X Factor Final 12: Who’s Your Favourite?
Posted 11/10/2013 by BrightHouse Team
After months of auditions, the brutality of the boot camp chair twist and the blubfest that was judges houses, X Factor has finally sorted through the weirdoes and wannabes and arrived at a final 12.
Some of their decisions were predictably controversial – with poor Jade Richards and Melanie McCabe being sent packing once again, and boot camp favourite Paul Akister being shockingly eliminated by Louis Walsh – but there are plenty of great voices still in the mix. Which one is your tip to join Leona, Little Mix and James Arthur in the winners Hall of Fame? Just in case you need a reminder, here’s the lowdown on the finalists...
The Groups (Mentor: Gary Barlow)
The groups are always the most vulnerable acts in the early stages of the live shows. Little Mix proved that it’s not impossible for girl groups to succeed, but despite some impressive vocals Miss Dynamix aren’t quite clicking. Our bet for first out, sadly.
This soulful trio missed out on judges houses last year due to visa issues, and the same almost happened this year. There’s a reason Gary made special accommodations for them though – their smooth RnB harmonies are among the most polished in the competition. This lot could go far.
They may dress like plonkers, but Kingsland Road have great vocals, great dance moves and they remind Gary of an early Take That – which can only be a good thing. A boyband has never won X Factor before, and this lot are probably too marmite to break the curse, but they should be around for a while.
The Overs (Mentor: Sharon Osbourne)
Sharon Osbourne clearly took a shine to bubbly van driver Shelley from her first audition. The thirty-four year old from Devon can certainly work a crowd, but her Jane McDonald meets Shirley Bassey style is a little dated, and she doesn’t look like a serious contender. Still, a lucrative career in panto surely beckons.
Every year in X Factor there’s one singer who flies under the radar, before really coming into their own at the live shows. 26 year old Lorna hasn’t had as much airtime as some of the other finalists, but from what we’ve seen of her she has one of the strongest voices in the competition. But does she have the star quality to grab votes from the bigger personalities?
35 year old Sam hopes to swap Prison duty for Pop stardom after wowing the judges at her first audition. Her down to earth charm and raw talent should make her a big favourite, but her style might not be modern enough to go all the way.
The Boys (Mentor: Louis Walsh)
If you don’t remember this seventeen year old student for his singing, you’ll certainly remember him for his hair! Dreadlocks aside, he reminds us a little bit of Eoghan Quigg (remember him?). Likeable, but will viewers want to give him their votes, or just a good wash?
19 year old Sam is certainly the looker of this season – check out those arms! Sadly, his voice is a little less impressive – and many viewers were shocked when Louis put him through over Paul. The girls will love him – but will it be enough?
Wee Nicholas from Motherwell has a voice well beyond his sixteen years, and he managed to reduce Louis and his guest mentors Sinitta, Nicole Appleton and Shane Filan to tears at judges houses. Cute, talented and with the infamous Scottish vote behind him, he seems like easily the best bet from this category.
The Girls (Mentor: Nicole Scherzinger)
Another slightly surprising finalist. Nineteen year old Gainsborough native Abi doesn’t have the strongest voice, but her piano playing and quirky sense of style impressed Nicole. She brings something a little different to the table, but will she be able to show enough variety to last the course?
She may be only seventeen, but London-born Hannah has a voice drenched with old-school soul. Even guest mentor Mary J. Blige was blown away at Judges Houses – and if anyone knows soul, it’s her! She has a worrying habit of losing her voice, and she hasn’t really been tested on uptempo material yet, but her raw talent should safely see her to a respectable finish and hopefully a bright future.
Sixteen-year old Tamera initially auditioned as part of a duo, but was soon singled out for solo success. She’s a fantastic singer with great stage presence, but she’s fluffed her lyrics more than once. Still, it’s been a while since a solo girl won, and if she can continue to deliver performances as impressive as her judges houses rendition of Alicia Keys’ hit ‘Falling’, she could be the one to beat.
Will you be tuning into the first live show this weekend? Who’s your tip for the top? Who do you think will be going home early? Let us know right here on the BrightHouse Blog...