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The name says it all. Reviews of TV shows and films (both in the cinema and on DVD) that I’ve recently watched.

Ok, so next week is finally the final of this year’s turbulent series of “The X Factor” and with just four contestants left and only three places available, this is undoubtedly the tightest part of the competition… One tiny slip-up, be it bad vocals or wrong song, and it could cost one of these acts big time! With the majority of the rubbish contestants having left, it is probably the best four out of the original sixteen who remain to fight it out… This week’s theme was “Motown” (although for Marcus, it’s just a normal week) so each contestant could show us the soulful side of themselves, while for the second song they were meant to pick a song they feel could take them through to the final. So did any of them make a mistake and do something that might inevitably prevent them from being in next week’s final? You bet!

Misha B

Misha looking like a young Diana Ross perhaps? And wearing a dress made of... broken records?!

The majority of contestants in previous shows and series who have performed first have always been in trouble of having a higher chance of leaving the competition that week, but hopefully that will not happen to Misha this week. Although it was a bit disappointing that she didn’t do similar performances to that of her first audience where she sang “Respect” and also “Survivor” in boot camp, she still did well. I wasn’t too crazy about her first song choice but doing a cover of P!nk‘s “Perfect” for her second song was a good decision.

First song – Vocals: 4/5

First song – Performance: 4/5

Second song – Vocals: 5/5

Second song – Performance: 3/5

Overall: 16/20

Amelia Lily

Did Petula Clark invent a time machine? Oh no, it's Amelia.

In her first audition, Amelia sang “Piece Of My Heart” and pulled it off pretty well, and so could have done a similar kind of thing this week, but instead went for a rather bland, karaoke-ish performance of “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” which was not so great to be honest… Not good enough for a semi-final, in my opinion! She did however, up her game by singing Avril Lavigne‘s “I’m With You” for her second song, proving she’s quite the rock chick everyone seems to be branding her.

First song – Vocals: 3/5

First song – Performance: 3/5

Second song – Vocals: 4/5

Second song – Performance: 4/5

Overall: 14/20

Little Mix

Little Mix seem to have completely used up their wacky wardrobe in recent weeks...

The girls are still pretty good but again, their performances and vocals seem to be yo-yo’ing up and down each week – one time they’re really, the next they’re not so great… Both of these performances overall were not bad, but not mind-blowingly amazing either. Their first song was a Supremes track, another one after they did a little from another last week, although the arrangement of it was a bit strange. They then did a Beyonce song, which was vocally better but not that exciting really!

First song – Vocals: 3/5

First song – Performance: 3/5

Second song – Vocals: 4/5

Second song – Performance: 3/5

Overall: 13/20

Marcus

Marcus singing about his "girl"? Something ain't right there! Who's he trying to fool?

In what was meant to be the perfect week for Marcus, where we could finally do something that would surprise us all (not!), he actually seemed to have out-Motowned himself, if that’s even possible… After about six or seven past consecutive weeks having performed Motown songs, it seems Marcus could not out-do himself and hence both of this week’s performances being pretty weak in comparison to his previous ones. His vocals are still good but his novelty is wearing thin – poor song choices (I mean, the title “My Girl” for the first one says it all really!) and rather karaoke-ish performances may mean he could be in danger this week…

First song – Vocals: 3/5

First song – Performance: 3/5

Second song – Vocals: 3/5

Second song – Performance: 3/5

Overall: 12/20

Who should go: It is a tough call, but based on overall performances, Marcus! Or maybe even Little Mix?

Who will go: If the public agree with the majority of the judges’ comments, then Marcus. But then again, Misha has also not always been a favourite of the public it seems, unfortunately…

One week until the semi-final and two until the final of “The X Factor” and now is the time when contestants should not be fucking up! But then again, if none of them fucked up, it would be harder to think who should go and not go the finals stretch… This week, the finalists get to sing two songs each for the first time and the theme is “Guilty Pleasures” and “Heroes” – for the first, you would expect them all to sing really cheesy songs, but then again the definition of what song can be classed as a “guilty pleasure” is all down to opinion; and for the second half, the finalists get to try and emulate the artists they are most inspired by and look up to most! Oh, and sometimes whose style they try to copy most too…

So anyway, as usual, here are my ratings for each finalists, but this time for both their performances to give an overall rating out of 20:

Little Mix

Little Mix take it down a notch or two and attempt to sing "Beautiful".

For their first song, Little Mix did, well a little mix-up, of Justin Bieber‘s (*groan*) “Baby” and The Supremes. While the Bieber part was unsurprisingly cringe-worthy and definitely something one should be ashamed of liking, their attempt at The Supremes part was pretty good. For their second song, they attempted Christina Aguilera‘s “Beautiful” – always a risk – but while it wasn’t great vocally, they at least put a lot of emotion into it.

Song 1 – Voices: 3/5

Song 1 – Performance: 4/5

Song 2 -Voices: 3/5

Song 2 – Performance: 3/5

Overall: 13/20

Janet

Janet fucks up again... For the last time, hopefully!

Janet is really not faring well recently. In her first song, she was rather dire and forgot the lyrics once again, and looked quite uncomfortable performing it. For her version of the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, it was not as bad as her first performance but definitely not great… She’s really finally got to go now, surely?!

