X Factor UK Season 9: Eighth Live Show

ABBA/Motown week.

According to TV Guide, tonight’s show airs at 8:00pm BST (3:00pm EDT, 12:00pm PDT) on ITV1 (105min). The Xtra Factor airs at 09:45pm BST (60min) on ITV2.

Where to watch the show? If you are in the UK or can get UK IP, watch on ITV.com. Possible alternatives: TV Nutters, TVPC.com.

Please post working live feed links in the comments section below as you find them!

We are down to 5 acts and tonight each will perform two numbers: One ABBA song and one Motown song. Rylan is doing “Mamma Mia” and a medley of hits from The Supremes.

The lines open before the first performance.


1. Rylan Clark – “Mamma Mia”

The boys decided to cook Thanksgiving dinner for Nicole at Rylan’s place.
Rylan starts the performance sitting on a throne. The floor is turned into a chess board and dancers are dressed as chess figures. Right before the end the confetti falls. This wasn’t that tragic vocally, but I was a bit bored.
Louis: Brilliant song choice!
Tulisa: I loved the staging.
Gary: I think we need to officially declare: You are still here, I have to respect you for coming back to this show, it’s people’s choice to be here.
Nicole: That’s the way to open this show.

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2. Union J – “The Winner Takes It All”

The boys were devastated by Ella’s departure last week. My feed is jumping a bit, so it’s a bit hard to judge the performance. I think they did well.
Tulisa: The vocals were on point tonight. The staging was simple, good job.
Gary: I feels so good about this band, it just feels right, it really does.
Nicole: I love the way you addressed the girls this week. Get used to it.
Louis: Everyone sings in this band and they work so hard.

3. Jahmene Douglas – “I Have A Dream”

Jahmene stands on a tall platform, the lights are smokey and he is singing slowly, with only the piano in the background. He sounds great, but I’m getting a bit bored.
Louis: I don’t think the theme really suits you, I don’t think ABBA is your thing, but you sang your heart out.
Tulisa: What a beautiful performance. I’m running out of ways to kiss your butt …
Gary: The ad-libs weren’t as on point as they usually are.
Nicole: It was my favorite performance you’ve done.

4. James Arthur – “SOS”

James was in the bottom 2 last week with Ella and the whole ordeal really shocked him.
It’s James, singing and playling acoustic guitar. On the chorus, background music kicks in. I guess a bit of dubstep makes it more current. That said, I don’t think it’s anything special. Just okay.
Louis: We need original talent like you on this show.
Tulisa: You take a classic and you make it your own. I want you or Jahmene to win this competition.
Gary: You brought integrity tonight, incredible performance. I’m your biggest fan.
Nicole: You make everyone else’s songs and then you make them better. You are a game changer.

5. Christopher Maloney – “Fernando”

The public’s choice is singing “Fernando” this week. My God. An now my feed is stuck. GAH.
Nicole: That was a lovely theatrical peace. Very good vocals. It was a little bit of a snoozer for me.
Louis: It was like something from ABBA The Musical.
Tulisa: The staging was creepy for me. Vocally you sounded very good.
Gary: Another great performance this week. I’m very sorry for these comments.


1. Union J – “I’ll Be There” by Jackson 5

Nice vocal performance. Nothing new, though.
Tulisa: What a killer night for you guys, two awesome song choices, two amazing vocal performances.
Gary: Boybands were essentially born in the Motown era. It was a good performance, but I thought you could got the extra mile and you didn’t.
Nicole: I think that all the little girls will beg to differ right now. i loved the song, brilliant song and you did a brilliant job with it.
Louis: That was your best vocal performance.

2. Rylan Clark – The Supremes medley

Nicole introduces James Arthur, but it’s really Rylan’s turn. Rylan and Nicole watch his past performances on a Samsung tablet. Product placement, again. Rylan wears yellow suit with one pink sleeve. He has lots of dancers and background vocalists on stage. Even Rylan isn’t entertaining anymore.
Louis: It’s week 8, your are still there. I didn’t enjoy this as much as I usually do.
Tulisa: It was nice to hear your vocals a bit more. It wasn’t your most exciting performance for me.
Gary: I loved the visuals, but a bit too Eurovision for me.
Nicole: You are a breath of fresh air everytime you come on stage.

