The X Factor Recap: Rickrolling in the Deep

paige thomas x factorWe interrupt your regularly scheduled recap with a warning to the quintet of lovely brunettes who make up The X Factor Season 2 girl group Fifth Harmony: Do not stand too close to Khloé Kardashian Odom. She can sense your youth. She is beginning to feed off your effervescence. She has been instructed to assimilate you into the Kardashian collective.

With that housekeeping detail out of the way, we can now focus on the important business of Top 8 performance night: A world premiere “video” from “will.i.ann” (hey, that’s what Mario Lopez called him!) and a robot rendering of Britney Spears 2.0 (airbrushed into submission, and equipped with ice-cold British accent) performing a “song” called “Scream and Shout.” (Now we know what producers use to activate the audiencebots to incessantly shriek for the duration of the telecast.) The fact that this series of blips and bleeps and found voice-mail messages from the “Toxic” singer will probably move more units than the collected singles of Fantasia Barrino, Juliet Simms, and Josh Krajcik combined should be filed under the Don McLean approved heading “The Day the Music Died,” and is probably enough to make you want to hide in a cave and listen only to the sound of dripping stalactities.

But fret not! The X Factor has eight acts left who are vying to make new music — or something like it — while collecting a $5 million payday. And a few of ‘em aren’t half bad, at least when their mentors aren’t getting in the way!

Let’s dole out grades for the Top 8 performances…

Diamond White: Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)” | If X Factor has taught us anything the last few weeks, it’s that sometimes you get more votes for a God-awful vocal than for one that’s kinda sorta okay. That might be a problem for Diamond, who showed off a sweet upper register on the acoustic, slowed-down intro, but occasionally struggled with pitch once she rose to her feet and started “having fun” while being wheeled around on a weird rolling platform. It didn’t help that the kid had to perform against an aggressively lit backdrop that was reminiscent of nuclear bubble tea or that her backup dancers were clad in hideous combinations of tuxedo shirts, shorts and neon bowties. (How come the show’s wardrobe department hates fashion so much?) And while Britney* had the right idea that it was time for Diamond to go uptempo, why for the love of all that’s holy did she stick her with a Whitney Houston ditty that’s been repeatedly attempted — without ever once resulting in anything resembling a memorable moment — on a variety of reality singing competitions? Combined with the Leadoff Spot of Doom, Diamond will be lucky if she gets to sing for her life come Thursday. (Okay, if we’re keeping it real, some associate producer who’s been assigned to the “Teens” category) Grade: B-

Vino Alan: The Righteous Brothers’ “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’” | And the “Lyric145 Last Minute Song-Change/Sabotage Prize” goes to… one of the two remaining members of the undesirable “Over 25s” caste. (L.A.: “Stop acknowledging that people over 25 are allowed to live! Except for me!”) Yep, since L.A. didn’t get any goosebumps during Vino’s rehearsal of “If You Don’t Know Me By Now,” he determined it was time to switch to another classic R&B ballad that wouldn’t work, either. Mind you, Vino’s sudden downward momentum wasn’t solely the fault of his mentor: The tattooed dude delivered “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’” with a dearth of enthusiasm and an excess of vibrato, skulking around the stage with a slumped posture that only accentuated the wretched fit of his boxy sportscoat. And holy hell, that reggae-infused breakdown had me praying Mario and Khloe to return to their marks and spout something inane like “Tonight was fun!” “Tonight was so much fun: It was a blast!” That said, it’d be a shame if Vino’s X Factor dreams are “gone, gone, gone” come Thursday night: Lest we forget, he hasn’t had a major misfire since that Nickleback catastrophe from Top 20 week. Shouldn’t consistency count some? Grade: C

Paige Thomas: Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up” | Wait just a second…when did I start rooting for Paige Freakin’ Thomas to make it to Top 6 week…or perhaps even further? Oh, wait, I remember: When she put one hand up (can you repeat that?) and essentially told Demi Lovato, “This week, we’re doing it my way.” Granted, if I were in Demi’s shoes, I’d have been reluctant to let Paige take the reins after she started tossing around phrases like “a signature performance” and “stripped back just isn’t gonna cut it for me.” But lo and behold, the gorgeous single mom’s reimagining of “Never Gonna Give You Up” as a sultry, midtempo jam turned out to be the first time she actually began to live up to the “potential pop star” title that’s been bandied about by the judges since her first audition. I could’ve lived without the “iron fence under a street light” vignette, and to be fair, there were definitely some moments where Paige’s pitch was as unsteady as Khloe’s teleprompter readings. But at least she got creative with the arrangement and took command of the stage — while being diplomatic enough to share credit with her mentor, who was under heavy (often uncomfortable) siege all night by Simon. Grade: A-

Fifth Harmony: Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” | In theory, I adore Fifth Harmony, because as someone who still grooves out to En Vogue, SWV, Destiny’s Child, and Jade — yes, I said Jade — I long for a new wave of relevant girl groups. And individually, these five young women have some serious pipes on ‘em: Lauren’s solos on the verse were borderline breathtaking, and Dinah Jane’s ad-libs, while not quite as precise, have an early Mary J. Blige quality about ‘em. Alas, though, I had to agree with L.A. and Demi that five weeks into the live performance rounds, the ladies are so content with simply singing the melody in unison, that they might require yet another name change to avoid a lawsuit for fraudulent use of the word “harmony.” And while it was great to see ‘em tackle a righteous uptempo number, I couldn’t understand why Simon was content to just let the gals stand on a raised platform while backed by gigantic backdrops of their faces superimposed over a raging fire. (Fifth Harmony…brought to you by Duraflame!) I guess I should just be happy they weren’t singing “Girl on Fire,” rendering the scene unbearably literal. Grade: B-

Carly Rose Sonenclar: Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” | Is 13-year-old Carly Rose waaaayyy too young and innocent to convincingly deliver a lyric like “the scars of your love, they leave me breathless”? Of course she is! Does that mean that, from a purely vocal standpoint, the scars of her notes don’t leave me breathless? Absolutely not! Whether rolling in the stripped-down opening verse and chorus, or amping up the vocal fireworks on the final refrain, Carly Rose was able to make subtle tweaks to Adele’s ubiquitous melody while never being anything less than pitch perfect. And yet when Simon told her she’d have to be disqualified from Season 2 for being an alien, a little kernel of truth lingered in the aftermath of his joke. Until she’s old enough to have experienced love, or at least deep like, and certainly love lost, Carly Rose won’t ever be able to offer more than a facsimile of emotions behind a song as stirring and emotionally potent as “Rolling in the Deep.” That doesn’t mean she might not make a worthy Season 2 champ. But if Simon is serious about her becoming the show’s first multiplatinum graduate, Carly Rose needs to be paired with age-appropriate material that allows us to bask in her voice — without nagging questions about her emotional intent. Grade: A-

Tate Stevens: Keith Urban’s “Somebody Like You” | I could’ve lived without L.A.’s excruciating exclamation that Tate needed to “HAVE FUN!” — what could be less fun, really, than L.A. Reid trying to influence your emotional state? — but his mentoring noggin was in the right place. You see, if Tate wants to succeed as one of the real ‘ole boys of country music — and not return to laying asphalt (a job I doubt he’d be able to get back after trash-talking it for the last month on national television) — then he has to be more than an interpreter of serious/sad/lovey-dovey ballads. “Somebody Like You” was the perfect opportunity for Tate to grab his guitar, put on his v-neck t-shirt, and offer a lighthearted treat to the future fans who’ll sing along and have a couple of $10 beers during intermission when (if?) (okay, probably when) he makes it to the big show. He barely missed a note in the process, and while it wasn’t exactly memorable, dude did serve notice to Blondie from Emblem3 that he’s not the only set of biceps in the competition. Grade: B

CeCe Frey: LaBelle’s “Lady Marmalade” | “Focus, focus, focus on your pitch,” said Demi, to the girl who “wants this more than anybody in the competition.” But that’d be like my mom telling me to focus, focus, focus on imagining this week’s winning Powerball numbers because I want 100 ponies more than anybody in the competition of life. It’s a nice idea, but it’s not in any way a realistic one. CeCe’s vocal on “Lady Marmalade” was a major upgrade from last week’s Bette Midler catastrophe, in much the same way an expired jar of Prego would be an upgrade from a fetid tomato at the back of your vegetable drawer. She hit groupings of notes in the opening verse, but as the production devolved into “Madonna’s MTV Awards rendition of ‘Vogue’: Now with upsetting upskirt shots and a fast-forward option,” CeCe’s voice began to fall to the stage like so many pieces of confetti. As Simon pointed out, the gal is a classic trier. And it’s hard not to root for a classic trier. I just wish CeCe was trying to be on Big Brother or Survivor or even Project Face-Paint, because honestly, I’d rather be rooting for her on one of those shows and listening to Beatrice Miller here. Grade: C- (for vocals)/A- (for insane spectacle that amused me plenty)

Before I get to the final act of the night, let’s embed a quick video showing how “Lady Marmalade” really ought to be sung:

Rated A…for Amen!

