The X Factor Season 3 Performance Finale Recap: Dream Until Your Dreams Come True [Updated]

Alex & Sierra Say SomethingFrom the opening seconds of The X Factor‘s Season 3 performance finale, you knew it was going to contain more hot air than a Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade float.

Alex & Sierra hovered above Los Angeles in a helicopter, like contestants on The Bachelor (albeit ones with an actual talent beyond dramatically declaring “He/She isn’t here for the right reasons!”). Jeff Gutt mounted a motorcycle on a mountaintop, put on his helmet and zoomed into the sunset. Carlito Olvrrrrr (Paulina’s pronunciation, not mine) strutted out of a chic hotel and into the back of a limo.

Season 1 winner Melanie Amaro, meanwhile, shook her fist at the television and cried, “Simon Cowell spent more on that ridiculata than he did to promote all three of my singles combined!” (No, Melanie, three times zero still equals zero.)

Still, none of this Theatre of Inflated Self-Importance could’ve prepared me for a “live” “performance” of a “song” called “Boys Will Be Boys” “by” “Paulina Rubio.” The woman who thinks sensible feedback includes statements like “you are the perfect artist that bring a son into your story” — newsflash: Jeff’s child was born long before he auditioned for the show! — lipsynced for her life paycheck one last meal from craft services, writhed among a gaggle of sweaty shirtless dancers and finished off the spectacle by collapsing backwards into a heap — in much the same fashion X Factor fans want to do at the end of every episode.

Amazingly, though, two of the final acts managed to transcend the silliness and give off the impression they might actually have real-world potential, the kind Simon keeps insisting is the hallmark of his reality singing franchise. (Maybe in the UK, dude, but here…there’s still work to be done!) The third act, bless his heart, didn’t stand much of a chance after PowPow outfitted his jacket with red LED lighting stips and a collar fashioned out of Simon’s discarded car-floor mats. (More on that in a bit.)

Other crazy highlights:

* All the drunk people at Jeff’s hometown Detroit celebration attempting to score a few seconds of screentime.

* The fact that pretty much every intro package lasted longer than the musical performance that followed it.

* The scary, X-shaped pizza prominently featured in Carlito’s hometown celebration. (OK, I still would’ve gone for a slice.)

* Demi telling Jeff his “Dream On” was awesome, but she couldn’t hear it. (Alrighty then!)

* Simon’s bemused expression during Paulina’s lipsynch interlude.

* Demi, mangling a compliment to Alex & Sierra (or maybe throwing subtle shade?): “You never cease to not blow me away.”

Now, let’s get to letter grades for the night’s performances:

Carlito Olivero: Shontelle’s “Impossible” — Grade: B- | Carlito certainly looked the part of a pop star in his black shirt (buttoning technique from the Simon Cowell School of Plunging), but the verses seemed pitched way too low for his comfort level — resulting in a combination of flat notes and muffled whispers. The staging — hoisted above the stage on a lit-up platform — and the big glory notes were kinda cool, but the end result left me thinking it’s “im-poss-i-bulllll” for the guy to finish anywhere other than third place. Kelly, trying hard to be nice, praised Carlito’s “heart,” and then noted “that’s half of what it takes” to make it in the business. Vocals, on the other hand, got conveniently left out of the conversation.

Alex & Sierra: Ed Sheeran’s “Give Me Love” — Grade: A- | One of Alex & Sierra’s greatest qualities is their ability to infuse their songs with a palpable urgency — and that was on full display in their second rendition of “Give Me Love” this season. (The first attempt came on Top 13 performance night redux back in November, after the show gave out erroneous phone numbers for several contestants during the Wednesday show.) Alex’s gruffness — especially on the shouted “Love me! Give me love!” — juxtaposed perfectly with Sierra’s warm, silky tone. Please tell me these cats are already halfway through recording their debut album?

RAY_6615Jeff Gutt: Aerosmith’s “Dream On” — Grade: B | “Dream On” isn’t an easy song to cover (ask Danny Gokey!), and Jeff — whose voice oddly reminded me of Neil Diamond during the verses — did a better-than-average job for most of the song. Nevertheless, his performance never fully reeled me in. Maybe it was Jeff’s heightened pronunciations of certain words (“true” = “tr-uhhhh,” etc) or the way he cut just a tad short the big howling note. (Certainly, the laser show from hell and the way the director kept cutting to a pan shot from the back of the theater didn’t help, either.) But on a song this big, I expected more intensity, more stage presence, more swagger — and it all fell just millimeters short. Could Paulina have been right that instead of being jacked up on a giant “gadget legs” pedestal, he should’ve come down to the stage and engaged with the band?

Carlito Olivero (with Prince Royce): Ben E. King’s “Stand by Me” — Grade: C | Uff da, the arrangement here sounded like something the Dancing With the Stars band would concoct to accompany a Samba. I didn’t dig it the first time around — during Top 6 week — and having supercute Prince Royce join in the festivities didn’t really help much.

