“This week’s all about the good, the bad and the ugly – and I haven’t got the ugly,” said Simon Cowell, as Saturdays “movies song night” got under way.
But Simon didn’t have the best, either…
Back on top form was Italian student Andrea Faustini, who created the goosebumps moment of the night with his performance of Beyoncé’s “Listen”, from the film Dreamgirls.
“Oh. My. God!” shouted Louis Walsh, above the roar of the audience.
“I don’t think anybody else is this competition could have sung that song like you. I praise you,” Andrea’s mentor Mel B told him.
“It was a fantastic, passionate performance,” Simon agreed. “It looks like Britain has taken our little Italian Teddy bear to their hearts.”
Lauren Platt also thrilled the audience with her performance of the family favourite “Let It Go” from Frozen.
“My stand-out performance of the evening,” Cheryl told her – but then she is her mentor.
What that means for Andrea, though, is unclear, as Britain is also still voting for the contest’s joke act, Stevi Ritchie who, this week, slaughtered the song “Footloose”, from the movie of the same name.
“Time for you to go home,” Louis told Stevi. “It was one long bum note.”
Can Stevi survive another week? There really is no worse act left in the contest, although Only The Young, Ben Haenow and Lola Saunders didn’t have a good night on stage.
Ben talked Simon into letting him sing Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing” from the film Armageddon and Simon told him: “I wish I had let you do that. It was the wrong song.”
“That song has been done to death,” said Cheryl.
“I just didn’t feel the emotion,” Mel added.
Lola Saunders continued to suffer from nerves, which was reflected in her performance of Mariah Carey’s “When You Believe”, from The Prince of Egypt.
“You are potentially a great singer,” Simon told Lola.
Only The Young sang “Boom Clap” from the film The Fault In Our Stars…and the fault with their performance was, said Simon, “that the lead vocals were mainly out of tune”.
The only other group left in the competition, the newly formed Stereo Kicks, did what Mel B asked them to do last week: showcased every voice in the eight-boy band.
They sang the Beatles’ Let It Be/Hey Jude medley from the film Across The Universe – and they sang it a cappella.
“I got to hear every single voice. Well done!” Mel said.
“This is the start of Stereo Kicks,” added Louis, their mentor – who had been struggling with the eight-boy group, wanting to reduce the size by two voices.
“Sometimes I say things I shouldn’t,” Louis admitted.
What will the voting public have to say?
The X Factor results show is on ITV, Sunday, October 26, 8.00pm.