Best of British!

Tonight’s theme is “Best of British”. We are short on song spoilers, but we know that Rylan is doing a Spice Girls mash-up! Hooray! He spent some time with Geri Halliwell this week, so hopefully he got some advice. Jahmene Douglas is singing Robbie Williams’ “Angels”. Union J are doing Coldplay’s “Fix You”. Their performance will be dedicated to George Shelley’s brother who is currently serving in the Royal Marines.

Will District3 get themselves together this week? Can Rylan survive another week? Can anything/anyone stop Christopher Maloney from winning?


According to TV Guide, tonight’s show airs at 8:05pm BST (3:05pm EDT, 12:05pm PDT) on ITV1 (105min). The Xtra Factor airs at 09:50pm 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 getting One Direction’s pre-recorded performance tonight!

TOP 7 will perform some classic British tunes tonight. Dermot is already on stage. And my feed is failing me again. How typical. I thought last Saturday’s problems were a fluke, but maybe not. I think ITV’s player will start working properly soon, but until then, I will just post the performance order and song choices.

1. Christopher Maloney – “I’m Still Standing” by Elton John

Chris’ vocals are solid, but he is just karaoke and dated.
Nicole: Alright, sweet pea, I’m gonna keep it real straight with you this week. I like the confidence. I liked the performance. This is where I have to keep it real. You sound great, but the thing is, for me you are like a karaoke king and I’m looking for an artist that will break boundaries.
Louis: It was a good song choice and I like the staging. Vocally it was very good, but like Nicole said, you are like karaoke king. You are a good guy, but you are not what X Factor is about. You are like Heart Radio. All the hits!
Nicole: This is my issue with you. I think you have a great voice. My problem is, every week you sing a certain genre of music and that genre comes from a certain era that is very loved, very respected and very classic, but we are not in that era anymore. So my worry is, what kind of an album would you release coming off this show? If people want to hear Elton John, they go and buy Elton John.
Gary: You completely nailed it, well done.

2. Jahmene Douglas – “Angels” by Robbie Williams

Jahmene is a perfectionist and he lacks self confidence. Oh, Nicole called Jennifer Hudson to give Jahmene “the talk”. How nice of her.
He starts acappella. Choir is in the background. This is how you get to the final of X Factor. Great vocal performance.
Louis: Every week you deliver, every week you get better. Nicole, amazing song choice. You are a star in the making.
Tulisa: You re-invented this classic song. I love the fact that you are a perfectionist …
Gary: We’ve heard this song hundreds of time, but we’ve never heard i like this. Another great performance again.
Nicole: You move me and stir me so much.

3. District3 – “Tears in Heaven” by Eric Clapton

Boys are going back to their roots. They have problems picking their song, but eventually they settle on Eric Clapton’s classic. One of them plays the piano, the other two sit on stools. Nice vocals.

Tulisa: Not only did Louis have amazing hair in VT this week, he made a great song choice. My favorite performance from you.
Gary: Good performance. But you are a bit dated, you don’t have the edge that Union J have.
Nicole: You brought tears to my eyes. I loved the arrangement.
Louis: You are a great vocal harmony group. You work so hard, I know the public will vote for you.

4. Ella Henderson – “Written in the Stars” by Tinie Tempah/Eric Turner

Ella is the last girl left in the competition. She had the pleasure to meet The Kardashian sisters this week.
She has a guitarist on stage and they both sit on stools under a pink veil. This is a solid vocal performance from Ella, much better than last week. But I’m getting a bit tired of all these stripped back performances.

Gary: You are kind on what this competition all about. I wrote one thing on my piece of paper: Wow!
Nicole: Girl Power. That was beautiful. I only have one note: There were more ad-libs than you are used to.
Louis: You are what this competition all about. I didn’t love the song choice.
Tulisa: You are the only girl in the competition and people might think you is safe. She is not safe, so vote for her!

