It was Diva Week on the X Factor this weekend. Whitney Houston, hot on the comeback trail after recovering from drugs and a bad marriage, arrived in the UK to mentor the kids. And promote her upcoming album, of course.
Whitney tottered around the stage during her results show performance of “Million Dollar Bill” like she wasn’t quite sure of herself. She was completely thrown when the strap on her dress broke. After, she bumbled and stared at the floor when she answered the host’s questions. Maybe Whitney wasn’t quite ready for a live performance yet.
Guess Whitney can’t travel on her own either, as she dragged along her own mentor, Clive Davis, to her sessions with the kids. Haven’t seen Clive in awhile, and I have to say he looks as creepy as ever.
Oh yeah, judge Cheryl Cole performed too. Yawn.
Diva week was bound to be a challenge for some of the singers. Some fared better than others, but nobody knocked me out.
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I have to say my favorite performance was the quirky Stacey Solomon singing a version of Etta James’ “At Last” that came alive towards the end.
The worst (or the best depending on how you look at it) were the LOL-worthy John and Edward. Simon called their rendition of Britney’s “Oops I Did it Again” the worst live act he’s ever seen. If you want to laugh really hard, do yourself a favor and click on their link.
Young Lloyd Daniels was really terrible, and should have headed home this week instead of Rikki Loney. Rikki has got an interesting quality to his voice and has suffered from Cheryl Cole’s terrible song choices.
Lloyd was given “Bleeding Love” and it was so inappropriate, and his performance so bad, Cheryl burst into tears and apologized for letting him down. Still, I’m not sure Lloyd’s got what it takes. His pretty face is keeping him out of the bottom 2 at this point.
Overrated this week were Joe McElderry who was pleasant enough singing “Where Do Broken Hearts Go”, but nothing special, Danyl Johnson who, sounding tuneless, should have heeded Whitney’s advice to stick to the melody of “I Didn’t Know My Strength”, and Jamie Archer, who had his vocal limitations exposed this week by Christina Aguilera’s “Hurt”.
Rachel Adedeji joined Rikki Loney landed in the bottom 2. Neither acquitted themselves very well when they sang for their lives.
Cheryl stuck by her guy, but Dannii and Simon sent Rikki home. Cheryl lamented that John and Edward lived to see another week while her guy Rikki was sent home. Well, John and Edward are terrible, but they are entertaining. So, there’s that.
I wonder who Louis Walsh–who was absent this week–would have sent home. It was a toss up, really.
Next week is Big Band Week. Westlife will perform their next single, a cover of Daughtry’s “What About Now.” That should be fun to watch.
ETA: I forgot to add that I thought Olly Murs, though not a great singer, was very entertaining. Interesting–If Simon wasn’t mentoring him, Olly would have gotten the “drunk uncle at a wedding critique”
- Lucie Jones
- Olly Murs
- Miss Frank
- Rachel Adedeji
- Joe McElderry
- Danyl Johnson
- Lloyd Daniels
- John and Edward
- Rikki Loney
- Jamie Archer
- Stacey Solomon