The tension is mounting as The X Factor 2009 reaches its semi-final – and this week the four remaining acts sung a Michael Jackson song and a track chosen by their mentor
Olly Murs started off the show, singing the disco classic Can You Feel It
The judges seemed to think he would be assured a place in the final – but will he make it?
Joe McElderry picked up warm praise for his rendition of the Jacko ballad She’s Out Of My Life
There was a change of pace for Stacey Solomon, who donned a trilby to sing the Jacko hit The Way You Make Me Feel
Danyl Johnson rounded off the first half of the show singing Man In The Mirror
The second half of the show saw the acts performing songs chosen by their mentors. Olly kicked things off with The Beatles’ chart-topper We Can Work It Out
Joe once again sang a Journey song, Open Arms….
…..and once again had the judges on their feet. Can the lad do no wrong?
Stacey was back on familiar ground in the second half, belting out the West Side Story ballad Somewhere
Danyl’s rendition of the Whitney Houston ballad I Have Nothing ended Saturday night’s show
The results show began with the four semi-finalists giving a group performance of Michael Jackson’s Wanna Be Startin’ Something
Chart-topper Lady Gaga gave a flamboyant performance
Janet Jackson also performed, on a week when the show was partly a tribute to her late, legendary brother Michael
And first through – was Olly Murs!
The 25-year-old was overcome with emotion on learning he had made the final
Second to make it through to the final was a delighted Joe McElderry
Stacey was the last person to learn she had made the final – and the expression on her face showed she couldn’t quite believe it
However as the reality sank in she was swiftly congratulated by her mentor Dannii
It was Danyl, however, who missed out on a place in the final
The music teacher said that he had “gone out to some of the best people I’ve ever met”
And unsurprisingly the finalists could not hide their delight, coming together for a group hug. Just one more week to go….