Emblem3: The Monkees’ “I’m a Believer” | This week’s X Factor life lesson: People will run toward anything surrounded by a camera crew. Too mean? Okay, yeah, but please Simon, don’t try to convince me that 85 percent of women under 25 (L.A. and most of Los Angeles, for that matter: “Because life ends after 25.”) who happen to be hanging out at an urban shopping center actually recognize the members of your bro-rific boy band and care enough to mob them for autographs. Then again, that’s more believable than L.A. saying he’d sign Emblem3 after their listless, nasally rendition of a song that the Monkees made much, much cooler. (Side note to the Emblem3 lead singer: Nothing good can happen while wearing horizontally striped pants anyhow.) To be fair, at least these kids always look like they’re having a blast — and they’re not quite as obnoxious as they were a month ago (no small accomplishment considering Blondie took his critiques while stripping down to a tank top and flexing his biceps) — but Demi and Britney hit it on the head that the song choice was all wrong. Knowing the guys write their own music and play instruments, it’s baffling that Simon persists in forcing them to play the role of pre-fab pop pinups. Then again, what does it matter? As Demi noted, “people are gonna vote for you ’cause you’re good looking and young.” L.A. can already hear the ka-ching. Grade: C

Should be Bottom 3: CeCe, Vino, Emblem3

Will be Bottom 3: Diamond, Vino, Fifth Harmony

And with that, let me turn things over to you:

Who were your favorites from The X Factor‘s Top 8 performance telecast? Who’s most likely to get booted come Thursday night? Hit the comments with your thoughts!

Comments (175)

  • Don’t ever give Carly and Paige the same grade again…EVER

    Comment by lstar19 – November 28, 2012 07:38 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • seconded! LOL/

      Comment by Ashley – November 28, 2012 07:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Exactly. Don’t do that again. And don’t ever put Vino in the will be bottom ever again. You should have kept Cece in the will be bottom.

        Comment by yup – November 28, 2012 11:50 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Seriously Michael, how could you put Cece in the should be spot but then not include her as going home? Instead of Vino it should be Cece in your will be bottom 3 spot.

          Comment by boo – November 29, 2012 12:04 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • You guys, Michael put CeCe in the “Should be Bottom 3″ because he FEELS she needs to go home. But he thinks America will still keep her in – thus not in his “Will be Bottom 3″

            Comment by Vicki – November 29, 2012 08:46 AM PDT  
        • I think CeCe is going to get a surge of sympathy votes from Simon telling her to pack her bags. Therefore even though I think she *should* be bottom three, I don’t think she *will* be.

          Comment by Michael Slezak – November 29, 2012 11:46 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • aaaaamen

      Comment by Brandon – November 28, 2012 09:40 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Diamond White: Whitney | -1
      Paige Thomas: Rick Roll | +1
      Carly Rose Sonenclar: Adele | -2
      CeCe Frey:| +2 finally some attitude back

      Comment by rr – November 28, 2012 11:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Why not? I certainly enjoyed Paige’s performance a heck of a lot more than Carly’s this week…

      Comment by kcostell – November 29, 2012 09:44 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • This, Basically.

      Comment by Phill – November 29, 2012 04:04 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I have to concur, that did seem nuts to me.

        Comment by HitTheGroundRunningWonderlandHaleyOhMy – November 29, 2012 06:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • to be honest, i think Carlys rendition, though good in vocals was kind of boring, i really enjoyed paiges performance, it was soft, smooth, entertaining and different!

      its not saying that they are exactly the same…but they both had something great to offer…i really dont see a problem with that

      Comment by Polly Lee (@MissAKApolly) – December 5, 2012 10:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • My favorite was Carly Rose but I think Paige and Diamond were good too. And please let this be the week that CeCe goes home! Her vocals were bad yet again and I will be upset if someone who is good goes home instead of her.

    Comment by Kerry – November 28, 2012 07:38 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Unreal. They have 7 contestants sing. Then they have a video promoting Brittany’s new song. Then they put Sanjaya3 in the pimp spot. Those girls “chasing” them looked staged.

    Another thing that I’m less than thrilled about is the constant pity party factor they keep putting on this show. I feel terrible for Ally’s grandpa, but it seems like XFactor is exploiting her for pity votes.

    For what it’s worth, I liked Tate the most. He comes out w/ no BS & just sings. I’m not a country fan, but I thought he was the best one.

    Carly did ok on Rolling in the Deep, but Haley did it quite a bit better a couple of seasons ago on American Idol.

    CeCe had some spunk. I didn’t think it was the greatest performance, but by her standards it was better than what she’d been doing.

    Vino had an off night. He didn’t sing very well. Also, can’t LA teach the guy to pick one hand to hold the microphone in? Ya’d think a mega producer would catch something so simple after all this time.

    I think Diamond & Paige are the 2 who’ll head home

    Comment by Danny – November 28, 2012 07:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Meant to add- I think Diamond goes home because she sang first, not because she deserves too.

      Comment by Danny – November 28, 2012 07:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Agreed on Tate. I’m no country fan but he is the only one I feel is worth cheering for AND getting excited about AND truly marketable all in one.

      Comment by Rose – November 28, 2012 07:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yeah I agree, Haley Reinhart performed the best version of that song, its hard to forget!

      Comment by Sam – November 28, 2012 07:56 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • agree about haley reinhart, she’s one of the best contestants that has shown growth throughout her season. The BEST of any talent show.

        Comment by kevin – November 28, 2012 08:57 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Agreed! I really miss seeing her on my TV screen every week. :(
          I bought Haley’s debut album, “Listen Up!”, and I effing love it!!!

          Comment by Terry – November 29, 2012 09:52 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • It’s a crime that she didn’t get more push for her singles and that they only release ONE single from that album, that has so many potential choices compared to most albums?, (and they picked like the only one she didn’t have any part in writing) and six months, come on, how can you not go at least a year and drop a few singles? What, did Nigel or Randy buy out 19/Inter?

            At least some real musicians like Irvin Mayfield and Slash and so on have given her huge, huge invites, the likes of which are crazy rare for a new, unknown singer to get. (check out the youtube video when she sang down in the NO club with him, where she caught his attention; some other youtube gems have popped up too).

            And still has that awesome, light-hearted, wacky humor. Like one interviewer is asking her who she thinks her voice/style is most modeled after (or something like that) and the interviewer tosses out some big names and then Haley considers the names and internally thinks about other names it seems and she is like hmmmmmmmm…. a frog?? haha

            Comment by HitTheGroundRunningWonderlandHaleyOhMy – November 29, 2012 11:45 AM PDT  
    • I agree about Haley but I liked Carly’s arrangement because it was more interesting and Haley was at the time 7 years older than Carly.

      Comment by Idolheaded – November 29, 2012 03:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Carly’s arrangement was exactly the same as Adele’s. So was Haley’s. Haley’s voice is a million times more interesting than Carly’s, and her rendition was far more heartfelt. Haley wins for me by a mile.

        Comment by Natasha – November 29, 2012 04:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • I’m suspicious about whether you even saw Carly’s performance. Maybe you just don’t remember Haley’s. They’re right there on Youtube if you need a refresher. Haley did Adele’s version. Carly did a slower, softer version. The first half’s arrangement was very different from Adele’s, and in the second half Carly riffed differently from Adele (as did Haley, but a different “different” riff). Haley didn’t say anything to cover up the language, just an extra long note. Carly said “stuff.” Haley growled and powered through hers. Carly doesn’t have rasp in her tone. Both were good, and no way were they remotely alike.

