‘The X Factor’ UK review: 4th Impact, Lauren Murray, Louisa Johnson tackle love and heartbreak

X FactorThe theme for Saturday’s “X Factor” performance show is love and heartbreak, which means that there are going to be some sad songs in here … but probably some happy ones here and there, as well. We like the constitution of the top 7 for the most part, and we’re interested to see how they will react to having more and more pressure on them over time.

Just like every other review that we’ve done this season, we’re going to be updating this article throughout the night. Stay tuned for more!

Che Chesterman, “Yesterday” – Che’s voice is wonderful. There’s no denying that. What we’re wondering is if we are starting to fall into Ballad Boy territory with him. We’d listen to this a few times over, but there’s nothing in the arrangement that makes it stand out.

Anton Stephans, “One Sweet Day” – Once again, a good vocal, but nothing worth getting excited about. We don’t know why Nick Grimshaw decided all of a sudden to insinuate that Anton was being fake to a certain degree; our issue is more just that we’re not sure he has much range.

4th Impact, “Ain’t No Other Man” – Cool start to the performance with the ladies backstage. They hit all of the notes without a problem, and this continued that edgy, sassy trend that we saw with the show last week with their Beyonce performance. We’d like more vulnerability in the vocals at times, but that’s more of a song-choice thing.

Lauren Murray, “We Belong Together” – Really tough song. It’s one that does not really work as well when being cut down into a bite-sized singing-show performance. The choreography was a little off, but the vocals were there. Solid, but not as magical as last week.

Mason Noise, “Jealous” – After a great performance last week, Mason could be in trouble here. Despite a great song choice, the vocals weren’t quite there and the dancing this time seemed to be a distraction. In the past, it was more of an asset.

Louisa Johnson, “Let It Go” – A really fantastic performance. Great vocals and great staging. Do we get the sense that Louisa is the contestant that the show wants to win above all the others? A little bit, but at this point we’re not that upset if the scales are being tipped in her favor. She has the talent to back it up.

Reggie ‘n Bollie, “Dangerous Love / Shut Up And Dance” – Really fun, even if the vocals remain pretty ho-hum. We’re just glad that they are sticking around week after week since they give the show a little more energy. At the moment, we easily see them getting fifth place or better.

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