X Factor UK Season 10

Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by kylet3, Nov 3, 2013.

  1. kylet3

    kylet3 Well-Known Member

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    My apologies if there is a thread out there about this already, but has anyone been watching? From what I've seen, I only have two words...

    SAM BAILEY!

    I have no idea in the world how she wasn't known before, but she should be now. She has been flawless every single week in finals. Is she favourite to win? If she does, I can't wait to buy her CD, she's so amazing!
     
  2. Ziggy

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    It's a really good season.

    There are quite a lot of very strong acts in the finals.

    I still can't get over Louis picking Sam Callahan who can't sing at all and Sharon not choosing Joseph Whelan and either Angela or Zoe but going with the godawful Lorna and Shelley instead (no surprise they were gone first).

    I guess producers wanted Callahan because he is cute and Shelley to have a joke act.

    I feel sorry for Miss Dynamix. Yeah, their Week 3 performance was awful but they were a new band, only starting to gel and I thought they had incredible potential. All three of them were very good singers.

    Sam Bailey is going to do well out of this. She probably won't sell many records but she's an incredible live performer and will probably make a good living out of that. It's incredible to think she just did one season on a cruise ship and then gave up singing, given how good she is. She seems to hardly ever miss a note and it's not just the voice. The performance aspect and the power of her last performance was incredible too.

    I think Kingsland Road might become a good boyband if they put around one year of really hard work in after the show (and I imagine Syco will want to make this kind of investment).

    Rough Copy are simply incredible. I hope they stop doing bland songs and get more edge but they have the whole package. And are extremely likeable on top of that.

    Tamera has incredible potential. Gorgeous, stunning voice. She just needs time to find her identity and develop her sound but she is still so young.

    Nicholas and Luke are sweet but I think they lack the X-Factor. I don't see a recording career for them.

    Hannah annoys me to no end. Horrible personality, constant whinging and whining and playing the victim. Croaky, uncontrolled voice that is more shouting than singing. I don't understand why the judges kiss her ass so much all the time.
     
  3. kylet3

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    Is there any consensus on a favorite to win at the moment?
     
  4. Ziggy

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    The Sam Callahan fiasco is getting ridiculous now. He can't sing. He never could. He is only in the show because he makes teens' panties wet.

    Kingsland Road still need a lot of work but they had great personalities and always gave it their 110%. I hope they get a record deal. One year from now they could be amazing.

    Tamera being in the bottom two was even more :huh:. It just shows that people can't appreciate a 'less is more' performance without the vocal showboating, usual for shows like this. :lynch:

    I'd say Sam Bailey hands down. All of her performances so far were flawless and she will appeal to a broad audience.

    And in disco week she's shown she can do much more than ballads. The power, the performance it was just incredible.
     
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    The fact nobody is posting in this thread is probably a fair testament to how underwhelming this season is.

    I almost slept through the last episode. :p
     
  6. floskate

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    Didn't even know there was a thread this year :lol:

    LOVE Sam Bailey who is THE class act of the competition. Every week she's just knocking it out of the park. The extra push she's getting each week on Gogglebox isn't hurting either ;)
    Rough Copy are the only serious competition to Sam IMO. Last weeks Big Band week showcased their versatility and proved what wonderful performers they are.
    Nicholas - beeeauuutiful voice with absolutely flawless intonation that just makes me :eek: every week. But agree he has no charisma and will only go so far.
    Luke at least has some stage presence although not a fan of his voice.
    Hannah seems to be loathed if you go by twitter and it's surely only a matter of time before nodules develop. When is someone going to teach her how to breathe properly??? :scream:
    Sam Callahan - errrrrr yep :yikes:
     
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    I really liked Kingsland Road and I think they went home way too early. Abi had one amazing week and the rest she sounded terrible, I'm glad she's gone. Hannah is also kind of amazing but she's always teetering on the edge of disaster and will be gone soon for sure. I wish Jade Richards could've been picked instead of one of those 2, it was so obvious to me that Hannah and Abi would be flashes in the pan and Jade had more potential to grow in the competition, but every year she seems to be cut off right before live shows. :( Luke is interesting and can be great but usually is pretty bad. Sam B. is terrific and I'm glad she got a nice makeover. Sam C. has terrific abs and needs to outlast some of these duds- I don't think he's as bad as everyone is saying, but its clear some others are better. Rough Copy does nothing for me and I think they should've gone before Kingsland Road- no idea what everyone is so impressed with there. Nicholas and Tamera are both very good in general, although Nicholas has had a couple terrible songs- the one he did this past week was awesome for him. I'd like to see them in the final with Sam B...but maybe they will be the next 2 to go home instead. :p
     
