Seven’s first Live show for The X Factor ran terribly overtime, stretching to 2.5 hours -but it sure delivered in entertainment value.
The 12 singing acts comprised the strongest batch the show has had across its four seasons (three of them on Seven).
There are already several acts vying for line honours.
Newly-formed boyband The Collective wowed the audience with their version of Jessie J’s Domino, described by mentor Ronan Keating as the “best performance I’ve ever seen on X Factor anywhere in the world.” Before they had even left the stage host Luke Jacobz told them they were trending worldwide.
Also in serious contention was 19 year old singing teacher Angel Tupai who demonstrated terrific range. Samantha Jade oozed confidence with her version of Katy Perry’s Wide Awake and Nathanial Willemse showed he has soul with a Beyonce number.
At the other end of the scale tween boyband act What About Tonight may have a solid following but are still a raw act, while country boy Jason Owen was out of his depth with Bryan Adams’ Heaven.
Some acts were also dwarfed by elaborate staging. Bella Ferraro looked like she could have been in a pantomime, or possibly Eurovision, while Shiane Hawke looked out of place in her over-produced staging. Mentors need to be mindful that we’re here to watch singers grow, not the Super Bowl half time show. Such production numbers get in the way of us connecting with the act.
The good news for some acts is that voting does not always match performances, and sometimes the sympathy vote carry an act through an underwhelming week.
Congrats to casting producers for finding a very strong batch, which will no doubt be reflected by today’s ratings.