Now that Goldie Cheung has quit “The X Factor” U.K., two contestants have remained as the ones who are trying to get as much attention for what they wear as for how they perform: Misha Bryan and Kitty Brucknell. Unlike Cheung, Bryan and Brucknell can actually sing very well.
(Click here for details on Cheung’s exit. She reportedly quit for “personal reasons.”)
In the “boot camp” episode that ITV televised on September 25, 2011 (the episode was taped weeks before Cheung quit the show), Bryan and Brucknell each gave standout performances wearing outrageous outfits.
Bryan was more original than Brucknell, as she did a hip-hop version of Destiny’s Child’s “Survivor,” which was pretty gutsy, considering that former Destiny’s Child singer Kelly Rowland is one of the show’s judges. Bryan was wearing a leopard-print hooded top, leopard-print shoes, and big, black lacy skirt that looks like something Madonna would have worn in the mid-1980s.
(Click here to watch Misha Bryan’s performance.)
Brucknell went for blatant sex appeal, as she belted out her version of “Feeling Good,” wearing knee-high black boots and a literally flashy silver leotard with lights that blinked as she performed. Brucknell started off the song by sitting on top of a piano, and then she dramatically threw off the jacket she was wearing to show her revealing outfit.
(Click here to watch Kitty Brucknell’s performance.)
Speaking of the song “Feeling Good,” Cheung also did her own version of the song by draping herself on a piano. Using a fan as a prop, Cheung basically did a burlesque show on the piano (where she spread her legs to expose her panties), and then she jumped off stage and chased “X Factor” U.K. judge Gary Barlow around the arena until she finally caught up with him and he gave her a hug.
(Click here to watch Goldie Cheung’s performance.)
Frankie Cocozza (the self-described “ladies’ man” who is best-known for showing the names of women he has tattooed on his naked bottom during his “X Factor” audition) did his somewhat wobbly and off-key version of the Goo Goo Dolls’ “Iris.” The judges remarked that his vocal skills could be better, but they agreed that they think he has star power.
(Click here to watch Frankie Cocozza’s performance.)
Nu Vibe gave a very good rendition of Bruno Mars’ “Grenade.” This could be a group to watch in the competition.
(Click here to watch Nu Vibe’s performance.)
Janet Devlin is somewhat overrated. Although many people have predicted that she will be the “X Factor” U.K. winner for 2011 (and yes, she’s a very good singer), she is too shy on stage to really be a superstar. She will no doubt make it to the finals, but she needs more experience or confidence to be on par with a past “X Factor” U.K. winner such as Leona Lewis. In her version of Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing,” Devlin’s proved once again that she has a great voice, but her stage presence lacks superstar charisma.
(Click here to watch Janet Devlin’s performance.)
Two of the older contestants bombed in this episode:
Terry Winstanley, who was so good in his previous performances, stumbled big time when he sang U2’s “One.” He forgot the lyrics and repeatedly apologized for it during his performance. He flustered reaction to forgetting the words made the flub even worse. He should have just soldiered on, made up his own lyrics, and not get so visibly rattled by his mistake. But based on his previous strong performances, he made it through to the next round.
(Click here to watch Terry Winstanley’s performance.)
David Wilder, a frequently off-key David Bowie wannabe, got less sympathy from the audience, when he brazenly stopped singing in the middle of his performance to go up to Barlow at the judges’ table and declare, “I’m the greatest unsigned songwriter in this country!” Wilder subsequently got booed for the rest of his performance. Someone should have told Wilder that if he made it that far on “The X Factor,” there’s no need for this kind of desperate self-promotion. Just shut up and sing.
(Click here to watch David Wilder’s performance.)
In the end, it was revealed which contestants would go on to the next round with the “judges’ houses” part of the competition, and which judges would get which categories to mentor.
Here are the Top 32 acts for “The X Factor” U.K. in 2011:
Male Solo Singers Under 25 Years Old (aka The Boys)
Joe Cox, Frankie Cocozza, Marcus Collins, Craig Colton, Luke Lucas, Max Vickers, James Michael and John Wilding
Mentor: Gary Barlow
Female Solo Singers Under 25 Years Old (aka The Girls)
Misha Bryan, Janet Devlin, Sophie Habibis, Amelia Lily, Melanie McCabe, Sian Phillips, Holly Repton and Jade Richards. (As previously reported, Phillips has been eliminated from the competition because her criminal record prevented her from obtaining a visa for the U.S., since Rowland’s “judges’ house” takes place in Miami.)
Mentor: Kelly Rowland
Solo Singers Ages 25 and Older (aka The Overs)
Samantha Brookes, Kitty Brucknell, Goldie Cheung, Joseph Gilligan, Jonjo Kerr, Carolynne Poole, Johnny Robinson and Terry Winstanley. (Cheung is now out of the competition because she quit.)
Mentor: Louis Walsh
2 Shoes, Estrella, Girl V Boy, The Lovettes, Nu Vibe, The Keys, The Risk and Vice.
Mentor: Tulisa Contostavalos
During the “judges’ houses” part of the competition, the judges are each paired with a different celebrity who will help decided which contestants in the mentor category will become finalists.
As previously reported, Barlow has teamed up with his Take That band mate Robbie Williams in Los Angeles. Contostavlos is paired with Jessie J in Greece. Walsh is reportedly paired with Sinitta in Barcelona, Spain. There have been several rumors about which celebrity will be paired with Rowland in Miami: Jennifer Hudson, Beyoncé and Usher have all been mentioned as possibilities, although no official announcement has been made yet.