‘The X Factor’ UK review: Kye Sones, James Arthur stand out

We’re a little later than usual when it comes to sharing some of our favorite acts from this weekend’s edition of “The X Factor,” but there were a trio of singers that were genuinely impressive — and not just for their vocal ability.

Kye Sones – Not only did Kye give a pretty incredible mash-up, but he was not afraid to perform a slowed-down version of Rita Ora’s hit “R.I.P.” while standing right in front of her. With his good looks and story as an actual chimney sweep, this is a guy that seems to genuinely have a long life in this competition.

Lucy Spraggan – Meanwhile, we’re not so sure about Lucy based solely on one thing — whether or not she can perform as well with music that is not her own. Yes, her song “Last Night” was catchy and clever enough to be worthy of some praise now, but how will she do when she is singing someone else’s music?

James Arthur – Finally, we have one of the most emotional auditions that we have ever seen. Tulisa’s music is not that popular here in the United States, so we weren’t really that familiar with her recent song “Young.” Thanks to that, it really felt as though this was something that James wrote himself and was performing for the very first time — it was not only vocally strong, but it had that “artist” stamp all over it that you only generally see a few times a season.

We went into this season of “The X Factor” a little bit unsure about whether or not there was any genuine talent left in Britain, but we have certainly been proven wrong here. There have been a few great singers, some guest judges (Mel B and Rita Ora) who are better than the person the show actually hired in Nicole Scherzinger, and the stage is set for a good season moving forward.

Who is your favorite act so far this season? To check out the location of the judges’ houses this year, be sure and head over to this link.

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