X Factor 2015 Week 2 Elimination: Kiera Likely?

“You made that song your own!” The most overused sentence in the judges’ toolkit gets its own theme week. Reinvention is the title – taking a classic song and making it your own. Cue reinventions that may not work, not having a classic song in the first place, or not reinventing enough. As always, the acts are at the whim of what they’re given.

Amid all the speculation about song choices in our comments section and below, phone vote statistics tell their own story. Those acts who just escaped the drop zone in the first phone vote are invariably involved in the scrap at the bottom next time.

The biggest drop from the first phone vote into the following week’s singoff has been three places – District 3, from 8th to 11th in 2012. They survived there against Melanie Masson, who at the time was the fifth act in a row to fall into the second singoff having hung one place above it in the first phone vote.

The initial singoff survivor has a mixed sympathy bounce record. In recent years, Steph Nala and Shelley Smith have joined Girlband and Rachel Adedeji in failing to escape a second consecutive duel, whilst Rylan, Frankie Cocozza and Katie Waissel bounced well clear. Which group will Kiera Weathers emulate? She’s favourite for next elimination, having survived last week’s singoff.

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Counting against Kiera, logically she doesn’t fall into the successful group because she’s not a novelty act whom producers are interested in keeping around for longer. Her song choice – ‘Return of The Mack’ – isn’t promising. Even this version, which would suit her, feels a bit like ‘Crying For No Reason’ in lacking a big moment.

In her favour, she has to finish last in this double elimination, when presumably she will receive some sympathy from the public. She had screentime and some regional identity before the lives began. That didn’t count for enough in the first week, but she weathered some harsh criticism with dignity there, and managed a strong singoff performance.

Who do we think just escaped the drop zone last week? These will be the other candidates for next elimination based on those phone vote statistics. The strongest possibilities have to be Reggie n Bollie, Mason Noise and Max Stone.

Of those three, it seems likely that Mason Noise is the one producers are most keen on keeping around. That’s reiterated by pictures of his rehearsal on the show’s official Instagram account, indicating that his name will be up in lights on the backdrop. He sings the Womack & Womack classic ‘Teardrops’, which is a great tune, should suit him, and gives judges a chance to tell him he’s made it relevant.

Reggie n Bollie now have a mashup of One Direction’s ‘What Makes You Beautiful’ and OMI’s ‘Cheerleader’. That could well be an attempt to repeat last week’s crowd-pleasing ‘It Wasn’t Me’, though even that may not have seen them clear the drop zone by far. The judges literally drummed up support for the Ghanaian duo after a fun, if low-rent production. The show’s official Twitter account continued that positivity about their rehearsal last night.

Reggie n Bollie bring fun without being burdened by too much credibility, whilst it’s the other way round for Max Stone. The latter faced continued criticism for being uninteresting last week, with the distraction of reggae Adele to boot. But his vocals were given a chance, and praised afterwards. There’s some promise too in Max’s mashup of ‘Somewhere Over The Rainbow’ and ‘What A Wonderful World’. Obviously two iconic songs, and less obviously, a medley that’s been done plenty of times before.

In the circumstances, I’d prefer to wait for tonight’s episode to see which of these acts is most clearly under the bus. Especially as last week’s show made its intentions clear from the VTs onwards, and sometimes even in the introductions to the VTs.

A double elimination means it’s not out of the question to see another act fall into the danger zone. The market suggests Monica Michael is most at risk. She was given every help for last week’s triumphant Wildcard return. The mood can often change soon after, and it’ll be interesting to see just how suggestively Monica is styled for what we’re promised is a “sexy twist” on Beyonce’s ‘Crazy In Love’.

The second week is a first opportunity to see how producers react to a public phone vote. The previous three years saw a deramp of varying degrees after strong first poll showings for Andrea Faustini, Sam Bailey and Chris Maloney.

The indications are that Anton Stephans may face something similar this weekend, after Popbitch suggested he was the winner of the first phone vote. He’s been given the least suitable song choice of all – a mashup of ‘Bang Bang’ and ‘All About That Bass’. We’ve already seen him struggle with both songs: the latter at bootcamp; the former on Thursday’s Xtra Factor. Still, it’s worth bearing in mind that sympathetic characters like Faustini and Maloney took more than one week to be brought down by such tactics.

