‘The X Factor’ live tour wrapped up in Perth last night, with the final in a run of seven concerts allowing fans to get up close and personal with the top five from this year’s live TV show.
Each of the finalists, including eventual winner Dami Im and popular runner-up Taylor Henderson were in attendance, performing the songs that made the Aussie public fall in love with them on the ratings smash. So once again we turned over the concert keys to our reviewer Brad to see what all the fuss was about.
‘The X Factor Live’ is the concert equivalent of getting back with an ex. It feels familiar, and when it’s good its great, but overall its just not as authentic as the first time. Not that you could tell from the reaction of the crowd of parents and tween-age children, for many of whom it was probably their first concert.
It starts promisingly, with a group video for ‘Lazerlight’ that had double the budget of Dami Im’s video for ‘Alive’.
Jordan’s first up, and though her performances are strong it does feel rushed. Plus, since she’s missing the live band/backing singers from The X Factor she’s not able to go for the big notes on ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’.
Third Degree doesn’t have this issue, and pull off a great three-part harmony on ‘Dedication To My Ex’. Their performance is the most theatrical of the lot with choreography and even an impromptu beat boxing jam.
Then it was Jai’s turn to shine…well when you could hear him over the hundreds of young girls screaming at any given moment. He may be 14 but knew how to work the crowd like a young teen heartthrob should. Bring a girl on stage? Check. Tell us that Melbourne is the best town? Done. Not sure that his original songs are strong enough to build a career though. To be fair, we could barely hear them over the crowd yelling.
Taylor Henderson’s fan base seemed to be a bit older but just as enthusiastic. When he whipped out his guitar for ‘Girls Just Want To Have Fun’ the crowd went wild!
Dami then took to the stage to prove why she won the whole thing. Her ‘Purple Rain’ was like watching early Whitney or Mariah. The applause lasted longer than the song! Her version of ‘Roar’ remains a little blasé but her ‘And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going’ was mesmerizing and resulted in one of the few standing ovations of the night. Dami may not be a video goddess or even capable of dancing in a semi normal fashion but that voice…wow. The love seems to stop for her winner’s single ‘Alive’ though. The crowd barely sang along and even Dami seemed unsure of how to proceed.
The show ended with group encores of Enrique’s ‘I Like It’ and Ke$ha’s ‘Blow’ though neither hit a high note.
The overall issue of the night was that the live experience failed to extend on what the contestants did on the show. If anything they should have at least had a band in rather than the karaoke-esque backing tracks.
Oh well, bring on the Dami Im solo tour!