Marcus Collins burst onto the music scene last year, when he first auditioned for The X Factor and he has not gone anywhere yet. Marcus was teamed up with Gary Barlow on The X Factor, who acted as his mentor during in the show and now Marcus has admitted that, not only was Gary a great mentor on The X Factor but he has still been there for him since the show ended. Marcus even went as far as to say that Gary Barlow was like a father to him.
Former X Factor wannabe Janet Devlin has revealed how she is struggling to lead a normal life, following her appearance on the ITV singing competition last year. Janet claims that, while her family life is still the same and she does still have her friends, she is still coming to terms with the fact that people are constantly stopping her when she walks down the street.
Gary Barlow has publicly criticised Amelia Lily as he tries to hold on to his last remaining act, Marcus Collins.
The X Factor judge appeared on the ITV programme 'Loose Women' alongside his act Marcus Collins. He defended his remark he made on Sunday saying, “I thought the comment was absolutely right, her performance was very out of control. Craig really stole that performance. It was very, very understated and actually reeked of experience to me. Her’s seemed to be very desperate.”
On Sunday’s live showdown, Gary accused Amelia of shouting her way through her song choice as she battled it off against Craig Colton. The four judges were undecided and took the result to deadlock after the sing-off, with Craig being voted off the series, receiving fewest amount of public votes.
But despite his harsh comments, the Take That member is adamant he never intended to take over Simon Cowell's 'Mr. Nasty' character when he took over from the music mogul on the panel. He added: “I am really serious about music and when I see something on TV I am critical in my head anyway, so I have been used to hearing things and picking them to pieces for years.”
Amelia will be joined by Gary’s act Marcus, as well as Tulisa Contostavlos group Little Mix and Kelly Rowland's girls Misha B and Janet Devlin, for a place in the semi-finals.
Craig Colton has been voted off the X Factor after a showdown with Amelia Lily.
The 22 year-old has been eliminated after he was piped to the post by Amelia Lily in a tense sing off where he sang an emotional rendition to Carole King’s Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow.
Gary Barlow was right behind his boy as he criticised Amelia for “shouting her way” through her performance. Kelly Rowland was in equal admiration for her act Amelia, although she did merit Craig for being an “incredible vocalist.”
Tulisa Contostavlos then said: “I have to go with the performance which moved me the most so I am saving Craig.” Left with the final decision Louis Walsh chose to take the decision to deadlock for the first time this series, dubbing Amelia as a “ready made pop star.”
Speaking afterwards on The Xtra Factor, the former biscuit factory worker confessed that he was ‘gutted’ to be going and told Olly Murs: I’m gutted, absolutely gutted but on the other side I’ve had an amazing time and I’ve worked with the best people so I’ve got nothing to be ashamed of. I enjoyed every week, I even enjoyed this week and at least I went out on a good note”.
It’s set to get all dramatic in tonight’sX Factor as the six remaining finalists get ready for Movie Week.
The song choices for tonight’s show have been revealed, and the contestants have gone all Hollywood as they get ready to battle it out once again. Girl group Little Mix are known best for their up-beat numbers, but this week they’re slowing things down a bit with a soulful rendition of En Vogue’s Don’t Let Go from the film ‘Set It Off’.
In the Boys category, Craig Colton will be belting out License to Kill by Gladys Knight from ‘James Bond’ film License to Kill, whilst Liverpudlian Marcus Collins will be tackling Higher and Higher by Jackie Wilson, from the popular 1980s film ‘Ghostbusters II’.
Janet Devlin has gone back to the ballads, singing Kiss Me by Sixpence none the Richer, from chick flick ‘She’s All That’.
Misha B will show off her powerful voice with the Whitney Houston number I Have Nothing from ‘The Bodyguard’.
Amelia Lily returned to she show in style last weekend, and will peform rendition of Think by Aretha Franklin from ‘Bridget Jones Diary’. The teenager said about her performance tonight: “I’m feeling confident about the song. I set the standards quite high for myself in last week’s performance, so hopefully the public will like what they hear from me tonight.”
Craig Colton wowed the judges with his rendition of Oasis’s ‘Stop Crying Your Heart Out.’
The 22-year-old delivered a moving performance, which left the judges with nothing but praise for the X Factor contestant. His mentor Gary Barlow said, “Craig, you are a real constant on this show. You seem super relaxed. It was a great performance tonight.” Louis Walsh was equally impressed adding: “You are gonna go far in this competition. I know it.”
Kelly Rowland told the singer: “I feel like you are back in your zone” with Tulisa Contostavlos agreeing, “You have star quality and you gave an amazing performance.”
Craig himself said it was a dream to perform the song. “Oasis are one of my favourite bands, I adore this song and to be able to sing it live is amazing.” The Liverpudlian said he is determined to do well to repay his family and friends for their support, and with his consistent hearfelt performances, we think Craig is a serious contender to win the whole competition!
It appears that this year’s X Factor seems to have its only little theme running through it, as more than a quarter of the remaining contestants are gay. Johnny Robinson was already known as being gay going into the show and then it was revealed that Marcus Collins is gay.
X Factor’s Craig Colton gives “performance of the night” with Christina Perri's 'Jar of Hearts'
Mentor Gary Barlow said “Craig congratulations on the number one performance of the night for me. I thought it was totally amazing and I just want you to do well, well done.”
Craig looked almost half the man he used to be when he took to The X factor stage tonight. The Liverpool singer has shed over a stone in weight since we last saw him, after being put on a diet by his mentor Gary Barlow and joining the Take That star in daily jogging sessions.
Judge Louis Walsh commented on the transformation saying “You sing from the heart and I love the fact that you’ve lost so much weight and you’re taking the whole thing so seriously.”
Tulisa Contostavlos also congratulated the singer on his choice of song, saying “Props to you for picking the song, the arrangement, you did an amazing job, well done.”