Not The End Of The Road For Reggie ‘N’ Bollie As They Miss Out On The X-Factor Top Prize, Louisa Johnson Wins


Winners: Reggie 'N' Bollie With Louisa Johnson

Winners: Reggie ‘N’ Bollie With Louisa Johnson

It is not the first time an act with Ghanaian roots has reached the UK X-Factor’s final. Fleur East who has a Ghanaian mother and British father ended up as first runner-up of 2014’s series, which was then won by British male vocalist Ben Haenow. This year’s result was not so different to last year’s with the act of musicians and hype masters Reggie ‘N’ Bollie who are of Ghanaian origin ending up as first runner-up to British female vocalist Louisa Johnson.

On the first part of the X-Factor 2015 Final show, held on Saturday night, Reggie ‘N’ Bollie followed fellow finalists Ché Chesterman and Louisa in entering the huge Wembley venue through the crowd and onto the stage, while performing their version of Kris Kross’s “Jump Jump”. They delighted everyone with their rap, swagged-up white and gold outfits, and their hyped-up moves.

During the second round of the show, they performed Spice Girls anthem “Spice Up Your Life” and the Outhere Brothers’ “Boom Boom Boom” much to the judges and the audience’s appreciation. Again, the outfits and the dance moves were all on point. The judges’ comments were largely positive. Simon Cowell called the whole thing weird and yet fantastic. He also said, “I’m so happy you are here, the energy you bring, the enthusiasm” and highlighted that he thought they could win the final. Nick Grimshaw called the crowd’s reaction amazing and congratulated the boys. Finals rival mentor Rita Ora was a bit on the dull side as she called the performance “a bit cruise ship” but their mentor Cheryl continued to be supportive with her comments.


Past winners and a finalist of the show also performed on the night. Ben Haenow and Leona Lewis  perfomed their songs “Slamming Doors” and “Run”, a performance which was slammed by many for poor audio and presentation. Girl group Little Mix and singer Fleur East performed their songs “Black Magic” and “Sax” later in that show.

In the third round, when all finalists were challenged to perform with an established act, Reggie ‘N’ Bollie brought fellow British-Ghanaian act Fuse ODG to perform “Dangerous Love” (originally featuring Sean Paul) and Craig David to join in with his “Re-Rewind” (originally featuring ) song in the second half of the performance. After the performance, Reggie said, “Can you imagine Reggie N Bollie performing alongside Fuse ODG and Craig David?!” with so much an excitement.

Ché brought on Rod Stewart for his performance and Louisa brought on her mentor Rita Ora.

In the end on Saturday night, Reggie ‘N’ Bollie and Louisa were chosen by the viewers to progress to the second and final episode of the final on Sunday night.

THE FINAL FINAL

On Sunday night, Reggie ‘N’ Bollie were the first act to come out and perform in the ‘series song’ segment and they wowed the audience with their “Beautiful” (by One Direction) and “I Like To Move It” (by Reel 2 Real) mash up. As usual the performance was well received by the judges. For the last and final performance by the individual acts, they both had to showcase their presentation of the “winner’s song” (picked by the judges and to be recorded for final use as the winner’s first single). “Forever Young” by Bob Dylan was that song and Reggie ‘N’ Bollie performed their version quite well.


Just after they finished, Simon expressed the pleasure he had had working with them on the show, before asking them what they had to say. Reggie spoke on behalf of the duo, saying how they saw themselves as ordinary people who were up to bettering their lives and their families’ while thanking the audience and all supporters. Their kids ran onto the stage to be with them.

THE RESULT

The night was graced by performance from X-Factor 2010’s third place finishers One Direction and Adele who performed before the results were announced.

It was not surprising when 17 year-old Louisa was announced the final prize winner as she seemed to have broken her lungs during the second half of Saturday night’s part of the show with her performance of R.Kelly’s “I Believe I Can Fly” and the smash Broadway hit “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going”, which she performed alongside her mentor. On Sunday night she sealed the deal with her mature and polished performance of James Brown’s “It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World” and of course her version of “Forever Young”.

R ‘N’ B X-FACTOR LEGACY & THE FUTURE

However, Reggie ‘N’ Bollie or R ‘N’ B as they are otherwise known, did leave their mark, not only on the show, but on the entire entertainment scene. They have shown that being an act that originates from a developing country can never stop you from excelling on an international stage if you have the talent, drive and ambition. From auditioning on the X-Factor show with their original song as Menn On Point to switching to performing as Reggie ‘N’ Bollie who could revive old anthems such as “Who Let The Dogs Out” and still bring contemporary Afrobeats tunes suchas Fuse ODG’s “Dangerous Love” onto the X-Factor stage, who really would have thought that would ever work in this lifetime.


After the announcement of the result, X-Factor host Olly Murs called them “the most incredible” act on the series and Reggie signed off by saying that they (Reggie ‘N’ Bollie) “were not disappointed” with the final result and that they came “empty handed” and were “leaving fully loaded“. A quote from the UK’s Telegraph newspaper described Reggie ‘N’ Bollie as “fun, likeable and clearly loving every minute of their time on the show”. We feel almost certain that now that the show is over, we should be preparing to hearing a lot more from this energetic duo, singles, albums, shows, and more. Well done and all the best boys….we believe you are not done making your mark.

Last Updated: 15/12/15

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