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Old 23-04-2013, 18:05
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Ladies and gentlemen, it is my absolute pleasure to welcome you all back to The Twist Factor!

Not unlike last time, it's been a while since we've had one of these shows. In a very surprising turn of events, both Barry and April left the panel due to personal reasons, with the latter leaving DS altogether. You can imagine the problems such a drop-out can cause, but the combination of another category takeover and a little twist has got the show back on track again!

Before I elaborate on that twist though, let's recap what happened last show. At the end of last show, which was about money and crime, three acts from the top ten found themselves in the bottom 3. It wasn't just a normal bottom 3 either, as I recall it being quite a shocker. Anyway, after a fierce discussion between the judges on which act should go home, it was decided that Arin Ray would be leaving the competition, thus saving both Girl V Boy and Carolynne Poole from elimination.

Today, we'll start off with a twist like I mentioned earlier. As Barry dropped out of the competition, all of his acts will be removed from the competition. That means we'll be skipping to shows altogether, making a giant leap towards the final. I will announce the order Barry's acts finished in before the first performance takes place, based on their average scores so far.

After we've got that out of the way, we'll move on the main show. The top six will each be singing two songs today, one from a One Hit Wonder act, and one from any act in a bid to make it through to the final. It will be tough, as two acts will be leaving the competition tonight based on the public vote alone! But we're far from that at this point, so let's start at the beginning and allow me the courtesy of introducing you the remaining judges, their marvelous acts and our special guest judge!
Judges, your regular intro tune: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-6uX0MWetHA

Team Kevin
Aiden Grimshaw
Beverly Savarin
Matt Defreitas

Team Steve
Little Mix
Girl V Boy
Tasha Pyne

And jackel1234 as our special guest judge!

A little on the late side, but I've done worse than this in the past!

Judges, are you all here and ready to get this show on the road again?
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Old 23-04-2013, 18:08
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I am here and I'm ready to stand up for my acts.

I'm also ready to reignite my friendly rivalry with Kev from The Mix Factor.
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Old 23-04-2013, 18:10
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Here and ready to be cruel and unusual as always
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Old 23-04-2013, 18:16
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While we wait for the other judges to arrive, let's see what order Barry's team finished in based on their average scores over the past shows.

The act with the lowest average score, who will therefore be finishing in 9th place is:
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Then, the act with the second lowest average score out of Barry's former acts, finishing in 8th place, is none other than:
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Which leaves us with an average 7th place for:
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Old 23-04-2013, 18:17
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Well at least Olly did better in a game this time. Most of the time, he goes out early.
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Old 23-04-2013, 18:20
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All right, now that we have a top six, let's get ready to rumble once more! I forgot to mention that tonight's show will be a double elimination, but with another twist involved!

Anyway, opening the first half of the show, which is all about One Hit Wonders, it's the amazing
Tasha Pyne singing a cover version of High Hopes by Kodaline!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wOCHwBxNEMc
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Old 23-04-2013, 18:24
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Just to say, the one hit wonders choices were chosen by April.

Well Tasha, this has been a very interesting turn of events as of late, but here we are. If your old mentor was here, I would be saying to her that this was an impressive song choice. It gave you the chance to showcase your voice clearly and with great control. It's only the first performance of the show but I sense something bigger in the next round, if you do get enough support. Well done, Tasha.
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Old 23-04-2013, 18:27
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Tasha Payne

Ironically your last name basically descirbes how I felt about that performance Tasha. It really wasn't suited to you and the vocals of the singer didn't match yours at all. It was sort of like your mentor just chose a random song covered by a random artist and hoped that it would actually work which it doesn't. Also I believe this is a rulebreaker as Kodaline have topped the Irish charts twice once in 2007 and again in 2013 and I believe one hit wonders are meant to have one hit. Either way this wasn't a very good performance for you and didn't allow your strong vocals to come through in anyway shape or form.

Overall this is how I feel about that performance
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Old 23-04-2013, 18:27
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I will be posting Kevin's comments until he shows up on here. He is online at the moment, but I'd rather wait until he shows himself instead of bombarding him with PMs.

Tasha Pyne

I love this song, it's one of my favourites at the moment and it's good that your mentor decided to take a risk with you but I have to admit that I was a little underwhelmed when I heard the actual performance, I don't know I don't think this cover did you any favours. Your tone is far more distinctive, there's a bluesy element to your voice which was totally missing in this performance, in fact this just felt like a generic female pop vocal, it wasn't anything different or special, it was okay but there was no wow factor with it Tasha!
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Old 23-04-2013, 18:30
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I'm here!

Just to add, I don't think it's a rulebreaker, I mean I used Kodaline myself as EOS mentioned you could use either UK or US charts and they've only had one Top 20 in the UK charts.
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Old 23-04-2013, 18:30
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Checking the actual rules is overrated eh?

The theme is: One Hit Wonders

Basically, you can pick any (cover of a) song by any artist as long as one and ONLY one of their singles has charted in the top 20 of any US or UK chart. An artist is not eligible if they either have no singles that charted in the top 20 or have more than one single that did.
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Old 23-04-2013, 18:31
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Checking the actual rules is overrated eh?
My bad though it was British charts. Apologies to Tasha
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Old 23-04-2013, 18:34
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Wonderful, we now have our complete panel! Anyway, mixed comments for Tasha there. Has she done enough to make it through or will she fall at the final hurdle?

