Stadium performances for “The X Factor UK” aired in the U.S. on Oct. 2 on AXS TV. The grueling, pressure-filled round brought several standout performances and as season 14 hopefuls battled for a place in the Six Chair Challenge. The seven contenders below could all pose big threats moving into the next round.
1. Jack Mason Earns Audience-wide Standing Ovation with James Brown Cover
Jack Mason is one of “The X Factor UK’s” brightest examples of the tried-and-true cliché “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” His power-packed performance of James Brown’s iconic, soulful hit “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World” was absolutely jaw-dropping. The shy, unassuming 18-year-old was transformed into a one-man vocal cyclone as he belted the soulful track’s bold lyrics. The entire Wembley arena audience jumped to its feet in thunderous applause as he finished. He’s bound to be a formidable foe in the upcoming Six Chair Challenge.
2. Benji Matthews Wows with His Original Song
Some people might find Benji Matthews’ nervous laugh a little off-putting. But, as soon as he opens his mouth to sing, his mad vocal talent is clearly no joke. Several contenders bombed out with original songs. However, Benji’s song, which he described as “just a little love song,” that was “inspired by characters from EastEnders,” really impressed the judges. Plus, Benji is sweet and humble and totally deserves his ticket to the Six Chair Challenge.
3. Berget Lewis Throws Down Her Gauntlet with Donny Hathaway Cover
Overs contender Berget Lewis has already proven she’s a vocal force to be reckoned with in her brilliant “Purple Rain” audition. Tackling this kind of iconic song is risky and Berget slayed it. For her Stadium Round performance, she took on Donny Hathaway’s legendary classic “A Song for You” and nailed it. Some people are already speculating the 45-year-old songstress could even win this season’s “X Factor UK” crown. Overall, the Overs will be a tough category at the Six Chair level. But, we think Berget will sail right on through to Judges’ Houses. Cutting her would potentially be one of this season’s biggest shockers.
4. Alisah Bonaobra Puts Up a Fight with ‘Defying Gravity’ Comeback Performance
Early standout Alisah Bonaobra shockingly almost didn’t make it out of Bootcamp. Simon Cowell wasn’t going to send her through and then she cried, begged, and spontaneously sang for another chance. Simon changed his mind and sent her through and she easily proved her worth in this amazing “Defying Gravity” performance.
5. Holly Tandy Earns Sweet 16 Pass-Through After Dynamic “Sign of the Times” Performance
Holly Tandy was just 15 when she delivered her Room Audition performance, which makes her one of season 14’s youngest “X Factor UK” contenders. She took a huge risk by singing Harry Styles’ solo debut single “Sign of the Times” for her solo stadium performance. While she didn’t give it the kind of rock anthem power Styles gives it, she impressed the judges and audience enough to advance to the Six Chair Challenge. Holly notably performed on her 16th birthday and the audience and judges helped her celebrate by singing “Happy Birthday” to her.
6. Matt Linnen Impresses with Unexpected Beyonce’ Cover
Matt Linnen has so much charisma! He surprised the judges and wowed the audience by singing “If I Was a Boy” by Beyoncé. At first, Simon seemed doubtful about the song choice. But, he was totally sold by the end of Matt’s captivating, soulful performance. Does anyone else sense a strong Phillip Phillips vibe with this guy? Mrs. O and Scherzy were certain the public “will love” Matt. They’re probably right. Off to the Six Chair Challenge he goes.
7. Georgina Panton Stuns with “Sweet Dreams” Performance
Georgina Panton sings with power and expressiveness way beyond her 20 years. She delivered an absolutely stunning version of Beyoncé’s “Sweet Dreams.” Simon praised her saying, “Wow, wow, wow! I’ve been waiting for that. This, for me, was one of ‘the’ moments over this Bootcamp.” Scherzy also called the talented mom one of her “favorites.” There are several strong Girls contenders this season. But, Georgina seems like a potentially easy lock to nab one of the coveted six chairs in the next round.
“The X Factor UK” airs in the U.S. on Sundays and Mondays at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT on AXS TV. Find AXS TV on your TV and tweet during the broadcast using the hashtag #UKintheUSA.