Monday, October 13, 2014

X Factor UK 11: Top 16

I had a go last year after not writing about the show since Season 7, but I gave up on the show after Top 6 as the performances were mostly mediocre. There were a couple of stand out performances, they were so few I just couldn't.

Fast forward to Season 11 and I've decided to give this another go. I passed on X Factor Australia this year - though there are some fantastic performances in there - as I was a bit late with that edition, so I think it's best to focus with the UK version of the show.

I will be ranking the performances from worst to best every week with some short commentaries on their performances.

On with the show!

16. Stevie Ritchie
Livin' La Vida Loca
[OVERS]
Do we need another Wagner on this show? He's not as bad, but still. 

15. Stephanie Nala
Everything I Own
[GIRLS]
Shrill and bland. 

14. Stereo Kicks
Roar
[GROUPS]
So chaotic. Can they cut them in half, especially if not all of them will have solos? What's the point?

13. Only The Young
Jailhouse Rock/Twist N Shout
[GROUPS]
Annoyingly predictable. Hence, boring. 

12. Overload Generation
I Kissed A Girl
[GROUPS]
Not bad, but not good. At least they're not a mess to watch. 

11. Blonde Electra
Kids In America
[GROUPS]
Too much going on, but this surprised me. I was expecting to hate it, but the singing was better than I expected.

10. Jack Walton
Only Girl (In The World)
[BOYS]
I've heard so many versions of this done acoustic, and this one paled in comparison.

09. Jake Quickenden
She's The One
[BOYS]
Nice, but nothing special. 

08. Lola Saunders
Stay With Me
[GIRLS]
Her nerves will be the end of her. She needs to do something about it. Stat.

07. Chloe Jasmine
Toxic
[GIRLS]
Her vocals were uneven, but her jazz inflections and sultriness made her stood out.

06. Ben Haenow
Bridge Over Troubled Water
[OVERS]
His vocals had too much grit that it became annoying in parts, but there's power and conviction to his delivery. 

05. Paul Akister
Ghost
[BOYS]
He was overpowered by the band especially when the chorus hit, but his vocals soared. 

04. Fleur East
All About That Bass
[OVERS]
Sassy. Abs. Hair. 

03. Jay James
Changing
[OVERS]
Who knew? I was expecting another ballad from him and I'd probably punch my face to sleep, but this was a refreshing side of Jay. Fantastic. 

02. Lauren Platt
Happy
[GIRLS]
The first half was lovely, the arrangement was fantastic, and while the whole effect wasn't particularly successful - it just didn't go anywhere - the performance was memorable.

01. Andrea Faustini
Earth Song
[BOYS]
THE PASSION! Wow. 

3 comments:

rchlcrz said...

I hope you will just post a wrap-up list of X Factor Australia 6 because I definitely would love to know your thoughts about the best performances of the season. I missed reading your posts ;)

DAM said...

rchlcrz: that's what i'm planning to do. :)

Anonymous said...

man I'm sick of these boy bands, especially stereo kicks talk about over the top at least make them an acapella since there is so many of them. Every season of every xfactor version we keep seeing a 1D copy. I too would like to hear your thoughts on the Aus xfactor.

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