The X Factor Australia 2015: The Top 12 Perform In First Live Show (VIDEO)
The X Factor Australia 2015 went live for the first time this season, as the Top 12 performed in the first live show! The theme this week was Judges’ Choice, so we got a pretty wide array of song selections, from rock classics like Jefferson Airplane’s “Somebody to Love” and The Rolling Stones’ “Satisfaction”, to modern hits like Taylor Swift’s “Wildest Dreams” and The Weeknd’s “Can’t Feel My Face”. That said, the performances themselves were a bit of a mixed bag, ranging from great (Jess & Matt) to what-the-hell-did-I-just-watch? (Big T). Still, that’s damn near every season of The X Factor, so no big shock there.
Find out how the Top 12 did by checking out the performances from the first live show below:
THE X FACTOR AUSTRALIA 2015: TOP 12 PERFORMANCES
Georgia Denton, “Hold My Hand”
The Fisher Boys, “Can’t Feel My Face”
Big T, “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”
Dan Hamill, “This Love”
Jimmy Davis, “Long Train Runnin'”
Michaela Baranov, “Wildest Dreams”
Louise Adams, “Somebody to Love”
Jess & Matt, “Heart of Glass”
Mahalia Simpson, “Is You Is or Is You Ain’t My Baby”
In Stereo, “King”
Cyrus Villanueva, “Boyfriend”
Natalie Conway, “Spectrum (Say My Name)” (Unfortunately, X Factor uploaded messed-up audio for this)
Thoughts: For me, best of the night was a toss-up between Cyrus, Mahalia and Jess & Matt. Those were just three outstanding performances. Jimmy would have been in the conversation to, but I just felt his song choice was painfully uninspired. Still, the dude sang the absolute hell out of the song, so he deserves a shout-out. As for the worst of the night, I’m not sure exactly what happened to James Blunt’s Overs. He came into this with one of the strongest categories, but he basically butchered his category with these song choices tonight. I couldn’t believe how much I disliked Louise and Dan’s performances, considering how much I liked them, coming into this show. Only Natalie escaped unscathed from his category (I’d argue she has potential to go all the way, actually). I hope James starts making better song choices for his team, because he’s got a great category, provided he lets them show it.
As for the other categories, I feel like I should go on record as saying I don’t really get Michaela. She has a very nice voice, and she’s super pretty, but she’s an unbelievably awkward performer. Even while her vocal here was on-point, I couldn’t help being distracted by her movements, and how over-rehearsed she seemed. She has potential, but I feel like Dannii isn’t doing a whole lot to help shape her into the artist she could be. If she survives this week, I hope she gets a better showcase for her talents.
As for my least favorite of the night, it was down to Big T and In Stereo. I really liked In Stereo a lot coming into this, but their performance here did absolutely nothing for me, and it was primarily due to song choice, since I thought this was all kinds of wrong for them. I felt the opposite for Big T, however. I thought he got a decent song choice, but went too far overboard. Big T is just too much for me. He’s a good singer, but he’s turned up to 11 all the damn time, and it’s just exhausting. Granted, I’m somewhat resigned to him sticking around for the long haul, but if it were up to me, he’d be at or near the bottom of the rankings.
But that’s just my opinion. What about yours? What did you think of the Top 12? Sound off in the comments!
And for more on The X Factor Australia 2015, check out the Top 12 announcement here!