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Ha ha…the judges so want Mary Byrne eliminated tonight.  They pimped everyone into the final, but her. And then after her second song, Simon gave her the big kiss off speech.  She’s a dull, old-fashioned singer, but she’s better than One Direction, who can’t even stay in unison, let alone harmonize like most boy bands.

One Direction did have a tough time this week–Zayne had a family emergency so he didn’t rehearse with the boys until the end. Simon was sick too. But the band’s level of suckitude was on par with every other week in the competition. I don’t think their trials made much of a difference.

And Cher Lloyd is kind of a trainwreck.  In fact, it’s possible she could be the shock elimination tomorrow, which could be rather entertaining. I feel sorta bad saying that about a 17 year old girl…but not too bad.

Matt Cardle was like death warmed over tonight. The judges reminded us over and over again that he was sick. Even took the cameras into his mum’s house to show her nursing him back to health.  Matt’s fan base will see him through.

I liked Rebecca Ferguson’s disco song better than the cliched “Amazing Grace” if I’m being honest.  She’s a lock for the final as well.

This week it’s the X Factor UK semi-finals! The Top 5 will fight for their spot in next week’s FINAL ROUND to decide who will be the winner of X Factor! The contestants sing two songs this week. One round is “Club Classics” and the other is “Get Me To The Final Songs”.

Check out the spoilers HERE.

And join me as I live blog the semi finals! Live stream and blog after the jump.

VIDEOS and Live Blog after the JUMP…

X Factor UK Begins at 2:40 PM ET

Rebecca Ferguson - (Cheryl – Girls) – “Show Me Love” by Steve Angelo – Well, this is better than I thought it would be. But, come to think of it, her dispassionate vocals are kinda perfect for a techno club mix. Louis says, “What a start to the show. It think that’s your best so far in the show. You have got everything” Dannii says, “The mood in here is just electric. Brilliant.” Simon says, “I was nervous about this song, but I was wrong. This was a side of you I’ve never seen before. You’re showing me you want to win this show.” Cheryl says, “It worked people!”

Mary Byrne – (Louis – Over 28s) – “Never Can Say Goodbye” by Gloria Gaynor – Did you know that Ethel Merman recorded a disco album back in the late 70′s? Well, she did. That’s what this reminds me of. This is not Mary’s genre. Dannii says, “I loved it. This is you at your best.” Cheryl says, “I love to see you out of your comfort zone.” Simon says, “It was fun. I would have liked something a little more contemporary.” Simon and Louis argue endlessly. Louis says, “Mary has had flu. She’s singing her heart out.”

Matt Cardle – (Dannii – Boys) – “You’ve Got the Love” by Florence and The Machine – Matt is really sick, but he’s singing anyway. He went home so his parents could take care of him. He’s playing guitar. Ohh. This is a little rough. He looks all sweaty. Poor dude should probably be in bed. All things considered, this is pretty good and a really interesting song pick. I like Matt doing the alt rock thing. Louis says, “You’re a true professional and consistent every week. I think you could take the competition.” Cheryl says, “You came out here and still delivered a great performance.” Simon says, “It was a brilliant choice of song. You put your own spin on it. I had a cold this week as well, but I don’t mention it. You are a very sincere, cool contestant.” Dannii says, “Thank you for not letting me down. Brilliant.”

Cher Lloyd – (Cheryl – Girls) – “Nothin’ On You” by Bruno Mars and B.o.B – She’s singing both parts and the transition between the two is kind of awkward. I really don’t like her rapping much. Louis says, “I love the song choice. I can’t see anything wrong with it.” Dannii says, “It’s been an incredible journey for you. I don’t think it hit the mark every single time, but you are so watchable. Great performer.” Simon says, “You’ve come back really strong. You are fearless. I’m always going to stand up for you. You represent every teenager who’s got a dream. If you don’t make the final it would be a travesty.” Cheryl says, “Your performances have a lot attitude. I would love to see you in that final.” It was reported that Cher through a tantrum at rehearsals this week.