5. Rylan Clark – Spice Girls Medley

He is a big fan of Spice Girls. He is a ginger, so he gets to meet Geri Halliwell. He freak outs. He wants to be her BFF.
Omg, Rylan starts the performance by jumping out of a plane … and then he squeezes an unknown number of Spice Girls hits in his performance. His vocals suck, but who cares, really. The crowd goes absolutely crazy for Rylan. Rylan is all about enjoying the moment – he knows his time on the show is coming to an end and he just wants to have fun. I think this might buy him another week.
Louis: Rylan, what a brilliant medley! You are as camp as Christmas, but absolutely brilliant!
Tulisa: It was the closing ceremony of the Olympics all over again. That’s why I saved you last week.
Gary: On the subject of fun, that was absolutely brilliant. On the subject of vocals, that was absolutely diabolical.
Nicole: That was a Rylan Spice Explosion! You didn’t just spend love, you sprayed it!

6. Union J – “Fix You” by Coldplay

They are doing a slower song this week. Stripped back, again … I would prefer another crazy one from Rylan.
George Shelley’s brother is serving in the Royal Marines and this performance is dedicated to him.
Great vocals from the lead singer .. J-something. This kind of reminds me of Westlife, Louis’ recently retired Irish boyband.
Tulisa: Louis, you are on a roll tonight. Brilliant song choice, brilliant performance.
Gary: Great job, guys. Some pitch problems with blending.
Nicole: You did the song justice. Jaymi, your voice is so delicate, so much control.
Louis: It’s such a pleasure working with you.

7. James Arthur – “Hometown Glory” by Adele

He is doing Adele. Hometown Glory. He practices non stop and gets visit from his sister.
James is alone on stage with his acoustic guitar. The beginning sounds a lot like Adele’s version. The second part gets a it of dubstep in tempo.
Louis: You are a brilliant interpreter of great songs.
Tulisa: Guitar in hands, putting your own spin on songs.
Gary: Adele is such an amazing artist, no one should ever cover her songs … except for you. That was brilliant.
Nicole: You took the legendary Adele and you swagged it with the dubstep. You are the future of music.

Dermot recites phone numbers again.

Time for the pre-recorded One Direction performance. They sing “Little Things”. They sound perfect, it probably isn’t live, hehe. Girls in audience are screaming. Remembering how dire their harmonies used to be during their season 7 run, it’s incredible to see One Direction back on that same stage as by far the most successful act of season 7. Dermot pretends the whole thing isn’t pre-recorded. Oh come on.

Another recap of TOP 7 performances. It was a pretty good show. From these clips, it looks like only Chris Maloney really sucked. I think if he ends up in the bottom 2 somehow, he is GONE. TPTB want him gone. He can not win in a sing off against anyone, even Rylan.

Ed Sheeran and Little Mix perform on The X Factor tomorrow.

 
  • http://twitter.com/JonKills Jon Glass

    http://fancystreems.com/itv-1-uk-stream.php is working for me. a little blurry but it works.

  • lindyoflondon

    I am watching from the UK. Have gone off Chris sad Kye left!

  • lindyoflondon

    I am watching it live from the UK. Chris has continued to disappoint.

  • Oldhag

    Chris would be fine on a cruise ship.  I hope he is not going broke paying to vote for himself, if that’s what he is doing.  Any word on how much they get for touring?

  • Mateja Praznik

    Actually, Chris used to work as a cruise ship singer. 

  • http://twitter.com/ClaudeDee Claude Dee
  • Listening

    Here’s a great link.

     http://www.justin.tv/wmc_tv2#/w/4151554064/4

  • lindyoflondon

    Jahmene Nicole’s ‘lamb chop’ !! His nerves are still there, shame he is beautiful !

  • shell29

    Chris: couldn’t agree more with the criticism.  Very karaoke-I didn’t like it at all.

    Jahmene: I think this was my favorite performance of his to date.  For the most part, he showed restraint where he needed to.  Angels has been done to death but his version was quite nice. 

  • Whatiswrongwithus

    Awwww….District 3 broke my heart….especially when they were trying to explain to Gary how they distinguished themselves from Union J after that hurtful remark from Gary!

