MANILA, Philippines – Despite battling a bout of homesickness, Filipino group 4th Impact knocked it out of the park with a cover of Christina Aguilera’s “Ain’t No Other Man” for their 4th live performance on X Factor UK, Saturday, November 21 (November 22 in Manila).
The ladies performed the song in line with this week’s theme of “Love and Heartbreak.”
Simon Cowell said their performance was “brilliant, professional, sassy,” but had one quibble:
“Here’s my only thing which I would be doing now if I was only your mentor. You have to bring out your individual personalities much more now. At the moment, it’s so tight, the 4 of you, I kind of want to get to know you as individuals. And I don’t think quite you’ve been given the song yet to get that over,” he said, adding that he still loves the group.
“But I really like you,” he continued, stressing that fans must get to know them individually. “Apart from that, thought it was great.”
Rita Ora meanwhile said: “I thought it was tight, it was professional, it was rehearsed…I liked it.”
Nick Grimshaw called it “proper entertainment from beginning to end.”
Their mentor Cheryl Fernandez-Versini also praised the performance.
““Honestly, that wasn’t rehearsed. We had really tough week. They only got it yesterday. And I think because they are so professional and they are so tight always, sometimes it’s really easy to overlook the fact that they’ve come from halfway across the world, they are all the way from the Philippines, they are missing home…I have so much respect for you girls,” she said.
Before the performance, a clip showing the ladies’ call with their family back home in the Philippines was aired. “We’re doing this for our family to give them a better life. And I believe that this is the perfect time for us, 4th Impact,” they said.
Meanwhile, Mason Noise was eliminated from the competition. Another elimination is scheduled on Sunday, November 22 (Monday November 23, Manila). This leaves the show with 6 acts.
The act with the fewest votes and leaving the competition @itsmasonnoise Mason – it's our turn to say sorry #XFactor pic.twitter.com/v614ZThaeO— The X Factor (@TheXFactor) November 21, 2015
Singer Ed Sheeran also dropped by the show and peformed for the audience.
WELCOME… The legendary @RudimentalUK and @edsheeran… #LayItAllOnMe #XFactor pic.twitter.com/cSVkBypsqK— The X Factor (@TheXFactor) November 21, 2015
Last week 4th Impact performed Beyonce’s “Work It Out,” which impressed the judges, making them part of the top 7 and a live tour in 2016. – Rappler.com
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