The fab foursome sang that TOP En Vogue choon ‘Don’t Let Go’ and got us singing along at home. The judges were suitably impressed, with Louis Walsh saying they’re the next great girl band and Kelly Rowland going as far as to predict they could be the best girl group to come out of the UK.
Gary Barlow thought it was their best performance to date BUT he wants to see something more stripped back next week (if they’re still here, obvs). Tulisa Contostavlos urged fans to vote.
Following their performance the girls climbed up to become the bookies' second favourite to win, but Marcus Collins retained the top spot after he got us dancing round our living rooms to ‘Higher and Higher’ from ‘Ghostbusters II’. It could only have been better if he’d sung the actual theme tune.
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All of the acts gave good performances tonight, but some fared better than others. Craig Colton opened the show with ‘License To Kill’ and got song choice criticism from Louis and Tulisa. He’s the bookies' favourite to go on Sunday’s results show, which is an indication of how good everyone did.
Janet Devlin definitely seemed more comfortable than in recent weeks with her cute rendition of ‘Kiss Me’ but she didn’t really take the song in an interesting direction. She did, however, bring out Kelly’s craziest line of the night: “Oh yeah me me? I’m Janet Devlin boo boo.” Um, pardon?
Misha Bryan is also the bookies’ choice to be in the bottom two, even though she gave a solid performance of that so-hard-to-sing Whitney Houston mega-number ‘I Have Nothing.’ We saw Misha and Kelly crying together about their difficult relationships with a parent in the VT, and although we found it rather moving, a lot of viewers expressed dismay at the ‘sob story’ approach via Twitter.
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The comeback kid Amelia Lily sang ‘Think,’ which Tulisa had never heard before (let us pull out our ‘um, pardon?’ card again) but all four judges applauded her “fantastic” and “amazing" performance.
But back to Little Mix. On their VT they got support from The Saturdays, as well as having Taylor Lautner wish them luck from the red carpet at the Breaking Dawn premiere in London this week.
Add to this One Direction giving them love on last week’s results show AND David Walliams naming them as his fave from the audience tonight, and we are really starting to think the girls could win.
Oh and Dermot O’Leary was on sparkling form this evening. If we could vote for HIM we would.
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