          Comment by scooby – November 29, 2012 06:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • Gotta agree with you. I’m a big Haley fan and a big Carly fan. I’m not going to over think it….just want to enjoy listening to both and appreciate what each brings to this song.

            Comment by marshcode – November 30, 2012 07:39 PM PDT  
  • Paige an A-? Go listen again. Out of breath and pitchy.

    Comment by Marianne Harms ♫ (@are_youin) – November 28, 2012 07:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I like Carly Rose but her vocal was a little too overdone in this performance. Collectively, I think there are better contestants left on The Voice than there are on X Factor.

    Comment by Gigi – November 28, 2012 07:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I completely agree. The Voice has a very good group of contestants this year. X factor is more about the spectacle. It is just very loud.

      Comment by teatime – November 28, 2012 07:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • You’re right… The Voice had a PHENOMENAL top 10… its so hard to decide who may go home each week cuz of that. But on X Factor its obvious who should go but she still somehow manages to stay WEEK after WEEK!

      Comment by Sam – November 28, 2012 07:57 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • to Gigi- I’d agree. I’d think whoever wins the X Factor would be lucky to make the top 6 on the Voice. I also think there’s better judges on the Voice. As big as the gap is between contestants, the gap in judges is even bigger.

      Rating the judges-
      1) Blake
      2) Adam
      3) CeLo
      (big gap)
      4) Christina

      5) Brittany -not saying she’s good by any means, just that she’s not the trainwreck I thought she’d be- keeps her comments short and simple.
      6/7 tie LA & Demi- LA’s a tool of Simon. Demi at least tries, but she’s outclassed.
      8) Simon- Complete liar. Bully. Pulls the “I’m the boss” card to much. Doesn’t want a fair fight, always has to have the deck stacked in his favor. Interrupts.

      Comment by Danny – November 28, 2012 10:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I know, Simon should just judge alone since he always thinks his opinion matters most anyway

        Comment by Sam – November 28, 2012 11:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • I’ve always enjoyed Simon as a judge, but now that he has a team to back, he is isn’t nearly as spot on with his critiques. He should just be a judge next year if this show somehow is renewed.

          Comment by Sam – November 29, 2012 05:01 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • There’s no way in hell that Carly wouldn’t be in the final of The Voice (if she were able, given her age). I think X Factor is a whole lot of annoying spectacle as well, but when you strip everything down, Diamond, Tate and Carly are just as talented as most contestants still on The Voice this season, and Carly is just as if not more talented than all of them. She’s 13 and far easier to dismiss because of it, but if she were on The Voice, competing every week next to the current contestants, and not shaded by the audience scream-bots, terrible hosts and lame judges, it would be clearer to see that she stacks up very well. She and the others just happen to be on the show where the format is more annoying and, therefore, easier to make fun of.

        Carly isn’t even my favorite on the show (that would probably be Tate, although I’m not really a country fan), but I recognize mega talent when I see it.

        Comment by Lisa – November 29, 2012 06:56 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • The reason Carly wasn’t on the Voice is that all the judges would be on disability now resulting from whiplash when Carly sang in the blind auditions.

          Comment by Idolheaded – November 29, 2012 03:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Hahahahahaha ya right everyone on the voice is horrible and pitchy!

      Comment by austin – November 29, 2012 08:42 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Diamond had dancers. And she sang first. And the song and performance was a snoozer until the last several second. She’s probably going home. Or at least singing for her save.
    Vino went second and had an uninspired performance. I can’t believe he can drop from 3rd to 7th. But he might drop a couple notches this week. That is a sad state of affairs because he is one of the only potentially interesting performers left in this. That was not a moment. I want a moment from him like the Pink song at the judge’s house.
    Paige delivered her best performance ever. By a mile. Too bad they pointlessly sent a bunch of dancers out on stage with her. She still could end up in the top 4 (or 3).
    Fifth Harmony rocked it! I am glad they had Jennifer Connelly sing most of the song this week. Toward the end the music got too loud. The images of them on the screens was cheesy too. But I really enjoyed that. I am so glad they did something up tempo.
    Carly was really good this week. My favorite from her since her audition.
    Tate. I was not voting for him anyway. But I have to say it is not a good thing for him to indicate if he does not win he is going back to working construction. I would rather support an artist like Lyric who is a working artist and appreciates how the show has helped her career even if she went out early in the live rounds.
    CeCe sang toward the end of the show again. Why? She has never deserved that support from the show. Yet they have put her near the end several times. But they still put a bunch of dancers on stage with her. So she will be in the bottom again. I wonder if the judges will save her again this week.
    Emblem 3 at the end again? Why? That was a train wreck. They should sing Mmmmmmmm Bob one of these weeks. That would be funny.
    The Producers really messed up this episode by putting Tate, Cece, and Emblem 3 at the end. Carly, Fifth Harmony, and Paige were the best of the night by far.

    Comment by teatime – November 28, 2012 07:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • @teatime wrote: Tate. I was not voting for him anyway. But I have to say it is not a good thing for him to indicate if he does not win he is going back to working construction. I would rather support an artist like Lyric who is a working artist and appreciates how the show has helped her career even if she went out early in the live rounds.
      Easy to do when your a young artist without an entire family relying on you. Hard to do when your a middle aged adult with a wife and kids to support. Get real.

      Comment by Will – November 29, 2012 05:26 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • You took the words right out of my mouth, Will!

        Comment by carly – November 29, 2012 07:14 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Exactly, Will. He’s being realistic. He has a family to support and knows this is probably his last chance. If he doesn’t win or get offered a recoring contract, he has to get back to making money so he can feed his family and keep a roof over their heads. I am sure he appreciates this opportunity as much as any other contestant.

        Comment by CAM – November 29, 2012 08:02 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Tate talks like either he makes $5 million or he is done with this industry. He has been singing TV for weeks now. He has been at the top of the voting for the 3 weeks they have told us the tallies. But still he comments that either he wins or he goes back to his day job. Does he not even know that non-winners often get record deals off these shows? Doesn’t he now have fans and name recognition that would allow him to get singing gigs? I hope this is just the Producers pushing the ‘anyone can win’ story arc. It makes it sound like he will only do this if it is handed to him.

        Comment by teatime – November 29, 2012 05:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Still, it is a LOT tougher business than you think and he does have a family. That said he is country and they seem to have a WAY easier time making it work than those from any other genre, especially coming off these shows. But if he still doesn’t end up with a relatively quick contract from someone, if he doesn’t win, I have to think it would be a tough, tricky go, can’t move himself into a little shoebox alone with how his life is now.

          Comment by HitTheGroundRunningWonderlandHaleyOhMy – November 29, 2012 06:09 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I just can’t with any more covers of Rolling In The Deep. Of all the Adele songs. These shows need to give another one a chance.

    Comment by YowzaPowza – November 28, 2012 07:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • That is how I feel when they cover Whitney.

      Comment by teatime – November 28, 2012 07:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Ditto about the Whitney songs. Every time I hear what song Diamond is going to sing I just sigh and roll my eyes. (And then hit fast forward until she’s done)

        Comment by Dayrah – December 2, 2012 12:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I expect Vino to be towards the bottom tomorrow. Finally. Never understood his appeal–he is scary looking and his voice and overall stage presence isn’t very enjoyable at all. In my PERSONAL opinion.

    Comment by Carla – November 28, 2012 07:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Vino’s scary side got some camera time tonight. I expect him to be low in the standings as well.

      Comment by CrystalFan – November 28, 2012 09:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Was it just my Fox channel that totally cut off Vino’s video intro? All that stuff described above about the song change–didn’t see any of it. Commercial cut back to Vino starting his song.

      Comment by soundscene – November 29, 2012 07:00 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • It showed on my Fox station. Vino was singing “If You Don’t Know Me By Now,” and L.A. said something like “Not one goosebump.” Then they showed them discussing other possible song choices and Vino talking to the vocal coach, I think, and little rehearsal clips. You didn’t miss much.

        Comment by dj – November 29, 2012 07:13 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • I was watching the X Factor in Canada last night, and after Diamond performed, there was a commercial break, followed by Vino’s video intro, followed by another commercial break, and then Vino’s performance. It was a really weird way to structure the performances, but mostly it just made me really impatient viewing just two performances in half an hour!

