In a long running battle for ratings, last weekend saw Strictly Come Dancing and The X Factor tap some of the biggest names in music right now in an attempt to come out on top.
Strictly and X Factor are two of the UK’s longest running and most popular television series’ of the twenty-first century, and the latter has always taken the crown when it has come to ratings. The live final of the seventh series of X Factor peaked at 20 million viewers. Even after the departure of Simon Cowell and Cheryl Cole in 2011, the show still beat Strictly.
However, last year saw the dancing competition take the lead for the first time since its inception, which has led to Cowell putting his own show on the air every Saturday at the same time as Strictly in order to shake things up. Cowell and Cole have both rejoined the judging panel and this years Strictly line-up has a plethora of relevant, current and popular celebrities taking part, such as Pixie Lott, Frankie Bridge from The Saturday’s and former TOWIE cast member, Mark Wright.
One of the main reasons why audiences tune in to watch the shows is for the weekly, high profile guest singers, and last weekend was no exception. Lady Gaga and Tony Bennet appeared on Strictly to perform ‘Anything Goes’ and ‘It Don’t Mean A Thing (If I Ain’t Got That Swag)’ from their new collaborative jazz album, Cheek to Cheek. X Factor saw Jessie J perform a solo and part-acoustic version of her smash hit ‘Bang Bang’ while Maroon 5 took to the stage for the first time to sing their latest single, ‘Animals’.
Although Jessie J gave an outstanding vocal performance as always, we preferred the collaboration between Gaga and Bennett. Performing on the week billed as “movie week” on Sunday’s results show, we thought that the iconic singers lived up to the glitz and glamour that their jazz and blues songs embody, which fits in perfectly with what the dancing competition is all about.
It’s currently unknown who will be performing on Strictly this Sunday during the results show but it has been confirmed that Ed Sheeran and OneRepublic will be performing on X Factor, which will no doubt capture the attention of viewers around the country, especially when considering the huge success that both acts have experienced this year.
Watch Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett performing ‘Anything Goes’ and ‘It Don’t Mean A Thing (If I Ain’t Got That Swag)’ on Strictly Come Dancing below! Who’s performance did you prefer?