The X Factor Week 4 Performances

Posted by Angela on October 31st, 2010

The theme of the night on The X Factor is Halloween!

Source: ITV

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

Mary Byrne – “Could It Be Magic” by Barry Manilow

The judges told Mary that she needs to switch it up with some different musical styles last week, and she has. The song’s kind of got a disco feel. She sings it well, but personally, I prefer her usual dramatic diva style.

Aiden Grimshaw – “Thriller” by Michael Jackson

Aiden puts a dramatic twist on the Halloween classic, “Thriller.” It’s definitely unique, but the song is almost unrecognizable at such a slow pace. Aiden started out as a favorite for me, but he’s slowly losing his appeal. It’s just too dramatic and too much every week. Cheryl says that she’d like to see him smile once in a while and I agree.

Belle Amie – “Venus” by Bananarama

Interesting performance from Belle Amie tonight. They emerge from coffins with big ratty hair and white dresses. It’s creative and I do think the performance aspect is pretty good, but the song choice is just not good. I have a hard time believing that Simon’s picked this song for them. It’ll forever be associated with the Gillette Venus razors. And again, they need to work on harmonizing.

Rebecca Ferguson – “Wicked Game” by Chris Isaak

Gorgeous. The song choice is perfect and the performance is understated and classy with a backing orchestra. Rebecca is still clearly a frontrunner and my pick to win. I love that she knows what works for her and sticks to it.

Treyc Cohen – “Relight My Fire” by Dan Hartman

Treyc had to sing her way out of the bottom two last week, but she’s coming back hard. The vocals are good and the song works for her, but I’m left wondering the same thing as Dannii: What exactly is her style? Dannii points out that she’s done ballads, rock, and pop, but seems no closer to finding her musical identity. Right now I think her vocals are strong enough to carry her through this, but she could get lost in the mix if she doesn’t pick a musical style soon.

Matt Cardle – “Bleeding Love” by Leona Lewis

My guess is that Dannii is trying to ride the wave of Matt successfully covering a female pop singer’s song last week. She chooses “Bleeding Love” by The X Factor winner Leona Lewis. Unfortunately, it’s just much too big of a song for Matt to sing and he seemed to know it immediately after. We know that Matt’s had problems with his confidence and I just wish that Dannii would give him songs that he feels good about singing and that can help build up his confidence. The deflated look on his face after singing was just sad.

Wagner – “O Fortuna/Bat Out of Hell” by Carl Orff/Meat Loaf

I don’t know why Wagner is still here. His performances are just bewildering to me and I’m ready to see him leave the stage for the last time. Louis points out that Wagner is the act that everyone is talking about on the street, but really? That is no excuse. We all know it’s because he’s crazy and terrifying.

Paije Richardson – “Back to Black” by Amy Winehouse

I’m still not seeing the “x factor” in Paije. It’s unfortunate because he’s so likable. It’s a fairly toned-down performance, which I don’t mind, but he’s still having trouble holding some of those long notes. It’s something that he really needs to work on. The song choice is decent. I don’t have much to say on this one because I honestly don’t remember much about it.

Katie Waissel – “Bewitched” by Ella Fitzgerald

Katie’s really embracing the Halloween theme with her makeup tonight, but it just terrifies me. Dannii says it’s distracting and I agree. The performance involves dancers rolling around on yoga balls that look like jack-o-lanterns and sax-playing skeletons. It’s too much and she can’t pull off an Ella Fitzgerald song. I just don’t like this girl and am ready for her to go.

One Direction – “Total Eclipse of the Heart” by Bonnie Tyler

I’m surprised by the song choice again, but I think it works for the boy band. Simon’s explanation is a little lacking though. When Louis questions it, he just says, “It’s an eclipse.” Ok, Simon. One Direction has been improving steadily, but I just am not feeling their attire tonight. They’re basically wearing their regular clothes, red eyeliner, and some fake blood around their mouths. It just looks ridiculous, but the judges seem to like it.

Cher Lloyd – “Stay” by Shakespeare’s Sister

I haven’t been a fan of Cher’s until now, but she’s out to prove she can sing tonight and change the minds of people like me. I have to admit that she does a fairly good job with the song. There are a few sour notes for me, but I appreciate that she’s toned it down. Overall, I think it’s good and it does change my opinion of her a little bit.

I’ve let you know what I think – What did you think of The X Factor’s Halloween night?

Category: The X Factor UK, TV recaps