X marks spot for boy band, writes
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.