X Factor Recap: Who Survived The BRUTAL Six Chair Challenge?
Rita Ora kicked off everyone’s least favourite part of The X Factor – the six chair challenge – last night, with predictable tears, put downs, and powerful performances.
The first girl to audition for a chair was Katie Coleman. Unfortunately, her ambitious choice in song (Christina Aguilera’s The Voice Within) did not pay off, earning her this insult from an on-form Mr. Cowell:
Karen Mav performed an excellent second (but really, anything would probably have looked good after the first) with Etta James’ I’d Rather Go Blind, earning her the first chair of the night.
Chloe Baker went next, with this horrendously screechy, emotional rendition of You’ve Got The Love from Florence and the Machine.
Monica Michael gets the third seat, with an excellent performance of Empire’s What is Love. She was quickly joined by Sharon Rose, who sang James Bay’s Let It Go.
Then there’s Chloe Page, with Amazing Grace, quickly joining the seated. Possibly Rita Ora didn’t read this part of her script properly, because chairs are not supposed to be given out to every girl who does a good crying face:
Ding dong, you’re outta chairs Rita. End the show. Oh, wait, it goes on. And the heartbreak begins.
Another seventeen year old wonderkid, Louisa Johnson, steps out to perform Jennifer Hudson’s I Am Telling You. It’s actually a corker of a performance. She earns a standing ovation from all the judges, and some emotional music.
Next up is Hakka, with a lively cover of Blackstreet’s No Diggity. The general consensus is vocally she’s not the best singer they have, but boy does she make up for it with personality.
Rita eventually agrees to give her a seat, resulting in the most humble reaction we’ve ever seen from an X Factor contestant.
Immortalised forever in GIF.
There’s a lot of booing as poor old Charli makes way for Hakka, who has now remembered this is a reality show where the public vote for the winner and perhaps it pays not to look too thrilled at your good fortune.
The Whitney Houston covers are here with next girl Kiera Weathers, and yes, she sounds great, and Whitney’s great, but could we please have a more original X Factor song?
She nicks Karen’s seat. It’s notable the girls who are sitting are no longer cheering on the other singers very hard.
The girls don’t have to worry about the next performance though, as Kelly Mai Webb forgets the words to Patti Smith’s Because The Night.
Lucy Duffield is next, with Aretha Franklin’s Natural Woman, and everybody loves her apart from Rita, who gives a long speech before deciding yes, she will sway to everyone else’s opinion. Get a backbone, Rita.
Sweet spoken Sophie Plumb is next to perform, singing Adele’s Turning Tables. It’s not really bad, but we’ve seen much better on the night. The judges basically think that too, and Rita finally learns to say ‘no chair.’
Just when you think it is never going to end, Lauren Murray is proclaimed the last contestant to fight for a chair. She sings Jessie Ware’s Say You Love Me.
And then the girls are sorted and the horror is over.
Nobody is more thrilled than Havva.
I think she’s my favourite.
This means the final six girls are Kiera Weather, Louisa Johnson, Monica Michael, Lauren Murray, Chloe Paige and Havva Rebke. Here’s a picture of how they looked after the gruelling experience:
Tune into X Factor next Sunday night if you’d like to see more hearts broken as the six chair challenge continues.