Queen and Adam Lambert grace the X Factor stage tonight.
Tonight’s episode starts at 8pm GMT, 9pm CET, 3pm EDT, 12pm PDT.
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EXCITED YET?! Queen + Adam Lambert perform on the X Factor tonight! Plus, Ella Henderson and Union J (season 9, 2012 alums) return to the stage where it all began for them. At the end of the hour, TOP 5 will become TOP 4.
We start with a cold open. Louis wants his 8 boys in the semifinal!
Dermot is losing no time, the judges follow him on stage immediately. Simon says he had no lunch today.
17 minutes left to vote! Dermot repeats the numbers.
It’s time for Queen + Adam Lambert with TOP 5 as a back-up. They sing “Somebody To Love”. The TOP 5 seem to be thrilled to be stage. Well, Andrea seems a bit lost. Adam says the contestants should be present in every moment and think ahead.
Time for a long recap.
Union J are on stage, next performing their new singe “You’ve Got It All”. They finished 4th on season 9 (2012). Louis Walsh must be proud. I wish the song was better, but Union J never got the class A treatment from Sony.
The voting is now over. The results after the break!
We are back. The judges and their acts walk out on stage.
The two acts in the bottom will face in the sing off later in the show. Ella Henderson performs after the commercial break.
We are back. We see Stereo Kicks backstage standing in a circle, drinking water.
Ella Henderson is back with her new single “Yours”. She finished 6th on season 9 (2012) when she was in the bottom 2 with eventual winner James Arthur. Production-vise, she gets the ADELE treatment. Girl did good!
Another commercial break.
We are back. Time for the sing off.
Lauren Platt sings “I Know Where I’ve Been” by Queen Latifah.
Stereo Kicks sing “I Won’t Give Up” by Jason Mraz.
Louis sends home Lauren Platt.
Mel B sends home Lauren Platt.
Cheryl sends home Stereo Kicks.
Simon sends home Stereo Kicks.
Stereo Kicks received the fewest votes this week and are leaving the competition.
Lauren sang better than Stereo Kicks in the sing off. Actually, she sang better than ever before. I would like to see and hear her perform like that on a Saturday night, because her performances on the live shows are usually pretty, but somewhat underwhelming. I know that she performed this song on the show in the pre-recorded rounds, so I wonder if she performed tonight so well because this is one of her go-to songs and has it so well rehearsed? In any case, I think she needs to make a change. I expected her to be mercifully sent home tonight, because she was pretty good at the beginning of the live shows, but then she lost her “spark” or “mojo” and started stagnating. Yesterday she looked ready to go home.
The question now is, can she re-ignite that spark next Saturday? I’m worried that it’s too late for her to recover.
Stereo Kicks just weren’t up to Lauren’s standard tonight. However, I do wish they made it to the final. From my experience, finals that include a group are way better than those with only solo singers. Unfortunately, getting a group to the final isn’t that easy. Little Mix were the last group to make it to the final (and then win) of season 8. Little Mix and One Direction both sailed to the finals of their seasons without a bottom 2 appearance, but since then Union J and Rough Copy finished just outside the TOP 3 (4th) and now Stereo Kicks 5th.
The biggest problem of Stereo Kicks is that there are just too many of them in the band. They can all sing (some better than others), but it’s hard to make a boyband of 8 work. Not just from a singing perspective: what do you do with 8 guys production-vise on stage? Just standing in a row on stage gets old quick. TPTB realized that there were too many singers in a boyband, but by then it was already too hard to decide which 2 or 3 boys to drop. And let’s face it, doing that in the middle of the live shows would mean the end for the remaining boys, too. So they let the boys stay together and the boys and the production team did everything they could to get them out of trouble. It still wasn’t enough. Their fans were willing to download their iTunes recordings, but they still came up short in voting.
At least we know one female is guaranteed a place in the final (Season 9 had three solo males in the final and it was BORING.) this year. I think this year’s finale could be better than the last two finales, but I’m not particularly fond of anyone in the TOP 4. To be completely honest, Lola Saunders appealed to me the most as a vocalist, but she could never get it together and had no chance. Only The Young, Stevi Ritchie and Stereo Kicks kept the competition somewhat interesting. Sadly, they are all gone now.
Now I only want to know: Will the voters buy Fleur East as the next big popstar (she can perform, but vocally she is just mediocre)? Is Ben Haenow about to pull a Matt Cardle? Can Andrea Faustini still steal the victory from the two overs? I doubt Lauren can manage anything more than a final in this field.
Stereo Kicks are the latest act to be voted off X Factor… after losing out to Lauren Platt in sing-off
Stereo Kicks became the latest act to be voted off X Factor after being put in the bottom two alongside rival, Lauren Platt.
Tensions were high on the talent show, when the judges’ opinions were equally split between the two acts, taking them to deadlock.
It was then revealed that the act with the lowest votes was in fact, Stereo Kicks.
Read more: Daily Mail
Showing them how it’s done: Ella Henderson performs on X Factor alongside Union J and Queen
It was a star studded night of performances on Sunday’s X Factor results show.
Not only did X Factor alum Ella Henderson and boy band Union J return to the stage, but iconic group Queen performed with American singer Adam Lambert for a special performance.
Queen guitarist Brian May CBE and drummer Roger Meddows Taylor took to the stage to give an electrifying rendition of their 1976 hit Someone to Love, originally written by Freddie Mercury.
Read more: Daily Mail
Cheryl Fernandez-Versini dazzles in glittering blue dress set against darker tresses on X Factor results show
It’s a TV show which is all about showcasing talent.
But judge Cheryl Fernandez-Versini stole the show on Sunday night’s X factor results show as she dazzled in a glittering blue dress, which highlighted her new darker hair.
The 31-year-old judge looked simply stunning as she took to the stage to support her only remaining act, Lauren Platt, who made it through to the semi-finals after finding herself in a sing off against boy band Stereo Kicks.
Read more: Daily Mail
Pop Music’s version of The Hunger Games: Teenagers battle it out as Lauren Platt’s triumph condemns Stereo Kicks on the X Factor, by Jim Shelley
The X Factor sing off was worthy of The Hunger Games – a fight to the death between Stereo Kicks and Lauren Platt. Well, not to the death, but something that probably felt very much like it to them.
The public’s vote on Saturday’s double performances saw the eight piece boy band – whose youngest member is only 14 – up against Lauren Platt, who – I don’t know if you’ve heard – is rumoured to be 17. (They’ve only mentioned it a dozen times each episode…)
It was terrific stuff, if only because we are at that stage where you know someone who the judges all consider to be ‘perfect pop stars’ or even (don’t laugh) ‘credible recording artists’ is going to be knocked out. Sadistic I know, but you’ve got to try and enjoy the X Factor somehow.
Read more: Daily Mail