Alex & Sierra (with Leona Lewis): Leona Lewis’ “Bleeding Love” — Grade: C-/B | I think, if my ears weren’t deceiving me, that Leona hit a series of sharp notes throughout the performance — that big glory note was especially off the mark — and that provided the first domino that knocked this collaboration to the ground. It didn’t help that Sierra didn’t seem to know where to look — at the camera? at Leona? at Alex? — or that the song was slowed to a plinking dirge. I’m just glad it wasn’t the final bullet in the future chart toppers’ arsenal.

Jeff Gutt (with John Rzeznik): Goo Goo Dolls’ “Iris” — Grade: B+ | The Goo Goo Dolls’ frontman seemed a little disengaged from the proceedings, missing at least two cues and possibly tripping up Jeff in the process. What’s more, the whole number seemed pitched in a way that suited Rzeznik’s range more than it did Jeff’s. Still, the last remaining Over 25 (lord, how is that considered old by major-label standards?) infused the song with his usual brand of grit and passion, and fared the best in the “superstar duet” round. That said, did anyone do a spit take when Simon thanked the established artists for “bothering to give up their time” and show up for the finale? I mean, it’s not like Goo Goo Dolls, Leona and Prince Royce don’t have current projects to push. Sheesh.

RVM_3755Carlito Olivero: Santana featuring The Product G&B’s “Maria Maria” — Grade: B- | No, no, no, no, no, Carlito! Anything but the jacket — which looked like a losing Project Runway design from the “Hardware Store Challenge” or maybe something that fell off the set of The Great Christmas Light Fight (yes, that’s a real series). Maybe Carlito knew he’d been saddled with a fashion “don’t,” because there was something a little self-conscious in his demeanor, a sense that he knew this wasn’t turning out to be enough to catapult him from underdog to champ. But the winded quality at the ends of phrases and the slightly wonky transition during the key change put this well below the work he turned in during last week’s semi-finals.

Alex & Sierra: A Great Big World (featuring Christina Aguilera)’s “Say Something” — Grade: A+ | I ususally hate retreads on reality singing competitions, but I can’t lie and say I didn’t adore Alex & Sierra’s encore of their iTunes topping cover. There was such a haunted quality to their vocals that i felt like they more successfully captured the melancholy emotions of the lyrics than they did the first time through. Yeah, I still wish mentor Simon had given them a final opportunity to completely reinvent a song (a la “Toxic” or “Say My Name” or “I Knew You Were Trouble”), but on the other hand, how do I give less than an A+ to perfection?

Jeff Gutt: Radiohead’s “Creep” — Grade: A- | If Jeff was going to pick one number tonight in which to come out looking like, sounding like and truly believing he’s a rock star, then his timing was impeccable. Staged simply with copious wind and twin blasts of steam behind him, Jeff tore into his audition song with a terrific grasp on pitch and a nifty bit of falsetto, leaving a very strong impression right before the final vote of the season. Yeah, it might’ve been nice if the guy had deviated from the wide-stance, hands-intermittently-in-the-air theatrics, but that’s a small quibble, really…

And on that note, I turn things over to you. What did you think of the Season 3 performance finale? What were your favorite numbers? Who should and who will win it all? Take our polls below, then hit the comments with your thoughts! And for all my reality TV-related interviews, recaps, news and videos, follow me on Twitter @MichaelSlezakTV!



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130 Comments
  1. Josh says:

    Bothered me a bit that Alex and Sierra only did songs they’ve already performed before. And their duet with Leona Lewis didn’t showcase their artistry–AT ALL. Leave it to Simon to plug one of his artists and risk his acts’ chance at winning. Meh. And am i the only one seriously bothered by the audience on this show? They. keep. SCREAMING. It’s so irritating.

    • The Beach says:

      I’ve been screaming about the damn screaming from the very first show. It goes beyond annoying to the point of ruining the performances.

      • Grumpy Ol' Lady says:

        What makes it worse is that Simon/production managers were telling the audience to scream like that. Just another way Si is out of touch with his TV audience.

        • The Beach says:

          So true. It’s as if there’s some producer’s assistant telling them: “OK, you silly, little pre-teens…let’s see which one can scream the loudest and at the most inappropriate times”

    • Scamp says:

      Huh? A£S, Jeff, and Carlito all had one retread from the season, one duet, and one new cover.

      Speaking of Jeff, he won each round! Jeff! Jeff! Jeff! I voted for Jeff 200 times on 4 family Facebook accts, and dialed in for two hours. I love ROCK, Jeff’s voice, his legs covered in tight leather, motorcycles & helmets, and the QUEEN opening. Sorry, MS, but A&S only got their retread right tonight.

    • susan says:

      toche! I was a little dispointed about their performance tonight. don’t take me wrong, I love them but to be honestly, I think Jeff did a good job. Dream on is really a hard song to sing, he did good job on it!

      • Mary says:

        Decent job, better than Gokey, but nobody should sing that song except Steven Tyler. My problem with Jeff he stands there like a bump on a log, maybe falls to knees or hand in the air, but he seems disconnected when he sings. I feel he is playing a part, reminded me of that BAD movie with Cruise the music okay but the actors stunk.

