The X Factor -The First Live Show
It is a truth universally acknowledged that the first of the live shows of any reality singing show there will be nerves that effect their voices and the judges will be very positive about most if not all the acts. And that was how it played out on the first live show of The X Factor Australia.
The X Factor is different from the other shows is they put on a stage show as well which can be entertaining but at times can overshadow the singers.
The performances were:
Third D3GREE – #thatpower – They were first up and they were really good especially the two girls singers. Kelebek just has star written all over her and was so confident up on stage. Enjoyed it a lot and I don’t even like that type of music.
Barry Southgate – When I Get You Alone – sounded nervous and towards the end was very breathy indeed. Sure he is good looking but the dnacers overshadowed his performance. Also long time reality fans remember that other ‘fro Guy Sebastian singing it on Australian Idol, a show that Barry has also been on. Nat B was out of line putting Barry on the spot asking “what will happen when you get me alone?”. Reverse the genders and there would be a social media meltdown about inappropriate behaviour.
Joirdan Tolli – Smile – Redfoo is trying to bring her whimisical style into a pop mould. Which is smart for this show. Did she knock the song out of the ball park? No. But was it entertaining? Yes.
Taylor Henderson- I Won’t Let You Go – They are pulling out the small town boy back story again like last year’s Jason Owens. This time he lives in a town of six. His rendition was fine but not memorable as there were a few pitch issues. Lucky for him he did not have to contend with much razzle dazzle – no dancers or sets just a chair and some back up musos.
Cat Vas – Addicted To Love – She was a bit weak on the home visits but tonight she looked the part and her voice was interesting. Also it was an interesting rendition of the classic but overplayed Robert Palmer song. Also Dani Minogue was smart with her song choice as she said she wanted a song that made people know that Cat was going to be a contender in the competition as she has not been a standout in the last view weeks.
Adira-Belle – Run The World (Girls) – They started off strong but seemed to get a bit lost half way through then pulled it together again. This group have a lot of potential but the way the song was put together with them mainly singing together it was not that entertaining.
Ellie Lovegrove – Songbird – Redfoo must have only arrived for the dress rehearsals as there was no footage of him in the “first rehearsal”. She is one of the power singers in the competition. Great voice, dull rendition of the song. Ronan said the song got away from her. Though Nat B thought it was really beautiful but she was being nice.
JTR – Everything Has Changed Now – The boy band made up of three brothers is being positioned for the teen girl fans. They are cute and have an inoffensive vibe. Only issue their voices got drowned out a bit by the music. Ronan who was the only judge who had taken the truth serum told them their vocals needed to be stronger.
Omar Dean – Numb – And that was what that performance made me feel and not in a good way. His vocals were weak and at one point it looked like he forgot his lines or ran out of puff. The worst performance of the night. It was so bad even the judges had to make some negative criticisms. Nat B said she like the song choice but she said the flasetto was under. Dani wanted it at another level, Redfoo said he needs to believe that he deserves to be here and Ronan agreed but told him he is going to get better and better. I don’t know if he will be getting the chance to sing again.
Dami Im – One – Was the stand out performance of the night she played the piano which was flying (not as cheesy as it sounds) and hit every note including some big notes at the end. She marked herself a contender. Nat B said best vocal of the night by far.
Joelle – Sweet Nothing – I thought she was a surprise pick for the live shows, and she got lost with all the backing dancers. Her voice is OK but she does have a look but not sure there is anything really original there. However all the judges gushed over her.
Jai Waetford – Fix You – Was given the last spot hopefully for him all the fans that vote for him have not been sent to bed. He has a cute voice but it was not perfect. However definitely not the worst of the night and he is cute and can sing a bit. Also it was amusing when he said in the last few months life has gotten so much more interesting. Ronan Keating thinks he can win with the under 24 boys. I think he will struggle as none of them have got really strong vocals. He has to hope that Jai can bring it home for him.
Bottom two prediction: Ellie Goulding and Omar Dean
What did you think of the performances?