Hello everyone! It’s Week Eight on the X Factor tonight, meaning, there are just TWO more weeks until the winner is crowned. I know I should be sad, but in reality, I couldn’t be happier that this season is coming to an end. Maybe with the new year we’ll get a new judging panel. Or something. Whatever.
The pre-semifinal week is always rough for me. See, it’s the week before the really important ones, and people are thinking more about their next performance than about their current one. But in all fairness, this week was the worst week of the season. It was so boring, so so boring. I actually missed Johnny, because with that guy, you knew you were in for a laugh. And not only was the night boring, it was also full of below standard performances sung by people who have been singing for 8 (and 4) weeks already.
My classification tonight will be based on act, so I won’t have two rankings. I have scored points from 1 to 5 for the first song and the same for the second song. Again, I say that I am greatly disappointed with the standard this year. Take the classification with a grain of salt, and don’t forget to vote. And don’t do drugs. Or something.
So, this week’s best act, the one who gets The First Spot is Amelia Lily. The first song was really nice, not brilliant, but nice. I sense that Amelia has a bit of trouble with controlling her vocal fully, but I am going to say two things about that. First, she has been performing for 4 weeks less than the other guys, and she has a lot to learn. Second, her voice is very beautiful and strong, and really corporeal, so I am going to forgive the little problems in pitch. If you recall Rebecca last year, she had massive problems with control and note holding, but people, myself included, did not care, because her tone was just stunning. The second song was a mess for me, because she was basically asleep for the first 20-30 seconds of the song, and after that, she started shouting a little in the beginning. Again, taking in consideration the age, the potency, the experience, the potential and the mentor (I don’t think Kelly is paying that much attention to the girls’ vocals, more so to the performance) I think Amelia should be cut some slack. 9/10
The Second Spot goes to Little Mix. I have to say, out of all the acts, the only group on the competition is the only one who has gone through a journey. They weren’t the best group. Actually, in my first post they where the third, but they grew. They have potentially-decent vocalists on the group, who really need some vocal training, and they have a specific demographic they want to target. Their first song, or rather mash-up was actually painful for me, because the only common between Biebs’s and Dianna Ross’s songs is that they had the word baby in the lyrics. And what the hell is up with the dresses? It seemed like they were dipped in glue and pushed into a clown’s dressing room. The stylist needs to be fired immediately. The second song was the one that did it for me. I will admit that the vocals needed work, but I felt that was a very sincere delivery of the song, and you could just tell that it came from some place. I loved the message, which should net be pushed further, by the way, and I loved Jesy’s melismatic voice. With work, it could be great. 8/10
The Third Spot goes to Misha B. Misha started out strong with the Cindy Lauper song, which I don’t understand how can be considered a guilty pleasure. She, for the first time elevated the pulse of the night, and I always love her rapping and the times when she comes out doing what she does best. I am gonna say that what she was wearing was dreadful beyond words, but I don’t really care about that when faced with a convincing performance. The second song was a disaster, because not only did she lose her originality, she also delivered a tired and incredibly dull performance that was more focused on Misha’s facial expressions than on her actual connection with the public. To me, that says Broadway, and I hate Broadway. Kelly should have never allowed her to sing that song. I am sure Misha has other heroes, not only Rebecca Flack. 7/10
The Fourth Spot goes to Marcus. Marcus is not a versatile singer, and he is not a great vocalist. Marcus is a very nice showman and can keep up with his dancing moves, but beyond that Marcus really doesn’t do it for me. The first song was a copy of the previous 7 weeks, and the second one, well, it showed us there is a reason why he can only do big productions. The vocals were weak and they were mostly colorless. I would urge him never to hit his falsetto again, because it has an irritating tone. 4/10
The Fifth Spot goes to Janet. I don’t care if she forgot her lyrics, I have witnessed actual singers who forget them and are in tip-top physical condition. Janet confessed she was sick, and I would have rather missed a few lines than see actual emesis on stage. The problem I have with Janet is that she does the same thing every week, and I have come to be bored of this thing. The first song was kind of cute, but the second was technically deficient. The yodel she lets out after EVERY phrase is boring and she actually had to push out a lot of the song. It felt synthetic and it felt shouty. I think she would have fared better had she entered Britain’s Got Talent. 2/10
And that’s that, dear readers. I would obviously like to see Janet or Marcus go, but something tells me those two are the ones that are safer than the others. I am very excited to see who the celebrity duets are gonna be, and I hope my top three gets a chance to sing with them. Till then, enjoy!
EDIT: It was Misha vs. Janet, with Janet going home. Cue the Fix claims. Or the Kelly-Was-A-Coward claims. Either way, the right decision was made.