X Factor: Dynamite result for Ella Henderson and District3's Micky Parsons
THERE were fireworks for Ella Henderson and Micky Parsons in the X Factor this weekend.
Both made it safely through to next week – despite Micky thinking his band District3 would be in the bottom two after they failed to impress the judges on Saturday night.
Just hours before the results show, in an exclusive interview with the Grimsby Telegraph, Micky admitted feeling “deflated” after their performance of Taio Cruz’s Dynamite.
As reported on www.thisisgrimsby.co.uk, Tulisa told the trio: “I love you guys, but you got it wrong this week. You looked awkward.”
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She argued with their mentor Louis Walsh and told him he had given them too much to do – referring to an energetic dance routine that included back flips.
Gary said: “I have no idea who you are anymore. I’m really lost tonight, I just don’t get it.”
Nicole agreed, saying: “No baby, no, Louis you got it wrong with the song.”
Micky told the Telegraph yesterday that he fully expected the band to be in the bottom two.
He said: “My honest opinion is we are going to be in the bottom two.
Recalling how the band had previously escaped elimination after finding themselves in the bottom two – against Melanie Masson in week two – Micky said: “It is absolutely terrifying. It is a dreadful feeling.”
Although he said the band had enjoyed their performance on Saturday night, Micky said he was not surprised by the judge’s scathing comments.
“We don’t go out there thinking we are going to get amazing comments.
“We hate cockiness so we tend to go out with a humble approach and expect the worst.”
Describing the experience of being on the X Factor, Micky said: “It’s been so much fun. It’s a great experience.
“From an individual perspective it’s the first time I’ve been away from home for this long and it’s helped me find myself a little bit.”
He described being in a “bit of an X Factor bubble” which made it hard to keep track of what was going on the outside world.
But he is aware of the support he is getting back in North East Lincolnshire, thanks to his nan who has been sending him copies of the Grimsby Telegraph.
He said: “We are under no pretence. We know we are not going to make it to the final. Just being here and having this experience is incredible.
“We are just having fun and the aim is to try and get a record contract and a career out of it.”
However, Micky confidently predicts that Tetney starlet Ella Henderson, who wowed the judges with a stripped-back arrangement of Katy Perry’s Firework, will make it through to the final.
On Saturday, Gary Barlow, who had been slightly critical of the 16-year-old in the last two weeks, said: “Ella, congratulations. It was stunning and simple.”
He did say he felt the song was little high for her, but added: “Other than that, beautiful, well done.”
Nicole Scherzinger told her: “For that moment, I forgot that it was the X Factor. I thought I was in a movie. It was epic, it really was. I’m really proud of you.”
Louis Walsh told her it was “vocally amazing”, and that she was “a little star in the making.”
Mentor Tulisa said: “There is something about you Ella. When you are standing up there, it is just about you and your voice. You create a moment. That is what is so special about you.”
She was the fifth contestant to be told they were safe last night, and District3 had a nervous wait as they were last to be told, leaving Kye Sones and Rylan Clark to battle it out in the sing-off, which saw Kye become the fifth act to be voted out.
Ella’s dad Sean Henderson, told the Telegraph: “We are all so proud of Ella giving a stunning performance again and we hope she will go as far as the final.
“Each week she puts in 100 per cent to her performance by rehearsing constantly and the whole family are behind her by supporting her through the whole process.”
Micky’s mum Carol said: “I am so ecstatic they have got through because they deserve it with all the effort they have put in rehearsals over the week.
“They sounded fantastic and put all their all into it as they always do and I am already excited for the next live shows.
“The whole family is behind Micky and Ella – we are really proud to be from Cleethorpes and it’s fantastic that there are two local acts getting nearer to the final.”
In a personal message to readers of the Grimsby Telegraph, Micky said: “I would like to say thank you so much to everyone who has voted for us. And if we do go out before her, make sure you continue to vote for Ella. Back her all the way.”
Send your messages of support to Ella and Micky by filling in the online form. A selection will be printed in the Grimsby Telegraph.