October 26, 2009.
In a show filled with shock and awe, bisexual contestant Danyl Johnson found himself in the bottom two during the X Factor semi-finals this weekend, after singing a killer rendition of Nina Simone’s “Feeling Good,” despite praise from the judges. He appeared to redeem himself on Sunday by repeating his stunning debut performance of the Beatles’ “With a Little Help from my Friends.”
Even though Danyl received accolades from the judges for “Feeling Good,” the voters still placed him in the bottom two of the Final Ten. Louis Walsh raved with, “You owned the stage! It was the most authentic performance of the night!” Dannii Minogue said, “I have a lot of respect for you to have made it your own. It was VERY good.” Cheryl Cole noted, “You looked the part; you PERFORMED the part.” And Simon Cowell stated, “In my opinion , that was in a COMPLETELY different league from whatever we have heard so far!”
Photo of Danyl Johnson in group performance with contestants Olly Murs and Jamie Archer
Before the show, Danny gave an interview to the X Factor Website. Here’s what he said about last week:
“Singing ‘I didn’t Know My Own Strength’ was extremely scary, because I really didn’t know how the public would react to it. It’s a brand new song from Whitney Houston’s forthcoming album, so the fact nobody had ever heard it before was pretty daunting, I thought people might be at home going: ‘What’s this? I don’t recognize it, I’m not going to vote’, so I’m incredibly pleased we seemed to pull it off . . . and incredibly grateful that people picked up the phone and voted.”
Danyl Johnson on X Factor last week. 10-17-09 photo
Danyl admitted it was with some trepidation that he agreed to sing the song, but confirmed the risk was worth taking once he sang it through a few times and compared it to the other tracks he’d been offered.
Danyl Johnson on X Factor's Live Show 2 last week singing "I Didn't Know My Own Strength." October 18 2009 photo
“I have complete trust in Simon, so when he suggested the Whitney number I was like, ‘Really? Are you sure?’ but the man knows his stuff . . . so once I’d got my head around no one actually knowing the song, I just thought I better go for it and make sure I do a good job!
Backstage photo of Danyl Johnson clowning around with fellow X Factor contestants Stacey Solomon and Rikki Loney. Rikki was eliminated last Sunday.
The 27 year-old singing phenomenon also talked about “Big Band Week,” the theme for this weekend’s show. “In a competition like this, there is no such thing as the ‘comfort zone.’ All of us are pushing the boundaries each week because we are desperate to stay in for the next Saturday night. Big Band night is going to be awesome! I’ll be trying out something a little different this week, and I really hope the people at home go for it. I’ll be singing a well known track this time, but I’ll be changing it up slightly and adding my own twist, plus I’ll be mixing it up onstage with a lot of dancers . . . It’s going to be a lot of fun!”
Danyl Johnson performing "Feeling Good" on Saturday night's X Factor Live Show 3. 10-24-09 photo
According to the blogs I read over the weekend, my shock at finding Danyl in the bottom two was shared by almost everyone, including the X Factor judges. Miss Frank, a popular girls’ group in the competition, also discovered themselves in the bottom two after 24 hours of public voting. So, then it was up to the judges to decide who would stay and who would go home.
Michael Buble, this week's X Factor Big Band mentor, gives Danyl Johnson a pep talk, saying, “Enjoy it–you’re gonna kill it!” 10-23-09 photo
Louis Walsh said, “I can’t believe that these are in the bottom two. The act that I HAVE to send home is . . . Danyl.” Simon Cowell, Danyl’s sponsor, was beside himself. “I think it’s a joke that you are in this position right now. The act that ought to go home is . . . Miss Frank.” Dannii Minogue was matter-of-fact: “Based upon the final performance, the act to go home is . . . Miss Frank.” And Cheryl Cole said, “The act that I send home is . . . Danyl.”
Watch The X Factor 2009 Video of Danyl Johnson singing the song he did at the first auditions show, “With A Little Help from My Friends,” after finding himself in the Bottom Two. Will it be enough to redeem himself to the judges?—Live Results 3 (itv.com/xfactor) Season 6 Episode 13a October 25, 2009:
Check out this ensemble video performance: The X Factor 2009—The remaining 10 acts, including Danyl Johnson, join together for a group performance of Alphabeat's “Fascination”—The Finalists—Live Results 3 (itv.com/xfactor) Season 6 Episode 13a October 25, 3009:
Watch this X Factor 2009 Video—The Results. Will Danyl Johnson or Miss Frank be leaving tonight?—Live Results 3 (itv.com/xfactor) Season 6 Episode 13a October 25, 3009:
Enjoy The X Factor 2009 Video—Guest artist/mentor Michael Buble sings “Cry Me a River” Live Results 3 (itv.com/xfactor) Season 6 Episode 13a October 25 2009:
Check out this X Factor 2009 Video—Guest performers: Westlife sings “What About Now,” their new single—Live Results 3 (itv.com/xfactor) Season 6 Episode 13a October 25, 2009:
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