Sam Black and Sean and Conor Price have become the latest contestants to be eliminated from The X Factor.
Last week’s competition saw Simon and Sharon lose their first contestants of the series, as Jack and Joel & Alisa Bonoabra left the competition during George Michael Week.
This weekend, it’s a DOUBLE DOUBLE ELIMINATION so every thing was at stakes as the remaining finalists battled it out for a place in the semi finals.
Tonight’s show saw the boys take on the groups, with the theme for the weekend being “Crazy In Love”.
Kicking off the show, Dermot O’Leary revealed that the prize for this week was a dinner date with Louis Walsh PLUS the chance to fly to Los Angeles to record a single with multi platinium singer songwriter Ali Tamposi, who has written hits such as Kelly Clarkson’s Stronger, DJ Snake & Justin Bieber’s Let Me Love You, Kygo & Selena Gomez’s It Ain’t Me, Avicii & Rita Ora’s Lonely Together and the current UK Number 1 and 2, Camila Cabello’s Havana and Rita Ora’s Anywhere.
Sam Black was the first act to perform, taking on Little Mix’s colloboration with Charlie Puth Oops, and the judges definitely were not holding back this week. “That’s what I call a prawn cocktail. That’s not the main course or a dessert, it’s just the little thing you have before the big thing,” Simon Cowell said to cries from Louis Walsh.
“Everything that happens around you has been done by other people,” Simon added.
But that wasn’t all: “For me it was the worst performance you’ve done so far,” Nicole Scherzinger said.
“I’ve never seen just you up there singing from the heart and from the soul,” Sharon added – but Louis was there to stick up for his act.
“You’re still here so obviously people like you,” he said, adding somewhat forlornly, “I love prawn cocktail. I don’t know why all the negativity.”
Sean and Conor Price were up next, with Julia Michael’s breakout smash Issues, and boys had the judges eating out of the palm of their hand.
“You’re real people, you’re great role models. I want to see you hear next week so bad!” Louis said.
“Excellent song choice,” Sharon put in. “I think this is where you shine. You’ve built up to this, and you really shined tonight.”
Nicole wasn’t quite so convinced, saying, “I still think you guys are better than that.”
“I think you could have come with a more original interpretation of the song,” she added – but Simon was having none of it.
“Somebody’s a little bit grumpy tonight!” he laughed, casting his eye sideways to Nicole before turning back to his boys.
“The competition going into the semi-final next week just wouldn’t be the same without you two,” he said.
The CutKelvins followed with their own song called Saved Me From Myself. Singing their first original song after performing covers all the way through, the judges all thought this would be a risk for them.
But, at least according to Louis, the risk “totally paid off”.
Sharon agreed: “A really, really great song” Sharon said, adding, “We don’t want to lose you.”
Nicole agreed that the risk had paid off, saying, “The Cutkelvins have arrived! Where did that come from?”
“I love that you had the balls to come out and do your own song,” she added.
Simon’s reaction was the weirdest of the night however: “It’s just occurred to me that we’re going to lose two people tonight. I don’t know who agreed to that.”
Surely you did Simon? “No I didn’t. No I didn’t,” he insisted. OK?
“This showed the audience more about you as people, as artists,” he added. But is it enough to stop them falling into the bottom two?
Reigning prize fight champion Lloyd Macey was up next, taking on Shania Twain’s From This Moment On.
Rak-Su closed the show tonight with another original song called Mona Lisa. “Love you, every week you bring it,” Louis said with the crowd almost drowning out his comments. “You’ve got it all.”
“You guys are unbelievable songwriters,” Sharon said. “Everything you do has amazing hooks to it. Your melody lines through the song are superb.”
Running out of praise, she simply said, “See ya, bye, it’s done.”
Nicole, delivering the most painfully premeditated line of the night, said, “It’s Crazy in Love week, and I think this country has fallen crazy in love with Rak-Su.” Oh boy…
Simon gave the group a standing ovation after their performance, and admitted afterwards that he had had a pretty easy ride as their mentor this year.
“I do absolutely nothing, and that’s the way it should be,” he said. “There is so much talent in this country, and you are showing that.”
The vote was then opened and tonight it was even more important for you to vote, as it was a double elimination.
Reigning X Factor champion Matt Terry then took to the stage for an world exclusive performance of his new single The Thing About Love from his debut album Trouble.
It was then time for the results, it was revealed that Rak-Su had won the price fight, before it was revealed that Sean and Conor Price & Sam Black would be leaving the competition.
Tomorrow night, the girls will take on the overs. Plus, Grammy Award-winning megastar Fergie will be performing LIVE!