          Comment by DominoViolin – November 29, 2012 11:50 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I was waiting for Paige to go home tomorrow, but WOW. Shows what an impact a mentor can have…

    Watching Carly Rose is uncomfortable for me. Yes, she is one of the best voices I have ever heard… but she is SO artificial. It doesn’t help that she’s a plant.

    Still adore Vino even though he had a rough night, loved what Tate did. CeCe is gorgeous and going out with a bang, Diamond looked like she was having fun, Fifth Harmony was lovely but a little boring, and Emblem3… well, it’s a love/hate relationship, but you can’t say their performaces lack energy.

    Comment by Rose – November 28, 2012 07:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • The whole argument about “plants” just doesn’t seem to matter to me. So they’re good and the producers wanted them on the show? And? She’s 13–it’s not like she had some previous booming career. Heck, the contestants on The Voice are all plants. They’re the folks the producers think would make for a good show. If “plant” means “they were so good that they got to perform other places before they went on The X Factor” then I say that’s a good thing.

      Besides, regardless of the way Carly acted or performed, some people would call her “fake” simply because she’s 13 and they don’t understand how a 13 can sing like that. If you think Carly acts fake then you have to lob the same insult at Diamond. They both emote on stage and are 13. They both need to sing songs that some will consider “too old” for them because songs that are “just right” for 13 will not get them votes on these reality competition shows. Really, they’re no more fake than when any contestant gets out on stage and tries to put on a show singing a song they didn’t write.

      I do agree that Paige did very well this week. Demi has been a terrible mentor (and judge), and if this show gets picked up for next year, I think she needs to go.

      Comment by soundscene – November 29, 2012 07:09 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • And it’s hard to find songs that aren’t “too old” for them that the audience will relate to and vote for!

        Comment by CAM – November 29, 2012 08:04 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • It’s not really that I have a problem with “plants” so much as I have a problem with Carly as a plant. They went for technically perfect at the expense of any “x factor” whatsoever. I have no problem with 13 year olds on the show– but Diamond and Beatrice have far more personality and actually act their age. Carly has been in the biz a long time and has been groomed for it. Her maturity impresses me, but I fear it was at the expense of her ability to be a kid and develop her own self. I guess what I’m saying is, the elusive “X Factor” is largely about personality and can’t be developed; she’s technically perfect but doesn’t have the “x factor.”

        Agreed that Demi needs to go. I wish her all the best, but she doesn’t have the maturity. I also think it was a mistake giving her the young adults instead of the teens. You can see the tension between her and her contestants, and she just acts petty towards many of the others.

        Comment by Rose – November 29, 2012 11:21 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Fifth Harmony . . . I wish they’d get back to songs like “A Thousand Years.” That performance was amazing.

      Comment by Aria – November 29, 2012 05:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Got to agree with you on that. That was a really good arrangement and they really nailed it.

        Comment by marshcode – November 30, 2012 07:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • DIamond White: Okay vocals, another old song. Need some pop relevance here!
    Vino Alan: I’ve never been a huge fan of his voice, but he sang this fine. It just wasn’t anything close to a showstopping performance. He needs to pick a more current, relevant song.
    Paige Thomas: Really awesome! Her best performance yet.
    Fifth Harmony: I love them, but I actually agree with LA that I wish they’d taken better advantage of their five voices to harmonize more. I fear they will be going home tomorrow
    Carly Rose: Another big-voiced ballad- not my favorite performance from her. She is easily the best singer in this competition, but I’m still failing to see pop relevance thus far, only going the route of appealing to an older demographic. I hope she picks something more current to show she can make it.
    Tate Stevens: A little pitchy at the beginning, but thoroughly entertaining, and a new side to him we haven’t really seen much of.
    Cece Frey: Everyone hated her, but I actually thought this was a pretty strong vocal performance, far better than anything else she’s done, and the production was pretty great too. Is she safe? Probably not – at the very least a trip to the Bottom Three.
    Emblem3: I look forward to the groups more than anyone else – they make this show truly different. This wasn’t my favorite Emblem3 performance, mostly due to the song choice, but it was good enough that I don’t think they’ll be at risk tomorrow.

    Comment by Aria – November 28, 2012 07:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I’m predicting a Bottom Three of Fifth Harmony, Diamond White, and Cece Frey, with Diamond White likely surviving of the three.

      Comment by Aria – November 28, 2012 07:47 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • They all need to pick current songs. Whoever is giving these contestants their songs suck. Diamond has a beautiful voice, but how many Whitney songs is she going to sing. Same with Carly – she needs to sing a age appropriate current song, I am afraid she will be booted because everyone is bored with her. As much as I hate to say it I thought Paige did well this week, the only thing is I wish she would stop trying to be Rhinanna. My bottom three would be CeCe, Vino, and Emblem 3 unfortunately I think it will be Diamond or Paige instead of Emblem 3.

      Comment by Mary – November 29, 2012 11:42 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Carly and Diamond do not get to pick their songs.

        Comment by Idolheaded – November 29, 2012 03:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • None of them do. Lyric 145 was supposed to sing R-E-S-P-E-C-T with original rap lyrics, and even though it was cleared, Simon and the producers forced them to sing the terrible Katy Perry / Queen mashup they did. Jennel complained about the same kind of thing. The producers control everyone, and it sucks.

          Comment by Aria – November 29, 2012 04:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Do you really think Vino will be in the Bottom Three? He absolutely deserves it, but he’s been so rock solid that I don’t see it happening.

        Comment by Aria – November 29, 2012 04:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • It happened.

          Comment by HitTheGroundRunningWonderlandHaleyOhMy – November 29, 2012 06:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • That it did. LOL.

            Comment by Aria – December 1, 2012 07:56 PM PDT  
  • At first I thought it was just the judges hyping…but then Slezak…then I read some of the others here who agreed with him. A-? Wh–…huh…I…er…huh..? If I was at all masochistic I would go back and watch the performance again to assure myself but I would rather them kill my cat then go through that again. It was one of Paige’s worst!! It was a little less pitchy than others, but her lack of vocal support and breath control made the entire endeavor embarrassing and painful. And the staging! The staging!! I thought CeCe’s mess was way better than Paige’s! Am I insane? Have I entered an alternate universe? Is it the world that’s gone mad? Help…..

    Comment by Owen – November 28, 2012 07:55 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I couldn’t even get past the middle of Paige’s performance before I hit the fast forward because it was so utterly boring. After reading all of these reviews I feel like I should go back and watch it all…. No, don’t think so.

      Comment by Sam – November 28, 2012 08:04 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • To be fair, its a Paige-A, different from a regular A.

      She is the girl that two weeks ago had her skirt flying off and a pair of period panties flapping in the wind machine. She gets graded on a curve. She’s been hobbled as a contestant ever since Demi chopped her hair of and strapped that chrome sea urchin helmet on her.

      Girl has had to work thorough some sheeeeeit to make it this far. Its fair to give her an A this week, especially since her uplift will push Creepo Vino “Singer for the Troops” A-Lawn out back onto the streets and into the welcome waiting room of yet another regrettable tattoo parlor.

      Comment by Rocqu – November 28, 2012 08:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • It was half good, half my ears were bleeding. It was her best performance yet, but not A- worthy. I’d say like a B…

      Comment by kavyn – November 28, 2012 08:32 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • For Paige, this was a good performance because:
      (1) her vocals were better
      (2) I could imagine that number in a concert (maybe not a concert I would attend because that type of music isn’t my thing, but I could see it in a professional concert environment)

      Cece’s vocals were better, too, but since Paige is a better singer overall, Paige’s performance worked more for me. Cece has a very small range where she can hit the notes consistently, and this week the song was in that range nearly the entire time. When Lady Marmalade called for low notes, Cece went high because Cece has no lower range. It was a good move vocally because it meant she wasn’t hitting sour low notes, but one that made the overall performance fall flat because it rendered the song somewhat monotone. Paige has a better range and so didn’t have to modify her song in that way, making the performance more dynamic.

      Paige isn’t the best singer, obviously, but she was doing a stylized performance. The notes weren’t supposed to be big and booming.