Whilst I envisage the other acts being safe, quite how producers continue to treat them based on that first phone vote should be fascinating. Do keep the debate going below.

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174 comments to X Factor 2015 Week 2 Elimination: Kiera Likely?

  • Carla

    There’s a story in the DM today linking Mason and Louisa. Presume that’s an attempt to give him some reflected glory rather than a deramp for her.

    • Jessica Hamby

      If it’s a deliberate ploy it smacks of desperation this early. It didn’t do Sam Callahan and Tamera much good and it is by no means certain how much glory she has to reflect. I read it as an effort to keep both names in people’s minds and / or make Louisa seem more interesting.

  • Think Kiera will bounce off the bottom… the one that I like is Max at 6/1, but it’s a tough week to have an opinion on at the moment… running order, VT and staging will be massive clues today to intentions (as always)

    Song choices, I don’t like Max, Mason or Kiera.

    Is the producers dream scenario Max bottom

    Mason v Kiera sing off

    Easy to rid Kiera then and bounce Mason along for a few more weeks in that scenario

  • Jessica Hamby

    Oh poor Keira. While I think Return Of The Mack is a great song, and I like the version you linked to, it’s not a song for a talent show. It’s too downbeat, too niche, too miserable. It’s the sort of song that will get lost and forgotten amongst all the others no matter how good the performance. The vocal range is small and the essence of the song is a sort of straightforward matter-of-factness – as you say, there are no big moments.

    Max’s songs have enough charm and popularity that a lot of people could end up throwing him one of their votes. Harsh criticism of Over The Rainbow and Wonderful World is a bit like kicking two puppies.

  • Lia

    Just for fun…

    From our collective wisdom the contestants “own” versions will be:
    Lauren – Hold back the river (Ella Henderson Live Lounge) – same as original with a big finish
    Monica – 50 shades of Grey soundtrack Crazy in Love, hence the sexy
    Louisa – Chris Cornell/David Cook Billie Jean (slowed down and the lyrics are kind of weird for a girl to sing and they become the focus whe it’s slow)
    Kiera – Lady Bee Return of the Mack
    Max – Big Iz’s Over the rainbow/What a wonderful world
    Mason – Joss Stone’s Teardrops
    Che – probably stick to Phil Collins like Samantha Jade did in XF Australia
    4th Impact – that’s the one that’s baffling me. Don’t know what they’re trying

    Let’s see how many we get right…
    Anton – whatever they throw at joke acts version
    Seann – Sia’s California Dreamin
    Reggie n Bollie – Radio 1 mash up of What makes you beautiful and Cheerleader

  • David Cook

    It looks difficult for Keira to bounce clear of the bottom three, in which case one way or another she’ll probably be out this weekend. If she does that Lady Bee version that should just about seal it. The question is more one of whether she’s rock bottom or just bottom 3.
    Looks like we know what we’re going to get from R&B and Max – but Mason I’m not sure about. Is the vocal arrangement from this version a possibility? If so he could be in trouble for the same reason as Keira – it just dampens down a well known and popular song.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iivqnIqdcNU

    A week for seeing how the show pans out.

  • Sagand

    The previews are up on iTunes.

    • Sagand

      Che is doing a slow version of ‘You Can’t Hurry Love’. Can’t say I like it.

      4th Impact are now doing ‘Sound of the Underground’ with the Clapping song not Boom Clap.

      Max’s song sounds as we expected. Doesn’t seem like there’ll be a moment in it, but they could have given him something a lot worse.

      Anton however, I doubt they could have, even in the recorded version it sounds strained.

      RnB sound really good, the songs really suit this style.

      No real surprises in the rest.

  • Donald

    Playing catch up after hectic week. Great reading, heard LJ vote was not at races as they wanted. They had a girl that could have won last year! Is there one elimation tonight? Watching show, intrigued to see what they do tonight.

  • stoney

    Was it me or did 4th impact sound terrible tonight?

  • Curtis

    A very messy opener, no surprise to see 4th Impact’s elimination odds come in after that. Problem was significantly better.

  • Piresistable

    Judges arguing among themselves – that did not look good for the girls this week.

  • Edie M

    FI were all over the place, but a bit worried for Mason with that bit of nothing performance & going 2nd.

  • George

    They seem quite confident with Mason to not pimp him this week. They’ll be hoping his vote is resilient.