Song 1 – Voice: 1/5

Song 1 – Performance: 2/5

Song 2 – Voice: 2/5

Song 2 – Performance: 1/5

Overall: 6/20

Misha B

Looks like Misha raided Little Mix's wardrobe!

Misha B was back on top, SLAYING form again this week for her first performance of Cyndi Lauper‘s “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun”, giving the 80’s look a funky twist and adding her own rap to it – something we’ve been waiting for her to do again for a while. She then sang “Killing Me Softly” and didn’t do a bad job – it was quite reminscent of her performance from last week.

Song 1 – Voice: 4/5

Song 1 – Performance: 5/5

Song 2 – Voice: 4/5

Song 2 – Performance: 2/5

Overall: 15/20

Marcus

Marcus sings yet another Stevie Wonder song...

As good as Marcus is, he still needs to realise that not every week is “Motown Week”. Although for the first performance he did a Wham classic and put on a good show, it was still quite karaoke-ish and does not live up to the original. For song number two, he shocked us all by doing something completely different and sang Stevie Wonder! Ok, that’s not a shock… Was not a bad performance overall but at least he did a ballad for once.

Song 1 – Voice: 3/5

Song 1 – Performance: 4/5

Song 2 – Voice: 3/5

Song 2 – Performance: 2/5

Overall: 12/20

Amelia Lily

Amelia sings her heart out.

Amelia nailed it with her first performance of T-Pau‘s “China In Your Hand” – although I noticed she had been taking pointers from Janet and didn’t wear shoes (or at least looked that way)…? Anyway, on her second song she took on Kelly Clarkson‘s “Since You’ve Been Gone” and while the vocal wasn’t amazing (it is a hard song to sing though), it definitely wasn’t bad either.

Song 1 – Voice: 4/5

Song 1 – Performance: 3/5

Song 2 – Voice: 3/5

Song 2 – Performance: 3/5

Overall: 13/20

Who should go: Definitely Janet!

Who will go: If all is right with the world, then Janet

So we are now down to just six contestants left on “The X Factor” and the competition is really getting quite tight. This week’s theme was “Songs From Films” so cue a number of songs from random soundtracks heard (or not heard, as the case might be) on obscure films that not many people have seen or heard of, plus a couple of more obvious ones. Once again, the same acts managed to do well – Misha B, Amelia, Little Mix and Marcus, but unfortunately Craig and Janet are really continuing to wear out their one-trick pony appeal. This week I’m gonna do a very quick summary of each this week’s performances for you:

Craig

Boring Craig.

Craig sings yet another woman’s song this week, this time from a Bond film and while his voice is not too bad, his performance was rather dull as usual.

Vocals: 3/5

Performance: 1/5

Overall: 4/10

Janet

Janet, the one-trick pony.

Janet managed to find another song that fits her unique voice quite well this week, but again it’s nothing exciting at all really to be honest.

Vocals: 3/5

Performance: 1/5

Overall: 4/10

Amelia

Amelia sings a song everyone on the planet except Tulisa has heard.

Amelia Lily took on the Aretha Franklin classic “Think” (a song that Tulisa has never heard of before… like, seriously?!) but slowed the tempo down ever so slightly, lowered the key to fit her voice and range and gave it a rocky edge… Not sure if it was that amazing given the twist she put on it but it was definitely pretty good!

Vocals: 4/5

Performance: 3/5

Overall: 7/10

Misha B

Misha does her best Whitney Houston impression while looking like J-Hud.

Although choosing a Whitney Houston was quite a big risk and also quite predictable, this was probably Misha‘s best vocal performance to date (if a little raw and not 100% perfect) and was good to see her stripped down and given a good song that could really show off what she is capable of. Still waiting for her to repeat the same kind of mind-blowing, unique performance she has pulled off a few times before though.

Vocals: 5/5

Performance: 3/5

Overall: 8/10

Little Mix

Little Mix get rid of the ugly clothes for once.

Little Mix moved away from doing poppy R&B and club-like songs with ridiculous clown outfits in previous weeks and gave a good attempt at pulling off a song by En Vogue, a girl group with some very tricky and tight harmonies, so kudos to them. And also for looking rather slick instead of wearing wacky pajamas.

Vocals: 4/5

Performance: 3/5

Overall: 7/10

Marcus

Marcus looking so not gay in a pink suit. Not.

Marcus is definitely good within the niche he has found himself in – old-school, Motown and soul songs, but now it is getting rather predictable! Good vocals and nice performance, but needs to change it up again really…

Vocals: 4/5

Peformance: 3/5

Overall: 7/10

Who should go: Craig or Janet please!

Who will go: Hard to call but here’s hoping the voters have gotten tired and bored of Craig and Janet now as well…

Another week of drama on “The X Factor” has flooded the nation’s media – and this time, attention has been zoomed in on Frankie Cokeupthenozza. The talentless, ugly dickhead has finally been booted off (or quit) the show after he had “broken a golden rule” – which was revealed to be taking drugs, as most had suspected. Now the hate for him as significantly increased (and rightly so in my opinion), as has the number of deluded people who have stuck up for him… He knew the consequences of his stupid actions and should not be felt sorry for, no matter how bad he feels! Yet Gary and the show’s producers should also feel partly responisble for allowing his bad behaviour to spiral so far out of control already in the first place. But anyway yes, let’s rejoice that he is finally out of the show!
Talentless tramp Frankie is finally off the show… 

 

And onto this week’s performances, where the theme was “Queen vs. Lady Gaga” – yet another stupid idea… With only seven contestants (including the now reinstated Amelia Lily) remaining, the competition is really heating up. While Kitty, Little Mix, Marcus and Misha B put on good performances as usual, it was in fact Amelia who probably had the best overall performance – showing why she was put through in the first place, baffling us as to why Kelly sent her home in the first week, proving why she deserved to return and outshining the other contestants! Craig and Janet however, were unsurprisingly predictable and dull. Here are my usual ratings and comments:

Kitty

Kitty tries rocking the 80's punk hair look...

