Ella Henderson is shining example of X Factor talent on show in Sheffield
A showcase of stars from this year’s X Factor contest took to the stage at Sheffield Motorpoint Arena – with Lincolnshire’s very own Ella Henderson among ones shining the brightest.
Winner James Arthur, joined Ella, Rylan Clark, Jahmene Douglas, District3, Union J and Christopher Maloney for an evening of fantastic entertainment.
Fireworks, confetti and a superb stage production put the artists on a pedalstal for the thousands of fans who had snapped up tickets to see the stars in action, writes entertainment reporter Selina Maycock.
The show’s controversial singer Rylan kick-started the tour, giving the opening performance of his version of Gangnam Style and boy did he set the bar for everyone to follow.
30% off on our collection range and other selected fabrics. alternatively call 809887 and we will bring our samples to you for our friendly hassle free quote.
Contact: 01472 809887
Valid until: Saturday, July 13 2013
He had all the moves, hip shakes and personality to get the stylish party started.
And doing what he does best, the showman spiced things up again just before the interval when he put his union jack jacket on to perform a Spice Girls medley. It was diva-ish with a capital D for divine!
Another fantastic rendition saw Rylan make his way from the centre stage to the main stage during the Supremes’ medley and fans couldn’t get enough of him as he brushed passed them donning a hot pink jacket.
the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon
as the line is read by the browser. If you wish to have the player instantiated only after
the rest of the HTML is processed and the page load is complete, remove the line.
Heartthrobs Union J were among the fans’ favourites – judging by the glittery banners which read ‘Union J you make our day!’ and they did not have to wait long to see them on stage, performing When Love Takes Over, their energy bounced around the arena getting everyone’s pulses racing.
They slowed it down half-way through the first half of the show, sitting on the steps to serenade all the girls with Talyor Swift’s love song Love Story.
In the second half of the show they put their own feelings into Bleeding Love and pulled up a fan on stage to sit with them while they sang Call Me Maybe. The boys look and sing like popstars and with their One Direction-style looks and charm, I can see the boys returning in the near future for a tour of their very own.
There was plenty of support for Lincolnshire girl Ella who was odds-on favourite to win the ITV show, but lost out to James in a sing-off public vote which saw her leave the competition before the final.
In Sheffield she sang her heart out to the dance hit You Got The Love, before slowing things down a touch with her self-written track Missed which was dedicated to her late granddad and was performed beautifully.
In part two she sang one of my favourite Take That songs Rule the World and hit all of the high notes to put her own stamp on the track before showing her talents in performing with just a piano, when she performed Cher’s Believe. Each time I hear Ella perform this track I am astounded by how she completely brings the lyrics back – giving the song so much more of a powerful meaning than the club version that Cher released, Ella’s version is something that could have longevity in the charts once again.
Another one of Lincolnshire’s home-grown talents saw Cleethorpes-born Micky take to the stage with District3 to perform a mix of Beggin’ and Turn Up The Music. In the second half of the show they continued with the upbeat theme singing Dynamite before doing what they were renown for excelling in – vocal harmonies. And their version of Tears in Heaven brought a tear to my eye. They performed it perfectly and the song was brought up-to-date to appeal to a 2013 audience. Amazed with how their career has taken off, they captured a shot of the crowds at the gig on a mobile phone.
The people’s choice Christopher Maloney proved he was right to have made it as far as he did in the contest showing his versatility he performed All By Myself before stepping it up a gear with a very funky showman style version of Elton John’s hit I’m Still Standing. The backdrop of a New York street setting gave lots of glamour and Christopher did exceptionally well with the routines and a role in theatre wouldn’t be a bad thing.
In the second half, Christopher sang up-tempo hit What a Feeling and then slowed it down with Raise Me Up.
Fellow finalist Jahmene, who was knocked off the winning spot by James Arthur, was suited and booted to take fans on a trip down memory lane performing a romantic number At last and The Beatles Let It Be in the first half of the show, and the slow numbers continued to flow in the second, with performances of Robbie Williams’ Angels and Tears Dry before revving things up with Ain’t No Mountain.
It was headline artist and winner of X Factor 2012 James Arthur that performed on a level of his own. He stripped it down to perform his lyrically great version of Hometown Glory, Feeling Good and as he made his way through the crowds, he raised temperatures when he sang Let’s Get It On.
Renowned for mixing things up James Arthur style, he showed he’s talented and he knows it, singing Sexy and I Know It with some scantily-clad dancers but that didn’t put him off from putting on a great show.
Ballads Power of Love and Impossible reinforced his unique style and his relaxed attitude on stage showed he was very much born to be a singer.
All the finalists joined him on stage to perform the closing song Beautiful Day – with stream of fireworks and confetti canons rounding off the evening in style.
If you missed the show at Sheffield, you can catch the stars at other dates around the UK, visit www.bookingsdirect.com