Alright, so I don’t usually do X Factor results show posts (except for the occasional guest act’s performance), but this one required some Muusing.
Tonight, MuuMuse favorites Cher Lloyd and Mary Byrnes were cast into the forsaken Bottom Two (DAMN YOU, ONE DIRECTION). Thus, the
lipsynch for your life sing for survival commenced.
Mary selected James Brown‘s “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World.” She truly came out fighting and belted that ish as Mary Byrnes is wont to do–that last note was pretty impeccable–leading to an explosion of cheers from the audience. A killer, killer performance. (WATCH)
Cher selected Britney‘s “Everytime.” Upon hearing this, my face began to swell, my lips turned blue and my lungs immediately collapsed, forcing me to run and jab an EpiPen into my neck. Not to worry, friends–my usual response to all things Brit Brit. (WATCH)
The swagga princess’ rendition started out very simple and sad in the first verse and chorus, but then came that bridge. Oh, how the emotion poured! She riffed and riffed and riffed some more, and the notes just kept soaring and getting better and better until her voice finally cracked and forfeited to tears. By the end, I was a complete and utter mess, and so was The Almighty Lloyd. SO. MANY. TEARS.
In the final deliberation, Louis selected Mary to save, Dannii and Cheryl went for Cher. It was up to Simon to make the final decision, and so it was done: Mary was out, Cher moved into the final round with One Direction, Matt Cardle and Rebecca Ferguson. I’m going to miss you, Mary.
The X Factor grand finale comes this weekend. Who takes the title? Beats me.
Oh yeah, and Alexandra Burke performed “The Silence” earlier in the show. (WATCH)
The singer was outfitted in a long, flowing white gown like an angel, literally taking flight into the air during the performance’s climactic end along with a bunch of upside-down-turned-right-side-up violin playing angels (nope, not making this up), at last spreading her hands Jesus style. X Factor performances: Always a subtle affair.
All kidding aside, her voice was completely and utterly B-A-N-A-N-A-S. Flawless, incredible powerhouse performance. Kudos to you, Burke!