Top five performances from X Factor's judges houses 2017

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Here’s a run down of the Top 5 most popular performances from The X Factor at the weekend as the final 12 were chosen.

There’s mixed news for Sharon Osbourne whose girls dominate the top performances from the latest shows, however Number 1 is Alisah Bonaobra who she chose NOT to go through.

Good thing there’s that wild card then…

Meanwhile, Simon Cowell’s Groups also do well but the Overs and Boys don’t get a look in on our list.

Based on online hits and shares, here we rank the Top 5 performances from both Saturday and Sunday night of the final 24.

Alisah Bonaobra

Alisah has had to fight through two brushes with elimination to keep her place in the competition, but her luck seemd to run out at the weekend. While viewers clearly loved her rendition of Sam Smith’s Lay Me Down, Sharon felt she was “one-dimensional”.

Explaining to Alisah why she had been turned down, the music manager said: “I feel that you’re ‘power ballads’. Even though that’s fantastic, I want to see other sides of you.”

The Cutkelvins

Realising that it could be their last performance in the contest, the Cutkelvins took a risk by changing their song last-minute, to a mash-up of Camila Cabello’s ‘Havana’ and J Balvin’s ‘Mi Gente’.

To quote Dermot O’Leary, it went “according to plan”, with Simon responding: “That was really good. Is it perfect? No. Is it the right direction? A million percent.” He later told the Scottish family trio they “could become really relevant”, so it was a “no-brainer” for him to put them through to the live shows.

Grace Davies

Grace brought out yet another of her original songs for Judges’ Houses, ‘More Than You’, about “wanting someone that doesn’t want you back”. However, she suffered a bit of a setback when Sharon interrupted her, claiming she was “clipping” her words. After taking a deep breath, Grace restarted her performance, and broke down in tears by the end.

The warehouse worker was convinced she’d killed her chances, but Sharon thought she had “too much talent” to not put her through. “I’ve got my hopes so high, I know you can do it,” she said, giving Grace her final place.

Rai-Elle Williams

In her bid to stand out from her rivals, Rai-Elle revamped Gotye’s worldwide smash ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ with an original rap, which she described as a “tongue-twister” to recite. Sharon gave the 16-year-old a spot in the live shows but warned: “You’ll have to work really, really hard.”


Watford boyband Rak-Su have made waves by performing original material in every round so far, revealing that strangers have been singing their audition track ‘I’m Feelin’ You’ back to them in public. Eager to keep up their momentum, the wrote a whopping NINE new songs in preparation for Judges’ Houses – but settled on one, ‘Palm Tree’.

“I think you’ve got a global appeal,” Cheryl reacted. “When you rap, you’re so London, Americans will love that.” Simon added: “You’ve got the ability, amazingly, to write hit records.” It was another “no-brainer” for the music mogul, with Rak-su booking their ticket to the live shows.


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