I wasn’t feeling her hair but she put on a good show as usual and it was a great opening to the evening. The song is quite karaoke-ish but at least she didn’t cement the already perceived idea that she is simply just a Gaga impersonator… One Gaga is more than enough already!

Vocals: 3/5

Performance: 4/5

Overall: 7/10

Craig

Craig and his fat, ugly, annoying face!

 What a suprise. After last week when he made a good, uptempo song sound crap, Craig is back to doing boring ballads, this time singing a slowed-down version of “Paparazzi”. Yawn…

Vocals: 2/5

Performance: 0/5

Overall: 2/10

Little Mix

Last week Little Mix were not that great, but this week their medley of songs was pretty good – their vocals were better but their performance was not that exciting. And their style is still not easy on the eyes!

Vocals: 4/5

Performance: 3/5

Overall: 7/10

Janet

Boring!

Vocals: 2/5

Performance: 0/5

Overall: 2/10

Marcus

Marcus‘ big band version of “Another One Bites The Dust” was both intriguing yet strange. It’s still hard to decide whether it was a good idea or just a little off… Also not too sure on his wannabe Bruno Mars moves…

Vocals: 4/5

Performance: 3/5

Overall: 7/10

Misha B

In my mind this may have been Misha‘s weakest performance overall, and simply because she slowed “Born This Way” down. Her twist on the song was interesting however because she could have been in danger of making it too much like a karaoke performance. Still, what may be her weakest performance still beats the best performances that Craig or Janet could ever give!

Vocals: 4/5

Performance: 3/5

Overall: 7/10

Amelia

Amelia Lily's back!

Let’s face it – as good-looking as James and Jonjo were and as “fun” as 2 Shoes were, Amelia was the most talented out of the original four that were sent home in the first week. Despite some controversy over it being a fix that she came back, I believe the right decision was made – whether the decision was made by the public or the producers. Her voice is still just as good as it used to be and she is just as great as the other top contenders are… Still wish she’d get rid of the pink rinse hair though!

Vocals: 5/5

Performance: 3/5

Overall: 8/10

Who should go: Craig or Janet hopefully!

Who will go: Same as above, and maybe, dare I say Misha might be in trouble…

Week 5 of “The X Factor” is upon us, and this time the theme is“Club Classics”, a thee which once again seemed like it was a loosely followed one. Most acts chose songs one more mainstream dance-influenced pop and R&B songs as well as some old-school Motown-inspired tracks… It’s not “Big Band/Motown Week” just yet! Surprisingly, only Craig‘s song choice seemed the most obvious club classic tune out of them all.

Yay, Kelly's back!

And once again, it seems to be confirmed that there is a definite pattern forming here each week in who seems to be the most consitent with good performances and who continues to suck badlyMisha B bounced back well, Kitty is still going strong, Marcus is getting better and The Risk are doing well, while Frankie and Johnny are still lagging way behind in being anything interesting or good! So here’s the routine breakdown of each contestant’s performances:

Johnny

Johnny: He toned down on the outfit but not the rest was still crap.

Awful. Simply awful. Extremely bad vocals, especially on the Madonna part… But still, quite suprising to see him hit some low notes. And many low notes he did hit (metaphorically speaking)! At least he wasn’t wearing some god-ugly outfit.

Vocals: 0/5

Performance: 0/5

Overall: 0/10

Janet

Poor Janet was definitely way out of her comfort zone this week… even more so than she was in “Rock Week”. But at least she didn’t look like some hippy child from the middle ages and looked quite nice with trendy clothes and wavy, layered hair. Kudos to her for taking the risk and doing something surprising and different, but unfortunately, it wasn’t that great!

Vocals: 2/5

Performance: 2/5

Overall: 4/10

Craig

Despite having the only real obvious club classic song to sing this week, Craig was still just as unexciting as usual. Hardly any movement from his one spot in the middle of the stage, he said he had fun but it certainly didn’t look like it.

Vocals: 3/5

Performance: 1/5

Overall: 4/10

The Risk

This was pretty good and Derry‘s rapping (let’s face it, he’s probably the weakest singer in the group) made a nice change to the things they have done before and made what would have been an average performance, better.

Vocals: 4/5

Performance: 3/5

Overall: 7/10

Marcus

Marcus is obviously not that comfortable with all those women dancing so close to him...

Although the song Marcus sang was technically more ballroom floor filler than club floor filler, he still did a very good job of it. His voice is still great and much better (less shouty) than previous weeks, but his dancing is still rather non-existent.

Vocals: 4/5

Performance: 4/5

Overall: 8/10

Kitty

Kitty showed Johnny how a Madonna song should be sung without murdering it. She toned down the performance compared to previous weeks but still did well, despite being a little pitchy in places.