In the audience: Jahmene’s mum, Rylan’s friend, Christopher’s nan.

3. James Arthur – “Let’s Get It On” by Marvin Gaye

More Samsung product placement. James hopes this performance will show another side of him. Hmm, this is a straight up cover. Decent vocal performance, but nothing special.
Louis: That was the vocal performance of the entire night. You never let us down.
Tulisa: Only you could get away with singing that song. It was sexy, it was cheeky …
Gary: What a vocal performance, you are nothing like Plan B, you are James Arthur.
Nicole: It’s safe to say that many babies will be made tonight.

4. Jahmene Douglas – “Tracks Of My Tears” – Smokey Robinson

Jahmene loves Motown. Jahmene stands on a podium behind big letters spelling out his name. This is getting boring. The performance is okay, even though I’ve heard better covers of this song.
Louis: I have loved you from your very first audition.
Tulisa: It wasn’t my favorite performance, but I still can’t fault it.
Gary: Louis, do us a favour, shut up. Totally your area, great performance, well done.
Nicole: You are our little prince of Motown. That was beautiful.

5. Christopher Maloney – “Dancing On The Ceiling” – Lionel Richie

Strong vocals, but very karaoke. Chris basically shouted out the song.
Nicole: Great energy. I’m looking for soul and I’m not seeing much soul there.
Louis: You sang well, but it was karaoke.
Tulisa: You sang well. that performance was more dated than the song itself.
Gary: I’m getting a bit uncomfortable with the criticism you are getting. You started out as a ballad singer.

Rihanna and Bruno Mars perform on the X Factor tomorrow night.

YAWN. That was one bland and boring show tonight. Can we vote off everyone? All 5 acts and the judging panel suck. My favorite performance tonight was Jahmene’s “I Have A Dream”.

Mateja Praznik

I study law at the Faculty of Law in Ljubljana, Slovenia. In my free time I like to read books, watch TV and listen to music. I'm also a huge cat lover and I own 5 cats and a dog.
I cover X Factor UK for MJsBigBlog.com.

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  • Listening

    Here’s the link i’m on.

  • jewelsceo

    Love the UK X! USA version need revamping….Simon needs redo Season 3..

  • http://twitter.com/sonnileeann ?SonniLeeann?

    Is it bad that I enjoy TXF UK more than I do the USA? I just can’t get enough of James Arthur.

  • Amber Alk

    I love Jahmenes voice but It was boring. liked union j but wasn’t crazy about the harmonizing. first time I kinda liked Rylans performance

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro


    This a good live feed  – I think so, I’m not paying too much attention . lol

  • Listening

    I don’t like Jame’s first performance it feels lazy to me. Also I don’t like the backing track music, it makes the song sound lame.

  • Mateja Praznik

     The Brits watch XF USA and think the talent on the US version is brilliant.

  • jewelsceo

    Chris— boring…bottom 2

  • jewelsceo

    Tulsia nailed the comment….on Chris

  • jewelsceo

    I was more impressed with talent from Season 1 on USA…I like the talent this season on UK….:)

  • Listening

    Umm I actually liked that performance by Chris. His dramatic singing style worked w/ that song. And the dancers were kind of interesting not creepy at all they were going for an artistic feel.  Anyway what’s the big deal about judges complaining about  the staging/ dancers when just last week they were saying James and Ella shouldn’t of been in the bottom b/c it’s all about the vocals. I guess they’ll say whatever it takes to get rid of Christopher. It’s just rather two-faced of them.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/IYMZ43XMLLAE6RVHJS4M6KNC5Y Dennis


    this is the best link to use, it always work for me

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    “Chris— boring…bottom 2”

    No way. LMAO. He’s boring every week and his presence on the bottom 2 is what everyone has been wishing the entire season, but it seems extremely hard to happen. lol 

  • Mateja Praznik

     I think the talent on XF UK is really bad, but both XF USA casts were good.

