The X Factor Week 5 Performances

Posted by Angela on November 8th, 2010

The theme of The X Factor’s 5th week is American Anthems!

Source: ITV

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

Cher Lloyd – “Empire State of Mind” by Jay-Z and Alicia Keys

Cher’s back to her usual half-rapping/half-singing performance this week. It’s a little ridiculous with all the back-up dancers, as usual, but I think the song suits her voice. I don’t feel particularly strongly about it either way though I wish she’d wear less makeup. Simon says it was a little bit “copycat,” which Cheryl isn’t happy about but Cher seems to take in stride.

Mary Byrne – “There You’ll Be” by Faith Hill

Mary is still trying to modernize her performances, but I honestly don’t think it’s working for her. I actually expected this song to work better for her than the Barry Manilow choice last week, but it seems like her nerves got the best of her. It was shaky at best tonight, but I’m hoping she can make it through to next week.

Katie Waissel – “Don’t Speak” by No Doubt

My feelings about Katie have quickly gone from dislike to straight-up hatred. I hate her voice, her hair, and especially the simpering begging her results-show performances have become. I’m ready to see Katie go and this performance doesn’t help. The weird backdrop just pisses me off at this point. Way too overdramatic and it doesn’t fit the aesthetic of the stage at all.

Aiden Grimshaw – “Nothing Compares 2 U” by Sinead O’Connor

I desperately wanted Aiden to bounce back after the disastrous “Thriller” performance he brought next week, and he pulls it off! The song is really good for him and the staging is simple, but appropriately dramatic. He’s back in my good graces after this one.

Paije Richardson – “I’m a Believer/Hey Ya” by Smash Mouth and Outkast

Paije does much better with a fun mash-up this week. He hasn’t been interesting to me at all lately, but this is a good performance and I liked it a lot. Definitely seems like he’ll be safe for another week.

Rebecca Ferguson – “To Make You Feel My Love” by Bob Dylan

This girl can do no wrong in my eyes. She’s a class act and it’s another flawless performance. She can sing just about anything. She hasn’t had an off week and by saying that, I hope I’m not condemning her to a poor performance next week. Still, I love her and have a feeling she’s headed to the final two.

Wagner – “Viva Las Vegas/The Wonder of You” by Elvis Presley

I thought the dancing and performances couldn’t get worse for Wagner but somehow, it has. This performance involves a bewildering fake wedding. And I’m angry with Simon for saying he actually liked Wagner’s performance. I’m convinced he’s lying out of his ass.

Matt Cardle – “The First Time (Ever I Saw Your Face)” by Roberta Flack

Matt’s been getting some criticism for only singing songs by female artists but he doesn’t seem to care. This song involves some serious falsetto, which I think he pulls off. I will say that I don’t think it justifies the standing ovation he receives from the judges. Still, he’s clearly not going anywhere for another few weeks.

Treyc Cohen – “I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing” by Aerosmith

What a great performance for Treyc! She’s had some trouble finding her musical identity lately, but I’d love it if she’d just continue in this vein. The staging and her outfit are perfect, simple and beautiful. This is exactly the kind of performer that I think Treyc needs to be. She needs to continue letting her voice do the work and lose all the backup dancers and pyrotechnics she’s had in the past two weeks. Absolutely loved this performance.

One Direction – “Kids in America”

Not a particularly popular song, but it suits the band perfectly. It’s clear that Simon wants his last group to make it right to the end. They’ve just been improving vocally as a group and this performance shows it. It’s fun, despite the overabundance of cheerleaders. What can I say? They’re just endearing and fun to watch.

Overall, I thought it was a strong week but I’m ready to see more than a few acts go. What did you think of The X Factor acts’ renditions of American anthems?

Category: The X Factor UK, TV recaps