I wasn’t much looking forward to The X Factor without John & Edward. Their departure means that Louis is the only comedy turn left, and in a competition full of just-alright singers, there mightn’t be a lot to smile about.
Step up Joe McElderry. A couple of weeks ago, Cheryl told Joe that he was “turning into a little man.” In last night’s performance of ‘Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word,’ Joe has apparently turned into a proper, big, grown-up man. It was absolutely beautiful, pitch perfect as usual and sung with amazing control and feeling for someone so young. You could see Simon Cowell’s brain go “Ker-ching!” just looking at him.
It was a mixed theme night. The contestants had two songs each, the first half by Take That, the second by Sir Elton John, which unfortunately gave Brian Friedman the chance to stage Olly’s ‘Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting’ in a boxing ring with female dancers dressed as boxers. It was the kind of literal interpretation of a song those of us old enough to remember Pan’s People thought had gone forever.
Stacey slumped over a Steinway in an effort to appear sexy (that was the idea, anyway), but PLA Jr, who has perfect pitch so we must believe what she says, reckoned Stacey’s performance was “very sharpy-flatty.”
Danyl got the chance to do a more uptempo number this week with Take That’s ‘Relight My Fire.’ He’s been singing ballads every week till now, and I’d forgotten about the alarming faces he pulls when he has to sing anything fast. The singing was ok, but noticeably better on the bit Lulu normally sings on the original. Draw your own conclusions.
Little Lloyd Daniels once again struggled gamely, but surely he’s got to be going home today. If he’s quick he may still be in time to be invited to turn on some Christmas lights in some small provincial shopping centre.