TellyMix goes to The X Factor 2013 live tour!


We went off to Manchester at the weekend for the opening of the X Factor 2013 live tour, and weren't disappointed!

Rylan Clark opened the show to possibly the biggest screams of the night with his cover of Gangnam style, and it proved a hit with the crowd.

Union J were also loved by the 12,000 strong audience of the MEN Arena, with Josh and Jaymi shining ahead of their bandmates as they sung a cover of Kelly Rowland hit When Love Takes Over.

Ella was next out and started with one of her few upbeat numbers, performing You Got The Love before going on to thank fans for their support.

Staying on stage, Ella went on to perform her original audition song Missed, dedicating it to her grandad. It was an unusual song choice, with tours in the past confining the song selection to those performed on the live shows. Indeed, Ella was the only one of the line up to perform songs she hadn't sung in the live finals.

But it proved seemed to impress the audience, with a surprising amount knowing all the words to the personal song.

District3 then appeared in the middle of the arena before making their way through a crowd of screaming girls to the main stage as they performed Beggin', but as soon as the music had started the track was over and Chris Maloney was on stage.

And it turns out, Chris has a lot of fans, attracting arguably bigger cheers than even Ella as he belted out All By Myself, standing alone in the centre of the packed arena.

Chris - "The X Factor 2012 runner up", his words - then decided to play a game with the audience, as you do.

Eventually he got back to singing, and it was one for the mums as he performed Elton John's I'm Still Standing, this time accompanied by a troupe of dancers.

Ella Henderson

Union J's George then whipped out his guitar (not a euphemism, girls!) for Love Story before Jahmene Douglas took to the stage for the first time.

It was a real treat from the real runner up, with by far the most impressive vocals of the evening as he first performed 'party piece' At Last followed by Let It Be.

Rylan was then back to get people on their feet with a Spice Girls medley before a 25 minute interval.

Union J kicked off the second half having swapped their boyband boxes for podiums to sing Bleeding Love.

After being brought down to earth, the group then proceeded to pick the 'loudest screaming girl' from the audience to serenade on stage with their version of Call Me Maybe.

It was a performance in stark contrast to Chris' next performance of You Raise Me up, another hit for the older members of the audience.

Rylan then returned for his final performance of the night, and it seemed to us the lack of sleep had got to the singer.

It's rather unfair for us to criticise the performance with Rylan having left the Celebrity Big Brother house less than 24 hours earlier, but let's just say we were left a tad disappointed.

There was more filler from District3 before Ella was back out, performing her bootcamp song Believe.

The teenager sung the song with her "best friend", a piano which had appeared on the end of the stage.

Jahmene then concluded the warm up to winner James Arthur with another amaze-shamazeballs performance.

He can seriously sing.

James Arthur

The biggest screams and cheers of the night were very much reserved for James, who opened his headline set with Hometown Glory on the B stage, before performing Feeling Good followed by Let's Get It On as he moved to the main stage.

A very hot performance of Sexy And I Know It ended the lead up to his performance of winner's song Impossible, which was seemingly brought by the entire audience of the show.

It was very much a high end to the show, which was also dominated by Ella and Jahmene's powerful voices.

Browse pictures of the X Factor 2013 tour in Manchester below...

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