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Review: Rebecca Ferguson, ECHOTwo, ECHO Arena Liverpool

From The X Factor to her own backyard, the city's darling is always happy to pop back home

Rebecca Ferguson
Rebecca Ferguson

WHATEVER your take on The X  Factor effect – slowly bringing  about the death of music, harmless provision of entertaining pop  fodder or perhaps something less  certain in between – there can be  little debate about how the talents of Rebecca Ferguson  were unearthed.

The shy, soulful Scouser was  the runner-up on the seventh  series of the singing contest at  the back end of 2010. While the  show is practically powered by  the tears of sob stories, Rebecca's situation was a more  stark, real-life dilemma.

How could a mother-of-two  pursue a burning musical ambition and pay the bills? She had  compromised, gone to college  and stopped ‘chasing the dream’.  But a third – this time successful  – X Factor audition changed all  that.

Three years, two tours and  one million album sales later and  she stands out as the most  unique and authentic product of  the Simon Cowell circus. For  her the exposure did what it purports to do – equip a potential  star with confidence and propel  them into the limelight – without  the usual fade into obscurity.

Her abilities were amplified in  the purest sense and were there  for all to see in ECHOTwo at the  ECHO arena.

While some of her own songs  are fairly middle-of-the-road and  risk averse, this is counterbalanced by the brilliance and timelessness of her voice which could  enliven even the dullest ballad.

She began with the lilting gospel groove of Fake Smile before  greeting the crowd with a giggle.  Wearing a shimmering, backless  sequin gown and golden curls in  her hair, the shoes soon came off  to boogie in comfort – and why  not? Miss Ferguson is at home  after all.

Another early highlight is the  pin-drop silence a cappella ending  of Freedom but her set really  picked up in the second half, kick- started by strong covers of Tom  Odell’s Another Love and Katy  Perry’s Roar.

Rebecca ripped through a version of Raspberry Beret by  Prince and really started to let  loose, issuing an open invite for  people to join her on stage for a  dance.

The night ended with her two  strongest suits: the glitteringly euphoric My Best and a heartfelt  Nothing's Real but Love, the latter dedicated to all of her loyal  fans in Liverpool. They've  watched her come a long way  and there's no doubt she is  destined to go even further.

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