19 August 2013
Tonight’s episode of The X Factor Australia starts with the surprise news that early favourite Matt Gresham has dropped out of the competition as he doesn’t feel that he can dedicate himself to it!
To take his place Dami Im surprises her fellow Under 24 contestants at the airport – where all 24 singers are gathered to find out where they will be travelling to, to meet their mentors!
The under 25 boys learn that they are off to LA, followed by the under 25 girls who are sent to London. The groups are heading to Richard Branson’s Makepeace Island, with the Overs ecstatic to be going to New York.
First up to discover who their mentor is are the under 25 Boys – who are all overjoyed when Ronan steps out the car to greet them! The Overs score Dannii Minogue as their mentor, while the groups will have Nat Bass to answer to. Which leaves RedFoo looking out for the under 25 girls.
The contestants then run through their performance songs with their mentors with Barry Southgate rubbing Dannii Minogue up the wrong way by choosing to sing a Lenny Kravitz track – with Dannii saying it would be just like her going into a record company and singing a Kylie Minogue song!
Taylor Henderson is another act that struggles through rehearsals with Ronan worried that he is lost without a guitar in his hand. He has similar concerns for Jai who is taking on an Elvis classic – with Ronan nervous that he could “fall apart” at any moment.
RedFoo then reveals to the under 25 Girls that their celebrity mentor is Jon Bon Jovi – with Vendulka driven to tears when the music legend arrives onstage!
With Bon Jovi present throughout their rehearsals – RedFoo tells Jiordan Tolli that every song that she sings “sounds the same”, but that he likes that! He did however add that she needs to work on her stage presence and body language.
The girl group failed to impress Nat with their lack lustre attitude towards their performance of Frank Ocean’s Thinking Bout You- with the judge saying that they really need to step it up if they want to make it through to the live shows.
Then the Overs learn that they will be getting “two Minogues for the price of one” with Kylie joining sister Dannii to help pick her top three.
The first two to take on the daunting task of performing in front of their guest mentor is Gemma and Dami Im.
Gemma seems to connect with the emotion in her version of Pink’s Perfect – but Dannii wonders whether she has the confidence in herself to make it through the gruelling live shows.
Dami Im performs a vocally self-assured version of Beyonce’s If I Were A Boy, but once again Dannii struggles with her “awkward” stage presence and whether she can match that incredible voice with a strong performance.
What did you think of tonight’s episode? Do you think Simon Cowell picked the right judges for the right categories?