Review: X Factor 2009 Live Finals Week 5

The most dramatic week so far on X Factor Series 6! It was Movie Week where all the contestants were required to sing songs from films. Once again there was no mentor, but live performances came from the Black Eyed Peas and from former X Factor winner Leona Lewis.

Incredibly annoying Stacey Solomon opened the show with ‘Son of a Preacher Man’ by Dusty Springfield. She tried to look all sexy, but looked about as sexy as a cucumber in lingerie. Her performance was decent, but nothing could actually make me like her at this stage. That voice just ruins it all.

Olly Murs was once again excellent – he’s the show’s most consistent performer, and is rightly favourite to win. He sang ‘Twist and Shout’ by the Isley Brothers, made famous in Ferris Bueller’s Day off.

Lloyd Daniels amazingly stayed in this week, and even missed the bottom two. This show is much too big for Lloyd, and maybe would be suited to him in a few years’ time. He did Ben E. King’s ‘Stand By Me’. It was nothing impressive.

Jamie Archer gave the same performance as every other week, but was one of the least impressive doing Roy Orbison classic ‘Crying’. Although its inclusion in Movies Week was questioned by Louis, he should have actually questioned where Jamie’s ability went, as he failed to meet any potential he had earlier shown.

My (former) favourite Lucie Jones left the show after being in the bottom two. Dannii chose wrongly by giving her Demi Lovato’s ‘This is Me’ from Camp Rock. While a lot of younger viewers would have liked it, it would have alienated a lot of older viewers, many of who would have been fans of Lucie’s grown up soul style.

Danyl Johnson stayed in again, and cut his hair as an attempt to change his image. It’s an awful pity he’s so arrogant. His version of Prince’s ‘Purple ain’ was good, but it’ll never make me like him. It’s too late for Danyl now.

John and Edward gave their best performance of the series so far, but were still in the bottom two. However, Simon saved them by sending the show to deadlock, and Lucie left the show with the least public votes. They sand Ray Parker Jr.’s hilarious ‘Ghostbusters’, and were marvellously entertaining.

Last up was Joe McElderry, the housewives’ favourite. He sang Elton John’s ‘Circle of Life’ and once again was very impressive. Could eventually win the show, you know.

The group performance ‘Hot N Cold’ by Katy Perry was a bit of a mismatch, it suited some of the singers, but others were clearly out of their depth. I’m looking at you again Lloyd. Black Eyed Peas’ new tune ‘Meet me Halfway’ is awful, but is sure to chart well, and everyone was on their feet (of course) for the return of Leona Lewis. Her new song ‘Happy’ is anything but. I don’t recall the song at all, as I was too busy trying to see if she had had a nose job.

The bottom two were Lucie and the twins. Lucie did a lovely version of Whitney’s ‘One Moment in Time’ and didn’t deserve to go at all. That said, I really enjoy JEdward and their choreography-free ‘Rock DJ’ was hilarious once again. I didn’t want to see either go, but as I wasn’t a hardcore Lucie fan, I’m glad the boys stayed in.

Next week is Queen Week, and will feature a performance from the She Wolf herself, Shakira.

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