      Comment by soundscene – November 29, 2012 07:15 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Its really unpleasant to watch Simon hang over Demi and play Little Lord Fauntleroy while she critques. He is just so grating and thin skinned. He stopped appearing as sage music industry kingmaker so long ago. Now he argues with a psychologically fragile young adult and taunts her because he is a little prince.

    He really needs to be seated somewhere away from the rest of the panel. The way he always has to have his hands on Demi’s chair is really telling that is psyche warps itself to subsume those around him.

    I dont want to watch this crap anymore. Just give the $5m to the talented girl that needs it the least, you know, the one on sabbatical from starring on broadway to be discovered by SycoTv and its cadre of creeps. You know, the contestant that had two legal teams sign off on her participation. The girl that is still under contract to a talent agency on the east coast.

    I wish Carly Rose well, but i do not want to see another sweet child get ground up by fame, especially when the poster girl for burnout is sitting 30 ft away, tranq’ed out on the judges table while we all pretend her lazy turn in a music video is a better use of her time than working to regain the shared legal custody of her children that she hasnt had since 2007.

    What a disgusting mess. And that was even before they added Klumsy Kardashian.

    Comment by Rocqu – November 28, 2012 07:57 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I use to love Simon, but he’s been doing a damn good job at pissing me off too.
      So over his BS

      Comment by Ash – November 28, 2012 07:58 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • +1 I didn’t see much this week, but he was a bit over the top the last couple weeks. Hanging Demi out to dry. And the show has loved schadenfreude as much or more than anything else. Not sure I bought his explanation about sending Beatrice home either (and certainly not LA Reid’s).

      Comment by HitTheGroundRunningHaley(because there is a bus behind you and you know who is driving :) ) – November 28, 2012 08:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I agree that Simon is losing his touch. If he’s just going to lord his past success over Demi’s head in order to assert that his opinion is more relevant than hers, then why hire Demi as a judge? She’s theoretically his equal on that panel, despite his role as producer (this was also why it pissed me off that Simon made Demi vote off Paige in the Jennel-Paige sing-off instead of giving his vote as requested). Simon would never do that to Britney Spears, even though Britney is the most uncomfortable and bubble-headed judge on that show. He can’t do it to L.A. because L.A. would fight back and has some history to his credit. Demi is still young and can’t boast what Simon can, but that doesn’t mean she should be treated like dirt.
      I think Demi has ruined her acts’ chances to win at this point with all of the crazy staging and song choices early on, but she doesn’t deserve to be treated that way. Granted, she can be just as petty at times, but Simon has been more grating lately.

      Comment by Aria – November 28, 2012 08:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Pretty much spot on to all the above posts. The guy’s nothing more than a glorified bully. In past seasons on AI he’s been telling us that Siobhan, Carly, & a whole slew of others weren’t any good. Now in the past 2 years on this show, look at who he’s trying to say is a $5 million talent.

        The one slight disagreement I’d have to all the posts above is LA can’t fight back either. He’s a tool. I’m guessing Simon said something to him before they went to the live shows of “you can rip Lyric145 all you want, but you’d better heap vast amounts of praise on the 3 pretty boys with just a touch of criticism to make it look good or I’ll fire you.”

        LA then replied “yes sir. I’m willing to do anything your highness says.”

        Simon then gave him a pat on the head and said “good boy, I’m glad we understand each other.”

        Simon doesn’t want a challenge, he wants a bunch of yes men (and women). He’s going to pull rank on them if they try & put up a fight. Demi tries, but she’s young & is obviously outclassed at this stage of their lives.

        Say what ya will about Paula, but she’s the only judge who’d say what she thought to him. Yea, her glass was always 99% full, but that’s the way she saw things. She was the only one who was honest on the show (both AI & XFactor). Even then, on X Factor he gave her the ones who had no chance of winning, then fired her after 1 year. Nicole, Randy, Kara, & Ellen were all puppets of the guy. Those are the only types he’d hire.

        To Rocqu, who are ya referring too?

        Comment by Danny – November 28, 2012 10:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Of Paula and Nicole were his puppets then why did he go insane when they voted for the pretty boys and dumped Drew and Rachel (from what I recall). (to be honest I sorta of agree with him in those cases)

          Comment by HitTheGroundRunningWonderlandHaleyOhMy – November 28, 2012 10:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • No- Paula was NOT his puppet. And she got fired. As for what they did to his contestants- eliminating them to help their own team, Simon did the exact same thing this year w/ Janelle. After all that bellyaching last year about judges doing their jobs & such, he goes & does the exact same thing. A complete hypocrite.

            Comment by Danny – November 29, 2012 09:32 AM PDT  
          • Yeah, as I said last week, it does make him seem like rather the hypocrite and he never went insane on LA Reid this week, who clearly admitted this week that he was just playing strategic games last week despite all his talk.

            Comment by HitTheGroundRunningWonderlandHaleyOhMy – November 29, 2012 11:34 AM PDT  
        • Not that I disagree with much of the rest you said.

          Comment by HitTheGroundRunningWonderlandHaleyOhMy – November 28, 2012 10:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Carly is a sweet child, but not half as sweet as Jackie Evancho who has NOT been ground up by fame and has been very successful, beginning when she was 10(!) on America’s Got Talent. Wikipedia her: with the 2010 holiday release of her O Holy Night EP, Evancho became the best-selling debut artist of 2010 (a Christmas album no less!) the youngest top-10 debut artist in U.S. history and the youngest solo artist ever to go platinum. She has several other CD’s and is giving concert tours. Maybe not pop music but she sings like an angel.

      Comment by gregk – November 28, 2012 11:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I’m not sure Carly has been “ground up by fame.” She’s had previous performances and been under some contracts. But she wasn’t “famous” before now. Most people complaining about her now had to read about her previous accomplishments because they had never heard her name before she went on The X Factor. She’s really good. When you’re really good, you get work. It’s entirely possible she wants to perform and she wanted to go on The X Factor. In fact, I wouldn’t be at all surprised if it was Carly who pushed to go on the show rather than parents or lawyers or agents because somebody that talented doesn’t need it. She would probably have a more respectable and longer-lasting career if she stayed on the path she was headed rather than take a weird turn towards the #3 reality competition show on TV.

        Comment by soundscene – November 29, 2012 07:39 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Best critique for this series so far.I agree with it all wholeheartedly.

      Comment by RD – November 29, 2012 07:13 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • True about Carly having an agent. This year they changed the rules so as to get some of those types on the show to actually get better acts. How well has it worked? Good enough for me. They got Carly.

      Comment by Idolheaded – November 29, 2012 03:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This is who I think the top six are going to be (in particular order)
    Carly, Paige (not that she should be), Diamond, Emblem3, Fifth Harmony, and Tate..

    I think CeCe and Vino will be the ones to go home tomorrow night..

    Comment by Maddie Mae – November 28, 2012 07:57 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I hate when contestants cover Adele.
    Sure, Carly Rose hit every note beautifully,
    but when Adele sings it, she sings it with so much emotion, heartbreak and passion.
    Carly Rose simply does not compare on that front.
    I do think she is completely deserving of the A-, though.

    Comment by Ash – November 28, 2012 07:57 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Well, you may think me crazy, but I have be psychically telling LA to have Vino sing “Rolling in the Deep” for the last two weeks. Dude has to cover a contemporary song, and something unexpected and soulful. Carly Rose is too young to have the required soul for that number, though vocally, as always, she was pristine.

      Comment by Owen – November 28, 2012 08:40 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • have “been”, sorry

        Comment by Owen – November 28, 2012 08:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Last week LA Reid says that he is IMPARTIAL. A real judge. And that he simply believes he must save CeCe since she is more promising than Beatrice moving on.

    Today, before her performance, he says: “Unless I’m wrong the CeCe ship has already sailed.” and basically goes on to say there is no point for her to even be here this week! Umm dude then why the heck did you send Beatrice home? It’s all a cold, cold game.

    So much for his ‘honest’ ‘impartial’ voting, what a joke. WHAT A TOOL! Show is a joke.

    Comment by Wow – November 28, 2012 08:00 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Ive come to the conclusion that the Voice top 8 were so much stronger because the mentors there are so much better! And primarily because they are mostly MUSICIANS (except x-Tina) besides being just vocalists or producers. They know far better how to choose songs and arrangements that suit their contestants. The x-factor mentors sometimes seem clueless !!! And if I never see CeCe again, it can’t be soon enough. The only reason she didn’t “sound” as bad tonight was she didn’t have to sing a melody!

