X Factor UK S11E15 – Week 1 – Number 1’s

16 acts perform. The show starts at 7:30pm BST and ends at 10pm BST.

Tonight’s episode starts at 7:30pm BST, 8:30pm CEST, 2:30pm EDT, 11:30am PDT.



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Season 11’s first live performance show is here and 16 acts will perform for the votes of GBP. Last week we saw each of the 4 judges pick 3 out of their 6 acts that survived the 6 chair challenge. As you know, the producers decided to do the wildcard twist once again. There are 4 wildcards, 1 for each category. Each judge picked a wildcard for another category. Reportedly Louis chose Cheryl’s wildcard and Cheryl picked Simon’s wildcard. All acts that got a chair during the 6 chair challenge round were eligible – those that had a chair at the end of the challenge and those that lost it and therefore didn’t make it to the Judges’ Houses. It looks like all 4 wildcards will be performing tonight, just like the TOP 12 finalists. We don’t know how many acts will be eliminated tomorrow night.

Mentor: Cheryl Fernandez-Versini
TOP 3 Girls: Chloe Jasmine, Lauren Platt, Stephanie Nala
Wildcard: Lola Saunders

Mentor: Mel B
TOP 3 Boys: Andrea Faustini, Paul Akister, Jake Quickenden
Wildcard: Jack Walton

Mentor: Simon Cowell
TOP 3 Overs: Ben Haenow, Jay James, Fleur East
Wildcard: Stevi Ritchie

Mentor: Louis Walsh
TOP 3 Groups: Blonde Electra, NEW BOYBAND, Only The Young
Wildcard: Overload

It’ time to face the music! The stage is the same as last year. Dermot introduces the 4 judges. Sounds like Peter Dickinson managed to learn Cheryl’s new surname. Dermot did, too. The judges are ready! I see creative director Brian Friedman in the first row!

This season we have the wildcards!

Louis Walsh picks Lola Saunders!
Cheryl picks Stevi Ritchie!
Simon picks Jack Walton!
Mel B picks Overload!

Louis and Cheryl visit Lola and Stevie in person, Simon and Mel B talk to the two acts via Skype.

So we have our Final 16 contestants! We are moving on to the performances super fast.

The phone lines are now open and this year you can vote for free via the X Factor app (5 votes)! This week, it’s a double elimination!

Paul Akister – Ghost (Ella Henderson)

Fine vocals, but I don’t think this was a great song choice for him. My thoughts automatically go to the original version and it just doesn’t feel right to hear Paul sing it. The backing track was huge.
Cheryl: Massive congratulations!
Simon: Louis last year destroyed your life. Louis was A) mad, B) deaf, C) stupid for you to not be here last year.
Louis: I’m so glad that I said no last year because you’ve come back a different guy. You’re going to go far in the competition.
Mel B: That was a solid performance.

Lola Saunders – Stay With Me (Sam Smith)

Her reaction when Louis told her she is a wildcard was priceless. Through the nerves we can hear a beautiful voice. I think she is the best singer of the 4 girls by a mile, to be quite honest.
Simon: I have no why idea why you weren’t selected by Cheryl. I don’t like what you are wearing.
Louis: I was so happy to your house to tell you you are on the shows …
Mel B: You really delivered that song. I’m not sure about that red thing!
Cheryl: I can’t believe fashion criticism is destroying your moment …

Overload Generation – I Kissed a Girl (Katy Perry)

They can’t dance, just like the other current boybands.
I think the arrangement is a little bit rockier than the original. Vocally it could be better, but I guess we shouldn’t expect perfection from anyone tonight.
Mel B: You guys always come out fighting. Your harmonies on the chorus were locked in, but apart from that it kinda fell apart …
Cheryl: There is no doubt you were the obvious choice to bring back, but it’s all too predictable for me right now …
Simon: Let me try to be fairer. There is a boyband out there that is the Ferrari and you are Volkswagen Beetle in comparison… You’ve got to be different from everybody else. [Wow, Simon kinda forgot how One Direction sounded on the first live show of season 7? I guess he doesn’t want a copycat.]
Louis: There are nerves, but the girl absolutely love them.