Vocals: 3/5

Performance: 4/5

Overall: 7/10

Frankie

Just a load of shit.

Vocals: 0/5

Performance: 0/5

Overall: 0/10

Misha B

Maybe a change of style for Misha is what will help save her this time?

She still had the funky hair (although not as funky as previous weeks), but Misha toned down the Grace Jones-style outfits and went for something more classic this time. She really worked the stage and did a good rendition of “Proud Mary”, even with some of her strange sounds she randomly makes when singing… Would have been nice to see her get back into putting her own unique urban, rapping twist into it again though!

Vocals: 4/5

Performance: 4/5

Overall: 8/10

Little Mix

Last week, the girls did rather well. This week, it was not as good. Individual vocals were not great and their harmonies were off. They also looked ridiculous randomly dressed in tin foil. Maybe the tore apart Johnny‘s outfit from week 1 and shared it out?

Vocals: 2/5

Performance: 3/5

Overall: 5/10

Who should go: Frankie, Johnny, Janet and/or Craig.

Who will go: Same as my predictions.

I think I’m spotting a predictable pattern in “The X Factor”: the same contestants are always the ones who shine (Misha, Kitty and Marcus) and the same ones also are way below the mark (Frankie, Johnny and Sophie)… This week was “Halloween Week” and most acts did well to fit into the theme – some were creepy in a good way and others in a very bad way! At least overall it was a slight improvement from last week’s dire “Rock Week” I suppose.

More drama took place in the last week: The Risk lost a member and replaced him with the lead singer from Nu VibeRhythmix changed their name to the naff Little Mix and the fat, ugly one talked about her insecurities of being bullied and not being as pretty or slim as the other girls; Misha admitted she used to be a bully; Frankie spent yet more time partying and sexing than rehearsing; and Kelly Rowland was absent due to illness (not because of her anger over last week’s arguments with Tulisa and Louis though, despite those rumours…) but was replaced by the just as feisty Alexandra Burke instead! So, let’s get down to the ratings of how good (or bad) the remaining 10 finalists were:

The Risk

The new lineup of The Risk. Not much different and not better or worse.

Boring song choice and not much of a performance except for the backing dancers but they sounded alright at least. Not much of a difference (good or bad) between the old and new line-up though.

Vocals: 4/5

Performance: 3/5

Overall: 7/10

Johnny

Everyone seemed to love Johnny ‘s slow ballads and stripped down performances, but unfortunately the truth is, he is just as shit as usual. Tedious performance and below mediocre vocals.

Vocals: 1/5

Performance: 1/5

Overall: 2/10

Sophie

Boring song, boring vocals, boring performance, boring girl. Nice outfit though.

Vocals: 1/5

Performance: 1/5

Overall: 2/10

Marcus

Far better than his previous performances, Marcus was sharper in his moves and more on point vocally this week. I liked his take on a soulful classic which is more his thing that other songs he has been given to sing.

Vocals: 4/5

Performance: 4/5

Overall: 8/10

Misha

Again one of the best performances of the night… Not much more else to say, really!

Vocals: 5/5

Peformance: 5/5

Overall: 10/10

Janet

Looking creepy and a rather dead performance by Janet Devlin.

She looked creepy and she sounded boring.

Vocals: 1/5

Performance: 1/5

Overall: 2/10

Frankie

Oh, stop asking a stupid question you tit and JUST GO! Awful singing yet again which unfortunately wasn’t distracted by the average performance…

Vocals: 0/5

Performance: 2/5

Overall: 2/10

Kitty

Overall a great performance.

Vocals: 3/5

Performance: 5/5

Overall: 8/10

Rhythmix… Oh no, “Little Mix”?!

Rhythmix... I mean, "Little Mix".

A bit like Janet‘s performance, this was also a little bit creepy, but in a good way!

Vocals: 3/5

Performance: 4/5

Overall: 7/10

Craig

Craig trying to look cool! And failing.

Very much like a male Adele, but not as amazing and far more annoying. Also not a very Halloweeny performance or a particularly great performance either. And by the way, that song would still be classed as a ballad…

Vocals: 3/5

Performance: 2/5

Overall: 5/10

Who should go: Frankie, Johnny or Sophie

Who will go: Frankie, Sophie or Craig

We’re only in the third week of “The X Factor” live shows and we already being subjected to more sub-par performances than we can handle. This week was “Rock Week”, but it seems with none of the four judges having any background whatsoever in proper rock music, the majority of performances were not that rocky to be honest. The two judges who do however have a better understanding of music in general, Kelly and Gary, did overall seem to know what was more suited for the acts this week.

Unsurprisingly, Misha B and Kitty gave the best overall performances again, with Rhythmix and Marcus also doing quite well… And surprises came in the form of Janet moving around the stage and Frankie putting a bit more effort into his performance! Unfortunately, both were still not that amazing. But thankfully, despite a lack of good performances this week, the judges managed to heat things up with more banter and even some bickering to keep us all hooked. Harsh (but perhaps fair) comments, talks about rumours in the papers and house antics, wild accusations and voice-raising were very much prominent throughout the show.

Frankie Cocozza is proud of being a talentless lout.

