X Factor NZ – Grand Final Review

Let’s look back on tonight’s performances, we’re down to Jackie Thomas, Whenua Patuwai and Benny Tipene. They got to sing two songs, again, tonight. One picked by the judges and the other a duet with a well-known NZ artist. The judges went with their contestants to their hometowns, we got to see Greymouth, Christchurch and Palmerston North. Sad, no Auckland finalist.

Anyways, ON to the performances.

Song Chosen by their Judge

Jackie – Emeli Sande’s Next to Me: No one can deny that Jackie’s a looker and as she started singing on a stage made of pianos you could hear how much she wants it. She started the song strong and might have waned a bit towards the end, her vocals a lot stronger now than a few weeks ago. This song’s a lot more upbeat than we’re used to, from Jackie, and I have to ask why hadn’t she sung a more upbeat song ealrlier?

Whenua – Jason Mraz’s I Won’t Give Up: Whenua slayed this song, his is the strongest voice in the competition. However whether being the strongest voice will translate to votes and a win remains to be seen. This was one of his strongest performances, even if half of twitter were draggin it.

Benny – Bat for Lashes’ Laura: It was good, but predictable for Benny.

Duet with an NZ Artist.

Whenua with Hollie Smith – Bathe in the Water: Whenua’s done this song already, however his duet with Hollie was pretty amazing. Their voices rather complimented each other nicely.

Jackie with Adeaze – Getting Stronger: I’m not going to lie, I enjoyed the performance. Their voices blended well, and it was a more upbeat song than her usual.

Benny with Avalanche City – Love Love Love: It managed to sound like something Benny’s sung before while not at the same time. I don’t get it. I have to say I liked it though, but it was probably more due to the fact that I like the song already. Also what was with the Orca? Didn’t the video clip have penguins?

Special Mentions:

– Daniel was wearing solid colours, it was strange for everyone involved.

– They managed to finish at 8:30, well done.

– Someone got to our blogs by searching ‘Does Mel Blatt date Benny Tipene?’ You guys! You know that’s Ruby’s man.

– What does Stan do during the week now and did Mel join him this week after her last act was voted off last week?

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