X Factor finalists go for gold

Published Saturday, 06 October 2012
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With some Olympians in the audience, the first X Factor live show saw the 13 hopefuls go for gold and make their first attempts at proving they deserve their place in the final.

X Factor finalists go for gold
Rylan Clark sings Gold by Spandau Ballet (© Rex Features)

Judges Louis Walsh, Tulisa Contostavlos, Gary Barlow and Nicole Scherzinger watched as their acts did their best to impress the audience and viewers watching at home.

But first, Christopher Maloney was revealed as the winner of the wildcard place - with the emotional 34-year-old falling to the floor in shock.

He pulled it together in time to perform Mariah Carey's Hero though.

And sticking with the Olympic/Hero theme, Rylan Clark tackled Spandau Ballet's Gold - with a "sparkly, but subtle" costume to match. More sparkly, less subtle really.

Strong contenders included Melanie Masson belting out a Beatles number, 16-year-old Ella Henderson taking on Take That and shy Jahmene Douglas with John Lennon's Imagine.

"There's nothing I hate more than someone singing my song 10 times better than me," Gary Barlow told Ella after her rendition of Rule The World.

"That was absolutely stunning."

Louis said it was a "faultless, effortless performance", while Nicole told the teen: "You're from another planet."

Gary wasn't quite so complimentary when it came to Rylan though, declaring he was embarrassed that his fellow judges had kept the 23-year-old Essex lad in the competition.

Nicole hit back, saying: "Don't be an old grumpy fart now. He is the entire package."

But who will make it to the next round? You decide and the results will be aired on UTV on Sunday from 8pm, with performances from Leona Lewis and Ne-Yo.

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22:31
Oi, Barlow!

Remember this?

And you had the nerve to be embarrassed by Rylan's performance lol! ;)

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22:16
It's over to you ...

The hopefuls have done all they can for tonight, now they face an anxious wait to find out who's carrying on in the competition.

Who do you think will make it through? Let us know!

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22:13
Reaction ...

Louis is apparently Jahmene's biggest fan, but he's got competition from Gary!

And well done Nicole for just embarrassing the heck out of the poor boy! O_o

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22:11
Last but not least ...

From Team Nicole, it's Jahmene Douglas with John Lennon's Imagine.

Lighters in the air, people ... Just don't set fire to the curtains. If you do, it wasn't our fault!

Beautiful song though ...

(Download the track here)

Last but not least ... (©Rex Features)
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22:06
Everyone wants a go on the X Factor!
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22:00
Reaction ...

Ha, knew it!

Louis reckons Carolynne could be the UK's answer to Shania Twain.

Nicole seemed a little confused by the approach to the song, but she likes her country music apparently so it's all good!

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21:58
Team Gary's last act tonight ...

And it's Carolynne Poole with Nicki Minaj's Starship. Only the country version. Yeah, you heard us, country.

How long 'til Louis mentions Shania?

(Download the track here)

Team Gary
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21:55
Reaction ...

Standing ovation from three of our four judges and Nicole's getting all emotional.

"There's nothing I hate more than someone singing my own song ten times better than me!" Gary declares.

"Definitely better than the original!" Louis says. Cheeky, but do you agree?

He also reckons she's in the same league as Leona Lewis. Okay, Louis, you know lots of famous people - we get it!

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21:51
X Factor's youngest hopeful ...

From Team Tulisa, it's Ella Henderson with Take That's Rule The World - she's the baby of the show at just 16 years old!

Can she impress Mr Barlow with his own song?

(Download the track here)

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21:44
Reaction ...

According to Mystic Louis, Kye's going to go far, he's going to get a record deal ... Bring us back the lottery numbers from the future, Louis! ;)

Gary's a bit ticked off though, 'cause his act didn't get enough razz-a-ma-tazz ...

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21:40
Team Gary again ...

And it's Kye Sones, with his take on Michael Jackson's Man In The Mirror.

Bold move to take on the King of Pop, can he do it justice?

Hands up if you're having a little bop along! Go on, admit it!

