The X Factor final twelve. THIRD D3GREE perform on The X Factor first live show
Jiordan performs on The X Factor first live show
Barry performs on The X Factor first live show
Dani flies above the stage on The X Factor first live show
Not enjoying the performance … Adira-belle perform on The X Factor elimination.
Messy … Adira-belle perform on The X Factor elimination.
With almost twenty four hours having passed since Sunday’s live show and radio stations up and down the country speculating that Ellie might be on her way out, an hour of television is assemble around a ten minute process of two songs and a vote.
We quickly, sorry make that pain-stakingly slowly, learn that the public have voted with their ears and the bottom two acts after that feat of anatomic texting were Adira-belle and Barry Southgate, and frankly no one looks too surprised.
To the point, the two then sing one more number each.
Adira-belle – Chain of Fools, Aretha Franklin
Dressed in pink silver and black the girls come out to sing Aretha and again its hard not to feel this is an uninspired song choice.
The performance is really pitchy but the biggest problem is it is really terribly lacking in confidence. Remembering the way they owned the stage in the audition this is a real step down. They seem small and dwarfed by the
Even Nat looks like she’s forcing a smile.
The energy here feels forced and there is no enthusiasm, or dare I say it, joy in this.
At the end the crowd goes mild, and the gauntlet hasn’t been thrown down so much as placed on a shelf in the hope it won’t cause offence.
RATING: 6/10 This would be impressive in a high school auditorium, but the performance and act dwarfed by the occassion tonight.
Barry Southgate – Irreplaceable, Beyonce
Wow, I think Barry actually cares!
What’s more, this is a very clever song choice. Beyonce was bland as a first song from the girl group, but for Barry to do it requires adaptation and he can’t help but put his own mark on it.
He has great tone and pitch and when you combine that with a care factor that rates higher than a yawn, he’s impressive.
As if to prove the point, Barry holds that last note to give it everything his lungs can muster. Clearly that’s the big difference tonight: Barry gave 100%, the girls gave up before they came on stage.
RATING: 8/10 Barry felt like he really was singing for his life and it gave him the passion he’s been lacking.
After Dannii and Nat, of course, vote for each other’s candidates, Redfoo nominates Adira-belle and as Ronan does the same the girls embrace. At which point we get a video that tracks their decline over the show.
Redfoo questions whether the girls have the experience for the show, which seems an odd thing to say about a talent quest with a 14 year old finalist, but Ronan just calls it how it is: “I don’t know, if you get through to next week, if you will survive.”
With that, Adira-belle become the first act to go home, based on their performance tonight and in the Sunday live show which you can relive below.
THE FIRST SUNDAY LIVE SHOW RECAP
Welcome to the live finals shows where there will one day be some singing but first there will be a lot of talking and building of tension.
The first cliche of the night is “take it to the next level” as Luke Jacobz tells us the contestants are indeed planning to elevate themselves and/or “it” this evening, before introducing the judges for those who thought this was a good time to join the show, and pop culture, for the first time.
The judges walk on to the stage and Redfoo is rocking a bedazzled shorts suit. Bring that back!
The theme tonight is “Judges’ Choice”, Luke and an unlikely to ever be used hashtag tell us. This, of course, is the Clayton’s theme as every week is judges’ choice, it’s just tonight there’s no time for frills and no Channel Seven show in need of cross-promotion.
Ronan says the boys are off the chart this year, which is good, unless he means it literally and they won’t be singing anything that would make it onto the charts, in which case that is bad.
Dannii can’t focus on the show, instead she tells us about sending copies of the episodes to her sister, whoever that might be, before Nat reminds us that she’s just had a baby and really the theme tonight is #JudgesFamily.
Nat also thinks it’s unfair that she got the groups and complains about that, which must fill her team with confidence and seems a bit unfair as the groups line up is arguably the strongest ever this year.
Redfoo says the best thing about X Factor has been the contestants and the judges, before some sincerely insincere competitive talk scripted by the producers is delivered with his best effort at a straight face.
And now, the acts.
THIRD D3GREE – That Power, Will.i.am feat. Justin Timberlake
Who are Third D3gree you ask? Well here’s a useful video to tell you it’s the judge-manufactured trio who are teaching each other to bounce. They may have also rehearsed, though from the limited footage we see there’s no evidence of it.
