The X-Factor Review: It’s all about the hash tags – Rylan Clark has a case of #nervereck, Lucy Spraggan impresses with her #Beerfeer and the judges are #SweptAway by Kye Sones

by Matt D

Oh the Twitter hashtag a trend that now every show has jumped on from The Only Way is Essex to Question Time each programme must give a reason for the tweeters to care about their product. This year Britain’s Got Talent, or #BGT if you want to be pedantic, went one step further by adding hashtags to a lot of the individual acts in order to see how many different phrases they could get trending over the course of the episode. It seems now that The X-Factor has followed suit plonking a hashtag over the majority of last night’s performances presumably to gauge the reactions of some of the acts.

I’m guessing that the first act, Essex lad Rylan Clark, provoked a massive reaction from the majority of the social networkers as we first met him receiving a spray tan from his Beauty Girl Clare. With his blonde hair extensions and tangerine glow to me Rylan seemed like he would’ve fitted better among the male falsettos on Superstar however his style may not have suited an Andrew-Lloyd Webber rock musical. His vibrant personality impressed all of the judges, including guest judge Rita Ora, as he regaled them with tales of being in a Take That tribute act while in Ibiza adding that a couple lied about being Gary’s parents so they could get free drinks. Strangely Rylan started by humming his way through Des’Ree’s Kissing You however soon he went ‘all Ibiza’ and presented a dance version of the song made popular in the Leonardo DiCaprio Romeo and Juliet film. After finishing his turn he was asked how he was feeling and he said he was a bit ‘nervewreck’ which became the first hashtag of the show.Though his vocals weren’t great the female judges were impressed by his unique spirit however Barlow wasn’t impressed presumably still reeling from the fact that two impostors pretended to be his parents. Louis Walsh though finally acted his age by constantly professing to be confused, although I heard that he was never confused, but eventually caved in and gave Rylan a chance to go through to Boot Camp.

Next up was another lad who was stuck in a dead-end job that paid the bills but he claimed that music was his passion and I just wondered what would happen if he was awful so he’d just have to continue living the normal life. Predictably though chimney sweep Kye Somes was absolutely amazing as we saw some footage of his daily grind however it didn’t seem as glamorous a profession as Dick Van Dyke made out it was in Mary Poppins. Kye was also nervous as he was doing a dreaded mash-up which included one of Rita Ora’s tracks however he needn’t have been nervous because straight away his voice struck a chord with the audience and the judges alike. As he received a standing ovation from everybody in the arena we got a very witty hashtag #sweptaway however I have to say I’ve heard better though due to him being 29 he’ll be star of the ‘overs’ category.

My favourite act of the evening was Lucy Spraggan a sort of Lily Allen/Kate Nash singer-songwriter who performed her own song called ‘Last Night’ which was all about when you wake up after a heavy night with #Beerfear. Though some of the lyrics were fairly basic, rhyming a lot of the lines of the song with alcoholic beverages, her energy and sense of fun were evident as was her humility which made her fairly endearing. Another standing ovation from the audience was accompanied by a chorus of ‘We Want More’ though Spraggan didn’t comply with their request presumably as she’d used up her best song already. Louis Walsh told Lucy, who also had a dead-end job flogging baby photos for 99p, that ‘Last Night’ could be a number one hit single and judging by some of the songs that top the chart that’s not a big stretch. I have to say Lucy’s humorous self-penned songs feel like they’d be better suited to #BGT however this series of The X-Factor seems to be wanting a lot more singer-songwriter types.

The second half of the show was there to remind us that Nicole Scherzinger was the fourth judge, as Ora and Mel B had been featured up to this point, as the competition made its way to Newcastle where the Pussycat Doll wasn’t impressed by what she saw there. First up was nice guy Billy Moore who to me looked like someone who’d done a lot of gigs in Working Men’s Clubs and came across as a lovely guy as he stood waiting in his mac while carrying his packed lunch. His choice of song was Journey’s rock ballad ‘Don’t Stop Believin’ but the way he sung it sounded like he hadn’t turn the volume up when he’d taped it off the radio of course this was the obligatory comedy segment an audition that was made even more amusing by the fact that audience decided to sing along with Moore. Unlike a lot of the awful acts Billy knew he was rubbish and agreed with all of the negative comments before he left the stage with his head hung in shame. Also giving Newcastle a bad name was an interpretive chanter dressed as a tiger and a 16 year old donning a horrible tropical dress whose parents had obviously convinced her she could sing however they mistook hollering and shouting for actual singing prowess.

As is always The X-Factor way things ended on a high with James Arthur who recalled when his parents split up and he went off the rails using music as his emotional release. Arthur’s music had reunited his parents who had spoken for the first time in years accompanying their son to his X-Factor although on screen there was no evidence that they actually liked each other. James almost did a reverse Rylan Clark by presenting an Ibiza dance tune, Tulisa’s Young, as an acoustic number which did show a very emotional young lad and to me was reminiscent of a young Plan B. Inevitably he bought the house down and won a place at Boot Camp but I’m guessing if he goes a long way we’d have to see if his parents’ relationship had improved on a weekly basis.

So that was the latest audition show which to me was an improvement on last week’s instalment as there didn’t seem to be as many orchestrated strops and the general talent levels were higher. What I’ve noticed is that there seems to be a lot more acoustic guitars and people who wrote their own songs which to me feels like a way to get another one over on The Voice. The elements that are still annoying me are the small VTs in which the contestants pretend to have non-scripted chats with each other as well as the endless hashtags which I find as complete #overkill.

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