Last night came time for Gap5 to gap it.
The five-piece girl group were up against fierce competition in the bottom two of The X Factor NZ, with Cassie Henderson singing for survival for the first time.
Gap5 sang Bruno Mars’ hit ‘Locked Out of Heaven’, while Cassie opted for Miley Cyrus’ somewhat apt tune, ‘The Climb’.
Both performances were entertaining - but not overly amazing. This reviewer overheard one audience member describe them as “a bit meh”.
There were clearly more Cassie fans than “gapsters” in the audience - the studio is always packed with signs for the 14-year-old. But her presence in the bottom two was a timely reminder that fans must vote if they want to keep their favourites in the competition.
During the ad break before the acts sung for survival, Stan Walker sat deep in thought, Ruby Frost read over her notes and – as usual – Daniel Bedingfield ran backstage to do… whatever it is he does during every ad break.
When it came down to decision time, Mel Blatt said we were finally starting to see what Cassie Henderson had to offer - but the Gap5 mentor was still going to support her girls.
Daniel Bedingfield read the mood wrong yelling: "Gap5, I don't think you’re ready for this jelly!" before announcing he would send them home. The audience was not impressed.
Ruby Frost hinted she was tired of sticking up for Gap5 in previous elimination rounds, and said their performance on Sunday night – where one of the girls forgot the words to their Destiny’s Child medley - was unprofessional. She chose to send Gap5 home.
Once again, the deciding vote was left to Stan Walker. But, by now, it was looking like an obvious decision.
"I hate this part of my job,” he said.
“Gap5, I know Sony are watching and I hope they sign you up. I can see you on records."
But, Stan decided it was Cassie who had more potential for this particular competition and used his deciding vote to send Gap5 home.
The girls were sad to be leaving, but wanted to let everyone know how much they love the other contestants.
“We couldn't have gone up against a more amazing artist, and we love Cassie to bits.
“We couldn’t have gone out on a better note and are blessed to have had this experience.”
Mentor and ‘Grandma Gap’ Melanie Blatt promised to use her contacts to help Gap 5 continue their music career.
“I truly believe they have what it takes to be an international act.”
Next week Cassie Henderson joins remaining acts Benny Tipene, Whenua Patuwai, Jackie Thomas, and boy band Moorhouse for Coke Choice Week – where the artists will sing songs from the year of their birth, as chosen by viewers.
Dan Lake will be speaking to Gap5 later this morning. Do you have a question for the girls? Tweet us!
The X Factor NZ Top 5:
- Benny Tipene
- Whenua Patuwai
- Jackie Thomas
- Cassie Henderson