One Direction – (Simon – Groups) – “Only Girl In The World” by Rihanna – Simon ditched them because they were sick. So what was all that blather with Louis about showing up, even though he had a cold? Wow. This is terrible. Dudes cannot sing together. And they barely harmonize! The reverb on their vocals don’t make up for the lame singing. Louis says, “You deserve to be in the final” Dannii says, “I really want to see you guys be the next big boy band. You really stepped it up.” Cheryl says, “I love you guys. That song was a little bit dangerous because it is so current. It didn’t quite work for me.” Simon says, “Someone’s being tactical! I thought the song was absolutely perfect for you. They had the guts to do it. You guys are fantastic to work with.”


Matt Cardle – (Dannii – Boys) – “Always a Woman to Me” by Billy Joel – That was sort of an odd choice of song. It’s a very heartfelt performance, but he still looks like he’s going to faint at any minute. Louis says, “You are so going through to the finals. A brilliant song choice.” Cheryl says, “You feel so ill, you’ve got the the support. See you in the final.” Simon says, “You’ve got all the support, You’re not that sort of safe artist. I think it was a safe option.” Dannii says, “I think that’s what we call tactics. We went with your strength tonight. The notes that he pulled out were so high.” Matt doesn’t think it was his best performance.

Mary Byrne – “The Way We Were” by Barbara Streisand – This is the right kind of song for Mary, but her rendition is oh so boring. Notice that the judges are pimping everyone into the final but Mary? I’m not surprised. Simon says, “It was a much better song than the first song. I think whatever happens, you’re going to sell records. You’re going to have concerts. You are not going back to the check out.” Louis says, “You’re living your dream.” Ha ha. Mary gets the big kiss-off from the judges!

Cher Lloyd – (Cheryl – Girls) – “Love the Way You Lie” by Eminiem – Hello? Cher? Uhm. NOOOOOO. Ugh. She’s so off key. Louis says, “A really clever song choice. I love the staging.” Dannii says, “It was such a tricky song choice. The singing…you hit your stride at the end. I would have loved a ballad.” Simon says, “It was a risk, but for me it worked. You stuck to the kind of music you believe in. I’m a huge fan.” Cheryl says, “It’s not a competition, It was about showing the kind of artist you’re going to be.” Not a competition? What? So, it’s fine that she sucked, because she sang a song in her wheelhouse? Alrighty then.

Rebecca Ferguson – (Cheryl – Girls) – “Amazing Grace” – Oh geez…VOTE BAIT. She’s got the BIG GOSPEL CHOIR behind her. This is just OK. Nothing special. I would have preferred something quirky and contemporary. This type of song reveals all of her vocal flaws. Louis says, “For some reason you stand out to me. You are my favorite contestant ever. You sang that so effortless. You so deserve to be in the final.” Dannii says, “That was pure class. You’re a girl that you want good things to happen. You deserve to be in the finals.” Simon says, “That was absolutely stunning. You haven’t come in with a game. No tricks. Pure sincerity. Beautifully sung.” Cheryl says, “You are such a sincere beautiful person. You are amazing.”

One Direction – (Simon – Groups) – “Chasing Cars” by Snow Patrol. That was truly horrible. The lead singing was awful. But, in the end, how they sing doesn’t really matter. Simon will squeeze a couple of years out of these guys before the teens lose interest. Louis says, “I love the song choice, I love the whole styling. You deserve to be in the final.” Dannii says, “You’ve had a really tough week. That was a really classy performance.” Cheryl says, “Everybody has grown so fond of you guys. You didn’t have Zayn, you showed a real level of maturity. You deserve a place in the finals.” Simon says, “You came in at 8 am this morning to give yourself more rehearsal time. That’s what it’s all about. That was a great performance.”

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  • bentley1530

    Funny, Rebecca can not dance, she can not even sway to the beat but the singing was good.

  • istersay

    I kept waiting for her to just move a little or something, but nothing, lol. she sounded great though

  • luci

    Yeah Rebecca sounded great, but she needs to loosen up and dance.

  • gangreen29

    Damn, I thought it started at 3!

  • istersay

    Poor Matt, being so sick at this time

  • tfmal

    Matt for the win.

  • gangreen29

    I hate when Simon does stuff like that where he verifies that they are actually good people.