Jay James – Changing (Sigma feat. Paloma Faith)

Jay compares the rehearsals to military training. The song is about an artist selling out. How appropriate to sing on the X Factor? I’m not sure it’s the best song choice to get votes, but he should be safe tomorrow night. Nice vocal.
Louis: Your went out of your comfort zone and it paid off! You remind me of a young Kevin Costner
Mel B: You smashed it!
Cheryl: That was a great song choice!
Simon: This is a difference between somebody singing a song and a future artist. You remind me … like British Adam Levine. That’s where you should be going. [YIKES. Poor Jay James. British Adam Levine.]

Stephanie Nala – Everything I Own (Originally by Bread (#32 in 1972), covered by Ken Boothe (#1 in 1974), Crystal Gayle (#93 in 1983) and Boy George (#1 in 1987))

She is struggling being a solo artist. This VT is really setting her up for an early departure. Nobody likes to vote for contestants with confidence issues. I don’t think is a great song choice. She has a really nice voice – it’s not big, but her tone is really nice. Sadly, after the first part she drowned out by the backing track.
Simon: When you want an ice cream sundae and you get sorbet, it is kind of disappointing. And that’s what it felt like. I think you’d be more comfortable in a girl band.
Louis: The song was flat, it just didn’t happen.
Mel B: I think your vocals were great, not fantastic, but it was a solid performance.
Cheryl: Sometimes it takes people a lifetime to gain confidence.

Jack Walton – Only Girl In The World (Rihanna)

WGWG putting a spin on a pop song! He plays a guitar and has a (probably fake) band in the back. He sounds good.
Cheryl: I have to say I’m so glad you are back in the competition, great song choice.
Simon: I got a text message from Louis Tomlinson last week about you not making it to the live shows. Luckily you are back … The girls are gonna love you!
Louis: Simon, you made Mel B a great favour!
Mel B: Boo Yaah, Jack is back!

Chloe Jasmine – Toxic (Britney Spears)

Stores in the press are bringing her down. She is doing a jazzy version of “Toxic”. The start is great and then it starts dragging. But overall, solid performance. At least she wasn’t completely drowned out by the track.
Simon: Chloe, you fascinate me. I love your voice, you are slightly polarizing, but remember, there is one thing worse than bad press: no press.
Louis: You’re sultry, you’re sexy and you’re spectacular.
Mel B: I felt like I was in a lounge watching a great singer.
Cheryl: I think we should embrace uniqueness.

Stereo Kicks – Roar (Katy Perry)

8 piece boyband has a name. Stereo Kicks. The two solos in the beginning are really bad, the chorus is good, but it’s hard to say anything since the backing track is so heavy. I think they still seem like solo singers during the solos.
Mel B: Boys, I literally think you could sing anything and everyone would love it.
Cheryl: It’s a little bit overwhelming to have so many of you. You could do more with this track …
Simon: The first group of guys was okay, but you just blew them off the stage. You’ve been together two weeks [and] you’ve worked out who the strong singers are and you’ve bonded. This is really exciting for me. [Well, if Simon says so …]
Louis: I see something special, I think you are the next big boyband.

Stevi Ritchie – Livin La Vida Loca (Ricky Martin)

Aww, he gets a lovely VT with his daughter featured. OMG the dancing! The song choice! He is definitely this year’s Wagner. Stevi is shouting and the backing singers are doing most of the job. Simon must be dying inside.
Louis: What’s going on! I loved it when I saw your chest in the end. I think Simon may have given you some of those moves. I saw you dancing like that drunk at a wedding once, Simon.
Mel B: Come on, is this a joke? I like the girls!
Cheryl: I love you and what the bloody hell is this [shows 100$ bill with Simon’s face on it]?
Simon: You are going to be here longer than most of Cheryl’s girls!

Lauren Platt – Happy (Pharrell Williams)

She celebrated her 17th birthday this week. She is turning “Happy” into a ballad. The first part was really pretty. It picks up in the second part a bit. The idea was definitely good and the first part was lovely, but I missed some sort of a peak in the performance. The ending was a bit flat for me.
Simon: That was really smart.
Louis: You have a great recording voice.
Mel B: You did what everyone expected of you. You made it your own. Well done for that, I’m proud of you.
Cheryl: I’m really, really proud of you.

