Monday 19 August 2019

X Factor's Reggie n Bollie get 1D Liam's seal of approval

Reggie 'n' Bollie were praised by One Direction's Liam Payne for their X Factor rendition of What Makes You Beautiful (Syco/Thames TV/PA)
Reggie 'n' Bollie were praised by One Direction's Liam Payne for their X Factor rendition of What Makes You Beautiful (Syco/Thames TV/PA)

One Direction's Liam Payne applauded The X Factor's Reggie n Bollie for their infectious version of What Makes You Beautiful.

The 22 year old was a famous face in the crowd as the Ghanaians brought the house down with their rendition of the One Direction smash hit, mixed with Cheerleader by OMI.

Head judge Simon Cowell said: "On paper, this shouldn't have worked, but I absolutely loved it. The vocals weren't perfect, but it didn't really matter."

BBC Radio 1 DJ Nick Grimshaw cried: "I never thought I'd dutty wine and skank to One Direction!" He then asked Payne for this thoughts. "He didn't like it, he loved it," the DJ said.

For her critique, girls mentor Rita Ora shouted: "Mash it up, mash it up, mash it up, boom!"

Reggie n Bollie's mentor Cheryl Fernandez-Versini danced her approval as the duo told hosts Olly Murs and Caroline Flack: "We are over the moon, seeing Liam from One Direction, we love you!"

The X Factor contestants sang live to win votes from the public. This week's theme was reinvention and saw the acts tasked with taking a classic song and making it their own.

Dressed in a revealing gold gown, Monica Michael's rendition of Beyonce's Crazy In Love sparked arguments among the judges.

"I didn't love this, I hated it. They've turned you into something you're not," Cowell stated.

"Well, don't give us this theme, then!" Ora snapped back.

Cowell continued: "What have they turned you into? What you did last week was incredible, that was reinvention," he said in reference to the Londoner's version of Make It Rain by Ed Sheeran.

"You've put more effort in to the other girls than you have with her," the X Factor boss stated.

Judge Ora told her wildcard act: "Y ou should be proud of that."

Controversial contestant Mason Noise, originally axed from the competition for rowing with Cowell, performed Teardrops by Womack & Womack and won praise from the judges.

Seann Miley Moore's theatrical performance of California Dreamin' by The Mamas & the Papas did not meet the X Factor supremo's approval. "Seann, you have an amazing presence and a spectacular voice, but that was lazy," he said.

Judge Grimshaw defended his act: "It's not something you see on a talent show, it's something you see on the Grammys or the MTV Video Music Awards," he stated.

Kiera Weathers sang Return of the Mack by Mark Morrison. Most of the judges liked the song choice, but Cowell was a dissenting voice.

Dental receptionist Lauren Murray performed Hold Back The River by James Bay to universal acclaim: "Tonight, it's the best I think I've heard you," said TV mogul Cowell.

Louisa Johnson tackled Michael Jackson classic Billie Jean. "You are ridiculously good. I love moments like this when we can discover someone like you," Cowell told the 17 year old from Essex.

Backing singer Anton Stephans accidentally knocked into his mentor's head last week. The judges referenced the incident as they commented on his version of All A bout That Bass/Bang Bang by Meghan Trainor and Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj, respectively.

"That was like watching a really bad musical. I don't know if that head butt made Simon go crazy," said Grimshaw.

The women judges agreed with the DJ so Cowell hit back with: "The theme this week is called reinvention, not Karaoke, girls."

Max Stone's version of Somewhere Over The Rainbow/Wonderful World by Judy Garland and Louis Armstrong, respectively divided the panel.

" You should speak to your mentor about doing something a little bit cooler because that was like watching Play School for me," said Grimshaw.

Cowell berated the Radio 1 DJ and judge Ora "Forget these two, you did great," he told the musician from London.

Opening Saturday's show, Filipino siblings 4th Impact made a big impact with their rendition of Sound of The Underground/Boom Clap by Girls Aloud and Charli XCX, respectively.

However, Cowell accused groups mentor Fernandez-Versini of "narcissism" for choosing one of her own songs.

The former Girls Aloud singer's response was to blow a loud raspberry.

In another bout of banter on the panel, Grimshaw said of fellow judge Ora's daring attire "Halloween was last week". She responded: "It's called fashion darling, you will not know anything about it."

Che Chesterman is only 19, but his rendition of You Can't Hurry Love by The Supremes won a standing ovation.

The fate of the contestants is now in the public's hands as two acts will leave the competition this week.

:: The X Factor is broadcast on Sunday at 8pm on ITV.

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