        • DS says:

          I agree with this…
          I have felt this way about Gutt the whole season. I think he is talented, don’t get me wrong, and I have enjoyed several performances of his, but I have always got this feeling that it is all a bit of an act. Kind of like trying to be something he isn’t.
          My personal preference is A&S, I think barring their duet tonight, one would be hard-pressed to find too many grand blips, and therefore their consistency in the shows and uniqueness in the modern “pop” market should hopefully take them to the title and beyond.

        • Shawn says:

          Steven Tyler and Amanda Brown should only sing Dream On. Steve Tyler should be the only person to sing I don’t want to miss a thing which is way overdone on these shows. When Amanda Brown did Dream On on season 3 of the Voice she blew it out of the water.

    • HTGR says:

      It was a tough thing to have sing against Leona, a pretty rough task.

    • isabelle egido says:

      The duet is gone now. No surprise to me

  2. Chloe says:

    Your ears weren’t deceiving you about Leona, Michael. She has the flu, all her recent live performances have sounded bad.

  3. Kaba says:

    Watching Leona sing poorly on her own song was….intriguing.
    Jeff was awesome.
    Alex and Sierra officially won me over with that Ed Sheeran song.
    Am I the only one who just senses an emotional disconnect between the lyrics and the feeling in “Say Something”. Like…the lyrics are somber and saddening and longing…but I don’t get that from the song itself unless I pay attention to the lyrics strictly and this goes for A&S and the original.
    But it might just be me. Meh

    • HTGR says:

      Her voice still sounded more powerful and interestingly toned though. I thought she was even holding back, but maybe that was being sick. Full blast would’ve really made it hard for A&S to stand up to at all.

      • Mary says:

        Why on earth Simon picked her is beyond me. Voices do not blend at all. I am not sure who would let them shine because truthfully they are a duet and it is hard to blend a duet with a solo artist, can be done, but it depends on the song and that one was not one to pick.

        • TiaGata says:

          This is exactly what I thought. How do you have a duo do a duet with someone??? Then to have it be one of Simon’s former “winners” was just all wrong. I didn’t like that duet at all, I thought Sierra shrunk quite a bit next to Leona, it was like she was afraid to sing…I hope it doesn’t do any damage.

        • HTGR says:

          I think he picked her since he wanted to show off that XF could produce a mega-star voice. voice seemed to really clash with hers.

  4. the danger says:

    as long as carlito doesn’t somehow win, I am happy

  5. Sam says:

    Jeff’s going to pull a Tate and win over the more marketable stars(5H last year, A&S this year). Then he sell 45 copies of his album and Simon will wonder why nobody takes the show seriously.

    • PeterPann says:

      That could really happen and then you have 3 winning FLOPS…. Melanie, Tate, and Jeff. Rename the show to the FLOP-Factor

      • scrutinizer says:

        clever ;)

      • Aja says:

        I predict they will choose Jeff as the winner because of his underdog past last year with the show and to prove that there is a market for mature performers; but my faves are Alex & Sierra both are so very genuinely talented it shines through.

        • Mary says:

          God I hope your wrong. I agree with Sam if Jeff wins, Xfactor better close up shop.

        • isabelle egido says:

          It did shine so much that they are gone.
          If Jeff Gutt wins, it will only be because of his talent. You might have preferencies, it doesn’t change the fact that Jeff would deserve to win.

  6. lp says:

    and again another “Alex and sierra” are awesome opinion

  7. Bri says:

    After watching that infuriating (and stupidly long) intro and then seeing that all of the opening song intros were decades longer than the songs they were performing I concluded that I had not consumed enough alcohol to sit through the show and proceeded to chug eggnog.
    Seriously, this show is 95% advertisements and tear-jerking stories and then the rest is…sometimes singing.
    Watching Paulina perform….she’s a GREAT performer but of course she wasn’t singing. Nonetheless she was actually fun to watch. In a Britney Spears kind of way.

  8. Bri says:

    And Father forgive me for I could not keep my eyes off of Carlito’s ridiculously obnoxious bulge at the end of the show….Lord >.>

  9. Kaba says:

    Highlight of the episode was watching all the drunk women get pulled from in front of the camera from Jeff’s hometown lol.
    Seriously though…could their intros BE any longer? It’s so obnoxious considering we only heard them sing for all of like….30 minutes (tops) worth of the night.

  10. MAB says:

    I really enjoyed this show. I am crazy for Alex and Sierra and will buy their music. I really like Jeff Gutt also and wish they both could win but I have to choose one so placed my votes for A & S. They are my favorites between both The Voice and The XFactor. I really believe they will become very successful and may have saved this show. I know last year I did not cast one vote for anyone and was totally bored each week. The only other contestant I felt this way about was Phillip Phillips on AI.

  11. Kaba says:

    Can someone let “We Will Rock You” retire in peace?

  12. Chablis says:

    Oh Michael when you like someone no one else can do anything at all.