  8. Ziggy

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    Sam Bailey, Rough Copy and Luke Friend are the only three acts that even remotely excite me. Well I don't personally care for Sam at all but I can't deny she is absolutely incredible. She is most definitely going to win. Rough Copy I have an extremely soft spot for. They are great performers but most importantly they seem to be really lovely blokes and given the background they come from it's a very heart-warming cinderella story. Luke Friend stands out by having his own style (very edgy by talent show standards :p). Those three are my dream final.

    Everybody else can piss off.

    I liked Abi but Sharon's comments about putting the kettle on were spot on. It was too early for her, she wasn't ready, she needed to develop more charisma and presence. Her last performance showed improvement in this regard and I wish she could have been kept over Hannah but for whatever reason they judges seem to be crazy about HB.

    Hannah screams and growls more than she sings. As Flo said, nodules are a matter of time. She's on vocal rest most of the time already. No future in the industry, sorry. Also, her constant whinging is unbearable. This is one example of a sob story taken way way too far, to the point where I actually want her to sod off back to Greggs.

    Tamera can sing but at this point she is a hollow vessel. No character, no personality, no sense of who she is as an artist. Gary's "Stars in their Eyes" comment was spot on. I guess she is going to make a perfect mini-Rihanna. I imagine a Syco deal is going to happen. On another note, her past is making me look wide-eyed at her.

    Nicholas is a very consistent performer with a lovely voice but he has zero charisma and is just so dull. He's McElderry/Quigg/Jackson of this series who will promptly be forgotten.

    Sam Callahan. :shuffle: Why is he even in the final in the first place? Ah yes, the wet panties effect. I mean I get it. He is incredibly handsome. Unbelievably so. He's not my type at all but he's one of the most attractive guys I have ever seen. He can't sing though. At all. Every single performance is just painful to hear, with him missing half of the notes. :wall:

    Digital Spy summed up all of the contestants really well:
    http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/tv/s103...the-x-factor-top-7-half-term-report-card.html
     
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  9. kylet3

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    Sam Bailey is who I absolutely LIVE for. I know that's not some people's cup-of-tea, but I absolutely LOVE the big diva voices and Sam seems so humble and down to earth so I really hope she does win. I plan to buy her CD if she does win. She has been nothing short of spectacular every single week.
     
  10. Ziggy

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    So we finally got rid of Sam Callahan who has proven he not only couldn't sing but he couldn't play the guitar either. His "Faith" two weeks ago was a very amusing car crash.

    Not much has changed really.

    When Tamera Foster auditioned, I thought she had great potential but it was way too soon for her and she needed like 2 years working with a record label to sort herself out first. I was right. :p She does have star quality and a very powerful voice but she's not ready yet. I'm pissed off she wasn't even in the bottom two after that disaster last weekend.

    It was very funny to see Nicholas McDonald being given a song that McElderry covered given he's pretty much his copy. Another great vocal performance. Another dull performance with no character or charisma. He'll make a living as a wedding singer (maybe a session singer as well) for sure but no way is he gonna be a successful recording artist.

    Sam Bailey belted it out again but I still have no sense of who she is as an artist and what she wants to do. What is she going to release if she gets signed? An album of power ballad covers?

    Hannah Barrett had an ok performance but I find her voice and (lack of) vocal technique very grating on my ears. Not going to be crying after her (although her sing-off performance was great) but it's Foster that should have gone home.

    Luke Friend is the only contestant who has his own style and identity. The big Elton John song was an absolutely terrible song choice, no wonder he was bottom two. But his complete re-working of "What Makes You Beautiful" was just brilliant. I'd never have thought it'd be something for him but he really 'made it his own' as Uncle Louis would say. I really hope he's in the final.

    Each time Rough Copy perform, I think about how amazing sex with the three of them (at the same time, of course) would probably be. They are just so cool and so likeable. They are also great performers but I am not sure who they are as artists any more. That Coldplay cover was like :huh:. They work hard, they sing well but it's like they do something different every week. I feel confused.

    I still want the final to be Sam Bailey, Rough Copy and Luke Friend but I imagine that Nicholas McDonald is going to make it instead of RC as all the boring people are going to vote for him.