So with eleven remaining acts, this is again, my run-down of who I believe did well and who didn’t and who I think should go and will go. Again, marks are given out of 5 for vocals and 5 for general performance to give an overall score out of 10:

Marcus

A step up from last week’s slightly dull performance, Marcus opened this week’s show and gave a pretty good rendition of a Lenny Kravitz classic. Although his belting voice is still a little too shouty and pitchy in places, he didn’t do too bad, but it did come across as more of a stage show performance than anything else.

Voice: 3/5

Performance: 4/5

Overall: 7/10

Janet

Wow, Janet actually moved around the stage a bit this time! However, it was still quite boring and she took a Guns & Roses song and simply slowed it down a bit. It was worrying to see how she would fair this week as rock music would most certainly normally be well out of her comfort zone, but making her do a rock ballad probably saved her from failing completely…

Voice: 2/5

Performance: 2/5

Overall: 4/10

Sami

Sami was quite good again vocally this week, but Cher is still not very rocky and this song and performance, is as many people thought“too karaoke”. This is obviously the fault of Louis who did not listen to her desire to sing another song, but again she should have put her foot down and stood up for herself if she really was that unhappy.

Voice: 4/5

Performance: 2/5

Overall: 6/10

Rhythmix

Despite not singing rock songs, but instead taking pop songs and giving them a slight rocky edge, the girls were actually not too bad overall. Still not feeling their style though.

Voices: 3/5

Performance: 4/5

Overall: 7/10

Craig

I just can’t, sorry! So dull

Voice: 3/5

Performance: 1/5

Overall: 4/10

Sophie trying to be a rock chick, depsite being too boring.

Sophie

*Yawn”… Let’s move on!

Voice: 2/5

Performance: 1/5

Overall: 3/10

Kitty

Although not quite as show-stopping as last week, Kitty still did pretty good this week. I’m not quite sure what was the point of having people dancing with fire in the background though…

Voice: 3/5

Performance: 4/5

Overall: 7/10

Frankie

Act like a rockstar, party like a rockstar and look like a rockstar – Frankie definitely has those qualities sorted out (the two former points not exactly being positive), but that’s as far as it goes with him. This performance was better than his first two, but again his vocals are just weak! Perhaps cutting back on drinking and quitting smoking would be a good idea first off, followed by dropping the cocky attitude.

Voice: 0/5

Performance: 3/5

Overall: 3/10

Johnny

There’s no denying that Johnny can put on an interesting stage show (he did used to be a drag queen afterall…), but as far as being a good singer? He still fails terribly! This song may have had people thinking it was a perfect choice and suits his voice, but it was shouty, screechy and not nice to listen too… Last week, his performance was a good distraction from his bad vocals, but this week it was unavoidable! He said he doens’t think he’ll win this show (let’s hope he doesn’t…) but is on it to find a job. What was wrong with being a drag queen? I’m sure he far better at doing that!

Voice: 0/5

Performance: 3/5

Overall: 3/10

The Risk

While Gnarls Barkley is obviously not “rock”, The Risk were given this song by the clueless chav Tulisa to turn into a rock-ish song and despite being given a stupid song choice, they did a decent job of it. More interesting than last time but still not as good as their first live performance.

Voices: 3/5

Performance: 3/5

Overall: 6/10

Misha

Everyone seems to be comparing Misha‘s performance of “Purple Rain” to ex-contestant Ruth Lorenzo who was on a previous series. But since I never saw that I’m not going to compare it and will instead just say that Misha did another great job at giving a practically flawless performance, despite being dressed like a hooker.

Voice: 4/5

Performance: 4/5

Overall: 8/10

Misha B is accused of being bully and a diva by Tulisa and Louis, which caused a lot of controversy.

Who should go: Frankie, Johnny, Sami or Sophie.

Who will go: The same as above! But hopefully allegations of “bullying” will not harm Misha‘s chances…

Oh dear, what another disappointing week again… Very few performances could even be classed as “ok”, let alone “amazing” or even “good”! Last week we lost Jonjo and James (when it should have been the annoying and talentless Johnny and Frankie, but of course their popularity was too great to throw them out in the cold), 2 Shoes (thankfully) and poor Amelia (in fairness though, Kelly did have the toughest choice to make, but it should have been Sophie). So the 12 remaining acts were up for public vote this time, meaning again, the most popular (yet probably least talented) ones may be the most likely to leave.

Misha B comes out on top again this week.

This week, it seems Misha B once again came out on top in terms of performance, followed Kitty, while vocally The Risk and Sami were quite good… Unfortunately, once again Frankie and Johnny failed to impress me in the slightest and more wrong song choices for Craig and Marcus did not help these two either. Here’s a run-down of who I thought was good and who just plain sucked! This time though I’ve given them each a mark out of 5 for the voices and their performance itself then an overall score out of 10:

Nu Vibe

Not much improvement from last week and not much different in terms of song choice and the performance… still little and lame dancing and none of the spark they have showed beforehand. They could have been as popular as One Direction, but seems like they aren’t just yet!

Voices: 2/5

Performance: 2/5

Overall: 4/10

 

Sami

Sami is probably the one vocalist in the competition who could pull off these kind of big songs, but even Whitney Houston‘s “I Will Always Love You” is too big for her… Again, still rather cabaret like last week and not that exciting. Fortunately she didn’t murder this song but she didn’t quite kill it either!

