X Factor 2013 Roundup: Week 6
E2E feature writer Aaron Nelson rounds up the X Factor’s sixth week of the live shows.
Tea and toast! Rainy weather! The Queen! The X Factor! It was all about the Best of British last weekend on our favourite singing competition as the final seven contestants treated us to songs from the “Great British Songbook”!
It all kicked off with one of Nicole Scherzinger’s two girls, Hannah Barrett, as she gave a brilliantly breathy performance of the Rolling Stones’ hit ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’, followed by Louis Walsh’s boy, Luke “The Hair” Friend’s rendition of Elton John’s ‘Your Song’.
Flying the red-headed and slightly botoxed flag for the “FAB-ulous” Sharon Osbourn, Sam Bailey was up next, standing (for some reason) on a raised set of steps to sing The Beatles’ track ‘Something’ – which once again garnered faultless praise from the judges. Gary Barlow’s last group, boy band Rough Copy, followed with a performance of Coldplay’s ‘Viva la Vida’, complete with plenty of neon lights and hand-held pyrotechnics!
Louis’ second boy Sam Callahan brought us a little slice of George Michael’s ‘Faith’, followed by Nicole’s remaining girl Tamera Foster with her take on Shirley Bassey’s famed Bond hit ‘Diamonds are Forever’ – despite fumbling halfway through with her words, the Gravesend girl pummelled through. It was up to Nicolas McDonald, the last from Louis’ category, to close the show with a very impressive performance of (the) Adele’s ‘Someone Like You’.
Miley Cyrus and Gary Barlow were this Sunday’s special guests. Miley The-Girl-Everyone’s-Talking-About Cyrus, famed for her twerking, her tongue, and more recently for sparking up what was seemingly a joint on stage at the Amsterdam-hosted EMAs in November, performed a surprisingly placid (and fully-dressed, we should say) ‘Wrecking Ball’, which saw her slowly make her way down from…well, what looked like a giant sand dune. Who would’ve thought it?
The show’s very own Gary Barlow performed a more upbeat performance of his new single ‘Let Me Go’, complete with a mini-rave! Go Gazza!
With the raver’s swept off the stage and the sand dune return to the Sahara desert, it was up to Dermot O’Leary to reveal who had gathered the least votes – Luke Friend and Sam Callahan. The sing off began.
Luke took up his guitar and performed first with U2’s ‘Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For’, and Sam Callahan surprised everyone, it’s fair to say, with what judges hailed as his best performance yet with the Goo Goo Dolls’ ‘Iris’. It wasn’t enough, however, and Sam Callahan was unanimously voted out.
With week 7 around the corner, and the final looming on the near horizon, next week the X Factor celebrates its 10th birthday – with the final six singing songs from the show’s past. In the greatest birthday bash of the year, One Direction, Olly Murs, Jessie J, Mary J. Blige and JLS perform!