News Update. 25 November
Union J survive the bottom two sing-off again. Jaymi takes lead vocal to keep the dream alive. Four acts remain after goodbye to Rylan Clark.
News Update. 18 November
Shock Elimination: Ella Henderson goes home on lowest viewer vote. Less shocking: Union J's Jaymi Hensley comes out!
When "X Factor" U.K. host Dermot O'Leary announced the voting results, there were loud gasps, boos and screams in the studio audience and probably in millions of places where people were watching the show. Henderson, James Arthur, the other bottom two contestant, and Jahmene Douglas have consistently receieved the highest praise from the show's judges. Many people assumed for weeks that these three contestants would be in the Top 5. But it was not to be for Ella. Some consolation for her: she will probably get a major record deal, since many people are saying she's like a younger Adele. Bizzarely, Rylan still survives!
Lustralboy is sorry to see her go. Let's hope Union J keep going a while longer, particularly as member Jaymi just came out. He's the one on the right.
News Update. 11 November
This week's surprising sing-off. Byebye District 3.
The performance of Adele's Set Fire to the Rain that secured Union J's survival.
In a season of too many ridiculous eliminations on the show, the latest face-off featured the two boybands and it ended with byebye to District3 after a close battle against Union J. For reasons that continue to elude us, both Rylan Clark and Christopher Maloney achieved survival for another week despite being the two weak links in the competition. Had this happened two weeks ago, we would have been only marginally surprised. But, this week, these two groups really did step it up en route to their best performance in some time. Anyway, look forward to more Union J next week and, hopefully, an elimination that makes more sense in this search for future stars of the pop music universe.
News Update. 04 November
Union J sang Taylor Swift's Love Story. It got them through. BUT the performance of the night again went to Ella Henderson for her poignantly slowed up version of Katy Perry's Firework. Ella remains our tip for final victor.
News Update. 27, October
The Performance of Beyonce's "Beautiful Nightmare" that keeps them alive and well in the competition.
News Update. 20, October
Union J sang, "When love takes over", an occurrence we strongly predict for their vote this week. The media have embraced them and enjoy speculating on their huge female fan following. Here we happily speculate that their male following might be huge too. Watch this space.
News Update. 14, October.
As predicted, Union J got their act, and their harmonies, together for the second elimination show. Yes, they will be back next week. Scottish Mum, Melanie, won't be.
The nation held its breath as new boyband sensation, UnionJ, stepped out for their live show debut. Mainly they were looking out for new pin-up, George Shelley, already a legend as the fantasy love child of One Direction stars, Louis and Harry.
In the event, the band looked good, sounded smooth but got panned by three judges on song choice. Queen's Mr. Fahrenheit was maybe a rock song too far. Freddie Mercury is always a tough act to follow.
They may not win the final, however. Ella Henderson is a 16 years old diva with the technical skill of Leona Lewis and the emotional truth of Adele. She's looking good for gold.
But these four charmers will surely be back next week. As Louis Walsh constantly repeats, "The girls will be going for them". And he seems to be forgetting they have a boy following too.
Lustralboy promised to keep you informed of George and the boys' every move. So, as predicted, we are happy to share the news that they did indeed survive the viewer vote. Union J live to sing another day. Hooray!
Lustralboy hopes that, next time, they and Louis come up with a more inspiring and appropriate song choice. Don't count on it!
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