    Comment by AtoZ – November 28, 2012 08:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • The Voice is stronger because they dont spend half their time auditioning inappropriate contestants so they can pack their promos with footage of swearing and thrown water bottles. It has nothing to do with mentors or judges. Its the basic foundation of the show. The Voice isnt an open casting call from what I remember, its a selection of people already inside the entertainment industry.
      Dont pile on unnecessary praise onto Cee-Low thank you. You can do better than that.

      Comment by Rocqu – November 28, 2012 08:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • The Voice has open auditions like everyone else. They just don’t put through the crappy singers/crazies to the televised auditions stage for the “entertainment” value like the others do.

        Comment by Grace – November 28, 2012 08:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • So Emblem 3 were recognized on the street by screaming fans. Could the huge camera crew have had anything to do with it?

    Carly Rose sang Adele really well, but should anyone sing this song who has never even gone steady? Still I go back and forth between thinking she is a young Lea Michelle or a young Barbara Streisand. Either way, she has huge potential.

    All Ce Ce had to do to beat last week was to sing in tune. And she did. So I am sending all my votes her way.

    Comment by Tim – November 28, 2012 08:03 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Oh, and one of the guys of Emblem3 was literally flexing his arms when the judges gave their critiques. In a white muscle shirt. Oh puhleeeeeeze….

    Comment by Carla – November 28, 2012 08:04 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I wish America would vote them off – cannot stand them, plus Simon would have a heart attack.
      I must not be the demographics because I honestly do not see the appeal. They are not that cute and the center one giving what seems to me to be a acceptance speech for winning an award.

      Comment by Mary – November 29, 2012 11:54 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Stalactities?

    I thought I was hearing things when Mario said “Will-i-ann.” Guess I wasn’t.

    This show is so strange. Why won’t the producers or whoever it is let the people sing something relevant? Carly came the closest with “Rolling in the Deep,” but that’s been done to death. Why can’t they clear any decent songs? It’s getting so old. Poor Emblem3. You could see them wanting to shout, “It’s not our fault! We don’t want to sing this crap!” I gave them some pity votes.

    Paige was better tonight, but still not good. Carly was good, but the arrangement was a bit weird for me. I’m glad one of the judges finally mentioned Vino’s hunching over on stage. It’s been driving me nuts all season.

    I have already decided not to watch Idol this year because I don’t like the whole judges bullying each other situation, and X-Factor has been excruciating this season. I still like the Voice, although it has issues, too, but it’s certainly way more entertaining than X-Factor. X-Factor is only entertaining in a Honeybooboo sort of way. Such a train wreck that you keep watching in spite of yourself.

    What was that music video. I kept thinking, “Seriously?” Beyond pathetic.

    Comment by dj – November 28, 2012 08:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Oh my god. It just hit me. Yes, the X-Factor is the honey booboo of the signing competition! LOL

      Comment by go go – November 29, 2012 01:48 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Mostly skipped it this week, flipping around I caught most of Diamond White and all of Carly.

    Diamond seemed a bit off at first but really quite good for the end part. However, needing half a song to warm up and get in the zone while fine in general may be problematic on a show where all you have is a single minified song each week. That might make it hard for her to make the top few. I actually sort of pictured her doing that song ever since the audition though, perfect fit.

    Wow I do have to say Carly was pretty awesome tonight. I think she is the only one left that can be really exciting. A shame no Beatrice, Carly, Lyric 145 top three.

    Gotta go fire up Haley’s RITD.

    I may just do it like this week, skip the show for the most part but try to catch her if I can (now that Beatrice is gone and they have made the show jump the shark one to many times after last week). Hard to believe LA Reid still had to mute his praise and after his Beatrice dumping last week I am more than through with the dude.

    Reading the comments and run down it sounds like I didn’t miss much.

    Comment by HitTheGroundRunningForABusIsAComingHaley – November 28, 2012 08:32 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The staged, pre-planned “mob” that gathered around Emblem 3 really made me roll my eyes. We are supposed to believe that fans just started recognizing them and gathered around them while having no knowledge that they were going to be there? Can you tell me when and how the girls were able to make the big Emblem 3 sign on hot pink posterboard? I guess they just happen to walk around with an Emblem 3 poster in case they run into them. Okey-dokey then.

    Comment by Blinged Up – November 28, 2012 08:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Cece, Vino, Paige, and Diamond are in trouble. I think Fifth Harmony will squeak by for sympathy alone, but I also think that they deserve it.

    Comment by Damien Roberts (@dam744) – November 28, 2012 08:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I am just going to say it, I give up on x factor season 2. There are no good acts, the only decent one is carly rose who is too young to be singing mature songs, as she can’t deliver the emotions required. The rest is all blah. can’t wait for idol. VERY sick of the judges fighting and picking on each other.

    Comment by kevin – November 28, 2012 09:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • After 3 awful seasons and terrible winners and crappy new judges, Idol is over for me.

      Comment by jaxguy – November 28, 2012 09:07 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Me too, but I will watch Michael and Melinda talk about Idol. They are more fun than the actual show, anyway.

        Comment by dj – November 28, 2012 09:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • In all fairness the judges might surprise you. I don’t think they can be any worse then these judges. The last two winners were not my cup of tea but they have done really well, better than any of the winners on this show or the voice. I am not ready just yet to give up on Idol I still feel they are the cream of the crop as far as singing competitions.

        Comment by Mary – November 29, 2012 12:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Wow America just got Rick Rolled!!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by Rick roll – November 28, 2012 09:03 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • hah

      Comment by HitTheGroundRunningForABusIsAComingHaley – November 28, 2012 09:16 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • lol. That might be why I liked Paige’s performance so much this week.

      Comment by teatime – November 28, 2012 09:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • CeCe was not good. I like her believe it or not, but the chorus was terrible. Will more than likely go home.
    I so dislike Emblem 3 it’s hard to put into words. But they iced it for me when the crotch grabber took off his jacket. It was pandering to the girls. I would NEVER buy anything by them.
    Vino. Stand up and stop hunching over. It’s scary. As if the tattoos aren’t enough. I hate the hip hop mannerisms they ruin it for me. I love the song. It’s a classic and I didn’t think he was too bad, but it’s getting harder by the week to watch him.
    Paige. Good performance but I think the judges and even you Michael overrated her because it was so much better than the last few weeks, It was just average for me.
    Diamond. Parts were really good; parts were not. She has a really good voice but I don’t think she will win it all. She will probably have a career though.
    Tate Stevens. Tate has a perfect country voice, but he proves week in and week out that’s as far as his singing ability goes. I like him much better than Scotty McCreery who could only sing country but it didn’t stop him from beating out way more talented people on AI and the same thing could happen on XFactor. He’ll sail through tomorrow and could be number one, again.
    Fifth Harmony. They will not last much longer and what makes that so depressing is they are great singers. I mean really great. I have loved them every week. If given the right material that showcased their talent, I doubt some hack producer will do that, they could sell a lot of records and I would definitely buy one.
    Carly. Forget her age. Forget that some people think she doesn’t emotionally connect to her material, whatever that means, she is a BRILLIANT singer. 13 or 130 she’s one of those unique singers that come along every once in a while. Complain about Rolling in the Deep. Yes I LOVED Haley’s version on AI, but Carly’s was unique. It was not a note for note cover, but a stylish interpretation. I don’t think she will win. It’s been awhile since the best singer has won one of these shows, but I sure hope she gets a contract. I WILL buy her records. I know a lot of people will disagree but she’s in a different league. Simon even recognizes she’s special.
    Her’s was the nights best. Period.

    Comment by jaxguy – November 28, 2012 09:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yes, you’re right—it was a very stylish and sophisticated interpretation. And, yes, Carly Rose is in a different league.

      Comment by WendyT – November 28, 2012 10:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • As Haley said in her Slezak interview, it would have been an insult to Adele to have changed up such a recent song as RITD too much. For a 13 year old to have done what she did to the song was so wrong.

