X Factor Australia 4 – Grand Final

It’s been a long journey for us.  We’ve had our highs (The Collective’s “Domino”), our lows (The Collective’s “Hard Day’s Night”) and a bit in between (Jason Owen’s “You Belong With Me”).  But here we are in the grand final and either Jason Owen, The Collective or Samantha Jade will take home that Nissan Dualis and recording contract with Sony Music Australia.


It was so nice to see the top 11 back together again and even What About Tonight and Justin Standley combined super powers couldn’t save “On The Floor” from being a bit of a hot mess, that being said it was super fun, but not quite as fun as this little interlude featuring the song, “I Could Only Imagine”


That first part was sick, makes me feel like with the proper handling and management all three acts could become something great.



The fact is Jason Owen has come a long way from Albert all the way to the finals of X Factor and during The Black Keys’ “Lonely Boy” I believed him as a star.  During his original song “Make It Last” “Love Story” rewrite it felt a bit awkward and flat.  He sounded good, he looked good, the background was good, but they were all three different performances smashed together.  There was a complete disconnect between the different aspects of it.  Jason can truly have a career in country music as my friend reminds me that Keith Urban ascended from the hobbit land of New Zealand to true Country stardom.



They had it and then they lost it.  Coming into the top 12 The Collective had it in the bag.  It was their X Factor to lose.  By the end of the season they barely scraped into the top 3 over Bella Ferraro of all people.  Karmin’s “Brokenhearted” albeit fun was all sorts of wrong for them as a group and despite being ‘fun’ it didn’t feel like they were having that much.  “Surrender” was ok, in a sort of if I listened to it enough times on the radio I would probably sing a long sort of way.  I am not even surprised that The Collective came in third, no amount of sleeveless/cowl neck lines on Trent was ever gonna give them a shot at winning at this point.  The damage was done and they were behind.



If we’re being honest, and I usually am on this soapbox.  “Take A Bow” was just kind of boring, but that being said Samantha Jade has proven to have the most consistent track record of anyone this season.  Sometimes Samantha was kind of boring, but she always delivers a solid vocal.  “What You’ve Done To Me” is kind of like my new anthem, it is the right blend of dance and pop that allow Samantha’s bland personality to soar to all new heights.  Samantha looks the part, she sounds the part, and apparently she is likable enough to garner the votes to get here.  For me she still is a bit of bland spice, I wish her luck and honestly if she gets the right features with the right artist.  Like singing the chorus on a rap song or the lead vocal on Calvin Harris style dance track, she could truly be a worldwide star.


So what did you think of this season?  Did Samantha deserve to win?  Should Bella have really won?  What About Tonight?  Was The Collective just Fourtunate enough to make the top 3?  Comment below!