Friday 19 October 2018

X Factor contestants to channel George Michael this weekend

The remaining 12 acts will each perform a hit by the late star.

George Michael single
George Michael single

By Francesca Gosling

The remaining X Factor contestants will channel George Michael as the show dedicates this weekend’s performances to the late star.

Each of the 12 acts will perform a song from the former Wham! star’s repertoire in the lead-up to the anniversary of his death on Christmas Day last year.

In the Girls category, Grace Davies will sing I Can’t Make You Love Me, Alisah Bonaobra will sing Praying For Time, Holly Tandy will sing One More Time, and Rai-Elle Williams will take on They Won’t Go When I Go.

Out of the last two boys, Lloyd Macey will perform A Different Corner, while Sam Black gives his rendition of I’m Your Man!

Meanwhile, Kevin Davy White, in the Overs category, will sing Fastlove Pt 1 and Matt Linnen will perform the classic Careless Whisper.

For Group frontrunners Rak-Su it will be a rendition of Michael’s hit Faith, duo Sean and Conor Price will perform Freedom! ’90, The Cutkelvins will have a go at Killer/Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone, and Jack & Joel will sing The Edge Of Heaven.

Many of the singers took a break from their rehearsals this week to attend the annual ITV Gala at the London Palladium.

Rak-Su told the Press Association: “We can’t do an original song so it’s going to be a difficult one, we are going to be out of our comfort zone. This has definitely been the hardest one so far.

“But artists who we aspire to tend to pay homage to a brilliant artist, so we see this as an opportunity to try and do that and to try and tribute the legacy that George Michael has.

“So there is an element of scary, but it’s exciting at the same time.”

The X Factor continues with its third week of live eliminations on Saturday, at 8.10pm on ITV.

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