Once they take to the stage, Kelebek is on a motorcycle, Jacinta is silhouetted by big lights and Jordan is trying to be Will.i.am and in doing so proving that the “greatest music producer of our era” also has a unique voice, which, well Jordan doesn’t.
There’s big props, big light effects, big energy and somehow feels like the School Eisteddfod just got a TV budget.
RATING: 5/10 Ultimately, the vocals let this down.
Unsurprisingly, the judges disagree. Dannii says this started with a burn. She says the personalities are the best thing about this group, which is true, though that’s at the expense of the singing. Redfoo loved the energy. Ronan liked Nat’s song selection. And Nat’s screaming. Note no one mentioned their singing.
Barry Southgate – When I Get You Alone, Robin Thicke
Barry lives a “pretty ordinary life at home” so we get a video to prove him right.
In rehearsals, Barry wants to think about being sexy while singing but Dannii wants Barry to think about stalking. This. Should. Be. Interesting.
In performance Barry actually sounds like he’s almost laughing, so girls imagine you’re being stalked by the Riddler. He’s laughing that is until the terribly inventive directors add scantily clad girls to the staging of a Robin Thicke song and it all gets … busy.
Barry’s singing is a big step up from the first song, but this time the personality is a bit weak. He’s outshone by the dancers really.
RATING: 6/10 Good without being great, song was bigger than him
Redfoo laments the loss of Barry’s afro, Ronan says he didn’t think Barry had this song in him and Nat admits she still finds Barry sexy despite no longer being pregnant and then asks what he will do when he gets her alone and Barry says he’ll let her know. Dannii thinks he’s jalapeno hot and Barry’s not sure what to make of that either.
It’s just possible that Barry is the only person who could enter a prime- time talent quest and only feel like an objectified piece of meat once people started talking about his looks.
Jiordan Tolli – Smile, Lily Allen
Jiordan’s back story video tells us she loves macarons and is a mad cat lady in the making but fails to in anyway explain the rogue “i” that has invaded her name.
Redfoo surprised Jiordan with the song selection and a previously promo’d “shock” turns out to consist of Jiordan looking a little surprised before saying ok. OOOOOOH, drama.
Once the song kicks off, it becomes clear that the audio is consistently bad tonight as the mix has Jiordan’s vocals sounding like it’s on the other sound of a barn.
Her performance is good, the designers have spent time creating a real story/video clip motif and Jiordan’s vocals are easily good enough for this. She makes it her own and manages to outshine an impressive stage.
RATING: 8/10 Would have been great to hear this properly
Ronan and Nat love Jiordan’s voice – note this is the first time that quality has been mentioned tonight – and Nat also thinks she has star quality. Dannii says Jiordan was so good she forgot Lily Allen while Redfoo wants to go to the party that he just staged on stage. You’d think he could have got an invite.
Taylor Henderson – I Won’t Let You Go, James Morrison
Taylor tells us he lives in Ceres, where he plays guitar with his dad on the verandah and he has two sisters and a dog. And a ute. In case you were wondering, Taylor will be playing the role of country boy this year.
In rehearsal, Taylor struggles with the first line of the song and both Ronan and Dannii point out that could be an issue. Because they’re professionals so they know things like that.
The song is minimalist, with Taylor starting in a leather chair surrounded by tissues (enough of that in the back) and yes he does warble a bit on the first note, but soon he’s into it and Ronan is all smiles and singing along so he is clearly happy.
Also let down a bit by the sound, Taylor delivers a good rendition of the song without lifting the roof which is largely down to a low-energy song more than the performance.
RATING: 7/10 A bigger song will see him give more hopefully.
Nat and Dannii are impressed, though Nat thought Taylor was lost without his guitar which may be a little true. Redfoo rates Taylor as one of his favourites in the competition, though he likes his boots even more. Ronan demonstrates that he’s shaking like a leaf, and admits that wasn’t the best performance ever but he’s very proud.
Cat Vas – Addicted to Love, Robert Palmer
Video time and we learn that family is as important as singing is to Cat. It seems she has sung to her family forever and they’re always big Greek family “shebangs” so one wonders why she gets nervous in front of crowds.
Which brings us to the dramatic theme of nerves– it must be dramatic because a dark, heavy guitar track is played under the rehearsal footage to demonstrate how dark and heavy things are.
