I missed last week’s XFactor and at the time I didn’t really mind, as I have to admit, I didn’t think this year would be any good. As much as I liked Simon, Cheryl, Dannii & Louis, the show was starting to feel stale. Even though there were new judges this year, who I liked individually, I wasn’t sure they could bring anything new to the show and I was ready to not like what I saw. I am happy to say that I was WRONG and was actually blown away by what I saw!
XFactor, which is now in it’s 8th season, feels fresh. It feels like a new show and I really like what I see.
Who would have thought a few years back when producers got rid of Louis as a judge on the show that he would be the only one to survive in the long run?! Keeping him for this year was a good idea, as while the show is new, it is still good to have some familiarity about it. Louis looks like he is having a lot of fun and has gelled well with the other judges. The judges as a collective (Louis, Kelly Rowland, Tulisa & Gary Barlow), are entertaining, know what they are talking about, and fun. Kelly Rowland and Tulisa are so far my standouts. This has nothing to do with what they look like, it’s all about their talent and entertainment factor!
The talent this year, and we have to remember that this is what the show is meant to be about, it’s not all about the judges, is phenomenal! Last night’s show gave me goosebumps, smiles, and even made me shed a few tears.
This year’s lot seem to be not only very talented, but also very endearing. There’s no sense of pompousness/arrogance about them. They are humble about their talent and are very likeable. I am sure that last night’s show has some of the top 16 performers.
So, for yet another year, my Saturday nights are going to be all about the XFactor. Bring on next week’s show!
Here are my top 5 performances (in no particular order) from last night:
Johnny Robinson, 45, London – fab personality & beautiful,unique voice
Misha Bryan, 19, Liverpool – sassy & fabulous take on Aretha Franlin’s Respect
The Keys, Liverpool – great group with beautiful harmonies
Craig Colton, 22, Liverpool – great voice, humble, & amusing
Derry, 20, Croydon – beautiful voice, cute & super sweet reaction to and from Kelly Rowland