X Factor 2013 Roundup: Week 7
E2E feature writer Aaron Nelson rounds up the X Factor’s 10th anniversary and seventh week of the live shows.
Ten years ago, Simon Cowell-created show The X Factor hit our screens. Since then, it’s launched the careers of pop-stars Leona Lewis, Joe McEldery, Alexandra Burke, Shane Ward, Little Mix, One Direction, Union J, Lucy Spraggan and Misha B! OK, so we know it’s also given us some of the cheesiest performers to ever grace the television screen; Wagner, Chico, Jedward, to name a frightening few – but I’m sure we can forgive them for that, right?
And how else to open the anniversary show than with a performance from one of The X Factor’s most successful children, Olly Murs, who sang his latest single ‘Hand on Heart’ before the final six sang songs by past winners as the show celebrated 10 years of drama, of incredible talent, of Louis Walsh!
From Louis Walsh’s category, Scotland -born Nicolas McDonald opened the show on Saturday night with Joe McEldery’s winner’s single ‘The Climb’, followed by South London’s own Hannah Barrett’s performance of Alexandra Burke’s debut single ‘Hallelujah’.
Luke “The Hair” Friend was up next with his take on One Direction’s No. 1 hit ‘What Makes You Beautiful’, and Gary Barlow’s last remaining category member Rough Copy were up next performing ‘Don’t Let Go (Love)’, popularised by girl-band Little Mix during series eight.
Tamera Foster, from Nicole Scherzinger’s category, then took to the stage with her take on James Arthur’s winner’s single ‘Impossible’ – but lost her way throughout the song when she forgot her words for a second time in two weeks.
It was left to the last remaining Over 25 of the competition and Sharon Osbourn’s last hope of securing a win this year, bookie favourite Sam Bailey to close the show with an astounding performance of Leona Lewis’ ‘Bleeding Love’.
Sunday saw a performance of ‘Everybody in Love’ from JLS and the final six, as well as a very Christmassy performance from Mary J Blige and Jessie J with ‘Do You Hear What I Hear?’ and One Direction singing their latest single ‘Story of My Life’.
Then it was up to series constant Dermot O’ Leary to reveal who would be in the bottom two. The results came as a shock to most as Hannah Barrett and Rough Copy were announced to be in the sing-off! Hannah Barrett was up first, soulfully singing Etta James’ ‘I’d Rather Go Blind’, followed by Rough Copy’s performance of Oasis’s ‘Stop Crying Your Heart Out’. The judges voted, and Hannah Barrett was sent home.
Next week, the final five perform to a “Jukebox” theme, as well as a second song which we viewers can vote for by using the X Factor app! Also, Rebecca Ferguson and James Arthur perform!