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Fleur East - “Sax” (X Factor Performance & Video)

Fleur East - “Sax” (X Factor Performance & Video)

on Nov 23 in Fleur EastPassport TunesPop

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The U.S. version of The X Factor didn’t exactly crash ‘n’ burn—- it was more like a slow flameout—- but it also didn’t produce any notable pop stars either… and ain’t that the point of these singing reality shows???  The U.K. original however, has cranked out Leona Lewis and One Direction in addition to a handful of others that may not have Katy Perry name recognition here, but they are certainly known across the pond.

The latest to join that assembly line of notable X Factor grads is Fleur East, a leggy, big haired diva who likes her sequins and wind machines much like… well, you know who.  La East recently dropped her debut single “Sax” and stopped by the show that birthed her career to apparently put the other pop girls on notice.  Momma Fleur is all hair tossin’ and hip poppin’ while being framed by an army of dancers and her presentation suggests that this what happens when you put a Beyoncé gloss on a vintage Neneh Cherry model of UK pop star.

The song is cheesy in a good way with no shortage of sass courtesy of those “boy stop"s and the sax riff, and that brassy horn section recalls both the “mama say mama sah mamakoo sah” bit from “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’” and The Jacksons’ “Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground)”.  Adele isn’t the only British diva poised to make some noise on the charts this fall, I think we all need to brace ourselves for Fleur East and her “Sax"ual Revolution! smile

Fleur’s debut album Love, Sax and Flashbacks (that titlle?...!!!!) is set for release on December 4th.

** UPDATE **Sooo, they pulled the X-Factor clip off of YouTube so this Jingle Ball performance will be filling in for it in the meantime.  It’s almost as fun.


Studio Version


** UPDATE **
The official video is out!  It’s a cavalcade of trippy green screen effects and while it’s perfectly harmless, I’m more inclined to revisit the X Factor version.

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