Voice: 3/5

Performance: 2/5

Overall: 5/10

 

Craig

This guy’s facial expressions still annoy me, especially when he looks into the camera at the end of his performance… You’re not a model, stop trying to pull off those kind of poses! Unfortunately, despite having a nice voice, Craig still seems very much like a boring, one-trick pony. This song was not the best choice for him and this performance was again, not particularly interesting.

Voice: 3/5

Performance: 2/5

Overall: 5/10

 

Janet

From one one-trick pony to another, Janet bored right through my skull on this song. Seems like a lovely girl and has got a unique voice, but my god, she is dull.

Voice: 2/5

Performance: 1/5

Overall: 3/10

 

Frankie

"Mr Popular who can't sing": Frankie.

Ugh. Just ugh! Frankie changed his song at the last minute because he was having trouble “remembering the words”. This boy doesn’t need to worry so much about learning the lyrics, but learn the tune of the song and how to actually sing it. Awful vocals and boring performance… Again.

Voice: 0/5

Performance: 1/5

Overall: 1/10

 

Johnny

The only thing I liked about Johnny‘s performance were his dancers. His voice is thinner, higher and screechier than Kylie‘s and his way of carrying himself across the stage is just embarrassing and cringeworthy… Please, what other top diva songs will he be made ruin in the future? No more hopefully, if he goes!

Voice:  0/5

Performance: 3/5

Overall: 3/10

 

Marcus

Marcus has a great, solid voice but needs to learn to control it more, especially the volume. He belted out this Rihanna song a bit too much that it seemed shouty in places and while it gave him a chance to do something more serious, there was little emotion when he delivered. Not that he delivered well.

Voice:  3/5

Performance: 2/5

Overall: 5/10

 

Rhythmix

Bar the hideous outfits they have to wear, Rhythmix are pretty good. They put an interesting twist on this song and didn’t do a bad job of it, depsite it perhaps not being a great song choice for them.

Voices: 3/5

Performance: 3/5

Overall: 6/10

 

Misha

Misha B seems to be the only contestant who has, since her first audition, kept her performances consistently good. This week she was less jaw-dropping than last week, but still great. Her style choices are always rather bizarre but she definitely channelled the 80’s look well, at least. Would have been nice if she had thrown a few more moves in there and added her own unique twist to the song though.

Voice: 4/5

Performance: 4/5

Overall: 8/10

 

The Risk

The Risk‘s harmonies definitely put the other groups’ to shame. They seem to have gelled together very well and are undoubtedly a great new boyband. This song however was a little boring and their performance wasn’t that exciting, but vocally they were very good.

Voices: 4/5

Performance: 2/5

Overall: 6/10

 

Sophie

Sophie got through last week by the skin of her teeth, despite her pitchiness and dullness. This week was just as bad, with shaky vocals all over the place and yawn-inducing performance. She needs to up her game a bit more as I’m sure she could definitely do other, more fun songs to prove her versatility, unlike Janet.

Voice: 2/5

Performance: 1/5

Overall: 3/5

 

Kitty - love her or hate her, she puts on an interesting show, at least.

Kitty

Saving the most controversial until last, Kitty needed to shut down the show with a good performance after her comparably safe one from last week. And she did. It’s never usually a good idea to sing a Bjork song but she was brave to try and pull it off and dare I say, it wasn’t a bad attempt. Luckily, her “Alice in Wonderland”-inspired theme on stage helped make it all the more interesting, but with her popularity not as high as the rest of the contestants, is still might not have been quite enough to save her.

Voice: 3/5

Performance: 4/5

Overall: 7/10

Woah, long time no write! Hiiiii… It’s good to be back finally… First post in ages is going to be about the UK’s most talked about TV show right nowThe X Factor! I’ve been watching this year’s series quite a bit more than I have previously and so decided now that since I have a blog, which I didn’t last year, I’d write what I think about it… You can also see some of my openly (and brutally) honest thoughts about it on my Twitter (www.twitter.com/tantheman88) too!

If I’m honest, I was overall, quite disappointed not only with some of the contestants that got through (e.g. Frankie, 2 Shoes, Johnny) but also quite disappointed with their performances… Given that this was the first live show and nerves mixed with excitement and coping with their new-found fame (or infamy) can sometimes get the better of them, but I just wasn’t blown away by as many as I had hoped… In fact, only a small handful of them really, as Kelly said repeatedly, “put it down”! So here I’ve given each of the 16 finalists ratings for their voices, looks, performance in general and likeability – all based on their actual performance rather than as a whole since they first started. Only likeability is based on how much I actually like them, not how I think the general public see them! Then I’ve given the a total out of 20 (and yes, most of them barely get over a 10, but there’s no point lying about how bad or boring they were…) and at the end will give my verdict on who I think should leave (and then who will probably leave, based on the judges’ opinions and the public’s view of them)! So here they are:

Amelia

This 16-year-old (who wears far too much make-up) has got a great voice and the potential to be even better, but the song wasn’t the best choice for her, although it wasn’t bad overall. For an opening performance it was quite good, however… Though the pink hair look doesn’t look nice. Think I prefer her Christina Aguilera copycat look to this, to be honest!

Voice: 3/5

Look: 1/5

Performance: 3/5

Likeability: 4/5

Overall: 11/20

Johnny

There is always at least one joke act that is put through to the live shows, and they always seem to come from Louis (Jedward, anyone)? And this year is no different… Johnny might seem like a lovely guy, but that’s where the good things about him stop. Thin, nasally voice, awful off-key singing, terrible song choice (a low-range woman’s song for a man with a higher pitch that a strangled cat?), ugly outfit and just a cringeworthy performance overall!

