After Ashley’s untimely exit last week and the younger Nancys definitely flavour of the month with the Lord, what would the girls pull out of the bag tonight? Incorporated into the show was a stint from some of the Josephs, but more on that later. For now, which Nancy is still a contender?
Jodie sang “Holding Out For a Hero” from the film and stage show, Footloose. Andrew wanted to see how well she could move this week. She moved ok, but vocally she was very flat and nasally. I thought it was the worst performance she had ever done. The judges thought differently as John liked it, as did Barry with his back-handed compliment “You’ve been round the block a bit.” DVO claimed it was perfect and Andrew, obviously realising that his rudeness equals more than two phone votes to save his ‘victim’ said she danced “like Meatloaf.” This was uncalled for and John Barrowman gallantly stuck up for her.
Rachel had put up with a bit of stick last week and was determined to wow the judges and the audience at home. She sang X Factor/American Idol favourite “I Will Always Love You.” Vocally, it was excellent and felt like a two fingered salute to Barry and Andrew. I could really see her playing the role after this. But the judges clearly ring in the comments every week, as Barry said she hits an “emotional ceiling.” Andrew said he wants to see the real Rachel which is odd as she is playing a part!
Samantha had an unfair advantage this week as each girl had to choose their own song. So far, so good. But because Sam picked “Defying Gravity” from Wicked, she got to train with Idina Menzel, herself. What did Jodie get? Some trannies on a tram cheering her on! Rachel? Some middle class members of the public saying she was good! Anyway, it was a confident performance but she hit a few bum notes and comes across as a bit cocky now. She is too young, in my opinion. Barry had the most letchy comment of the night: “Please Samantha, can I have some more!”
Jessie sang Leanne Rimes “How Do I Live Without You” and dedicated it to her baby sister. It was chock-a-block full of Jessie-isms; the fingers running through the hair, the vacant looks, the ‘I’m gonna cry’ but not quite face, splayed arms, poor diction and emotionally devoid delivery. It just felt like what it was, a performance. There is nothing natural here, now. DVO said she was “unfeminine” and then said that might be good in the role! Andrew knew it was terrible and tried to blame the song.
Niamh chose No Doubt’s “Don’t Speak” which two lines in could have been changed to “Don’t Sing” as it was awful. This girl has run her course now. She delivers the same type of performance every week and there is nothing show-stopping here. It was average this week and very over-acted. She was trying to show that she was not fragile, yet physically she is like a flower. Her voice has the same wobbles every week and is not the stuff of £50 ticket prices, I’m afraid. DVO said it was like a “teenage tantrum.” JB said “Not a Nancy!” (not him, Niamh!). Barry mentioned how small she was. Andrew said he was “worried.”
The girls then teamed up with some Josephs who must have had the night off from Avenue Q, Joseph tour, Hairspray and the dole. They sang “Dancing In The Street” as a group number and two performers stood out for all the wrong reasons; Niamh and Jessie as they looked outclassed. Jessie did her stiff dancing moves again and looked like she was dancing in the sleet, rather than the street. You have to laugh as she was teamed up with Rob-the-builder! Were the producers having a laugh?!
As for the poor poor Josephs, Daniel, Ben and Keith looked incredibly confident, yet Rob and Lewis looked like desperados, longing for a second bite of the cherry.
Ain’t fame fickle?
My bottom two this week are Niamh and Jessie.
Who could be Nancy? Despite the judges comments, Rachel.