Col­lec­tive de­ci­sion

X marks spot for boy band, writes

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - MONDAY EXTRA -

ONAN Keat­ing’s goal of cre­at­ing a One Di­rec­tion-style Aus­tralian boy band out of The X Fac­tor is on tar­get af­ter The Col­lec­tive made it through to next week’s grand fi­nal.

The group, who were put to­gether from solo artists who au­di­tioned for Chan­nel 7’s TV tal­ent show sur­vived a cut-throat sing-off with teenage singer Bella Fer­raro.

The Col­lec­tive join coun­try boy Ja­son Owen and West Aus­tralian Sa­man­tha Jade, who were through to the fi­nal and spared a sing-off.

Fer­raro could have been in the fi­nal if Guy Se­bas­tian, who had the cast­ing vote, did not put the re­sult back on the view­ers.

Fer­raro al­ready had the nod from her men­tor Natalie Bass­ingth­waighte and for­mer Spice Girl Mel B. Keat­ing stuck with The Col­lec­tive. Se­bas­tian sent the re­sult to dead­lock be­cause the two artists were com­pet­ing in ‘‘dif­fer­ent gen­res’’. Dead­lock is de­cided by the view­ers’ orig­i­nal votes.

‘‘We are star­ing at two great acts,’’ Se­bas­tian said dur­ing the live tele­cast. ‘‘We are talk­ing about the bat­tle of two dif­fer­ent gen­res.

‘‘Out of re­spect I am send­ing it to dead­lock.’’

Fer­raro did well to hold back tears while she thanked a num­ber of peo­ple, in­clud­ing her par­ents and Bass­ingth­waighte.

Tears started pour­ing down her face when she be­gan prais­ing The Col­lec­tive, Owen and Jade.

‘‘You are all amaz­ing and in­spire me ev­ery week and the best three are in the fi­nal,’’ Fer­raro said.

Bass­ingth­waighte was sad to see the end of her pro­tege af­ter three months.

‘‘She has so much heart and so much soul and she was the only con­tes­tant to have a song in the charts ev­ery sin­gle week in the com­pe­ti­tion,’’ she said.

Owen, Jade and The Col­lec­tive will ap­pear on next Mon­day night’s show and then re­turn on Tues­day to hear who has won a record­ing con­tract with Sony.

Mon­day and Tues­day, 7.30pm, Seven, Prime7.

The Col­lec­tive and (be­low) Bella Fer­raro.

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