Voice: 0/5

Look: 0/5

Performance: 1/5

Likeability: 2/5

Overall: 3/20

Rhythmix

A girl band (a manufactured one, as usual) that actually isn’t half bad? It can’t be… Well, they’re not that amazing but they are quite good – all alright singers and can rap too! Harmonies still need work though, as does their look (especially the fat faced one that wore ridiculous black and white print pant things)… Not a mind-blowing performance of a Nicki Minaj song but better than previous girl groups’ attempts at live shows!

Voices: 3/5

Look: 2/5

Performance: 3/5

Likeability: 3/5

Overall: 11/20

Frankie

The only good thing about the cocky Frankie is his overall look – he looks like a star… but not exactly a unique one – the indie/rocker look is getting a bit tiresome now! Apart from that and his stage presence, he’s pretty rubbish… This performance was rather boring, and his so-called “singing” is bad to say the least… “speaking” notes is NOT singing, especially if you’re out of tune with a thin and breathy voice, have awful techniques and no sense of phrasing! One of the technically worse singers in the competition.

Voice: 0/5

Look: 3/5

Performance: 2/5

Likeability: 3/5

Overall: 8/20

Sophie

Now, Sophie is actually not a bad singer, but this song was was boring, as was her overall dreary performance. There wasn’t much more to say on this, to be perfectly honest.

Voice: 3/5

Look: 3/5

Performance: 1/5

Likeability: 3/5

Overall: 10/20

Jonjo

I like Jonjo, but when you have Louis as your mentor, you’ve got to worry… He could have done so much more with this song and moved about a bit more to make it a more exciting performance, or done a different song. Unfortunately, I think Louis is purposefully not doing much to help him, in his own bid to keep Johnny (who he blates fancies), Kitty (just for the show) and Sami (only because she has the voice), when Jonjo could have been much better! Shame, really.

Voice: 3/5

Look: 3/5

Performance: 2/5

Likeability: 4/5

Overall: 12/20

2 Shoes

When I saw these 2 Fat Hoes come out with their tacky, pink Sheila’s Wheels cars and the “Car Wash” sign flashing above, I thought they were going to butcher the classic Rose Royce song of the same name… Luckily they didn’t, but they didn’t exactly pull off this cheesy Girls Aloud song either. Flat harmonies, weak voices, cheap looks and just far too karaoke-like! Yes they’re fun, but they’re also crap, so doesn’t quite work out really! I suppose good groups are hard to come by, but I can’t believe this is only non-manufactured group that made it this far. Tulisa obviously wanted some chavs that she could relate to!

Voices: 0/5

Look: 0/5

Performance: 2/5

Likeability: 2/5

Overall: 4/20

James

I really James – down-to-earth way of performing and personality, unique voice (even if it’s not always on point) and probably the one of the very few contestants whose orignal style was not tampered with… Unfortunately, as with Jonjo, I think Gary is purposefully neglecting him in favour of his other three contestants who he unsurprisingly put through – remember, he said he was “taking a chance” with James! He did this song well, but it wasn’t that exciting, nor did it allow him to show off his voice a bit more.

Voice: 3/5

Look: 5/5

Performance: 2/5

Likeability: 4/5

Overall: 14/20

Misha

Undoubtedly the best performance of the night, it wasn’t really even a question as to whether Misha B was going to bring the house down… It was a little worrying just in case she did follow suit from the other with a comparably weaker performance, but she definitely owned this song and the show! I love the edgy, urban attitude she has in her rich, soulful voice and her while I am not usually one for outrageous fashion senses, I give props to her for what she wore… I bet Lady Gaga will wear something suspiciously similar soon!

Voice: 4/5

Look: 4/5

Performance: 5/5

Likeability: 5/5

Overall: 18/20

Nu Vibe

Two boybands in the competition and Nu Vibe were, sad to say, the weakest of the two… They have previously been better when performing together but this wasn’t great. Dancing was lame and practically non-existent, harmonies weren’t perfect and nor was the song good enough for them to show off their voices.

Voices: 2/5

Look: 4/5

Performance: 2/5

Likeability: 4/5

Overall: 12/20

Marcus

Marcus does have a great voice – rich, usually good techniques and a nice tone, but this song was a bad choice! Too high for his range, meaning he was out of key in places and the performance itself was cheesy, the dancing was poor (and backing dancers looked weird) and it looked like this performance would fit well on cruise ship cabaret show. He can do a lot better

Voice: 3/5

Look: 4/5

Performance: 2/5

Likeability: 4/5

Overall: 13/20

Sami

I won’t go into the fix that is the fact that Sami is back on the show… Cameraman there when she answers the phone to Louis and sounds totally shocked? I don’t buy it! She does have, however, a good voice and seems like a nice lady but there’s not much else to her… All in all was quite good, if you like big-voiced caberet divas! Nothing that special, though.

Voice: 4/5

Look: 2/5

Performance: 3/5

Likeability: 3/5

Overall: 12/20

The Risk

Probably the second best performance of the night, The Risk were pretty good… Looked alright, sounded decent and moved well. Was expecting a bit of a more an exciting and diverse performance that they have pulled off before but this did quite nicely!

