We’re down to the final 16 in The X Factor 2011, and the live shows have
kicked off – but with four acts due to go this weekend there’s a lot at
stake for the finalists!
Could Kelly and Tulisa be set to outdo each other in the style stakes in the manner of predecessors Dannii and Cheryl? Time will tell….
And the first act on stage was 16-year-old Amelia Lily – who got things off to a rocky start with her version of Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean
Johnny Robinson livened things up with his shiny suit and interpretation of Cher’s Believe – but it led Gary to suggest he looked like ‘something that was about to go in the oven’
Rhythmix fared better with Gary, however, after he described them as ‘the best girl band ever on The X Factor’
Frankie Cocozza looked very different with his tight trousers and rock star hair, but did well with his version of Ed Sheeran’s The A-Team
Sophie Habibis began her version of Katy Perry’s Teenage Dream sitting atop a grand piano
She turned in a powerful performance that had Gary urging Kelly Rowland not to let her go
Sadly Jonjo Kerr didn’t fare quite so well with the judges, who weren’t keen on his song choice of The Kinks’ You Really Got Me
2 Shoes enjoyed themselves immensely singing Girls Aloud’s Something Kinda Ooooh while sitting in a pink convertible – but Gary compared their performance to ‘karaoke night in Romford’
James Michael scored mixed reviews for his acoustic version of The Beatles’ A Hard Day’s Night
Misha Bryan’s performance was one of the quirkier efforts of the night – singing Adele’s Rolling In The Deep complete with rap and a bizarre outfit
Nu Vibe were the next band on stage, and were a hit with the judges
Sami Brookes’ performance of Ultra Nate’s Free led Gary to chastise Louis Walsh for not putting her through in the first place
Marcus Collins won rave reviews for his rendition of Maroon 5’s current hit Moves Like Jagger
While The Risk performed Plan B’s She Said and won raves from the judges, particularly mentor Tulisa who called then ‘a credible boy band’
Craig Colton’s rendition of Christina Perri’s Jar Of Hearts was labelled ‘the performance of the night’ by Gary
However Kitty Brucknell’s Who Wants To Live Forever won a mixed response with the panel complaining it wasn’t dramatic enough!
Contest favourite Janet Devlin rounded off the show singing Coldplay’s Fix You – and once again won rave reviews from the judges