    Anton given an early slot as expected.

  • Fudd

    Not sure about Mason either. I would say the performance was quite dull, they put him on a pillar, the long shots meant he was lost at times, the judges didn’t really say much to motivate a vote… and he’s being memory-holed by John Lewis.

  • Curtis

    Mason was a little dull, but on the other hand, there was “that” wink. Bottom 3 contender, but I’d be surprised to see him prop up the vote.

  • Jessica Hamby

    Are we supposed to find Mason sexy now? He looked like a refugee from the 70s. All that was missing was a medallion. Dressing like Simon is NOT a good thing, surely. All that was missing was the whiff of Blue Stratos.

    Perhaps the plan was simply to wash the memory of FI away. It all seemed intended to be positive but personally I thought the whole thing was the very definition of meh.

    Perhaps it was meant to be negative. I can’t tell anymore. I didn’t like it much and there was too much winking. One is enough.

  • Piresistable

    I see the TalkTalk adverts are back this week!

  • Fudd

    Simon’s announcement of Anton was hardly warm – ‘risky’ followed by ‘good luck’.

  • George

    They’ve done a complete hatchet job on Anton.

  • stoney

    Ouch this is hideous

  • Edie M

    Omg that was awkward, but is the deramp of Anton just too obvious though? Will it motivate sympathy?

    • Fudd

      I don’t think they’re looking to get him into the bottom three but they’re certainly looking to dampen his vote.

      • Edie M

        Probably not possible to get him into the bottom 3 in one fell swoop if he did as well as predicted in the vote last weekend, but that was more than a ‘dampening’ it was vicious- worse than Andrea in gold paint & horns b/c at least he could still sing the song well. That was a visual & vocal deramp!

  • Fudd

    Keira and Che announced as performing next… but Louisa and Seann just happen to also be in shot for no real reason…

  • Curtis

    Kiera getting memory-holed by Ché then. Pretty much confirms they have no further use for her.

  • Donald

    That was some hatched job on Anton, Mason styling etc.all moved him towards the door also. LJ for pimp slot the way they going?

  • 360

    VERY interesting show this week. Not sure if they’re trying to very heavy-handedly aim at little girls/kids with 4th Impact (the colour and shiny and dancers, and Cheryl’s fart noise to get Simon to shut up all suggested that to me), or if perhaps they’re trying to Janet them. That is, TPTB have seen four cute girls and cast them as such, when in actuality there might be some steel to them (remember, they are seasoned performers) and they might be difficult behind the scenes. Just an idea.

    Anton – hatchet job, as expected. His smiles might have saved him though. I can see it going either way depending on who performs worse than him and who else they try and bring the axe down on this week.

    Nice to see Grimmy playing Louis’s role more convincingly this week.

    Interesting they name-checked Kiera as coming up after the break. Maybe being allowed to bounce after all?

    EDIT: I actually enjoyed Kiera there. There’s the hair makeover I expected from coming up.

  • Fudd

    4th Impact: Let’s introduce you to the girls individually!
    Kiera: Let’s introduce you to… the backing dancers.

  • EM

    My reading on Anton is they’re quite happen to have him around for a while, they’re building a narrative around him. Anton vs the others – makes it easier to dump him when the time is right

  • mb79493

    Why are they still pretending Cheryl/Fourth Impact had any choice, when the VT literally showed them being told what to sing?

    smh

  • stoney

    Keira the best of a poor night so far

  • Jessica Hamby

    Ouch. Blandness and nothing particularly good for Keira either.

    Is everyone going to get killed except Louisa? Perhaps the news about The Voice has prompted them to just not care anymore.

  • Curtis

    Quite happy with my money on Kiera to go.

  • Edie M

    Can’t see Kiera avoiding bottom 3 after that? It made her voice sound weak and the dancing wasn’t fantastic even though it had been hyped on xtra factor. Also lukewarm comments suppressing a sympathy bounce.

  • Piresistable

    I don’t normally get annoyed by Cowell or this sort of thing, but calling Rita ‘sweetie’ was a bit out of order.

  • Edie M

    I know he’ll do well in the voting etc., but imo Che is butchering a great song!

  • Fudd

    Che = Jahmene

    Best part for me was Simon standing to give him an ovation before his own mentor, though. 😀

  • 360

    What do we think of Che? I’m suspecting he came 2nd last week and this is the beginning of a deramp.

