Liverpool singers Marcus Collins and Craig Colton are safely through to the next round of X Factor, as many of the other acts seemed merely lacklustre, in what was supposed to be 'rock week'.
With Scouser Marcus performing first, some people may have feared he could be forgotten but his energetic version of 'Are You Gonna Go My Way' was memorable and lit up the stage. Fellow Liverpudlian Craig Colton also kept up his fine form, with a passionate rendition of the Oasis song 'Stop Crying Your Heart Out'.
After Marcus' performance, N-Dubz's Tulisa admitted
that from watching his rehearsal she was worried
about his prospects, but she said: "Watching that
performance, [it was] the complete opposite from this
morning’s rehearsals. You were holding back, but you
absolutely blew me away!"
His mentor Gary Barlow stood up and, with a huge
grin on his face, said: "Now that’s how to open a
show. Amazing vocals, great energy. Marcus do me
one favour: get home tonight and watch that back and
start believing in yourself, please."
Looking overjoyed and seemingly relieved, the young
hairdresser replied: "I gave it my all. I'm so pleased
with that performance." On the results show, Marcus
was at the forefront again, though this time as he was
the first act called out by host Dermot O’Leary and told
he had survived the public vote.
Take That singer Barlow, also had words of comfort
and praise for Craig, as he told the former Liverpool
Community College drama student that he can always
relax during his performances as he never gives him
any cause for anxiety.
Barlow, who is originally from Runcorn, was right to be laid back as Craig was voted into the next show.
The judges were noticeably more catty, critical and dismissive of each other’s acts this week, following newspaper revelations that the show is losing viewers and needs to pull back its audience. Tempers flared and the four mentors frequently clashed with each other.
The results show saw Louis Walsh face the unfortunate task of having to send home one of his acts after they both finished in the bottom two, following the surprising sing-off between the controversial Kitty Brucknall and ballad belter Sami Brookes.
The two friends battled it out, as Kitty sang Lady Gaga's 'The Edge of Glory' and Sami performed 'A Natural Woman', originally by Aretha Franklin; with both trying to prove to their mentor that they deserved to stay.
After a tense sing-off, it was 31-year-old Sami from Wales who was finally sent packing as Gary, Kelly Rowland and Louis all decided to save Kitty.
By Sophie Fairclough, JMU Journalism Liverpool Life
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Marcus Collins and Craig Colton did well on rock week' of the X Factor live shows Pictures © ITV