Have you been asking yourself who the best and worst singers were on tonight’s American Anthem-themed X Factor? Want us to do all the hard thinking for you? OK, then. We will!
It was definitely a hit and miss night on X Factor tonight. I would have said the theme was singing out of tune, because so many of the contestants were nailing that tonight. Let’s take a look at the highlights and the lowlights…
- Matt Cardle – Top notch. Wasn’t totally impressed that he sang a song from his early auditions, but he did knock it out of the park. Still, he’s got that excellent voice and those sparkling eyes to charm the ladies with. I’d bet on him for the final.
- Rebecca Ferguson – Simon called it the “Matt and Rebecca show”, and he was right. Rebecca has a strange vulnerability on stage, but at the same time projects amazing power from her voice when she sings. Definitely one of the favourites right now, she can do no wrong.
- Paije Richardson – Shocked? We were. Paije brought a great vocal, fantastic staging and a fun performance tonight. After weeks of forgettable songs, this was definitely his best performance yet – but is he back in the game? You tell us!
- Treyc Cohen – Treyc’s performance divided opinion. Some people thought it was yet another bland rendition, I thought it was a fantastic showcase for the girl’s voice. She looked hot, sang amazingly and commanded the stage. It’s up to Cheryl to start styling her better or face losing her.
- One Direction – These guys don’t even have to try, they’re virtually guaranteed votes from their rabid legion of fans. Not their best vocal tonight, but it was a lively performance that pleased the girlies and brought the house down.
- Katie Waissel – Ah, Katie. The unlikeable Katie Waissel gave an uneven performance of Don’t Speak tonight. Vocally it was a bit off, and she seemed a little less confident. But having been in the bottom two last week, she was probably nervous. This performance won’t have swayed the haters, but of all the tuneless performances tonight, it was probably the best.
- Aiden Grimshaw – Why is Aiden Intensity ranked so low? Not just for being off-key in places, but for delivering yet another variation of his ‘intense’ performing style. There’s just nothing new with Aiden, and I’m starting to think that we’ve seen everything Aiden has to give. Sorry folks.
- Cher Lloyd – Let’s call a spade a spade, readers. Cher can’t sing. No, be fair. Cher can’t sing very well. It was ambitious to try and sing and rap both parts of Empire State Of Mind, but ultimately she failed. The problem here is that Cher has the right vision, but she doesn’t have the talent to execute it.
- Mary Byrne – Oh, Mary. You murdered that Faith Hill song, when it could’ve been your defining moment. What a terrible, wasted opportunity. I can see your confidence ebbing away each week and sadly it’s killing your performances.
- Wagner – It was entertaining, as every Wagner performance is. But tuneless and slightly pervy, as every Wagner performance is. That dude is a restraining order waiting to happen.
The big question is – did we get it right? Were we too hard on Aiden and Mary or did we go too easy on Matt and Rebecca? Have your say in the comments…