  • Jessica Hamby

    Che has taste. Compare and contrast with gaudy Anton on his golden throne singing All About That Bass.

  • Sagand

    I wasn’t too sure before the live shows started but Che should be favourite for the win after that.

  • DannyCraig

    Thought that was a good performance from Che, very positive VT & staging. If LJ doesn’t vote well, then is he the obvious saver?

  • DannyCraig

    Red & black for LJ?
    Also a bit oversexualised for a 17 year old?
    No standing ovation from Simon though – even after an exceptional vocal

  • George

    Given up on Louisa winning already?

  • mb79493

    I think Kiera won’t be bottom, but I’m slightly concerned about her being B3.

    Who else could it be? RnB, Max… Mason? I’m not convinced both of the second two will be B3. I’m worried for her.

  • stoney

    Louisa shows everyone exactly why she is the run away favourite. Superb

  • Jessica Hamby

    Oh look. Louisa is the second coming.

    :-$

  • Piresistable

    Louisa and Che the best two singers – so says Grimshaw.

  • Edie M

    I really don’t know how that will go down with the audience? Vocal was good, performance not so much. Also, reinvention- red, black, dancing, 80s clothing??

  • Curtis

    And Ché gets pimped during Louisa’s comments. The new Plan A?

    • stoney

      No way will che be plan A this early on in the competition. He would bomb as a solo artist. If anything there pimping che to deramp anton

    • Jessica Hamby

      To my eyes Louisa is clearly the chosen one.

      Absurd as it sounds I can’t help wondering if Anton is being so thoroughly deramped as a sort of revenge for last weeks head clash. It was obviously an accident but they referred to it so much, calling it a headbutt, and Simon sits there with that tiny little bruise when it would be easy to cover up with make up.

      It sounds so petty as to be unbelieveable except that this is Simon Cowell.

      • Edie M

        I think the headbutt is part of the deramp rather than the reason for the deramp

        • Jessica Hamby

          Are you suggesting that they persuaded Anton to deliberately clash heads with Simon Cowell?

          And c’mon. It wasn’t a headbutt, it was an accidental clash of heads that turned Simon Cowell into a whining, snot-dribbling drama queen.

          Nice demotivating suggestion that Anton stole the show.

          • “a whining, snot-dribbling drama queen” 😀

            Looks like Anton won the vote last week and they’re unconcerned enough about Che to give him a pimping.

          • Edie M

            No I’m saying they’ve seized on the ‘headbutt’ storyline and used it as part of the deramp.

          • Jessica Hamby

            Yes. Sorry. I realised that almost as soon as I made the post but I was so pleased with the line about Simon that I let it stand.

            I think I’m getting too involved. Mr Hamby is threatening me with an x factor moratorium.

  • EM

    There’s a great compare and contrast between Kiera and Louisa’s choreography.

    Kiera was constantly lost in the middle of her dancers.

    Louisa was dressed in a totally different colour from her dancers, always centre front and always in shot

  • 360

    Although I posted my comment on Che before the judges gave all their emotional comments on the song, I still feel it was to catch him. That is, the performance was meant to be remembered as impressive, but not as the standout of the night.

    Louisa’s Billie Jean reminded me a lot of Diana Vickers’ Call Me as an attempted breakout moment.

  • The maestro

    Louisa superb????? I dont think so che the best by a mile louisa has the lineability off toothache 5-4 is the lay ov the century LAY LAY LAY

  • R

    Just switched on so haven’t seen Anton’s performance, but most of the comments on twitter are supporting him & blaming Cowell for trying to ruin his chances.

    Comments such as Simon getting his own back for the headbutt last week & Simon doesn’t want an over to win.

    Also noticed Simon’s personal gimp Dan Wootton tweeted:
    “MY EARS! One of the worst #XFactor performances ever from Anton here”

  • Jessica Hamby

    Seann gets a kicking. He’s wacky and he’s not a popstar. I fear for Lauren and Monica. Max and R&B will.presumably be fine because they’re not threats.

    So far I wouldn’t be surprised to see the whole b3 from the first four performers – Keira out and then any two from FI, Anton and Mason.