  13. Grumpy Ol' Lady says:

    I was thinking Leona was a tad off as well. I think that threw Alex off a bit. I think A&S won the night. I missed the very first part of the group sing, so hope they show that on youtube.
    .
    1) Raise the minimum age up to 16. Si never understood his base, aiming toward the tweenies and early teens rather than where his base really was, the late teens up. There’s no way a 12 year old is going to win a show like this.
    2) Either really have no upper age limit or end the farce of saying there isn’t. 25 isn’t old in anyone’s playbook–there’s no reason a 50ish person should be grouped with a 25 year old. Make the “olders” 35 and up.
    3) Kill the joke acts. If people haven’t learned by now, those acts have passed at LEAST 3 pre-production auditions before Cowell & Co. ever see them. Ask me how I know. It’s demeaning to the people who are led to believe they’ve got a chance, demeaning to the production. Makes the judges (I’m looking at YOU Simon) look like bullies.
    4) Return the bootcamp and judges houses rounds. I detested the “4 chair challenge” and I believe this is one of the reasons many really good acts were passed over–having to make those snap decisions can lead to making bad ones. As this season showcased.
    5) Get more serious about people who have a musical point of view, rather than kareoke versions of Whitney, etc. Alex and Sierra are proof positive that the viewing audience is much more musically sophisticated than Simon realizes. We’re not looking for another Justin Beeb or One Direction.
    .
    I actually doubt XF will return; if it doesn’t, there’s no one to blame but Simon. His behind-the-scenes production was awful, and that type of ship-shod organization is a reflection on himself as producer.

    • Grumpy Ol' Lady says:

      Wow, somehow I cut part of my comment off. I was saying that SyCo et all needed to institute changes if they’re going to be successful if XF returns, which I don’t believe will.

    • Tess says:

      It will likely return – no way FOX wants to look for 3 hour long dramas or 6 comedies (or some combination there of) to replace it with. It’s a “better the devil you know” situation. FOX didn’t have a good fall season with new shows so it’s not like they can afford to can a show that takes such a large block of the schedule up even with the ratings drop. They’ll maybe cut the results show and do like Dancing With The Stars did, and tweak the format once again and change up the judging panel and hope with a bit of marketing they can convince people to come back to it that watched season 1.

      Plus, assuming Alex & Sierra win (and I hope they do), then they could do well enough to be the first real success story here and help the show survive a little longer. The UK original version wasn’t a hit out the gate either – If I’m not mistaken, it really wasn’t until Leona Lewis won that the show was taken more seriously and became a juggernaut. We just aren’t willing to let the show go through those growing pains here because we’ve got other shows like it on tv right now and we’re impatient and fickle when it comes to giving tv shows a chance.

      • Grumpy Ol' Lady says:

        I read somewhere that Simon said XF would return, but not with him as a judge. I don’t know–he’s tinkered with the format so much already that the show just doesn’t have an identity. I have a real love/hate relationship with Simon and XF.
        .
        Unfortunately, I think Simon’s used up so much of his music business cred that I don’t think even Alex and Sierra can help him get it back.
        .
        For one thing, his choice of judges has been atrocious, and I don’t think he’ll be able to attract a better caliber of judging panel.
        .
        I hope I’m wrong about the show. I do hope that, if there IS a next season, it will take off. But auditions would have to start again in a few months, and I don’t think there’s enough time for him to revamp the entire production of the show without it seeming as slipshod as it did this year.

    • Shaun says:

      You do realize they make snap decisions at the judges house too right?

      • Grumpy Ol' Lady says:

        Actually they’re at the judges houses for about a week, and sing several songs, only one being televised. At least that’s what they used to do, and what was done in the UK version. The judges have time to think about who they’re taking on, where in the chair challenge they have to decide on the spot.

        • dj says:

          And at the judges’ houses, they don’t have the audience reacting and influencing them.

        • Jess says:

          They’ve never spent a week at the judge’s houses. It’s two days of filming. Two songs each contestant, the best one goes to air. For television purposes, they lead you to believe it’s a week long hang-out. They lead the audience to believe a lot of things.

  14. Kimbo says:

    Could you trash the woman for her accent any more? For the love of God, it’s just flat out rude to read you send so much disrespect to the woman more for her accent than what she actually has to say.
    It makes me wonder if you’re prone to making snide remarks behind the backs of foreigners when you hear them speaking or mispronounce a word.
    We get is Michael, the woman’s base language isn’t english. Doesn’t mean you have to be so flat out childish about pointing it out.

    • Kaba says:

      Agreed. Majority of my family is from africa so they pronounce some words differently/badly. Dunno why Slezak gives Paulina such crap for it

      • MAB says:

        My mom was born in Italy and came here when she married my dad in her late twenties. She has a really thick accent that remained till she died. We understood her because we lived with her but often we had to interpret what she said to others. I think it is really mean and immature to poke fun of Paulina every chance you get. How would you like it if you went to a foreign country and people treated you that way. Michael, I think you need to leave the poor woman alone. She really isn’t that bad. She is like a Spanish Paula.

