Have you ever wanted to feel like Simon, Nicole, Sharon or Louis? Get down to the X Factor Live Tour. It’s a completely different experience from what you see on TV – even compared to the live shows. The timetable is well thought out as each act gets a share of the spotlight. The choreography is adaptive and engaging, varying from Sara performing ‘Bad Romance’ with 20+ dancers on stage, to just Emily and her Ukelele performing ‘Toxic’.
I’ve always been slightly sceptical about the X Factor Live Tours, but I’ve been proven wrong. 5AM definitely stole the show. They’re more of a dance, entertainment group than they are boy band. That’s not to say they can’t sing, but their stage presence and liveliness stands out more than anything. Honey G was – to my surprise – actually quite entertaining. The crowd loved her. Yes, she really uses those dance moves live. Emily has such a unique voice, you really need to hear it in person to appreciate it.
Four of Diamonds have beautiful harmonies, and in my mind have really proved themselves. Sara was faultless with her golden voice and striking costumes. Sam belted out ‘Impossible’. Matt popped up from the stage and performed ‘When Christmas Comes Around’ written in partnership with Ed Sheeran. The use of confetti, explosions and fire kept everyone on their feet, even if it did scare the pants off a few people. The show ended with all of the contestants showing their bond in a group performance.
All in all, a great night for any fan of the X Factor, you get great variety and a whole bunch of entertainment. The X Factor family is strong.
Brighton Centre, 16 March 2017