X-FACTOR Live: Week 1 (Revisited)

Following Saturday night's X Factor contest I took another look at the performances last night.
Skipping through the chat, the intros, the ads and the judges verdicts, brought the 2 hour long show down to three quarters of an hour.

Rachel Adedeji was in the bottom 2 for viewers votes, so why was that? Well, the presentation of her song, Robbie William's "Let Me Entertain You" tended to drown her out. To be heard she was left shouting into the microphone rather than singing into it. She is capable of much more professional output than that, so I would say that was a poor song choice for her, and she can surely get through a few more rounds with better songs to suit her.

The group that exited the programme actually weren't all that bad. They sang well. I think they suffered from the stigmatism of where they came from: pole dancing. Dressed to be provactive on stage cannot alone have been enough to turn people off. After all, who can deny that Madonna and Kylie Minouge have not exploited provocativeness in order to help sell themselves?

Rock star, Jamie Afro Archer, was given a poor song choice. I can see the connection. Marc Bolan had afro hair, Jamie has afro hair. Thought processes of Simon Cowell(?): "He can do the same thing." But that's as far as it goes. Marc was effeminate. Jamie never will be. Jamie looked uncomfortable singing Get It On, UNTIL he moved away from the mike stand, and raunched it out in his own rocker style. Yeah!

Stacey Solomon. I mentioned earlier she might get too irritating to vote for. She's giggly, very Essex, and for gawds sake dear, keep yer trap shut and just open it for the singing! She sang well. Where she falls down is confidence. Please let it grow in her, for she has such a wonderful singing voice. Let her not hide behind her hair. Let her fans see her, let us all hear her, and wow! she's still in my top 2.

Lucie Jones. On first hearing of this week's song I wasn't too sure. Then the judges knocked her a bit. But now I have seen her sing it again, I found maturity in her voice, confidence in her own ability, and yet still, an even more powerhouse of a voice still lurking there waiting for the right song to match that power. Lucie is still my number one.

Miss Frank. This was a brilliant performance, well executed, and in the scale of tonight's performances better than many other acts.

Olly - slow start this week, people chant for him, but he doesn't look like a winner to me.

The Bart Simpson twins - they can't sing, but they're in the competition, somehow! I don't think they'll make a career in being pop stars, but they could do well presenting tv shows. Even so, I'd be one of those who would not watch any show they presented.

Danyl, the teacher. I don't quite get this guy yet. His performance went to the next level. No doubt about that. But is he still trying to prove something to just his school, or is he seriously reaching out to the rest of the country?

Joe is the dark horse with a crisp voice. Best of the boys on tonight's performance. Endearing. Great act.

So who haven't I mentioned yet? Rikki, and Lloyd. Lloyd you lack maturity, your act is still too fragile to make you a true winner among all these others. Rikki, sorry mate, you are going down. Soon I predict.