    Can Tamera please go home next weekend? She's going to get a Syco contract anyway, probably.

    On a different note, it's been really lovely how close-knit, friendly and drama-free the contestants have been this year. A great atmosphere, a lot of camaraderie and no accusations of bullying or other nasty shenanigans.
     
  11. kylet3

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    I took a listen to Tamera from last weekend and it grated on my ears. she probably does have talent but I didn't hear it last weekend.

    For Sam I get the sense that she's going to try and continue in the same vein as someone like Celine Dion and the like, she has the voice to do it, but I just hope she's surrounded by the right people in which she can flourish.

    Winner should be decided in a couple weeks yes?
     
  12. Ziggy

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    I think Gary was right about that performance. It wasn't just that she forgot the lyrics twice, it seemed to be the wrong key for her and it was all too much 'deer-in-the-headlights.'

    Sam Bailey is an incredible singer but she'll need very clever A&R people in order to find her own sound. Something that will appeal to the general public whilst being modern enough to be considered 'cool' and get airplay. What I am worried will happen is Cowell will sign her, whack out an album of ballad covers quickly to make a quick buck and then drop her because investing in her would be too risky. Still, even if that does happen, I imagine she'll make a comfortable living from getting lots of bookings. She seems universally loved and there's no doubt in her signing ability.

    The final is in 3 weeks, I think and this year the winner will compete for the Christmas number one single (in the past couple of years, the single was released a week before as a result of social media campaigns aimed at preventing the X-Factor winner from taking the top spot - official charts in the UK are based on sales only).
     
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    Yes, I think that this is a very realistic prospect for Sam Bailey. Not selling a lot of records but still earning a good living from touring and private bookings.
     
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    The 'general public' has been selecting one of the two songs the contestants are going to perform next week and 'I Believe I Can Fly' was chosen for Rough Copy. WELL DONE, EVERYONE.
     
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    I think Luke can win this now !
    Sam Luke and Tamera in the final .I think Little Nicky /RC will be in the sing off tonight .
     
  17. kylet3

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    I still think Sam wins this in a runaway. She had two absolutely stunning performances AGAIN last night. Week after week she doesn't put a foot wrong and I think she's still very humble and down to earth. She gets inside of a song and connects with it and that comes out. Her range is off the chart. I can't wait to see her in the finals :)
     
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    I'm amazed Tamera went out tonight Nicky should have been in the bottom two IMO.She is a good singer but I don't think she's likeable and she's so young .She will probably do amazingly well anyway.I really want Sam to win but I would be just as pleased if Luke won.
     
  19. Ziggy

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    Nicholas McDonald has been showing a bit more performance quality finally. He still lacks charisma and personality but in the second song, he finally let loose and lit up and gave a proper performance. It was his best outing so far, I think. I'd still have him in the bottom two because he's so bland but he probably has the public vote in the bag, being so inoffensive.

    Sam Bailey was note perfect as usual but again, I think that identity and whether she has anything to say is a big issue for me. The first performance was ok but it made me :yawn:. It was, as Nichole said, very cruise ship. The second performance started incredibly well. I was positively surprised that she managed to create such perfect mood and not oversing, being in total control. And then came the final chorus and the typical talent show vocal showboating kicked in. :scream:

    Tamera Foster finally managed to rein in her nerves but I felt that I was watching something different than the judges. Her "We Found Love" seemed partly off-key, she seemed uncomfortable, hardly moved and all-in-all it was a pretty mediocre performance. Her second song was much better. Great control, she really connected with the song, it was very emotional. Still, overall I'd have her in the bottom two together with Nicholas.

    Luke Friend confirmed to me that he's the best act this year by a mile. He's the only person there with an identity, with a sense of who he is as an artist and with his own voice. He doesn't cover songs, he makes them his own, by actually arranging them differently and changing them up. He has an original raspy, rocky voice and his performances are always so impassioned. I thought both his "Skinny Love" and "I Will Wait For You" were just incredible. I was very :rolleyes: and :mad: to see him in the sing-off but then he's probably too 'different' for an average viewer.

    Rough Copy left me with mixed emotions. Their first performance had fantastic energy, it was great fun, but the vocals really suffered as a result of all the dancing. The second performance was ok but a bit bland. I still don't know who they really are. A vocal harmony group? A high energy pop/r&b group?