  • Mateja Praznik

     Thanks, this works for me.

  • shell29

    I liked District3 this week.  Good song choice from Louis.

  • Whatiswrongwithus

    ???!!! Da fuq…..what’s happening to Ella?? That was weird…

  • BAPC

    Loved Ella’s performance. Never expected her to do that song but it worked.

  • shell29

    Ella was good but I guess I wasn’t blown away by that performance?  The second half of it was better than the first.

  • Listening

    Hmm Ella’s vocal quality is starting to sound a bit off to me. I can’t describe it it’s kind of full. As I was watching her I was like how  did I ever think she reminded me of Adele their tones are different. Was it really as superficial as her blond hair and how she dressed paired w/ her being a power singer. I’m digging Adele’s style a lot more now. I think Ella kind of cuts/cups her notes and has a prim proper vocal quality. It’s hard to explain but it’s like the essence  of that permeates her voice.

    I mean I know she’s talented i’m just not liking her way of singing that much anymore. The arrangement didn’t quite work for me too.

  • Oldhag

    Gary’s face during Ryland’s performance…..priceless.

  • Whatiswrongwithus

    OMG!!! ROFL @ RYLAN!!! He made me pee in my pants!!!!!

  • shell29

    I’m sorry-I know he’s a mess but I loved that from Rylan (and his fangirling over Geri and the Spice Girls tickled me)! 

  • Whatiswrongwithus

    Yesssss! I know what you mean! There’s something grating about her tone i think. In the beginning of her first few performances, i was like WOW all blown away. But now….week after week, i find it kinda off-putting. Maybe cos it sounds like a goat???? And i didn’t like the arrangement either, it was too low.

  • Listening

    You know what I would love for Rylan to go up against any other judge’s acts except for Gary. I say that b/c I then want Gary to say “you know what Rylan’s fun and an entertainer that trumps vocal talent, like they’ve done to him and his acts. They’d be so ticked/angry if Gary did to them what they’ve done to him.

    They’d see it’s not so fair when it happens to you, oh the irony.

  • Listening

    Hmm that arrangement of Union J’s song felt off it didn’t flow. I thought their harmonies were too quiet. Jaymi’s voice really over powered them.

  • shell29

    Union J:  The harmonies were not on point (the beginning was pretty rough).  One of the “Union Js” (don’t know their names)-the one that sang lead-has a really good voice though.

  • http://twitter.com/the_jr57 Jr

    haah i have been thinking this the entire time i want Gary to do it just to fuck everything up since Rylans all about the fun

  • Whatiswrongwithus

    Finally…. the performance i’ve been waiting for. James Arthur rocks my world. Ahhhhh now i can sleep sweetly…

    I just have to say tonight was the night of the stripped-back performances. Good night!

  • lindyoflondon

    Finally the James Arthur I liked at the start with guitar and no dancers!

  • Listening

     James Arthur are you kidding me that was crazy good. He took an Adele song  which is pure and beautiful and made it unrecognizable as such but in a good way. He made it urban and it was like gritty and cool.

    I loved it best of the night by 100 miles. AWESOME. I wish it was on youtube right now so I can watch it again

  • shell29

    Hometown Glory is one of my favorite songs and I LOVED what James did with that.  My favorite performance of his by far-I would buy that today if I could.  Good job!

  • bahogbugan_simj

    it’s funny how UK managed to be more tame than US when it comes to production.

    this particular batch though is really weak and boring.  James is disgustingly boring.  even Ella got boring.  the boybands are all boring.  Christopher is hideously boring.  and whatshisname is boring.

    Rylan is the only one who isn’t boring granting you’re actually watching the performance and not just listening to it because if you’re only listening to him, his vocals is actually a boring trainwreck.

    i think i’ve said boring too many times but it has nothing to do with the staging, it’s just the contestants this season.

    and yes Nicole SPRAY THE LOVE!  SPRAY IT ALL OVER!  LOL.  the positive thing i can say about this season is that this UK version of Nicole is quite sensible and entertaining.

