By HAZEL REID.
It’s that time of the year. The X Factor NZ Grand Final has rolled around and we’ve got all the action. It was #TeamBrendon vs #TeamNyssa vs #TeamBeau – let’s wrap up the final episodes.
Brendon Thomas and the Vibes pulled out the classics to kick off the show with Lenny Kravitz’s Are You Gonna Go My Way and even chucked in some AC/DC. Judge Melanie Blatt – who had no contestants going into the finals – said: “What a great way to open the show, I loved that. I loved the scary chicks on rollerblades. I’ve loved you since the beginning and you haven’t disappointed.”
Nyssa Collins pulled out the big guns, performing a (sort of weird) medley of ’90s tunes; Backstreet Boys’ Everybody (Backstreet’s Back) and Michael Jackson’s Thriller. Judge Natalie Bassingthwaighte said: “You are standing here in the finale with everyone in the crowd on their feet. Not only do you have an amazing voice, you have stage presence. I was worried when I heard the songs you were doing because they’re so dated, but you pulled it off.”
Beau Monga went back to his original style and performed Insane in the Brain by Cypress Hill. Judge Stan Walker commented: “That was mean, bro. You can rap, you can sing, you can beatbox. As a consumer of music – I actually buy music on iTunes, unlike people who rip it off – I’d buy that.” However, Judge Shelton Woolright said: “This isn’t Got Talent, it’s a singing competition and tonight felt like more street busking.”
During the show, Woolright’s band I Am Giant took to the stage to perform their new song Kiss From a Ghost, ahead of their nationwide tour in July. Host Dom Bowden took his seat wearing one of Shelton’s singlets (D-Man showing the nation some skin!).
The last round of performances was judge’s choice and was the final chance for contestants to show NZ what they’re made of.
Going back to his roots, Beau performed Brother Love’s song Ruketekete Te Mamae alongside family and fire dancers, then ended with Natalie in his arms. Walker said: “When I came into rehearsal and I found out you were doing this, I was like, ‘oh, this is the jam!’ This was the jam that we were bought up on in the small village I was bought up in. I had fun.”
BT&V performed Otis Redding’s Sitting on the Dock in the Bay. Brendon sat atop a dock, with Tim below and Mike rolling across the stage in a boat. Bassingthwaighte commented: “When I was listening to this in rehearsals, I was kind of digging it, but I haven’t stopped laughing because I felt like I was taken back to a primary school play. The boat and the fishes. I think you’re too cool for this.”
Nyssa performed a special version of the Kiwi classic Don’t Dream It’s Over by Crowded House. She looked like a Polynesian goddess and so did her backing choir. Blatt commented: “You are a glittery mass of amazingness. I love how you showed both sides of your personality and what you can give. Nyssa, I’m in love with you.”
On Monday night’s massive two-hour finale show, we saw fantastic performances from the Top 3, as well as judges Stan and Natalie belting out Stevie Wonder’s Signed, Sealed, Delivered.
The Top 3 performed their audition songs as the lines remained open for NZ to have one last chance to vote for their favourite. Brendon performed Foxy Lady while Nyssa sung Saving All My Love and Beau sung Hit the Road Jack.
After the voting lines had closed, Dominic Bowden – with a famous pause – revealed the top two as Beau and Nyssa, leaving Brendon Thomas and the Vibes in third place. Big props to these 19-year-olds from the North Shore; the first ever band in the finals.
The voting lines were reopened as the top 2 took the stage to perform their ‘winner’s single’ which would be released if they took the crown. Beau performed his loop pedal-infused tune King and Queen, while Nyssa got the crowd on their feet with her party track 18.
After an extra-long Dom Bowden pause, Beau was announced as the winner. A recording contract with Sony Music, a brand new car and bragging rights with his crown – it was definitely a good day for Beau. Nyssa, we still love you girl – what a fantastic runner-up. It really could have gone either way.
Beau’s debut single King and Queen is available on iTunes now, ahead of his self-titled album – a mix of his favourite covers – out June 5. You can check out all our live Tweets from Monday night, as TEARAWAY was there to catch all the action backstage: @TearawayMagazine #XfactorNZSHARE THIS POST...