  • http://www.twilightslo.com Mateja

    Wow, Matt sucked. Rebecca was the best so far.

  • istersay

    I know, he likes to tell everyone who’s nice or not nice, because we can’t decide on our own.

  • luci

    I thought Matt was brilliant, I love Florence and the machine so great song choice.

  • fadetowhite

    Rebecca sounded really good.

    Love Matt’s song and really like him – he sounded fine considering the flu.

  • earthy

    Matt was terrible tonight. He looks so sick but it won’t hurt him.

  • istersay

    I feel bad for the guy, he should be in bed

  • wordnerdarchie

    I guess I’m the only one that thought Rebecca never hit a note directly? (Reminded me a bit of Syesha, lol.)

    Mary seemed lost in a few places.

    Matt was just so-so.

    One Direction – can they sing any easier arrangements? Was there harmony? I didn’t hear any.

    Cher – I liked her performance the best. What a surprise.

  • istersay

    wow, Louie’s song choices were so bad this week

  • TheGreatXL

    I think it’s foregone that Mary will go.

  • http://www.twilightslo.com Mateja

    Oh Lord, Cher just massacred LTWYL part 1 and 2. That was horrible. Such a great song…

  • wordnerdarchie

    Oh, Cher, that was just bad.

  • istersay

    cher was bad, I wonder if she’ll leave

  • earthy

    Cher is still doing something none of these other contestants can do and has confidence none of them are showcasing which will help lead her to success after this show.

    I really didn’t like Rebecca’s first song as it left me feeling cold but this second one was the performance of the night.

  • chessguy99

    After that I think Cher may be first off, terrible execution on both songs. Mary is just fighting the numbers, so she’ll be the other one gone. That will make One Direction the lamest group ever to make the finals. They only have one guy that can really sing well at all. Matt and Rebecca are just so above the rest. Even with a bad throat, Matt was better than everyone except Rebecca.

  • wordnerdarchie

    Harmony by One Direction. It’s about time.

  • fadetowhite

    Cher doing Eminem and Rhianna – er no, just no. She really showed up her weaker spots there. The comparison does her no favours at all! (ETA: was that the Eminem/Rhianna song? In any case, she sounded awful!).

    Matt bless him, will definitely get aw sympathy points – and he deserves a pass from past weeks. I didn’t even think he was that awful,considering the fact that he looks so ill.

    Rebecca was great.

    Mary or Cher will go this week – but if it’s a sing-off it will be Mary, because Simon loves Cher.

  • http://www.twilightslo.com Mateja

    Is it now safe to say Rebecca is The Chosen One?

  • girlygirl

    Is it me, or do the judges never really criticize anyone on this show? Every week it’s like “you were great” “that was a great song choice” yadda yadda yadda. Even with the ones they want to see kicked off they don’t really say anything that critical

  • Ratna12

    I think it’s foregone that Mary will go.

    I’ll be really shocked if Mary goes to the final tomorrow.
    Kind of weird that there will be 4 acts in the final. They all have to share TV time/ publicity, but it will be interesting who the voters will choose.

  • http://www.twilightslo.com Mateja

    I’m a Celebrity.. is on ITV1 next. Stacey Solomon, last year’s 3rd place finisher on the X Factor is in TOP 2 (and favorite to win, I think).

  • girlygirl

    I think Matt should win, by the way — even if he is yet another dreaded WGWG (to some extent, anyway)

    I’ll laugh my ass off if Mary somehow wins — just what the world needs is another SueBo type

  • phil25

    Rebecca was great tonight, especially on Amazing Grace.

  • jammasta

    Did they really say single elimination? If so then Cher is locked in the final I hope. One Direction better not ruin this finale for me. Mary leaves, One Direction and Cher sing off…. What would happen? Either way Cher, Rebecca, and Matt had better make finale.

  • hazuki

    Did they really say single elimination? If so then Cher is locked in the final I hope. One Direction better not ruin this finale for me. Mary leaves, One Direction and Cher sing off…. What would happen? Either way Cher, Rebecca, and Matt had better make finale.

    The final is top 4, and i dont think theirs a sing off.

