X Factor's James tackles No Doubt hit

Published Saturday, 03 November 2012
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After a masterclass during the week from US rockers No Doubt, X Factor hopeful James Arthur tackled one of the band's biggest songs during the live show on Saturday night.

X Factor's James tackles No Doubt hit
James Arthur performs Don't Speak by No Doubt (© Rex Features)

Five weeks in and with just eight contestants left, due to the departure through illness of Lucy Spraggan, the theme was Number Ones and everyone was out to make the hits their own.

James admitted that it had been awkward to sing Don't Speak in front of Gwen Stefani and Tony Kanal from No Doubt, but still impressed on stage with a typically intense performance.

"You blow my mind, man," his mentor, Nicole Scherzinger, declared.

Sixteen-year-old Ella Henderson was also boosted by praise from No Doubt ahead of her stripped-back rendition of Katy Perry's Firework.

The best reaction of the night was saved for Jahmene Douglas though, with Tulisa declaring she would see him in the final after his rendition of Listen by Beyonce.

She added: "I've never heard a woman sing that song as well as Beyonce, let alone a man!"

"You killed it tonight!" Gary Barlow enthused."You're talent is absolutely amazing."

In the battle of the boy bands, Union J - who were in the bottom two last week - seemed to fare best with their take on Taylor Swift's Love Story.

By contrast, District3 were all but savaged for their efforts with Taoi Cruz's Dynamite.

"Guys, guys, guys ..." Tulisa sighed. "You've got it wrong."

Groups mentor Louis Walsh protested loudly and repeatedly, but was outnumbered by his fellow judges who feared the trio could end up in the bottom two.

"You were a vocal harmony band, very technical, very good singers," Gary said. "Somewhere that has got completely lost...guy I don't know who you are anymore."

And flamboyant Rylan Clark made good on his promise to sing Gary a ballad. Sort of.

Having spent time during the week introducing mentor Nicole to Essex life, his idea of a ballad was a slowed down version of Madonna's Hung Up - which he then kicked back up a gear by mashing it up with Abba's Gimme Gimme Gimme.

And that was all while decked out in a bright red jacket with huge feathered shoulders.

Totes amaze!

The two acts to receive the fewest votes will be revealed during Sunday's X Factor results show on UTV at 8pm, with one act then exiting the competition.

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Over to you!

With just eight acts left in the competition, that's it for tonight and it's up to you who survives to sing another week!

Let us know who you think will end up in the bottom two or even leaving the show!

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Eagles' wings?

Nicole loved it and saw eagles' wings and everything ...

Louis on the other hand thought he was in a time machine.

In a shock move, Tulisa's also impressed by the song choice and the performance - but five weeks in, she thinks it may be too little too late.

Louis wants to know if Gary thinks Chris can really sell records internationally though and just isn't convinced. Time will tell!

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Well No Doubt like him - it's Chris!

Christopher Maloney's closing the show and he's flying right in the face of the judges' constant criticism by doing Eric Carmen/Celine Dion's All By Myself.

He can belt out a tune, but is the cheese factor just too much?

(Download the track here)

Well No Doubt like him - it
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Speechless ...

Tulisa's calling it early and says she'll see Jahmene in the final!

"Oh my god - you killed it tonight!" says Gary.

And he's a little slice of heaven, according to a slightly teary Nicole.


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Listen up ...

It's Jahmene! And we don't have favourites, but if we did it might be him ... Who's with us?!

Fresh from invading a supermarket with a very easily amused Nicole, he's tackling Listen by Beyonce.

We don't think he'll be stacking shelves again any time soon!

(Download the track here)

Listen up ... (©Rex Features)
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Guys, guys, guys ...

You've got it wrong, according to Tulisa. Mega awkward.

Louis's determined to drown her out though, ably backed up by the young ladies in the audience.

Gary doesn't know who they are any more. District3, Gary. Remember? Does everyone have amnesia tonight?

Nicole's input: "No, baby, no."


Ach, bless 'em - they look like a little row of kicked puppies!

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District3 distracted?

The boys are starting their performance from the crowd, but will their rendition of Taio Cruz's Dynamite suffer if they get distracted by the dancers?

They've got some girls dancing with them - that won't please their jealous fans in the crowd!

One of them can do backflippy things - not sure how he sings at the same time ...

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District3 distracted? (©Rex Features)
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Stunning ...

Gary's certainly impressed, even if he does think the song was just a little too high for Ella.

Nicole's so blown away she forgot she's on X Factor and thinks she's in a movie! Sometimes we worry about Nicole, we really do ...

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Fireworks ...

After impressing No Doubt's Gwen and Tony, Ella's getting back to her roots - she wants to do something simple, like in her first audition.

So she's gone for a slow and emotional rendition of Katy Perry's Firework, with a pianist on stage to accompany her.

Is her powerful voice alone enough to blow away the judges?

(Download the track here)

Fireworks ... (©Rex Features)
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He so would!
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Comments Comments
Lee in Belfast wrote (531 days ago):
what meaningless drivle of a programme , air-head nobodys wanting to be air-head somebodys.
Music Lover in Real World wrote (531 days ago):
Lets hope the rumours about this rubbish being axed are true... meanwhile why arent the bookies cashing in on the number of flat & sharp notes these chancers hit per show... seriously though, making songs their own???????
laura in belfast wrote (531 days ago):
how cute is jermaine love him :)
joy hedger in eastbourne wrote (531 days ago):
Loving James Arthur and Ella amazing my top two for the final ,I would by there albums without a doubt the way they make there songs there own and so powerful gd luck !.X
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