Cat is singing hanging from a silver ring hanging from the ceiling and it takes a while for it to be clear that this is indeed Robert Palmer’s Addicted to Love as this is a very different – and good – opening, sung without backing.
Two girls who were overly inspired by a Pink concert continue to writhe on rings above Cat as she sings up the front of the stage. The singing is strong though occasionally pitchy. The personality is excellent though. That serious guitar track was – shock, horror – a red herring as Cat oozed confidence.
Rating: 7/10 Great start and oozing in confidence, didn’t quite land the finish
Redfoo loved it, felt that Cat “sanged it” and gave lots of wows. Ronan was impressed with her pitching the start, loved the arrangement but didn’t love the staging as he though the Pink-ettes were a distraction and Cat wasn’t comfortable dancing. Nat loved that Cat took part in the staging and even her audio is sounding echoey and barn-esque now. Dannii admits there was a lot of discussion about the staging and says this is the real Cat, “a leathery little feline”. Okaaaay. Dannii also staged an intervention in Cat’s home too.
Adira-belle – Run the World (Girls), Beyonce
Adira-belle work in a chicken shop together and apparently do so in lots of makeup and stage costume. Or perhaps that was just the day they were filming. Their boss says they sing all the time and he doesn’t look like that’s driven him insane yet, though might explain how they all got time off to be in the show.
Cyclone fencing and smoke laced with green lasers start us off and the performance is pretty good … I think … because the audio has gotten worse. The bass is distorting all over the place.
As the song goes on and the male dancers arrive, it gets a bit pitchy and the harmonies are a bit out, then the timing fails at the end as well as one Adira-belle can be heard saying “girls” when everyone else has fallen silent.
Rating: 6/10 – A bit early for Beyonce for these girls perhaps as the song was bigger than them
Nat gives them a standing ovation but Dannii and Redfoo are both mixed. Redfoo says the attitude was missing. Ronan loves their look, and thought the song choice was good if obvious. So no one mentioning singing again. Nat explains that she wanted to demonstrate a softer side to the group – which is great, except it means it was a terrible song choice.
Ellie Lovegrove – Songbird, Fleetwood Mac
Video time and Ellie kicks off by explaining her pride in her Aboriginality, showing us lots of shots of her with school kids and singing for babies. Hard not to like Ellie then.
Ellie worries her emotions could run away with her in this song as it means a lot to her.
Minimalist again, with just Ellie on stage in a shiny silver dress and frankly it’s perfect. With a simple piano and strings backing Ellie’s voice is left to do all the heavy lifting and it’s up to the task, at first.
On a few of the sustained notes Ellie wavers, and ultimately what started as a good performance with a few nerves in the mix gets dominated by the nerves.
RATING: 6/10 A lot of strength here and all from her voice, but confidence clearly a problem.
Redfoo makes up for the decent if not great audio by popping his microphone with his screams of joy. Ronan isn’t impressed though as he felt the nerves and the song got away with her, while Nat says it’s the first time she’s noticed Ellie which would be more of a statement had Nat actually been around for many of the auditions or the boot camp! Dannii loves Ellie’s strength. Redfoo says she killed it.
JTR – Everything is Change, Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran
We learn quickly that JTR live in Brisbane with their mum, which is a bit confusing given the “we just flew in from Sweden” theme of their audition, and Nat admits she finds them cute but wants them to look at the audience not their hair/guitar/floor.
The song is delivered with the three sitting on stools on an orange-lit stage and it sounds ok until the audio mix drowns them out with guitar.
It’s possible one of the brothers is having a problem hearing himself too as he keeps trying to adjust his in-ear playback. If that is the case it’s impressive that their harmonies are holding up, which they are … mostly.
RATING: 7/10 I wish I could have heard this better
The girls are screaming and Dannii states early on that they sang well, and as we know if the judges even mention singing tonight it’s a good sign. Redfoo says they’re a threat and induces some shrieking in Nat. Ronan is playing honest cop tonight though. He thinks the vocals have to be better than this which gets the first boos of the night from the crowd. However he then says they could make the final based on their package, if they focus on the vocals. Nat admits there were a few shaky moments but is very happy.
Omar Dean – Numb, Usher
We learn that Omar divides his time between his younger brother who is bringing the cute factor, and busking which doubles for time spent alone it would seem.
