Friday 23 February 2018

Nu Vibe have 'no vibe' and get the boot

Nu Vibe were the first band to go on X Factor
Nu Vibe were the first band to go on X Factor

Boyband Nu Vibe have become the first X Factor act to fall victim to the public vote in this year's competition.

The five-piece band, put together by judge Tulisa having entered the contest as solo artists, sang a dance version of U2's With Or Without You on Saturday night's show - but that wasn't enough to ensure their survival.

They ended up in the bottom two of the 12 acts, with Frankie Cocozza, after judge Gary Barlow told them their lacklustre performance had "no vibe".

Last night's performance of former X Factor judge Cheryl Cole's Promise This failed to win the hearts of the judges, who preferred Frankie's song - Red, by Daniel Merriweather.

Their mentor was the only one who wanted to keep them in the competition after they sung for survival. She appeared tearful after the voting session, and asked by host Dermot O'Leary why they had not won enough votes, replied: "I'm not sure. All I can say is that I believed in them.

"I took a chance and they worked hard, they gave everything. I can't say what went wrong because I can't see it."

The band thanked Tulisa, and the other judges, and vowed they would stay together.

Louis had been the last judge to vote, and said he chose to send Nu Vibe home because he saw "the most potential" in ladies' man Frankie.

Another act mentored by Tulisa, The Risk, were the first to learn they had made it through to next week's show, a decision welcomed by the other judges, who nodded their approval.

They were followed by teenager Janet Devlin, who bravely took to the stage on Saturday while mourning her grandfather.

Biscuit factory worker Craig Colton hugged a number of the other contestants after his name was read out, but the most exuberant reaction of the night came from Johnny Robinson, who squealed and put his hands over his face before jumping up and down.

The last act of the night to learn he was through to sing another week was Liverpool lad Marcus Collins, who appeared overwhelmed as he ran off the stage.

All the acts had sung songs on the theme of "love and heartbreak" on Saturday.

Earlier yesterday, the remaining 12 acts - reduced from 16 last week - had done their first group performance of the series, singing Hello by Martin Solveig Featuring Dragonette.

Guests Katy Perry and The Wanted also took to the stage during the results show.

Press Association

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