Keeps getting upstaged on performance night by dancers, wardrobe and other unnecessary props. Maybe if this show was called The Why Factor?
9. CeCe Frey
(Last week No. 12)
Strategy of scoring sympathy votes after being lambasted for subpar vocals can only carry her so far. What happened to that spunky postal worker we all admired (or at least felt intrigued by) back in Boot Camp?
8. Arin Ray
(Last week No. 7)
“American Boy” made him look like a potential pop star, but followup on “Crazy for You” was clumsy and subpar. Can’t afford another misfire given what appears to be a limited fan base.
7. Diamond White
(Last week No. 11)
Definitely benefitting from her Top 20 elimination and subsequent Phoenix-rising-from-the-ashes edit, but none of her live performances has really lived up to the hype. Needs to emphasize her youthful charm and magnetism rather than focus on Grand Diva Ballads.
6. Beatrice Miller
(Last week No. 8)
The most emotionally connected of Britney’s teen acts isn’t quite connecting with voters, as she’s been near the bottom of the show’s leaderboard two weeks running. Ironing out the minor pitch issues that cropped up on her covers of “Iris” and “Time After Time” would most certainly help. Maybe removing one of her 37 layers of clothing/rags, too?
5. Tate Stevens
(Last week No. 4)
Pretty good job the last two weeks on “Wanted Dead or Alive” and “From This Moment.” And this season, “pretty good” might just be enough — at least when combined with aw-shucks adorable pre-performance packages.
(Last week No. 6)
The show has let up on the “cocky, perpetually shirtless/annoying doooooods!” edit, and it’s shifted focus to their copious energy and daring song choices. Simon obviously loves their commercial potential, too, but the vocals could be a little stronger, no?
3. Vino Alan
(Last week No. 9)
He’s finished high up the show’s official ranking for two weeks running, and frankly, he earned it with his best-in-show Top 12 week cover of “Let’s Stay Together.” A little more off-stage warmth — and a little less scary-intense energy — might carry him all the way to the finale.
2. Fifth Harmony
(Last week No. 1)
Could’ve used a little more harmonizing and a little less pass-the-mic solo time on Mariah Carey’s “Hero,” but from a note-for-note standpoint, they’re as strong an act as any in the Season 2 pool. Significant growth since Judges’ Houses gives them the proper reality-competition winner trajectory, too.
1. Carly Rose Sonenclar
(Last week No. 2)
Freed from the icky/sexy schoolgirl choreography of Top 16 week, Carly Rose has wowed the judges on “It Will Rain” and “My Heart Will Go On.” Now if Britney can find some slightly more youthful ditties that still showcase the Broadway baby’s chops — think “Unpretty” or “Leave (Get Out)” — she could turn herself into a viable post-show artist.
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