The judges said: Original song, original hit with the judges.
“We’ve got you back again after the last two weeks. This was great,” Simon Cowell said.
“The fact that you’ve got the confidence to do your own material – and it stood up that song,” he added. “Your energy was much better tonight. Something’s changed. We’ve got Grace back, congratulations.”
“You’re such a great songwriter,” Nicole said. “It sounds like it could be on the radio now.”
“I love the fact you’re writing original songs, you’re going to have an amazing career after this,” Louis added.
The judges said: Louis Walsh made a strong call after Holly’s performance: “If I’m really honest, I think you could be under pressure. I do. I think she could be in trouble, because I know the standard of everybody here tonight.”
Sharon was furious: “Thanks for that information Louis! Holly you did yourself proud, I’m really really proud of you.”
Simon was in two minds. “You’ve come back with a way better song for yourself. You look more current. Is it the best song? Probably not.”
However, he added, “Everyone’s come out fighting for a place in the semi-final, and you’ve just put your stamp on the competition.”
The judges said: A strong response from the judges for Matt this Sunday, with all four singing from the same hymn sheet.
“You’re so consistent, I love the way you work the stage. After that performance you have to be safe for next week,” said Louis.
“I have to say this is probably the best performance that you’ve done to date,” Sharon added, while Simon called him “the most improved contestant from where we first saw you to now. You just give 1000 per cent.”
“My favourite thing is when an artist is done and they’re out of breath, beacuase you know they’re left it all out on the stage,” Nicole said of her act. “I’m so proud of you. You just slayed tonight.”
Song: From This Moment On (Shania Twain ft. Bryan White)
The judges said: Lloyd’s performance split the judges tonight – and resulted in the second weird food analogy of the night.
“This was great, but it didn’t make me emotional,” Simon said, with Nicole chiming in, “You have such a beautiful instrument. His voice is his instrument.”
BUT: “You to me are like a perfect bowl of spaghetti. I love spaghetti, but sometimes I’m hungry for some arrabiata.”
Something with a bit more punch? “A little less cheese,” Nicole explained. With Simon talking about prawn cocktails earlier in the night, we’re starting to wonder whether the judges had their dinner before tonight’s recording…