Voices: 4/5

Look: 4/5

Performance: 4/5

Likeability: 4/5

Overall: 16/20

Craig

Craig has a nice voice (his falsetto sounds forced though), but his whole look just isn’t quite right, in my opinion. I want to see if he will pull off any other songs except emotional ballads, but I’m not holding out much hope… They say he’s a joker, but in his performances he comes across as a boring, depressive drama act. His facial expressions are a bit annoying but there’s something interesting about him when he “tells” the story behind a song, in a strange way!

Voice: 4/5

Look: 2/5

Performance: 2/5

Likeability: 3/5

Overall: 11/20

Kitty

Ah, the Marmite contestant out of everyone… Kitty is a controversial performer who obviously likes to see herself as a British Madonna/Lady Gaga, and comes off looking more like tribute act to them. This performance however, was boring, her vocals weren’t that great and her outfit just screamed“drag queen look”!

Voice: 3/5

Look: 0/5

Performance: 2/5

Likeability: 1/5

Overall: 6/20

Janet

Like Craig, Janet seems to be a bit like a one-trick pony… Can or will she do anything other than stand there with a microphone and sing emotional ballads and be boring? I doubt it. This was not a particularly memorable or amazing performance but at least it’s better than her awful attempt at singing “Beautiful”!

Voice: 3/5

Look: 3/5

Performance: 1/5

Likeability: 3/5

Overall: 10/20

Who should go?

Boys: Frankie or Craig

Girls: Sophie or Janet

Groups: 2 Shoes

Overs: Johnny

But who will most probably go?

Boys: James

Girls: Sophie

Groups: Nu Vibe or Rhythmix

Overs: Jonjo

Also, notes on the judges:

Gary: Stop trying to be Simon Cowell. At least some of his comments right on a few of the acts though, except his own…

Kelly: Great woman, but too nice. I want her to use her knowledge of singing to blast some of those talentless contestants!

Tulisa: Thinks she’s something special, but isn’t really… and not as feisty and she makes herself seem!

Louis: Just a total douchebag, really.

After the first “X-Men trilogy” ended on an action-packed high note (not many others I know liked the last one, but I thought it was pretty good fun at least!) and was followed by the hit and miss “X-Men Origins” film that told the story of Wolverine, we all wondered what could be done next to extend this comic book-to-screen franchise – and this is the end of result… “X-Men: First Class”. We finally get to see how Professor X came to live his life in a wheelchair (even though the first scene in “X3” shows him twenty years previously walking perfectly fine), how he and Magneto went from friends to frenemies and where Magneto got that strange helmet from. And well, those are the main points of the story I guess! This is all woven into one big plot which revolves around an impending war (isn’t how all of these films are?) which I have no idea how or why it came about because I wasn’t paying so much attention to that, and seemed inferior to the main ideas of the story anyway…

I won’t bore you by the whole plot this time – you’ve either seen it already so will know, or I won’t spoil it for you. But I as said already, the plot is all quite secondary really anyway… Yet by the end of the film we are left trying to recall whether Wolverine was supposed to have stopped ageing at some point, which is why Hugh Jackman made a cameo appearance looking the exact same age we’ve known him to be at since the very first film. Also, upon a quick 2 second glimpse of the original series’ actress that played Raven/Mystique, we are then left puzzled as to whether her character underwent plastic surgery… Rebecca Romjin is clearly far more beautiful than the girl who played her in this film, and fast forward to the original series where she only looks about 10 or so years older, Erik and Charles were practically OAPs – oh yes I forgot, she can change her appearance anyway!

One more slip is Erik/Magneto‘s accent – he speaks in an almost unidentifiable accent which sometimes sounds American, sometimes like a southern English and more towards the end, Michael Fassbender‘s true Irish accent comes through, while Ian McKellen however, spoke in his unmistakably posh, “RP” English accent. Talking of accents – at least we get to hear Scottish laddy James McAvoy speak in that “posh, know-it-all boy” accent he did in Shameless (if you liked him speaking like that), but unfortunately Nicholas Hoult‘s poor attempt at an American accent was not as convincing. And just where did that romance between Xavier and the CIA agent come from? Nowhere! Who foresaw that coming?

Small, questionable “mistakes” or plot holes such as these (and others) aside though, and you have a thoroughly enjoyable and high-octane action film reminiscent of a Bond movie (but a lot more fun with powerful mutants and without a cheesy script, tuxedos or high-tech gadgets and weapons) with the main cast members definitely holding their own – especially Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy (they really needed two well-seasoned actors to match the legends that are Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart, that’s for sure!). Most of the attention is given towards the great characterisation and the insight into each of their backgrounds so everyone has a better understanding of how it all began, and of course there are some great special effects too – although Magento‘s metal manipulating powers have never always looked that realistic and it’s understandably hard to make someone look like they’re made out of diamonds…

If a second instalment of “First Class” is made, I hope we get to see the introduction of Storm, Jean Grey (she was blates the best mutant in “X3”!) and other characters that were prominent in the original series…

Rating: 4/5 – What this film has in the way of plot holes and a few other downsides, it makes up for in well-casted lead roles, interesting and intriguing characters, plenty of “I wish mutants were real and I was one” moments and exciting action to set the standard for this year’s upcoming string of summer blockbusters… Oh and kudos to me for being able to understand nearly all the German spoken throughout the film without having to sneak peeks down at the subtitles – woop!