X Factor 2013 Roundup: Week 2
E2E feature writer Aaron Nelson rounds up the X Factor’s second week of live shows.
While the theme was Love and Heartbreak, there would be no hint of cheese this year; there are no Rylans, there are no Wagners, there are no Kitty Brucknels – Dermot O’Leary doesn’t even dance any more! The only chance of any cringe-worthy performances lied with Devon diva Shelley Smith, and she was this week’s latest contestant to be booted off!
Saturday night was thick with a grand rendition of Passenger’s ‘Let Her Go’ by Luke Friend, and a somewhat surreal, loads-of-dancers-with-unnecessary-umbrellas performance by the usually indie-orientated Abi Alton with Kylie Minogue’s ‘Can’t Get You Out of My Head’.
The night’s climax came when Hannah Barrett belted out a flawless take on Christina Aguilera’s ‘Beautiful’, about which Garry Barlow said, “when you bend both knees and go for it, I really love it!”
Garry’s group Kingsland Road were the latest flash-vote victim, as after the sharp 10 minute vote they were secured a place in Sunday night’s sing-off.
Sunday night saw Robin Thicke perform ‘Blurred Lines’ with an entire circus of women who all looked the same, which, arguably, made the star look a bit like a sleazy version of the Pied Piper, while Katy Perry was brought out of the X Factor storage facility to perform her latest single ‘Roar’, for which she dressed up as Tony the Tiger. Halloween isn’t until next week, Katy!
Aforementioned Devon lass Shelley Smith (of Mrs O’s Over 25s) joined Kingsland Road after receiving the least public votes. Kingsland Road performed a rather nice take on Pink’s ‘Try’, which was enough to trump Smith’s performance of Sam Brown’s ‘Stop’ as judges voted to save Kingsland Road. The judges’ voting wasn’t without some sort of hysteria, however, when Sharon Osborne took it upon herself to…how should I put it…help make up Louis Walsh’s mind as to who he should save by kissing, hugging, and even treating (to use the word very, very loosely) Louis to a face full of breast, and we’re not talking Iceland’s finest fillets.
Besides Shelley’s elimination, the latest X Factor weekend wasn’t without its fair share of medical drama, as girl-group Ms Dynamix’s SeSe Foster was rushed to hospital before Saturday’s live show. She has since put the reason for her hospitalisation down to a collapse caused by anxiety, and dismissed claims that it was due to her pregnancy. Meanwhile, after Sunday’s show had finished, Abi Alton was taken to hospital in a stretcher after falling down a set of stairs and landing awkwardly on her back. She has since tweeted that she is back home and resting, and that no serious damage was caused.
The X Factor returns next Saturday with songs from the movies, and Lady Gaga and The Wanted will both be performing their new singles.
If you missed out on last week’s E2E X Factor Roundup, check it out here!