X Factor Australia 4 – Week 8

In a challenge that I believe is unique to X Factor Australia, the other judge’s got to select songs for acts other than their own.  I definitely enjoyed the freedom of this theme that allowed contestants to showcase things that their mentor wouldn’t have necessarily chosen.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w0VAjJ4BW-M&feature=g-user-u

This selection by Guy Sebastian for Shiane Hawke was very smart.  I think Shiane sounded pretty good on it, despite Shiane’s inability to connect with a song with her facial reactions, if you just listened to it, you would believe she was feeling that song.  The background vocals were in the right places, the staging was beautiful and simple.  Shiane was as comfortable as ever, and as Mel said since Shiane enjoyed it, so did I.   Arguably one of her top two or three performances of the season.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JcSpCU6DcXs&feature=channel&list=UL

Mel B chose Bieber’s “Beauty and a Beat” for The Collective and this song is definitely fresh out of the oven.  But I think the performance was a little over baked.  What made Domino so fantastic was it’s simple staging.  So much freaking stuff was happening on the stage it was hard to tell whether Trent was body-rolling or popping/locking most of the time.  In terms of their performance it isn’t particularly bad, but truthfully nothing special, even Will’s rap didn’t seem to take me anywhere regardless of his commitment.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PTvw1JmjqFg&feature=channel&list=UL

Natalie decided to set Samantha Jade up for failure by handing her a Kelly Clarkson song that Samantha would never be ever to fill the vocal shoes of.  Guy and Sammi did the best the could with it, bending the song into a bit of a bit of a dance/pop song and less of a rock/pop song.  I think Titanium would have been a better choice, with a similar message, but in a style that lends itself more readily to Samantha’s strengths.  But don’t let me fool you for a second, I believe Natalie may have had some ulterior motives when picking Samantha’s song.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8N_bQJ-3JE&feature=channel&list=UL

Ronan chose one of his own songs for Jason Owen, and I must say that seeing this facet of Jason is perfect at this time.  Jason has been doing a lot of uptempos overall, so this ballad was a nice change of pace.  Jason is the only person in my mind guaranteed a spot in the final 3.  I am not sure if he will win, but he will be in the final 3.  He sounds so good, he is so freaking likable, and he tries so hard.  I don’t ever see myself buying a Jason Owen album, but I’ve been wrong before.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nVj4ltNcV-k&feature=channel&list=UL

Mel B chose “Dreams” for the lovely miss Bella Ferraro and to paraphrase the former scariest spice, this is the kind of stuff she should’ve been doing all along.  Bella would never win out in a vocal battle throw down of divas, but I would buy her album.  Guy Sebastian gave her awesome advice.  What differentiates Bella from Missy Higgins and Lisa Mitchell?  I think they are different, although I would give them all similar songs if I was producing their albums.  Bella could make a niche for herself.  I want to see her in the final 3, but in my mind I feel like it might be either her or Samantha Jade.  This final 4 is shockingly strong, next week is going to be stressful.

Bottom Two

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJ-Ef3ivqnM&feature=channel&list=UL

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WcNNWvO93QI&feature=channel&list=UL

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_f0qPzQP9_k&feature=channel&list=UL

Is it possible that The Collective actually had the lowest votes of the week?  Quite and very.  Fact is The Collective killed Shiane Hawke in the sing off.  Shiane is a very nice sweet adorable girl.  I hope she finds success after she finishes some more years of school.  The final 3 is probably going to Jason Owen, The Collective and either Bella Ferraro or Samantha Jade.  As much as I was an advocate for The Collective to be in the final 3 before, I kind of don’t know if I necessarily want them there now.  I feel like Samantha has shown so much that she deserves to be there, and Bella could really find her stride, but I cannot shake the feeling like this is an either or situation.  Next week is going to be exciting either way.  I cannot wait to read your comments below and as always thanks for reading!

 

  • bahogbugan_simj

    Shiane’s sing off was an epic trainwreck.

    i hope she doesn’t get bullied after the show.  she’s a very easy target.

  • Esqt

    “In a challenge that I believe is unique to X Factor Australia, the other judge’s got to select songs for acts other than their own.”
    Cool…

  • Nasstopher

    I felt so bad for Shiane after her save me song. Good luck to her.

    But from the final four, Jason is the only one who hasn’t been in the bottom two, I hope that doesn’t mean that he’s going to win. That would be just horrible.

  • maattt

    Samantha has to make the finals! She has the whole package – a true star!

  • khomphuong2

    I hope The X Factor US invite Guy Sebastian or Mel B. to replace Simon Cowell when he takes Gary’s spot in UK next year.

  • Incipit

    “In a challenge that I believe is unique to X Factor Australia, the other judge’s got to select songs for acts other than their own.”

    “I believe Natalie may have had some ulterior motives when picking Samantha’s song.”

    Mentors and judges picking contestant’s songs for them has taken most of the interest out of these shows, for me. The hamsters can get screwed over by well-meaning, but stupid choices from their own mentors – and frequently are – and the other mentor/judges have a vested interest in not being helpful or giving praise to any acts but their own – and none of them have any reason to tell the whole truth…but why give the competing mentors a free shot at the contestants with the ability to mess up the song choice on purpose? 

    I used to compare these shows to a Marathon – for the contestants – but the latest hybrids are more like running a gauntlet…the balance has tilted – and they survive at the mercy of the judge/mentors, not their own talent, or their own choices.

    JMO. Of Course.

  • bahogbugan_simj

    i’m rooting for Samantha and The Collective for this one.  Bella is a hit and miss for me.  Jason i really don’t like (and i really don’t get) but he has not yet been in the bottom three which might mean he’ll probably win LOL

  • http://MJO judes

    I thought the judges did a good job selecing for the other contestants who handled the songs quite well.
    Thank goodness Collective stayed otherwise that would have been 3 weeks in a row that the one I voted for left.
    It would be great to have a group in the final 3- makes it much more interesting & I really don’t think Bella deserves to be there as she is so hot & cold & has said she doesn’t want to win anyway-so why keep her?

  • http://twitter.com/toastyred Sara Traynor

    Aww, I was hoping that the Collective were singing Backstreet Boy’s ALAYLM.  They sound much better than any of the XFUK boybands.  I’m impressed as I don’t detect the usual really loud backing track that goes with most of the XFUK groups.