    Luke Friend's performance in the sing off was the best performance of the series so far, for me. The way he got carried away, the passion, the emotion, he really gave it 110%. When Barlow went to deadlock saying it was too close (seriously :rolleyes:), I thought that the producers told him to do it to keep Foster in. Fortunately that was not the case. But honestly, what was Barlow smoking...

    At this stage, what I would like to see:
    1) Luke Friend
    2) Sam Bailey
    3) Rough Copy (or them 2nd and Sam 3rd)
    4) Nicholas McDonald

    What probably is going to happen: :(
    1) Sam Bailey
    2) Nicholas McDonald
    3) Rough Copy
    4) Luke Friend
     
  20. Ziggy

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    Semi-Final

    Luke Friend gave it 9 PE again on the Beyonce song. I agree with Scherzinger that his interpretation was perhaps a little one-dimensional but great presence, great charisma and again - he's the only act who really knows who he is and has his own, consistent style. His second performance was very different and he hit the big notes. I adore him.

    Nicholas McDonald was just all over place. It was the first performance where he really showed emotions and carried them across but it was also the first performance where he failed to deliver vocally. Out of tune from the start, voice cracking a few times later on. What a mess. For his second performance he was back to very strong vocals and no charisma or personality. I don't see a career in the music industry for him at all. He can release a Mother's Day ballad covers album that would probably sell well but I can't see him doing much beyond that.

    Sam Bailey delivered with killer vocals as usual in her first performance. I did switch off during the second song, though. I don't think that it worked very well for her as it doesn't have big notes of key changes. P.S. She's lost so much weight!

    Great energy, great performance and quite strong harmonies from Rough Copy. I have to agree with Louis and Sharon. It was a bit too much everything-and-the-kitchen-sink. The second song completely blew me away though. I thought their individual vocals weren't that strong during "Survivor" but that's probably partly due to all of the dancing because they were so clear and strong during the second performance. It was simple, elegant and beautifully sang. And that final note from Joey. Wow.

    Whilst the overall level has been very high this year, it's been a bit boring how predictable the acts were, I guess. ;)

    I'd rank the semi-final performances thus:
    1) Luke Friend
    2) Rough Copy
    3) Sam Bailey
    4) Nicholas McDonald (buhbye)

    My last week's prediction was right, though. Nicholas made it (probably in 2nd place), as he appeals to a much wider audience than Luke Friend or Rough Copy.

    Luke Friend gave a 8.75 PE performance in the sing-off again. Rough Copy did quite well also but I thought their vocals were a little rough around the edges. It seemed they wanted it too much and lost control. Luke had the same problem to an extent but I thought he had a slight edge in that sing-off and I am glad that he made it. I feel really sorry for RC, I think that final won't be as fun without them. I hope they can have a career in the music industry, though. They have great personalities, great energy on stage.

    On another note, Leona Lewis' performance of her Christmas single was hilariously random and over-the-top. I don't like the song at all though and I think that Kelly Clarkson easily wins the battle of the Christmas songs.
     
  21. floskate

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    It should have been Nicholas and Rough Copy in the bottom 2 with either one going. Nicholas because he's dull and RC because they sang soooooo badly in the sing off. :yikes: :scream:
     
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    I agree, Rough Copy just totally lost it emotionally in the sing-off and their vocals were a hot mess.

    The final will be a little anti-climactic since you can very safely bet on Sam Bailey winning, McDonald coming second and Friend being chucked at the first vote freeze.

    I wonder what Cowell is planning for those acts. Friend could possibly make a successful pop-rock album if given a bit of time to develop. I wouldn't rush that release. With Bailey and McDonald, Cowell might go for the quick and easy buck route and rush release crappy covers albums, like he did with Jahmene Douglas and his abomination of a début release, which was basically a shower of total shit.

    I hope he's not going to go down that route with Sam Bailey because she definitely is a one in a million talent vocally and deserves much better. Just hire Sia and Emeli Sande to write big ballads and she's sorted, really.
     
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    I really hope Sam does win. I'm a little worried about the Scottish vote doing it for Nicholas because he's somehow managed to stay in up until now despite being incredibly boring. The kids I teach at school are mostly in favour of him winning so I spent yesterday trying to convince them to vote for Sam instead - I remember Leon Jackson mania up here and I don't want to see another bland teeny bopper boy winner!
     
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    Just saw the other two finalists, and perhaps I'm biased, but vocally it's not even close. Sam Bailey wins it in a runaway, of course that's not always the case and I'm not sure about British Teens, but I'm sure there are many that will vote for Nicholas just because "he's cute", him trying to do Beyonce was :scream: worthy. The song was way too big for him and his voice. He really has very limited range and should probably stick to Bieber type pop songs where he doesn't have to stretch it, because the power isn't there.