  • Donald

    They are basically de ramping everyone except Louisa. The Adele duet could yet happen. One.punter in.Essex has 100k on with one of major bookies. Still not convinced. The whole show is so off the rails tonight so far viewing.figures will be far from good.

  • George

    Not sure what they’re trying to achieve with Monica here.

  • stoney

    Wow 4th impact out to 14s

  • Jessica Hamby

    Oh God.

    FIRE!! FIRE!! FIRE!!

    • Fudd

      They’re giving themselves enough scope to save her in a sing off by criticising the song choice.

      “Well done for not wearing black!” says a woman wearing black…

  • Fudd

    It’s not Reinvention Week… it’s Deramp Week.

    They’re deramping the whole show.

    • Jessica Hamby

      It feels like that doesn’t it. The Voice is coming. Cowell’s got his money. Try and force Louisa to a win and walk away laughing. Sod the ratings.

  • Edie M

    I’m really feeling for Monica right now, standing there in that dress getting ripped apart 🙁

  • Fudd

    Simon: I’ve only got one contestant left…

    The omission of the words ‘to perform’ could be deliberate there.

  • Alex

    Sorry for going off topic but I’ve just seen the news about the Voice. Looks like my prediction of next season being X Factor’s last with the Voice debuting in summer/autumn 2017 is looking good.

    As for the show this week the deramps are ridiculous so far. TPTB need to careful because if they try and push Louisa to far to early then it could backfire on them. Like Jessica I also fear for Lauren and Monica.

  • Curtis

    Interesting that the crowd didn’t particularly react to Simon saying he hated Monica’s performance. Suggests that it was considered fair criticism. We all know that fair criticism does not motivate votes. And the fire will certainly have made Richard Betsfactor fall out of his seat!

    Monica’s definitely in a spot of bother.

  • Edie M

    I *hated* that, and it was NOT reinvention- it was an exact copy of a well known version, in a similar style to what he performed last week. He needs to go asap…

  • Jessica Hamby

    Max is honest. He is who he is. Unlike another contestant perhaps…. Also interesting to hear the return of Britishness from Grimmy.

    • Edie M

      That comment was clearly aimed at keeping critcism of Monica’s performance in mind, I’m worried for her now

      • Jessica Hamby

        She was very good last week. Killed her momentum.

        Meanwhile Lauren is asked if she’s feeling nervous. Putting the pressure on, hoping for a mistake. I think she’ll handle it and the show has been so unpleasant I’m hoping they’ll want to finish on a happy note. The mood Cowell is in tonight there’s no guarantee of that.

    • Snowfall

      I thought the ‘all of Sweden is behind you’ comments in Max’s vt were interesting, a twist on the usual plea for regional votes (to discourage voting?).

      • Edie M

        What was that Sweden thing about?? Lauren did well there, this week TPTB defintely seem to have decided she is beta girl over Monica. Wonder if an early pimp slot/moment for Lauren means they intend to let her have her moment til late in the competition and then will slowly deflate her?

  • mb79493

    I think that, despite their best efforts, Max is doing a great job as resisting the deramp attempts. Last week he somehow managed to stay, and his vocals this week were actually pretty great.

    Unless something diabolical happens next:

    Bottom: Reggie and Bollie/Kiera
    Singoff: Reggie and Bollie/Kiera vs Mason

    With Mason being saved.

    Edit: Kiera last, Reggie and Bollie lose against Mason. Cute performance, OMI wants his instrumental back.

  • mb79493

    Loving the Carly Rae Jepsen music being used this week. The music this year is on point, Coldplay must be pissed at the lack of The X Factor income though.

  • Curtis

    Reggie N Bollie introduced as our sunshine on a very cloudy day. Got me thinking. Did they seriously just deramp the entire show to keep Reggie N Bollie in?

    The sad thing is, with the incompetence I think the producers have shown this year, I’m only half joking!

  • stoney

    Max will be forgotten after that mother of all pimpings!

  • Curtis

    Kiera, Monica, Max, and Mason are the candidates to go – with Fourth Impact as an outside chance.

  • 360

    Reggie and Bollie red and blacked but given a four judge standing ovation…

    Surely they’re just messing with Sofabet now?

    Monica deramped, Seann deramped, Anton hatchet job, 4th Impact colour vomit, Kiera colour vomit, Max deramped…wow.

