X Factor 2013: Louis Walsh testing Gary Barlow’s patience as Sam Callahan is set Take That song?

Disco Week song choices have been revealed and Louis appears to be playing with fire as he sets Sam the task of singing Relight My Fire after tough comments from Gary Barlow last week


Sam Callahan is on thin ice with X Factor judge Gary Barlow, who hasn’t been shy about pointing out weaknesses in Sam’s vocal performances.


Last week Gary said of Sam’s attempt at U2’s All I Want is You, “The song really exposed your voice for you, pitching issues and technique wasn’t that good at all.”

All of which makes Sam’s Disco Week song choice seem rather risky…

His mentor Louis Walsh has helpfully set Sam the task of singing a song that was a hit for Gary and Take That, in the form of Relight My Fire.

Bonkers? Probably. Then again, Louis will no doubt be quick to point out that it’s actually a 1979 Dan Hartman song and pretend the whole Take That thing never actually happened.

Among the other song choices for Disco Week, things will be staying up-tempo for Gary’s boy band Kingsland Road, who are singing Blame It on the Boogie, while Nicholas McDonald is turning to Michael Jackson with Rock With You.

After being warned that people will get up to put the kettle on during her performances, Nicole Scherzinger’s Abi Alton is coming out fighting with a rendition of I Will Survive (let’s hope she does because otherwise the headlines really rather write themselves).

Hannah Barrett, who found herself in the sing-off last week, is set to wow with Jocelyn Brown’s Somebody Else’s Guy. Tamera Foster will slow things down with a rather strange Disco Week choice in Rose Royce’s I’m Wishing on a Star. Hopefully she’ll throw in some glow sticks or something to spice it up.

Meanwhile, Sam Bailey is ditching the ballads for a rendition of Donna Summer and Barbra Streisand’s No More Tears (Enough is Enough). You know there’s going to be bouncing with a track like that. Scherzinger will explode with excitement about the “machestical” nature of the whole thing – another word to add to your Scherzinger dictionary. 

Louis’ crooner Luke Friend is set to get us up on our feet with a version of Play That Funky Music. And what would a disco week be without a bit of Earth, Wind & Fire? Rough Copy will hit us with September and, frankly, we’ll boogie the night away.  

The X Factor continues this Saturday and Sunday at 8:00pm on ITV