    Luke Friend, isn't my cup of tea but he knows who he is, knows what he wants to do and I know what genre he will do. That I think will drive people to him, but he just isn't that interesting to me. I hope he gets a deal because he is talented and deserves to go somewhere.

    Sam, what can I say? :swoon: That voices just makes me melt as soon as I hear it. She has such superb range and control over what she does. If she can get the right people and Cowell doesn't royally screw it up, I think she could carve out a very good market for herself. She has the kind of voice that can really make her go international and be a hit in North America with the right people and songs behind her. I really hope the British Public realizes what kind of a talent they have with her, because I will be buying her CD if she wins this thing. Fantastic voice and deserves the win.
     
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    So did no one see the finale this weekend?

    Sam Bailey is the new X-Factor winner! :D :kickass:

    She was spectacular this weekend. She is by far one of the most consistent talent-show performers I have ever seen. She never gave a single bad performance. She was consistently good. I'm still :confused: over the Scherzinger duet though. Granted it was amazing and I had no idea Scherzy had the kind of voice in her, did she really feel the need to outdo Sam every chance she got? Like really? :rolleyes: She sang the hell out of her songs this weekend and has actually made me like a Demi Lovato song which I never thought possible. It's locked and loaded into my iPod and I've listened to it already. She kills it every time.

    Nicholas is going to be fine. He's got that dopey "aww schucks" smile and is "cute" so girls everywhere are going to love him. I'm surprised the teeny-boppers didn't put him over the top but he's going to get a record deal out of it without question so he'll be okay. I'm really glad he didn't win though, Sam had him beat hands down.

    The one I worry for is Luke. He is clearly the most well defined of the final three, he's got the chops and talent, I just hope he won't be ignored. He has the potential to sell a lot of albums as well.
     
  26. Ziggy

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    I've finally got around to watching it. :p

    It was a very underwhelming final. I feel sorry for Friend who really didn't deliver vocally on day 1. "Candy" was a complete disaster for McDonald (who in their right mind would pick that song for him...) but he redeemed himself with his other performances. Still, nowhere near Bailey. It was really obvious she would win.

    The only interesting thing in the final was discovering how absolutely incredible Scherzinger's vocal range is.

    What was very surprising though was the day 1 results. I didn't expect it to be this close. Bailey 38.2%, McDonald 32.1% and Friend 29.7% (damnit, he was so close to making it! :().

    I thought that the song they picked as the 'winner's single' for Nicholas was perfect but I am not so sure about 'Skyscraper' for Bailey. Whilst she has managed to make the coveted Christmas number one with it, it has been the second lowest-selling X-Factor winner's single so far. I hope Sony is not going to spare any expense and they've already drafted Emeli Sande and Sia to work on Bailey's album.

    As for McDonald, I hope he releases a mother's day cover album full of stodgy ballads and then disappears forever. :p
     
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    Agreed, I hope Sony goes all out for Sam. She's got the vocal talent with the likes of Adele, Celine Dion and the like. There's no reason she can't be a global superstar.

    OT - did you see the videos performing of her at G-A-Y bar in London? I guess that means she likes us! She really likes us! :lol:
     
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    Sam Bailey has apparently recorded something with Michael Bolton, making sure to secure her hold on the over-40 market. :D

    Nicholas McDonald is SURPRISE SURPRISE recording a shitty covers album, entitled "Arms of an Angel" :lol:, following in the footsteps of Jahmene Douglas. Will it be equally appalling? My guess: It will be worse. Although in a shocking turns of events, there will be three original songs on it! Make sure to update your diaries, accordingly.
     
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    Nicholas McDonald's single dropped. And it's not a cover! RCA surely realises that his 5 minutes of fame will be over very soon so they're not dragging their feet. It's called "Answerphone" and it's predictably terrible although you cannot deny it's pretty catchy.

    Nicholas McDonald "Answerphone"

    Popjustice did their usually hilarious and snarky write-up. :D 'Rummaging around in the bins of One Direction’s A&R team'. :rofl:
     
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    Sam Bailey's GRAND PRIZE of 'supporting Beyoncé on her UK tour' has been demoted to 'supporting Beyoncé on ONE date of her UK tour, and that date is in Birmingham.' :rofl: