Week 8 on X Factor saw the remaining five contestants sing not one, but two songs each – all in the category of Louis Loves! (Although the song choices were much better than might have been anticipated!)
Saara Aalto put on two dazzling performances pulling from the legendary catalogues of Abba, Shirley Bassey and Marilyn Monroe. For ‘The Winner Takes it All’ Aalto played the piano to a black backdrop as tendrils of low smoke lapped around her ankles. For her diva mash up of ‘Diamonds Are Forever’ and ‘Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend’ we released a trio of crackle mines that sparkled upwards for the close of the song.
Emily Middlemas delivered a quirky version of Britney Spear’s ‘Toxic.’ As she stood strumming on her ukulele and putting her haunting vocals to good use, dry ice spilt out from barrels and low smoke covered the stage all lit by purple and green lighting.
5 AM performed Bruno Mars’s ‘Uptown Funk’ with many a smooth dance move thrown in. We released two Gerbs either side of the stage to finish the track.
Matt Terry wowed with his powerful rendition of Sia’s ‘Alive.’ We flooded the stage with atmospheric low smoke that glowed red to amber to cool white.
Honey G enlisted no special effects for her performances this week and was sadly (or happily depending on your viewpoint) voted off the show. Just a coincidence of course!
Roll on the semi finals…