(Dowload the track here)

Team Gary again ... (©Rex Features)
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21:38
On Rylan's performance ...
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"Amazing!" Louis declares. Tulisa's loving it too and thinks the show wouldn't be the same without Rylan.

Gary's pouring cold water on things though, claiming he's embarrassed. Ouch!

Nicole's not a happy bunny after that remark, reminding Mr Barlow of Take That's early efforts. We've got an archive video on this very site of said efforts on the Kelly Show and, you know what? Girl's got a point!

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21:33
'Fierce and fabulous' ...

From Team Nicole, it's Rylan Clark with Spandau Ballet's Gold.

Apparently he wanted to go for "sparkly ... but subtle" with his outfit. Ermm, he does know what subtle actually means, doesn't he?? O_o

(Download the track here)

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21:25
Olympic fever continues!
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Reaction ...

Gary thinks Jade could "surprise everybody" and for Nicole, it's all about the tone.

According to Louis, she looks like an international popstar, although - for once - he doesn't specify which one. Rihanna, Louis!

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21:21
Team Tulisa take two ...

Next up from Tulisa's Girls is Jade Ellis, singing Hero by Enrique Iglesias.

Are we the only ones thinking she's a tad Rihanna-esque? Maybe Louis can confirm that for us in a minute ... ;)

(Download the track here)

Team Tulisa take two ... (©Rex Features)
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Uh-oh, Tulisa wasn't feeling it - missing vocals, too many dancers, wrong song ...

But Louis insists it was fun.

Gary's on Tulisa's side though. "Awful song choice," he says.

And now even Louis might just be agreeing a little.

Nicole's trying to bring a little positivity, but lovely Dermot's going to intervene before the judges get stroppy again!

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Last chance tonight for Team Louis ...

It's boyband Union J, with Queen's Don't Stop Me Now.

They're having a good time, but are you??

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Last chance tonight for Team Louis ... (©Rex Features)
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Little bit cheesy, according to Nicole - and Louis gets a bit mean over the tan or lack thereof. Don't make us start on the hair again, Mr Walsh ...

But the judges are pleased Christopher's getting over his shakes. How do YOU think he fared?

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21:01
Wildcard's time to shine!

Will Christopher Maloney win his battle against nerves as he takes on Mariah Carey's Hero?

So far so good!

(Download the track here)

Wildcard
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Gary claims Charlie has sung better, but Nicole reckons they're still the most marketable act in the competition.

Louis thinks they could be the new N-Dubz ... Of course he does!

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Here come MK1 ...

It's the turn of the duo who used to be a trio, Team Louis's MK1 with a mash-up of Champion and Everyone's A Winner.

They reckon they're not natural dancers, so can they bust some moves with their backing dancers?

(Download the track here)

Here come MK1 ... (©Rex Features)
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Reaction ...

"Great singer, great musician, great songwriter ..." That's Gary's verdict.

Louis's on the comparisons again - are we seeing a theme developing here? "You remind me a little bit of ..." What a name dropper lol!

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X Factor history!

For the first time ever, an X Factor finalist will be singing their very own song.

Yup, step forward Lucy Spraggan from Team Tulisa with Mountains ...

It's a gamble, singing something the audience can't sing along to - but will it pay off?

(Download the track here)

X Factor history! (©Rex Features)
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Sneaky peek backstage!
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Reaction ...

Standing ovation from Mr Barlow there - not that he'd be biased for his own team or nothin' ... ;)

Nicole's mighty impressed and Louis's on the comparisons against - "I remember Woodstock," he declares. Oookay ...

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Team Gary's first act ...

First up for the Overs is Melanie Masson (the Scottish fairy with the huge voice) with a Beatles number, With A Little Help From My Friends.

Woah, she's definitely giving it plenty of welly!

(Download the track here)

Team Gary
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Reaction ...

Louis and Tulisa reckon we've found a new star, but Gary's calling for James to fight back against being changed too much by the show!

