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The auditions have ended... the callbacks have made
it through boot camp, and the best of the best have sung their way through the
judges' homes. And now, we're ready to take the stage for your votes, America...
Except... that we're not. Tonight, on a special wild card edition, the top 17 is
pared down to the top 12. For the first time in America... FROM TELEVISION CITY
IN HOLLYWOOD... "THE X FACTOR"... IS LIVE. It's time for GO TIME!
Each group will sing first, then their mentor will
choose just three to return to next week's rounds.
First up, it's LA Reid and the BOYS.
1) ASTRO - The youngest boy in the group will be
the first to perform with his own goof on "Jump" by Kris Kross.
Hitting all the marks, with the name drop here..
the show drop there... the play to the crowd.. It's a by-the-book performance,
and it gives us one or two reasons why he was chosen in the first. He has yet to
prove himself as "the real deal", though. I'm waiting for him to make something
his own 100% and not riff on an established guy in the game. Think there's a law
about that, some honor amongst thieves thing.
2) CHRIS RENE - He was called "the truth" in his
first audition, but will the truth hold up to a live audience... This... is
"Love Don't Live Here Anymore" by Madonna.
It's a mite flat and the song choice is
questionable, but he has authentic showmanship. Could be the second-easiest in
that LA Reid had to deal with tonight. That makes the NEXT two performances that
much more important. And speaking of...
3) PHILLIP LOMAX - In a field of hip-hoppers, he
is a crooner. That may or may not help him. It'll all be on how he delivers "I'm
A Believer" by the Monkees.
.... REALLY, The Monkees?! I think you just sang
your way out of the competition, sir. Not only did you pick the absolute wrong
song, it was sharper than knives. And I agree with Simon: "LA, in this guy, you
100 percent failed."
4) MARCUS CANTY - He brought Rihanna to the
shakes, but can he deliver the goods when it counts the most? He'll try to take
us to church with "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me" by Culture Club.
It's sharp. But he has great stage presence. I
don't know if I would've picked THAT song, but he turns nothing into
something... Unfortunately, he threw the ending. He gave it away. It's going to
make LA's decision difficult. Will he keep the stereotypically R&B singer or the
crooner who picked the wrong song?
It's time for LA to send three singers through to
next week. Through to the final 12 are... Astro... Marcus... and... Chris.
Unfortunately, song choice claims another victim as Phillip Lomax is the first
to go home.
Next up, it's Paula and the groups.
1) THE STEREO HOGZZ - They could be "potential
superstars", but first, they're going to have to make their opening argument
with a modern take on a classic, "Try a Little Tenderness".
I think they got caught up in the performance
aspect, because the actual singing was all over the place. The effects were
cool, though. VERY hard to follow for 2 minutes worth of song. But this could be
an easy in.
2) THE BREWER BOYS - This band of brothers takes
us back to the age where folk music was king, but can they make a wave today?
They're going to take on Hall & Oates' "Rich Girl" with a mash up of "Faith" by
It was a creative mash-up. The melody was there.
But the end of it was a bit of a cop-out. Suitable for AGT, maybe... X Factor?
Remains to be seen, but different. There's just one more thing... They never
really engaged with anyone other than themselves. Could be problematic.
Next up, the two groups that were cast from
castoffs of other groups. For purposes of brevity, and just because we like the
term, we'll call them the Frankengroups.
3) INTENSITY - Ten teenagers... one group. Will
they prove that more of a good thing is better? Their song: "The Clapping Song"
extrapolated with "Footloose".
A decent effort from the 10 teeny-poppers.
Certainly the best that they could come up with given the limited amount of time
they've been together. But can they build from that now?
4) LAKODA RAYNE - Cari, Dani, Paige, and Haley
couldn't do it on their own, but they could do it together. Boy could they do it
together. Now they have to do it together in front of a live audience with "Come
on Eileen" by Dexy's Midnight Runners.
This song fits in their wheelhouse, especially
the way it is arranged... Of the two cast groups, this is the better and the
more likely to go further and have a solid base of voters. But this is purely
Through to next week's shows are... The
STEREO!!!!!!!hogzz... Lakoda Rayne... and InTENsity. Paula hates to do
this (never mind that she's done it repeatedly)... but the Brewers are bounced.
Now, let's go to the elder statesmen of the
contest, it's Nicole and the Over 30s.