  • Amber Alk

    Dont care what anyone else says but I absolutely loved James’ performance.

  • Listening

    I really liked Josh’s vocals in I’ll be There. At times Jaymi over powers the others w/ his voice, it was just sooo much stronger than the rest.  Is JJ ever gonna get a solo. And finally George has some real prominent cheek bones they look like they’ll poke right through his skin and he smiles too much.

  • jewelsceo

    Nicole just said James and its Ryan up….looking at the wrong camera….LOL

  • Whatiswrongwithus

    ???? WTF was that Nicole????? LOL. Is she drunk?? It was Rylan but she introduced James Arthur. She seems to be high on every episode, what’s up with that?

  • shell29

    This performance from Rylan is every bit as boring as Chris Maloney’s (and the flashing lights and dancers don’t save it for me).

  • Whatiswrongwithus

    What scares me is that Rylan’s performances have actually normalised to me now, lol, i don’t even find him a joke anymore. He actually sings more in tune than Cece, that’s what’s scary.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    The 3 original guys from Union J look all the same. Are they brothers? there’s a great singer there but I’m never gonna be able to distinguish him. I think the only function that George has in the group is to smile.

  • jewelsceo

    I agree…CeCe is singing very flat… and Ryan singing is abit better…

  • jewelsceo

    James the winner! WOW …what a performance…

  • Listening

    Ok Jame’s that’s more like it, not lazy at all. Let’s get it on is on point. I love his tone and he was really stretching himself vocally.


  • shell29

    Game over-just give it to James right now.   He killed that.

  • Listening

    Umm does anyone else think James Arthur and Jaymi ( lead singer of Union J) look a bit alike? I just noticed that.

  • Whatiswrongwithus

    James never fails to let me down. That was dreammmyy… Hope that blew the panties off every girl in the UK enough to vote! Oh well, now with Ella gone, I only watch for James. So i can call it a night now.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    Nicole has now 3/5 of the competition. lol She has to announce a different act each 10 minutes. She must have confused herself.

  • shell29

    Not a bad job by Jahmene. 

  • jewelsceo

    Chris….hmmmmmmmmmmm….cheeesy……… Lion Ritchie song

  • Listening

    Woah that motown song did not suit him. He shouldn’t sing up-tempo.

  • jewelsceo

    Gary really wants James to win! LOL

  • shell29

    Can always count on Chris to bring the cheez.  Oh well, at least he owns it.

  • Oldhag

    Hopefully either Ryland or Chris will hit the bottom 2 this week.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

     If it happens, Chris will be out and the show will have a joke contestant on the Top4. lol

  • WestiesRule

    I like James the best of the lot. Show wasn’t very good. I’ve been watching Nicole for years… she was not under the influence of anything. The didn’t tell her what camera to look at!

  • Karen C

    I thought James Arthur was terrific tonight, very original with his Abba song.   Both songs were good.

  • http://twitter.com/Barb0603 Barbara Rodriguez

    I loved James’ performances tonight !!!!! I hope the UK fans vote !!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NDYOWBIIPZU6PBRHGOPT2ZZJXQ sweetmm

    With such dark comments, Christopher is not going anywhere.  Love the fact that Rylan always get the best production.  James does sound great; he is like Ed Shereen for me i.e. don’t watch just listen.  

    Jahmene given the right song would sound great as a recording artist; he might not be the typical pop artist but I believe there is a market as today not many male singers can belt it out.

    Union J will cut a record deal, win or not.  They really do have good voices and great harmony, a major plus for a boy band :) 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5HGXDY5SA4QJRME7OQJXRJYE4M James M.

    Does James kinda look like a hobbit who just had his wisdom teeth extracted to anyone else?

