This year’s X Factor UK has reached the semi-finals, and it’s suddenly all got very serious!

Obviously, nobody wants to leave in the semi-finals, as the finals are within reaching distance… But obviously somebody has gotta go.

It was Beyonce and Elton John week, which means the contestants had to put their all in to pull off some of their biggest songs yet.

So let’s have a look at what went on!

Luke Friend


The lovely Luke Friend kicked off the semi-finals with Beyonce’s ‘Best Thing I Never Had’, and what a way to start the show it was!

Luke never fails to put his own spin on his music and make the song almost unrecognizable, which is  what makes him so different to the other contestants.

For Luke’s second performance, he belted out Elton John’s ‘Something About The Way You Look Tonight’. He added his usual ‘rocky’ edge to the track, although it was a bit strange to see him without his trusty guitar! But, we still loved it.

Was it enough to secure his place in the final?!

Sam Bailey


The last of the overs, Sam Bailey, took on Beyonce track ‘ If I Were A Boy’, and in usual Sam style, it was pitch-perfect. We’ve never seen many people pull off a Beyonce hit quite like that.

For her Elton John song, Sam Bailey tackled emotional ballad ‘Candle In The Wind’. This was without a doubt one of the biggest songs from the series, and Sam Bailey had a lot to do to give the track the justice it deserved.

And that is exactly what she did. Sam has sang many powerful ballads throughout the show, but I’d pin this as one of her greatest performances from the series.

Will Sam be able to take the overs to the X Factor final?

Rough Copy


Rough Copy were doing it for the groups this week, and kicked off their fight for the final with Destiny’s Child’s ‘Survivor’. As usual, Rough Copy pulled it off and showed exactly why they deserve to still be here next week.

They had a tough challenge with their second song which was Elton Jon classic ‘Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word’. However, they gave it their all and their vocals could not have been any more on-point.

Of all the groups who made the final 12 this year, Rough Copy definitely deserved to make it through to the semi-finals.

But, do they deserve a ticket to the finals?

Nicholas McDonald


17-year-old Nicholas McDonald performed one of Beyonce’s most well-known songs ‘Halo’, and he did it brilliantly! Nicholas may not have the typical ‘pop star’ image, but there’s one thing that nobody can deny, and that’s that he has a fantastic singing voice.

Fighting for his place in the final, Nicholas belted out Elton Johns’ ‘Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me’. And well, when has Nicholas ever sang a note wrong? He hasn’t!

With two amazing performances, surely Nicholas has done enough to secure his place in the final?

Sunday Night’s Results Show

After two brilliant performances from Leona Lewis and Michael Buble, we got down to business and headed to the sing-off.

Luke Friend and Rough Copy battled it out for their spot in the final, and it was always going to be a tough decision between the two of them.

Luke Friend delivered an amazing performance of Keane’s ‘Somewhere Only We Know’, while Rough Copy went for Boyz II Men’s classic ‘End Of The Road’.

Out of the two performances, it was hard to choose but we had to stick with our favourite Luke Friend to stay in the competition. The judges sent it to deadlock, which meant it was down to the public’s votes alone.

So, the great British public opted to keep Luke in the competition! #Result.

Who’s excited for the final next week?

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