job this week of actually singing rather than just shouting, but Kelly’s right – it’s all very well kissing off the haters, but if nobody’s going to like her then nobody’s going to buy the records are they?! Good for her sticking up for anti-bullying but she’s SO MELODRAMATIC!
10 (10) Nu Vibe
No Vibe indeed. But seriously, they’re not that bad. But seriously, they’re still not great.
11 (8) Frankie Cocozza
I thought Frankie did good last week, but this week ‘The Scientist’ was A) uncomfortable to watch, B) performed too intensely, and C) not totally in tune. In fact the tuning really wasn’t great at all. He gets a hard time from the ‘HATERZ’ but, seriously, he deserves to be in the Bottom 2. He won’t be, but he deserves to be.
12 (14) Johnny Robinson
Even they do let Johnny show off his voice, he will still sound like a chipmunk. End of.
What are everyone’s thoughts?