X FACTOR WEEK 6: MATT, REBECCA AND CHER SHINE DURING ELTON JOHN NIGHT
After receiving a standing ovation last week, expectations were high as Matt took to the stage to sing Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, a challenging song even for his faultless falsetto.
Waltzing along on a cloud of dry ice, Matt hit those high notes with his usual panache and had the panel, the audience and no doubt the viewers at home going crazy.
â€œWhat a beautiful song choice,â€ beamed Cheryl. â€œAnother fantastic performanceâ€¦ you keep getting stronger and stronger every week!â€
Last night it was Rebeccaâ€™s turn to bring the show to a close and, as expected from this class act, she did it in true style!
There wasnâ€™t a goose bump free arm or a dry eye in the house by the time the young mum had got through Elton’s tribute to Marilyn Monroe, Candle In The Wind.
â€œSometimes on The X Factor we save the best â€˜til lastâ€¦ we definitely saved the best til last tonight,â€ said Louis.
â€œYouâ€™re a true inspiration to all the single parents out there and the young mothers,â€ said a proud Cheryl. â€œRebecca Iâ€™m behind you the whole way!â€
After her high-octane, dancer-laden production last week, Cher returned to the stage tonight with a more stripped-back and emotional performance.
Singing Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word, before moving on to a rap with Mocking Bird, the 17-year-old struck a balance between delivering a heartfelt vocal and her own unique swagger.
â€œIt so worked tonightâ€¦ absolutely brilliant,â€ screamed Louis.
â€œYou are a little star in the making Cher and Iâ€™m privileged to be working alongside you,â€ said Cheryl, beaming with pride.
After a below par performance last week, the pressure was on Mary to perform as she took the stage with Can You Feel The Love Tonight.
Belting out the ballad with renewed passion, the diva from Dublin was back on form and firing on all cylinders.
â€œYou are definitely getting your mojo back tonight,â€ said an impressed Dannii.
â€œI know youâ€™re back Mary, because I can feel it in the room,â€ said Cheryl. â€œItâ€™s nice to have the twinkle back in your eyes!â€
After surviving the bottom two on three occasions, itâ€™s clear that Katieâ€™s not going out without a fight!
So it seemed apt that this week the 24-year-old returned to the stage to sing Saturday Nightâ€™s Alright For Fighting, with a new sense of determination and some added rock star attitude.
Louis may have thought it was a â€œthrow away performanceâ€, but the rest of the panel were impressed with Katieâ€™s comeback.
â€œIâ€™m 100 percent happy I kept you in,â€ said Simon. â€œYouâ€™re not boring, youâ€™re not predictable and youâ€™ve got a fighters instinct and I like that.â€
Excitement levels in the studio turned up another notch as the boy band of the moment took to the stage.
Singing Something About The Way You Look Tonight, the focus this week was on the ladsâ€™ vocals (oh, and maybe just a little bit on their lovely shiny hair and cute smiles).
Luckily for them, the boys proved that they donâ€™t just look the partâ€¦ they sound it too!
â€œI think youâ€™re only going in one direction and thatâ€˜s the final,â€ said an impressed Louis.
â€œThis is the first time in all the years of X Factor when I genuinely believe a group is gonna win this competition,â€ said a very smug Simon.