Marcus Collins continues his winning streak on “X Factor” U.K.
Not only has he consistently gotten high praise from the show’s judges for the past several weeks, but he has also never ended up in the bottom two of getting votes from the public. It’s very likely that Collins will be one of the final three “X Factor” contestants of 2011.
In the show’s episode that ITV televised on November 19, 2011, the show’s judges (Gary Barlow, Kelly Rowland, Louis Walsh and Tulisa Contostavlos) once again said that Collins was one of the best performers of the night. With “movie week” as the theme, the finalists had to perform songs that have been in movies.
Here is how they ranked:
Best Reviews From the Judges
Marcus Collins, who did Jackie Wilson’s “Higher and Higher” (from “Ghostbusters II”), got plenty of great feedback from the judges. Rowland gushed to Collins, “I feel like right now I am levitating from the energy you radiated so beautifully tonight.”
(Click here to watch Marcus Collins’ perfomance.)
Little Mix, which performed En Vogue’s “Don’t Let Go” (from “Set It Off”), was also highly praised. Barlow raved: “That was your best performance to date. Brilliant!”
(Click here to watch Little Mix’s performance.)
Misha Bryan, who sang Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing” (from “The Bodyguard”) once again got unanimous praise from the judges. Contostavlos said, “That was a beautiful performance. It really was amazing.”
(Click here to watch Misha Bryan’s performance.)
Janet Devlin, who performed Sixpence None the Richer’s “Kiss Me” (from “She’s All That”), also got praised by all of the judges. Barlow, who was the toughest judge on Devlin over the past few weeks, said to Devlin: “I think over the last three weeks your performances have been below average. However, tonight was a great improvement.”
(Click here to watch Janet Devlin’s performance.)
Mixed Reviews From the Judges
Craig Colton, who sang Gladys Knight’s “Licence to Kill” (from the James Bond movie of the same title), divided the judging panel. Walsh and Contostavlos did not really like the performance, but Barlow and Rowland did. Walsh questioned the song choice, and Contostavlos thought Colton’s performance was “predictable.”
(Click here to watch Craig Colton’s performance.)
Amelia Lily, who performed Aretha Franklin’s “Think,” was praised overall but got some contructive criticism. Barlow said, “I thought the whole track was a semi-tone too high for you tonight, I thought that your rushed in places but in general I thought it was a great performance.”
(Click here to watch Amelia Lily’s performance.)
The next “X Factor” U.K. elimination takes place on November 20, 2011, when Rihanna and Rebecca Ferguson will be guest performers on the show.
During the November 19 episode, there was footage shown of Bryan and Rowland (who is Bryna’s mentor on “The X Factor” U.K.) tearfully bonding over something they have in common: They are both estranged from one of their biological parents.
As previously reported, Bryan’s mother, Florence (a recovering drug addict who has not had contact with Bryan since Bryan was a baby), went to a tabloid to beg her daughter for a reunion. Meanwhile, Rowland’s estranged father, Charles Lovett, did the same thing. But unlike Bryan, Rowland plans to reunite with her estranged parent, whom she has not seen in about 23 years.
On “The X Factor” U.K., Bryan said: “It’s been a roller-coaster of a week. I found out that my birth mum, who left me when I was a baby, wrote a letter to the press saying that she wanted to get back in touch.”
The Sunday Mirror quotes an unnamed source: “Misha is enraged about this. She says her mother is evil to behave in this way. Evil is the word she used. Her mother was never, ever there for her and now she’s trying to worm her way back in. Misha won’t let her though, absolutely not.”