Britain’s favourite music competition is back! That’s right, the X-Factor has returned to our televisions with a brand new set of finalists, all competing for a career in the music business. I was happy with the result last weekend and thought the right acts ended up in the bottom two.
As always, the finalists have divided the nation, so I’m going to share my thoughts on this year’s finalists, charting the best – and worst – of those who have made it onto the live shows!
Best: Lola Saunders
Who’d have thought this girl’s day job is Fishmonger? 19-year-old geordie Lola was an absolute delight during this Saturday’s live shows, as she covered the brilliant Sam Smith track, ‘Stay With Me’ with her sultry, powerful vocals. The red dress however, I’m not really sure what the stylist was thinking? It was horrendous!
Worst: Stephanie Nala
Of all the girls in Cheryl’s category, Stephanie was definitely the worst. As part of the now-defunct band Luminites on last year’s Britain’s Got Talent, Stephanie’s sickly sweet voice worked, but nervousness got the better of her and her solo performance on Saturday suffered as a result.
Best: Andrea Faustini
When he first took the stage he looked like a rabbit caught in the headlights, but the second he started to sing, wow! For me Andrea is the best in the competition – his version of Earth Song gave me goose bumps!
The Worst: Jake Quickenden
He’s certainly not the worst of the finalists by any stretch, but with the competition in this category so fierce it’s fair to say he was the weakest link in terms of performance on the first live show. Hopefully there is more to come from Jake, he certainly has the X Factor looks wise!
The Over 25s
Best: Fleur East
It must be tough being the only female in your category, but Fleur brought some much-needed sassiness to the Over 25s team on Saturday with her rendition of the recent number one track, ‘All About That Bass’. Perhaps not her best vocal performance of the competition so far, but she’s the whole package. ‘A born popstar’ as Louis said!
Worst: Stevi Ritchie
Say hello to the Chico of X-Factor 2014 – Stevi Ritchie! Camp as Christmas, way out of tune, and choc-full of gimmicks; it was almost like watching your Dad drunkenly serenade your Mum at a family party. If this guy makes it any further than next week, I will be forced to question the sanity of Great Britain!
Best: Only The Young
It’s so refreshing to see a mixed gender group on the X-Factor! The fantastic quartet have so far shown a love of music both old and new, and I’m excited to see how many classic tracks they can recreate over the course of the competition.
Worst: Overload Generation
It wouldn’t be the X-Factor without a good-looking, 5-piece teenage boyband, and Overload Generation are – or rather were – fulfilling that that criteria for this year. Whilst the vocals weren’t horrific, it seems that the band have formed in the wrong period of time, what with One Direction, The Vamps and 5 Seconds of Summer being so prominent in the charts at the moment.