Rak-Su, Grace Davies, The Cutkelvins, Lloyd Macey and Kevin Davy White remain in the competition, though two will be sent home on Sunday night. Each contestant will sing the song they think is most likely to earn them a place in next week’s final.
What the judges said: They reckon he deserves a spot in the final.
“What can I say other than, annoyingly brilliant,” Simon said. It actually reminded me of christmas, it made me feel happy. I think that should get you into the final next week.”
“Lloyd you were like the angel of music up there tonight,” Nicole said, before her next statement – “from one vocalist to another – but the rest of” led to the rest of comments being drowned out by the sound of Louis and Simon clearing their throats ironically.
Louis added: “It was the perfect song but you’ve got the perfect voice. Please get him in the final”.
What the judges said: They reckon these guys will be in the final, too.
Louis said: “You’ve made so much progress, you have to be in the final. This is a hit record.”
Sharon was equally impressed: “Everything you do is just brilliant.See ya next week.”
While Nicole said it wasn’t their best performance of the series, she admitted that they’d probably be in the final, before adding a typically bizarre comparison: “you’re pizza, everybody loves pizza and there’s a topping for everyone.”
Simon had some particularly high praise: “we make shows like this in the hope that we find artists like you.”
What the judges said: They fear they didn’t quite do enough to make it to next week.
“Guys, what a tough night,” Sharon said. The competition here with you all is so huge cause you’re all so great. you’re in your comfort zone now. I hope you’re here next week.
Nicole wasn’t so sure. “I know that 2 people are going home tonight, but I don’t know if that was cutting edge enough for you to be in the final,” she said.
Simon added: “I’m frustrated cause I didn’t like the production behind you tonight. You guys haven’t compromised – you are the underdogs, I’m not gonna lie – but i think there’s enough people who want you in the final next week.”
What the judges said: They were blown away by her original song.
Simon said: “That was like me listening to someone who comes back onto the show with a hit record. What you guys are doing with your originality and new material, you’re coming in every week with hit records You deserve to be there next week.”
“Grace you’re so blessed because you truly have a gift for songwriting,” Nicole said. “You have such a great skill. My only thing to you is just enjoy it, because its going to be a beautiful ride.”
Louis was adamant that she should make it to the final: “you have to be in the final because you’re original, you’re hardworking”.
“That song is a hit single, it really, really is”, Sharon said. “I don’t know how you do it. You take my breath away each week.”
The judges said: A “classy” performance brought a standing ovation from Simon Cowell.
“That is honestly one of my favourite ever songs,” Cowell said. “I loved your version – you took it where other people don’t take it. thats about being an artist. It was so intimate it was so stunning, I didn’t want it to end.”
“I’ve so much respect for you for what you’ve just done. This will take you to the final, I’m sure of it.”
Nicole was gave a typically colourful take: “You should feel like the unicorn that you are. Your tone just sounded beautiful. I loved it because it was understated and simple,” she said.
And Louis Walsh shared some equally high praise: “because of your talent you deserve to be in the final,” he said, adding: “this could be the performance of the night for me”.
The judges said: The song choice didn’t go over all that well.
“Your vocals are always absolutely perfect. The only thing I didn’t love – the song choice,” Louis said.
Sharon got his back: “listen, I think the audience has said ti – but every time you perform, you just are so up. It’s infectious,” she began, before adding: “I must say I prefer you doing your own songs.”
Nicole was on a different plain altogether: “live and in full colour!” she said. “That was very vibrant and trippy and cool”.
But Simon had nothing but praise for the group.
“I had a feeling Louis wouldn’t like this,” he said, claws out, “because it was original. You did everything you should be doing on Cool Brittania 0- doing what you’re passionate about.”
“You’re game changers; you’re not puppets. I pray to god you’re in the final next week.”
Song: Don’t Let the Sun Go Down On Me (Elton John)
The judges said: Singing through Laryngitis, a chest infection and a throat infection, Lloyd still managed to wow the judges.
“Lloyd – that was a great, great song choice,” said Simon Cowell. “Your voice sounded great, you were good. You’re a fighter, you’ve got a great voice. Congratulations.”
“I asked for arabiatta,” Nicole said, overjoyed, “it got sloppy, it got dirty, it wasn’t so perfect. 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…”
“No one would know you were sick” said Sharon. “You did amazingly well tonight, I’m so happy for you.”
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