Show 2

This is a not-so-live live blog, in that it was written over 8 sheets of paper on Saturday night, but not typed up until Sunday afternoon….

So, it’s show 2 and the theme is Musical Heroes (although as it will become apparent later on, this theme is questionable). First up is Storm.

Storm Lee

In the preamble it looks like it’s embarrassing childhood photos week, so we’ve got lots of “I’ve been singing since I was in the womb” to look forward to. Storm says his dream is for Simon Cowell to say that he’s one of the worlds greatest male singers….yeah, we’ll see how that goes.

So Storm is on stage, straddling a motorbike wearing what appears to be a Topshop sequinned blazer and singing Born To Run by his hero Bruce Springsteen.

Judges

Dannii loves the presentation of it all but says that vocally he’s not individual enough, Cheryl wants him to lose the craziness and just stand and sing, Simon says he’s like a singing fly (all over the place) and that he’s Louis’ vision of what a rock star should be like, although on the positive side he says vocally it was ok and he likes that he’s a trier. Louis says he put on a show, he was in tune and he was born to sing

Our Opinion

Kind of agree with Cheryl here in that we wish he would lose the theatrics and just come out and sing. We also think he might fall foul of the old ‘first on, first out’ curse.

Dirt Scores

Me – 4/10
Other Half – 4/10

TreyC

So TreyC’s been given a hard song this week and she’s feeling the pressure and needs it to be perfect. So far, so yawn.

She’s performing Purple Rain by Prince, last seen belted out on this show by Danyl, and previously by Ruth Lorenzo. She is wearing what looks like a leather quilted handbag, although she does look pretty hot.

Judges

Louis says she was even better than last week, it was a great song choice and she reminds him of Tina Turner. Dannii says it was a hard song to put your stamp on, but the audience loved it. Simon says she looks gorgeous (although admits he still doesn’t like the styling – alright jeans and a t-shirt man, since when were you the fashion expert?), sounded incredible and says that she could be the dark horse of the competition. Cheryl says that she is the least assuming person she’s ever met, and has so little confidence for someone so talented (I can’t help but think that she’s accidently reading the preprepared notes for Rebecca).

Our Opinion

Hmm it was a bit screechy, and no comparison to Ruth Lorenzo’s performance a few years ago, however she’s obviously got a good voice so I want to see her stick around for a while longer.

Dirt Score

Me – 6
Other Half – 6

Paije

Oh dear, Paije has been told he needs to exercise in order to improve his stamina so he can perform without running out of breathe. Yeah, I’m sure that’s EXACTLY how it was put…

He’s performing If I Ain’t Got You by Alicia Keys, and at the risk of causing an asthma attack Brian Friedman has sat him on the steps for the first half.

Judges

Louis says he’s one of his biggest fans, he sees improvement from last week and he’s a little soulful man with great likeability. Cheryl wasn’t convinced by the song choice but she was won over by the end. Simon says he’s like sunshine, and always puts people in a good mood, however he didn’t think having the dancers on stage worked with the overall performance. Dannii disagrees (obviously) and says that it was ‘hip and cool’ (2 words actual ‘hip and cool’ people would never use) and that he put his stamp on it (this is the third time Dannii has used a stamp reference this evening – get some new notes!).

Out Opinion

Like his performance last week it was a bit safe and – hate to say it, but – boring. We really like Paije though so hopefully he’s given a better song next week.

Dirt Scores

Me – 6
Other Half – 7

One Direction

Our first illness story of the week as little Harry was feeling a bit sick in rehearsals, aww bless….just give him some bloody Calpol and get on with it!

They’re performing My Life Would Suck Without You by their hero Kelly Clarkson….I’m sorry, what was that, Kelly ‘American Idol winner’ Clarkson….what possible reason could Simon ‘American Idol’ Cowell have for making the boys (most of whom probably weren’t even in high school when Kelly won the show) perform one of her songs? Baffling….

Judges

Louis says that every school girl will love them, but shares our disbelief that Kelly Clarkson is their hero. Dannii calls them 5 heart-throbs and says the true measure of any boy band is when they perform their big ballad so looks forward to seeing that. Cheryl practically creams her pants and harps on about how cute and adorable they are and how she just wants to hug them. And Simon whips out the most outlandish statement of the year and claims that they are the most exciting pop band in the country….oh COME ON!

Our Opinion

Don’t think the song worked for a boy band, although they at least made the sensible decision to give Liam most of the lead vocals. It sounded a bit mimed/auto-tuned in the chorus, and overall felt a bit high school talent show.

