James Arthur proved it’s not all downhill from here
With a rousing rendition of his new single Naked.
The 2012 X Factor’s performance will have buoyed the semi-finalists who watched on from the crowd – and so too will the rather favourable stats that Nicole Scherzinger rattled off afterwards – a sold out show in Wembley Arena last night, and 8 million records sold worldwide. Not bad, James!
But fans on Twitter were wondering how he managed to be in two places at once
Keen eyed Twitterers noticed that James was performing at the X Factor (at around 8.30pm) in London, shortly before he was due on stage in Birmingham. Cries of foul play swarmed the social media site:
How can James Arthur be LIVE on #xfactor now? He’s playing the Genting Arena in Birmingham tonight my future sister in law is at the concert! #dodgy
One fan suggested that Arthur’s performance was pre-recorded a couple of hours earlier with the live audience intact:
Sometimes parts are recorded an hour or so before the live show with the audience in the room as-live, and then they just fit it in later on. It’s a headache continuity wise but it is essentially live as it’s happened that evening. Simons jet on standby to get him to gig👍
Simon then reached over to cover her mouth, but the damage had already been done.
Lloyd Macey performed through laryngitis and SMASHED it
Right before Macey took to the stage, Louis Walsh informed the audience that the doctor had advised the singer – who was struggling with Laryngitis, a throat infection and a chest infection – not to perform.
Yet, he took on Sir Elton John’s Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me anyway – and absolutely killed it.
The judges loved it, in part, because it was imperfect.
“It got sloppy, it got dirty, it wasn’t so perfect,” Nicole said. “I loved it because it came from a different place this week. It came from your heart, it came from a soul, and you know where else it came from…”
Fans weren’t happy to see The Cutkelvins going against the grain on Cool Brittania week
The Scottish trio won high praise from the judges for their original song Nothing Like, but fans on Twitter were unhappy that they didn’t stick to the theme of the week.
I love The Cutkelvins and that song was brilliant but how the hell it kept to the theme, I don't know #xfactor
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