For the first time on “The X Factor” all season, we got the opportunity to hear two performances from each of the remaining contestants. Ultimately, this was an uneven mix — there was a major dud early on, but some strong numbers later in the show.
5. Janet Devlin – This was such a disaster that we were begging for Craig Colton to miraculous appear and save the day via some “Heaven”-esque dance moves. We’ve always liked Janet as a person probably more than most of the other contestants, but this performance was the second time she has forgotten the words to a song — and that’s not really acceptable at this point.
4. Amelia Lily – Not to sound too much like Gary Barlow, but Amelia does scream her notes a lot. We’re not sure what exactly is going on here, but we actually think that she was a bit out of tune at times (though, according to Gary Barlow, she was more in tune than the original recording — which we are admittedly not that familiar with).
3. Little Mix – Okay, “The X Factor” needs to stop pretending that no one watches the American and British versions of the show — the fact that Rachel Crow already performed this mash-up made it less exciting. It wasn’t their best performance, but at least the group excels at having fun.
2. Marcus Collins – We’ve loved Marcus more every week, and this was yet another reason why. At the start of the performance, we actually thought this wasn’t going anywhere — but then, he ended up hitting the high notes. It’s yet another sign that this guy could make the finale.
1. Misha B – It was this Misha B that made us love her early this season, and like Gary Barlow we are happy to see her back to rapping and being creative with the music. This was easily her strongest performance in weeks, and it gave “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” a whole new feel.
5. Janet Devlin – Far and away, her take on “Under the Bridge” was better than her first “Mmmbop” number. With that being said here, she really doesn’t work the stage as much as the others, and the performance really still felt a tad uncomfortable (especially with the horrendous stage design featuring a floating image of her face).
4. Misha B – Compared to her first performance, this “Killing Me Softly” did not have the same sort of vocal strength. It was still solid, but the same sort of excitement was simply not there.
3. Marcus Collins – For the first time really since the live shows began, Marcus performed a ballad — and it was certainly emotional. There were some pitch issues at the beginning, but those were gone by the grand finale.
2. Amelia Lily – There were no pitch problems in Amelia’s second performance, and we really are just happy to see her taking a tough song in Kelly Clarkson’s “Since U Been Gone” and singing like a genuine pop star. She didn’t hit the same notes that Kelly did — but who really can?
1. Little Mix – Easily, this was the best performance of Little Mix’s entire run on the show. While the harmonies were not always perfect, this was the first time all season that we have really seen the girls all collectively appear vulnerable. This is how a group should be!
Who was your favorite this week?
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