They couldn’t do it, could they…?
After five weeks of live shows, Reggie ‘N’ Bollie aren’t just defying the odds, they’re triumphing. Simon Cowell believes they’ll be in the final, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini wants to rename The X Factor “The Reggie ‘N’ Bollie Show” and the public have voted in enough numbers to keep the Ghanaian duo out of the bottom three each week. Just how far can they go?
After their mash-up of Shut Up and Dance and Dangerous Love (by Ghanaian-born musician Fuse ODG) in the fourth week of live shows, the Reggie ‘N’ Bollie wagon showed no sign of slowing down. Nick Grimshaw encapsulated the mood when he suggested that the world needs artists like Reg and Bol at the moment.
“There’s so much in this world going on that can make people feel sad,” he said. “This just makes everyone feel so happy – it’s pure escapism, and the energy in this room when you perform is incredible.”
Week Five saw them perform twice – and they were even joined onstage by their children and mentor Cheryl at one point.
They have never been in the bottom two and the smart money says they’ll survive next week and make the final. The public love them and, ultimately, it’s the public, not Simon Cowell, who decides The X Factor winner.
From Ghana with love
Jolly (jollie?) Reggie ‘N’ Bollie have become firm fans’ favourites from the moment they bounced onto the stage like a pair of toddlers who’ve found the stash of Sunny Delight
While their vocal performances aren’t the best, their sheer exuberance is infectious. “I feel like every day will be sunny with you guys” said Simon, who made a chart success of Zig and Zag so could easily help these guys to musical triumph. Every week we expect them to leave but the public love them…
“You kind of remind me of Beavis and Butthead, but you’re really funny,” said Simon Cowell.
Back in their native Ghana, however, the duo are already musical stars. Bollie had a hit back in 2004 called You May Kiss The Bride (naw, romantic), while Reggie released three singles in 2006: Virgin, For Sale and Adoma.
However, if the hyperactive pair are serious about winning The X Factor (and evidence suggests they’re not particularly serious about anything) then surely now is the time for them to prove their musical chops and stop playing the comedy act.
Jumping about gamely to Who Let the Dogs Out is all very well but until the likeable pair show that they’re more than just a novelty act (caveat – they’re probably just a novelty act) then they’re simply making up the numbers.