‘The X Factor’ UK review: Josh Daniel, Seann Miley Moore, Chloe Paige, and the First Kings

X FactorSunday brought us the second edition of “The X Factor” UK, and we were left once again to ponder a question: Who among the executives thinks that we care so much about bad talent? It took us a good 35 minutes before we really started to see any good acts beyond two spread throughout all of the duds.

We’ve theorized a little bit about why in the world the show is choosing to do things this way, and we feel like the reason is ultimately this: They want to figure out a way to ensure that the acts who are really good are highlighted, and they care more about that than giving you acts who are decent, but probably won’t make it through boot camp. Still, for the sake of this article / our sanity, we’re really only going to focus on the acts who actually made a positive impact.

The First Kings – The first act tonight of any substance was this boy band, who gave a really energetic performance complete with some opening package that they put together beforehand. This was right up there with 4th Power, and it makes us feel already like whoever ends up with the groups category this season is going to be doing a happy dance.

Chloe Paige – We were surprised that she didn’t do something a little more uptempo with her huge, energetic family backstage, but she didn’t need to. She may not be the best pure singer of the season so far, but she’s got that style and stage presence that could make her a significant star in the recording industry.

Seann Miley Moore – He moved to Britain from Australia, and he may have made the right decision with that! Easily he’s the most unique male singer we’ve seen since Rylan Clark, but he’s a better singer. He’s somewhat theatrical, but not in a way that would prohibit him from doing pop music.

Josh Daniel – Yes, we only had four legitimately great performances tonight, however insane that sounds. At least Josh was really good, and he had an emotional take on a Labrinth hit that probably made both he and Simon Cowell, whose label makes Labrinth’s music, rather pleased. We actually don’t know this “Jealous” song very well, so for us it was like hearing it for the first time from Josh. Magical, and one of the best of the season so far.

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