The Unreality TV X Factor Chart – 11 October 2008
OK, we’ve watched the show and heard from the judges. Now, it’s the Unreality team’s turn to judge the contestant’s from tonight’s X Factor.
Join us as we write our first X Factor chart of the 2008 series…and stay tuned at the bottom of the chart for our new ‘honourable mentions’ section!
- Alexandra Burke – This girl’s got the complete package – the looks, the voice, the confidence. She gave a stunning rendition of Whitney Houston’s I Wanna Dance With Somebody and almost got an apology from Louis Walsh for rejecting her three years ago.
- Laura White – Despite some styling issues, Laura’s performance was amazing. She’s definitely the best singer of the competition so far and the strongest vocal performance of the night. We’re marking her down slightly for not looking as much like a pop star as Alexandra.
- Diana Vickers – Diana’s unique delivery makes her one of our top contestants tonight. OK, the Kate Bush hand movements were slightly off-putting, but her stunning cover of With Or Without You tonight blew us away. Top marks.
- Eoghan Quigg – The young Derry lad deserves an honourable mention for the maturity of his performance (he’s only 16!) and the fact that he managed to pull off a version of Imagine where other X Factor contestants have failed before him!
- JLS – Described by Simon and Louis as the best group they’ve had on X Factor so far, JLS started off a little weak, but recovered quickly with a triumphant version of I’ll Make Love To You by Boyz II Men. Maybe next week they’ll get a more contemporary song to showcase their individual talents.
- Ruth Lorenzo – A solid version of Take My Breath Away from Ruth, but not so wonderful that Simon got her name wrong in his critique! She strikes us as filling the Niki Evans vocal type from last year, and we think we even saw Niki wearing a similar dress last year too!
- Bad Lashes – A disappointing performance from the girl group that Louis described as like ‘a bunch of hairdressers’. Not that it was the worst performance of the night, but I had higher hopes for them and they didn’t deliver. In fact, they were on a par with…
- Girlband – The girl group that does exactly what it says on the tin. For me, there’s just nothing special about this group, and even described by Simon as sounding like Girls Aloud rejects. They just don’t do it for me.
- Austin Drage – Crybaby Austin pulled off a decent version of Every Breath You Take by The Police – at least that’s what the judges thought. In our living room it sounded pretty mundane, certainly nothing to get excited about.
- Scott Bruton – Poor Scott, he basically got shafted by poor song choice by Simon Cowell. Singing some obscure tune that had the double whammy of being completely rubbish, poor Scott burst into tears after hearing the judges comments. The thing is, we’re not sure how strong a singer he is, even if he’d had a decent song to sing.
- Rachel Hylton – In the liveblog post, I described this performance as ‘brutal’. There’s nothing much more to add here. Rachel’s stomping, shouting performance lacked any sort of finesse, and the only reason she’s not at the bottom of the chart is because we reckon she’s got talent if she get’s the right song to showcase it.
- Daniel Evans – They say the nice guys finish last. That’s definitely true for Daniel, who seems to be a lovely bloke, but utterly lacking in star quality. A lukewarm performance of I Wanna Know What Love Is was enough to show that he’s the token over-25 male in the competition, and has absolutely no chance of winning.
We’d be surprised if Daniel Evans doesn’t go out tonight. Here’s some prizes we’re awarding to the contestants and judges after tonight’s show:
Most tragic song choice: That Yeh Yeh song Simon gave to Scott Bruton, far worse than Louis’ choice of Build Me Up, Buttercup from last year.
Most spine tingling performance: Diana Vickers for an unusual but beautiful performance of U2’s With Or Without You. This girl has a great style that can only get better as the competition progresses.
Biggest costume disaster: It’s got to be a tie between Rachel Hylton’s awful shapeless grey suit and Laura White’s unflattering dress and hair.
Most pointless performance: Ruth Lorenzo for continuing to sing in Spanish because Simon remarked about it once in a bootcamp episode. Alright, you’re Spanish, welcome to Blighty, now let’s move on, eh?