X Factor UK 2012
Week 4: Fag Ash Frenzy!
Dermot gave a spooky entrance as the show soon started. Robbie Williams was in the same hotel, per chance, and gave the acts some tips as a guest mentor testing the water for the panel by Cowell next year.
Let Me Entertain You – Robbie Williams
Opening the show with a ”never covered before” as a Robbie only song, Kye, looking very much a star with hair and make-up like a breath of fresh air, sang in unison able to hit the high notes belting out the tune powerfully and maintained tone of the original song, while adding a new spin on the track with his own style. Being in Robbie’s shadow will always be compared initially, though this performance was showing of Kye only and not one thought of Robbie’s version rang through until afterwards, if at all, which is a rare feat for a performer to do, especially early on in the series.
A unique quality to a star singer and performer with potential X Factor. Class act. People still need to vote for him, though, as his age group might not necessarily be remembered in the wake of untalented ‘competition.’
Louis – “not sure” ? Of what? No explanation.
Tulisa – Even better. Is that it?
Dermot O’Leary would ask Louis “what do you mean?” LW – good, but something missing. Louis, booed by audience, said there was no “X Factor”, seen as another attempt to sabotage rival acts outshining his to leave after witnessing potential competition.
Sweet Dream – Beyonce
Stood on a car for no apparent reason, once again in a Louis Walsh no direction centrepiece, it failed to mask Union J’s inadequate vocals, where half weren’t even trying to sing, carelessly. Attempting another song way too big for them and in a dynamic that was not a group song, reliant on one word alone, as always, and making sure teen females were placed at the front row pit so they could cheaply touch girls hands like last week, which also detracted from performance, was terrible. Disconnected. You won’t get with them girls, plus George is dating Ella.
Tulisa – up your game, two weeks improvement, easy.
GB – seen it before. Change it up.
NS – absolute perfection. Understatement of the week to protect her own acts and favour to Louis saving Rylan. Harmony and energy we asked, and they gave, she added. It is hard to fathom that Nicole, a singer and a group member makes outlandish claims as such. They never moved with energy, they walked around minimally, as with their vocals on the pre-recorded studio sound system in rehearsals.
Louis Walsh – I believe your next group and that’s it. A shock come when you leave X Factor bubble and it all goes to pot. Ahh Louis, always a Simon Cowell shadow two years late missing the boat.
Toxic – Britney Spears/ Horny – Hot ‘n’ Juicy feat Mousse T/ Poison – Nicole Sherzinger
Kylie and Robbie gave their celebrity endorsements.. X Factor’s goal to get exposure from celebs to boost the show profile through de-humanising Rylan had its moment.
Nicole as Deetah von tease in leather bodice surprised Rylan and all the boys at his birthday bash. The new Sinitta arrives. She looked like a curb crawler from Stringfellows or Spearmint Rhino. No surprise she snogged Chris Brown months ago, when still with F1 racer Lewis Hamilton. Rihanna is supposedly back with Brown.
Rylan came down on an elevated platform as the glass ceiling. Nice try at subtle messages Nicole.
Ignoring any performance vocally halfway through lost the song, then turned into ‘horny.’ Tarts. No reaction. Lifted on stage. Unleashed Poison unto us, then touching Gary. Rylan’s vocals were soon tired. Needed female backing dancer to sing for him.
Welcome into the asylum. Mash up every week highlights deep inaccuracies that can’t be erased.
LW said Rylan reminded him of fashion designer “a young Jean Paul Goutier” on a singing stage. Party girl Tulisa felt it was “like Mahiki on a Wednesday night” and said he tried to “deliver to best of your ability.” No ability involved.
GB – Giving an honest critique. Not worse than last week. Music loud, couldn’t here sing. Dancing good. Is that enough?
Over sexual mentor Nicole added – little devil, you’re horny, were going to bed tonight. Favourite performance so far. Beautiful job. Slipped in a “Team Robbie” for exposure comment too. What a crawler.
Bring Me To Life – Evanescence
One of my favourite tracks. Bit off in vocals to begin. Slow/low pitch to rise up with. Too big a song despite effort to shake it up. Needed much more of a song to project her quality capabilities to audience. It was another safe, stand and sing performance with a cute, dainty outlook. It was lacking of an “X Factor” quality. Holding back won’t cement a future.
Gary mentioned about using her age as a bargain tool in previsous weeks used by Tulisa, saying “you an adult competing with adults, using 16 is disrespectful” while ending she had a “good chance” to go further.
NS – least favourite performance. Wrong Key. Chorus is epic, (felt) anticlimactic. High note at end. Finally Nicole speaks a minor piece of sense.
LW – take a chance. Versatile.
TC – glad you had fun. It’s Halloween. Different from original makes songs your own. (It didn’t it was off) so therefore wasn’t making it her own, juvenile Contostavlos comments, exposing her piffle inadequacies with repetitive claims of other judges and same words each week.
