Wow, I can’t believe only four are left! Tonight; they will be singing for their lives as these contestants strive to not be eliminated one hurdle away from the finishing line! How devastating would that be?!
Luke comes on stage and welcomes us to the night’s show. With that, he introduces the X Factor Judges; Ronan Keating, Guy Sebastian, Natalie Bassingthwaighte and Mel B.
Luke tells us that tonight’s theme is ‘pleasure and pain’ with the contestants singing two songs each- one about what makes the heart beat and one that makes it break. He also tells us that voting will be left entirely to us.
To the judges and Mel feels that it is time for the public to decide. Luke then says congratulations to Mel before a massive picture of ‘Who’ magazine is put on screen. Mel has one sexiest person or something like that.
Ronan takes a dig at her dress last week before turning subject matter to his own act and saying that they deserve to be in the final four.
Natalie feels Andrew deserves a grand final chance due to his lack of appearances in the ‘bottom one’ which the judges quickly correct.
Guy says Reece deserves to be in the final because he is consistent. He says it has been a trip for Johnny and he has proven his place in the competition. Luke says good luck to those who have acts and tells Mel to enjoy the show!
With that, he tells us that Stevie Nicks has been mentoring them and he will be performing tomorrow night. Ooh, can’t wait!
Natalie introduces Andrew’s first act for the night and it will be a pleasurable one!
Andrew will tonight be performing Animal as his first song.
I don’t think his voice is suited to this and I don’t really think it sounds too good. He even fails to hold a note at one stage. It does get better as the performance goes on but that’s not really acceptable at this stage of the comp. The stage design looks good nonetheless.
Guy tells him his vocals were flawless however says the song was quite a laid back one and hence says the song wasn’t right for Andrew. A chorus of boos follows.
Mel says the song made her happy but not to jump for joy. She notes his failure to hold notes and tells him he didn’t give 100%. She calls it a shaky performance and gets a lot of boos. She tells the audience to shut up. Ronan tells him he didn’t nail the vocal and he didn’t like the song choice. Natalie has no idea what the judges are talking about and just dishes out the same dribble. Because he loved the song and had a good time, she believes that is all that was needed. No, it was crap, sorry Natalie!
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After the break, it is time for performance number two and it will be Guy’s Johnny Ruffo. He will be singing So Sick as his first ‘painful’ song.
Does he always have to look like he’s in a boy band? It looks ridiculous. He’s quite quiet but the song suits his voice for the most part. No dodgy notes that I can hear but I really hoped it would pick up in volume however it never did.
It seems he would be better at dancing as that’s the only thing that gets the crowd going. He actually doesn’t look too happy himself with a few head shakes there.
Mel is first and tells him she is so happy for him, coming into his own. She doesn’t call it absolutely perfect, but could see Johnny’s determination. She would have liked to see him enjoy it more. She calls it a nice performance.
To Ronan and he knows what he’s doing- he was terrible at the beginning- outfits, singing, etc.- and he is now pouncing here at the end. Ronan calls him a dark horse.
Natalie wants to go parachuting with his outfit and loves seeing him grow.
Guy tells him there is a lot of focus on his voice and is proud of him.
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And don’t mention that horrible ‘gun’ joke Johnny made at the end of the show.
After the break, it is time for Guy’s second performer of the night- Reece Mastin. Tonight, he will be singing Breakeven to begin with.
The stage looks amazing, he is singing well and he even looks quite shnazzy- maybe dressing a little above his age though. The emotion is there, you can’t deny that.
Mel gives him advice, telling him that in life, he will have to take negative criticism and that she tells him to just take it. With that over and done with, she compliments his performance telling him he is back.
Ronan echoes those words. Natalie loves seeing him get up there and shine, thanking him. I think she’s a bit sick tonight.
Guy loves his other side which came out tonight.
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After the break, it is time for Three Wishez with their pleasurable song- The Time (Dirty Bit).
The song begins with Joe singing and again, I’m not a huge fan to be honest.
Sophie is next and she is as good as always. I love the stage set up immensely with the scaffolding columns. I also loved Ronan’s ‘solo’ on the ‘dirty bit’ area. Despite a somewhat weak beginning, this song absolutely improved! I loved every minute of it thereafter.
