Songs from the movies was the theme of The X Factor in the fifth week of the live shows, and Joe McElderry chose to sing a massive classic by Elton John - Circle of Life – which accompanied the 1994 Disney hit, The Lion King.
In recent weeks, Cheryl Cole’s fellow judges have accused Joe of being more of a musical theatre type artist, rather than a pop star.
Tonight, Joe had the opportunity to live up to their comments, taking more of a musical type track, and applying it to his performance. But did Joe McElderry impress the judges?
Joe gave an amazing performance this week on The X Factor, and the vocal was just perfect. He was accompanied by quite a large production, with dancers all around which really tied The Lion King’s theme into his performance. Check it out below…
Joe McElderry – Circle of Life on The X Factor Live Show Week 5
Louis Walsh: “Joe, your definitely one of the best singers in the competition and you tick all the boxes, but as Simon said on the VT, I do think your more musical theatre than pop star and we are looking for a pop star. I think the song was a little bit predictable and a little bit safe, I think you are better and have a lot more potential than this.“
Dannii Minogue: “Joe, you are the best male vocalist in the competition hands down. Your the most likable, the most beautiful, the only thing I would critique is your voice is strong and that’s what musical theatre is, but I didn’t like the production on this song. I love it when you just perform a song and i think the production was just detracting from that.“
Simon Cowell: “Joe I thought it was the perfect song for you, its what your all about. I really liked the production, the only thing I didn’t like was you have to stop this kind of stage school ‘swaying’, you need to have the confidence to just take the mic and believe in yourself. I don’t think your the best male singer in the competition, but having said that, I think your commercial, I think you know who you are, and I think you should enjoy this moment. That was very good.“
Cheryl Cole: “Every week I love working with you even more, I get to know you, you’re starting to feel like a little brother to me and I’m so proud to watch you singing up there like that, its an amazing feeling.”
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