    • Larissa says:

      I enjoy MS’s recaps as well but I also get an uncomfortable vibe from his comments about Paulina’s accent occurring in every recap. Not only is it rude, it is now tired considering it is the lowest common denominator type of writing that Michael is way above. Can’t wait until he makes fun of Asian accents? Gay lisps? “Ghetto” speak? Make fun of her for calling her contestants the wrong name but her accent?

    • LPR says:

      I made a very strong comment about Michael’s Xenophobia some weeks ago and he apologized back then. I guess his hate for people who does not speak like him is permeating through his being again and revealing this ugly side of himself… what a shame, I used to be a fan of him, but not any longer.

      • Scamp says:

        Xenophobia is the irrational or unreasoned fear of that which is perceived to be foreign or strange.
        Very good, LPR. You’re right, Michael has become irrational regarding Paulina’s accent. When English is someone’s second language, they can be quite charming when they screw up. Paulina is charming and very pretty. I didn’t get straight A’s in Spanish class and my accent is non-existent. Maybe Michael’s second language is impeccable and his accent superb??

    • matt says:

      A mentor who doesn’t even have enough respect for her artists to remember their names when they are singing for their lives does not deserve much respect herself. Introducing Josh as the “the suave the rico the lover Carlito Olivero” is unforgiveable. If she has that little respect for her own show , why should we respect her? Some people need to get a stick out of their…

      • Kimbo says:

        What kind of skewed logic…

        • matt says:

          “skewed logic” ?? Can you imagine how distracting that must have been for Josh to be introduced by Paulina as Carlito? To know your mentor gives so little importance to how well you are doing on the show that she is not even aware that you are singing for your life, and is fantasizing about the lover Carlito instead? Look I’d be happy if either Carlito or Alex and Sierra win, I’m one of the rare Carlito fans on this website, but they need to replace Paulina, even though she is great entertainment value.

          • Kimbo says:

            Considering the attacks on her accent began WELL before coaches were even assigned to teams, justifying it with this is just useless to me.
            Fact of the matter is that all season Slezak has been pretty snarky about ANYTHING she mispronounced as though he’s being passive aggressive to some kind of evil bitch on the panel. But considering the woman has been nothing but nice, although rather daft, I hardly see a reason for his constant attacks on her pronunciation and accent. Though I’m not going to act like I’m excusing her mispronunciation of the names of her acts. Whether it’s the result of lack of care for her acts or just that she can’t, who knows. Regardless it’s come off more as though Slezak is just attacking her for her accent rather than what her mispronunciation represents in terms of her attitude toward the show.

    • Daw Johnson says:

      She was hired to perform a task that primarily involves speaking in English for an American audience.

      If she can’t do that, she’s bad at her job.

      Getting mad at someone calling out Paulina’s speaking patterns (who doesn’t just have an accent but stubbornly refuses to pronounce even NAMES correctly – remember ReeeeeAHHHHNNN) is like getting mad at someone for criticizing one of the contestants’ vocals.

      • Kimbo says:

        Feel free to see my reply to the other guy.

        • Justin P says:

          Kimbo. I do agree that Michael shouldn’t be so mean about Paulina’s accent. But I have to agree with Daw Johnson about her not even remembering her contestants names when introducing them. I don’t care how bad her accent is (I can understand her for the most part), but the fact that she couldn’t even remember Josh’s name is just unacceptable to me. Also, this is a SINGING competition. Paulina honestly does not add anything at all to this show. Her only critiques consist of “I loved it” or “you are amazing”. Did she ever offer any constructive criticism to anyone throughout the entire season?? I guess the blame should be put on Simon though for hiring her in the first place.

    • Miss Otis Regrets... says:

      Kimbo, do you think “Olivero” is an English name? Talk about insularity…

  15. Jim Welker says:

    Phillip Phillips is a bum, just like David cook! Where do they dig up these winners? Let’s add Carlito to Tate and the other non-deserving winners! I would not be surprised…rigged voting!

    • Scamp says:

      Carlito doesn’t have a chance of winning.

    • Daw Johnson says:

      Phillip Phillips a bum?

      You mean the guy responsible for the most ubiquitous winning single ever on an American music competition series? The guy whose music actually, unlike all but like 2 or 3 other winners, actually gets airplay?

    • Ted Sutton says:

      Phil Phillips CD went triple platinum. So much for being a “bum”. And he did it on American Idol, not the X-Factor. David Cook has sold a few million records also. So Jim Welker…how did your last single do on the hot 100?

  16. Jim Welker says:

    Ellona is missing from these finals…no entertainment or big voices…Well Gutt’s voice is slightly big….BUT WHAT A GOOF BALL!

  17. dj says:

    Yet again, I couldn’t sit through all the sob stories and self-congratulation that is X-Factor. I did flip back a time or two to see what was happening. Why was Carlito’s elementary school the location for his support rally? That was weird. The snippets of hometown supporters that I saw seemed poorly organized, and I could barely understand a word of what the speakers were trying to say. Thank God it will be over soon.

