X Factor UK Season 9: Seventh Live Show

Guilty pleasures.

According to TV Guide, tonight’s show airs at 8:00pm BST (3:00pm EDT, 12:00pm PDT) on ITV1 (80min). The Xtra Factor airs at 09:20pm 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 6 acts: Jahmene Douglas, James Arthur, Rylan Clark, Ella Henderson, Union J and Christopher Maloney.

Nicole Scherzinger mentors half of the remaining acts while the other three judges have one act each. It’s incredible to see Nicole’s team still intact after all these weeks of competition.

However, I think it’s unlikely that she can keep all three boys in for another week. Last Sunday, Rylan begged his twitter followers to vote for him and keep him out of the bottom. He promised (in his words) to f*** off this weekend. I think he is ready to go. Rylan is doing Duran Duran/Bros medley tonight.

The show starts with a short recap of last week’s events.

OMG, Dermot walks in with shiny pants. He dances to “Can’t Touch This”. It’s guilty pleasures week, prepare yourself for cheesy song choices.

The judges are introduced twice. The lines are now open.

1. Union J – “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen

The contestants visited Disneyland, Paris this week. They also performed there.
OMG, Union J are doing “Call Me Maybe” this week. The song surely is a guilty pleasure, but we are just so sick of it right now. It’s a nice rendition.
Tulisa: This is a very hard performance for me to judge. I’m not a big fan of this song. It was too cheesy for me.
Gary: I absolutely love this song. You’ve never looked better, you’ve won the battle of the boybands, that was a good performance.
Nicole: That song is definitely my guilty pleasure. But you need to get more creative with your staging.
Louis: You are the only boyband left, I want people to vote for you!

2. Ella Henderson – “You’re The One That I Want” from Grease

Ella also loved the gig in Paris. And then they got to attend the Twilight premiere!
Ella is doing a slowed down version of “You’re The One That I Want” from Grease. This week it’s Ella who gets a choir on stage. Stellar vocal performance.
Gary: We are only 4 weeks from the final and that was your best performance to date! Perfect performance, well done!
Nicole: I didn’t like this song choice. Your voice sounded glorious. You look like a golden goddess, you are beyond your years.
Louis: What an amazing song choice. That was electrifying for me. You are going to sell millions and million of records.
Tulisa: That’s what this week is all about. Taking a cheesy classic and turning it around.

3. James Arthur – “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You” by Lauryn Hill

James and Rylan have a bromance. We find out something new every day. James thinks he needs to win to get a recording contract.
It’s James playing guitar, another guitarist and a drummer. Basically, classic WGWG acoustic performance. No rapping, no dubstep, nada. I found it a bit boring, but that’s just me.
Louis: Every week you come out… The song choice was a bit safe. You are definitely going to get a record deal.
Tulisa: You’ve done it again.
Gary: Aside from my category, I want you to win this competition, you are brilliant, I love your music.
Nicole: When you sing, we can’t take our eyes off of you.

4. Rylan Clark – Duran Duran/Bros Medley

Rylan used to be in a boyband?! Oh damn.
Rylan again gets fierce staging and choreography. He is wearing white outfit with LCD lights.
Louis: You haven’t got a great voice, but you are a great performer.
Tulisa: It wasn’t as explosive as last week.
Gary: The good news is, you are famous. The bad news is, give it a couple of months … This is going nowhere for me, it’s not getting any better, it’s getting worse.
Nicole: I took a big risk when I brought you to the live shows and you are still here. I want everyone at home and even their babies to pick up their phones and vote for Rylan.
Ohoho, Rylan is ready to talk back to Gary, he clearly has nothing to lose anymore. Fortune teller told Rylan a while ago that he will be leaving the competition this weekend? Interesting. Anyway, my feed is now dead. :/

5. Christopher Maloney – “Total Eclipse Of The Heart” by Bonnie Tyler

My feed is dead, so I will have to watch a video later.

6. Jahmene Douglas – “Don’t Leave Me This Way”


Olly Murs and Alicia Keys perform tomorrow night on XF UK.

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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  • wordnerdarchie

    I’m so sick of that song (Call Me Maybe).

  • Oldhag

    I hate that song but they did a good job with it.

  • Oldhag

    Normally I like Ella but this just doesn’t work for me. 

  • wordnerdarchie

    Well, she certainly changed that one up.  Did what she was supposed to do, I guess.  I kept waiting for her to speed it up.

