Another week of eliminations that I could have predicted: Stephanie Nala and Chloe-Jasmine were sent home, leaving Cheryl with only two contestants (if she would have put Emily and Kerianne through instead I’m CERTAIN Stevi would be gone by now).
Fourteen performances and no one sang MY favorite 80s song (right now):
My husband says he would be on one of these shows JUST to sing Black Flag on 80s night.
Best 80s flashbacks
Terrible screenshots that illustrate how hard producers tried to make Jay James look cool
Hearing “Waiting for a Star to Fall” in the background. Wahhh, why didn’t anyone sing THAT?
That would be ALL of them this week, many of whom didn’t even meet with their proteges in person.
Best dressed, off stage
I am really going to miss Chloe-Jasmine.
Worst make up
Best new Brit
My best idea of the weekend
An Alex & Sierra-like duo with James Graham and the best singer in Only the Young. It sounds insane, which is why is will totally work.
I get it already, I am old
Jack was born in 1996. Most of these contestants were not alive in the 80s, which they kept reminding us by being completely unaware of most recordings from one of the craziest musical decades ever (new wave-dance pop-hip hop-metal-punk-indie rock ALL came to the forefront at one point, so there’s a lot to choose from; unfortunately most of the song choices did not reflect the diversity of the time).
Other interesting fashion choices
I don’t like when people break the rules of these categories. Both John Lennon songs were included on technicalities. Roxy Music had a hit with “Jealous Guy” in the UK in 1981 and “Imagine” charted in the UK following Lennon’s death.
Since no one sang “Johnny and Mary,” Fleur East will have to be it.
Fucking MONIE LOVE. “It’s a Shame” was probably one of the first hip hop songs I was obsessed with as a kid (it came out in 1990, which is barely the 80s). Also, Mel B’s complaint was total bullshit. Fleur did NOT cheat, she was singing other parts over the chorus. Even Queen Bey, who can most definitely sing, has a track on the chorus during her live performances so she can riff and dance.
I predict a winner
I’m still going with Lauren. Her haunting “What a Feeling” from Flashdance had a vibe reminiscent of Cher Lloyd’s “Stay.”
All screencaps by me. Other photos from X Factor’s facebook page.