Miss Dynamix has been plagued by health issues, which seem to be having a negative impact on "X Factor" U.K. voters. In the episode that ITV televised on Oct. 26, 2013, host Dermot O'Leary revealed that girl group Miss Dynamix was in the bottom two of the viewers' flash vote. The other act in the bottom two will be revealed in the episode airing on Oct. 27, 2013, when that contestant and Miss Dynamix will have a "save me" sing-off. The judges will then vote on which contestant to eliminate.
This is the second week in a row that an act from the Groups category was in the bottom two of the flash vote. In the previous week, boy band Kingsland Road was at risk of being eliminated, but instead the majority of the judges voted to eliminated Shelley Smith, who was in the Overs category.
In early October 2013, Miss Dynamix member SeSe Foster went public about being pregnant. She is due to give birth in January 2014. In interviews, she insisted that her pregnancy would not derail the group in the live performance episodes. However, on Oct. 19, 2013 (during the second week of the show's live episode this year and just hours before the episode was going to start), Foster was hospitalized because she wasn't feeling well. Therefore, Miss Dynamix was excused from the "X Factor" performance that evening. It wasn't publicly disclosed what Foster's ailment was, but the damage seems to have been done with "X Factor" voters, since most viewers on the Internet are saying that they don't think Miss Dynamix has what it takes to win in this competition.
Miss Dynamix was formed on "The X Factor" U.K. by putting together contestants who auditioned under other circumstances. Foster had originally auditioned as part of a male/female trio called Dynamix. Miss Dynamix members Jeanette Akua and Rielle Carrington originally auditioned as solo singers. "The X Factor" U.K. judge Gary Barlow, who is mentoring the Groups category this year, clearly wanted to have another Little Mix, the "X Factor"-manufactured girl group of former solo contestants that won on "The X Factor" U.K. in 2011. But Miss Dynamix doesn't appear to be on track to be as successful as Little Mix, which has since had Top 10 hits in several countries.
After finding out that Miss Dynamix was in the bottom two, Akua said on the show that the group was “speechless. I think we have an advantage to whoever gets tomorrow, tonight we aren’t sleeping we are just practicing our save me song.”
Here are the remaining Top 10 "X Factor" U.K. contestant acts of 2013:
Girls (female solo singers ages 16 to 24), mentored by Nicole Scherzinger
- Abi Alton
- Hannah Barrett
- Tamera Foster
Boys (male solo singers ages 16 to 24), mentored by Louis Walsh
- Sam Callahan
- Luke Friend
- Nicholas McDonald
Overs (solo singers ages 25 and over), mentored by Sharon Osbourne
Groups, mentored by Gary Barlow
- Kingsland Road
- Rough Copy
- Miss Dynamix
The music theme this week was Movie Week (songs from movie soundtracks). Here is a summary of the performances:
Rough Copy took the ballad route by doing a harmonious, R&B/gospel-ish version of Bryan Adams' "Everything I Do I Do for You" (from "Robin Hood") that got positive comments from the judges. Walsh said, "I love the fact that there are three strong singers. You are a bit like the U.K. version of Boyz II Men. I loved the vocals and you are getting better week after week." Scherzinger commented, "Boys, thank you. That is the way to kick off the show. I loved in the beginning everyone had their own moment to shine individually." Osbourne added. "You are so confident, so professional and it’s nice to see you sing something in a different mood. I love the outfits, stunning. Really well done." Barlow added, "These guys came up with the song choice. We know you guys for the fun but you took it back to what’s most important, it’s the vocals and it was a beautiful performance."
Sam Callahan did a slightly different arrangement of U2's "All I Want Is You" (from "Reality Bites") that couldn't compare to the original, but he made a good effort. However, some of the judges were not impressed. Barlow commented, "This is why I think song choice is so crucial because that song really exposed your voice and I thought it was a weak vocal performance. there were lots of pitching issues and the technique wasn’t there at all. You have to be so careful with song choice; you will live and die by it." Scherzinger added, "I have to agree with Gary. Song choice is everything and I do not want to hear you sing U2. I am sorry, I don’t. I can tell vocally you are getting stronger every week, your range is growing. However, with a song like that, you can’t do a watered-down generic version, because people will see through that." Osbourne said, "Sam, I liked that song. That was a very weird song choice. It’s meant to be Hollywood films, not Irish. You sang it well but I would like to see you with more edge next week, please." Walsh commented, "I am happy with the song and the audience liked it. I am sure you can do better. And if you’re here next week, you will do better, and we’ll work hard."
Hannah Barrett did a noteworthy version of Adele's "Skyfall" (from the James Bond movie of the same name) that was occasionally a bit off-key, but the song was a great fit for her deep voice, and Barrett sang better than most of the other contestants in this episode. All of the judges loved her performance. Walsh raved, "Hannah, you were born to do one thing: You were born to sing. We have seen you come alive! That was emotional, powerful, soulful." Barlow added, "Hannah, I don’t know anybody who is going to beat that performance tonight, that was sensational. The growth from you week on week is phenomenal. Well done." Osbourne commented, "You have so much going on. Your voice is just unstoppable. You are finally finding your comfort zone That was magnificent. You look magnificent and you sang superbly. Out of 10, it was 30!" Scherzinger gushed, "You make me want to get up and dance and look stupid! Who does an Adele song like that? Are you serious? Even though you are 17, you are a queen up there, a vision. I know how hard you worked. So beautiful! I am so proud of you!"