  • Listening

    Here’s the link i’m using.  http://www.justin.tv/wmc_tv2#/w/4196715840/3

    Wow that was a great performance by James. It was just cool. I love that tone. And it showed he’s not just the rapper w/ a gritty voice full of passion. He can pull of just a pure simple vocal.

  • Whatiswrongwithus

    <3 James….. tee hee. He's my guilty pleasure. When he goes really low, he kinda sounds like Elvis. Lol

    Ella sounded quite beautiful on that song…but somehow, she seems to be losing steam for me. Or maybe it's just me idk. I was more impressed with her initially, now…not so much.

  • Oldhag

    I don’t think it will do James any favors to win X Factor.  He’ll have those “I want to be my own artist” problems.  Jahmene and Ella would benifit more.  I think the outcome for Union J isn’t dependent on winning, I suspect they’ll get signed by someone regardless of where they bow out. 

  • Whatiswrongwithus

    OMG LMAO! Rylan is like – THE BEST joke contestant! EVER!

  • Oldhag

    *Sigh* Someone good is going to be going home in Rylan’s place.  If there is any justice Nicole’s other two boys will be in the bottom 2 so she knows what it’s like to lose a talented, more deserving act to a joke.

  • Listening

    I think the producers are messing w/ Christopher by giving him a background of a giant head w/ blue lazers shooting out of his eyes.

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

    I think Gary just bought for Rylan another week. Anyway, If Rylan ends up on the bottom with Chris he’ll be safe again. lol

  • bahogbugan_simj

    James SUCKS.  it’s the same constipated emo singing from him all over again.  if Ella’s accused of sounding the same, James should get that too and he deserves that more because his voice is sh!t

    that was kind of boring for Rylan’s standards (that could get him eliminated although the dig at Gary was LOLzy) but i’d rather watch him stink up the stage than James attempt at trying to present himself as a legitimate artist, pfft laughable.

  • Mateja Praznik

    Damn, my feed died and it worked so well until now. Justin.tv never works for me. :(

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

    uh oh, Baloney might survive another week.  that wasn’t bad but i still dislike him just as much as the constipated one, i’d rather hear someone else from this group tackle that song

  • Listening

    That was one of Jahmene’s better performances. It was real ambitious. He’s kind of just a board stage presence wise but he has vocal potential. It was close to being perfect a few flaws. 1) He didn’t extend all the notes as long as he should of 2) some of his notes were a little flat/off. But the positive is when he was on he was good and he restrained himself w/ his ad-libs which he tends to go over board w/ as well as his musical screeches/ higher pitch. runs. If you use them too much it’s annoying.

    Was he the best of the night no I preferred James by a mile.

  • Mateja Praznik

    Damn, I just caught a part of Maloney’s performance during the recap and damn, he was shouting the song. He just doesn’t get it, that’s the problem. I have to go and listen to the Westlife version to get over this. 

  • Nasstopher

    When will Christopher sing a song that is not cheesy as hell???

  • bannanafish

    I thought Jahmene was off-key a lot. Didn’t hit those high notes and his riffing was all over the place. The fast pace of the song was too much for him. I don’t like Christopher or that song but he had the best vocal of the night.

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

    Really thats to bad thank goodness it works for me :D

  • kirble

    How in the world does Lauryn Hill’s “Can’t Take My Eyes off of You” qualify for this week’s theme? How is a song from one of the most critically acclaimed albums of the 90s (hell, one of the most critically acclaimed of all time) that garnered 10 Grammy nominations considered a “guilty pleasure”? A pleasure, sure, but I don’t know a single person who would feel guilty admitting they liked the song. 

    Ugh. I like James Arthur, I do, but this week’s song choice is bulls***. That LMFAO cover would have fit this week’s theme to a tee. 

  • Hazehel

    How in the world does Lauryn Hill’s “Can’t Take My Eyes off of You” qualify for this week’s theme?

    Because it is not a Lauryn Hill’s song?  It’s by Frankie Valli, 30 years before Lauryn Hill did her cover version. 

  • http://twitter.com/HighTensions Jake Williams

    lol not this season. None of these people are good. I’m frankly rooting for Rylan to win because the horrible cast they chose this season.

  • kirble

    I know Lauryn Hill’s version was a cover. And considering her album went 2x platinum in the UK, I don’t think it’s a stretch to assume James Arthur was covering her version, especially since Nicole is his mentor.

    Be honest: do you see James Arthur sitting alone in his room listening to Lauryn Hill? Or Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons? 

    (if there was an intro package in which he talked about Frankie Valli, sorry, I didn’t see it, though I’d still call b.s.)

