On the night the remaining contestants had to sing songs from the Eighties, not all of them made the right choices… But it’s Chloe Jasmine that Simon Cowell thinks is going to suffer most at the hands of the voting public.
Chloe sang Irene Cara’s “Fame” in her own bluesy style and Simon and Mel B did not like it at all.
“Cheryl hasn’t done you any favours with that song. You’re going to be in trouble tonight,” Simon told Chloe.
“I just think Cheryl did you a disservice tonight. I didn’t like the song, didn’t like your make-up,” Mel added.
There was one of Cheryl’s singers that all the judges loved, though: 17-year-old Lauren Platt.
“Hands down the best performance so far tonight. It was in a different league. Really, really impressed,” Simon told Lauren after she sang “Flashdance What A Feeling” – another Irene Cara song.
Simon changed his mind about Lauren being the best performer on the night, though, after his own act, Ben Haenow, sang John Lennon’s “Jealous Guy”.
Definitely not the best on the night was Andrea Faustini. This is the first time he’s failed to steal the show. Andrea sang Whitney Houston’s “One Moment In Time” but Simon wasn’t impressed.
“You weren’t as good this week,” he told Andrea, “and I’ll tell you why… You were pulling too many faces and you lost the melody.”
Andrea’s mentor Mel didn’t agree with Simon but the judges were unanimous on who the dark horse of the contest is: fishmonger Lola Saunders, who’s in Cheryl’s group.
“You’re getting better and better but I still think we’re only getting 80 per cent,” Simon said to Lola after she sang John Lennon’s “Imagine”. “I think you could be the dark horse of this contest, though.”
A clear favourite is Jay James, who sang The Proclaimers’ “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles).
“You were even more brilliant this week,” Mel told him.
“You sang it beautifully but I can’t decide if it was genius or odd,” Cheryl said to Jay.
“It was genius,” stated Simon, Jay’s mentor.
Find out which two acts will exit the contest this week on The X Factor, ITV, Sunday, October 19, 8.00pm.