'The X Factor UK' Live Shows night 2 recap: A Stormzy surprise and a prize-fighting win
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The Groups and Overs hit the stage on night two of “The X Factor UK” Live Shows which aired here in the U.S. on Oct. 30 on AXS TV. Global pop superstar Alesha Dixon was on hand to fill in for still-recovering Simon Cowell and British rapper Stormzy performed his new single and surprised teen Girls contender Rai-Elle Williams. Meanwhile, in the new show format, two acts battled for a prize package that included hanging out with P!NK.

The CutKelvins and Kevin Davy White are the Real Deal

Sibling trio The CutKelvins kicked off the action for the Groups with a sensational rendition of P!nk’s smash hit anthem, “What About Us?” This trio is top-notch and frontwoman Shereen is a natural star. The song’s strong message and fast tempo made a strong opening and also a tough act to follow. Overs contender Kevin Davy White, however, didn’t balk at all. Instead, he rose to the challenge and smashed his Rihanna cover. Both acts could sell records right now. They’re that good.

Talia Dean Dices Up a 1D Song and Jack and Joel Sing with Sincerity

Yay, we’re so glad Talia Dean is back as the Overs Wild Card! But then she sings a slowed-down version of One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful.” As much as we love her and her new look, this rendition just doesn’t work and it doesn’t play to her vocal strengths. We already sense she’s doomed. But, more on that later. Wild Card Groups duo Jack and Joel are back and they slow it down with real sincerity this week with their “New Rules” cover. Neither of these acts compare to the first two, though – or Grace Davies and Lloyd Macey’s night one knockouts!

Matt Linnen and Sean and Conor Price Melt Hearts

We don’t blame Sharon Osbourne and Scherzy for going gaga for Overs contender Matt Linnen. He is so easy on the eyes and sings with great passion. He did a great job with “Scars to Your Beautiful.” It’s an amazing song and relaying its self-loving message was a smart move on Linnen’s part. We just love, love, love the Price brothers, Sean and Conor. They also made a really good song choice with London Grammar’s “Strong.” That said, their nerves showed just a little. Louis Walsh had great things to say, noting “the Price is right” when he named his favorite acts of the night. These boys have amazing potential and need to get signed, win or lose.

Tracyleanne and Rak-Su Deliver a Strong Close

Mother-of-three, Tracyleanne’s story is so inspiring and we love to see her chasing her dreams. She did a great job with “Written in the Water.” She packed plenty of confidence and lots of vocal expression. Multiple judges compared her sound to Amy Winehouse and we can see where they’re coming from. Rak-Su closed the night for the Groups with their best original song yet. They were fun, they engaged the crowd and their harmonies were on point. We just love these guys and we could potentially see them in the Finals, though it’s still early in the competition.

Ahhh, Stormzy and the First Prize Fight

Did anyone else think it was SUPER adorable when Stormzy shared the love for Rai-Elle near the start of the show? It turns out he previously met his young fan during a visit to her school and she sang for him there. He urged her to “stick with it.” Then, he was surprised to see her on his TV on “The X Factor.” The young finalist was beaming as she stood next to him and it was a memorable, feel-good moment. Later, Stormzy performed his single “Blinded by Your Grace Pt. 2” with Labrinth as a special guest. It was epic.

Finally, Rak-Su and Grace performed the first “X Factor UK” prize fight as the top two contenders in each Live Show night. They reprised their Live Show performances and Grace ended up claiming the prize. American contender Spencer Sutherland were eliminated, as well as Talia Dean. As it stands, Rak-Su, Grace, The Cutkelvins and Kevin Davy White look like the strongest contenders. Next week they’ll take on a carnival theme. Hmmm… what could that be?

“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.