I personally will never forget the song Matt Defreitas is going to sing now. His mentor Kev somehow managed to link an Atomic Kitten song in his initial PM, and I thought he'd gone crazy. Turns out it was an error, and the actual song Matt will be singing for us tonight is a cover of The Fear by Ben Howard!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=crZcF_wIzI8
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Old 23-04-2013, 18:38
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Matt, you have been one of my favorites since the start of the competition and after seeing you sing that choice, you have not changed my mind at all. It was a great song choice from your mentor, I loved the way you got on stage with the guitar and showing us your voice with no other distraction around. So far, you have been the most consistent act and I can see you singing again later. Great job, Matt.
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Old 23-04-2013, 18:39
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Matt Defreitas

When I saw the whole youtube cover thing I got worried as usually I don't think youtube cover artists suit acts when they're chosen. This on the other hand might as well of been you Matt. Seriously when I started listening I swore it was actually you for a second and I was Kev literally chose the perfect cover for you in terms of style, vocals, range basically everything. Bravo to Kev on that front as that was extremely good!

overall this is how I feel about this performance
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Old 23-04-2013, 18:40
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Matt Defreitas: This was fantastic Matt! I know Ben Howard is flavour of the month at the moment so people are probably going to accuse me of being obvious but I decided to try and get your quirky, almost blues-rock vocals inserted into a song like 'The Fear' and I thought that it was fantastic. It was a great performance. It was the type of performance that got better and better as it went on Matt and I am so pleased that you got the chance to show off your talent tonight! I want you in that final.
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Old 23-04-2013, 18:43
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Great comments for Matt Defreitas there! What Steve said rings true, about Matt being a very consistent act. But is consistency alone enough to get you to the final or does that take something else?

Let's move on to hear both another member of Team Kevin and tonight's second Kodaline song. It's the marvelous Aiden Grimshaw singing All I Want by Kodaline!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mtf7hC17IBM
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Old 23-04-2013, 18:46
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Aiden Grimshaw: That was incredible Aiden! Your voice is superb, you have a totally unique tone and you absolutely nailed the emotion of that song, it requires someone like you with a strong connection with the song. You're such an atmospheric performer and everyone was totally drawn in by the performance, your tone and your delivery was top notch and if you're not in the final, it will be a total injustice because that song just proved that you're an amazing performer and a brilliant singer. Well done!
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Old 23-04-2013, 18:48
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Aiden, this was a completely different change of direction for you this week. At first, I wasn't keen on the choice but after listening to it a few more times, I began to feel quite impressed with the risk your mentor took with this song. That was quite a terrific choice and I found the song to be very catchy too, even if it had a sad story to it. But all in all, a great job from you, Aiden.
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Old 23-04-2013, 18:48
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Aiden Grimshaw

Well Aiden from when I have been watching this show you have basically been the front runner throughout and have actually never had a bad performance as far as I can tell and again you haven't disappointed. This is one of my all time favourite songs just for the emotion and story the music video tells and you translated that through the emotion you gave during that performance tonight. I loved seeing you try out your higher register and again this was a very good performance from you. Can't really fault it in many ways.

overall how I felt about that performance
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Old 23-04-2013, 18:52
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Amazing comments for Aiden there was well, will Kev do the unthinkable and have all of his acts in the top four, beating the previous record set on my shows by no-one other than Jack himself?

I guess we'll have to wait and see. For now, let's listen to the act that has had the toughest ride here: Girl v Boy singing a cover mash-up of Over The Rainbow and What a Wonderful World by Eva Cassidy
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9N9BWCA9XRs
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Old 23-04-2013, 18:56
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Girl V Boy: Without being rude guys, your mentor basically just took a song that fitted the theme and found the first male/female duo cover he could find, or so it seems with this song. It wasn't anything special, in fact I found it a little bit corny, whilst there is no denying that your harmonies were really good, I didn't like the way you changed the melody in the performance, I thought that the female vocals were really flat and I just feel like it was an unnspiring song choice. I could have gotten over the generic feel of the performance if it was a good cover of the song but this was a pretty poor cover, it's like the artist sucked all the life and emotion out of that song, for me, that was a disappointing performance guys.
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Old 23-04-2013, 18:57
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And it begins...

Oh Girl V Boy, I gotta give it to your former mentor, April here. Never in my mentoring career would I've gone for something like this. Never mind choosing a cover of one or the other or even finding a mash-up of the two. I thought that this was absolute genius and the parts were so on the money and continue to show so much chemistry. It's so amazing! I am so happy to have seen this.
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Old 23-04-2013, 18:57
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OH NO MY RECORD MUST NOT BE BROKEN! *will destroy kev's next act but also swears the Niall and April hold that record as well?*

Girl V Boy

Hmmm listen I am not sure what to say about this as although vocally the song suits the male in terms of his strong vocals and the females slightly weaker vocals the song just had no life to it whatsoever. It was sort of like all the life had been sucked out of the song and placed somewhere else which really did ruin the whole performance in my opinion. Although vocally it was decent I just wanted something that had life in it.

overall this is how I feel about the performance
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Old 23-04-2013, 19:02
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Average comments from the judges for Girl V Boy this time around. Was it enough to make it through or will their rollercoaster ride through The Twist Factor come to an end today?

More from Team Steve coming up right now, it's Little Mix singing Tightrope by Janelle Monae everyone!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n8SL_2EYA60
Note: Ignore the rap sections, I couldn't find a solo version/appropriate cover. The chorus will be Perrie singing the melody and the other girls doing harmonies. The verses will be split between the other three girls.
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