After 8 weeks of live singing the semi-finals of X Factor arrived this weekend with the well timed theme of Christmas (well at least for the first half of the show.) With only four acts left each contestant performed two songs with the first being inspired by the festive season and the second being one of their own choice.
Kicking of the show in true festive style, Dermot made his entrance to ‘Snow Is Falling’ accompanied by a troop of dancers in Santa robes. We provided a paper snow effect and faux snow balls that were thrown at the host by a group of ‘children playing, having fun.’
Matt Terry was then first up to sing with an impressive rendition of Silent Night. We flooded the stage with low smoke creating the feel of a misty winter’s eve. For his second song, ‘Say You Love Me’ by Jessie Ware, we employed the low smoke once again. This time it was given a more modern feel with changing amber lights.
Next up, 5 After Midnight quite literally transformed themselves in to East 17 and transported us all back to the early 90s for their performance of ‘Stay Another Day.’ Starting outside Quantum provided a gentle snow flurry that fell over the trio in their winter wonderland set. As the boys moved inside we filled the stage with Low Smoke, continuing the wintery scene.
Saara Aalto put on a festive classic with a Mariah Carey medley of ‘White Christmas’ and ‘All I Want for Christmas.’ Starting with a White Confetti flurry that looked like snow falling on the stage, she finished the song with second Confetti hit of red and white that matched the candy cane and toy soldier visuals. For her second song, Sia’s ‘Chandelier,’ Saara sang in a trailing gown lit up with fairy lights as we provided a thick coverage of Low Smoke to enhance the stormy theme of the set
Emily Middlemas didn’t have any special effects for her performances this week and was sadly voted out on Sunday. Of course we are not saying there is a correlation here…
On a higher note, Sunday’s result show saw two major artists perform: Zara Larsson and Lady Gaga. Larsson performed both ‘I Would Like’ and ‘Lush Life’ with a full programme of effects including Low Smoke, Air Bursts, Gerbs and Personalised Pink Confetti with her name printed on it. Lady Gaga opted for more paired back set with a steady release of Low Smoke that spilled out from her platform as she sang new track ‘Million Reasons.’
This week also marks the end for Fountain Studios who closed their doors permanently after Sunday’s show. It has been a total pleasure for Quantum to work within the studio over the last few months of its life. Next week the big finale will be held at Wembley Arena! We are getting ready for a mighty show down.