    • Curtis

      Red, black and white is different to just red and black. Contrast Little Mix Cannonball in the final vs a classic red-and-blacking such as Sophie Habibis singing Bang Bang (Shot You Down)

  • Mason the only one I’ve backed for next elimination so far, 6s

    Hopefully Kiera gets a big enough bounce, although Monica threw a spanner in the works with her awful performance.

  • EM

    Did anyone know Lauren used to work in a dentists? Shades on Ben Haenow’s van driving.

  • Fudd

    All this show needs now is for Lauren to forget the lyrics.

  • stoney

    At this point i would say plan B is Lauren

  • Jessica Hamby

    THAT’S MY GIRL.

    LOVE YOU LAUREN!!!!!!

    Having said that, they dressed her badly and the VT set her up to fail but she used it to prove the vt wrong.

  • Lia

    This show is really bad….

  • Fudd

    That finger point where all the dancers fall over in Anton’s performance… they had the same choreography for Christopher Maloney, during I’m Still Standing.

  • Plinkiplonk

    So Louisa, R’n’B and lauren get pimped, everyone else de-ramped to variouys extend. Was it a coincidence that they payed the original of ‘hold back the river’ in the Talk Talk ads just before Lauren’s segment ? Don’t think so…
    And what was the whole ‘Sweden is behind you’ in Max’s VT ? Looks like being ‘forrein’ still works as a vote deterrent, see also 4th Impact (Thank you British!) and SMM (travelled around the world to be here).

    • Fudd

      It was Sweden? I thought I must have misheard and it was Swindon. :-$

      • Plinkiplonk

        I am really ashamed to admit that I googled him, and his real name is Max Pahlsson, and this is what his bio says on his official site:
        “Max grew up in Devon, England before moving to Stockholm, Sweden, where he formally studied songwriting.”
        I haven’t watched the earlier stages of the programme, but they seemed to have kept that one quiet, no ?

        • Fudd

          Yes, I can’t remember them mentioning that little fact. I wonder where ‘Stone’ came from? Maiden name of a parent?

          They should have gone the whole hog and called him Max Power.

    • 360

      Is it reaching too far to pick up on SMM’s “I’d be safe and warm if I was in LA” lyric? Read: America is better than here.

  • mb79493

    That was crap. I could survive 2013 but this was just embarrassing.

    I was impressed by Raggamuffin Adele. That’s how bad this week was.

    I’m gonna vote for Kiera and Max, pray for Monica’s demise, and fume on Twitter.

  • Lia

    Love R&B!!!! Thank you!!!!

  • Fudd

    Reggie and Bollie – on Britain’s Got Talent, the joke act; on The X Factor, stars of the night.

  • Lia

    Happy for Lauren. I like her too!

  • Plinkiplonk

    Dan Wootton, one of Simon’s stooges at the Sun seems not to have enjoyed Anton’s performance:

    https://twitter.com/danwootton/status/663091426339758080

  • Linda

    Disgraceful treatment/deramp of Monica. She was perfectly fine. Loved Max, RnB and Anton, they all knew they were in the firing line and foiled the dastardly plot. I thought Anton was brilliant, loved the swagger, tongue in cheek. He’ll survive this for sure. Seann performed as I suspected. Bottom three tomorrow night. Louisa – masonic pyramid flashing behind her, singing a totally unsuitable song but praised regardless – she’s Plan A but they’re getting desperate. Lauren much better. Mason, Seann, Monica or Kiera – bottom three tomorrow night.

  • Curtis

    Who goes in a sing-off between Mason and Monica/Kiera. Before it might’ve seemed like an obvious save the villain sing-off, but has Mason served his purpose now?

  • Bit of a Louisa de-ramp from Cheryl, bringing attention to her nerves and critisising her dancing.

    Louisa still looks good amongst all the dreadful arrangements they gave many of the others, especially Anton and Monica who probably both topped the vote last week.

  • Jessica Hamby

    Poor Seann. I thought his performance was really good but that criticism was such that the performance is lost. Shame.

    It’s really easy to tell him to take risks and be a pop star and then avoid giving specific exames of how to do that.

  • Lia

    Still can’t believe they did THAT to Monica. The dress, the dancing… she looked like a hooker! So so sad…

    • Jessica Hamby

      Yes. VT, comments and performance were all excrutiating. She was so good last week. The voting figures will be fascinating.