Ronan has given him a dance song and implies he can’t dance which should lead to a nice surprise now.
He starts nervously, possibly as he is trapped in a cage made of led lights, and has a lot of trouble with holding notes.
There’s a general lack of energy too as this really feels like a rehearsal, with Omar walking through the steps and not shining at all.
RATING 5/10: Omar doesn’t seem to be having any fun and looks very, very nervous.
“Were you nervous?” asks Nat straight off, who says the falsetto was weak which should have been the strength. Ronan asks “really?” and all the other judges nod. Dannii agrees it was too nervous and Redfoo goes as far as to reassure Omar that he does deserve to be here. Ronan says he is proud, knows Omar was nervous and needs him to believe in himself.
Dami Im – One, U2
Wedded bliss is the theme to Dami’s video where she explains that she also loves her husband, as do we all as he is just adorable when he says he’s her number one fan.
Speaking of “One” it’s time for a big producer beat-up as we pretend that Dami not knowing this song is both a sin in itself and likely to harpoon her chances.
Well, Dami not only had to learn the words, she had to learn the music too as she’s playing the piano and she ALSO had to learn to fly as she’s playing on a piano that’s dangling about five metres above the stage with a massive red bow draped on it.
And it would seem that learning the song might be the sort of trick that a few others should pick up.
This is freaking great. Dami goes from strong and solo to blasting her vocals away from the piano with a band backing her. She gets her Aretha on in the last few bars and this has blown the roof.
RATING: 9/10 Learnt and owned the number
Standing ovation from the judges, the crowd and Redfoo’s mind takes a few extra minutes to catch up. “Who are you?!” he exclaims. Ronan said: “I thought I had it in the bag. Everything has changed. You are a superstar.” Nat loves Dami’s silver dress before mentioning “the best vocal of the night”. Dannii gives this a “BOOM!” as she explains they have a trust.
We also get a quick shot of her husband who is giving a great Cheshire Cat smile.
Joelle – Sweet Nothing, Calvin Harris feat. Florence Welch
What do we learn from the video? Joelle is all about her friends who are also her sisters who gave her her nephew.
Redfoo promises a soft, powerful, emotional song which “is what she is”. No pressure then.
Joelle starts singing on a yellow-lit stage with one armed draped awkwardly over her own head. Convinced eventually that her one long blonde plait hair piece isn’t falling off, she is joined by a house party of oddly dressed characters on stage. The hashtag tells me it’s a #PaintFight a moment before the people at the party start throwing paint and perhaps they could have waited until we’d seen it?
Oh yes, the singing? Well, it’s overawed by the party and the paint and the dance groove. It’s fine but not the star of the piece, and the same must be said of Joelle.
RATING: 7/10 Nothing wrong but not that strong
Ronan and Nat loved it, though Nat loved it for being like a video clip not, for say, singing well. Dannii also talks about the production before picking a fight with Joelle because she dares to be nervous. Redfoo saves the situation, or tries to, by saying that he loves that Joelle is sassy.
Jai Waetford – Fix You, Coldplay
“A month ago our next performer was a 14-year-old boy from Western Sydney,” says Luke.
Errr, what is he now? I respond.
In his bio video we learn that Jai goes to school (that’s a relief) and has a pet lizard which he’s only lost once (also a relief).
And so to the song, which Ronan and Nat try to build up as bigger than Jai (which really, we all are).
While he’s singing alone on stage, with a simple accompaniment, it’s great. His voice is right for the song, if very young. He has amazing presence too, and genuinely conveys the lyrics.
When the fireworks kick off though, and backing vocals kick in, it gets a bit pitchy for a moment yet also gives the game away that the producers know they’re on to a winner with this kid as the girls in the audience start screaming.
RATING: 7/10 The song was about him being a star not a singer, it was perfectly ok. More to come.
“In the last two or three months life has got more interesting,” admits Jai as the feedback session just becomes a session about his star quality, not his singing. Redfoo and Nat think it was perfect and hate Ronan for having him. Ronan thinks Jai is an international superstar.
Which he was going to say if Jai croaked like a frog tonight.
BOTTOM THREE GUESS?
Nat could be in trouble. Third D3gree and Adira-belle must be candidates, alongside Omar, while Ellie and Joelle seem far from safe.
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