  18. Jim Welker says:

    It’s who you know…All the pros on the show were worse than the contestants! Even that Buble when he sang on the show was subpar! What gives!

  19. Jim Welker says:

    This is the USA! WHY NOT HIRE A JUDGE WHO WE ALL CAN UNDERSTAND? I don’t agree with how much Mike criticizes Paulina but she should speak better english to be a JUDGE on a show here! I must admit that she makes the show with here unintentional COMIC RELIEF…IT IS SOMETIMES HILARIOUS…”OILY NOSE” syndrome, etc! It’s hilarious!

    • Kaba says:

      It’s hardly her fault that Simon offered her a job.
      It’s Simon’s fault for offering her the job in the first place considering people find her accent that much of an issue.

  20. Valerie says:

    I disagree with most of the other comments. I actually like the show, and I LOVE Jeff Gutt. He’s amazing. Alex and Sierra are BORING. I cannot stand how slow they sing, especially Sierra. I’m so sick of everyone saying how much in love they are. Big deal. Lots of people are in love, and that doesn’t mean they are good singers. Even Carlito is more entertaining than Alex and Sierra. Simon is correct. Jeff Gutt is the real thing – a real rock star. GUTT, GUTT, GUTT !

    • Scamp says:

      Jeff! Jeff! Jeff! I hope he WINS, too.

    • matt says:

      I don’t know how you can say a Bon Jovi/Poison clone is more exciting than Alex and Sierra.

      • Daw Johnson says:

        Nothing about them is “exciting.”

        They’re great at what they do, for sure, but what they do is inherently unexciting. It’s not an exciting kind of music.

        That doesn’t mean it’s not GOOD or not commercial – but if you’re looking to go to a concert and rock out (aka – go to something exciting), you won’t go to Alex & Sierra’s show.

        • LLL says:

          I understand the point you’re trying to make, but “exciting” does not just mean loud and/or full of action. I personally find Alex and Sierra extremely exciting, particularly with respect to their creativity, their chemistry, and the sound of their voices combined together. Jeff, despite singing louder songs, is very unexciting to me – he’s not particularly creative and doesn’t have a very unique sound.

      • Mary says:

        I don’t think he is even a clone of them. Those guys have charisma on stage Jeff is sorely lacking that. He is not a solo artist period. Heck Carlito has more energy on the stage than Jeff.

  21. Jim Welker says:

    Meant “her” comic relief, not “here”! I guess A&S are the favorites! Actually I only liked Ellona and LILLIE, WHO COULD SING…ESPECIALLY ELLONA WHO WAS ENTERTAINING AS WELL! THERE WILL BE ANOTHER TATE STEVENS MOMENT…SO DON’T BE SURPRISED IF CARLITO WINS! IF THAT HAPPENS, THE SHOW WILL HAVE LESS VIEWERS NEXT YEAR, THAT’S IF IT RETURNS NEXT YEAR! REMEMBER, THE HISPANIC VOTE IS BIG! AS I SAID IN PREVIOUS POSTS, IT’S ALL RIGGED ANYWAY AS MY OFF SHORE SPORTSBOOK I DEAL WITH, ALWAYS KNOWS WHO THE WINNER IS! TATE STEVENS WAS A 7-1 FAVORITE LAST YEAR….SEVEN TO ONE! SOMEONE KNOWS SOMETHING! BEWARE…THE FIX IS ON! WE’LL SEE! I’M NOT CALLING THE BOOK BECAUSE THEY HAVE THE WINNER AND I DON’T WANT TO KNOW UNTIL TOMORROW! JUST LIKE ON AI THE YEAR J SANCHEZ WAS A 7.5-1 UNDERDOG TO PHILLIP PHILLIPS! THAT IS ABSOLUTELY RIDICULOUS!

    • pollsteranalyzer says:

      I can’t hear you……

    • Scamp says:

      What did you say?

    • Ted Sutton says:

      Hey Jim…Phil Phillips has way more chops than J Sanchez. And unlock your caps key!

      • HTGR says:

        P2 has some nice gravel and has some catchy tunes and a lot of success, but to say he has far more pure vocal chops than J Sanchez is beyond absurd, he strains to even hit the higher notes in songs with extremely super small range. J.S. can run vocal circles around him when it comes to raw chops, not even remotely close. Liking him and/or feeling his singing more is another matter.

  22. Shaun says:

    What kinda idiot thought pushing a power ballad singer to sing with A&S was a good idea?Their styles don’t mesh at all!!

  23. karen says:

    I think Paulina deserves kudos for mentoring Carlito. He has improved leaps and bounds in the last several weeks. She told him to “lead with his heart,” and that’s when things really fell in place for him. I think people underestimate her. Carlito is by far the most improved contestant this season, and she certainly has something to do with it.

  24. Angie_Overrated says:

    Does anyone know if that Leona Lewis song is really that slow? The tempo felt like it was severely dragging and lifeless. Bleeding indeed! I also never realized how pretty she is. Total hottie.

  25. vmlandey says:

    Carlito is a fighter and a survivor and he sticks to his beliefs and family values..We need to support this type of artist…

    • LLL says:

      I personally prefer to use talent as a basis for support.

