At the top of the show, Simon Cowell extended an invitation to Sting, who had been critical of X Factor earlier in the week. About sending the elimination to deadlock last week, Simon said he would “never ever ever play tactics or mess with people’s lives.” Ha! Simon says he “trusts the public.” Right. Liar liar pants on fire!
Queen week overwhelmed all of the contestants this week. Nobody was really up to task. The difficult songs uncovered all the remaining singers’ weaknesses.
First video – video package/performance. Second video – performance/judges critiques
Videos and Recap after the Jump…
- Simon Cowell bitch slaps Sting, and justifies last week’s deadlock – VIDEO
- Jamie Archer – “Radio Ga Ga” – Jamie was swallowed up by that song. He’s a decent a performer, but a very average singer. Queen songs do him no favors – VIDEO – VIDEO
- Lloyd Daniels – “A Crazy Little Think Called Love” – A much better vocal than last week (except for that last run. eep), but a very awkward performance. – VIDEO – VIDEO
- Olly Murs – “Don’t Stop Me Now” – The first verse was rough. Ouch. These songs really test a vocalist. When the tempo sped up, Olly could handle it. Still, he’s a fun performer – VIDEO – VIDEO
- Joe McElderry – “Somebody to Love” – Joe has a pleasant, but bland voice. His foray into his upper-register was a risk that didn’t quite pay off – VIDEO – VIDEO
- John and Edward – “Under Pressure” (with the Vanilla Ice tune mashed in. EEP) – Incorporating bits of the Vanilla Ice rip-off? Sersiously? Oh Jedward. Never EVER change. HILARIOUS that Simon is now embracing the twins. – VIDEO – VIDEO
- Stacey Soloman – “Who Wants to Live Forever” – Not as powerful as it could have been, but easily the best vocal performance of the night – VIDEO – VIDEO
- Danyl Johnson – “We Are the Champions” – Warbly, pitchy and very uncertain on the big notes. Danyl is NOT a rock singer. Judges slobbered all over him anyway – VIDEO – VIDEO