I’ve just finished liveblogging the first episode of X Factor for Unreality TV. If you were watching along, you’ll know the show finished with schoolteacher Danyl Johnson. It was possibly the strongest audition performance I’ve ever seen on the show in any series. No doubt this was helped by the audience (the first time X Factor auditions have been done this way). Here’s what I said about Danyl:
he’s the cool teacher at school who gives an electrifying performance of With A Little Help From My Friends. The dude has a sea of hands waving at him, girl judges winking at him and Simon more visibly excited than I’ve seen him in years. We can only hope that he doesn’t suffer from ‘shit at the live shows’ syndrome, because his audition performance could have won the show in previous years.
Danyl had so many entertaining little touches in his performances – with the audience waving along, and perching on the edge of the stage – that he’ll be a natural in the live shows. The thing is, he had time to prepare and he probably knows the Joe Cocker song off by heart. But how will he handle an ABBA week or a Michael Jackson themed show?
Who knows? Did you think Danyl was a strong contender tonight or was there someone you liked better?