Last night the curtain finally fell for Toni Turner and Stacy Awheto, aka L.O.V.E.
After three weeks in the bottom two and a surprising judging panel in which Mel Blatt refused to vote out either of her acts, L.O.V.E were eliminated by Daniel Bedingfield and Stan Walker in a decision that seemed to reflect the opinion of viewers.
After the drama of last week, the crowd at Sky City theatre were very vocal in their support of their favourite acts, and equally quick to voice their displeasure with any comments they disagreed with from the judges.
The contestants are also staying at Sky City, and if you're so inclined, you might spot some if you're passing through the casino, as I did last week while I was playing hide and seek with my car in the parking building (I lost).
With a celebrity bird caller round my neck (it's the sound of Angelina Jolie's bored sigh) and the 2013 Illustrated Guide to Well-Known People of New Zealand (it's a pamphlet), I managed to spy half of Moorhouse and Dominic Bowden, who was trying to disguise himself under a cap from the lurking paparazzi (in actuality, just a Chinese tourist trying to take a selfie in the atrium).
But on with the show! Daniel of clan Bedingfield donned a tartan onesie (is there a Bedingfield plaid? If not, I'm sure we'll see Daniel releasing one soon) for this week's results episode. Tartan is fast becoming Daniel’s 'thing', along with his embryonic rat's tail, pleasingly squirrellish cheeks (ideal for hiding acorns and Stan Walker’s extra consonants) and poor decision-making.
Judge Stan Walker took to the stage to sing his new song 'Bulletproof', with a bit of Taylor Swift’s 'I Knew You Were Trouble' thrown in for good measure. Stan certainly set a good example for his team with a spot-on performance that got Daniel singing, swiveling and fidgeting in his chair.
"That is how to do a TV performance, every contestant watch that," declared Daniel.
Then it was time for the results; Whenua Patuwai from Team Ruby was the first act Dom announced through to next week "in no particular order" followed by Tom Batchelor, Cassie Henderson, Benny Tipene and Fletcher Mills (a shrill girlish cry erupting in the stands at his name). Maaka Fiso, Jackie Thomas and Anna Wilson all followed to safety in quick succession.
Only the groups remained at risk on stage and Mel's face was a picture of despair as she realised one of her acts would be getting the chop. Gap 5 made it through, leaving L.O.V.E and Moorhouse in the bottom two. I think we all knew were this was going.
In Sunday’s live show, Moorhouse sang ‘Every Breath You Take’ by The Police, but sadly, their act, which seemed so polished and energetic in the auditions felt diluted. Weren’t they better before mentor intervention? Perhaps not every act needs a helping hand.
Poor Toni and Stacey of L.O.V.E have been receiving threats and insults following the events of last week. While it’s fun for us at home to get steamed up about the competition, let’s remember it’s just TV, and not take it out on the talent! However, it is perfectly okay for us to take it on the judges, so judge away. The girls of L.O.V.E redeemed themselves slightly in Sunday’s show with a very good performance of Tinie Tempah’s ‘Pass Out’.
Joseph and Maia, a lovely duo, performed their folk-tinged song ‘Nothing I Can Do’. Meanwhile, Moorhouse and L.O.V.E sweated it out and Mel Blatt prepared to farewell one of her teams.
Mel was highly emotional as L.O.V.E, her "fighters to the end" took to the stage to sing TLC’s ‘Scrubs’. They did a great job, probably their best performance to date, with Toni showing off her guitar skills.
Moorhouse also did well; showcasing the harmonising that first brought them to the judges’ attention with their rendition of U2’s ‘With Or Without You’.
Shockingly Mel took a stand by refusing to vote, saying there was "no way in hell" she could choose between her acts, leaving her three co-judges to make the decision for her.
After much dilly dallying and prompting from Dom, Stan finally picked L.O.V.E to go home.
"New Zealand what are you doing? Not voting obviously," moaned Daniel.
Maybe if votes were cheaper more people would vote? 99 cents is pretty steep and where does the text vote money go? If it’s just paying for Daniel’s plaid to be hand woven by monks and dyed in panda urine, then no one’s going to vote, no matter how much the judges berate us!
Dom had to push Daniel three times to cast his vote before he finally tipped the scales in favour of Moorhouse by voting L.O.V.E out of the competition, meaning Ruby didn’t even get a say in the decision and leaving Mel broken-hearted.
Next week, It’s soul classics with a twist and a double elimination!
The X Factors airs Sundays at 7pm on TV3 with the live results show on Mondays at 8pm.