Tuesday, November 12, 2013

X Factor UK 10: Top 8

I have nothing more to say to this. Yes, the theme offers a lot of possibilities, but this one was just as dire as last week's Disco theme. Can't they think of anything else? Add to that the fact that these contestants are average at best. There's a couple of shining little stars, but that's about it. Where are the Leona Lewis? The One Directions? The Cher Lloyds? The James Arthurs? Sigh.

Here we go!

08. Rough Copy
Hit The Road Jack
I just don't get it. Yes, they can sing, but they're just BLAND! They're not even interesting enough to be called Rough Copy. Sue me. 4

07. Sam Callahan
Ain't That A Kick In The Head
It's funny how he's now getting the less is more type of judging. Haha. This boy's a charmer, and I'll leave it at that. 4

06. Hannah Barrett
It's A Man's World
Since when was this song considered part of Big Band? I don't know. Her voice slipped in and out of a weird tone, and something just didn't feel right during this performance. 5

05. Luke Friend
I've been loving his performances recently, but this one was a bit of a mixed bag for me. He started off well backed with an interesting warm tone, but the second half was a mess. He looked confident though. 5.5

04. Abi Alton
That's Life
There were moments where her voice sounded good on the song, but for the most part, her tone came off a tad too thin and she didn't have the resonance and groove to actually make this performance work. It wasn't terrible, but nothing special. 5.5

03. Nicholas McDonald
Dream A Little Dream
This was a pleasant rendition of the song. It's not particularly interesting - in fact, it was a bit boring - but he sounded great for the most part. 6

02. Tamera Foster
Cry Me A River
While I could still use a little more emotional connection from her, this was actually quite good. Nice modulation. Good vocals. Interesting arrangement. 7

01. Sam Bailey
New York New York
I admit, I was ready to hate this performance, but Sam actually pulled this one brilliantly. Her vocals were soared, her transitions were clean, her diction was awesome, and she added a much needed sass to performance that was quite compelling. 8.5


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