Sam s queen of kitsch
Samantha Jade performs on The X Factor Live Show. Picture: Supplied.

In a flurry of sequins and feathers and a dash of pyrotechnics, The X Factor's final eight contestants added a modern twist to some of the biggest 80s hits during a set of colourful performances in last night's live show.

Three of the remaining male acts tackled iconic hits originally performed by female artists, though each performance garnered mixed reviews from the judges.

Nathaniel Willemse's upbeat version of Tina Turner's What's Love Got to Do With It drew applause from the crowd but was described as "bogany" by judge Mel B. "The reggae vibe, I didn't feel it," she said. "You're way cooler than that."

However, the judges were more positive about boy group Fourtunate, whose performance of How Will I Know by *Whitney Houston *was an attempt to redeem themselves after landing in the bottom two last week.

Guy Sebastian said he thought the song showed off the group's vocals while mentor Ronan Keating added they had put their "blood, sweat and tears" into the number.

Keating's supergroup the Collective wrapped up the show with an explosive performance of Madonna's Like a Prayer.

Though judge Natalie Bassingthwaighte thought the group had again chosen a daggy song, Mel B disagreed.

"Sexy is back, thank God," she said. "I loved it, I loved it."

Perth songstress Samantha Jade proved she could do more than sing when she overcame nerves to pair a dance routine with her rendition of Phil Collins' You Can't Hurry Love.

Mel B was impressed with Jade's dancing but said the overall performance wasn't sexy enough. "I so want to see you a bit edgier, that was too cheesy," she claimed.

But Bassingthwaighte said she enjoyed Jade's kitsch factor.

Tonight's live decider will air at 7.30pm on Seven/GWN7.

The West Australian

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