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X Factor: Live Shows Week 2

Now we’re getting more into the swing of things on the X Factor live shows. With this week’s theme being ‘Love and Heartbreak’, we were sure there’d be a whole host of choices and interpretations – and we weren’t wrong.

First out, of course, were the judges, and we were treated to a reminder of Gary Barlow’s strop from last week, and Rylan in turmoil. Nothing about the ‘Louis whisper in the ear from the producer’ scandal, though!

Both Tulisa and Nicole Scherzinger looked amazing, with Tulisa opting for volumised, bouncing curls and a white Alexander Wang dress, and Nicole choosing a messy bun with her silver snake-style Inbar Spector minidress.

Jahmene was up first, performing a rousing rendition of Amy Winehouse’s ‘Tears Dry On Their Own’, leading Louis Walsh to tell the giggling wonder that he’s his favourite contestant on the X Factor EVER – quite a claim!

Ella Henderson is the first girl up, and she’s shunned her trademark victory roll for a very Adele-esque half beehive – she looks every inch the pop diva, and blows everyone away with a perfectly executed version of Minnie Ripperton’s ‘Lovin You’ – and yes, she did hit THAT high note. She’s surely the favourite to win after this.

Lucy Spraggan appears as the second girl to take the stage, but she’s wearing a hat! Oh Lucy… You’re indoors and you’re wearing a hat perched on the back of your head! It may look pretty cool but you have such shiny tresses and we really want you to show them off! We figured at this point that it might be a bit cold in the studio, as a lot of the acts have come out wearing full-on coats and scarves. Please show off your gorgeous locks next week, Lucy.

Our favourite, Jade Ellis, wowed in a beautiful floor-length gown, and her usual flowing blonde one-side curls were replaced by a cropped blonde 1920s style finger / marcel wave – very on trend, though we’re wondering if one week she might go for a Caroline Flack-style ombre?

Kye Sones was going for something a little out of the ordinary, mixing up Rihanna’s singing parts of Eminem’s ‘Love The Way You Lie’ and Dido’s ‘Thank You’ parts from Eminem’s song ‘Stan’ – which fell a little bit flat, we have to admit. Maybe if Kye wants to be a bit more bold with his choices, he should start with his hair? We recommend our 2012 style ‘The Goodfella’.

After Kye came the most anticipated part of the evening – Gary Barlow’s favourite, Rylan Clark! After a breath-holding moment where he began to sing ‘Back For Good’ by Take That (which actually sounded quite good!), he launched into an insane mix of Groove Is In The Heart and, incredibly, Gangnam Style. We loved the Anna Wintour versus Karl Lagerfeld white-locked models sat around Rylan’s stage. Chic.

Melanie Masson was the final act on tonights show, and we are still loving her effortless natural blonde curls – the envy of anyone who always plays it straight. We thought she would have been on to a winner singing the song from the John Lewis advert (you know the one, never off the TV), but it transpired she was in the bottom two in the next evening’s results show with District 3…

Sunday’s results show saw Nicole winning in the style stakes, wearing a Kristian Aadnevik gown and lustrous, bouncing curls around her shoulders (taking style cues from Melanie, perhaps?). Tulisa was somewhat underwhelming in a cover-up, floor-length monochrome Pucci dress, but we did love her sleek, high ponytail.

Rebecca Ferguson was one of the performing guests, and opinion seemed to be split hugely on Twitter on her style choices. She appeared with hair extensions, rocking a bit of a J-Lo style, with a striking new ‘do and a gold onesie to boot! We like the juxtaposition between the retro volume and the ultra-modern heavy fringe, though the jury’s still out on that catsuit choice. What do you think, style win or lose?

Another guest was Country sensation Taylor Swift (though Kanye didn’t appear to ruin things this time). Taylor went for a toned-down look with shorts and a jumper, paired with flat dance-style shoes and waves in her hair. We had the song stuck in our head all night!

The show, yet again, went to deadlock, where Melanie Masson was voted off through the lowest number of public votes. Is every week going to be the same?! We will miss Melanie’s bouncing tresses, for sure.

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