Reality Check: Beatles Beaten on X Factor, Voice! Plus: Fifth Harmony's Surge, Mario Lopez's 'But'

dw_reality_mashup_12.16.12Paul McCartney may have been a guest on Saturday Night Live this past weekend, but the real Beatles-related joke was hearing The X Factor‘s L.A. Reid compare biceps-centric boy-band contestants Emblem3 to one of the planet’s most commercially successful and critically revered acts ever. And alas, that was just one of several blows directed at the Fab Four on reality singing shows over the past seven days.

But wait! There’s even more ridiculousness to cover on this week’s episode of Reality Check! My cohost Melinda Doolittle and I dissect X Factor host Mario Lopez’s obsession with a pair of common conjunctions (and a possible connection to his Rated M underwear line). Plus, we examine Fifth Harmony’s late-season surge, and debate if Carly Rose Sonenclar and Tate Stevens (or their mentors) have gotten complacent atop the X Factor leaderboard.

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Melinda and I also turn our focus to The Voice, and wonder whether the show’s history of giving the title to “deserving dads” could spell trouble for perceived front-runner Cassadee Pope. We also offer some last minute ideas for how that show’s coaches could freshen up this week’s Season 3 finale.

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So press play below for your weekly dose of Reality Check, and for all my reality TV recaps, commentary and interviews, follow me on Twitter @MichaelSlezakTV!