‘The X Factor’ UK results: Did Lifeline Vote save Freddy Parker, Relley C, Ryan Lawrie, Saara Aalto?
Tonight, “The X Factor” results to us felt fairly predictable: Honey G, Ryan Lawrie, and Saara Aalto were the acts who were at the bottom of our personal leaderboard, and we weren’t seeing anything from the British public that made us think that they were thinking anything different going into the show.
Yet, this is “The X Factor,” a show where an act can easily be forgotten about for a week and go home in a shock decision. The good news is that the Lifeline Vote twist this year somewhat reduces such a thing from happening; viewers who subscribe to the app can do a little course-correction on whatever the voters decided overnight. Unfortunately, there wasn’t much they could do about Honey G being voted through to the next round and continuing to act like an Andy Samberg character from “Saturday Night Live” after Dermot O’Leary’s announcement.
Lifeline Vote Contenders – Dermot cruelly cut us off with the four “contenders” being Freddy Parker, Relley C, Ryan Lawrie, and Saara Aalto. For the sake of all that was good in the world, we hoped Relley didn’t need to be subjected to this! Thankfully, the British public did the right thing. Ryan, Freddy, and Saara were up for the Lifeline Vote.
Special Guests – Little Mix and OneRepublic performed tonight; we’re giving the edge to Little Mix just because we’re more attached to them as alum. Plus, they’ve got a really catchy chorus on their new song; not so crazy about the versus.
Lifeline Vote Result – Ryan is spared! Personally, we would’ve saved Freddy, but given that Saara’s elimination feels inevitable at this point, does it really matter?
Sing-Off Performances – While Freddy didn’t try anything too crazy with Rihanna’s “Stay,” he didn’t need to. He hit the notes, and delivered a sweet sincerity that was his best performance of the live shows. Saara was much improved from last night, but after two times in the bottom, we’re not sure she’s got the audience to justify sticking around in the long-term.
Elimination – It was a deadlock vote, and Freddy is gone! This genuinely shocked us, given that we’ve championed him for a couple of weeks now. We just think he had more upside in the long-term.
If you missed it, head over here to see our review from last night. (Photo: ITV.)