Am I being too dramatic if I say that this was the most blessed week in X Factor history? I believe not. Mid week, reports emerged that Frankie was kicked off the show for inappropriate behavior, which, is, expected. I was not surprised. Some days after, he said it was because of drugs. Again, no need for a poker face. The second good thing was that the first acts to be eliminated, the ones the judges kicked out of their team, because they were lacking in potential, or because they had better people in, one of these acts could get into the competition again. The lucky winner of this opportunity was Amelia.
First of all, let me just rejoice in this. I hated, HATED Kelly for keeping Sophie, or as it turns out, Janet, over Amelia. I also hated Tulisa for the same decisions, but not with that intensity. Gary, on the other hand, was loathed for keeping Frankie, but that’s beside the point. So now, for the girl to return to a mentor that discarded her, it seems incredibly hypocritical, not of Amelia, who is an artist in need of a shot, but of Kelly’s. Is she welcoming her back? Is she happy to see her? Would she rather get Sophie back? Hmmm.
To get to the ranking, the theme this week was Gaga vs. Queen. Okay, methinks, anthems and contemporary songs. It didn’t turn out quite that way. It was mid-tempo week.
The First Spot goes to the revived Amelia Lily. Undoubtedly the best performance of the night. Amelia came on, with a fortified confidence, a brilliant attitude and a voice. The best voice in the competition, I think. Unlike Kitty, it has no nasal quality. Unlike Janet, it has a lot more range. Unlike Misha, it has much more emotion. I can’t really compare it to Little Mix, because they have harmonies on their sleeves, and to compare it to the boys’ would be unfair. Her voice has substance that is both transcendent and very well projected. I liked her Billie Jean the first week, but I loved her Show Must Go On this week. My allegiances have changed. Sorry Misha. I’m a rock guy.
The Second Spot goes to Misha B. While I will commend her vocal performance, I am back to the point I was before she went to the bottom 2. Misha can’t always project. Her Use Somebody was the performance of the season, for sure, because she believed and felt what she sang. I don’t think Misha is Born That Way, I think she should be left alone to do her own thing. She is not reality competition material. She is hear-her-and-sign-her material.
The Third Place goes to Little Mix. Gary, mentor of Craig the balladeer and Marcus the big performance guy, think the girls are getting predictable. Pot, kettle, black, Frankie come to mind. But I won’t dignify his comment with a full response. To get to the point, the girls’ vocals are astonishing at this point, the individual voices and harmonies are worthy of this stage on the competition and I really would enjoy a record from the girls. If Misha or Amelia doesn’t win it, I would be more than happy if Little Mix wins. They deserve it.
The Fourth Place goes to Marcus. I don’t remember a time when he came out without an army of dancers. That says to me, that he can’t command the stage by himself. I am inclined to agree with Tulisa, Marcus is predictable. While it was not a bad performance, it really had no relevance. If you were at a record company, and someone pitched this to you, you’d go and get a glass of water. And return to catch the end of the song. Let the guy shine, Barlow. Get rid of the props.
The Fifth Spot goes to Kitty. Like Marcus, Kitty gave an irrelevant performance. Again, I cannot stress enough the whole “projecting” thing. You shouldn’t sing a song you don’t feel. You can’t be an artist if you have nothing to say. With this performance, Kitty didn’t tell me anything. A waste of time, really. She’s one below Marcus, who was basically on the same boat, because the nasal tone made a return this week. Whoope…
The Sixth Spot goes to Craig. On YouTube it said that after doing a high energy number last week, Craig decided to do a ballad this week. I don’t know if they were insinuating that by doing this he was trying to shake things up. Because if that was it, it would be ridiculous. To the point of being sad. Craig is irrelevant. A nice singer, but without originality, versatility or charm. I think he should go to Broadway. They like big guys with big voices there. And maybe, when you learn how to translate feelings into words, come back Craig.
The Seventh Spot goes to Janet. Kelly obviously wanted to bring back the magic of her first audition with this song. It failed horribly. That performance could put a 17 year old to sleep. That performance could bore tsunamis to tears. O God that was bad. I am getting sleepy just by thinking of it.
Now, I’m not entirely clear on the process, but I’m thinking that Amelia shouldn’t be in risk of elimination tomorrow. If people spent money trying to get her in, that should mean they want her in right? She should be given a free pass this week. But anyways, that was a brilliant performance, so let’s hope she’s safe.
Final Thoughts: Gary and Louis are out of the competition, in my opinion. Tulisa has a chance of winning, but I would put my money on Kelly. I am thinking Janet’s countdown has begun, and Craig’s too. They are soooooo boring. I forgot to say this last week, but how amazing is Florence Welch? If The Voice got her, I would go there so fast people have no idea. Truly sensational!
EDIT: Kitty and Misha B found themselves on the Bottom 2. They sang for their survival, but the result was obvious before the first note. Kitty left, but not before picking the last bone, and singing Born This Way. This is clear case of awesomeness. Go Kitty! Now we’ll use Saturday nights to put the elderly to sleep, courtesy of Janet and Craig.