Well it certainly didn't get off to a good start tonight!! After a technical fault, the show started 15 mins late - not a problem, but an explanation at the time would have been nice ITV!! I was left wondering what on earth was going on....honestly, the sheer horror of thinking I'd recorded the wrong show was almost too much for me to take! ;)
I find it hard to pick just one highlight this week - the standard is genuinely getting much higher week by week. Its becoming easier to sort the wheat from the chaff, and hopefully the weak will fall at the last hurdle and leave a really strong final 3!
I do keep hearing and seeing negative comments about the standard of the performances this year, which I'm confused by as I think the standard this year is the same as - if not a bit higher - than in previous years. Certainly with Frankie & Johnny gone, any one of the remaining contestants far outshine previous winners such as Steve Brookstein & Joe McElderry - and even Shane Ward, Alexandra Burke and Matt Cardle really!
Lets face it - their talent is average, and they don't have much in the way of great personalities....Shayne & Joe seem very nice at least (None of the falseness of Alexandra or the bitterness of Steve & Matt!) but they are hardly the worlds most charming, funny or interesting people!!
In my opinion, the contestants this year at least have personalities (Janet excluded, I'm not sure where hers is but its certainly not appearing on the show!) and all have very good voices.
Considering that this is nothing more than a TV talent show - I'm not sure what else people are expecting to see! I don't expect to see the next Tracy Chapman, Jeff Buckley, Eva Cassidy or Bon Iver ....its just Saturday Night entertainment and if people took it more for what it is - it would be a lot more enjoyable!
Baring in mind that the contestants are not seasoned performers - they are starting out, looking for a break....in my opinion they are doing very well - certainly better than I could do!!
But back to my highlight of the week - although I am tempted to choose Craig because he always absolutely nails the performance, no matter what the theme or genre - I am going to choose somebody who has surprised me this week.
I started out not liking them at all, I hated the way they dressed and I thought their harmonies were rubbish and their voices did not gel well at all - but in the last 2 weeks, Little Mix have completely turned it around for me.
Suddenly, they look stylish and more grown up - they sound great - their voices are really shining...I am impressed! And they are fast becoming real contenders in my opinion!
So Little Mix are my highlight of the week, with their performance of Radio Gaga/Telephone - Go Girls!!
I'm sad to say that this week, my low point was Mischa B.
Her voice was good, it always is - but I expected much, much more from her. The performance felt like a waste of a good song - I would have preferred to see Kitty do the track if this was all Mischa could muster for it.
Her outfit looked terrible, and the performance was just a non-starter for me - I found it really, really dull. I don't actually think it was Mischa's fault - I blame whoever was responsible for the dull-as-dishwater arrangement.
I do think that Amelia may struggle, simply because she hasnt had the same opportunity to establish a fan base as the others have - but I do hope she at least stays for another week.