The X Factor – The First Live Show Was Solid
It is the first live show and the standard practice on reality TV singing shows is on the first one there is little criticism of the performers, as they have to reinforce that they have selected the best top 12 or top 24 if it is that other singing show The Voice.
The best performance of the night (and I will choke saying this) was the made up boy band The Collective. There was a great energy to it with good singing and harmonies.
The weakest tonight were the boys from the bush Jason and Justin.
However the show was a very solid start to the live performances, and what is interesting is that there is no stand out favourite so far, at this stage it is anyones game.
First up were What About Tonight singing Glad You Came by The Wanted. It is possible they were first up so their potential voters could see them before they were sent to bed by their parents. The judges raved about them. All I can say I am the wrong age demographic to appreciate their “talent”.
Josh Brookes was up first for Mel B’s boys singing Don’t Wanna Go Home by Jason Derulo. The styling of his performance was to play up his love for headphones. The staging of his song was good, though if had been The Voice Seal would have had kittens at the amount of dancers onstage. I am not convinced Josh has the talent to take it the whole way. In fact I am not convinced any of Mel B’s boys have.
Angel Tupai was up next singing Happy by Leona Lewis. She has the presence of someone that is older than a 19 year old. Her voice is amazing and she looked great on stage, she just has to hope she is connecting with the viewer at home.
First up for Guy Sebastian’s singers was Justin Standley who sang Father and Son by Cat Stevens. He was told he sang with a lot of heart. Which is code for it was not that great. Personally I thought his rendition was over sung and will be very surprised if he is not in the bottom three tomorrow night.
Fortunate sang Payphone by Maroon 5. If they win I hope they send their mother on a holiday she looks like she needs one. How many kids does she have? She must be exhausted. Guy thought he did not think it was their best vocal performance but he does think they have the best vocals of a group ever on the show. They showed potential but did not nail it.
Jason the boy from the small country town sang Heaven by Bryan Adams and it was pretty thin on the vocals. Guy at least was honest and said he really did not like it. He is going to have to hope that more than his home town vote to keep him on the show.
Samantha Jade sang Wide Awake by Katy Perry. Her staging was like one of those dolls that used to sit on the back of my grandmothers toilet hiding the spare toilet roll. Ronan thought the vocal was better than Katy Perry song. She certainly can sing her issue is she needs to connect with the audience.
Adil played guitar to Fast Car by Tracey Chapman and it was fast. It was nice enough rendition and will get him through to the next round but I hope we see some more depth as the competition progresses.
The Collective the boy band that the judges cobbled together were surprisingly good. They did a great rendition of Domino by Jesse J and also had some killer boy band moves in there.
Bella Ferraro sang Brother by Matthew Corby (Australian Idol alumni) and it had shades of Bjork and Kate Bush about it. Very quirky and her voice is certainly interesting. You get the feeling she is someone you are either going to love or hate. Definitely a talent but for her it is all going to come down to song choice.
Nathaniel sang Love On Top by Beyonce. Clearly Guy must have boycotted The Voice once his backing singer, Carmen Smith got punted, as Diana Rouvas did a killer version of this song, and you could not help make comparisons. Yes he was good it just was not great. If he can get his song choices spot on he has a chance of going the whole way. However maybe it is a girls turn to win this year.
Last to sing was 14 year old Shiane. She looked like she was really enjoying herself singing Gnarls Barkley however she just is so young. Her voice is strong but her performance is her weakness she just tends to stand there and sing. Mel B said she would have picked a different song choice.
The first elimination episode is tomorrow night, and my predicted bottom three are Jason, Justin and What About Tonight.
Who did you think was good and not so good on the first live show?