Dirt Scores

Me – 5
Other Half – 5

At this point our pizzas arrived so I’ve got limited notes for the next 4 performances….

Cher

She’s singing JayZ – when I relayed this fact to the other half his reaction was ‘NOOOOOOO – JayZ is the coolest man in he world, she’s going to kill him!’. It’s safe to say we had high hopes.

So here she is performing Hard Knock Life:

Well, that sucked about as bad as it possibly could. What really annoys me is the way the judges go on about how ‘now’ and how ‘urban and cool’ she is – the judges know F all about good urban/hip hop music – they seem to think that if you stick someone in the entire autumn/winter Adidas collection and have them rap a few lines then it makes them current…..piss off, she’s shit.

Dirt Scores

Me – 4
Other Half – 3

John

Next up is the lovely John, and funnily enough his delve into the past doesn’t mention when he won that MOBO award.

He’s performing A Song For You by his hero Donny Hathaway (we think).

That was a really good performance from John although unfortunately he sort of suffers from the same issue as Paije in that he’s a bit dull. Hopefully Louis and Brian will start giving him a bit better performance set pieces though, it would be good to see him so something a bit more modern too.

Dirt Scores

Me – 8
Other Half – 8

Diva Fever

They’re doing the original version of that Duck Register song (hello fellow Radio1 breakfast show listeners)….you know, the one that goes ‘do do do do do do do do do do do….BARBRA STREISAND’. The original is by Boney M, ah another well known musical hero.

The one saving grace for these two is that there were no cycling shorts this week, oh and also the fact that they got a Louis Walsh gag in there. Apart from that, our ears were bleeding.

Also, it was a bit unfair for Simon to quip that this song might well be number 1 this weekend considering that the song is up against X Factor winner Joe McElderry with the brilliant Ambitions. Poor show Simon!

Dirt Scores

Me – 2
Other Half – 1

Rebecca

I’m undecided on whether or not Rebecca looked HOT, or like a Ribena grape…. Anyway, she sang Feeling Good by Nina Simone.

We love Rebecca, and can’t wait to see how her confidence improves over the weeks as we’re sure there’s even more to come from her.

Dirt Scores

Me – 9
Other Half – 8

Right, dinner is finished so it’s back to proper note taking again.

Aiden

In his rehearsal clips it looks like Aiden is struggling a bit this week – their vocal coach Savan said some stuff but we were so distracted by his changing hairstyles that we forgot to write down anything other than ‘there’s a branch of Claire’s Accessories who are missing a shipment of cheap hair pieces’.

He’s performing Jealous Guy by his (legitimate) hero John Lennon.

Judges

Louis says it was the perfect pop song and that he thinks he could be the next credible UK male popstar. Cheryl says it was a bit of a shaky performance, but he has potential. Simon agrees with Cheryl and says that the nerves got the better of him and it went out of control. Dannii says it was a good performance but she can tell by the look on his face that he didn’t enjoy it.

Our Opinion

It wasn’t as good as last week, but he is an undeniably talented guy and even though it was shaky in parts it was still a good performance (and a million times better than some others we’ve heard tonight *cough* Diva Fever *cough* Cher). Also, when he said to Dermot that he though “it was a bit rubbish” we wanted to run up and give him a hug 😦

Dirt Scores

Me – 8
Other Half – 7

Wagner

The rehearsal footage shows Wagner struggling to get the timing right, which could prove to be HILARIOUS. He’s performing Help Yourself by Tom Jones (again, another perfectly reasonable ‘musical hero’).

What is it with the tit rubbing at the end of each performance?! Seriously! Also, move over Marvin JLS, there’s a new king of the deep V in town…

Judges

Dannii couldn’t understand a lot of what he was saying (Wagner hilariously replied with “I’m sorry, I have an accent”). Cheryl thought the production was fantastic and felt that she was being taken back to the 60s. Simon asked if he was getting it on with Mary (please no), to which Wagner replied that she was a “great friend” (oh god, that means they’re doing it doesn’t it?). Louis, who is still continuing to call him W-agner instead of V-agner, says that he’s like a breath of fresh air and that the ladies love him.

Our Opinion

Well, it was suitably bonkers, but also weirdly brilliant. Although if he was to stay at the expense of a good singer then I’d be peeved.

