Superstar: The Final Five Predictions
The Story So Far: Sunderland’s own Ben Forster, a former musical star who got through to boot camp on the X-Factor back in 2009, has impressed throughout the competition. Mel C in particular has praised his honest performances while Andrew Lloyd-Webber has complemented him on his consistency.
Best Performance: Ben’s performance of R.E.M’s Everybody Hurts bought Mel to tears and it made her say that she really wanted to act beside him in the production of Jesus Christ Superstar.
Worst Performance: Ben’s performances have universally been praised by the panel however his first night performance of Gotye’s Somebody That I Used to Know was criticised by Andrew as he didn’t think Ben connected with the lyrics.
What are his chances?: Ben is one of only two never to have been part of the sing-off before so he obviously has a lot of audience support and the judges’ unanimous praise also adds to the fact that he goes all the way. I personally think that at the moment he has to be the favourite as the combination of positive comments and viewer votes usually add up to the winner of the show.
My Thoughts: While agree that Ben has been consistent, he really doesn’t do anything for me and I really couldn’t picture him as Jesus.
The Story So Far: Formerly of McFly support band Reemer David, like Ben, has mainly been given positive comments throughout the show with the general consensus being that he would be comfortable singing on large arena stages in addition he has been praised for being the best actor left in the competition. These positive comments didn’t stop him from being in the bottom two on Wednesday’s show however he easily overcame Tim and since then has been saved by the public.
Best Performance: David came out fighting when he found himself in the bottom two and his performance of Elbow’s One Day Like This bought the house down and essentially saved him from getting the boot
Worst Performance: Another one who has had almost universal praise however I personally thought he was a little shakier on Florence and The Machine’s ‘You’ve Got The Love’
What are his chances?: I think he’ll get through to the final as the judges love him however I don’t see him winning as I still don’t feel he’s got as much public support as some of the other contestants.
My Thoughts: I personally don’t see anything special in David with his cheesy smile and over-enthusiastic performances, he doesn’t strike me as someone who could lead men although I could see him as one of the apostles.
The Story So Far: Best known for his mane of blonde hair Nathan originally auditioned with the rest of his group The Rock Tenors however he was the only one to make it through to the finals. Nathan, who also appeared on The Voice earlier in the year, has been complemented on his ability to hit the high notes however the judges have warned Nathan that at some points his confidence could be see as cockiness and that he needs to demonstrate more vulnerability.
Best Performance: After several days of being criticised for over-using his vocal gymnastics and not displaying enough vulnerability, Nathan tied his hear back and delivered a tender performance on The Fray’s ‘How to Save a Life’ for which he received unanimous praise so much so that Dawn told his that for the first time she could picture him as Jesus.
Worst Performance: On night two Nathan’s cockiness was criticised after a performance of Lloyd’s Dedication to My Ex and in turn these criticisms seemed to really get to him.
What are his chances?: Apart from Ben, Nathan is the only other contestant not to find themselves in the bottom two plus the audience seem to be behind him more than anybody else. I think viewers have been more inclined to vote for Nathan because of his negative comments as they feel sympathetic towards him while in addition he has been on the metaphorical reality show ‘journey’ improving each night with performances that showcase his more vulnerable side. All in all I believe it’s a two horse race between Nathan and Ben based mainly on whose received the most public support up to this point.
My Thoughts: My favourite since the audition stages of the contest I’ve personally found Nathan the most authoritative of the singers plus as he’s gone on he’s also shown his mellower side, so I’ve got my fingers crossed that the Thor lookalike will pull it off.
The Story So Far: The oldest competitor is also the one with the most experience as Roger started his musical career playing Simba in the West End production of The Lion King. Roger’s soulful voice has been praised by the judges while Dawn French has flirted with him outrageously since night one however Andrew has worried about Roger’s stamina voicing his doubts whether Roger would be able to handle the might of an arena stage.
Best Performance: A tender portrayal of Extreme’s More than Words which was praised by all judges with Andrew in particular commenting on his vocal style adding that he thought it was better than the original.
Worst Performance: An almost unrecognisable version of Katy Perry’s Part of Me after which the judges noted that this performance wasn’t up to his usual standard as the song really wasn’t in his comfort zone.
What are his chances?: Roger’s vocals have kept him in the contest up to this point, and when he was in the bottom three on Friday, he was saved over two other competitors. I feel though that he’s not going to make it all the way to the finals as Andrew’s doubts about his fitness levels may mean an elimination possibly on Tuesday’s show.
My Thoughts: After Nathan, Roger is my favourite of the lads as his domineering stature and powerful vocals mean that I can really see him playing Jesus but I don’t reckon it’ll happen for him just yet.
The Story So Far: Scouser Rory was in a band with is brothers before he auditioned for the show and has so far impressed the panel with his rock star nature as well as his connection with the lyrics. Rory found himself in the bottom two on Thursday however Andrew’s decision to save him over Niall was almost instantaneous.
Best Performance: It all came together for Rory on his rendition of Coldplay’s Fix You on which his vocals were praised as were his connection with the lyrics.
Worst Performance: A rather mediocre version of Dakota by Stereophonics partly contributed to Rory ending up in the bottom two.
What are his chances?: I personally feel Rory will be the next to go, because though he has delivered some strong performances, he doesn’t have the presence of the other four and his previous appearance in the bottom two means that he doesn’t have as much public support as his colleagues.
My Thoughts: Rory is an interesting character though he is more of an indie rocker than our Lord and saviour, so therefore he has never struck me as the contestant who could pull of playing Jesus.
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