Ella needs to take risks. She’ll be leaving the show in a few weeks if not.
(I Just) Died in your arms tonight – Cutting Crew
Looked like a star for first time in attire. Song vocals were strong. Not lively enough for young audience and current projection will be his possible downfall. Tulisa evil eye mid performance. Wait for her comments 😮
NS – fun. Stance and rocking moves. Good jobs on vocals.
LW – looking for future recording star. Claiming it was like Panto, reminded him of Tony Christie. Bitchy Walsh strikes again. Maloney was mature in the abusive comments hurled subtly. Louis Walsh’s pantoMIME continues every week.
TC – I want tostop blaming you and go to your mentor. How many 80s classics are you going to let him destroy Tulisa barked when attacking Gary.
So, Tulisa doesn’t want to be rude to Christopher, then tells him through Gary with her outburst that Maloney is “destroying” songs. That’s not being rude to the artist as he waits on stage after this catty judge dominance is over, standing there like a sap to the drama of a child?
It’s not fair to say offensive comments Tulisa added. Again, juvenile behaviour on the panel. Tulisa also does the same thing with her acts. Talk about double standard. Think before you speak? But, she cannot, because she is, a child.
#ChristopherMaloney looks and sounds like a star, but teen audience will ruin the voting process. Shame on talent @GBarlowOfficial #XFactor
Every Breath you take – Sting/ Neyo – Monster
Clockwork orange inspired in their costumes, District3, who may not be aware that the film has a sexual abuse connotation with the image, and in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal AND the over sexualisation of females, which even Louis Walsh and other ‘grown-ups’ on X Factor are aware of, dressed them in the three rapist costumes.
Also given to us as an anonymous tip off, though unconfirmed and currently “alleged” of Dan’s self-harming issues the three looked like extras on set.
Auto tune exposed from mic pull away again. Not really singing. Break into ‘Monster’ mash up. Why? It did nothing for the song. All about antics jumping around on stage. One word reliance. Since you gone then bellowed. A third mash up? If you need three songs in one, you detract from the song, have no actual level of tone and ruin every form of credibility you hope to achieve, and the Clockwork Orange suits had nothing to do with the song.
TC – On point. This isn’t a dance show, luv. Cor, its wafting in here… (passes ashtray)
GB – fed up of mash up’s. Backward.
NS- agree with Gary. Harmonies. Monster – wrong key. What is the costume about?
LW – admitted they were “not as good” as last week. Potential is fantastic. Give them a chance plea.
Start and finish a song. No risk.
One of the group added – “appreciate your comments” then adding it was a “monster mash-up, so…” in an unappreciative speech of disregard. Adolescent arrogance of the youth today. This is the problem. Mass disrespect.
Killing Me Softly – The Fugees
Last saturday was emotional, Jahmene squeaked. Emotionally drained, he confessed. Not enough in the tank.
Killing me softly was appropriate. Timid every week. No star quality as fretting little boy begging for sympathy votes with his shy demeanour. The act is already outdated. When is he actually going to sing? Warble, Warble, Warble… A nothing song. Forgettable. Meek. Nothing exceptional. Expects to be carried.
LW – World class. (again)
TC- Little muffin. Gunna call you the Man who can’t be moved. She said. Donating her “Urban roots” to a new act this week, Tulisa reminder band MK1, voted off last week sang that very song in the sing off, see Week 3 results in previous post. Contostavlos – Can’t find one negative critique added. Hmm..
GB – Simple and effortless. Gorgeous. Talked about American singers being great, then added Jahmene could add contrast to them in competition. Might work in USA but not UK. Shouldn’t that also be your focus?
American mentor Nicole sexpest added – understated. Serving his musical appetite, Nic wanted him to “Taste, feel, enjoy, and have meaning” in his culinary musical serving. Hire Gordon Ramsey instead. “Everyone will talk about it” she believed. Nope. Back to clouded and deluded again.
Tulisa introduced her act with a public statement as if someone had died, or was gravely ill.
“Lucy I’m thinking of you, in my thoughts and get well soon.” Lucy Spraggan received a “bye” (might be a bigger bye soon) to next week. She wasn’t dead or anything, just vocally damaged, which viewers felt was distasteful. She should have either been thrown out, or left, they felt. Feeling the show has lost its core motives, and unknowing what to do in any crisis after it only seems to seek mainstream bright lights attention and no bad publicity living in a happy bubble of exposing others and not being caught in the sparked flames of contradiction, the answer is very clear.
She should not have performed and still been up for the public vote. If people felt that was unfair, she always has the option to ‘sing.’ It’s not like many of them are actually singing to a pre-recorded rehearsal track anyway, is it?
What a way to ruin Jade Ellis’ performance. You all forgot about her.