Dirt Scores

Me – 5
Other Half – 7

Katie

Katie’s talking about how being in the bottom 2 last week “set her free”, as it meant she could sing the song she wanted. Which basically is a nicer way of saying ‘fuck you Cheryl I’m not playing by your rules any more’. So we’re expecting a performance more like her save me song this week, stripped back, no headgear, no dancers, just singing.

She’s performing I Would Rather Go Blind by Etta James.

Judges

Louis says she’s a hard worker and that the press are giving her a hard time. Dannii says she likes her when it’s stripped back like that, and that she needs to show who she really is. Simon says there’s a rawness and an authenticity about her that makes her interesting. And Cheryl hammers home the fact that she’s a ‘great girl’, by simply repeating the phrase about 10 times.

Our Opinion

Not really a big fan of Katie but fair dos that was a pretty good vocal. I still don’t find her performance believable though, even when it is stripped back, it just all feels a bit false and try hard. Must do better Katie.

Dirt Scores

Me – 7
Other Half – 5

Belle Amie

Ooh first bit of in-band cat fighting going on in the rehearsal preamble, with blonde girl not happy that big-hair girl is getting more lines than her. Considering that Simon wants to endear these girls to the public (and more importantly, to other girls), showing them bitching in rehearsals is hardly going to help their case.

They’re performing You Really Got Me Going by The Kinks, looking very sixties in cute outfits and retro eye-makeup – very Twiggy.

Judges

Louis says they were so much better than last week and that they remind him of a young Girls Aloud. Dannii doesn’t like the styling but loved the song arrangement and the dancing. Cheryl loves the look and says it’s nice to see them having fun. She also comments on the lyrics squabble, saying that that’s what it likes being in a girl band and that you need to work together for the group (pfft we would put money on her and Nadine having similar arguments in the early days). Simon says they are fun and entertaining and that there aren’t many girl groups in the UK at the moment who are better than that.

Our Opinion

Don’t think it was a good song choice (Simon in general has made some questionable picks this week) as it didn’t suit them as a group. Also, while the styling was cute it again didn’t seem to fit them as a group – they need to be made more current, as at the moment I can’t see them as a credible girl band selling records etc,

Dirt Scores

Me – 6
Other Half – 7

Mary

Myra McQueen is talking about how she’s never had the confidence to do anything like this before….oh REALLY….so you’ve never done anything like this before? You’ve never been on a TV talent show like the X Factor before? You’ve never WON a TV talent show? You’ve never released a single? What a load of bollocks!

She’s performing You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me by Dusty Springfield.

Judges

After the crowd calm the fuck down, Dannii says that the performance was ‘priceless’ and ‘so beautiful’. Cheryl says it gave her chills and goosebumps, that she respects her as a woman and as an artist and that she truly believes in her performance. Simon says she’s getting it 100% right, that it’s believable, emotional and fantastic. Louis says she’s the heart and soul of the X Factor.

Our Opinion

Yes she’s very good, and yes she’s a nice lady but I’m getting progressively more and more pissed off by the fact that they keep going on about how she works at Tescos etc, making it seem like this is the first time she’s performed on a stage like this etc – yet she’s already been on a similar TV talent show and WON IT in Ireland. Obviously this will be something the judges are all aware of so you won’t hear many comments from them that imply ‘this is her chance’ etc, but it’s clear that this is what the general public thinks, especially those in the audience judging by their reaction every time she sings – it just seems a bit deceptive.

Dirt Scores

Me – 8
Other Half – 7

Matt

Well it’s been another bloody long night but we’re finally at the last act. It’s Matt who will be performing Just The Way You Are by his all-time hero (for the last month) Bruno Mars – and he’s hat free!

Judges

Louis thinks he stole the show. Cheryl says that it’s the song all girls want their boyfriends to buy for them (really?). Simon says it was an excellent production and a genius version of the song. Dannii thought it was ah-mazing and that he nailed it.

Our Opinion

Great way to end the show, love the tone in Matt’s voice and so far he’s made great song choices, although again we’d question whether this counts as a ‘musical hero’.

Dirt Scores

Me – 9
Other Half – 8

So that’s it for another week, based on our scores here’s our ranked contestants:

Rebecca & Matt – 17
John – 16
Aiden & Mary – 15
Paije & Belle Amie – 13
TreyC, Wagner & Katie – 12
One Direction – 10
Storm – 8
Cher – 7
Diva Fever – 3

It’s another double elimination on Sunday night, and we’re hoping it’s bye bye Diva Fever and Storm, although we predict Belle Amie might also be in trouble. Let us know you’re thoughts on tonights performances and who you think deserves to go below.

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