X Factor UK 11: 20 Best Performances (Wrap-Up)


In the past seasons of this franchise, I never enjoy watching it that much. I mean, there are great talents but I was never really that glued to them. Even during the stint of One Direction, where they were so horrible back then, I didn’t fully dedicated a time watching every single episode. But there is something about season 11 that draws me naturally and I must say, I stick to the show from the room auditions episode to the finale night.

Season 11 brought us amazing talents, big boyband, Stevi Ritchie, Chloe Jasmine, Mel B’s fiestiness, judges’ banters and surprisingly pretty good set of performances. The themes were tired but tested. The acts were from nervous breakouts to those who deliver week by week by week.

Now, with no further adieu, here are the 20 best performances of season 11. This is completely bias so I don’t expect you all to agree with my choices.


20. Stereo Kicks
Don’t let the sun go down on me
Top 7

– The individual verses sounded fantastic and even during the chorus — though the backtrack drowned them a bit — sounded pretty nice. The inflections of Jake Sims and Tom Mann towards the end added color on the performance as well.


19. Paul Akister
Try a little tenderness
Top 12

– Paul’s vocals were mostly on point here. The arrangement is interesting but I did enjoy every bit of his performance. Solid enough for him to sail to next week.


18. Fleur East
Will you be there
Top 9

– Finally! Underproduced performance is what I needed from Fleur. Mostly because in the past, I find the production and choreography were doing all the job for her (I’m entertained, don’t get me wrong) but here she proved she can really sing. Her vocals were front and center and I must say, she sounded really nice.


17. Only The Young
Monster Mash
Top 11

– Fun, energetic, the whole production is simply entertaining. Plus, their vocals especially the guys sounded pretty good.


16. Jay James
Top 16

– I was expecting another ballad from Jay after his auditions, boot camp and judges’ house performance but he showed a different side of him. This was good to be honest. Not perfect but he created some nice dynamics in his performance that is in particular compelling.


15. Stereo Kicks
You are not alone
Top 9

– The individual verses, yet again, sounded nice. Without that stage intruder, this is a pretty solid performance from this group who week by week in proving to be a viable and relevant boy group in the music scene.


14. Paul Akister
If you don’t know me by now
Top 14

– Paul is a fantastic vocalist and this proves to be his niche. It was vocally strong and he managed to connect with the audience and the song quite well. Solid performance from Paul!


13. Stereo Kicks
Top 11

– Who would’ve thought? On paper this could potentially be a trainwreck (see: their performance of “Roar”) but somehow something clicked this week and the guys showed how much work they’ve put each and every week. The production looked nice. The choreography – cheesy – but solid. The vocals were on point, and I must agree with Simon here: James Graham’s vocals were right on the money!


12. Ben Haenow
Man in the mirror
Top 9

– The rawness of the first verse is solid and grit-beautiful. Sure, he missed the tempo at first but that actually put color texture in this performance that turns out to be strong and compelling.


11. Andrea Faustini
Earth song
Top 16

– Passionately beautiful. Strong Vocals. Solid performance!


10. Stereo Kicks
Top 5

– The dramatic production is chilling and beautiful. It adds effect on this performance that vocally sounds strong and the individual verses pretty much created dynamics to this that it needed. All in all, this group proves to be a solid one given the right coaching and song choice.


9. Ben Haenow
Thinking out loud
Top 5

– I don’t know why Mel criticize this because I thought this was insanely strong. Sure it wasn’t as smooth as Ed Sheeran but Ben’s grit was dialled down here. His vocal choices were nice and this is an honest, genuine and raw performance from him that I personally adore.


8. Lauren Platt
Top 16

– The first part was genius. Her vocals were front and center. Once the beat got to the uptempo level, though she lacks energy, was fully impeccable.


7. Ben Haenow
Highway to hell
Top 11

– There’s a grit in this performance that is undeniable and beautiful. His delivery is out of the world strong and infectious. His stage presence is oozing with so much charisma and his vocals were spot on.


6. Andrea Faustini
Top 5

– Andrea should sing more of these current pop songs because he sounds really good with them. Here, Andrea showed his fantastic vocal range but still delivering on those vocal dynamics that was needed in here.


5. Jay James
I’m gonna be (500 miles)
Top 14

– The performance is polarizing (obviously, Cheryl felt odd) but I thought this is Jay’s best performance to date. It was smartly rearrange, his vocals were front and center and there is delicateness in his delivery that is beautiful and smooth.


4. Stereo Kicks
Let it be/Hey Jude
Top 12

– This is the group’s breakout moment that they needed so that they can prove to the world that they could work. The individual verses sounded fantastic. The dynamics were pretty strong. The harmonies were tight and beautiful. And oh my God, James Graham!!!


3. Lauren Platt
What a feeling
Top 14

– It was, in its simplest and genuine words, beautiful! The vocals were front and center. The delivery is divine. The production worked pretty well with how she perform this song. I thought it would be a snoozefest, knowing Lauren’s inability to work the stage, but she proved me wrong.


2. Fleur East
Uptown Funk
Top 4

– This is the time when I appreciate all this production bonanza happening in a Fleur performance because everything just worked. Her choreography tied up with her solid vocals just work all together perfectly. Donnt believe me? Just watch. Ha!


1. Ben Haenow
Jealous Guy
Top 14

– Solid. Beautiful. Fantastically done! It’s official, Ben is my act to rally behind for the win. Haha.