The X Factor – The Top 12 Performance Show
The first show of The X Factor was interesting as it had a bit of everything controversy, great singing, redemption, but no train wrecks, something the producers must be giving thanks to the reality TV gods for.
Tonight the show was judges choice, therefore the judges got to pick the songs their acts were going to perform. This was a good indicator on how good these mentors would be at showcasing the singers talents, and obviously some did better than others.
Just a few quick thoughts before we discuss the performances:
- Guy Sebastian is showing he is worth every penny that Channel Seven are paying him. He is giving great mentoring and also insightful judging comments. And no I am not a signed up member of the Guy Sebastian fan club.
- Kyle Sandilands who has the youngest singers in the competition to mentor, but by the sounds of it has not been giving them a lot of loving. He said he missed one day because he was sick, but I got the feeling it was more then that.
- Also clearly Kyle has a Rhianna fetish as both Andrew Lawson and Mitchell both were given her songs to perform.
- Was the friction between Natalie Imbruglia and Kyle Sandilands real? As he seemed to treat her with contempt.
- Amanda Grafanakis will not be taking out the Miss Congeniality award if what Kyle said about her pissing a lot of people off over the past two weeks is true.
- Holy moly Alytian Childs just might find a fan base after tonight’s performance.
- Who is dressing Ronan Keating his clothes are sensational and he appears to really care about the contestants.
- By the way Natalie Garonzi rocked on The Xtra Factor, live TV with a few technical issues, and she just kept on catching that hot potato with style and wit. But why didn’t Alytian, James McNally, and Amanda stick around to sing the group song at the end of the show?
Luke and Joel – Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous by Good Charlotte
These guys are going to struggle to stay in the competition after tonight. They were in the lethal first position which means people who are late to tune in miss them and therefore don’t vote for them. They were really pitchy and lacked charisma.
And to confirm that I didn’t just think that Ronan and Natalie said the polite “it looked like you were having a good time”. Which is code for you sucked.
Kyle confirmed this by saying he “Spent more time looking at the backing singers”.
Hayley Teal – Bust Your Windows by Jazmine Sullivan
Well she certainly can sing and showed the audience just how lacking in those skills the previous act were. I thought the 8 hours at the hairdressers to change the colour of her hair was worth it as she looked gorgeous. However I am not sure about the latex pants but maybe the show is being sponsored by House Of Fetish.
Ronan Keating thought it was a “strange choice of song by Nat”.
Guy also put the knife into Natalie saying the judges choice show was how they saw them as a performer and he saw her more as soul singer.
However Kyle said “You nailed it”.
Chris Doe – Already Gone by Kelly Clarkson
This is the one other act tonight that I thought was shaky. I thought he was straining, and he lacked stage presence.
And just maybe Kyle who thinks he is a bit of style king could take some clippers to his hairs, it looks like an overblown rats nest.
Ronan put the boot into Kyle and said he had not been around and looked rather fatherly and said ” he was getting better and better with each performance”
Guy “thought it was lacklustre, you had a blank look on your face….. I thought you were not really thinking about the lyrics”
Kyle then justified why he was not holding their hands said he preferred to deal with people over the phone. These boys are at a disadvantage having Kyle, as he is the most inexperienced one in regard to the craft of singing and performance.
Amanda Grafanakis – Closer by Ne-Yo
Did Kyle give Amanda the kiss of death tonight with his pretty nasty rant at her after she had finished performing. He said the reason she had not made it so far was she had the voice but not the personality. He said ” you’ve pissed a lot of people off in the past fortnight. Don’t waste an opportunity…”
She responded that she will pull the cheeky in.
None of the other judges bought into this debate.
Ronan was worried that she would need the girl vote and I am not sure she will get it. She was previously in the top 24 on Australia Idol but did not get voted into the top 12. I think she will stick around a few weeks but I will be astounded if she gets to the pointy end of the competition.
Ronan finished off by said “Luckily it is not a personality contest this is the X Factor, and you have The X Factor”.
Kharizma – Empire State Of Mind by Alicia Keys
Now this is why in previous posts I have said the mentor you would want is Guy as Kharizma’s brilliant performance had his fingerprints all over it. It was one of the best acts of the night, and I now think of them as contenders.
Kyle said he would prefer if they kept on wearing the hoodies, and not the groovy gear they were wearing. And that was the only criticism they received.
Mitchell Brown – Umbrella by Rhianna
Yes another one of Kyle’s bizarre song choices, Mitchell just looked like he was struggling with it. However I do think he did enough to keep his place in the competition. I like him but as Guy Sebastian said as he cleverly took the piss out of Kyle that it was the wrong song choice.
James McNally – With A Little Help With My Friend by Joe Cocker
Well I thought Ronan was talking out of his ‘proverbial’ when he said James had the potential to winning The X Factor, but hell he certainly lifted the roof off the arena.
Guy thought there was too much going on, however didn’t he see Adam Lambert on American Idol.
Natalie was positive and said ” Loved this vibe for you, but thought getting on the floor was a bit much.
Kyle kept up his nasty image by saying “Great performance ……but still hate you.” Now that is harsh.
Sally Chatfield – Red – Daniel Merriwether
She is a front runner, but the three guy judges again bagged out Natalie’s song choice. Not that it matters her girls can sing and that is where she is very lucky.
Sally however has such a great voice, but this song did not hit the heights that her audition song did. But hopefully she will hit it out of the ball park next week.
Mahogany – What Do You Want From Me – Adam Lambert
Now the problem for this sister group, is the thing about reality TV talent shows is it is all about growth, and as Ronan Keating pointed out they are the finished product. Yes we will get reliable high quality singing from them week after week, but will they be able to motivate people to pick up the phones to vote?
Ronan said “you are awesome the finished package”
Natalie said ” don’t listen to all that media stuff you deserve to be here”.
Kyle just said “Brilliant”.
Andrew Lawson – Rhianna – Please Don’t Stop The Music
Now this guy has a star vibe or what the judges would call the X Factor. Kyle’s bizarre song choice worked for me in this instance.
Ronan said “the world needs an artist like you”.
Nat said ” I am in two minds… ” and Kyle asked for clarification. And she said started muttering something about song choice.
Guy was much more articulate and said ” you were lucky the song only went for a minute and half as it peaked early”
Brave of Andrew to say “who are you?” to Kyle in reference to his sparodic mentoring, and brought back memories of those slappers on the UK version of the show who said that to Natalie Imbruglia and then started fighting.
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India-Rose Madderom – Battlefield by Jordan Sparks
I thought she was good, and looked sensational. However she needs to stop being pigeon toed when singing as it was distracting. I am going to hang onto my theory that she is a favourite of the judges due to media coverage.
Alytian Childs – Soul Sister – Train
Holy crapola I actually liked Alytian tonight. It was like the live audience brought him out. He still looks like he could cry at any moment. Also I did not quite buy his reason for moving back home at the age of 35. He said it was because of his father’s heart condition I did not quite buy.
Nat didn’t like the styling. I actually liked it, and thought it helped his performance, and he did remember his lyrics. Will be able to keep it together for the next few months if he remains on the show? Now that will be interesting to see.
Prediction of the one to go will be Luke and Joel