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X Factor UK Judges

It was finally the time for Stereo Kicks to leave us, and I can’t help but feeling a hole in my heart where James Graham used to be.

How long will it be before he leaves those seven in the dust and goes solo? Perhaps that was Simon’s plan all along.

Each contestant sang two songs this week: one chosen by the public and the other by a popular artist (three strongly associated with The X Factor: Tulisa, Little Mix & One Direction; then Emile Sande and Sam Smith).

There were some more interesting introductions this week: lots of people visited home, teenage boys ate with their moms, Mel B wore cute pajamas–but none of it was as fun as the time Nicole Scherzinger went tanning with Rylan.

Rylan 5

On Sunday, Adam Lambert performed with Queen (there were other performances, but who cares about those?

Cheryl wore this cuteness!

Grunge is dead; long live grunge

Dermot and the X Factor dancers.

Worst pajama party

Why didn't Andrea's parents get some footie pjs?

Why didn’t Andrea’s parents get some footie pjs?

Even Mel B and her daughter wore them!

Even Mel B and her daughter wore them! Those snacks look SAD.

Never been kissed

On my new new favorite show Loose Women, Andrea made a confession:

X Factor UK Andrea Kiss 1

X Factor UK Andrea Kiss 2

All three via.

All three via.

Best fans

Ben Haenow had lots of people in his hometown hugging him.

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X Factor UK Ben fans

But then there was this:

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His nonna DOES seem pretty rad:

X Factor UK Ben Nonna

Best fans 2

Fleur East went home too. She went to her old school, where the kids were so happy to see her.

X Factor UK Fleur East Sister 5

None as happy as this adorable munchkin, who wanted a hug!

X Factor UK Fleur East Sister 6

Like Ben, Fleur also had people yelling at her from their cars. England sure is a friendly place!

X Factor UK Fleur East Sister 3

Weirdest fans

WHO IS THAT GUY ON THE LEFT?

WHO IS THAT GUY IN THE BACK?

Strangest set piece

Ben sat on some touring crates with his name on them.

Ben sat on some touring crates with his name on them.

Let’s look at them a little closer.

X Factor UK Ben boxes 2

Best dressed

WORK IT, GURL.

X Factor UK Fleur East Boa

X Factor UK Fleur East Boa 2

Best family time

Stereo Kicks hung out with their mums. They were definitely coached beforehand, because they called their kids by their Spice Girl nick names:

X Factor UK Stereo Kicks Mom 1

I love how he's expressionless.

I love how he’s expressionless.

X Factor UK Stereo Kicks Mom 4

All the boys were obsessed with Reese's mom, who they called "fih." I then realized they meant "fit."

All the boys were obsessed with Reece’s mom, who they called “fih.” I then realized they meant “fit.”

Also, Fleur and her sister eating chips on a bench in their hometown:

X Factor UK Fleur East Sister

Worst family time

Two episodes in a row = Lauren's brother is being trotted out for votes. Lauren was in the bottom this week.

Two episodes in a row = Lauren’s brother is being trotted out for votes. Lauren was in the bottom this week. Her outfit was hideous.

Most hair-raising performance

I was fascinated by the dancers when Ben did “Come Together.”

X Factor UK Ben Hair

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It's like Ben can't believe it either!

It’s like Ben can’t believe it either!

Presented without comment

X Factor UK Ben sausage

Favorite performance

While I loved the hair dancers with Ben, his voice doesn’t really do it for me. Stereo Kicks were boring as shit this week, and Lauren’s first performance was SO OFF, so I had to make other decisions.

Emeli Sande picked Tina Turner’s “A Fool in Love” for Fleur and she SMASHED it. I hope she wins.

Another celebrity pick, Sam Smith chose Sia’s “Chandelier,” a very contemporary song for Andrea. I am such a sucker for falsetto.

All screencaps by me, all other photos from the X Factor facebook page.

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