29 September 2013
Tonight’s episode of The X Factor is all about family favourites – with the contestants given songs by their mentors that inspired them as youngsters.
The show opens with Third D3gree taking on music legend Michael Jackson – with their unique rendition of Smooth Criminal.
Kelebek had to sing through tonsillitis for the performance but their electric version of the track had the entire studio audience screaming.
The judges weren’t as impressed however, with Dannii noting that there were a few tuning issues – while RedFoo called it a ‘hot mess’.
Ronan took a massive gamble this week by choosing a Justin Bieber track for Jai – with the young singer revealing that he aspires to having a career similar to the singing prodigy one day.
Singing That Should Be Me compete with a Bieber quiff – Nat Bass said it was obvious that he had a deep connection with the song, while RedFoo argued that Jai had ‘outshone the Biebster on his own song’.
Yet another controversial song choice followed with Nat Bass picking Hanson for Swedish brothers JTR – with the boy group taking on Mmm Bop.
Dannii admitted to being a closeted fan, but mused about whether their version would be distinctive enough for people to download it. RedFoo also outed himself as a Hanson fan, saying that while he couldn’t fault the performance, he felt that it needed to be spiced up a little. Ronan added that he didn’t want to like it, but he did!
After struggling last week, Omar Dean is back with a vengeance this week performing George Michael classic Careless Whisper.
RedFoo said that Omar’s performance took him back to the 80’s, while Nat Bass apologised for her comments last week and added that this week he was in his element.
After ending the show last week in style, Taylor Henderson takes to the stage to perform a track that his dad taught him – Daryl Braithwaite’s The Horses.
All the judges felt that he is now bringing an extra confidence to his performances, but Dannii told him he needs to own his time onstage, while Ronan called on him to stop doubting himself.
After battling it out with her best friend last week, Jiordan is back with the fighting spirit for her performance of No Doubt’s break up anthem Don’t Speak.
Ronan said that she connected to the song emotionally better than Gwen Stefani did in the original – drawing criticism from Dannii who told him to plug in his hearing aid and listen again! Nat wasn’t as big a fan of her rendition, saying that the production on the song overshadowed her voice.
The night ended with Dami Im taking on a personal favourite of her parents in Simon & Garfunkel’s Bridge Over Troubled Water.
RedFoo said that while her performance was ‘great’ he expected something more from her, saying that he felt like she was holding back. A tearful Dannii hit back with full force saying that after a rough week with family dramas of her own, she felt that Dami had performed the song the way it was intended. Her face awash with tears she added that the song choice was dedicated to her mum, dad and her grandfather, after thanking Dami for being an ‘angel’ through her ordeal. Ronan told her that it was ok by him if she won the competition.
Which performance stood out to you tonight?