X Factor 2013 Roundup: Week 3
E2E feature writer Aaron Nelson rounds up the X Factor’s third week of live shows.
The X Factor took a trip to Hollywood last weekend as contestants were tasked with taking on songs from the Movies!
Gary Barlow’s boy-band Rough Copy opened the show with Bryan Adam’s ‘Everything I Do (I Do it for You)’, followed by a somewhat lacking performance of ‘All I Want is You’ (from film Reality Bites…we’ve never heard of it either) from Louis Walsh’s Sam Callahan, which judges Nicole Scherzinger and Gary criticised (again)!
Hannah Barrett showed that she had the balls to take on the Adele when she performed the Bond hit ‘Skyfall’, and Scottish teenager Nicolas McDonald’s rendition of ‘Angel’ seemed a little beyond his years, according to Gary, who warned McDonald to not come across older than he is!
Abi Alton once again failed to earn unanimous praise from judges after Mrs O felt that people would be inclined to put on the kettle when she sings after Abi’s take on Breakfast at Tiffany’s song ‘Moon River’. Nicole thought that girl-group Miss Dynamix (who did not perform last week due to band-member SeSe collapsing) were lacking chemistry after their performance of Gabrielle’s ‘Dreams’.
Last week saw yet another of Sharon’s Over 25’s face the boot as Shelley Smith caught the coach back to Devon (but we’ll no doubt see her in a shiny red coat at her nearest Butlins site within a year, so don’t worry folks!). It was soon clear to see that history wouldn’t be repeating itself this week however when Sharon’s last Over 25, Sam Bailey, donned a sparkly dress and sung that wonderful song that’s sung every year on the X Factor, Celine Dion’s ‘My Heart Will Go On’ (and On and On and On and On…).
The final three performances of the night came from Kingsland Road who gave us a very upbeat take on ‘Oh, Pretty Woman’ (from the film – you guessed it! – Pretty Woman), Luke Friend with his rocky rendition of ‘Kiss from a Rose’ and Tamera Foster put on her best Beyoncé face with her performance of ‘Listen’ (from 2006 blockbuster Dreamgirls).
However, at the end of the night it was Miss Dynamix who came out with the least backing after the Flash Vote, securing them a place in Sunday’s sing-off.
And Sunday came in a whirl of sea-shell bikinis and thunderous piano-straddling – and that was just Lady Gaga’s performance – as the pop icon belted out a mix of her two new songs ‘Venus’ and ‘Do What You Want’. Gaga, at the end of her performance, ran over to judge Sharon Osbourne and the two hugged, seeming putting to rest a feud between Sharon and daughter Kelly Osborne and the ‘Bad Romance’ singer. The Wanted also performed their new single ‘Show Me Love (America)’, which of course wouldn’t have been complete without a shower of sparks and a load of violin-players dressed in black in the background.
Later it was revealed in a shock revelation that Hannah Barrett would be joining Miss Dynamix in the sing-off, with a stunned Gary Barlow putting her place in the sing-off down to a lack of votes due to the public assuming that she would get enough votes to secure a place for next week.
Hannah performed first with a teary and emotional take of Emeli Sande’s ‘Read All About It, Part III’, followed by Miss Dynamix’s pretty impressive rendition of Swedish House Mafia’s ‘Don’t You Worry Child’. However, the judges (save Gary, who stuck with his girl-group) were agreed in saving Hannah over the trio, sending Miss Dynamix home.
Next Week sees the X Factor whack on the go-go boots and turn up the strobe lighting – it’s Disco week!