The hopefuls include Kitty Brucknell, James Michael, Craig Colton, Goldie Cheung and Joe Cox. They survived the cull, and were able to escape elimination.
They were lucky enough to be given the chance to perform in Wembley Arena where about 5,000 people will be their audience. This is before the judges would choose their final contestants whom they would coach.
Louis Walsh reminded the contestants that what they are going to embark on is a make or break performance and their fate in the competition rested on that very moment. As if their nerves weren’t enough, Louis Walsh surely increased the anxiety and the feeling of pressure among the contestants.
Tulisa Contostavlos, the youngest of the judges and N-Dubz star, also expressed her high expectations making the stress level go up another step. She said, “Guys, we really need to see passion, emotion and when you are up there I want you to give it everything you think you’ve got and mean it, make it believable.”
Gary Barlow, this season’s head judge, made his expectations of the contestants’ performance crystal clear by saying, “It is so important for, all of you to remember, that you’ve got to stand out and the one way of doing that is to make the song your own, do your version of the song you’re going to sing.
“This group is going to be split literally into half today. Best of luck to everybody, please give us everything you’ve got, let’s see some performances. Good luck.”
Let us see if the judges’ expectations, hopes and aspirations of these season’s acts will be met by the contestants themselves. Keep yourself tuned to the eighth season of X Factor.
Written by Alex Corcoran, a fan of the X Factor and blackjack online.