Jade Ellis (Take Two)
Freak Like Me – Adina Howard
Look good. Sang great, but still slow tone and talking through song than singing. Tone of song with drum/bass kick in was awkward and did not work together as an arrangement.
Watered down, where it could have been electric. Tulisa playing safe with girls again, hiding how great they can be to try to stay in competition. They would stay in competition and be propelled to the front in high value if they burst out excellent performances, with dance and style, instead of a stand and sing and move a little bit around. A couple of stationary sways does not constitute as “dancing.”
GB – Love image. Look like pop star. Weaker vocals. Worried for you.
NS – frightening. (No reaction to that comment) Didn’t get it. Reminded Nic in auditions of Gabrielle. Energy and non-belief. You were awkward.
LW – Not the girl we saw in auditions. Better than that. Style than substance.
Tulisa claimed more hypocritical lines – Everyone’s forgetting themes. (See Week 1 show , where Tulia granted Spraggan an opportunity to break the rules and perform her own song disregarding the themed week.) Chance to grow and change up in weeks. Learning along. Try different things. Trying to dance and do something different. (Making sure she slipped in a sympathy vote) Lost voice and confidence, last week (in case we all forgot, or simply weren’t watching). Louis chirped in it didn’t help this week in song choice, where Contostavlos snapped instantly “I disagree!”
She can be good, but wasn’t this week as she could have been. No time for confidence to come in a voting public who do not care for confidence and only look. Surely you figured that out in the ethos of the show since making unspoken alliances with Louis and keeping Nicole ‘on-side.’
Sweet Dreams – Eurythmics
A second sweet dream song. Though this was more of a Muse track (which they covered) , having potential to be exceptional.
Intense beginning with gothic underline. When major kick in came, didn’t elevate notes as higher than level pitch, which should have been launched.
Aiming for a dark, enriched outcome, was slightly stationary and missing the ingredient to excel further. Held back. Pleasing overall in light of rest of acts filled with hypocrisy. The arrangement was clearly guided at Muse than Eurythmics.
GB – brilliant.
Ghetto diva Nicole said of the Caucasian James – difference. An International recording artist. Brought soul and blues. Girls be having sweet dreams about you, that was dope, dude.
While James is a powerful option to have a future and one of the few with immense talent of the pack, these statements are too farfetched and placing on a pedestal that will eventually crumble beneath him with pressure placed. It was good, but in no way an “international recording artist” yet. Not even one album released. Lose the ludicrous statements and offer reality and constructive advice. It was capable, but needs more foundations laid first to build that platform to rise above on.
Christopher Maloney, Rylan Clark and Kye Sones are the three odds on to face the danger zone.
Sources also report Simon Cowell ordered all judges to attack Christopher Maloney with negative comments, despite performance value. Louis Walsh continued that tradition as puppet to Cowell. Sherzinger didn’t help. Cowell plans to name Scherzinger head judge next year in a u-turn despite initially planning to remove her from the show, and is now aiming for Gary Barlow to suffer his beefy wrath. X Factor is ever more political than it ever has been, fans feel. Most have switched off as a result.
Earlier in the show, humour spread its way through in a light hearted manner, which Contostavlos childishly reacted to in a negative, pitiful manner. Barlow who joked that he did not wish to feel the force of Tulisa’s “fag-ash breath” irked the twenty-four year old, with an open mouthed reaction who bit back with claiming Barlow was an alcoholic drinking red wine before the show. Tulisa couldn’t take it. (A joke, that is.) X Factor neglected to mention this time that fag ash breathe trended worldwide. Usually they can’t wait to inform us on Twitter status. Tulisa was previously called a “chav” by judge Louis Walsh.
Over on Xtra Factor, directly after the main show for some sisterly gossip, the magazine show saw moody Tulisa say “its fine” when asked then responds “Dont apologise to me on screen!” as Barlow attempted to right a wrong in an adult manner after aiming to have some banter on the show. Barlow admitted he had “a sip” of red wine only. Sitting next to a smoke screen, perhaps he needed it.
Playing the victim, Tulisa said people had to attack others when their acts couldn’t cope. Tulisa last year created an on air storm when claiming artist MishaB was a bully to other contestants backstage engulfing a media storm that caused the audience to bully Misha, thanks to Tulisa’s comments which she later admitted shouldn’t have been mentioned, question the validity of those claims. Seeing B as competition as favourite to int he show, as she was, B was voted off before the final. Tulisa won the show last year with a girl group, Little Mix, which she became too personal with, to feed her ego a victory among the judging panel.
When X Factor is ready to grow up and removal all its problems, Tulisa, Walsh and Sherzinger, which won’t likely happen in defiance, the show proves to be a tiresome format that has lost its edge, humour and fun. Ego driven adolescents and ludicrous statements jumping off one split second to the next with every performance, acts are simply forgotten and the judges panel is in turmoil.
Within three years X Factor may truly have its fag end stubbed out.