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The 12 Most Important Moments From 80s Week On “The X Factor”

It’s time to face the music. Again.

Dermot’s bulge was overshadowing the contestants before things had even got started.


Dermot’s bulge

@iamdermotsbulge

I’m actually in a codpiece under those trousers #80snight #xfactor

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It was 80s night!

A promising sign that they’re going to take the themes seriously this year. Normally at this point it’s usually just ‘musical heroes’ or some crap.

12. Sam Callahan’s “Summer Of 69” was the worst, but his looks securely saw him through.

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Not to get all Gary about things, but Sam cannot sing. But at least Louis got to wheel out his favourite trope, describing him as “a young Bryan Adams.”


heather.

@heaatherwighton

People are being so horrible about Sam Callahan but I’ve known him for a year & a half & he’s such a genuine person. #xfactor @TheXFactor

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11. Shelley Smith survived the sing-off with her big personality.

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Her rendition of Heart’s classic power ballad “Alone” was probably the song choice of the night. With added wind machine! There’s not a hope in hell she’ll sustain a pop career, and found herself straight to the sing-off in the Flashvote. But she’s better TV than Lorna, so made it through.

Regarding the @TheXFactor Flash Vote...IT'S NOT OVER TILL IT'S OVER! #XFactor #TeamSharon

— MrsSOsbourne (@Sharon Osbourne)

Sharon Osbourne

@MrsSOsbourne

Regarding the @TheXFactor Flash Vote…IT’S NOT OVER TILL IT’S OVER! #XFactor #TeamSharon

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Oh COME ON. Shelley was not the worst tonight. #XFactor

— misterjorgensen (@David Jørgensen)

David Jørgensen

@misterjorgensen

Oh COME ON. Shelley was not the worst tonight. #XFactor

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10. Luke Friend’s hair dominated the conversation more than his “Every Breath You Take” cover.

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“Every Mum In The Country” apparently wants to cut his hair. We just wish he would get off the pot or piss in it: either decide it’s dreads, or brush it.

Why have they dressed Luke like a lesbian dracula? #XFactor

— johnmarrs1 (@john marrs)

john marrs

@johnmarrs1

Why have they dressed Luke like a lesbian dracula? #XFactor

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9. Nicholas McDonald made a decent enough start with “True” by Spandau Ballet.

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And not, as the show’s YouTube account claims, “True” by Duran Duran. Powered by Louis, Nicholas probably had a chance actually.

Nicholas was born in 1997, BTW #XFactor

— thisisjonbills (@Jon Bills)

Jon Bills

@thisisjonbills

Nicholas was born in 1997, BTW #XFactor

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8. Miss Dynamix struggled to make much impact with their version of “Jump” by The Pointer Sisters.

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What happens when you mash Ms Dynamite with Little Mix? Probably not this. But this was alright, and it’s no longer a given that the girl groups are going to go out early.

#xfactor I think Ms Dynamix or Lorna maybe in trouble tonight

— divasdelite (@Lara Livingstone)

Lara Livingstone

@divasdelite

#xfactor I think Ms Dynamix or Lorna maybe in trouble tonight

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7. Lorna Simpson was possibly overshadowed by her dancers and this could have been what did for her.

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Her version of Whitney’s “So Emotional” may have been a bit all over the place, but there was no real justice in her losing the sing-off to Shelley. Poor Lorna became the first to be eliminated, through no real fault of her own. But with no real hate candidate of comedy act this year, it had to be somebody.

Let’s have another look at one of those dancers, shall we?

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Very sad that @LornaSimpsonX had to go home. Worst position to be in to go first. @TheXFactor #XFactor

— MrsSOsbourne (@Sharon Osbourne)

Sharon Osbourne

@MrsSOsbourne

Very sad that @LornaSimpsonX had to go home. Worst position to be in to go first. @TheXFactor #XFactor

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Did Sharon just forget Lorna's name? #XFactor

— tommaud11 (@Thomas Maud)

Thomas Maud

@tommaud11

Did Sharon just forget Lorna’s name? #XFactor

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6. Hannah Barrett is probably never going back to Greggs after her “What’s Love Got To Do With It?”

