X Factor 2014 tour review and recap - all you need to know!

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The X Factor 2014 live tour kicked off at the weekend in Belfast and, as always, it was quite the show.

The format was the same as it has always been with the finalists coming out one after the other to reprise tracks from the live shows, leaving winner Sam Bailey to end things off with a six-song set.

While there were cheers for Sam arguably the biggest reaction of the night was for Luke Friend (and Sam Callahan, although we were less surprised about that).

Nicholas McDonald also proved popular with the audience but some contestants garnered little more than a slight perk of interest from the crowd ("I don't remember her on the show," said one fan of poor Abi Alton).

Tamera Foster kicked the show off with a banging dance routine to We Found Love but although tuneful, the performance did struggle to get the most in the arena into it.

That fell to Nicholas and his cover of Candy and perhaps the fact that this proved more popular than Tamera arguably just shows what type of audience the X Factor live tour attracts.

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There were huge cheers for Sam C and his performance of Summer of '69 before Hannah Barrett took to the stage for a double performance.

Given her multiple appearances in the bottom two last year we didn't expect such a positive reaction to Hannah but her take on Read All About It which led into disco hit Somebody Else’s Guy had most on their feet.

Abi Alton slowed things right down with I Will Survive next, playing the piano in the centre of the stage.

Luke Friend got the tempo going again with his Disco track Play That Funky Music, working his way from the back of the arena to the the stage through the audience. A few words from the teenager later and Luke went on to grab his guitar (not for the first time of the night) to sing Kiss From A Rose.

Rough Copy by far came across as the best performers on the night, starting with In The Air Tonight before going into She’s Got That Vibe with the whole audience on their feet.

Nicholas was back out on stage afterwards to continue his mum-pleasing set with performances of In The Arms Of An Angel and Flying Without Wings.

The Scottish teenager then invited his "friends" - the other finalists, minus Sam B - on stage for a group performance of Ellie Goudling's burn to end the first half.

A rather long 30 minute interval later and the show continued with another group performance, this time from Sam C, Luke and Nicholas singing We Are Young from the B stage before moving to the main stage via the crowd.

Hannah was next out for Skyfall, a performance which put her into the bottom two on the live shows and probably would've done the same if there were a public vote on the night of the tour. Filler at its best.

Rough Copy fortunately picked things up with Survivor before Sam C and Luke dueted on I Won't Give Up which seemed to please many in the audience.

Tamera's vocals were on point with Ain’t Nobody and got even better with Listen, garnering huge cheers from the audience after her rather luke-warm reaction at the start of the show.

Abi also seemed to win over the crowd with her version of Livin' On A Prayer before Luke returned to the stage.

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The third placed act chose a member of the audience to serenade with One Direction's What Makes You Beautiful, a trick that One Direction first played when they were on the X Factor tour in 2011. It worked and won over many ladies in the crowd, although the stage setting of street lights and park bench seemed rather bizarre.

Two more tracks from Nicholas were next with the runner up singing Greatest Day and Someone Like You before Rough Copy warmed up the audience again with dance track September ahead of Sam Bailey's set.

The winner started her performances on the B-stage with The Power Of Love before saying she was going to prove to us she could dance with How Will I Know. We're not sure she quite managed that - the dance routine, if you can call it that, consisted mainly of a few steps and being moved around by the backing dancers - but the vocals more than made up for it.

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Now on the main stage, Sam went on to perform Clown and No More Tears (Enough Is Enough) before belting out And I’m Telling You with notes that seemed to go on forever. After that, her winner's track Skyscraper seemed rather lacklustre in comparison.

There was no doubting Sam's vocals throughout the show but what was surprising was just how funny the mum-of-two was on stage, at points feeling more like a stand up comedy gig rather than a music concert.

Finally the tour drew to a close with all of the the finalists on stage singing Lifted together.

It wasn't the best of X Factor tours over the years, not exactly helped by an overall underwhelming set of contestants from the show, but fans of the series are unlikely to be disappointed.

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