The first live X Factor show has taken place and all 12 acts have sung a song based on a theme of 'musical heroes'. This week's celebrity mentor was Robbie Williams, who surprised the finalists by turning up during rehearsals and taking a one-on-one session with each of them.
First to sing was Rachel Adedeji. Mentor Dannii Minogue chose the Robbie Williams song Let Me Entertain You for her. Rachel gave an energetic performance which met with approval from the judges. Louis Walsh told Rachel: "You rocked." Cheryl Cole said that Rachel thoroughly entertained her, Dannii Minogue declared it a great opening to the show and even Simon Cowell admitted that Rachel gave a "great performance."
The first of the groups to take to the stage was Kandy Rain. The four girls took to the stage to perform the 1986 Robert Palmer classic Addicted to Love but were criticised by both Dannii and Cheryl for their provocative outfits. Simon disagreed with his fellow judges and described Kandy Rain's performance as "fun." Mentor Louis agreed with Simon and the girls praised him for being a great mentor.
From the Over 25s category was Essex Boy Olly Murs. Olly performed the second Robbie Williams track of the night, ballad She's the One. Smartly dressed in Fred Perry shirt and tie, he was clearly nervous but, as Cheryl commented after the performance, he "pulled it back." Louis described Olly as "a talent," Dannii said he was "totally understated" and mentor Simon praised his humility and charm.
First boy to sing was Scot Rikki Loney. Performing the Amy Winehouse song Back to Black, Rikki made a point of donning his trademark hat. Louis commented that it was a difficult song to master but Dannii loved the "jazziness" in his voice. Simon thought that the song was "silly" and he didn't like the styling - or Rikki's hat - and described his performance as "wet." Rikki responded that he was glad to finally be on the X Factor stage after trying so many times before.
Second up for the girls was Essex girl Stacey Solomon who performed Coldplay's The Scientist from the 2002 album A Rush of Blood to the Head. A hit with the judges for both her performance and her personality, she was praised by Dannii and Louis for singing a track which took her out of her comfort zone. Simon commented that he loves that Stacey has no idea how good she could be.
Group Miss Frank began the X Factor process as solo artists who were invited to form a three-piece. Dressed in black, they performed the Smokey Robinson-penned track made famous by the Jackson 5, Who's Lovin' You. Dannii described them as a "powerhouse" and Cheryl said that they were her favourite group, saying they were "fresh" and "original." Smon was impressed and admitted that they had made a brilliant song choice. Louis even compared them to JLS who were runners up on last year's show
For Simon Cowell's Over 25s, Jamie "Afro" Archer rocked out to the T.Rex song Get It On. Louis Walsh commented that he hoped Jamie would be more versatile. Dannii and Cheryl agreed that he was "authentic" and praised his song choice. Jamie's mentor Simon Cowell stated that he was in a different league to the other contestants.
Boys mentor Cheryl Cole then introduced the competition's youngest contestant, 16-year-old Lloyd Daniels. Performing Justin Timberlake's Cry Me a River alongside some bizarre backing dancers, Louis described Lloyd as a "born pop star." Dannii commented that she would have preferred him to sing something he could have put his own stamp on but Simon disagreed and thought he came over as an "authentic pop star."
The final girl to perform was Lucie Daniels from Wales who sang Footprints in the Sand which is from former X Factor winner Leona Lewis' album Spirit. Louis and Cheryl both praised Lucie's confidence and agreed that she was brave to tackle a Leona Lewis song. Cheryl said that she had a "beautiful voice," however Simon compared her version of the track to Leona's and said that Lucie's wasn't as good. Dannii stated that she was "very proud" of protoge Lucie.
Irish twins John and Edward, who received boos from the crowd at the very mention of their names earlier in the show, performed Robbie Williams' number one hit Rock DJ. The pair were booed following their energetic performance. Cheryl told them that they can't sing but praised them for coming out and performing given the stick they have received. Simon also praised their thick skins and described the performance as a "musical nightmare." Mentor Louis said that he was glad he put them through.
The last performer from the Boys category was geordie Joe McElderry. Joe performed the final Robbie Williams cover of the night, 1998's No Regrets. Joe received praise from all four of the judges. Louis said that he thought they'd "found ourselves a pop star" and loved his "excellent voice" and "great stage presence." Dannii commented that Joe "nailed it" and called him a "superstar." Even Simon decribed the performance as "absolutely brilliant." He praised the melody in his voice, admitted that it was a perfect song choice and that he he could be a "dark horse."
The final performance of the night came from the Over 25s group and Danyl Johnson who famously gave "the best first audition" according to Simon Cowell who is now his mentor. Danyl performed And I'm Telling You from the show Dreamgirls which was sung by Jennifer Hudson in the film and was certainly a show-stopper. Louis described the performance as "brave" yet "over confident," the latter comment which the audience vocally disagreed with. Cheryl warned Danyl not to be too "cocky." Mentor Simon described it as "one of the best performances I've ever heard in my life," which won favour with the studio audience.
One act has now sung for the final time. The result of the public vote will be revealed in tomorrow (Sunday 12th October) night's show and the bottom-placed two will sing again for the judges' vote. Watch the show live on STV at 8pm when you can also see Robbie Williams and Alexandra Burke perform.Source: 1/
I just wanted to post something X-Factor related since not all the performances are on youtube yet to hear your guys' thoughts on what Danii said to Danyl...I personally thought it was unnecessary, but Danyl still bugs the sh*t out of me. I've gone from loving the guy to disliking him for his cocky attitude in a span of two weeks.