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“The word with you is potential,” said Louis, which is probably on the money. She was wobbly with pitch and confidence, but is probably the most likeable person in the competition. And there is nothing wrong with working at Greggs anyway.

Hannah Is going to be dangerously dehydrated by the end of this. #xfactor

— BattleCat1981 (@Gareth Butters)

Gareth Butters

@BattleCat1981

Hannah Is going to be dangerously dehydrated by the end of this. #xfactor

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5. Kingsland Road are this year’s fanciable boyband.

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There’s a lot of work to do after their debut performance, of Wham’s “I’m Your Man”. But there’s still a lot of work to do with their forebears One Direction and that seems to be going perfectly well. Tumblr is currently hard at work trying to work out which is the gay one.

Hairland Road the land of great hair! Great energy!

— NicoleScherzy (@Nicole Scherzinger)

Nicole Scherzinger

@NicoleScherzy

Hairland Road the land of great hair! Great energy!

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I was actually up Kingsland Road earlier. Make your own joke, I'm tired and drunk. #xfactor

— LeeBinding (@Lee Binding)

Lee Binding

@LeeBinding

I was actually up Kingsland Road earlier. Make your own joke, I’m tired and drunk. #xfactor

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But there really was no good reason for them all to cover “Get Lucky” together.

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So please, let us never speak of this again.

They've given Get Lucky a real "4am in Elements Bar" poignancy. #XFactor

— NotRollergirl (@Daisy Buchanan)

Daisy Buchanan

@NotRollergirl

They’ve given Get Lucky a real “4am in Elements Bar” poignancy. #XFactor

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4. Abi Alton did a stunning rendition of Bon Jovi’s “Living On A Prayer”.

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But we have a sneaking suspicion that she could turn out to be this year’s Aidan Grimshaw. And, science fact: if she wasn’t hunched over a piano her vocal would be much more powerful Tori Amos got over this problem by sitting at the piano with her legs spread out, in order to open up her lungs.

John Lewis' next Christmas advert right there. Possibly played out over scenes of snowmen wearing denim jackets and with mullets. #XFactor

— AnnieRich75 (@Anne Richardson)

Anne Richardson

@AnnieRich75

John Lewis’ next Christmas advert right there. Possibly played out over scenes of snowmen wearing denim jackets and with mullets. #XFactor

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3. Sam Bailey floored everyone with her version of “The Power Of Love” but will probably still go out in week six.

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And controversially, she incorrectly sang the Celine Dion version, “I’m your lady” rather than the classic Jennifer Rush, “I am your lady.”

Sam Bailey sounds good, despite the very best efforts of the #XFactor sound team.

— rudemrlang (@Paul Lang)

Paul Lang

@rudemrlang

Sam Bailey sounds good, despite the very best efforts of the #XFactor sound team.

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2. Rough Copy are the strongest group in the competition.

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Their take on Phil Collins’ “In The Air Tonight” raised a rare power in the room, and in a neat A&R spin, continued a tradition of urban fixation with the music of Phil Collins, as per the 2001 covers collection “Urban Renewal”. A lot of overstated consonants though. Maybe didn’t need to send them to so many elocution lessons?

"There's got to be a market for a boyband like this." Black, Louis? Do you mean black? #XFacfor

— ryanjohnbutcher (@Ryan John Butcher)

Ryan John Butcher

@ryanjohnbutcher

“There’s got to be a market for a boyband like this.” Black, Louis? Do you mean black? #XFacfor

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1. But Tamera Foster is already the clear winner.

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When she sang Chaka Khan’s “Ain’t Nobody”, that much was obvious. She had sass and poise in ridiculous quantities, and unusually for X Factor, sang the song rather than warbled it. A star, instantly, who reminded you of the reason you still watch this show. And clearly knows her music: even she looked surprised at how abruptly the song ended.

This was the mood of the nation.

She even waves and walks like a winner. Incredible.

— Popjustice (@Popjustice)

Popjustice

@Popjustice

She even waves and walks like a winner. Incredible.

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They could just crown her winner now and save everyone a lot of bother. Even so, we’re all back in aren’t we?

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