The X factor (The BIC, Bournemouth – 6/3/17) ★★★★★

By: editor

It’s that time of year again as the X Factor Tour Show danced into Bournemouth.

Love or hate it, the atmosphere at the BIC was buzzing with young and old eagerly waiting for the show to begin. (I was keen to see if there was an improvement on last year’s show)

And so it began:-

The lights went down the screaming and shouting began, the applause deafening; appearing through the stage dressed all in white three likeable lads – 5 After Midnight kicked off the show with ‘Uptown Funk’ a great start to a great show, this vibrant song ended with a huge explosion of confetti, with a quick on stage costume change the boys went straight into a mash up of ‘Get Ready/Reach Out I’ll be There’. Then later the boys were centred in the middle of the sit down floor area sang ‘Sorry’, back on stage to ‘One Dance’ , after the break ‘Can’t Stop The Feeling’ a mash up of ‘Boogie Wonder/September’.

The cute Emily Middlemass, wearing a black embroidered mini dress she sang a lovely cover of ‘Closer’, and later ‘What Makes You Beautiful’, after the break ‘Creep’, and a real great version of ‘Toxic’ playing her ukulele.

What can I say about this next act that hasn’t already been said apart from I get where Simon Cowell was coming from, to rapturous applause on came Honey G, wearing her trade mark wrap around dark sunglasses and baseball cap, rapping her way through ‘Men in Black/Jump’, then later with ‘It’s Like That/Get Jiggy With it’, then after the break,’ Ice Ice Baby’ and ‘The Honey G Show’ thoroughly enjoying herself as well, as we all did.

Next was Ryan Lawrie with screams of delight as he was sat in a pre-arranged seat in the audience, started with ‘Perfect’, once back on stage sang ‘Twist’n’Shout’, after the interval Ryan and Emily sang a lovely ’Wing’. Next girl group Four of Diamonds and their take on ‘Royal’ and ‘Ghost’.

The front middle stage opened, Saara Aalto attached to wires holding four colourful helium balloons belts out ‘Oh So Quiet’ all while sailing through the air, Saara comes back down to earth and belts out another great hit ‘Bad Romance’ this woman really has a great set of pipes on her. Later on Saara sang a great ‘Diamonds Are A Girls Best Friend’

Sam Laver sings a great Earth Song and Impossible, wearing a biker jacket with extra-long tassels.

5 After Midnight and Four of Diamonds sang two brilliant covers ‘Say You’ll Be There’ and ‘Crazy in Love’

‘Cake By the Ocean’ was sung by all the acts apart from Mr Terry.

End of act one.

After a 20 minute interval, with low smoke floating across the stage we saw Saara Aalto sitting at a grand piano, with so much talent, playing and singing a brilliant Abba’s classic ‘Winner Takes it All’. Aalto also went on to sing ‘No More Tears’ with Sam and Emily. Aalto also went on to sing ‘Everybody Rules The World’.

Finally, with the longest and loudest applause of the evening, the long awaited appearance of the X Factor winner Matt Terry singing five straight songs ‘I Put a Spell on You’, ‘One Day I’ll Fly Away’, a brilliant ‘Purple Rain’, ‘When Christmas comes Around’ this song was the winners song which peaked at a massive number 3, and finally a great ‘Writings on the Wall’. All too soon, the X Factor line up joined Matt on the stage to sing their final song ‘Sax’.

If you want to have a great night out to listen to some great live pop music, with plenty of singing, dancing and special light effects with lots of confetti, streamers, fire and smoke effects, this is the show for you. The young and old went home with very happy smiles on their faces; see you next year X Factor Tour, all in all a great show.

There were too many favourite songs to single out, so I give this show 5 stars.

 

★★★★★

 

Also you can check out photos taken of the night right here! – enjoy.

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