1) DEXTER HAYGOOD - He had a spot of fame back in
the day. Now he's looking for his 15 minutes... part deux. He needs to grow past
the James Brown Mick Jagger vibe, though. Will he do it with "Womanizer" by
Britney Spears mixed with "I Kissed a Girl"?
.... it is NOT star time. America's not ready for
not star time.
2) LeROY BELL - The oldest man in the contest is
also one of the front runners in this bracket. He has certainly surprised all of
America with his voice. Can he do it again with "Nobody Knows" by Pink?
His voice is perfect with this song (even though
it's a little lacking in the choice department... again), but he didn't need to
bounce in time with the song. It's somber with just the right amount of grit to
it. Doesn't need anything more than what LeRoy can give it.
3) STACY FRANCIS - One of Simon's favorites is
now under Nicole's tutelage. Will she do her proper justice with "One More Try"
by George Michael?
Stuck on vibrato. Shame really, because she has a
great voice and the off-books are almost gospel. But she's stuck on vibrato. She
needs a challenge.
4) JOSH KRAJCIK - the story of the series was him
going from making burritos to going on a roll. Today, he'll make his case for
top 12 with "Forever Young" by Bob Dylan.
Perfect song choice. Perfect tone. Josh is in it
to win it.... wait, that's another show... Anyway, it's the best of the night so
far and perhaps the best of the series so far. I just hope Josh has saved up
some more for later.
Nicole's got three tickets to the public vote.
No doubt Josh Krajcik's going to get one, but who will join him? How about a
little Stacy and a little LeRoy? Dexter Haygood, it's time for your final
Up against it, it's time for the final group,
Simon's little girls... a rare opportunity for Simon to correct an earlier
1) SIMONE BATTLE - She's full of ferocity and
swagger, but does she have the vocal to back it up one time? Starting the
bracket off is "Just Be Good to Me" by Deborah Cox.
Taking a little-known song and cheesing it up for
the cameras. This is indulgence DEFINED, ladies and gentlemen. Yes it's
technically correct and hits all the marks, but in the end, is this more about
me or about YOU?
Oh, and the judges all give Simon the business
for it. Just to take your mind off.
2) RACHEL CROW - She sounds like an old soul, and
that can take her places, but can it take her to the Top 12? She'll make her
case with "Where Did Our Love Go" by the Supremes... with a little bit of "Baby"
thrown in for the Justin Bieber vote.
It's creative, I'll give you that much, and it
does go together, but it's completely out of element and doesn't really do her
enough favors. She did a good job with the material given her, but she's capable
of so much more if she'll only fight for it.
And if you're settling in for your local news,
it'll start just as soon as we finish here. So settle in, enjoy yourself.
3) DREW... who wisely dropped the
hard-to-pronounce-and-spell surname of "Ryniewicz" - A lot riding on her as
well, because Simon's cutting TWO. So this performance of "Flashdance... What a
Feeling!" is crucial.
It starts... abnormally slow and takes a long
time to get to its proper position in the pop pantheon... if ever. And she's a
bit of a warbler. And I'm left with the thought, "Who's fool idea was it to go
mezzo adagio and give it to Drew and tell her it was a good idea?". She's a good
singer, but that was the wrong song (I'm starting to repeat myself, not good!).
4) TIAH TOLLIVER - Simon fought like hell for
this woman, but does she have any fight in her left? Her choice... "Sweet Dreams
(Are Made of These)" by ... sounds like the Marilyn Manson version.
All over the place. And scary to boot.
5) MELANIE AMARO - Simon believes he was in the
right to give Melanie another chance after admitting to making "a huge mistake".
Will the other judges be rectified... or scared... after she takes on Whitney's
"I Have Nothing"?
Definitely no mistaking here... She was MEANT to
be in this competition. She's one to watch, and she hits all the notes dead
on... well, most of them. The strongest of the girls by far. Simon, good job
bringing her back.
But will she stay? Simon has made his decision.
And this time, it's permanent...
I hate to be in Simon's shoes right about now..
He has to cut TWO girls. Going through... Drew... Rachel... and...
.. pause for effect...
Tiah's gracious in her defeat. Simone says that she's
planning on releasing her debut single with or without the show...
... and that's the show. Once again, here's the
The Stereo Hogzz
Now it's all on you, America. We have the chosen
few... Who will be the chosen ONE?
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