“The X Factor UK” aired the first night of the two-night season 15 finale in the U.S. last night (Dec. 2) on AXS TV. The three remaining finalists Dalton Harris, Anthony Russell and Scarlett Lee hit the stage to vie for the public’s vote in a final bid for “The X Factor UK” season 15 title and recording contract.
The season 15 judges were all in the house at SSE Arena, Wembley to cheer the contenders on. Simon Cowell and Louis Tomlinson each had acts in the final, while hubby and wife judges Robbie Williams and Ayda Williams didn’t have any acts left.
Overall, it was a sensational night filled with footage of the Top 3 finalists’ hometown visits and some excellent performances. Each act performed a solo and a celebrity duet. Guest stars on hand included George Ezra teaming with Anthony, Emeli Sande teaming with Dalton and Robbie Williams joining Scarlett.
Our picks for the Top 5 performances from night one of “The X Factor UK’ finals are listed below.
5. Robbie Williams and Scarlett Lee “Angels”
Robbie Williams has been a joy to watch on the judging panel this season. He genuinely cares about the contenders. He even invited Scarlett to sing at a gig with him next summer. They did a wonderful, heartwarming duet of Robbie’s smash hit single “Angels” before which he told Scarlett her voice was way better than his. Their voices blended well and their combined happiness before, during and after the performance was infectious!
4. Anthony Russell – “Let It Be”
In the hometown cutaways, one of Anthony Russell’s friends called him Rocky Balboa and the title couldn’t be more appropriate. Anthony’s return to the show following his substance abuse struggles last season is inspiring. And, the bromance between him and Louis Tomlinson has been so fun and also touching to watch. Louis, in fact, has done a spectacular job in his first season on “The X Factor UK” judging panel – let’s hope he comes back!
Anthony kicked off the finals singing the legendary Beatles song “Let It Be.” He did an amazing, endearing job given the weight of the night and the size of the crowd. He and Louis played some soccer in the VT and their friendship was obvious. Anthony’s enthusiasm throughout his “X Factor” journey this season has been a sweet highlight.
3. Scarlett Lee “Your Song”
It’s hard not to draw comparison between Scarlett Lee and Kelly Clarkson. They both have huge powerhouse voices and a similar tone. Simon visited Scarlett at home with her parents in a VT clip and complimented them on doing such a fine job with her. He told her she’s real and nice, and he’s right. Scarlett wears her big, genuine heart on her sleeve. Like Anthony, she’s a comeback contender and it’s been wonderful to see her get this far this time.
She did a brilliant job with Elton John’s “Your Song.” It’s a huge song to tackle. But, Scarlett has proved time and again that no song is really out of her league. Her nerves showed a little, but that didn’t detract from the spectacular job she did with the song.
2. Robbie Williams and “The X Factor UK” Finalists Opening Medley
Robbie Williams gets a second spot in our ranking because his inner British pop superstar really shined when he opened the show with an upbeat medley featuring “The X Factor UK” season 15 finalists including Brendan Murray, Danny Tetley, Gio Spano and more. Robbie had the house rocking from the start (especially with his hit “Let Me Entertain You”). It was a fabulous way to kick off the night.
1. Dalton Harris – “A Song For You”
Hands down, Dalton Harris’ performance of “A Song For You” earns our pick for the No. 1 performance of the night. Dalton’s range and tone are astounding, and music just glides through him so naturally. He received the longest and loudest extended applause from the audience. His performance felt more like a stadium concert performance, like he’s been singing for years. He’s never even faltered throughout the entire competition. Dalton has long been favored to win and his musical future seems destined to be bright.