  • Amber Alk

    loved the show today. The best night so far. I think performance wise the contestants were kind of boring except for Rylan but vocally I think all of them stepped it up

  • kansasfemale

     http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Kj-SSlEl8Y

    Rylan

  • Mateja Praznik

    Hmm, the videos are not up yet.

  • http://twitter.com/eric_ascher Eric Ascher

    I don’t think they will be, at least according to the official twitter feed…it sucks…

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

    Didn’t everyone hate Rylan a few weeks ago? I guess that’s just a testament to how boring this season is when a POS act is considered the most entertaining.

  • kansasfemale

    No matter what anyone thinks of Rylan’s vocals, you have to give him credit for at least having the guts to PERFORM – singing and dancing/moving around the stage is not an easy thing to do – and he hasn’t been afraid to do that…..would make a much more interesting concert to me than someone who simply stands on stage and hangs onto a mic for dear life.  I want to be entertained and have fun and sing along and dance along.  Good for Rylan for being that empowered.

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

    The competition this year is far more interesting if you don’t watch the live shows or any video (except for Rylan’s performances), like I did today. I’m just gonna watch the results show. There aren’t any fodder left at this point. I mean, on another seasons, all of them would be fodders, but in this season they’re real contenders. Can Christopher or Rylan reach top4?  They have to record some backstage footage with the producers (including Simon) if these two guys reach Top4. Now that’s something worth seeing.

  • Axxxel

    Maybe Gary was thinking… why are only the guys “losing” a part of their wardrobe ? Why not the girls also ? Nah joking…  Well at least Gary admitted that it was fun…

  • Oldhag

    The one you didn’t get: Union J.  That kid singing lead should have soloed, he is incredible.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBg0P17N95E

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

    I must say I truly enjoyed this week performances; strong beautiful vocal from Jahmene, James & Ella; 2 band boys who can sing; a bad singer that can entertain so well; and an old karaoke guy with a good voice.

  • springboard2

    it’s funny how UK managed to be more tame than US when it comes to production.

    this particular batch though is really weak and boring.  James is
    disgustingly boring.  even Ella got boring.  the boybands are all
    boring.  Christopher is hideously boring.  and whatshisname is boring.

    Rylan is the only one who isn’t boring granting you’re actually
    watching the performance and not just listening to it because if you’re
    only listening to him, his vocals is actually a boring trainwreck.

    i think i’ve said boring too many times but it has nothing to do with the staging, it’s just the contestants this season.

    and yes Nicole SPRAY THE LOVE!  SPRAY IT ALL OVER!  LOL.  the
    positive thing i can say about this season is that this UK version of
    Nicole is quite sensible and entertaining.

    LOL, a million yesses to this!

  • Whatiswrongwithus

    Awww man, still no videos?? And x factor uk hasn’t put up their official ones too, is it some copyright issues??

    I need my fix of James Arthur’s performance! Lol

  • http://www.facebook.com/bill.mitchell.3954546 Bill Mitchell

    Don’t know what it is about Jahmene Douglas voice but it just annoys me.  Can’t imagine sitting through and entire album from his.

    I think it is the machine gun vibrato and the fact that he always sounds just a micropitch flat to my ears.

    THE BEST SINGER ON THE SHOW:
    That one dude (don’t know his name) in Union J.  If he had gone solo he could have won the whole thing.  Lord what a voice.  He is carrying the whole act at this point.

  • WestiesRule

    I’m bummed no videos… I have a huge weekend and can’t watch… no time to even go hunting on you tube! Hopefully, later. In the meantime, thanks for all you do!

  • Oldhag

    “THE BEST SINGER ON THE SHOW:
    That one dude (don’t know his name) in Union J. If he had gone solo he could have won the whole thing. Lord what a voice. He is carrying the whole act at this point. ”  I so agree.  The kid is incredible and he has really benifiteed from vocal coaching.