Rebecca Ferguson, Cher Lloyd, Matt Cardle and One Direction are this year’s X Factor finalists.
The boys from One Direction were the first performers to learn that they would be in the final.
After a face off with Cher Lloyd, three of the judges sent Mary Byrne home. She performed James Brown’s ‘It’s a man’s world’ and Cher chose to sing ‘Everytime’ by Britney Spears.
Although it was a new thing for Cher to perform something that highlighted her voice, Mary had a stronger performance. But the judges decided to send Cher Lloyd to the final next week.
The 50-year-old single mom did however admit before the performance that she was expecting to be in the bottom two and later stated that her highlight of the contest had been ‘definitely meeting the soldiers and doing the single for the guys in Afghanistan’.
Rebecca Ferguson was the next to find out she will make it to the finals, followed by Matt Cardle. The 27-year-old, who had been suffering from a bad case of tonsillitis last week, sang ‘You’ve Got The Love’. And while this performance didn’t sound too bad, for his second song, Billy Joel’s “Always A Woman”, he did admit it “was not my best performance”.
The actors in the musical “Glee” were the guests at X Factor. For this semi-final, Cory Monteith, Lea Michele, Amber Riley and others performed the song “Do not stop believing”, one of their greatest hits. At the end, they received a standing-ovation from the audience and even from the dreded jury.
The cast members took advantage of their presence on the show to promote their tour (a series of concerts in England is scheduled for June 2011) and the release of their latest album for Christmas.
The Black Eyed Peas were the last guests to perform their single “The Time (Dirty Bit)” live on the show. The four members were guests also presented their new album “The Beginning”.