  • lili_anne7

    IMO rebecca was the best, but she has to learn to move around more when she’s performing. Matt was ok. Mary is just too old fashion for my taste. I didn’t like Cher ‘s version of LTWYL.

  • mike19213

    It is a single elimination. I also find the way MJ comments on One Direction and Cher a little bit ridiculous because no mater what they do she pretty much says it is crap. One Direction is not terrible no mater what is said about their harmonies because they do sound good and have commercial appeal. And in regards to Cher she is actually very talented and she should be praised for trying to rap because its something that is never on talent competitions and even if she doesnt rap like eminem she is a good rapper and was good today.

  • http://www.twilightslo.com Mateja

    Mary will probably go tomorrow. or Cher. The first one is really boring and the second one can’t sing and completely destroys every song.

    Matt wasn’t really good this week. It’s not just that he is ill – the songs he sang weren’t very good.
    I also think that he is not at the top of the list of Simon’s favorite remaining contestants.

    I think they really want Rebecca to win. Simon knows how to market pretty young lady.

    And then we have a boyband that wants to make edgy, soft rock music …

    I can already see One Direction make soft rock album, Matt will be the next Justin Timberlake (If he likes it or not)and Rebecca will record whatever they tell her to record.

  • gangreen29

    even if she doesnt rap like eminem she is a good rapper and was good today.

    No she isn’t. At all.

  • mike19213

    even if she doesnt rap like eminem she is a good rapper and was good today.

    No she isn’t. At all.

    Um ok that’s your opinion but i don’t know why people like jay-z and will I am would be interested in signing her if she wasn’t good. But then again what does Jay-Z know about rap.

  • whatever4444

    Don’t really have much to say about the x factor contestants since they are average imo. But tonight Cher schooled everybody with Love The Way You Lie part1 and 2 mashup. Incredible! I seriously can’t believe how talented she is. The girl will be a star even if she doesn’t win.

  • lili_anne7

    I have to say that I think Cher is the most current of the contestants left. I actually like her style of singing and rapping, and I can see why Jay Z or will i am are interested in her. But I just didn’t think she did well tonight. Because she sang really current songs, everyone will be comparing her version to the originals.

  • bentley1530

    I thought Cher was terrible but I do think a producer could make her a star. Once she is in the studio it does not matter if she can sing on key. I think her star is very bright even if she goes home tomorrow.

  • gangreen29

    Um ok that’s your opinion but i don’t know why people like jay-z and will I am would be interested in signing her if she wasn’t good. But then again what does Jay-Z know about rap.

    Because he loves that middle America would eat up her crap mediocre white girl rapping like Ke$ha. Jay-Z sees dollar signs, but trust me he knows her rapping is garbage.

  • http://www.twilightslo.com Mateja

    Stacey Solomon (last year’s X Factor, 3rd place) won “I’m a celebrity, get me out of here!”

  • Ximena

    Cher was awful! she’s so rude and cannot take criticism at all.

    I love Rebbeca, she’s my favorite and she was great tonight.

    About Simon, he is an a**hole, seriously,”I had a cold this week as well, but I don’t mention it” who cares if he had a cold! he is not singing! I really though that Matt was going to faint right there, he looked so sick, it was so obvious that the man could barely breath while singing, and his voice was cracking,…i really feel bad for the guy, hopefully he will be safe.

  • sestsati

    Rebecca is lock ? Seriously? I got nothing from her last night. ‘Amazing Grace’ was really disappointing.

    I enjoyed Cher most. She was challenging and IMHO it paid off. Matt did so great considering his serious condition.
    The others were same as usual. OD was not bad, just OK. The judge’s beloved Rebecca was good but passionless. Mary was good but old-fashioned, not my cup of tea.

  • http://www.last.fm/user/lifeonthemoon jstxanothrxstory

    Just a note, MJ, but Cher actually sang a mash-up of both parts of LTWYL.

  • jammasta

    I also love Cher’s rapping. It’s not the best rapping, but I think it makes her unique. I think she has a great voice too. She’s not perfect, but I think she’s competent. Just my opinion, don’t stab me for it.

