On Saturday evening the X Factor Live Tour extravaganza came to the Genting Arena for a brilliant night with the best acts from last year’s show.
The night kicked off with Fleur East singing ‘Can’t Hold Us’ by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. She looked like a pro with the way she commanded the stage; you could easily see her up there performing at her own arena show. At points during her performances throughout the night, it was hard to remember that she only came in second in the competition.
17 year old Lauren Platt was up next. Her haunting rendition of Pharrell Williams’ ‘Happy’ was stunning and she had the whole crowd singing along to ‘Let It Go’. Jay James’ version of Adele’s ‘Skyfall’ sounded even better than it did on TV and Andrea Faustini was note-perfect belting out Beyoncé’s ‘Listen and Whitney Houston’s ‘I Didn’t Know My Own Strength’.
Only The Young performed their unique mash-up of ‘Jailhouse Rock’ and ‘Twist and Shout’ and Stevi Ritchie brought the party (and his epic dance moves) and got some of the biggest crowd reactions of the night with ‘Livin' la Vida Loca’ and ‘Footloose’.
Perhaps the loudest screams of the night though were saved for boy band Stereo Kicks who sang an awesome version of Backstreet Boy’s ‘Everybody (Backstreet's Back)’ and the beautiful ‘Run’ by Snow Patrol.
Fleur came back to steal the show once more with an energetic performance of Mark Ronson’s ‘Uptown Funk’ but then it was time for Ben Haenow to take to the stage.
The arena erupted when Ben’s highlights from the show were shown on the large screens. He performed several songs from the series including ‘Highway to Hell’ by AC/DC and ‘Jealous Guy’ by John Lennon both of which showed off his impressive vocals. He closed the show in style with the winners single ‘Something I Need’.
Review by Charlie Smith
Reviewed by Charlie Smith