As promised on last night’s show, The X Factor arranged a double elimination tonight. And as with all early eliminations, the people you thought were going to leave…didn’t.
If you expected Brazlilian singer Wagner or tone-deaf girl group Belle Amie to be sent home, you’ll be disappointed.
The first eliminee was Italian singer Nicolo Festa, who roundly underwhelmed with a screechy version of Lady GaGa’s Just Dance in a pair of pink sunglasses. Nicolo found himself quickly sidelined when he told Dermot O’Leary that he “felt like crap” upon finding out he was eliminated. Simon Cowell later said that Nicolo didn’t deserve to go, and that he would have grown after a few weeks on the show.
This one’s a shocker. After Nicolo’s elimination, boyband FYD (short for Find Your Destiny) and London-born singer Katie Waissel found themselves in the bottom two.
The two acts performed one last time for the judges. Katie Waissel sang Don’t Let Me Down by The Beatles and FYD performed Rihanna’s Don’t Stop The Music. Waissel’s performance saw her wearing slightly more tasteful stage gear than the previous night’s futuristic helmet costume and really showing off her voice.
Even Simon Cowell complimented her performance and asked why she hadn’t chosen to sing that song the previous evening. We wondered that too! Though he stood by his own act, FYD, the rest of the judges unanimously voted to save Katie and send FYD home. The group claim that this isn’t the last we’ve heard of them, but as seasoned X Factor viewers will know, those may well turn out to be famous last words.
The results show saw US R&B star Usher and last year’s X Factor winner, Joe McElderry return to perform on stage. Usher sang a medley of his latest single DJ Got Us Falling In Love coupled with last year’s big hit, OMG. Unfortunately, it looks like he pulled a Robbie and forgot some of the words!
McElderry proved to be much better with his new single Ambitions. Not only did he perform confidently, he came across as much more bubbly than at any time on last year’s show. So, we may officially *heart* Joe now.
And let’s not forget the cheese factor. The group performance. Remember, this is 16 acts crammed on the stage, performing the amazing Rhythm Of The Night. Well, the original was amazing. The group performance was rather cheesy. We’re hoping that these improve as the worse singers get voted off and the performers get better!