X Factor Live Shows: Week 1
We’re now on the live shows for the X Factor, and not a moment too soon! Let’s cut to the chase here – we do hate to go on about it, but it has to be said – TULISA’S HAIR. Just as we were getting used to seeing her sunkissed and blonde during bootcamp and judges houses, she goes and dyes her hair back to her natural dark brown. Tulisa, we cannot keep up! We do love it either way though, but the public didn’t seem too keen on the blonde look from her.
Nicole Scherzinger was looking ravishing in a one-sleeved leather and mesh number with her hair pulled back. Tulisa sported a similar hair style, though her puffball dress was a little… out there? Didn’t quite suit her, we’ll put it that way!
Another thing we can’t keep up with is the constant changing names of groups. Last week it was Triple J changing to ‘Union’ J, and this week it was GMD3 changing their name to District 3 – we can only wonder whose turn it’s going to be next week to change their name / add a member / lose a member… who knows what! Will MK1 become MK9?!
The show started with the result of the peoples’ phone vote to see which of the wildcard acts was to go through – pretty tense! We had our money on the very handsome and very talented Adam Burridge… but the scouse jitterbug Christopher was the one who went through. A huge surprise indeed!
The theme for the first week of live shows was ‘Heroes’, which was a tribute to the tremendous efforts of the Olympians and Paralympians of London 2012, with some medal winners even sitting in the crowd themselves. We must admit, we missed the part where Dermot told everyone what the theme was, so had to play a bit of a guessing game through a lot of it, convinced we were on Beatles week!
In terms of performances, we felt a little deflated during the show. While everyone was very good, it didn’t have its usual feel of X Factor excitement – we can’t put our finger on what was lacking, but it will hopefully pick up in the rest of the live shows. Ella Henderson and Jade Ellis both stood out for us – Ella singing Take That’s ‘Rule The World’ and Jade singing ‘Hero’ by Enrique Iglesias, the latter had amazing blonde curled extensions flowing down one shoulder, wearing a rather risqué leather dress and red leather boots she looked every inch the real pop star!
Ella was sporting the cutest dress of the night, a lace high-necked peach number, with her signature victory roll and loose curls at the end of her hair.
Lucy Spraggan was, for the first time in X Factor history (we think..!), singing one of her own ditties. While a great song, it seemed a little unfair – what do you think? Maybe she’ll be forced out of her comfort zone in the next couple of weeks.
Sunday night’s show was interesting, to say the least! Nicole wowed everyone with a bandage bodycon dress, hair down and dark lipstick on – total vamp! Tulisa had her hair up and over one shoulder, teased in to a ringlet at the end, wearing a pink bandeau dress and matching candy pink lipstick.
For once, it seemed, the acts were all actually singing live for the group song (a rather rousing rendition of Emile Sande’s ‘Read All About It’), and inbetween us getting to find out who won we were treated to an amazing performance from Leona Lewis, wearing a brilliant ‘Cadbury’ purple Ariella dress, and a fairly forgettable performance from Ne-Yo.
We were left with Carolynne Poole and Rylan Clark for the sing-off at the end, with Gary Barlow foaming at the mouth during the whole of Rylan’s performance – fair to say he’s not a fan! Rylan seemed to give up halfway through, as if he knew what his destiny might be – we were all thinking it!
A lot of kerfuffle and agonising looks and babble from Louis Walsh, and the vote went to DEADLOCK. And the public chose to vote out… Carolynne! This was enough to make Gary Barlow get up and storm off set, which has led to the public claiming it was set up – we’re not sure, but it was very dramatic nonetheless!
What will next week’s live shows have in store? Will Gary spit his dummy out again? Another hair colour change for Tulisa? We can’t wait!