    That said…. he uses a guitar which immediately makes me groan (acoustic guitars should be banned from this show!!!! Well, not literally…), but I liked his second song. He’s got a good voice, and he’s arguably the most interesting contestant there. As much as I despise that WGWG meme that has attacked singing shows mercilessly for quite some time now, from those 5, he should win. Jahmene and Chris are boring (Jahmene does have a good voice though, but Baloney sucks), Union J is meh, and Rylan is like….. proof that there is some horrible substance in British water.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5HGXDY5SA4QJRME7OQJXRJYE4M James M.

    What’s weird about how much I agree with the second part of your statement, as much as I hate Rylan’s act, there’s something about CeCe’s that makes her somewhat tolerable. Probably the lack of penis?

    Rylan actually can sing in tune at times, but he’s completely annoying and he’s the worst joke act to hit X Factor. Siameze Floyd from last season of X Factor US should have just traveled to Britain and taken his place….  (although I think he might be in the overs if he did).

    With Ella’s departure, from these 5 it seems like a “pick your poison”, but I’d have to say this should be the order, from winner to eliminated this week

    1. James Arthur
    2. Jahmene Douglas
    3. Union J
    4. Christopher Maloney
    5. Rylan Clark

    I wanted Ella to win though.

  • durbesque

    As good as Jahmene is, the only one who could keep me interested through a set or a career is James.  Creative, inventive, somewhat similar to P2, but he doesn’t love it and enjoy it the way P2 does.

  • Hellraiser77

    I was so bored I suddenly found myself laughing playing with my husbands head in a gangnam style app. Hilarious!!!
    The only bit that grabbed my attention was Shakey’s naked dancers. I was laughing even harder than with the app.

  • http://twitter.com/newbornstarr Wally.

    Matt Giraud’s version is miles better

  • lovetheusa1776

     Great performance – thanks. 

  • Ratna12

    I usually don’t comment on this show, but I have to this time.
    Nicole’s comment that James Arthur makes the song SOS better when he sang it ?, hmmm , yeah, NO.

  • Amber Alk

    I know many people will disagree with me but IMO the UK contestants have better chances at success than the U.S. Ella Henderson was already offered record deals by about 4 record labels whereas I don’t believe that could happen with any of the US contestants. If Jahmene goes the gospel route I think he could be very successful. James is a ready made artist IMO. I also think Union J could do really well. I know that they wont be as successful as one direction (though I think they are much better) but I do think that there are a lot of young people would by them and that is a very strong demographic.
     I’m not too sure at the other two. I never thought Jedward would do that well but they have so I think it could happen with Rylan also but that’s a big could. The only person I dont know about is Christopher.

    As far as the US version goes I think Carly,Tate and maybe Emblem 3 are the only one’s have a shot to be successful. 5th harmony has good voices but I’m not even sure they’ll stay together and I don’t see them being signed, I could be wrong though. Vino is very good but the overs don’t really have a chance at being successful in these type of shows. The only reason I think Tate has a chance is that country music is so popular in the U.S and he is a very good country singer. In the auditions I thought that CeCe was the most markatable and could do very well but as the shows went on IMO it showed me that I was wrong. I still think she’s marketable but I dont know if she can be successful. Paige has a good voice but whenever I see her I see Rihanna lite. I don’t see her as a viable artist. Diamond is amazing for her age but I don’t think she’s ready at this age. In a few years I could see her doing well. I feel like Carly is already ready.

  • springboard2

    Ella Henderson was already offered record deals by about 4 record labels
    whereas I don’t believe that could happen with any of the US

    I have learned to take these claims with a large pinch of salt. It just hype generated by the machine.

    I would think that the record deal offers are from labels under the Sony umbrella, because other labels know that there is no point in trying.
    And since Sony jointly owns the X Factor franchise, it just means that the producers are making some noise about Ella..for whatever purpose. She will probably get signed…but she may or may not get much support, decent material and decent promotion. We’ll see…

  • Amber Alk

    I guess you’re right about it maybe generated hype, however I still think she will be more successful than any of the XF US contestants