First sign of a ding-dong among the judges, as they debate the song choice.

"Stand strong," Gary tells James.

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Team Nicole's turn ...

First up from Nicole's Boys, it's James Arthur - fresh from his makeover - with his take on Kelly Clarkson's Stronger.

Does he get your vote?

(Download the track here)

Team Nicole
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*Cue excited squeals*

It's One Direction! Eeeeeeeek!

Someone get the oxygen on standby for those hyperventilating girls in the audience! ;)

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The reaction ...

Tulisa's loving it, but wants them to "loosen up and lose the boyband faces".

According to Mr Barlow, there's a bit of improvement needed. But they are in that tricky first-out position.

Nicole wants more fun from the guys.

And Louis reckons they're "like a young Boys II Men" - the first of many comparisons from Mr Walsh, we can imagine ...

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20:11
Time for some music ...

First up from Team Louis is District3 (formerly GMD 3, remember?)

Sharon Osbourne didn't like their name - she thought it sounded like a virus - and if Mrs O thinks it ain't workin', then it's gotta go!

And they're singing Tina Turner's Simply The Best - what do we reckon to their version?? Could they follow in the footsteps of former X Factor hopefuls turned hit boyband One Direction?

(Download the track here)

Time for some music ... (©Rex Features)
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An X Factor first ahead!
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20:05
Wildcard time!

Ooh, we're off to a quick start with the dramarama tonight!

We're already finding out that Christopher Maloney has won the final place in the competition and what a reaction - tears, shaking, hitting the floor!

Will he be able to get it under control to actually sing?!

Are you pleased with the result or disappointed for Amy Mottram, Adam Burridge or Times Red? Let us know!

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And here come the judges ...

Don't they scrub up well?

Gary reckons he's "a rose between two thorns" tonight, moving to sit between Tulisa and Nicole.

And here come the judges ... (©Rex Features)
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20:01
Dermot's got moves!

Round of applause for Mr O'Leary, he knows how to open a show!

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Get ready ...

Evening, all! It's almost X Factor time, so we hope you're ready to check out the finalists in action as they go live for the very first time - eek, we're nervous for them!

Whether you're a diehard fan or using that ole 'everyone else is watching and they made me' excuse, come join in the fun with our live blog!

We'll be bringing you all the latest clips, pics, tweets and anything else we can get our little paws on.

X Factor Live Show Numero Uno, bring it on!

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4 Comments
Laura in Belfast wrote (722 days ago):
Gary and Charlene, I take it you both voted, since you are so passionate and upset about the result? Yes your woman was a better singer, but that's not enough. We do not need another good, not great, female ballad singer. At the end of the day, it should go down to the public vote and the public voted Rylan so get over it. Who takes this show seriously anyway? It's not a talent contest, it's a popularity contest. I watch it with the same attitude I have watching Big Brother or Neighbours- it's just light entertainment!!
gary patterson in northern ireland wrote (723 days ago):
louie walsh should be sacked, he is the most imcompatent judge on the x factor panel, it is a discrace that asked so many times for a name , he eventually said he wanted to save Carolyn and then changed his mind, imcompatent is not the word.
charlene skelton in northern ireland wrote (723 days ago):
Thant you for making it so easy in my decision not to watch his show even again. congrats on losing another viewer. Its a joke.
Jayne in Leicester wrote (724 days ago):
I have watched the live show tonight, loved it! But I am really sorry Mr Walsh, but your boys UNION J were not good the song they sang was rubbish. You need to step up, if they get in next week! I also think it would be great if you had a judge from Jo public, I know when I am at home I get it more right than some of you, do maybe there is others out there just as good. The last thing, I really miss how the X Factor start, when you were looking for singers, you need to show more of the ones who are rubbish, they can be so funny, and now you don't see enough of them. Gary glad your in it. I like your honestly, it's what you need, I think if it is a show about looking for a star, then the ones should be just that, and the likes of twin brothers ( forgot how they spell their names, ) that's how crap they are, Apart from that keep up the good work. Jayne
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