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Tabby finally comes up to scratch

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With just five acts left there’s absolutely no hiding place anymore. Before the show kicked off I had a few concerns.

Would Cassie be given a song she could do justice to?

Would the judges wake up to the fact that Tabby has been vocally awful?

How would G4 react to the shock of being in the bottom two last week?


This week’s performances:

Steve – Let’s Stay Together
I love this song. I love the Al Green classic version and I loved the Tina Turner cover in the eighties.

If you're going to take on a song this big, you’ve really really got to do it well. Steve got stuck in and produced an enjoyable performance. The question is whether at this stage of the competition, enjoyable is good enough.

There are points in the song where the opportunity exists to really go for it vocally and turn a great rendition into a superb one. Steve didn’t take enough of those opportunities to claim to have what we’re supposed to be looking for, the X Factor.

Perhaps he genuinely is too laid back to take the crown here. Don’t get me wrong, I think he’s great but unless he pulls something extra out of the bag he can’t win the competition.

Cassie – All by Myself
I couldn’t disagree more with Sharon Osbourne over song choices for Cassie. She may not like “flimsy pop songs??? but “flimsy pop songs??? sell. To keep giving Cassie songs that are beyond her years is a massive mistake.

It was like watching a little girl playing at dressing up by wearing mummy’s clothes.

It really looked as though this was a bridge too far for the seventeen year old and the tragedy is that her management’s choices have prevented her from shining.

Sad really.

G4 – My Way
Give G4 the right song and even without this competition to put them in the limelight they could have a massive hit. For a moment in the clips before they performed I thought we’d get them doing Creep which would have been sublime. Instead we went to the ridiculous.

Sid Vicious did a better version then this. This is a song either for a soloist to belt out with bags of emotion or for a load of drunks to sing at end of a party or in a pub lock in.

Quite frankly I was bored to the point of looking at my watch. A bad song choice (yet again) and at this stage you can’t afford those.

Tabby – Sweet Child o’ Mine
At last we got to see why Tabby should be in this competition.

I’ve been scathing about Tabby in previous weeks and I believe rightly so. This week, he has proved what he is actually capable of. This was a truly belting, show stopping performance and about time too. I’ll even forgive him the cheesy talky bits and all that encouraging the audience to clap.

Sharon should keep him on the rock track. He has finally justified his favouritism at the bookies.


Rowetta – Somewhere
I criticised G4 last week for seemingly auditioning for a musical and after a couple of bars of this, I was sharpening my pencil to do the same to Rowetta.

By the end of the song though she had completely won me over. Another superb performance from a fragile but supremely talented artist.

Indeed it’s Rowetta’s fragility that worries me. This industry builds people up just to knock them down again and every winner of these pop reality shows gets to suffer the worst excesses of tabloid reporting.

I just hope she can cope if she wins.

Dek’s Top Three
1. Tabby
2. Rowetta
3. Steve

Suggested song choices
Ooh, I ‘m putting my neck on the block here, but having criticised every judge for their song selection in the course of the series, I thought I’d make a few suggestions of my own. If they end up on the show, you’ll know where they nicked them.

Rowetta – Believe
Steve – Try a little tenderness
Tabby – Paint it Black
G4 – Under the Bridge



The Sing Off

Well they said the voting was close but I was surprised that G4 had stayed out of the bottom two. Cassie was odds on to be down there but for Tabby to be, after his best effort by far, was a real shock.

As this point there was more interest as to whether Sharon would carry out her threat to quit rather than choose between her acts. Mrs. O's live announcement that she wouldn't vote certainly stoked up the drama.

Next came real irony, Cassie's sing off performance of All By Myself was bang on the money. Perhaps she channelled the emotion of the moment but it was a massive improvement. Would it be too little too late?

At one point Tabby appeared to be giving someone the finger during his reprise. Like Voices With Soul last week, some of the joy had drained from his earlier effort, but he still rocked.

Simon and Louis were right to send Cassie home, even though Mr. Cowell admitted he was shooting himself in the foot by doing so. Sharon was also right to refuse to vote.

Me, I'd have made the drama last a bit longer. What, for example, would Sharon have done if the rules stated that if didn't vote, both her acts would go home.

That would have been entertaining.

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