He dazzled viewers with his outrageous performance in the first semi-final in Kyiv. Now Montenegrin diva Slavko Kalezic has moved on to even bigger things. He’s starring in a promo video for the new series of The X Factor UK.
The promo, which aired during the grand final of reality hit series Love Island, is the first glimpse that UK viewers have been given of the 2017 series of The X Factor. And fans of Slavko won’t be disappointed — he is the only auditionee to feature in the video.
The 20-second video stars Slavko performing Beyonce’s 2012 single “End of Time”. Fans of the Montenegrin artist may recognise the song from his audition on X Factor Adria in 2013. And his UK audition performance seems to have made just as much an impression on the judges.
Starting with an energetic “You ready?!”, Slavko peps up the judges and instantly puts a smile on Simon Cowell’s face. Improving on his X Factor Adria performance, Slavko has brought along his Eurovision power braid, and proceeds to whip it around, “Space” style.
Judges Sharon Osborne, Louis Walsh and Nicole Scherzinger are also shown to be wowed by Slavko’s high energy performance. Being a classically trained actor, the Montenegrin artist is able to bring energy to his performance and totally electrify the room.
From the “End of Time” to “Space”
Earlier in the year, William and Deban reviewed Slavko’s performance of “End of Time” for X Factor Adria.
Our wiwi duo were blown away by Slavko’s swagger, and noted that he had most of the judges up on their feet and dancing.
William commented, “You have to be bold and brave to show up to an X Factor Adria audition with that kind of swagger and originality.” Deban added, “He gets it!”
“End of Time” has become a signature song for Slavko. He gave a special performance at his Eurovision PreParty Spain performance, wowing the Madrid audience with his combination of Queen Bey, his power braid and a revealing sheer bodysuit.
Slavko is best known for his outrageous performance of club banger “Space” at Eurovision 2017. While the song did not make it out of the semi-final, it won over fans and has become an iconic hit from Kyiv.
The X Factor UK has discovered future Eurovision performers such as Ruth Lorenzo, Jedward and Lucie Jones. But it’s also given a second chance to performers such as Saara Aalto, whose unsuccessful attempt in the 2016 Finnish national final eventually led to her placing second in the 2016 series of The X Factor UK. Will Slavko follow in her footsteps?
Series 14 of The X Factor UK will begin in August. Stay tuned for full coverage of Slavko’s X Factor journey.