The X Factor UK 2015: Week 5 ‘Jukebox’ Song Spoilers Include Adele, Justin Bieber, More
The X Factor UK 2015 enters its quarterfinal round this Saturday, as the Top 5 tackle a “Jukebox” Theme. This means each act picks three songs for the public to choose from, and the viewers vote for the song they most want to see the artist sing.
Songs by Adele, Justin Bieber, Gwen Stefani, James Brown and Rihanna were among the options for the finalists, as the Top 5 left their song choice in the hands of the public vote. The results of the vote have been revealed, and you can now find out which song each act will be singing this Saturday by checking out the list below:
(All three song choices for each act are listed. The song chosen by the public will be highlighted in BOLD)
“I’ll Be There” by The Jackson 5
“Only Girl In the World” by Rihanna
“Hollaback Girl” by Gwen Stefani
“Hello” by Adele
“Jealous Guy” by John Lennon
“Runnin’ (Lose It All)” by Naughty Boy featuring Beyoncé and Arrow Benjamin
“It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World” by James Brown
“Jealous” by Labrinth
“Love Yourself” by Justin Bieber
“You Don’t Own Me” by Lesley Gore
“Best of My Love” by The Emotions
“Firestone” by DJ Kygo featuring Conrad Sewell
Reggie ‘n Bollie
“Dynamite” by Taio Cruz
“Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)” by Silentó
“Locked Away” by Rock City featuring Adam Levine
Each act will also sing a second song chosen by their mentor, but those picks aren’t known yet. So, for now, we can only predict how the acts will do from these songs here. For me, I’m most interested by Louisa’s song choice, since this Justin Bieber song is so far removed from the types of songs she usually does. I’m really excited to see what she does with it. I don’t expect the arrangement will get changed up, but it doesn’t really need to be anyway. Her vocal should be enough to make this feel significantly different from the original.
As for Lauren, I’m not particularly familiar with “Firestone”, but after a cursory search on YouTube, I can see why this was chosen for her. And, honestly, I’m glad. While I like the other two songs on her list, I’d rather she sing something current than a pair of songs that have been done to death on shows like this. By the same token, I’m glad Che is FINALLY singing a contemporary song. I get that he’s a throwback artist reminiscent of, say, a male Amy Winehouse. But I think the reason he landed in the Bottom 2 last weekend was because viewers are getting a bit bored with his old fashioned approach, no matter how great his vocals always are. Hopefully, he can have a real moment with “Hello”.
Unfortunately, I’m less excited about the song picks for the groups. I’ve wanted 4th Impact to do a ballad since their run on the show started, but “I’ll Be There” is such an uninspired choice that I can’t really get on-board with it. This will be a great opportunity for the girls to show off their vocals as a group, sure. But it’s too on-the-nose, I think. Meanwhile, “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)” doesn’t give Reggie n Bollie a whole lot to work with. It’s kind of a tuneless song, in that it’s got this one-note melody. Granted, Reggie n Bollie aren’t the best singers left in the competition, but they tend to work better with songs that have an actual melody they can dig into. Either of the other two songs would have been better, and likely would have fit more with the bright, colorful stage performances that have been their strength throughout the season.
Ultimately, we’ll find out how the Top 5 do this weekend when The X Factor UK 2015 goes live for Jukebox Week! Until then, let us know what you think of the song choices in the comments!
And for more on The X Factor UK 2015, relive this weekend’s dramatic live results show!