Talia Dean has become the second contestant to leave The X Factor.
Last night saw the Boys takes on the girls, with Louis Walsh losing his first act as Spencer Sutherland.
There was already changes to the show and more changes took place tonight as BGT judge Alesha Dixon appeared in lieu of Simon Cowell. The head judge missed the first live show after being rushed to hospital on Friday
Tonight it was the turn of the groups and the overs to perform.
The CutKelvins kicked off the show with an rendition of P!nk’s recent hit single What About Us. Sharon said that they were “so relevant” and “turned the place into a party” and Nicole told them “it was an amazing and empowering performance”. Stand-in judge Alesha called the group “brave to take on a Pink song”.
Kevin Davy White was up next with his take of Rihanna’s spine tingling ballad Stay. Louis said “everything about that was perfect and you’re a true artist and musician” and Sharon said she was worried for her own acts: “I thought I had a slam dunk and now I’m afraid – it was brilliant!”
Nicole’s wildcard act Talia Dean was up next with a stripped back version of One Direction’s debut single What Makes You Beautiful, which wasn’t too similar to the version done by Emily Middlemas last year. Louis likened her to a new Barbra Streisand and Sharon said “I didn’t recognise this new you, it’s quite fabulous”. Alesha wasn’t a fan of the arrangement but said her voice was beautiful.
Groups wildcard Jack and Joel were the next act to perform, taking on Dua Lipa’s number 1 single New Rules, complete with an added rap. Sharon said she thought they were great and was glad they were back. Louis said “musically, you’re brilliant, I don’t think you realise how good you are” and Nicole thought they were meant to be on the stage.
Matt Linnen took to the stage next with a take on Alessia Cara’s hit single Scars To Your Beautiful. Louis said “you’ve got the image, you’ve got the voice, you’ve got the likability and that song was perfect for you”. Sharon said she reckoned he “was trouble with a capital T” and “it was the performance of the night so far” and Alesha “loved the grit in his voice”.
The penultimate group to perform was Irish sibling duo Sean & Conor Price, who took on London Grammar’s hit single Strong. Sharon told them it was a great song for them and “when you sing together, your harmonies are sweet – they’re perfect”. Louis said “the potential for this group is amazing”, but he didn’t love the song. Nicole added they’re “natural born rock stars”.
TracyLeanne was the penultimate performer of the night, taking on Gin Wigmore’s Written In The Water, a song which isn’t that well known. Louis said “look at the transformation – you’re like a Cockney Kardashian and you’ve got the voice” and Sharon called her “an amazing woman”. Alesha said she’d been looking forward to meeting her and she “nailed the song, it was perfect for you and I have a feeling it’ll be you facing Grace in the sing-off.”
The final performance of the night came from Rak-Su, who performed another original song called Mamacita. Sharon said “drop the mic, you nailed it!” and she added that she loved everything about their performance. Louis said “it was visually amazing and vocally brilliant” and Nicole said she was “proud of them”.
The vote was then opened for 5 minutes.
When it came to the results, the acts announced as safe were Kevin, Sean & Conor, Rak-Su, Matt and Jack & Joel. This left Talia and Tracyleanne battling it out, with Talia leaving the competiton.
Dermot then revealed that the winner of Sunday’s vote and taking on Saturday’s winner Grace Davies for the chance to fly to New York to see P!nk perform at Madison Square Garden and spend time with the Grammy award winner are Rak-Su.
Grace performed first, reprising her performance of Too Young from Saturday, before Rak-Su took to the stage to perform Mamacita again.
Tonight’s guest performance came from MOBO Award winner Stormzy, who performed an world exclusive of his new single Blinded By Your Grace Pt 2, even bringing out surprise guest Labrinth, who performed MNEK’s part.
The winner of the prize fight was then revealed as Grace.
Next week, the contestants will perform for the second time, with the theme revealed as Viva Latino. Plus, performing live are BGT winner Tokio Myers and pop sensation Rita Ora.