Unlike last week, this week has had weaknesses; so this is either going to be a really predictable outcome or a real shocker. Either way, it’s going to be a real reality for one of these potential rising stars!
Luke comes on stage and welcomes everyone to the show. He then welcomes the judges; Natalie Bassingthwaighte, Mel B, Ronan Keating and Guy Sebastian. This is after debriefing on the night that was.
He tells us that Savage Gardens’ Darren Hayes and current hit maker Aloe Blacc will perform tonight.
The final seven then hit the stage with a Savage Garden medley. Reece and Andrew were standouts here but Christina and Johnny were a bit of a let down, even Three Wishez didn’t do that well.
Like usual, Darren comes on stage to perform with the contestants performing his songs.
Hmm, wasn’t as good as I thought it would be. Luke interviews Darren, who did help Natalie pick her over 25’s. He says he is still a huge fan of his Savage Gardens hits and loved coming back and performing some of them.
With that, we take a look back at the night that was with some backstage comments to add.
Luke then asks the judges for their comments. Mel says she and Christina are worried but feels the Australian public should vote for her due to her current stress with exams and all that this week.
Guy doesn’t pay attention to odds but considering he has nearly half the contestants, he may lose someone. He points out that if he doesn’t, he literally will have half the contestants.
Ronan would be devastated if he loses Three Wishez and Natalie loves how neither of her two remaining acts have gone into the bottom two.
Luke congratulates Australia for making the X Factor app the most downloaded app in Australia before throwing to an ad.
After the break, it is time for an X Factor exclusive, a performance by Aloe Blacc with his now not-so-new single, I Need A Dollar.
He sounds really good on stage. For some reason, he looks a little nervous, but he has suave. Also, his song which is a favourite of mine just sounds so different to the usual contemporary beats.
Luke asks Aloe for advice for the contestants and he just tells them to study their crafts. Very well spoken to complement a knockout performance.
After the break, it is time for the bottom two verdict. Here come the acts; Ronan with his group Three Wishez. Guy with his boy’s Johnny Ruffo, Reece Mastin and Declan Sykes. Mel and her girl Christina. Natalie with Andrew Wishart and Mitchell Callaway.
So who will be safe? The lucky first contestant who can take a breath is…in no particular order… Christina Parie. And right off the bat, Mel is safe for another week.
The second act through to the top six is… Three Wishez and Ronan is also safe.
The third act through to the final six and safeness is… Reece Mastin!
The fourth act safe for next week’s show is… Declan Sykes! Well, that’s a relief! Natalie will have a member in the bottom two.
It is now down to Andrew, Mitchell and Johnny for that final place.
That final safe place will go to… Andrew Wishart.
That leaves Mitchell Callaway and Johnny Ruffo in the bottom two. I think we all know who’s going tonight.
Natalie thinks her guts are ‘over there’ and Guy just calls it that stage of the competition.
After the break, it is time for Darren Hayes to come back on stage for his real purpose, to show off his new single- Blood Stained Heart.
He is a true singer; this song was so pure and so magical, he could have been mistaken for lip syncing. The simple stage set up also helped him connect with his audience by making this superstar the front and centre attraction. The fog on the ground increases intimacy and helps direct our attention upwards to this glorified singer.
Luke thanks Darren for his amazing performance before we head to a break.
After the break, it is time for the final showdown and Natalie introduces her act in danger tonight; Mitchell Callaway.
His performance is full of passion and if he needs any proof as to why he should still be in this competition more than Johnny that was it. Nonetheless, Johnny Ruffo is called out on stage with his Michael Jackson rendition.
He’s cool, and his dancing moves are out of this world, but this is not a dancing show. Still, his singing isn’t bad this time either. In fact, it is one of his better performances. May be a bit late for that now.
So who will go home? Johnny or Mitchell.
After the break, the judges vote. To the more obvious votes and Guy is first. I won’t go into everything this incredible talking man says, he just saves Johnny.
Natalie is next and while they both compliment both renditions, she does send home Johnny.
To Mel and she congratulates them for getting this far. With that, she chooses to send home the person who hasn’t grown in this competition as much. She sends home Mitchell. To Ronan and he is shocked that these guys are only performing well in the bottom two and tells them to up their game. He compliments Mitchell on his song choice and his emotion. He compliments Johnny on his attitude and performance. He chooses to send home… Johnny. This sends us to deadlock. Surely this is planned (Mel would hate Guy if last night was anything to go by so why did she save Johnny).
Anyway, the act going home due to our votes is… Mitchell Callaway. And what should have been an obvious choice, Mitchell leaves Guy with his three men standing!
With that, we see a recap of Mitchell’s time on the show and the show itself comes to a close.
So a pretty decent episode all up with knockout performances by Darren, Johnny, Aloe and Mitchell and a somewhat shocker ending. Production was high and it actually ran on time for once! Other than that opening performance, this was a pitch perfect episode. And thank god Guy shut up!
Courtney’s Verdict: 9.9/10