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!

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  1. lstar19 says:

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

  2. Kerry says:

    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.

  3. Danny says:

    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

    • Danny says:

      Meant to add- I think Diamond goes home because she sang first, not because she deserves too.

    • Rose says:

      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.

    • Sam says:

      Yeah I agree, Haley Reinhart performed the best version of that song, its hard to forget!

      • kevin says:

        agree about haley reinhart, she’s one of the best contestants that has shown growth throughout her season. The BEST of any talent show.

        • Terry says:

          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!!!

          • HitTheGroundRunningWonderlandHaleyOhMy says:

            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

    • Idolheaded says:

      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.

      • Natasha says:

        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.

        • scooby says:

          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.

          • marshcode says:

            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.

  4. Paige an A-? Go listen again. Out of breath and pitchy.

  5. Gigi says:

    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.

    • teatime says:

      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.

    • Sam says:

      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!

    • Danny says:

      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.

      • Sam says:

        I know, Simon should just judge alone since he always thinks his opinion matters most anyway

        • Sam says:

          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.

      • Lisa says:

        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.

    • austin says:

      Hahahahahaha ya right everyone on the voice is horrible and pitchy!

  6. teatime says:

    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.

    • Will says:

      @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.

      • carly says:

        You took the words right out of my mouth, Will!

      • CAM says:

        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.

      • teatime says:

        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.

        • HitTheGroundRunningWonderlandHaleyOhMy says:

          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.

  7. YowzaPowza says:

    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.

  8. Carla says:

    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.

    • CrystalFan says:

      Vino’s scary side got some camera time tonight. I expect him to be low in the standings as well.

    • soundscene says:

      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.

      • dj says:

        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.

        • DominoViolin says:

          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!

  9. Rose says:

    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.

    • soundscene says:

      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.

      • CAM says:

        And it’s hard to find songs that aren’t “too old” for them that the audience will relate to and vote for!

      • Rose says:

        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.

    • Aria says:

      Fifth Harmony . . . I wish they’d get back to songs like “A Thousand Years.” That performance was amazing.

  10. Aria says:

    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.

    • Aria says:

      I’m predicting a Bottom Three of Fifth Harmony, Diamond White, and Cece Frey, with Diamond White likely surviving of the three.

    • Mary says:

      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.

  11. Owen says:

    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…..

    • Sam says:

      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.

    • Rocqu says:

      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.

    • kavyn says:

      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…

    • soundscene says:

      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.

  12. Maddie Mae says:

    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..

  13. Rocqu says:

    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.

    • Ash says:

      I use to love Simon, but he’s been doing a damn good job at pissing me off too.
      So over his BS

    • HitTheGroundRunningHaley(because there is a bus behind you and you know who is driving :) ) says:

      +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).

    • Aria says:

      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.

      • Danny says:

        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?

        • HitTheGroundRunningWonderlandHaleyOhMy says:

          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)

          • Danny says:

            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.

          • HitTheGroundRunningWonderlandHaleyOhMy says:

            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.

        • HitTheGroundRunningWonderlandHaleyOhMy says:

          Not that I disagree with much of the rest you said.

    • gregk says:

      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.

      • soundscene says:

        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.

    • RD says:

      Best critique for this series so far.I agree with it all wholeheartedly.

    • Idolheaded says:

      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.

  14. Ash says:

    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.

    • Owen says:

      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.

  15. Wow says:

    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.

  16. AtoZ says:

    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!

    • Rocqu says:

      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.

      • Grace says:

        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.

  17. Tim says:

    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.

  18. Carla says:

    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….

    • Mary says:

      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.

  19. dj says:


    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.

  20. HitTheGroundRunningForABusIsAComingHaley says:

    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.

  21. Blinged Up says:

    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.

  22. 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.

  23. kevin says:

    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.

    • jaxguy says:

      After 3 awful seasons and terrible winners and crappy new judges, Idol is over for me.

      • dj says:

        Me too, but I will watch Michael and Melinda talk about Idol. They are more fun than the actual show, anyway.

      • Mary says:

        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.

  24. Rick roll says:

    Wow America just got Rick Rolled!!!!!!!!!!!

  25. jaxguy says:

    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.

    • WendyT says:

      Yes, you’re right—it was a very stylish and sophisticated interpretation. And, yes, Carly Rose is in a different league.

    • ejones says:

      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.

      • soundscene says:

        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.

      • teatime says:

        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.

  26. Ang says:

    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.

  27. dumas1000 says:

    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.

  28. dumas1000 says:

    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.

    • WendyT says:

      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.

    • WW5HD says:

      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.

  29. teatime says:

    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.

  30. Jordan says:

    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.

    • Mary says:

      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.

  31. John says:

    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.

  32. EC says:

    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!

  33. WendyT says:

    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.”

  34. Callum says:

    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.

  35. Johnny says:

    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?

  36. Callum says:

    Vino won’t be in the bottom 3. He may drop a couple, but I would replace him with Paige in the bottom.

  37. Callum says:

    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.

    • Joao says:

      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.

    • dj says:

      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.

  38. Callum says:

    …No one else is here and now I’m just spamming.

  39. Allyson says:

    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!

    • Mary says:

      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.

    • Idolheaded says:

      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.

  40. Billy says:

    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…

  41. Jack says:

    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.

    • jaxguy says:

      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.

    • soundscene says:

      I can never tell whether they’re harmonizing live or its the recorded backup vocal.

      • Dayrah says:

        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!

  42. marygrade says:

    enjoyed the fantasia video!

  43. Sinclair says:

    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!

  44. jrs says:

    I feel like I need to wash my hands after watching this show….

  45. Mel31602 says:

    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.

    • Marianne says:

      Michaela (The Voice) has been gone for a few weeks. fyi

      • MEL31602 says:

        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

    • rr says:

      ” 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.

  46. Booya says:

    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.

  47. Marianne says:

    “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?

  48. onlyakb says:

    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!!

  49. gailer says:

    I literally cannot watch this show, except maybe to see Khloe.

  50. Marianne says:

    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).