Again within the day when actuality TV wasn’t simply Love Island copy-pasted throughout varied situations, we had The X Issue: a veritable pantomime of karaoke, petty drama, and excessive stakes emotion. It was, and I can’t stress this sufficient, the most effective factor ever. I say was, as a result of The X Issue very a lot nonetheless exists, however in fact the present stopped being good a very long time in the past.

In these days the performances had been usually fairly unhealthy, however every so often a contestant would briefly morph right into a pop star and ship a banger that blew your 10-year-old thoughts. However of all of the sequence (and by all I imply 2006-2014) which was the most effective? Effectively it’s now time to resolve that. We’ve included one per contestant within the title of equity. Let’s go:

Summertime, Leona Lewis (2006)

Leona being on The X Issue was a bit like while you had been in school doing PE and there’s all the time that one child who competes at a county or nationwide degree and who wipes the ground with you at all the pieces. That is the second when they need to have simply declared her the winner, tbh.

Someplace, Rhydian (2007)

May have included a few of his zanier moments however I’ll be good to him on the premise my mum cried to this when he did it.

Pay attention, Alexandra Burke (2008)

I do know it seems like a fakeout to place Alex singing Hallelujah within the featured picture then choose this music however It’s my vote I’ll do what I would like. Alexandra was famously constant in her run and there have been any variety of her performances that might have gone right here however we’ll go along with Pay attention as a result of then you’ll be able to vicariously vote for *that* duet she did with Beyonce. Everybody wins.

Umbrella, JLS (2008)

Wanting again at JLS on The X Issue and it’s a variety of them in fits singing Westlife which initially struck me as odd earlier than I remembered Lous Walsh was their mentor. This was the one efficiency from them during which they seemed like the trendy popstars they went on to develop into.

Smile, Diana Vickers (2008)


Purple Rain, Ruth Lorenzo (2008)

Lots of people sleep on Ruth Lorenzo and you understand what? That’s UNFAIR as a result of this was wild. She went on to signify Spain at Eurovision and actually truthful play to her.

Don’t Let The Solar Go Down On Me, Joe McElderry (2009)

Joe felt like a Pop Idol contestant in that he got here on with out a lot baggage, had a pleasant voice, sang some good songs and went house. Like Alexandra he was fairly good the entire time however this was in all probability his greatest exhibiting.

Superstition, Olly Murs (2009)

There are a variety of moments within the Olly Murs chronicles which may have been prevented had however one individual with some foresight stopped him. However alas Olly Murs was allowed to sing this and it’s regarded by his followers as his definitive efficiency.

Oops… I Did It Once more, Jedward (2009)

The most effective a part of that is the pre-performance footage of them rehearsing in entrance of Whitney Houston and her completely loving it. The second they re-enact the dialogue is presumably the most effective second on the present.

The First Time Ever I Noticed Your Face, Matt Cardle (2010)

Wonderful that Matt Cardle was on essentially the most watched sequence of The X Issue and later turned certainly one of its most forgettable alumni. That is very nice, although.

Why Don’t You Do Proper? Rebecca Ferguson (2010)

Rebecca deserved higher. There’s a variety of crimson occurring on this efficiency which is a bit garish however you’ll be able to’t deny she nails it.

Torn, One Course (2010)

It’s a properly established truth One Course solely realized to sing about two years after they had been on The X Issue. However we’re together with them right here for posterity’s sake.

Keep, Cher Lloyd (2010)

On the time, Cher Lloyd was touted because the closest The X Issue had ever come to the bleeding edge of popular culture, however regardless of all of the rapping her most memorable efficiency on the present was this shifting ballad.

She Bangs/Love Shack, Wagner (2010)

I feel everybody who watched this was simply slack-jawed on the audacity to place each of those songs collectively, throw in bongos after which have the dancers make intercourse faces your entire time.

Don’t Let Go, Little Combine (2011)

Earlier than The X Issue slipped away into obscurity, it chucked up one final bona fide pop star within the type of Little Combine, who actually got here into their very own at this very second.

Reet Petite, Marcus Collins (2011)

Idk what was occurring right here however as you’ll be able to see Gary Barlow is absolutely into it. I don’t need Gary to beat me up so I’ll give Marcus his clout.

The Present Should Go On, Amelia Lily (2011)

Solely on The X Issue would you’ve got a contestant voted out in week one, solely to be voted again into the present to switch a contestant who’d been chucked out for doing cocaine, then sing The Present Should Go On of all issues.

Rolling in The Deep, Misha B (2011)

Lots has been stated about Misha B and the extremely unhappy means her X Issue journey was torpedoed by Tulisa and Louis Walsh, however we’ll all the time have her singing Rolling In The Deep and rapping.

The Energy of Love, James Arthur (2012)

He may need pissed it up the wall instantly after successful, however whereas James Arthur was on The X Issue he was in all probability essentially the most authentic performer the present had seen. Working example, there’s a dubstep breakdown on this efficiency. Can’t say fairer than that.

Angels, Jamhene Douglas (2012)

I imply… positive?

Loving You, Ella Henderson (2012)

In his critique of this music Gary Barlow was like “everybody’s ready for that F sharp descending” which is a few nerdy musical mumbo jumbo I refuse to grasp. I feel he’s referring to the bit the place she feels like a whistle.

I’d Reasonably Go Blind, Hannah Barrett (2013)

It was tough together with something from the 2013 sequence as a result of it was so catastrophically unhealthy, however Hannah right here in all probability ought to have gained it off the again of this efficiency right here. She didn’t. The truth is she didn’t even come shut.

Uptown Funk, Fleur East (2014)

Okay let me weave you a story. Fleur was fairly wonderful whereas she was on The X Issue, however hadn’t had ~that~ second you must have in the event you’re gonna win the entire thing. The semi finals roll round and Fleur’s gearing as much as sing Superbass by Nicki Minaj. A nice alternative, positive, then a call is made to swap it for Uptown Funk. At that time, the music hadn’t even been launched within the UK. As you’ll be able to see, Fleur kills it. Her cowl of the music promptly shoots to the highest of the iTunes chart, prompting Mark and Bruno to drop it early. It was like The X Issue had briefly regained its spark, like a lifeless fish having a remaining spasm, nevertheless it didn’t final.

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