X Factor 2013 Roundup: Week 5
E2E feature writer Aaron Nelson rounds up the X Factor’s fifth week of the live shows.
Big Band Week is back! A viewer favourite and chance to separate those who can sing and those who can’t, we’ve put away the cat suits and disco balls and dived into week 5 on The X Factor!
The night kicked off with a very sweet (so sweet that it tickled the borderline of being sickly, in fact) performance of ‘That’s Life’ by Abi Alton, which, if we’re honest, was quickly forgotten when Sharon Osbourne’s last Over 25 Sam Bailey came out and destroyed the theme from New York, New York which was hailed by the judges as the performance of the night, despite only being the second act to sing!
Young Scotsman Nicolas McDonald was up next with a rendition of ‘Dream a Little Dream of Me’, which, as usual, left Mrs O and Nicole Scherzinger drooling into their complementary glasses of water. Luke “The Hair” Friend performed Van Morrison’s ‘Moondance’, and Hannah Barrett belted out a brassy take on James Brown’s ‘It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World’.
Last remaining of Gary Barlow’s groups, Rough Copy, followed with an upbeat and cane-swinging performance of ‘Hit the Road, Jack’, and Tamera Foster was hot on their heels, singing Julie London’s ‘Cry Me a River’.
Sam Callahan closed the show, singing Dean Martin’s ‘Ain’t That a Kick in the Head’, which ironically seemed to leave judge Gary Barlow and Callahan’s biggest fan (can you spot the irony there?) with something of a headache as the judge could only muster acknowledging that the Essex lad seemed to be having a swell time of it, and leaving it at that! When presenter Dermot O’Leary later questioned the Take That frontman on his (very) brief comments, Barlow elaborated somewhat by saying that it takes balls for someone like Sam to sing in a show that features such talents as Sam Bailey and Tamera Foster. That’s one person not on the Barlow household Christmas list, then…
Sunday night came with music legends Robbie Williams aboard a pirate ship (singing his latest release ‘Go Gentle’) and Celine Dion in a VLBD (VERY Little Black Dress) (performing ‘Loved Me Back to Life’). With the Saturday night flash vote seeming scraped for good, it was left for Dermot to reveal the two acts who had amassed the fewest votes from the public: Abi Alton and Hannah Barrett. With that, the sing off began.
Alton shook off the frills and pink bows of her previous performance and sang a rather powerful take on Ed Sheeran’s ‘Lego House’, followed by an equally as bad-ass performance from Barrett with Miley “The Tongue” Cyrus’s ‘Wrecking Ball’. With Nicole refusing to vote due to both acts belonging to her category, it was up to Walsh, Osbourne and Barlow to send Abi home and sending Hannah into next week.
What a week! Next week, the last seven acts sing from “The Great British Songbook”, as well as performances from Gazza Barlow himself and Miley Cyrus. Ofcom, prepare yourself!