The X Factor: Celebrity went live for the very first time as 13 celebrities took to the stage to fight for the chance to advance to next week. The judges also had three “safe” seats they could give to one act from each category.
So which acts shined like the stars they are and who was sent packing? Here’s a recap of all the performances as well as the results.
The Glee star opened the show with his rendition of Lizzo’s “Good as Hell”. It was pretty interesting to see this side of Kevin after watching him on Glee for so many years. Judge Simon Cowell commented he was wary of the song choice but he ended up killing it.
The American talk show host was next up and she performed a rendition of a Fleetwood Mac classic. I’ve said in the past that Ricki was not good enough for live shows and her performance on Saturday proved it. She was boring, pitchy, and had little emotion behind it. Despite being two singers in, it was obvious she was going to be in trouble.
No Love Lost
The Love Islanders showed everyone they want to be taken from the villa to the stage. They debuted an original track, which wasn’t as good as their original audition but it would be enough for them to advance to the next round, in my opinion.
The Chase star was brought back for the live shows following outrage from the viewers when she was sent home. She proved why judge Nicole Scherzinger was right to bring her back as she belted out a stunning rendition of a James Bond classic.
Nicole loved it so much, she gave Jenny her safe seat, putting Jenny through to next week.
The soap star swapped EastEnders for the X Factor stage as he sang a cool rendition of “Show Me Love” that had a classic vibe to it. Personally, I really loved it and it was one of the more surprising moments of the night.
Judge Louis Walsh agreed as he gave Jonny his safe seat, putting him into the next round.
The social media influencers brought the heat as they got the audience (and Nicole) dancing with a mashup of Billie Eilish and DJ Snake. The song really showed their range and ability to sing different songs in their style.
In my opinion, they were the best group of the night by far. It is a shame Simon did not give them a safe seat.
The journalist impressed the judges in Simon’s house in L.A. but failed to do so on Saturday night. He took to the stage and went with another classic song but this one failed to land. It was pitchy and just not up to par with what everyone else had done on the night.
Max & Harvey
The brothers made their fame of YouTube and are hoping to make it big offline. They took a step in that direction as they performed a nice rendition to an 80’s pop classic. To me, I felt they were better in their original audition back in LA. Their vocals are good but the song was a step back.
The Love Actually star stumbled in L.A. but picked it up on Saturday night’s live show. She performed a beautiful rendition of Dionne Warwick’s ‘Anyone Who Had A Heart’. She displayed her high vocals, range, and pitch. Up to this point, she was one of my favourite acts of the night.
The former footballer made his debut after missing the auditions following the death of his wife. He took the stage and got everyone on their feet with a Blues Brother’s classic. It wasn’t the best performance but not the worst of the night.
The TOWIE star has always wanted to be an artist. She’s come a long way from her time on Celebrity Big Brother and has changed her life for the better. Her performance brought true emotion as the lyrics described exactly what she wants and she may get it. Megan is easily the best in the competition and my favourite to win.
The soap actress delivered the penultimate performance of the night as she sang a powerful INXS cover. She proved why she belonged in the competition and made her mark on the night. She’s been in the wrong field as she can belt it out.
The final act of the night was boyband Try Star, who sang a mashup of Ginuwine’s “Pony” and “Old Town Road”. I will say that their performance of “Pony” was not as great as I thought it would be. Only when the track switched to “Old Town Road” did their performance got better.
Simon enjoyed their performance so much, the boys earned his safe seat.
Following all the performances, host Dermot O’Leary returned with the results. He revealed Olivia Olson, Ricki Lake, and Martin Bashir were the bottom three. Ricki had the fewest votes of anyone on the night and was instantly eliminated.
The judges had to decide between Martin and Olivia. Louis sent home Martin while Nicole and Simon both sent home Olivia, making two Americans out on the first night.
The X Factor: Celebrity airs Saturdays at 8:20 pm on ITV.