X Factor 2008: Live Shows – Week 2 – TGJ ‘2 Pence’

Published: Sunday 19th Oct 2008 by Sam
X Factor 2008: Live Shows - Week 2The second week of X Factor 2008 live shows aired last night here in the UK. Check out my 2 Pence on the Michael Jackson themed week below:

{For those unfamiliar with the show; The X Factor is the UK’s version of American Idol – with a twist in that groups and over 25’s are eligible to enter. The show also birthed the career of a certain Leona Lewis}
Despite this week featuring songs from the great Michael Jackson, I felt it wasn’t as good as last week’s ‘live show’ debut; the song selections, collectively, were too ballad-heavy. That said, judge Cheryl Cole’s category (the girls) offered the best showings last night IMO. Check out performances by out Alexandra, Laura White and Diana Vickers below:

Alexandra Burke – I’ll Be There

Laura White – You Are Not Alone

Diana Vickers – Man In The Mirror

Though Diana really caught my attention this week and Laura continues to perform well, I’m still rooting for Alexandra. My current mindset (forewarning…this may sound a little OTT) is that Leona is the British-honed ‘new’ Mariah while Alexandra is similar to Whitney (in that guise).

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  1. J.Mensah October 19, 2008

    I LUV Alexandra!

  2. Anonymous October 19, 2008

    I would Love Alexandra to Win but I know the British Public wouldn’t let a black person win but I would Love her to win, Diana did good this week to but I am rooting for Alex

  3. Anonymous October 19, 2008

    Your right, i said the exact thing, whilst mariah carey seems to have lost the touch that leona now has, Alexandra seems to have that same soul and passion Whitney once had. Great and similar talent just A new generation. But i really love Alex, it seems that even when she doesn’t really hit a note on point it doesn’t matter so much because you feel the soul and emotion. Thats the X-FACTOR.

  4. Theo October 19, 2008

    Alex 2 Win!!!

  5. Anonymous October 19, 2008

    I really dont like Lauras voice. I dont know how to explain it like a few very differant voices in one and when she sings its awful! I really like JLS and quite surprised you dont mention them considering that they do they genre you would probably like. I really hope they get far =) Dians my second fav, her voice is unique.

  6. Anonymous October 19, 2008

    It’s still all about Laura for me, she’s amazing! Diana is coming in as my second favourite now after last nite!!

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  9. Anonymous October 19, 2008

    i hate laura!!!
    sam why don’t you post jls?

  10. Anonymous October 19, 2008

    Alexandra = Whitney— you are on crack, aint nobody sound like whitney, whitney and mariah are forever, these knock offs cant compete commercially or vocally

  11. Antertain October 19, 2008

    Alex was unwell and still performed well. Seem abit distressed this weeek but she still got hot talent..(FINALIST!!)

    I like Lauras vocal versatility her sound is soul/jazz so thats why her technique like that. Some parts don’t need her jazz tone but thats just what shes used to. Defo got big talent though and second half of performance was HOTTT love the riffs and ad-libs

    JLS stepped up abit this week but still hearing pitchy leads and flat harmonies in places. I know they got more in the tank and could do very good. They defo gel and bond as a group..

    I like Diana alot she so quirky and unique tone. Kinda reminds me of Alanis Morrisette(excuse spellin).. Theres defo a market for her..

    I really like Rachels Dirty Diana was edgy and different but her vocals not showcased properly yet so she needs to get it started soon.

    All the guys did ok probably Austin the top of that list and another Girl group disappears

  12. Anonymous October 19, 2008

    Alexandra won’t win. She may be in the final but we all know it’s between Diana and Laura.

    Diana to win.

  13. Anonymous October 19, 2008

    Alexandra is booooring. But whoever said that Brits won’t let a BLACK PERSON to win… WTF is wrong with you? They just let LEONA win – SHE’s BLACK!!!

  14. Anonymous October 19, 2008

    ^^^^^^ LEONA IS HALF CAST NOT FULLY BLACK, She got white in her but Leona was fantastic on X Factor and so is Alex, she just as good as Leona, a girl should win this year, let it be Alexandra

  15. Primark October 19, 2008

    Leona is Mixed Race..
    Alex is good and a consistant performer. She could win it if shes the best one on the day

  16. Anonymous October 19, 2008

    I remember saying the same thing last week when about alex not winning due to being black, and i still stand by that comment, when i say black i mean in the non light skinned long blondish hair that society seems to find non threatening and crossover.
    I’m glad Cheryl challenged Simon, because he’s starting his s*** again.
    I don’t dislike Laura but Simon said that alexandra needed to find herself but seems to overlook that Laura seems to be channeling Amy Winehouse, Adel and Duffy, i think he wants her to win so he can parade the “white soul girl” around the world as his new discovery I still think Cheryl has the best category – i like Diana also. Austin sounds like Lee Ryan from Blue and i’m glad Louis pulled Simon up about the David Cook copying from American Idol (i watch that also) JLS are not really good and the rest are just blah!
    i have to also say that Girls Aloud were awful apart from Nadine.

  17. Philly October 19, 2008

    So far most of them aren’t impressing me.

  18. Anonymous October 19, 2008

    When you people are talking about Laura being a “white soul girl” that is being very racist of you. And it is not about the color in case of Alexandra, she is not interesting. I wouldn’t buy her album. But I would buy Rachel’s. Don’t ask me why – I just would.
    By the way, I’m white (pure that is), and I wouldn’t buy Laura’s album either.

  19. Anonymous October 19, 2008

    I can't believe you put that rubbish on this site (Diana). She is a total fake. Her dumb hand movements. Her barefeet. So contrived. She is trying too hard and isn't believable! Plus she butchered a classic MJ song. This version was so bad.

    Alexandra has to win. She is the best by a mile. But like a few have said before and black girl with dark skin and black hair will never win a show like this, no matter how much better she is. IMO, Alexandra is the best ever contestant to have been on the X-Factor! The way Simon is going after Alex is the same way he went after Dionne in season 3. Dionne was better than Leona that season and Simon just kept on tearing her down. Even Sharon called him out on it that year. Cheryl said the same thing to Simon when he tried to belittle Alexandra. The fact that Alex has sang Whitney & Mariah and has blown the competition away shows how amazing she is!

    I'm surprised you didn't put Ruth's Purple Rain performance from the sing off. That was easily the performance of the night. She totally killed it up on stage.

  20. Anonymous October 19, 2008

    I think if you have to look at skin color over talent that is sad times we live in. I think Alex is a pretty girl and she has amazing talent. IF the uk don’t pick her up I am sure with the right people and good promo she would do well over here in the states. I sure wish I could vote for her. I hope she wins.

  21. Capricorn October 20, 2008

    Alex is passionate and emotional but i wouldn’t be so quick to call her boring…

    This week she was unwell and still tore it up…

    This was a tough week for all acts cus really theres on a few MJ tracks that can be covered only MJ works on MJ tracks..

    I wanted Alex or Rachel to sing Rock With You..

    Does any1 know the theme of next week??

  22. Anonymous October 20, 2008

    Next week is the big band. It is actually one of the the worst shows imo. I just find it so dull. It seems like they are singing show tunes.

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