In an explosive start to the countdown to the final X Factor show – the top 12 returned to the stage for a performance of On The Floor by J.Lo featuring Pitbull, that included a python and water dancing!
Fans of the show were in for a big night with the top three contestants singing not one but three songs – including their potential winning single as well as their original audition song.
First to take to the stage was The Collective with the song that impressed One Direction back in the home visits – Rihanna’s We Found Love. It is amazing to see how far the boys have progressed from that time to now, something that all the judges commented on after their performance.
Then it was Jason Owen’s turn – with the boy from the town of 12 performing his winners single Make It Last, a pop/country ballad that would be at home on a Taylor Swift album!
Samantha Jade was up next with the track that made Guy Sebastian cry on national TV – Breakeven by The Script. Mel B said that Sammy really blew it outside the park, while Ronan said that ‘thank god that Australia got to see the real Sammy’. Her mentor Guy said that ‘that vocal is stupid’ and that she is a ‘freak’!
Then Sammy’s mentor Guy Sebastian took to The X Factor stage for the second time this season to perform his latest controversial song Get Along – in an emotional performance that included a full backing band complete with strings!
The Collective performed their winning song Surrender – with Ronan promising that if the boys win it will be a smash! The pop track included everything that is great about The Collective – with every boy having their moment in the spotlight including William with his now distinctive rap style!
Samantha Jade then returned with Rihanna’s breakup anthem Take A Bow – with Mel B saying that she finds her ‘Sasha Fierce’ when she is onstage and that she is ‘on fire’ tonight, while Nat Bass called her the ‘perfect ambassador for The X Factor’ and on the same level as Leona Lewis.
Following on from Sammy was Jason, performing his audition song – John Denver’s Annie’s Song, with Guy pleading with Jason to stay true to who he is musically and to always sing from the heart.
Then it was Samantha Jade’s turn to perform her track What You’ve Done To Me – a sassy power ballad worthy of Kelly Clarkson!
Jason then performed his rendition of The Black Keys Lonely Boy – with Ronan telling him he is ‘something else’.
Closing the show was The Collective with their final performance a version of Broken Hearted by Karmin – and while we were initially sceptical about the song choice, The Collective once again put their own stamp on it.
The show also included clips of the judges trips back to their contestants – with Mel B’s journey to Albert particularly memorable!
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