This week, the theme on The X Factor was ‘Diva Week’, and with the celebrity guest being none other than Whitney Houston, it was most certainly applicable.
I don’t know about you guys, but I had high hopes for Rikki Loney, but we’re just not loving him right now. Whitney Houston warned Rikki that he maybe out of his depth this week. Simon Cowell also suggested Rikki raise his game if he stood any chance of winning the show.
Rikki Loney took on a huge hit, Aretha Franklin’s R.E.S.P.E.C.T, even managing to remove his hat for once. Unfortunately when it comes to belting out a hit, the backing singers do a MUCH better job. I really want to love Rikki, but I don’t.
On the plus side, he had a much better class of performance this week than in week 1. Good arrangement of the track too.
Rikki Loney – X Factor Live Show Week 2 Performance
Dannii Minogue: “Well done… you’ve come so far. I see a little bit of Will Young performance and you were working the stage really well.“
Simon Cowell: “I will give you respect, because I think what you did tonight took a lot of guts, because it was quite clear from meeting Whitney and Clive that they weren’t supportive of the song choice. Unfortunately, they were right. The song was far too big for you – you went from a pub singer to a wedding singer in one week. It was uncomfortable.“
Cheryl Cole: “First of all, I’m going to say thank you for taking this song choice on. I know the comments from Clive and Whitney knocked you a bit. I thought you did a fantastic job.”