Sam Callahan
Sam Callahan

This Saturday's X Factor was opened by the awesome Ché Chesterman, with a powerful opening to the show! Ché gave an emotional performance and once again made the song his own. In my opinion, this guy has all the necessary credentials to win The X Factor!

Anton Stephans performed well this week, however, during his judge's comments Anton let his emotion get the better of him, when he almost snapped at Nick Grimshaw after the Radio 1 star made a fairly personal comment, suggesting that what they were seeing in his performances wasn't the real him. Personally, I'm not all sure that that is 100% Anton's fault. I feel that we are getting to a stressful stage in the competition, where the stakes are even higher than they were a few weeks back and where the stress may be getting to a few of the contestants a little too much!

So, this is where I am going to place my bets and peg Louisa Johnson as this year's winner! Firstly, because she's from Essex. Secondly, because, like me, she's a massive West Ham fan. Kidding! But seriously, that girl has the potential to be a world beater! I'm a big fan.

Louisa Johnson / Credit: ITV
Louisa Johnson / Credit: ITV

Sunday's sing off was between Anton and Ché. Poor Anton. As much as he was never a favourite of mine, I know this feeling only too well and I felt his pain last Sunday.

This reminded me so much of when Luke Friend and I went into the sing off against one another, in my year. I believe Anton felt, judging by his actions last night, just like I did, that he was the inevitable underdog in this situation and just knew that he was singing for the last time. You just give it everything you have in you, in that situation and try to make everyone you love proud.

I'd love to have a one-to-one chat with Anton, behind the scenes and ask him about his experience. It would be interesting to see how similar our experiences were, as I see so much of my own story, in his time on the show. Songs that weren't suited to his voice, a mis-representation of the artist he wanted to be, to name a couple. It's tough when the show are trying to put you into one box, because they have a TV show to make and you feel you should be in another, because you have a real life and a career to think about.

Still, for me the outcome has had so many positives. Now, two years on I am touring the country, I have over half a million social media followers, the most amazing, loyal, supportive fanbase, which I feel so humbled by, and I have just released my own music. I believe that Anton is a trooper and hopefully the same amazing experiences can be had for him too!

Ché Chesterman / Credit: ITV
Ché Chesterman / Credit: ITV

All that being said, we all know that I'm a fan of Ché, so I'm truly glad that he is still in the show.

The competition is getting massively heated right now, so stay tuned. See you back here next week for my X Factor review!

Love, Sam x

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