The X Factor Week 3 Performances

Posted by Angela on October 24th, 2010

It’s Guilty Pleasures night on The X Factor!

Source: ITV

My Overall Rankings for the Week:
1. Matt
2. Rebecca
3. Aiden
4. One Direction
5. Mary
6. Paije
7. John
8. Belle Amie
9. Treyc
10. Cher
11. Katie
12. Wagner
My pick to leave: Katie

Paije Richardson – “Ain’t Nobody” by Chaka Khan

Paije delivers as usual, but I just don’t think he has “the x factor” that the judges are always talking about. It’s a good song for him, but the performance falls a little short for me.

John Adeleye – “Zoom” by Fat Larry’s Band

Beautiful voice, but I also don’t see “the x factor” in Louis’s contestant John Adeleye. I love to listen to him, but he’s so dull that I find myself focusing more on the back-up dancers than on him. Dannii calls said dancers “distracting” and I completely agree.

Rebecca Ferguson – “Why Don’t You Do Right” by Peggy Lee

Rebecca is easily one of my favorites of the season, a natural beauty and talent in my opinion. Cheryl’s picked the perfect song for her, though I’m not sure that I’d consider it a guilty pleasure song. Her performances are always understated and classy, but for me, her voice is what makes them worth watching. I love her humility and fashion sense as well.

Cher Lloyd – “No Diggity/Shout” by Blackstreet, Tears for Fears

I don’t understand the appeal of Cher Lloyd one bit. Yes, she’s unique, but it just seems like she’s trying way too hard and can’t actually sing. Her look is not cute at all either. The 17-year-old is wearing about five pounds of makeup for this performance and it looks like she’s going for a lion’s mane look with that hair. Definitely not a fan of hers.

Matt Cardle – “Baby One More Time” by Britney Spears

Matt’s performance is one of the highlights of the night for me, and he seems to be one of the few that has a song that truly fits the theme of the night. His voice is great and surprisingly, it fits the song perfectly.

One Direction – “Nobody Knows” by Pink

The band itself completely embodies the guilty pleasure theme for me. They’re total cuties and I so want One Direction to bring back pop music boy band-style. I’m not convinced that the song really qualifies as a guilty pleasure song, but they’re much improved from last week’s performance of “My Life Would Suck Without You.” Their harmonizing has improved and I’m definitely still rooting for them.

Treyc Cohen – “Whole Lotta Love” by Led Zeppelin

I love Treyc’s voice. I completely disagree with her mentor, Cheryl, who says she needs to come out and really bring the performance aspect tonight. Personally, I see Treyc being a Mary J. Blige type, and letting her big voice do the performing for her. The wings, pyrotechnics, and fifty backup dancers are just too much for her, and she almost gets lost in the mix. The song choice is odd for me too, but she sings it well.

Mary Byrne – “I Who Have Nothing” by Shirley Bassey

Mary was on schedule to sing Marvin Gaye’s “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” but was worried that she wouldn’t be able to hit the high notes. She ends up singing her initial audition song again, “I Who Have Nothing.” I like it a lot, but I agree with Simon when he says that she needs to switch it up. I certainly don’t want to see anything like what Treyc just tried to pull off from her, but even some unexpected song choices would be interesting.

Aiden Grimshaw – “Diamonds are Forever” by Shirley Bassey

It was shaky for Aiden last week, but in his pre-performance video, he says he’s ready to bring it back this week with a strong performance. I love his look and the drama of his performances. He reminds me of a toned-down version of Adam Lambert, though it could just be because he started off the live shows with “Mad World.” The song choice is unique, but it works for him.

Belle Amie – “I’ll Stand By You” by The Pretenders

As Belle Amie is coming on stage, I realize that both of Simon’s two groups left were put together at the end of boot camp. Interesting. Anyway, the pre-performance clip reveals that they didn’t agree with Simon’s song choice and ended up picking something for themselves to show off their vocals. Not sure if it pays off because they still need to work on harmonizing.

Wagner – “Spice Up Your Life/Livin’ La Vida Loca” by Spice Girls, Ricky Martin

Wagner’s busting out a Ricky Martin song for the second time this season. There’s really not much to say about this man. He’s clearly unique but I just fail to see why Louis picked him as his wildcard pick. The performance ends with the two dancers right in front of him flashing him, which does shock me.

Katie Waissel – “I Wanna Be Like You” from The Jungle Book

Katie’s another performer that I just don’t like. I get a weird vibe from her and just don’t like her singing voice or style. She’s getting a pretty bad rep in the press as well, which doesn’t endear her to me either. The song choice here is so bizarre and Cheryl is pushing the performance aspect for Katie as well. She just can’t pull it off and it’s a hot mess for me. I feel uncomfortable watching, which is always a bad sign for a performer.

What did you think of The X Factor contestants’ take on guilty pleasures? Let me know in the comments!

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