Before I get into my final blog, I would like to welcome another addition to the X Factor family. We’ve all obviously had glimpses of this arrival, but it really was last night that this very odd individual entered our screens. Enter the applause for Bitchy BarlowTM.
Week nine is semi-final night on The X Factor. 4 acts need to become 3, to enter the BIGGEST FINAL EVER ! on the X Factor. Yes, we get that the production will bring the Final to Wembley. I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t buy a ticket to witness the singing live of this sorry bunch. However, the show must go on, and the show must have a winner.
I did my chart last night. Amelia was the first, Little Mix and Misha shared the second spot and Marcus was the last. Since we’re one week from the actual final, I will use my last blog to say why, according to me, one should vote for one act and let another go away.
I would not vote for Marcus Collins. Marcus has wow-ed audiences with his performances by focusing on the staging and dancing rather than the singing. Every week he has been equipped with an army of dancers and heavy stage work, to hide the fact that he is not a good vocalist and that his voice is actually very limited. “He oozes charisma” is what everyone would say, but I wouldn’t actually buy a CD to hear one’s charisma. Marcus would follow the long tradition of numerous male winners before him, something that seems to be even more powerful than the Curse Of The Girlbands.
I would not vote for Misha B. For one simple reason. Simon Cowell’s label does not have the means to deal with Misha B. Misha B is an urban act. She doesn’t need bubblegum pop singles, or semi- heartfelt ballads, because frankly, she wouldn’t be able to handle them. Misha is not equipped to sing every song, and her attempts at it more often than not seem synthetic and forced. I do think Misha has a nice voice and I think she has everything she needs to become a great urban act, and at the risk of sounding like a broken record, I will remind everyone that Misha’s rendition of Respect and Rolling in the Deep were sensational. Had she followed in that road instead of venturing into more popular, but of lesser quality material, she would have ruled the competition like her prison bitch.
I might vote for Little Mix. The girls, at this moment, have no identity. The are obviously targeting a younger demographic, with very popular song choices and very perky performances, but that is not how it’s done in the real world. I won’t blame the girls or Tulisa though. I myself would be hard pressed to maintain a musical identity if I am thrown into Rock, Motown, Dance week. Being a group formed 2 months ago didn’t help, and having the young, inexperienced Tulisa didn’t help either. But somehow, the girls managed to grow, to build a fan base, and to showcase vocals that would have been average another year, but are great this year. Actually, scratch that. As far as girlbands go, they are the best, they fall short in comparison to solo singers. Which is something that always happens. I think the girls need a little more time in the real world to find themselves and their sound, but this is not to say that they don’t deserve to win. Hard work needs to be rewarded and the girls have worked hard.
I would vote for Amelia Lily. She was my favorite since the first week, not because of her performance, but because of her potential. Amelia has a powerful voice. That is a fact. Another fact is her tendency to sound sharp at times, and yet another fact is that she missed 4 weeks of performances, also known as 4 weeks of vocal coaching. Amelia is potentially a great powerhouse singer; I can see her rocking the punk rock-rock-pop rock scene: she has the voice, the performance, and the looks. Some of music’s leading ladies of our time have big voices and in my eyes, Amelia is just one of them. Get her a vocal coach, an ear piece (so she knows how her voice sounds) and a recording studio, and this girl is ready to roll.
I would offend myself if I didn’t say a few words about Bitchy Barlow. The mentor of the strongest (one of the strongest?) category this year, he managed to make his acts’ quality decline. From the catastrophe that was Frankie, whom he allowed to go into a self-destructive spiral of alcohol and drugs, to the ever-boring Craig, who managed to mimic Adele in almost every song he sang (it was not had, it was the same song), to the dancing Marcus, Gary showed Britain and the world that it takes more to be a mentor than being an artist. On the night when his act was outshone by every other act in the competition, he started belittling the competition, by reminding people of the Misha-Tulisa-Louis incident, something for which Misha worked hard to make people forget, by telling her she wouldn’t win because of said incident, by telling Amelia she hadn’t found her softer voice, while her softer voice is just fine, by telling Little Mix that hey vocals were not worthy of a semifinal, while the girls showed their probably best vocal yet. All the while blowing his own acts out of proportions. Yes, I don’t expect him to call on every flaw of his acts, but as Kelly Rowland, the true Head Judge showed us, you can be critical without being offensive or downright mean (when Janet was horrible, she did say that wasn’t her best performance. No need to hide what everyone has seen). Barlow, take that little integrity you’ve left and walk away, before you become X Factor’s joke.
Final Thoughts: I would like to see Amelia win the competition, but everyone beside Marcus deserves to. This season was weaker than the one before, and Dannii Minogue was missed. I think it’s time the X Factor machine took a break and left the screen to the much more interesting The Voice, but I am conscious it won’t happen. I do understand why the ratings have fallen though. The talent was unimpressive.
Thank you for reading and I hope you’ve enjoyed my blogs at least half as much as our weekly spats with ThatOne. Have a nice X Factor-less year everyone!
EDIT: The Final 3 was composed of Amelia Lily, Little Mix and Marcus. Misha left us. Good Luck to them all!