  • Hazehel

    I know Lauryn Hill’s version was a cover. And considering her album went 2x platinum in the UK, I don’t think it’s a stretch to assume James Arthur was covering her version.

    Nope.  Her song didn’t even chart in the UK.  Most people in the UK would either know the Frankie Valli original or Andy Williams’ cover (Andy Williams actually charted twice in UK with that song).

  • Amber Alk

    Just because you don’t think anyone is deserving doesn’t mean other people share the same opinion. Rylan IMO is the only one not good enough to win.

  • kirble

    Who cares if it didn’t chart? It didn’t chart in the U.S. either. You know why? Because it wasn’t released as a single in either country. 

    And it’s interesting that you omitted the other half of the point I was making: that James Arthur is a young man who has clearly listened to his fair share of R&B. Heck, he even said Lauryn Hill would be his dream duet partner for the finale (http://www.digitalspy.com/british-tv/s103/the-x-factor/news/a438460/x-factor-james-arthur-reveals-lauryn-hill-is-dream-duet.html). Can you honestly say that you think he was covering the Frankie Valli or Andy Williams version of the song?

  • Amber Alk

    This might be unpopular but I think James Arthur is one of the best males in all of X Factor UK.

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

    Hate him all you want but Rylan is the reason I look forward to the show every week ;)

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

    The best Gary diss by Rylan; this is a running Barlow joke ;)

  • Whatiswrongwithus

    It’s not unpopular. Alot of people I’ve seen love him and are voting for him. I think he is the second most talented male contestant since Matt cardle, except James doesn’t have the attitude yet. Lol

  • Oldhag

    Jayme , of Union J, just offically came out of the closet. Gee, that’s about as shocking as when Adam Lambert did. Don’t really see where he had a choice after the video of him singing at a gay pride event hit the media circuit It will be interesting to see how that impacts all the fan girls and their voting.


  • Nasstopher

    Good for Jaymi, but the weird part of the story is that Louis encouraged him to do it?? Shouldn’t Louis encourage himself to come out??? I mean it’s obvious and no one would treat him any differently.

  • Oldhag

    Yeah, I’m glad he did come out. I thought it was a mistake for X Factor to try and shove him back in the closet when he had been out before the show. Plus, even though he isn’t flamboyant, the kid was obviously gay. He is right that for many people the reaction will be ‘we kind of already knew that’. The girls still have three other boys in the band to lust after.

  • Hazehel

    Can you honestly say that you think he was covering the Frankie Valli or Andy Williams version of the song?

    Yes, because the theme is called guilty pleasure?  You know, the thing you were wondering about why he doing the song?    Whether he was doing Lauryn Hill’s version or not is completely irrelevant – it sound like it very close to the Frankie Valli/Andy Williams version, it is not as if it is drastically different like David Cook’s Billie Jean. And yes, even when David Cook was doing Chris Cornell, he was ultimately doing a cover of  Michael Jackson – a cover is a version of the original, so everyone else is doing covers of the original except the original artist.

  • SullyD

    No videos yet?

  • Listening

    What I find weird is how people think Jaymi or any other member in that
    group being gay could hurt their chances of going further in the
    competition. I think it’s more likely to help. Let me draw to you guys
    attention that like half of one directions fans pair off the boys w/
    each other. The biggest match is Louis and Harry. They’re so into that
    match that even when Louis said stop they still keep writing about it. But  I will say in their defense Louis and Harry were pretty convincing in that something was going on in the beginning, especially Louis. He was always touching Harry. He has tried to nip/bite at and kiss Harry. There’d be these longing looks exchanged. This was all evident in X-Factor BTS Videos and video diaries. Not to mention after the show during interviews etc more evidence that he was interested in a. For the most part Harry looked like he was just humoring him or just  going w/ the flow, he’s like whatever. If nothing else i’d say Louis was Bi. Louis seemed to be more upset that people seemed to think he was cheating on his girlfriend so technically could still of been in or desired a past relationship w/ Harry. Harry is just easy going if it happens it happens, he seems like a guy down for what ever he’s got no restrictions w/ whom he’s with. Anyway the fans absolutely love it, they find it cute/ hot. I believe the younger generation are more accepting about stuff like sexuality than people give them credit for.

    Also look at all the other contestants people absolutely knew were gay, Johnny and Rylan and see how far they went. Their preference didn’t hurt their chances. Then if you throw in the acts people suspected were gay they’ve made it far too. Will they lose some fans yes but not as many as feared not the majority and you could also gain a few fans as well b/c people could feel a solidarity w/ you.

  • http://www.facebook.com/munna.pan Raghav Singh