X Factor's Jahmene has superstar backing

Published Saturday, 27 October 2012
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Jahmene Douglas took to the X Factor stage for a haunting Halloween performance of Killing Me Softly, boosted by the knowledge he's got A-list support from none other than Samuel L Jackson.

X Factor's Jahmene has superstar backing
Jahmene Douglas wows with 'Killing Me Softly' (© Rex Features)

The Snakes On A Plane star arranged for shy Jahmene to perform in aid of a charity he supports, ahead of this week's live show.

"He's the man!" Jahmene said of his new celeb pal.

"I'm going to start calling him Uncle Samuel. He was very down-to-earth and it was an honour to perform for him."

And Jahmene continued to impress with his simple take on the track made famous by both Roberta Flack and The Fugees.

Judge Louis Walsh branded him a "born star" and told him he was "world class".

James Arthur had also been rubbing shoulders with celebrities this week, performing alongside Labrinth at one of his gigs.

He went on to deliver a dark rendition of Eurythmics' Sweet Dreams.

Meanwhile, celebrity support was also on hand for both Rylan Clark and Kye Sones.

Essex lad Rylan continues to divide opinion with his flamboyant performances, but has been backed by both Robbie Williams and Kylie Minogue.

On Saturday night, he mashed up Toxic by Britney Spears, Mousse T's Horny and Poison by his very own mentor (and birthday bash entertainer) Nicole Scherzinger.

And even long-time critic Gary Barlow had to laugh, as Rylan got up close and personal to the Take That star while dancing on the judges' table.

While Robbie Williams may be strictly Team Rylan, it was Kye who - after ending up in the sing-off last week - got to open the show with his hit Let Me Entertain You.

"Kye ... Come on, let's have it," Robbie tweeted after the performance. "PS: Good hair."

But as well as compliments, there were also plenty of catty comments and the X Factor's fright night almost turned into fight night, with judges Tulisa and Gary clashing over Christopher Maloney.

His performance of Cutting Crew's Died In Your Arms was torn apart by Louis and Tulisa as still too dated, with the latter rounding on Gary and blaming him for his act's 80s song choices.

"I don't know what offends me more, Tulisa - what you just said or the fag-ash breath," Gary said, to shocked oohs.

An angry looking Tulisa continued with her comments before following up with a jibe about smelling red wine off her fellow judge.

Gary did later apologise on the Xtra Factor, although he seemed to realise he'd be grovelling for some time before Tulisa would agree to forgive him.

The two acts to receive the least amount of votes from the public will be revealed on Sunday's results show, aired on UTV at 8pm, before one exits the competition.

Lucy Spraggan missed the show due to illness and automatically goes through to the next round.

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Over to you!

Who'll be making a swift exit from the competition tomorrow night?

Let's hope the contestants don't have nightmares in the meantime ...

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Dark and intense ...

The judges are united in praise again for James.

Louis reckons that recording deal can't be too far off and Nicole says he's an international recording artist. Do we agree?

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Spooky ...

James has stolen Kye's guyliner!

Song-wise though, he's going for a haunting performance of Eurythmics' Sweet Dreams. Can he impress like last week?

(Download the track here)

Spooky ... (©Rex Features)
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Fighting or frightening?

Ooh, Nicole's pulling no punches!

While Gary loved the makeover and thought Jade was back fighting after last week, Nicole declared it was a good job it was Halloween 'cause it was a frightening performance!

Tulisa's doing her best to defend her girl, but Louis also isn't a fan of the song choice. It's not looking good for Jade ...

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Freaky ...

Jade's gone all futuristic/Frankenstein with her outfit - and stolen Ruby from the Fifth Element's hair, by the way - as she sings Sugababes' Freak Like Me.

Eye decorations seem to be a recurring theme, so if you're stuck for a Halloween costume you could just stick some sparkly things on your face. Don't say we're not helpful ...

Has Jade recovered from her sore throat?

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Different league ...

Born star, according to Louis. World class.

All the judges are, for once, in agreement and can't sing Jahmene's praises enough! And we have to agree - do you?

Could we have an early favourite to win??

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Nicole's sweet little pumpkin - Jahmene!

We couldn't say anything bad about Jahmene even if we wanted to - Samuel L Jackson's got his back! How cool is that?!

And why would we want to say anything bad anyway, we're def big fans.

He's tackling Killing Me Softly and keeping it simple ...

(Download the track here)

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Well, did they?!
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Losing control ...

Tulisa reckons the dance moves threw off the vocals a little.

And grumpy Gary's on a roll. He hates mash-ups and the song choice and the performance and probably fluffy kittens ...

But unfortunately for the boys, Nicole actually agrees. Uh-oh, could the bottom two beckon?

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Watch out ...

... for those canes! Here's District3 with a mash-up of Every Breath You Take and Beautiful Monster.

They're also strutting their stuff through a creepy graveyard in their nice white outfits. Tad impractical ...

(Download the track here)

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ben in newcastle wrote (539 days ago):
kye u are amazing your the rising star of the competition
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