      • LLL says:

        Also, you may want to check out Carlito’s “Rain” music video on YouTube before you throw your support at him for his family values.

        • MAB says:

          I saw that and it totally turned me off to him. The family value thing is pure fiction. That video was as close to porn as you can get. Yuck.

    • Chris Winters says:

      Family values? Go online and search for his video of “Rain”. The way women are portrayed in that video has no correlation to family values.

    • Grumpy Ol' Lady says:

      Carlito has already been in a singing competition, and won the opportunity to sing with Menudo, one of the most popular boy bands of its time. He sang with them for 2 years. He’s played small roles in a few TV programs, and has been in several commercials for companies like Starbucks.
      .
      He’s not new at the music industry, and while it’s more than likely not his doing, the hype the show’s given him has been laughable; he has talent for sure, but his background story has been basically semi-fictional.

      • Lex says:

        Wow. I only knew he was in Menudo for a few years. But he is a veteran in the industry…lol. Probably not even poor or was homeless. Reading comments from his soft porno ‘Rain’ video, seems like many are confused on who Carlito is. The X-Factor portrays him as this poor homeless guy, trying to make it in the biz for the very first time to try to support his family.

      • HTGR says:

        Yeah, not surprised, sooo much of what they show and the stories they create, especially on XF and A.I. are 95%-100% fictional. I suppose his story may have been at least true, for a little while, once upon a time way back when. But yeah with all his videos and major work already since then it’s not like he just crawled off the LA streets now for his one shot. Not that he doesn’t maybe need this now, since it’s fickle and he doesn’t have a deal now, but hey you can say the same for everyone else.

  26. HTGR says:

    Jeff had a heck of a night. I thought he was well under-graded on his first song. For some reason the first time A&S sang Say Something it hit me way more. I know Kelly said it was better this time, but was it? They did well on Give Me Love. I do like them too. Either winner would be something very different for reality tv or even the market.
    .
    Jeff has really come alive again these last few weeks. Great start, looked beat and sounded beat in the middle, and roared back to life and has been rocking it the last few weeks.
    .
    Carlito did improve over the season. I thought he did better on the second song tonight than the first.
    .
    I’m sort of having trouble deciding between Jeff and A&S. Jeff has really brought things to life again with his performances.
    .
    In some ways I maybe hope he wins. He did a great job. Others have struggled mightily with some of those songs. Why should rock be the one genre that has gone away? The one that has never one on a singing show ever. A&S are getting a mega-push better than any on the other shows could ever hope for, from Simon, whatever place they come in.

  27. pollsteranalyzer says:

    A/S by 55%

  28. Jeremy says:

    Talking about “more stage presence, more swagger” in Dream On, I can’t help myself but look up Amanda Brown’s version of it again.

    • Scamp says:

      Amanda was briefly over rated – lots of us were unimpressed – and ultimately her coach and the show didn’t support her.

      • HTGR says:

        OTOH lots of us were mega-impressed. Hers is one of the names that still pops up the most despite not even making it to the finals or even semis.

  29. Susan says:

    Jeff must win this one everytime when he perform i get goosebumps and that never happen,so yes Jeff for XFactor

  30. adreyesatl says:

    I feel as if Jeff had the best night, but I distinctly recall feeling that way about Crystal Bowersox when she was robbed by umm, that guy that won and got dropped by his label. Taylor? Wait, that’s not right…

  31. M. Velázquez Gaud says:

    I love Alex and Sierra. They are unique!

  32. Poohbear says:

    Jeff Gutt won the night. Sadly he will not win the show. This show is a cluster, and Simon needs to stop pimping only his acts. The filler is just way too much, as are the sob stories. Is it necessary to have Carlito blubbering about how he came from nothing on every single show? What an insult to his parents.

    • Lex says:

      He came from nothing, he was homeless, he’s just trying to make it. Barf!!!! Carlito had a bunch of opportunities already. I just seen his ‘Rain’ video on youtube. Oh my! Many of the viewers and comments from people thought he came from nothing too.

  33. Mary says:

    Show was kinda dragging for me, but they did okay. 1st round A&S, 2nd round Jeff , third A&S even if it was a repeat. A&S should not do duets, Leona song did nothing for them. The voices do not blend. A&S should win, and sorry I do not understand all the standing O. If I had to pick I would choose Carlito over Jeff. Jeff sings okay but I don’t know he just stands there no finesse when he sings. I agree with Paula he needs a band behind him. He is a front man not a solo artist. I hope there is no upsets tonight and America choose right. Michael I also laughed at Demi how could you give a standing O when you didn’t here. I didn’t mind Paula song, to me that is what they are looking for on the Xfactor – not a singer but I did notice here English was better when she sings.

  34. I think Demi’s critique of Carlito was even stranger than her critique of Jeff. “You were too in your head, but you were so emotional!”

