The theme of this week’s X Factor live show is Halloween – as if things aren’t scary enough anyway with Gary’s temper tantrums, Louis’ ever-changing hairdo, and the girls’ outfits more reminiscent of Rocky Horror than red carpet glam.
She may not have an obvious Halloween look, but what are the odds that front runner Ella will vamp it up with a rendition of I Put A Spell on You, or perhaps a husky performance of Dusty Springfield’s Spooky, taking her sailing through to next week? And Jahmene’s next performance has got Michael Jackson’s Thriller written all over it, with his ability to nail those high notes. But it’s going to be a trickier week for boy bands District 3 and Union J as the baby-faced boppers will have to find an edgier look to stick to the theme. Or perhaps they’ll opt for a tweenie take on Bow Wow Wow’s I Want Candy – trick or treat stylee?
But the question on everyone’s lips is what will Rylan do next? So far we’ve seen him dress head to toe in gold for Spandau Ballet’s famous hit, Gold. Next, he took on a Gangnam Style medley along with a team of “dancing fashion pandas”, and then a prison-inspired dance routine to a J-Lo-Rihanna mix. So it’s likely that the Essex boy will keep the theatrics level high – perhaps putting his own…unique twist on Marilyn Manson’s Sweet Dreams – or maybe a club anthem version of Tubular Bells?
Whatever happens, why not continue the Halloween theme in the kitchen at home, and settled down to The X Factor with a scary squash soup? Making a baking paper stencil is a great way to add a Halloween twist – like our pumpkin seed bat. Or, if you’re a real X Factor fanatic, then you could customise the soup with the initial of your favourite act. We wonder how many soups will have a big “R” on them…