    I hope she makes the finale, she’s my favorite but I would be completely satisfied with a Rebecca or Matt win too. Cher and Rebecca are my favorites. I think they’ll all be successful but for some reason I really want Rebecca to win.

    I really wish Liam Payne would’ve made it into Dannii’s group if he had to go through. I loved his audition, but I really dislike One Direction.

  • mike19213

    Um ok that’s your opinion but i don’t know why people like jay-z and will I am would be interested in signing her if she wasn’t good. But then again what does Jay-Z know about rap.

    Because he loves that middle America would eat up her crap mediocre white girl rapping like Ke$ha. Jay-Z sees dollar signs, but trust me he knows her rapping is garbage.

    OK a couple things here. First of all i dont believe middle america is the primary location where Rap is listened to but that really doesnt mater. What does matter is that nobody claims X-factor is looking for the best singer they are looking for a pop star with the ability to sell records. Cher’s rapping makes her unique and give her commercial appeal.

  • http://www.twilightslo.com Mateja

    X Factor: One Direction ‘Cheryl Cole flirted with us!’

    The One Direction boys admitted that they weren’t too upset when Cheryl Cole stepped in to mentor them for this week’s semi final show.

    The ‘Promise This’ singer offered to look after the group, as Simon Cowell was laid up in bed with the flu. She helped them through dress rehearsals on Friday and speaking on the Xtra Factor about their new boss, curly haired cutie Harry Styles confessed:

    It was strange because we’re used to having Simon as our mentor.

    Referring to Cheryl’s stunningly good looks, Liam Payne, 17, joked:

    We had a bit of trouble concentrating obviously.

    Louis Tomlinson added:

    Simon has never flirted with us like Cheryl did.

    It sounds like One Direction wouldn’t mind Simon getting ill again this week!

  • fadetowhite

    Cher’s rapping makes her unique and give her commercial appeal.

    It might make her unique on the X Factor, but it certainly doesn’t make her unique in the market place. What it does make her is ‘current’. The problem is that there are quite a few acts out there, making great songs (ETA: in this style) and they are better than Cher.

    If she gets some great songs written for her, then I can certainly see her doing well: she does have a certain amount of stage presence and – as said above – she’s right on the money for the current pop charts.

    That’s why Simon loves her.

  • whatever4444

    I remember when Eminem was barely starting. EVERYBODY gave him the toughest time because how could a white boy rap? The haters gave him the toughest time because it was out of the ordinary. This year a white girls that can rap is coming into the scene. She will get a tough time too. But just when I saw Eminem and predicted his success I know Cher will do the same. Destiny has been decided already. Cher will be a HUGE star.

  • ScorpioBSB

    I didn’t like Rebecca’s first song at all. It was as if she was having trouble keeping in tune, and her voice sounded flat. This seemed like one of her worst performances to me.

  • kcostell

    Just think what Wagner could have done with Club Night (or to Club Night, depending on your point of view).

  • Valentin432

    Tonight sucked, but the judges pimpage sucked even more. Classic X factor.

  • steelbluelily

    Nothing terribly impressive this week. I find Mary old fashioned and kinda boring so I hope she goes. For the first time I actually liked One Direction in Chasing Cars (possibly because I just love that song) – they actually harmonized on that one tonight.

  • druzilla

    Rebecca is so stiff it’s irritating! Even Mary moves more than she does and can sustain notes! They’re obsessed with Rebecca’s vocal tone but that shouldn’t be enough. She hardly sings the melody. I couldn’t listen to “Amazing Grace” all the way through. She’s the most overhyped contestant this year. I was a fan initially but she hasn’t really improved.

    Mary wasn’t bad on the Gloria Gaynor song; she moved around a bit too. Her second song was not great although I love the Bab’s version. The arrangement didn’t work for me. Louis has never taken her seriously and given her the best songs possible. I suspect she will fall short of the final although I’d like to see her in.

    Matt looked like the walking dead. In that context he did well on the “You’ve Got The Love” but as Simon said of the second song, “She’s Always A Woman,” Matt was at his worst. It was a terrible song choice and he was clearly struggling physically. Matt should be an easy in to the finale and is my favorite overall although I’m not sure I’ll like the direction he’ll be taken as a recording artist. Will he win? I don’t know.

