Reality Check: Awful Eliminations, Questionable Front-Runners Tarnish The X Factor, The Voice

Not all reality singing competition contestants are created equal. And when the best of ’em are sent way too soon to the results-show guillotine, it can result in a creative tailspin worthy of the World War I Flying Ace under heavy fire from The Red Baron.

That was pretty much what went down this past week on The X Factor and The Voice — and on an all-new Reality Check, my cohost Melinda Doolittle and I try to figure out (with some help from our friends from Homeland, Doctor Who, and Sherlock) where voters went wrong, and how the shows can restore their respective mojos.

Which X Factor act has us drawing comparisons to the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel? Who’s making us long for American Idol‘s Season 11 soul sensation Joshua Ledet? And which vocalist can find her latest performance in the file marked “too late, not enough”? Press play below on our latest episode to find out!

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