This weekend, The X Factor UK is mixing a little bit of the old with the new. After all, they are celebrating ABBA — or, to be specific, they are doing so in the wake of the success of Mamma Mia: Here I Go Again. This musical franchise has featured some of the band’s best music and all of the remaining six contestants are going to be taking part in the festivities.
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To go along with this theme, ABBA members Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus are going to be involved in the process throughout the week of getting these songs prepared — it’s a little bit of music history, and hopefully these two are great collaborators in ensuring that these songs end up being both nostalgic and also creative in their own right.
The challenge that comes along with doing ABBA music is mostly just that the group has a very specific style, and it’s one that does not necessarily mesh with many out there in the music industry. Their tunes are often super-high-energy and lighthearted, though there are some exceptions to the rule. (How many people do you want to bet are fighting over “The Winner Takes It All” as their song for the week?) This is going to be a real test of these contestants’ creativity.
Who is the current favorite?
At present, it’s really Dalton Harris and it’s not even altogether close. We think that he is in the driver’s seat and with that, we hope that he embraces this opportunity and finds a way to push some creativity even beyond some of what we’ve had a chance to see from him so far. This is his chance to really prove to any naysayers that he’s a worthy recording artist after the fact, in addition to someone who has clearly earned his place in the final already. More so than another winner, what The X Factor needs as a franchise right now are some contestants who can validate it as a way in which to find superstars — it hasn’t had the same widespread cultural impact in recent years that it’s had in the past, and we really hope that there are some opportunities to see that change and see the record labels do a better job promoting some of the artists, as well. This really does have to be a team effort.
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