Blonde Electra – Kids In America (Kim Wilde, #2 in 1981)

They love Brian Friedman. Prepare for something CRAZY! Expect unicorns!
The sisters look like clowns with glittery green eyebrows and red/pink lipstick. Very energetic performance. This performance isn’t as much about singing as it is about spectacle. The colors are giving me a headache and there is a lot of going on on stage. Dancing elephants, dancers with hoops and unicorns as a background.
Mel B: Alright, I did think I was going to hate it, but you made it a proper performance.
Cheryl: You know you are a little bonkers, but you own it.
Simon: You are a bit bonkers, but I look forward to you. That song was not a #1. Not in the UK, not in America. Only in Finland.
Louis: You are different.

Ben Haenow – Bridge Over Troubled Water (Simon and Garfunkel)

Wow, his soft rock voice is a great fit for this song. The arrangement is minimal with the piano and some strings. A MOMENT! This will bring him the votes, but this song and the performance probably aren’t a good representation of what he would do as a recording artist after the show.
Louis: Simon, he’s going to go far for you.
MEL B: I think you have a great voice, but that song choice was a bit boring. I wouldn’t take you in that direction.
Cheryl: That was one of my top 3 performances of the night.
Simon: Mel, you are like a thunder cloud on a sunny day. That was sensational.

Jake Quickenden – She’s The One (Robbie Williams)

Brian Friedman is trying to get him to connect with the viewers.
He is lying on a platform and soon after the start he sits up. The backing tracks is really heavy. The whole performance is kinda karaoke for me, but he at least does some different runs. I’m not sure he did too well in the connecting department.
Cheryl: You are very much a favorite with the ladies. I would rather see you were a better singer, but you did a good job.
Simon: Your voice is missing grit. It’s hard to follow someone like Ben. I think you are going to be here for a few weeks.
Louis: I think you are very likable, unlike Simon.
Mel B: I think you did a great job. I know the dedication you’ve put in day in and day out.

Fleur East – All About That Bass (Meghan Trainor)

She is a late bloomer in the competition and she knows she has to bring it.
This is pretty much a straight up cover, maybe a bit slowed down in parts? Vocally sounds solid, but this song is just not made for moments.
Louis: Fleur, that’s the way to do it! Born popstar!
Mel B: I’m glad you are on Simon’s team, because you made it cool!
Cheryl: You came from nowhere, your performance was all it should be.
Simon: You were like a pussycat until last week and then it all connected!

Only The Young – Jailhouse Rock/Twist n Shout (Elvis Presley/The Beatles)

Whoa. This was really on point! Good vocal from all 4 singers. I just wish the songs were more exciting.
Mel B: I really loved you from day 1, but tonight you didn’t hit that mark. Th harmonies were great, but you are way cooler than that!
Cheryl: I think you have the ability to do both!
Simon: It’s not the most original songs from the past, but you have brilliant chemistry. With the right person looking after you – me – you could do great in the show and outside of it.
Louis: I think there is a place in the market for a group like this!

Andrea Faustini – Earth Song (Michael Jackson)

He misses Italy and his parents. He is such a character. I think what makes him so endearing to people is that he has a character/personality of a joke act, but then he starts to sing and blows everyone away.
I think the performance was solid, but “Earth Song” isn’t the best song for a performance that lasts 2.5 minutes. The original song builds and builds. I think it will be interesting to see the direction Mel B will take with Andrea in the coming weeks.
Cheryl: You absolutely brought the house down.
Simon: Out little Italian bear took us to church. You sing with so much passion. It is Italy’s loss, Britain’s gain. And after that performance, you must be one of the red hot favourites.
Louis: Wherever I go, people talk about you.
Mel B: You are the winner, for sure!

Tomorrow: Taylor Swift and Pharrell Williams perform.

The judges absolutely slaughtered Overload Generation and Stephanie Nala. Meanwhile, Stevi Ritchie and Blonde Electra proved to be this season’s joke acts. We will see how the voting goes.

Overall, HEAVY BACKING TRACKS ruled the night, with the exception of Ben Heanow and perhaps Chloe Jasmine. I think tonight’s show was pretty good, considering it was the first live show of the season and with 16 acts. It was great to see Brian Friedman back.

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