  35. Helena says:

    I’m sorry but if you don’t even know which is the title of the song of Paulina Rubio (i.e. BOYS WILL BE BOYS) your arguments about her and her performance should have the same validity as your “previous research” about her ;)

  36. Kate says:

    First, a random pet peeve. I was in high school during the early nineties. Therefore, Radiohead and that song are close to my heart. I have no issue with “Creep” being used by people in reality competitions, but, have they paid attention to the chorus? I know, I know the tone it supposed to be infused with is kind of passive aggressive angst, but if you aren’t particularly in that frame of mind or attitude, it kind of comes off, well, he wants to go home?

    The duets were a terrible idea. I mean, even on American Idol they save those awkward duets for the ultimate finale night. Not only does it reduce Alex and Sierra to basically back up singers, it was kind of obvious that this was all thrown together not soon before the show itself. At least Prince…whatever his name is, seemed to recognize, this is Carlito’s show, I will let him take over a bit more. Like, barely any staging. And I wasn’t sure of the point of slowing down “Bleeding Love”, I almost thought it was because Alex & Sierra slow stuff down (but not really) but now I understand Leona Lewis was sick. But, the final performances should be offering the individual acts themselves every opportunity to win.

    I personally think Alex & Sierra won this competition last week with “Gravity” and that they would have to kick a puppy to lose. I kind of hope, even though it is super obvious, that they do “Who You Love” tonight. I know they can do emotionally charged almost break up songs and flirty ones, but what about actual real love songs.

  37. J3 says:

    Alex and Sierra should win. Hands down

    • Scamp says:

      Jeff should win. A&S will win.

      • HTGR says:

        I’m either way in the end in this case. I could see a case made for either (at the beginning, out of these three, I was Jeff, then he didn’t do his best and A&S took off and I was A&S, but Jeff came back with a vengeance, so at this point I suppose it’s a toss up). A&S probably have it locked up. Jeff needs it WAY more. A&S get a contract regardless. So I suppose I put it for Jeff in the end. Either would be a somewhat unusual winner for reality tv. I can understand why some would say A&S, hands down, no question, but I can also see why some would say Jeff should win.
        .
        apple pitch pearls

  38. jw says:

    Amanda Brown shut the door and locked it as far as reality show covers of “Dream On” are concerned. But really, is this show still a thing?

  39. kevin says:

    really not sure how Simon never chose any Damien Rice songs (The Blowers Daughter) for A&S

    • MAB says:

      OMG! You are so on target. Just listened to that song and it would have been perfect for them. Loved the doing so much purchased the whole album for my iPod.

  40. Tameka says:

    Good Luck Jeff!!!! I hope that you will win…..

  41. Jim Welker says:

    The final 3 are ridiculous…We have some real beauties here…All boring….Well, Carlito has a little showmanship! Gutt looks like a goof ball and thinks he’s God’s gift to the show….Carlito lies about his situation; living conditions….A&S looking at each other gets old and they have AVERAGE voices AT BEST! A&S are BORING! We don’t need another S&C! They are ok but they are overrated for sure! Getting A’s from Mike week after week is ludicrous! Nobody is THAT GOOD! NOBODY!

  42. Jim Welker says:

    Too bad AKNU was disqualified; people were looking forward to seeing more of them! They brought great showmanship to a boring show! They were treated like GARBAGE! When they were picking the top 10 groups, the cameras were showing all the group’s expressions as the 10 groups were being announced; ALL EXCEPT AKNU…..NOT ONE SHOT OF THEM! Why have them show up for that segment! They were to the far right and were hardly noticed! Simon could have at least explained WHY THEY WEREN’T CHOSEN! He has no guts, that creepy, arrogant Simon; NO CLASS!

    • Britt says:

      Apparently AKNU got signed, so good for them! X Factor missed out! And yeah the Finale was kinda boring and repetitive.

    • Jess says:

      AKNU is an awesome group and their audition was amazing. I’m sure they would have done well on the show. But you know how these TV talent shows do background checks? Theirs didn’t go very well. And when that happens, unfortunately contestants aren’t allowed to take part, no matter how great their first audition is.

  43. Jim Welker says:

    My last comment was mentioned because with AKNU IN THIS FINAL, THE SHOW WOULD HAVE A TRULY EXCITING ACT, NOT 3 BORING FINALISTS…….BORING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  44. Volcfom says:

    A&S should take it, even with all retreads last night and the lyric slip. Alex sang “You’re the one that I love” twice instead of “I’m still learning to love”. I thought that’s why they were getting upset at first, but luckily Say Something is still new enough that people don’t know it by heart yet. A&S FTW!

  45. Jim Welker says:

    AKNU has their own company, selling their music and others as well…AKNU MEDIA LLC….FOUDED 2009! That’s why they were not chosen! Meant FOUNDED IN 2009! Well, it was X Factor’s loss! I think they were a shoo in to win this thing! Oh well, A&S winning may have saved show from cancellation! An upset would have been the end of XF USA!

  46. Val says:

    Jeff could be talent but what I hate is his acting all the time. I don’t really like that he uses his son to win. He even said that he needs that money because his son wants to be a doctor. What?
    Know what? I need that money too….

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