      Comment by ejones – November 29, 2012 06:32 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I totally disagree with that. I think when a song is that recent, it is far better to change it up because people are more apt to be overly familier with the original. Don’t change it and you could easily get comparisons with the original singer. In this case, Adele. Not good. I stopped watching AI after season 7, and I don’t doubt this wonderous performance by some girl named Haley, but she got lucky that she wasn’t compared poorly to Adele if she sang it completely straight.
        I doubt Adele would be insulted by Carly’s reimagining of the song (or whoever’s reimagining if the arrangement wasn’t totally hers). Most artists generally like it and take it as a compliment when their song gets covered and given a spin. It means the song is worth interpreting.

        Comment by soundscene – November 29, 2012 07:25 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • When Haley sang it the song was still new and climbing the charts. It was already a big hit but it was a current song that not everyone knew yet. It made sense to sing it close to the original arrangement. It made sense for Carly to change it both because it is so over-copied now and because the lyrics really don’t suit her. It probably would have been very karaoke if Carly sang it without a lot of changes.

        Comment by teatime – November 29, 2012 08:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m so ready for CeCe to be off my screen. She can’t sing!! Not sure how she made the live shows. And why did Demi turn her into a blonde?!? She looked much better as a brunette. I’m not sure who else will be in the bottom. It seemed like more acts were off or boring than usual.

    Comment by Ang – November 28, 2012 09:11 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The whole point of this is to attempt to create commercially viable popstars. And that is the real irony here. Despite the fact that Carly-Rose will win because she was planted on the show by X Factor producers and preordained to win from the very beginning, there is no market for Carly-Rose. Teens are preteens want something more upbeat then anything Carly’s Adele-clone style of music can offer and adults would not buy her albums either because she is only 13. CeCe is the most commercially viable female in this competition. Stuff like what CeCe and Paige do, with elaborate production values and all the smoke and mirrors, sell. The raw ability to sing does not sell albums. I did not like Diamond White’s performance. She went first and way overdid it vocally. I would actually expect CeCe and Diamond White to go. However, CeCe sings far better then people want to give her credit for. Shes obviously not incredible, but she is also not bad. Her issue is mostly perception related.

    Comment by dumas1000 – November 28, 2012 09:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • My ears would disagree. Last night was better than the others but she has not sang in key since the live shows.

      Comment by Mary – November 29, 2012 12:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • There is also no market for Fifth Harmony. Fifth Harmony should have never made the live shows. I don’t care how well they sing. What is their demographic? What is the niche within the marketplace? Who is going to buy their albums? Nobody. A spice girls reboot/revival is on the top of nobody’s mind. Commercially relavant girl groups are very rare and I’m not sure we have seen one in the last decade.

    Comment by dumas1000 – November 28, 2012 09:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Girl Groups are massive in the UK and have been for the past decade and longer (Girls Aloud, Atomic Kitten, The Saturdays, Little Mix, etc). Simon might think he can do the same for the U.S. And Fifth Harmony might do well in the UK.

      Comment by WendyT – November 28, 2012 10:55 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • What part of Fifth Harmony is a Spice Girls reboot? They obviously have more soulful voices. It’s more like a Destiny’s Child “reboot” and not even that. The five of them will most likely stay together after the competition and pursue a career as a girl group. If they go the RnB/Pop route, they will most likely succeed, especially if they are marketed and promoted correctly. It’s obvious that their demographic will be that of the preteens and teens (meaning 12-18 years of age). As they grow older, you can expand that age group as their loyal fans grow older with them and they gain newer, younger fans (like what Destiny’s Child did). Groups are becoming bigger in this decade, as you can see with popular groups in today’s music industry. Even though there are mainly cute boys in the bands, there is still a chance and a market for girl groups, especially since many of the older, popular ones have retired. You say no one is looking for a new girl group, but I think you’re wrong. No one just hasn’t found or created one that can succeed in the U.S. Fifth Harmony just may be that group; if they are not, then they will surely gain a career outside of the U.S.

      Comment by WW5HD – November 29, 2012 03:44 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Fifth Harmony is the most commercially viable, IMO. Who is like them? No one. They always give a solid performance. They are different than anything else.

    Comment by teatime – November 28, 2012 09:32 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I thought the song didn’t fit them tonight.I was like wth!!

      Comment by Shaun – November 28, 2012 10:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I agree. Carly Rose is great but unmarketable. I can imagine hearing Fifth Harmony doing contemporary songs on the radio and hitting it big.

      Comment by Tim – November 28, 2012 11:56 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Diamond White – so tired of the diva songs each week. Give her something different to play with. She seemed uncomfortable with all of the production, but her vocals were good as usual.

    Vino Alan – I was legitimately scared during his performance. It was incredibly creepy and awkward. He tries way too hard to come across as this tough guy, and it’s very off-putting.

    Paige Thomas – probably her best vocal performance to date. However, her attitude while she was singing did not go with the song. Don’t give this hard vibe when you’re singing a love song. But it was nice to see her start to find her sound.

    Fifth Harmony – so boring. I can’t listen to another song from them. So happy LA finally pointed out that they are not harmonizing. All of them sing the melody and hope no one notices because they’re so upbeat and cute.

    Carly Rose – not her best vocal performance but far and above everyone else. Lose the hat though. I think the stylist were trying to incorporate some of Beatrice’s old wardrobe.

    Tate Stevens – if he’s going to sing a song without changing the arrangement at all, he better sing it perfectly. And he didn’t so it came across as karaoke.

    Cece Frey – her voice is great on the big notes; it’s the notes where she has to exercise control that are the issues. As much as I like her style, she needs to go.

    Emblem3 – they sound the same every single week, and none of the judges have commented on their vocal problems yet. But this week, I was really put off by their attitude during their critique. They kept talking over the judges, and it seems to me they’ve gotten a little cocky.

    Overall, not the best week. I was too focused on the judges to notice the contestants. It’s so uncomfortable to watch Demi and Simon go at it, especially when it turns from playful to serious. It’s obvious that Simon does not think Demi is a good mentor, and I think Paige (and maybe Cece) are starting to agree. At multiple points throughout the show, I had problems with the contestants’ attitudes – Vino during rehearsal, Paige during her mentoring session, Cece after last week, and Emblem3 during judging. They all need to be knocked down a peg.

    Comment by Jordan – November 28, 2012 09:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I agree with most of what you said however I think Simon is so disrespectful to Demi talking over her when she is trying to say something. I give her a learning curve being the first year, but my god Simon talks about a busy stage what did he do with boy band 3. Tell you the truth I give Demi credit because I would of told Simon to F-off by now.

      Comment by Mary – November 29, 2012 12:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Paige really surprised me. If you’d told me she was redoing a Rick Astley song, I’d have cringed, but it really worked. I think CeCe and Vino are going home…Vino’s performance was horrible, and even though I like the guy, he crashed and burned.

    Comment by John – November 28, 2012 09:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m not a huge fan but I thought this was Cece’s best week vocally since the live shows started. I also enjoyed Paige’s version of the Rick Astley song – first week I’ve liked her even remotely!

    Comment by EC – November 28, 2012 10:56 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • If Britney was so intent on having Carly Rose do Adele, I wish she’d played it a little less safe and had her sing “Skyfall.”

    Comment by WendyT – November 28, 2012 10:58 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • The songs tonight were number 1 songs. “Skyfall” didn’t go to number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

      Comment by XF – November 29, 2012 12:34 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I don’t get how people though that Paige was good yet they didn’t like CeCe? Paige was clearly the worst and if she doesn’t go home tomorrow, I’ll be sad. I think that there are too many girls with big vocals currently in the competition. I think Carly and CeCe will stay, but Fifth Harmony and Diamond are in danger. I think Vino could, and should, win, but tonight was really bad. I still voted for him, because it’s hard to do a song in one day. My favorites are CeCe and Vino. Tate is average once again and I think he will last a couple more weeks but I don’t want another Scotty Mcreery to happen. I would also be OK with Carly winning. I like Emblem3, but I don’t want them to win just to make Simon mad.

    Comment by Callum – November 28, 2012 11:07 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Do you grade these contestants on a curve? They almost don’t need to work too hard for a good grade from you, unlike the idol contestants. :)

    I strongly disagree that Paige and Carly deserved the same grade. Is Paige being graded on a curve, while Carly is being graded tough?

