The talent pool is huge this season on “The X Factor UK” and Sharon Osbourne has already picked her six Girls contenders to take to Judges’ Houses after a particularly intense Six Chair Challenge round, which aired in the U.S. on Oct. 9 on AXS TV. Grace Davies has grabbed the judges’ attention (and even made Nicole Scherzinger cry) with her moving original songs. Fans and critics alike are already wondering if the Lancashire native could walk away with “The X Factor UK” season 14 title.
Her brooding original audition song, “Roots,” made Scherzy cry and Simon Cowell was really impressed, calling it “a beautiful, beautiful song.” She performed a heartfelt breakup song “Don’t Go,” behind the piano at the Wembley Arena solo round and more tears flooded quickly done Nicole’s cheeks. At this week’s Six Chair Challenge, Grace called her next original song “a sequel” to the breakup song. All the judges loved it and Sharon rewarded the performance by granting Grace one of her coveted six chairs.
The difference between being a great singer and a great artist, arguably lies in the ability to recognize your own artistic lane and follow it, write your own songs, and forge a strong connection with your audience. There are lots of great singers on “The X Factor UK” this season. However, Grace is the only one who has served up three spectacular performances with only original songs. Her tone is distinct and a little quirky. She definitely has the makings of a star.
Buzz has been mounting for the 20-year-old warehouse worker, who has notably logged 51 million streams on Soundcloud on her Adele “Hello” cover. She lists classic artists like Etta James and Billie Holiday as some of her musical influences and modern artists like Ed Sheeran, Emeli Sande and Mumford & Sons among her writing influences.
The pressure of a such a high-profile competition like “The X Factor UK” is obviously tough. Only three acts will advance from Judges’ Houses to the Live Shows. Grace is battling powerhouse vocalists like Alisah Bonaobra, Georgina Panton and Rai-Elle Williams. Holly Tandy and Deanna round out the Top 6 girls. Grace is the only one in her group that’s performed original material. This should bode well for her chance to move forward. The recording contract grand prize is perfect for someone who already has tracks that could work on a debut album under her belt.
The entire Girls team is talented. So, Sharon has a tough job on her hands selecting only three to advance. We’ll have to see what happens next, as, “The X Factor” is known for serving up some big surprises.
“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. Tweet during the U.S. broadcast using the hashtag #UKintheUSA.