This week The X Factor is in nostalgic mood, marking its tenth series with a bit of a ‘let’s celebrate how great we are’ theme.
And why not? It’s their show.
The acts will perform songs from the show’s back catalogue, with some doing tracks by artists who have gone on to have chart success after The X Factor, including One Direction and Leona Lewis.
The promo video for this tenth birthday celebration harks back to Simon Cowell dishing out fashion advice, and this year’s first-audition flops, including J Star Valentine who sang like a ghost.
But the acts themselves are rather sensibly sidelining the silly stuff for songs that packed a punch the first time around. How will they compare? Here’s what I bargain the judges will have to say about it all…
Hannah Barrett – Hallelujah
Nicole Scherzinger’s act has chosen to perform Hallelujah, the debut single for 2008 X Factor champ Alexandra Burke. Alexandra’s cover went on to be Christmas number one and the top-selling single of that year. No pressure then.
But this is Hannah, who aside from a couple of appearances in the bottom two, hasn’t put a foot wrong. Louis Walsh is bound to say Hannah could go on to have the same success as Alexandra (he does love a comparison after all) and Gary Barlow will probably fling out some word like ‘faultless’. It’s his last year, he can go crazy.
Luke Friend – What Makes You Beautiful
Brave is the man that takes on a One Direction song. Can Louis’s lad carry the boy band hit all on his own?
As long as he ‘puts his own spin on it’ I think Gary will be satisfied, but I think Nicole Scherzinger might call on the One D fans’ support and say it wasn’t quite as good. It’s time to get tactical by now, isn’t it?
Nicholas McDonald – The Climb
Nicholas is looking to Cheryl Cole’s 2009 champ Joe McElderry who released his own cover of Miley Cyrus’s The Climb.
Nicole Scherzinger is sure to love the butter-won’t-melt performance and Louis Walsh may even cry (go on Louis, just one tear!). I bargain Sharon Osbourne will like it, but perhaps Gary could think it’s ‘too safe’?
Rough Copy – Don’t Let Go
The last remaining group in the competition are taking on En Vogue’s Don’t Let Go, a track beloved by the only group ever to win, 2011’s Little Mix.
I would say Rough Copy will bring less spikes and glitter, but actually, they’ll probably bring more. And probably a leather skirt.
Gary will love it (obvs), Sharon, I bargain, will pick them out as the dark horse – behind her own Sam Bailey of course – and Louis will hopefully do a bit of bopping along in the background. The classic X Factor stuff that we love.
Sam Bailey – Bleeding Love
Oh Sam you cheeky devil. A Leona Lewis song. My, my, this is going to be extraordinary and is bound to prove Sam can hold her own in the charts as much as any of the young whippersnappers.
But Leona is a legend. Will Louis be able to get over having heard it originally sung by Leona Lewis – who he saw crowned champ? Probably. Sharon will sling her water at him otherwise. We’re off down X Factor memory lane after all and THAT was a highlight. Gary could even say he wishes she was in his category, and Scherzinger’s got to come up with some new word for this performance, surely?
Tamera Foster – Impossible
We see what you’ve done here Scherzinger. Your winner from last year’s track passed over to your current act. Nice. It’ll be completely different to James Arthur’s style, but probably the safer for it. I bargain Gary will be the toughest to convince with this, although at least he won’t be able to say she’s just copying Beyonce. I think Louis will tell her she’s got ‘star quality’.
One Direction and Olly Murs are also back to perform this weekend. Perhaps Simon Cowell will even drop in. Just for old time’s sake.
See the X Factor this Saturday and Sunday night on ITV at 8:00pm