Nicholas McDonald gave an emotional performance of Sarah McLachlan's "Angel" (from "City of Angels") that showed why he is widely predicted to make it into the "X Factor" finals this year. Osbourne gushed, "Nicholas, how old are you again? Fabulous! That song gets me every time. Your emotion in the song was spectacular, you sang it to perfection. You look like a big boy tonight. An amazing song choice and so well-sung." Barlow said, "Another brilliant vocal performance! You are a superb singer, you really are. Just one thing for me: The last three weeks you have done very serious, slow songs. Remember you are 16 years old. Celebrate being 16. Don’t be too serious. Come up to date a little bit." Scherzinger added, "When you sing it makes me feel calm and peaceful. I want to go sailing with you. Or just lay out or something with you. That was lovely, and you did it justice." Walsh concluded, "It is amazing that someone as young as you can perform a song like that. You have got a natural recording voice."
Abi Alton did a snoozeworthy version of "Moon River" (from "Breakfast at Tiffany's"), which proved to be an unfortunate song choice for her. The judges were divided on how well Alton performed. Barlow noted, "You did sing it beautifully tonight. It was a very brave performance from you. Somewhere along the way I feel this is being too over-thought. I feel like we have lost the artist." Walsh commented, "I wasn’t a big fan of your performance last week but you picked yourself up and came back fighting and that was fantastic. I think you put yourself back in the race." Osbourne said, "You sang it beautifully and to sing with just an acoustic guitar, you were very, very brave. However, the performance ... what are we going to do with you Abi? People are going to put on the kettle when you start singing. You have got to keep people awake." Scherzinger defended Alton by saying, "She did the best she could with this song. Abi grew up with this song on her piano. She did take a risk but if you all have her back next week, we will come out daisies and daffodils swinging."
Miss Dynamix performed a generic version of Gabrielle River's "Dreams" (from "Magnolia"), and most of the judges were not impressed. Walsh commented, "I know you have had problems but this is your big chance. I think you are probably spending too much time on Twitter. Don’t do that. Spend more time in rehearsals. SeSe, this is your big chance but I feel you aren’t working as a girl group. I think there is some chemistry missing or something. I expect more." Scherzinger added, "I know that you have been through a lot this week and I am proud of you for sticking together and growing as a group. That was an excellent song choice Gaz, amazing. I am all about girl power but I don’t know if those vocals and the energy is going to cut it." Osbourne declared, "SeSe, when you started off like you were singing through your nose. It was a good song but there is a connection missing." Barlow held back any criticism and said, "We need you to come out and give it your all and you did that. SeSe welcome back, we have been so worried about you. Well done."
Sam Bailey belted out Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On" (from "Titanic"), which perfectly suited her big and powerful voice. Once again, Bailey gave a stellar performance that got unanimous praise from the judges. Walsh said, "That was magical, powerful and note-perfect. You are up there like a Disney princess and it was really nice of Sharon to give you one of her old dresses." Scherzinger gushed: "Sam, one word: majestical. The whole Disney fiasco going on in the background was a little distracting. You don’t need anything. All we need is to hear you sing. You are Great Britain’s Celine Dion, honey!" Barlow raved, "It is this simple, Sam. A couple of years ago I went to Las Vegas and saw Celine Dion. You sang that song better than her." Osbourne concluded, "Sam, I am really hoping and praying that Simon Cowell is watching this show because he needs to sign your bum right now."
Kingsland Road sang Roy Orbison's "(Oh) Pretty Woman" (from "Pretty Woman"), which got mixed reactions from the judges. Osbourne commented, "For me it was a 'Jersey Boys' kind of thing going on, but you’ve got it. You guys are slick, you tick all the boxes and now all you have to do is pull it back a bit because you’re too upfront with it." Walsh declared, "Much improved, better hair dos than last week as well. Not so sure about the song choice; it was a little bit lazy. In fact sometimes I thought I was at the West End." Scherzinger added, "Thank you so much for that. At times it is raining a little bit of cheese. I kind of like it. There is something charming about you guys." Barlow concluded, "It has been a lot of ballads tonight. We needed you on the show. Uptempo, it was a lot of fun. Well done!"
Luke Friend, while playing acoustic guitar, performed Seal's "A Kiss From a Rose" (from "Batman Forever"), and it was not nearly as good as the original. Friend will have to do a lot to overcome the perception that he's boring. All the judges like his performance though. Barlow commented, "Luke, that was the surprise of the night for me. You have come a long way ... It was a great song choice. You are really growing into this role as a rocker. I loved it." Osbourne said, "Luke, you have got such a distinctive vocal sound. It sets you aside from everybody else in this contest. You have got this little pop/rock thing going. You definitely have an edge. You are dirty, and I like that about you. You are very special; perfect song choice for you." Scherzinger added, "Lou Lou, brilliant song choice! It is so good to see you back at home with your guitar. You are more confident, you are more comfortable, you have got your stride back. Next time I give you a hug, I am going to bury my head in your hair, now that you’ve washed it." Walsh said to Friend: "You stand out from the crowd. You picked that song yourself and you were absolutely right."
Tamera Foster got mixed reviews from the judges for her version of Beyoncé's "Listen" (from "Dreamgirls"). Barlow cautioned her: "You are not a Beyoncé impersonator. Next week I want to see you as you, not impersonating a different performer." Walsh said, "Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better you came out and did a Beyoncé number. You stole the show totally, because you have star quality." Osbourne said, "You have everything going for you, however I would like to hear some more soul. I need more soul from you and more connection with us in the eyes. You have got it all going on my darling." Scherzinger defended Foster by saying, "She is 16. It is a big brave song and she had the balls to take it on. That voice, this is 'The X Factor,' it’s a work in progress. We can’t compare her to Beyoncé, [who] is twice her age."