X Factor 2013 Roundup: Week 9
E2E feature writer Aaron Nelson rounds up the X Factor’s semi-finals and ninth week of the live shows.
It’s the semi-finals, and last Saturday on The X Factor the final four contestants sang songs by Elton John and Beyoncé! Are YOU ready for this jelly?*
*Aaron Nelson promises never to make “jokes” like that again. Despite his repeated apologies, Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word…
Saturday night kicked off with a performance from Luke Friend, who sung Beyoncé’s ‘Best Thing I Never Had’, followed by a shaking first performance from Nicolas McDonald with his take on ‘Halo’ which earned him negative feedback from the judges for the first time in the competition.
Sam Bailey maintained her flawless record with yet another pitch perfect performance with ‘If I Were a Boy’ before the final group remaining in the show, Rough Copy, took to the stage with a smashing rendition of ‘Survivor’, from Beyoncé’s Destiny’s Child days.
It was then time for the final four to perform again, this time with songs made famous by sparkling musical legend Elton John. Nicolas McDonald returned to the stage with ‘Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me’, followed by Luke Friend’s second performance of the night, ‘Something About the Way You Look Tonight’.
Rough Copy sang a vocals-lead rendition of ‘Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word’, before Sam Bailey closed the show with an emotional performance of ‘Candle in the Wind’, which John wrote 11 years after the death of icon Marilyn Monroe and re-worded in 1997 after the death of Princess Diana.
On a cheerier note, Sunday came drenched in tinsel and wrapping paper as The X Factor‘s most successful act, Leona Lewis, returned to the show to perform her latest single ‘One More Sleep’. Big Band super star Michael Bublé also took to the stage to sing his latest release ‘You Make Me Feel So Young’.
With the glitter and snowflakes swept away, it was up to Dermot O’Leary to reveal which acts would have to sing in the last sing-off of the series. Sam Bailey and Nicolas McDonald secured places in this year’s final, and Rough Copy and Luke Friend began the sing-off.
Luke Friend performed first, singing Keane’s ‘Somewhere Only We Know’. Rough Copy then sang Boys II Men’s ‘End of the Road’. Gary Barlow backed his own act, Rough Copy, as did Nicole Scherzinger, while Louis Walsh stood by his act Luke Friend. Sharon Osbourne then took the vote to Deadlock by also saving Luke Friend, where it was revealed that Luke Friend had gained the most votes out of the two, sending Rough Copy home.
Next week, it all ends – it’s the final! Not only will this year’s winner be revealed, but musical guests including The Killers, Gary Barlow and Elton John, Katy Perry, One Direction and Tom Odell will perform!