    Comment by Johnny – November 28, 2012 11:40 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Vino won’t be in the bottom 3. He may drop a couple, but I would replace him with Paige in the bottom.

    Comment by Callum – November 28, 2012 11:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • X Factor USA Season 2 + American Idol Season 11 MATCH-UP!

    Beatrice — Elise
    CeCe — Hollie
    Vino — Phillip
    Carly — Jessica
    Tate — Skylar
    Arin — Deandre

    …..That’s all I could think of.

    Comment by Callum – November 28, 2012 11:57 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • All those AI contestants are better than the X-Factor ones.
      I would put Carly over Jessica, not because she’s better but just my preference.

      Comment by Joao – November 29, 2012 06:56 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Beatrice and Elise, maybe talent-wise, but Elise has much more experience and control. Hollie is so much better than Cece, it’s an insult to put them on the same line. I went to the American Idols Live concert this summer in San Jose, and Hollie is amazing live. As for the rest of the list, the American Idol contestants were so much better than these people on X-Factor, it’s not even funny. The only weak singer in the top 10 on AI 11 was Heejun, and he made up for it in personality. Carly is really the only singer who measures up.

      Comment by dj – November 29, 2012 06:58 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • …No one else is here and now I’m just spamming.

    Comment by Callum – November 29, 2012 12:15 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I am so freaking pissed off, the stupid football game aka Saints and Falcons will be airing tomorrow instead of X-Factor and Glee!!!! Total disrespect for the fans of the music and performing arts! I HATE football. Anyone from Louisiana or Georgia, be warned! I hate Fox!

    Comment by Allyson – November 29, 2012 01:19 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • The game probably will be more interesting than the result show, but I understand. There might be a live link to the show so you can watch online if your feel the need, personally I would just wait and find out the results the next day online. I did that last week, there was no way I was watching Wednesday or Thursday and to tell you the truth I am glad.

      Comment by Mary – November 29, 2012 12:40 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Not so. The game will air on the NFL network across the country except in N.O. and Atlanta. It will air on local TV here in Atlanta on the CW network. Don’t know about N.O. but Fox will not be broadcasting it.

      Comment by Idolheaded – November 29, 2012 03:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • well for us in New Orleans it will air on Fox. SOmehow they got an agreement to broadcast! So furious!

        Comment by Allyson – November 29, 2012 05:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Paige and CeCe are both going home…there’s no other option (or there shouldn’t be) the rest of the contestants have a way better vocal abiblty or are able to fill a hole currently in the music market…we really don’t need another cookie cutter popstar who can kind of sing (ex. Katy Perry, Rihanna, Britney Spears etc.)

    Also, next season Simon needs to get rid of Demi and LA (I truly thought I would be saying Britney but she (or the producer assigned) is actually doing a good job with her contestants and critiques, most of the time)

    —Demi needs to be replaced by a female with tons of music industry experience…my ideas were Sharon Osbourne (since shes done the show in England and was great on Americas Got Talent shes my top pick), Linda Perry (she helped shape P!nk and Christina Aguilera’s careers), or Stevie Nicks (shes a rock LEGAND and after her guest mentor spot on American Idol last year why not consider her)

    —LA needs to be replaced by a youngish male popstar…my ideas were Bruno Mars, Pharrel, or Ryan Teddar(One Republic)…mostly because all of these guys are not only superstars in their own right they are some of the greatest producers in the industry right now and can probably do great things with some of the artists…

    My dream judging panel for next year would be: Simon, Britney(have to keep one other), Sharon Osbourne, and Bruno Mars or Ryan Teddar

    Just some thoughts let me know what you think…

    Comment by Billy – November 29, 2012 02:39 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Unfortunately that is what Xfactor is looking for a cookie cutter popstar.

      Comment by Mary – November 29, 2012 12:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m baffled by why you and LA think Fifth Harmony all sang the melody. It was very, very clear that there was some fantastic harmonizing going on. I think maybe 3/5 were singing the harmony in unison, but there were at least two other parts being sung the entire time.

    Comment by Jack – November 29, 2012 03:48 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I’m glad you said that. I heard some very nice harmonies. I didn’t mention it before because I thought maybe I really didn’t hear what I thought I did. They are my second favorite on the show this year.

      Comment by jaxguy – November 29, 2012 06:16 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I can never tell whether they’re harmonizing live or its the recorded backup vocal.

      Comment by soundscene – November 29, 2012 07:32 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I always think it’s weird when the groups use backup vocal tracks at all. I mean you have 5 singers, I think there are enough voices there!

        Comment by Dayrah – December 2, 2012 12:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • enjoyed the fantasia video!

    Comment by marygrade – November 29, 2012 04:11 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • If I hear the phrase “having fun” one more time, I’m going to hurl my aging television out the window. Who gives a damn whether these people are having fun? Let them do that their own time … they need to get a grip and realize that they need to treat this talent show as a job that has a fat paycheck waiting for them, if they’re lucky. If I’m going to waste 2 hours of my free time watching this sideshow (and Khloe and Mario are the main attractions), I expect a professional attitude and approach, dammit!

    Comment by Sinclair – November 29, 2012 04:12 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I feel like I need to wash my hands after watching this show….

    Comment by jrs – November 29, 2012 04:54 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Do that many of you really think the Voice has better talent than Xfactor? I completely disagree. Amanda is great but her rocker voice is too screamy for me, while Dez and Corey were getting by on looks alone. From what I’ve read Cassasdee has given one great performance before this week, and Michaela and the shaggy haired guy are more Indie artists than pop stars. Everyone on Xfactor except Emblem and Paige can sing circles around the Voice contestants (even CeCe when she is on pitch). And I know there’s a report that the Xfactor judges don’t get involved in song selection and whatnot until a day or two before the show, but there’s no evidence that the same isn’t true of the Voice.

    Comment by Mel31602 – November 29, 2012 05:26 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Michaela (The Voice) has been gone for a few weeks. fyi

      Comment by Marianne – November 29, 2012 06:30 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • oh i actually meant the young girl that Slezak likes who plays instruments with her feet. I always switch up her and Michaela’s names

        Comment by MEL31602 – November 29, 2012 08:09 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • ” there’s a report that the Xfactor judges don’t get involved …. ”

      really shouldn’t be called “mentors” should they

      I think from the clip library on the Voice, they are at least spending more than a couple of minutes with the contestants.

      Comment by rr – November 29, 2012 12:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Didn’t realize this was the blog where all the musical experts on the internet hung out. All the people fading Carly Rose, what a laugh. None y’all would know talent if it smacked you upside the head.

    Slezak is inching closer and closer to the bandwagon. Won’t be long until he’s in the driver’s seat.

    Comment by Booya – November 29, 2012 05:33 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • “Carly Rose needs to be paired with age-appropriate material that allows us to bask in her voice…” Okay, Michael – what would you give her? 16-year-olds (Idol) are tricky enough, but 13?? I guess we’d have to go with theme-songs from Disney movies. Ariel anybody?

    Comment by Marianne – November 29, 2012 06:32 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Paige performance it was definitely a surprise, and yeah I was like when did I start rooting for her. However Carly still my favorite and Diamond was a bit insecure but I still enjoyed that,. Tate is just so damn easy to like and he always delivers.

    now please can Emblem 3 be kicked out of this, I still can’t understand how they are still in this competition ( except for the facts that they are good looking and teen girls clearly need to check their ears), and Cece too, at least she got one performance that she sounded more like herself, now great time to pack your bags.

    I’m not that worried with Vino, more worried with 5th Harmony!!

    Comment by onlyakb – November 29, 2012 06:37 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I literally cannot watch this show, except maybe to see Khloe.

    Comment by gailer – November 29, 2012 06:45 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I think it’s telling that people are praising Paige for only having a few “..moments where her pitch was… unsteady..” So I guess she gets a pass – wait… an “A-” for not being as bad as she HAS been? Pretty girl – can’t really sing. Well . . . maybe just a bit better than the blonde version of pretty-girl-can’t-really-sing (CeCe).

    Comment by Marianne – November 29, 2012 06:57 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • That’s a HUGE maybe, since it’s only true for this week. Last week she was SO worst than everyone else, even CeCe.

      Comment by Luiz – November 29, 2012 11:46 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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