Belfast Telegraph

X Factor dozen sing for survival

The 12 remaining X Factor acts sang for their survival on Saturday in the first public vote of the show.

Following the emotional upheaval of last weekend, when each of the four judges had to vote off one of their own acts, the theme - perhaps rather aptly - was love and heartbreak.

Teenager Janet Devlin had a "difficult week" as she learned her grandfather had died, her mentor Kelly Rowland said. She won praise for her version of Elvis Presley's I Can't Help Falling In Love With You, which led Kelly to say: "I know your grandfather is very proud of you. You delivered a strong, heartfelt performance."

However, there did not appear to be much love lost between the members of boyband Nu Vib, who were first up with U2's With Or Without You, as a video introduction showed them seemingly failing to gel as a group.

Among the other acts, Sami Brookes took on Whitney Houston classic I Will Always Love You, but was told by Gary Barlow that even though she looked "absolutely gorgeous", she sounded like a cruise ship singer.

Gary had changed the song choice for his act Frankie Cocozza at the last minute to The Scientist by Coldplay, and the teen appeared to fluff the lyrics of the ballad. Louis told the singer: "You seem to have lost your swagger or something."

Johnny Robinson, who performed his version of Kylie Minogue's Can't Get You Out of My Head, drew the biggest laugh of the night when he told Gary, who had mocked his "Aladdin" outfit: "You can rub my lamp." It took the Take That singer some time to regain his composure, giggling with a speechless Kelly about the quip.

Misha B surprised the audience by singing Charles & Eddie's Would I Lie To You?, a number-one hit from nearly 20 years ago, wearing a futuristic pink jumpsuit. Louis told her: "We need a new urban queen. I think we've found her."

Eccentric Kitty Brucknell wore an Alice in Wonderland outfit for her performance of Bjork's It's All So Quiet.

Daily News Headlines Newsletter

Today's news headlines, directly to your inbox.


From Belfast Telegraph