To Natalie and she tells them they look ‘amazeballs’ but was scared on what they would do to one of her favourite band’s song (which she didn’t really like anyway) however loved what they did.
Guy thought the start was too low for Joe and gives them some technical advice before telling them that the dancing was great and loved the choreography and energy.
He is going on a bit so Mel tells him it is her turn. Guy goes a good impression of Mel saying ‘Oh shut up!’ Mel reiterates Natalie’s words.
Ronan was trying to build them and save the best to last so they get into the final.
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Three Wishez trust Ronan as he has a winner under his belt. The other judges then proceed to look for this! Haha.
After the break, we move into the second performances, starting with Johnny Ruffo. Never mind Guy’s horrible ‘So Sick’ joke as we find out that Johnny’s song will be Tonight, Tonight.
The stage set up is very summer-y and it is definitely very different to normal Johnny. He even gets the chance to chase after a girl! It’s definitely a load of fun.
The girls will be happy to note he took off his shirt. Mel looks happy anyway!
Mel wonders if the towel he is wearing is necessary before telling him he brings so much joy and character to the competition, telling he has Johnny Swag. She reckons he could win this thing.
To Ronan and he isn’t sure about the pink pants but hopes he goes the whole way. Natalie tells him she is partial to his peach socks. Natalie can’t speak, so she asks the rowdy crowd to settle down. She does call it fun, and even plugs Home & Away as a possible career choice.
Guy talks about Home & Away and Luke Jacobz’ acting ability, saying Johnny pulls the Luke look off well but not as creepy. Luke wonders if they want to talk about Johnny’s vocal ability but the girls on the panel do not!
What ensures is a bit off track amongst all the crowd hysteria.
After the break, it is time for Andrew’s second performance with the painful song ‘Burn For You’.
The stage again is set up so well! I love it.
His performance is much better this time around; solidifying the fact that he could be the next John Farnham!
Guy tells him all about his thoughts on John Farnham before telling Andrew that he thanks him for bringing that sort of voice back to the stage. Mel tells him that he should feel proud of himself as his performances send chills down her spine.
Ronan tells him that he nailed the song, calling his rendition beautiful. He says it was over too soon for him. Natalie concludes by saying she has enjoyed mentoring him and she begins to cry as she thanks him for the performance, saying he nailed it and she even considered pulling his abs out but assumed it was all about the music.
Luke points out how his wife was looking at him throughout the entire song as everybody did. That was quite a spectacular performance.
After the break, it is time for Reece’s second performance, one of Paradise City.
Well, it is up beat and very rocky. This performance should send him into the final. It is very ‘Reece’ and extremely entertaining. He even goes into the crowd, some may consider this a bit too up himself.
Mel thinks him going into the audience ISN’T cocky, saying he just performed at his very best. Ronan tells him that it is scary how good he is, saying he should go all the way. Natalie loves the whole look and get up, asking him to never sing Celine Dion ever again!
Guy again talks him up…with good reasons this time.
After the break, it is time for the last performance for the night- Three Wishez for Turning Tables. I didn’t like this performance as much but Freddie and Sophie again perform respectfully.
To the judges and Natalie loves what Ronan has done with then and thinks they have connected more tonight than ever before, saying they are a force to be reckoned with. Guy agrees with Natalie, saying they have managed to dig deep when it comes to music, loving every minute of it.
Mel knows they have had a roller coaster journey before saying they have done an amazing job up to this point however she wants Freddie to go home to study rap, saying they sound all ‘ABC 123 to her’. Now it is Mel who is going on and on!
Ronan is proud of them, saying Australia needs a group like them in Australia.
With that, we are treated to a run through of the numbers before the show is over no less than 12 minutes over time. Seriously, the amount of ads this show has is ridiculous! Also, when calling out the numbers, why do we have to review BOTH of the contestant’s performances? Surely one is enough. Again, the judges talk too long- Natalie’s throat infection should be passed onto Guy I reckon- should shut him up.
Other than that, another brilliant episode!
Courtney’s Verdict: 8.0/10