X Factor 2013 Roundup: Week 4
E2E feature writer Aaron Nelson rounds up the X Factor’s fourth week of live shows.
Last weekend’s The X Factor came in waves of scathing critique, glitter balls and a slightly bleary-eyed-looking Nicole Scherzinger as for a whole hour and fifty minutes, ITV1 threw on the white spangled body suit and rubber go-go boots and took us to the Disco!
The night started with a special performance from pop icon Nile Rodgers (who has worked with the likes of Michael Jackson and Madonna), before the competition’s final 9 contestants began their performances; Luke “The Hair” Friend kicked off the show with a great rendition of ‘Play That Funky Music’, followed by East London boy-band Kingsland Road’s performance of ‘Blame it on the Boogie’. Student Tamera Foster was next with a belting take on Rose Royce’s ‘Wishing on a Star’.
Sam Callahan’s performance of Take That’s song ‘Relight My Fire’ was next, which failed to impress the judges – especially an open-mouthed Gazza Barlow who told the Essex singer that all his fellow contestants were far better than him. Ouch!
Next, Rough Copy sang Earth, Wind and Fire’s ‘September’, followed by a much more comfortable-looking Abi Alton who was re-united with a piano (albeit a piano that looked like it had been vajazzled) and gave us a pretty take on the Gloria Gaynor classic ‘I Will Survive’. Scottish teen Nicolas McDonald seemed to take Gary Barlow’s advice from the previous week and took on a much more youthful performance of Michael Jackson’s ‘Rock With You’.
A dressed-to-the-nines Hannah Barrett rocked up then with a strong rendition of CeCe Peniston’s ‘Somebody Else’s Guy’, which would have been the performance of the night if Mrs O’s final Over 25 Sam Bailey hadn’t come onto the stage after her, complete with a total visual makeover and a cracking performance of Barbara Streisand’s and Donna Summers’ hit ‘No More Tears (Enough is Enough)’, which our favourite Irishman Louis Walsh declared the performance of the night. Saturday night ended there, as the new feature the flash-vote was “rested” this week.
Sunday night saw the return of X Factor 2011 champions Little Mix with a very upbeat performance of their new single ‘Move’, followed by a somewhat eerie performance from Taylor Swift and Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody (who has the coolest name ever!) who both performed Swift’s newest release ‘The Last Time’.
The time came soon after for Dermot to reveal who would be in the sing off this week, and after Sam Callahan was surprisingly the first to be put through to next week, Kingsland Road and Tamera Foster were revealed to have gained the least votes, and the sing-off began.
Kingsland Road were up first and gave us a rather shaky take on James Morisson’s ‘I Wont Let You Go’, followed by Tamera’s brave performance of Whitney’s ‘I Have Nothing’, which was enough to send her through to next week as the judges decided to save her and send Kingsland Road home.
Next week, the final 8 contestants sing it out in front of a good ole orchestra – it’s Big Band Week! Plus, Celine Dion and Robbie Williams perform.