    • Jessica Hamby

      Also putting Keira in white tennis pumps completely ruined her look. It’s such a small thing but each time I see that performance the shoes um….. stand out. Wrongy wrongness.

      • Edie M

        I didn’t like much of Kiera’s styling at all, there were so many elements of the performance that made me think they didn’t want her to bounce. After the emotional sing-off & blatant nuking last week, I thought there was a chance they would give her a chance to stay until next week but it seems not.

  • Jessica Hamby

    Noone is mentioning Fourth Impact. Is that because you think they’ll be fine or were they so effectively memory-holed that you’ve forgotten them? For me it is the latter. If it’s the same for others they could conveivably b2.

    • Edie M

      To me they were memory-holed, but because they were on so early and followed by a succession of weak performances it might work in their favour- i.e people will forget just how awful they were.

    • Curtis

      This is certainly an early test of their core fanbase. I believe they’ll be fine on a night where so many other acts misstepped, but it’s far from inconceivable to see them in the bottom 3.

    • Plinkiplonk

      I think the stories about outside UK votes may have been true, and they pulled the brakes on them quite a bit. First a VT that screamed FOREIGN FOREIGN FOREIGN, then Simon doing a really nasty turn pretending that he can’t possibly remember their names (/tell them apart), and generally lots of conversation about song choice etc. Plus they were not very good, out of tune and screechy IMHO. Let’s see how their support holds up…

    • George

      I wouldn’t rule it out but they’re still alpha group even after tonight so I think their deramp means that they probably polled well last week.

      • Alan

        I think 4I were on first as TPTB knew they were safe there. TPTB still want them to go far in the competition. I dont think Lauren being in the pimp slot was any sign of favouritism either. She could do with that slot in later weeks so to be given it now is meaningless. She did a good performance of what I thought was a great song choice for her and ended the show on a high. I still think that is her place in the show, as a likeable singer, and don’t believe for a second Cowell would want her on his record label. TPTB want her to stick around but they wont let her win.
        Overall I think Daniels predictions are looking good. Che from Lauren is a distinct possibility if they know Lauren has no chance of spoiling the party with a win.

  • Jessica Hamby

    Some serious changes in the odds.

    Lauren now 3rd favourite for the series win. R&B now outside Anton for elimination while Keira, Monica then Mason are the favourites.

  • Jessica Hamby

    Poor Daniel and Andrew have got so much to digest. I wonder if they’ll get an article out tonight.

  • TOP 3 performances tonight: Che, Louisa and Seann.

    Lauren was an attempt to manufacture a moment, but didn’t happen.

    • Jessica Hamby

      Louisa is impressive but she aint got soul. It’s like she thinks singing a song is about being impressive rather than communicating. Lauren tells you how she feels. That’s soul.

      • Linda

        Agree. Louisa has no soul. On top of that, it’s daft giving a young woman a song written in the first person for a man denying he’s the father of a child from a one night stand. But then, gender doesn’t matter anymore. Does it?

        • Jessica Hamby

          I’m sayin nuffin darlin.

          *parks up truck in M23 service station*

          *waves to guys who say “hello Dave”*

          • Jessica Hamby

            This was a joke about gender fluidity. On reflection I don’t think it worked. Blame Mr Hamby and his liberal hand with the Jim Beam. I thought it was hilarious.

        • Jessica Hamby

          I think Louisa has a soul but she doesn’t sing it.

          Here are a couple of tracks from a guy whose vocal ability is comparable to a tramp drinking meths in a car park, but who has more soul in his little finger than most of us have in our whole body.

          First a tune that Simon would excoriate Seann for performing…

          http://youtu.be/p6BJLjTDtXo

          Second an evocation of childhood that lyrically makes no sense but still somehow breaks your heart.

          http://youtu.be/GvZK8Wl7RQ8

  • Shraine tumber

    Hi guys. Here is my honest opinion. With regards to this weeks running order, 4th impact was on first which makes me think they done really well last week and I think right at the top. Also with the rumours with anton possibly near the top, he was 3rd in the running order with a possible sand which with mason in the middle. 4th impact was called last in last Sunday’s results and I’m going to say 4th impact are doing really well. The running order has a massive say, but with mark soda way gone as the producer and lee and Amelia taking over there might be different tactics this year. Does anyone agree?

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