‘The X Factor’ UK review: Amy Connolly, Lauren Platt, Paul Akister hit the stage

The judges -After a few weeks of room auditions, “The X Factor” UK took off to Wembley Arena this weekend with some more performances … but were they really worth the wait?

One of the biggest problems with the show tonight was just that it felt like there was a lot of wasted time. We only had a few genuinely good acts, a ton of disappointments, and then some obvious joke acts that didn’t even deserve to be here in the first place. For the most part, we’re going to focus on those that advanced.

James Graham – One of the nicest starts to the show we could ask for. The only thing that we are particularly confused about right now are his chances of being a star after the fact, when he looks so much like other artists that are big right now.

The Courtesans – This was a complete mess. They were entertaining in a very corny way, but there’s no way they’ll win. Their ceiling is that they will make it to the last round, and then we’ll have to sit around and listen to the press complain about them.

Charlie Brown – This was somewhat of a letdown after he was incredible in his first audition, but we’re for him making it on the strength of what we saw the first time.

Paul Akister – As you remembered him from the last audition, Simon Cowell is desperate to give Louis Walsh grief for not putting the man through … even though Paul is much better this year, and has a shot of actually going far in the competition.

Lauren Platt – A very good audition to “How Will I Know.” We don’t quite know if we would have poured on the praise in the same way that the judges did here, but she was very good.

Amy Connolly – We felt genuinely bad for Amy at the end of show. She did not get put through, even though she was far and away better than many acts who did. Not only that, but it came after waiting so many years to come back. This was the judges’ biggest blunder here.

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