X Factor 2013 Roundup: Week 8
E2E feature writer Aaron Nelson rounds up the X Factor’s eighth week of the live shows.
It’s week 8! It’s the quarter-finals! It’s nearly Christmas! It was also “Jukebox Week” last weekend on The X Factor – a theme that saw the final five contestants sing songs voted for by you, the Great British Public! The weekend also saw the final five sing an extra song by their musical heroes, the first time this series that the contestants had to sing two songs.
Saturday night kicked off with Nicolas McDonald performing Bruno Mars’s ‘Just the Way You Are’, followed by Sam Bailey’s rendition of Whitney Houston’s ‘How Will I Know?’, which Nicole Scherzinger said seemed a bit too cruise-ship for her liking.
Nicole’s final Girl in the competition, Tamera Foster, sang next (without any lyrical slip-ups) with a performance of Rihanna’s ‘We Found Love’. Luke Friend took the stage with his rendition of Bon Iver’s ‘Skinny Love’, and Gary Barlow’s only act left in the competition, Rough Copy, gave us a mash-up of Bobby Brown’s ‘Every Little Step’ and R Kelly’s ‘She’s Got that Vibe’.
With the first round of performances completed, it was time to do it all again! Nicolas McDonald was back, this time with a pyrotechnically loud take on Take That’s ‘Greatest Day’. Sam Bailey returned with what was hailed by the judges as the performance of the night when she sang Emeli Sande’s ‘Clown’, which she dedicated to her children.
Tamera Foster’s second appearance of the night came with a breath-taking performance of Roberta Flack’s ‘The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face’, followed by a foot-tapping rendition of Mumford & Sons’ ‘I Will Wait’ by Luke Friend. Rough Copy then closed the show with their performance of R Kelly’s ‘I Believe I Can Fly’.
Sunday night saw former X Factor contestant Rebecca Ferguson perform her new single ‘I Hope’, and former X Factor winner James Arthur sang his new song ‘Recovery’, before apologising during his interview with Dermot O’Leary for his recent homophobic slurs in a recent song directed at rapper Micky Worthless.
It was then left for Dermot to reveal which two contestants had amassed the least public votes and would be singing for survival in the sing-off. Nicolas McDonald, Rough Copy and Sam Bailey were put through, leaving Tamera Foster and Luke Friend in the sing-off…
…And what a sing-off it was! Tamera gave her best vocal performance yet with her rendition of Christina Aguilera’s ‘The Voice Within’. Just as it seemed that Luke Friend would be catching the bus home, he performed a passionate performance of Snow Patrol’s ‘Run’, which earned him passage through to the semi-finals when judges voted to eliminate Tamera.
Next week – the semi-finals! The final four will take on songs from Elton John and Beyoncé, and Michael Buble and Leona Lewis perform!