The X Factor Top 8 Results Recap: Did the Right Acts Get Axed This Week?

Let’s breathe a collective sigh of relief for Khloe Kardashian and Mario Lopez. With the number of competitors on Season 2 of The X Factor down to the mid-single digits, neither one of ’em will have to awkwardly count on their fingers to keep track of the proceedings from now through the season finale. (Okay, maybe that Kardashian woman will have problems till we’re down to the final four, but I digress…)

Anyhow, where our perpetually malfunctioning hostbots dodged a bullet, the X Factor audience was not so lucky. Honestly, is there any sport or competition imaginable — short of maybe Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? — in which you’d want to see a grown-ass man with flame tattoos pinch-hitting for actual human hair engaging in head-to-head battle against an adorable 13-year-old girl whose bedroom is almost certainly decorated with One Direction posters, Breyer model horses, and butterfly wall art? Yeesh!

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While you ponder that question, let’s cut to the chase: Top 8 week results. A mere nine minutes into the telecast, Mario excitedly announced which finalist had the lowest number of votes and would be walking the plank with little to no fanfare: Paige Thomas. Makes sense, seeing how she was among the best two or three performances from Wednesday night’s telecast! Paige, who’d written “H-A-V-E-F-A-I-T-H” on her fingernails, was probably wishing she’d written ‘W-h-y-T-h-e-F-a-c-e” instead. But instead of an R-rated tirade, the gorgeous single mom said she was eager to go home, get to work, and accomplish “bigger” and “better” things.

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As Blondie from Emblem3 flexed his muscles behind Mario Lopez, we cut to commercial break, a fine performance from Season 1’s Josh Krajcik, and then more results…

Sent to Safety (in no particular order)
Fifth Harmony
CeCe Frey
Carly Rose Sonenclar
Tate Stevens

[Alicia Keys is on FIIII-YAAAAHHHHH. Let’s hear it for NEW-YORRRRRK!]

Diamond White: Beyonce’s “I Was Here” | Yeah, she hit a couple of sharp notes, but overall a solid showing on a very ambitious ballad. Plus, whereas Carly Rose always leaves me thinking how she’s too young for her material, I never think too much about Diamond’s age when she’s singing. What’s that about?

Vino Alan: Ray LaMontagne’s “Trouble” | The opening few bars were a little ugly, but Vino hit his stride soon after, putting his gruff instrument to fine use. Was it too restrained, though? I never felt like his voice completely opened up on the chorus.

Judges’ Votes
L.A.: Sending home Diamond
Britney: Sending home Vino
Demi: Sending home Vino
Simon: Sending home Vino

“America didn’t get to even hear what I had,” said Vino. Well, L.A. pretty much guaranteed that with his endless litany of old-school soul ballads, no?

[OMG has this episode lasted three hours or what?]

Official Leaderboard
6. Diamond White
5. CeCe Frey
4. Fifth Harmony
(3 1/2. Simon Cowell’s face)
3. Emblem3
[Just one tenth of one percent separate the Top 2]
2. Tate Stevens
1. Carly Rose Sonenclar

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

What did you think of The X Factor‘s Top 8 results show? Did you agree with the results? And who exactly is voting for CeCe? Hit the comments with your thoughts!

p.s. No new Reality Check this week, thanks to last week’s Thanksgiving holiday. But we’ll be back with a new video next Monday, scout’s honor!