    Cher first did “Nothin On You” and didn’t change the lyric’s gender which was, pitifully, the most interesting part of her performance. It was the better of her pair of performances. Joe McElderry did an acoustic “I Love The Way You Lie” a few months ago for YouTube and owned it vocally. Cher’s rapping is perhaps slightly better than her singing which is often out of tune but the rap doesn’t always mesh organically with the song. She is a “package artist” though and that makes her a threat to win. Cher’s the most commercial contestant.

    I enjoyed One Direction’s first song “Only Girl In The World” despite Zayne’s poor lead vocal. The harmonies aren’t perfect but do continue to improve. Harry’s lead wasn’t bad but I didn’t like “Chasing Cars.” It was boring.

  • sue

    It is obvious that they want Mary gone but those few tears may have saved her. I think Cher is in danger of elimination. She was ok not great this week.

    One Direction wasn’t too bad but they will make it though on their cuteness alone.

    Rebecca’s first song was great, I can see her doing club songs. Her second song was not all that but she seems to be the chosen one for sure.

    Matt is still my favorite and he look sick as a dog, poor thing needs a lot more rest. He was definitely not at his best. His first song was way better than his second one. I hope he feels better.

    So I think it will be either Cher or Mary going home.

  • Brian_C82

    Ferguson is far from a great singer. Her vibrato doesn’t sound good, and she doesn’t have much range to work with.

  • butte009

    I really wish Liam Payne would’ve made it into Dannii’s group if he had to go through. I loved his audition

    I agree. I also thought Harry was a better soloist than some of the boys Dannii ended up with. But, the judges never even gave the boys a chance as soloists. They saw Euro signs forcing them into a group.

    I don’t think One Direction is that bad. Maybe because I’m always hearing music when my daughter watches Nick. Thank God she hasn’t figured out who Beiber is. Although she does walk around the house singing ‘Baby, Baby, Baby’. OD will make a few bucks before splitting back into soloists.

    Something about Cher bugs me (besides her singing). I often wonder if she has bell’s palsy. She’s got some weird facial expressions going on. I don’t care for her singing/rapping, but then that makes her fit in just fine with most of today’s commercial ‘artists’ I don’t like. She’ll get a contract regardless of how things turn out on this show.

    Mary is SuBo v2. Unfortunately this is not an upgrade. It’s like going from XP to Vista. Happy she’s finally seen some success at age 50ish, but she’s not finale material IMO.

    I like Rebecca’s vocals. Unfortunately her stage presence is cringe-worthy. There aren’t too many pop stars today who just stand there. She really needs to loosen up.

    That leaves Matt as my preferred winner. He’s got some nice vocals when he’s not ill. I still thought he did fairly well today illness and all.

  • http://www.twilightslo.com Mateja

    I really wish Liam Payne would’ve made it into Dannii’s group if he had to go through. I loved his audition

    I agree. I also thought Harry was a better soloist than some of the boys Dannii ended up with. But, the judges never even gave the boys a chance as soloists. They saw Euro signs forcing them into a group.

    Actually, a few days ago I saw an article about One Direction and boys think they have better chances as a group.

    The problem with pretty boys like these on the X Factor is that they are good vocalists but they are usually eliminated weeks before the finale. Or, if they actually win, they don’t do well after the show. So, I actually think the decision to make a boyband was really good. To be honest, it’s hard to believe that the creation of 1D was spontaneous. The boys just look too perfect together.

  • tessa

    Matt for the WIN! Any other outcome just isn’t right. I can’t believe One Direction is serious contender for the title. Geez…

    I’m not worried about what direction Matt will take as a recording artist. He’s gonna be awesome and brilliant. He’s said he wants to write the songs on his album. He knows what he wants and he has his own distinctive style. “X Factor: Matt Cardle doesn’t want to sing cover versions” from http://www.unrealitytv.co.uk

    Simon must have pushed for the Top 4 Finals. Spreading the votes around gives One Direction obvious advantage. Like he said, he will do everything in his power to make sure they win. Uuuugggh.