Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 22 July 2014

It could still be magic for our Eoghan and Chrissie

Northern Ireland’s assault on Saturday night TV has continued with Eoghan and Christine sailing through another week of X Factor and Strictly Come Dancing challenges.

Eoghan Quigg also had a double reason to celebrate after the X Factor charity song Hero — on which he features — became the fastest selling charity release of the decade.

During a show in which many of the contestants struggled when asked to perform disco numbers, Eoghan (16) charmed the judges once again with his rendition of Barry Manilow’s classic Could It Be Magic.

Louis Walsh repeated his prediction that the Dungiven teenager would go all the way in the show while he was also praised by Simon Cowell and Cheryl Cole. Eoghan is now the only Simon Cowell-mentored act left in the show after Austin Drage was eliminated on Saturday night.

Meanwhile, the X Factor charity single, which is raising money for servicemen and women injured in the line of duty, went to number one in the charts last night and is tipped to become the biggest-selling release of all time.

Over on the BBC Christine Bleakley again managed to steer clear of the dreaded dance-off, which saw former tennis star Andrew Castle eliminated last night.

Christine and her dance partner Matthew danced American Smooth to Singin’ in the Rain — a performance which brought mixed remarks from the judging panel.

Head judge Len Goodman said that “from the waist up, everything was gorgeous — from the waist down, not quite as good. I liked it.”

Bruno Tinioli gave Christine a physical demonstration of how much more she needed to stretch and extend her legs. Craig Revel Horwood suggested that Christine should “point your toes more. I love those lifts though.” Arlene Phillips thought that ballet lessons might help Christine: “The top half was Hollywood — the bottom half was dead wood.”

Christine scored 29 points which kept her well clear of the bottom two.

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