X Factor UK 12: This Is Me.. (Top 13)

It’s a new season of the X Factor UK and it is the first live shows. The finalists which is now 13 acts is tackling a theme of “This is me…” and well on the X Factor book, it just means.. sing anything you like. Lol.

It was a pretty good night to be honest with some weird and tired song choices which is expected as well.

Okay, here is how I ranked tonight’s episode.

13. BUPSI
You’re A Wonder One
[OVERS]

– The song choice was baffling in the first place and everything just didn’t go somewhere. I am still confused on how she got a slot over Kerrie-Anne or Jennifer or even Ebru. 3

12. ANTON STEPHANS
Dance With My Father
[OVERS]

– His delivery is like he was acting. From the facial expression to how badly he enunciates his words. Vocally, it was decent albeit some sharp high notes. 4

11. KIERA WEATHERS
Crying For No Reason
[GIRLS]

– Forgettable and bland. Keira had a song choice that didn’t really showcase her talent and she is not that memorable. 4

10. LAUREN MURRAY
I’m Every Woman
[GIRLS]

– The tired song choice didn’t do justice to how fantastic singer Lauren is. And with her bubbly personality that exudes with so much charm, this is a baffling song choice for her. Sure she sounded great but it came across as a lounge slash karaoke version. 4.5

9. REGGIE ‘N’ BOLLIE
It Wasn’t Me
[GROUPS]

– I love the song choice as it suited Reggie ‘N’ Bollie. They were entertaining and funny! And I must agree with Grimmy, I won’t consider them as novelty act at all as they were able to hit some good notes here and there. Now if only they could polish their vocals because they can’t sing such song each and every week, no? 6

8. CHE CHESTERMAN
Tears Dry On Their Own/Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
[BOYS]

– The mash up was actually smart. The vocals were good and the transition from the Any Winehouse tune to the Sister Act hit was sublime. But once he started screaming towards the end, he lost me. But it was still a good first live show performance. 6.5

7. SEANN MILEY MOORE
Life On Mars
[BOYS]

– Seann performed an unexpected one and for me it is a polarizing performance. You either like it or not. As for me, it is quite a decent showing although the whole thing is verging into a theatrical performance. 6.5

6. 4TH IMPACT
Problem
[GROUPS]

– For me, this is the weakest performance from this girl group. The individual verses were messy and the second part of the verses, the backtrack even overpowers the vocals. The harmonies weren’t as tight as they used to be and the vocal bombast is starting to get too common. The good thing, the theme suits their performance that they’ve showed that this is the kind of artist they can be post-X Factor. 6.5

5. MAX STONE
Someone Like You
[OVERS]

– Again it is a polarizing arrangement but I liked this. I didn’t love love it, but it was interesting enough. I sure do miss though the emotional impact of the song but Max took a risk and his vocals were soaring beautifully! 7

4. MASON NOISE
Sorry
[BOYS]

– Mason showed some swag and confidence that is both charming and personable. He also sounded good and his vocals were mostly on point. I hope that 6-chair drama will be left behind already because Mason is actually a compelling singer and he can do really well because he can really sing. 7

3. MONICA MICHAEL
Make It Rain
[GIRLS]

– Vocals were solid and gorgeous! She looked like a real diva. Her voice soared beautifully especially during those high registers. The only thing I missed, the performance lacks that grit to make it more textured. 7.5

2. LOUISA JOHNSON
God Only Knows
[GIRLS]

– Lovely! This competition is for Louisa to lose and with her gorgeous tone, solid vocals and star quality.. we could be seeing the new X Factor champ. I just hope she won’t get screwed over or she gets too confident and complacent. 8

1. ALIEN UNCOVERED
Do It Like A Dude
[GROUPS]

– The production, the vocals and the overall impact is just perfect! It is like watching them on their own concert and everything just fell into its right place. Sure the song choice is not as popular as let’s say Cheryl’s first choice but Alie Uncovered made it worked. Also, the vocals were their strongest to date. 8

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