The X Factor Australia 2015: Top 8 Perform as Judges Fight AGAIN (VIDEO)
The X Factor Australia 2015 recovered from last week’s shocking double elimination by delivering a Top 8 Rock Week that was, ultimately, a hit-or-miss performance show. Some performers were good, some were underwhelming, but — well, much like last week, all of that got overshadowed by the judges, who seem genuinely uncomfortable with each other this year.
Granted, the argument between Chris Isaak and James Blunt, following Cyrus Villanueva’s criticized performance of Lenny Kravitz’s “It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over”, seemed to have more of a jocular tone than the cringeworthy argument between Blunt and Dannii Minogue last week. But there still seemed to be a hint of real animosity as Isaak responded to Blunt’s accusations of “cheating” by stating that Blunt doesn’t know as much about rock as he thinks he does. It got so heated that host Luke Jacobz had to step in and tell the guys to finish their argument during the ad break, all while poor Cyrus stood there awkwardly. It was a very strange moment that overshadowed a show that wasn’t up to the standard of previous live shows (with that said, I do think, on the whole, this is one of the best groups of finalists this show has had since the season Reece Mastin won).
Check out the performance videos, along with the judges’ argument, and also make your Bottom 2 predictions below:
BIG T, “WHOLE LOTTA LOVE”
NATALIE CONWAY, “ALONE”
JESS & MATT, “SWEET DISPOSITION”
IN STEREO, “DEMONS”
CYRUS VILLANUEVA, “IT AIN’T OVER ‘TIL IT’S OVER”
CHRIS ISAAK AND JAMES BLUNT ARGUE OVER CYRUS VILLANUEVA
MICHAELA BARANOV, “WILD HORSES”
MAHALIA SIMPSON, “NEED YOU TONIGHT”
LOUISE ADAMS, “DREAM ON”
Thoughts: I’m kind of torn on which acts should land in the Bottom 2. I didn’t hate anyone, but I wasn’t in love with any of the performances either, except for Louisa and Natalie. I think part of it was the theme. I love rock music, but this theme never really brings out the best song choices, for whatever reason. Ultimately, I think In Stereo kind of needs to land in the Bottom 2. I get why they’re still here, and they ARE improving (and would probably be doing even better if Guy didn’t keep giving them such headscratching song choices), but I think this has to be where it ends, because I can’t justify eliminating any of the other seven before them. Not even Big T, whom I’ve never particularly liked, even while I think he’s a wonderful human being, or Michaela Baranov, who’s an absolutely gorgeous girl with a great voice but who also has an absolutely terrible performance style (it’s like she’s conducting an invisible orchestra with her left hand every time she sings, although she’s gotten a bit better about it in recent weeks). If it were up to me, the bottom two would be In Stereo and — I can’t believe I’m saying this — Mahalia Simpson. I don’t even think it’s Mahalia’s fault, as Danni gave her a positively horrid song that resulted in a baffling, lifeless performance. I really hope this isn’t the end for her, and that she somehow gets a surge in votes following her shocking bottom two appearance last week, but I’m really not sure anymore. The results last week tell me it really could be just about anyone in danger of getting the chop.
But what did you think of The X Factor Australia Top 8 performances? Sound off in the comments!
And for more on The X Factor, relive last week’s heartbreaking double elimination!