A couple of thoughts on tonight’s show:

The performances were miles better than last week! The contestants seem  more comfortable on the big stage. But also, the song choices were, in most cases, better suited to the contestants. Simon was smart enough to allow both Emblem3 and Lyric 145 to choose their own songs. He needs to get ad stay out of the way of these two talented acts.

Britney also calmed down some of her crazy staging and allowed her teens to shine. Carly and Arin were much improved over last week.  Beatrice had an interesting song, but she had some vocal problems.  Diamond White was kind of a disaster. Why give that kid a Whitney song? She couldn’t handle it. I’m not convinced she was brought back for any other reason than for the dramz.

As much as I love me some Demi Lovato, I’m beginning to think she’s not a great mentor. CeCe and Jennel were both disasters tonight.  Demi has no clue what to do with either one and she’s making horrible song choices for both.  Paige was the best of the three, but it was mostly on the strength of her performance rather than anything Demi did for her.  Also, her banter with Simon is beginning to verge on the annoying.  You know. Sometimes Simon knows best. Like tonight. It might be smart to pay attention to his criticism.

And finally–Jason Brock isn’t a good enough singer to compete seriously in this competition. And he’s not campy-cheesy enough to be entertaining.  However, LA has two very good singers–Tate Stevens and Vino Alan.  I hope he learns to trust their instincts. These two mature artists know who they are. They don’t need a lame ass mentor to tell them.

LIVE FROM HOLLYWOOD IT’S THE X FACTOR!  It’s time to vote for the very first time!  The judges enter to the James Bond theme, “Live or Let Die”.  Demi looks so pretty with dark hair!

Hosts Mario Lopez and Khloe Kardashian take the stage. What is Khloe wearing?

Simon about to make an important announcement!  Simon watched the show back. But HE BELIEVES THEY MADE A MISTAKE WITH ONE ACT!!!! OH MY GOSH. IT’S A TOP 13!!!! Who is it?

Diamond White!

Tonight’s songs are from the greatest movies ever made.

Arin Ray – Britney Spears – Teens – “American Boy” – Arin performs a smooth, Michael Jackson-inspired take on the song. The Usher-lite deal works perfectly for Arin–I can see exactly the kind of artist he’d be on the pop charts. The choreography does not overwhelm Arin this week. A big improvement from last week. LA says, “Your a different person than when I first met you. Great job.” Demi says, “I’m a little speechless. You really took the advice that we gave you. You were definitely more smooth. You look like a star. Simon says, “Britney you’ve done a really good job with this guy. You’ve got your confidence baqck. You’re turning into a little star.” Britney says, “YOU’RE AMAZING” – Text Vote to 9301 – 1-855-843-9301

Time to pimp the Verizon app. Simon calls it THE BEST APP IN THE WORLD.

Paige Thomas – Demi Lovato – Young Adults – “Take My Breath Away” – Paige wants to make her daughter -proud. Wow. The production on this–Paige descends from the heavens, in a harness, gown billowing behind her. I love her vocal on this. She’s hitting every note. Fantastic vocal. There are no dancers, but there is a dude kissing her neck as she sings. I could have done without that, but otherwise, once again, a big improvement from last week. I disagree with LA and Simon that the performance left something to be desired. LA says, “The production was amazing. The song was good. I’m not completely blown away. I want great from you.” Brittany says, “The beginning was the best part.” Simon says, “I don’t think you could have put any more on that stage. The beginning was great, but it needed to go somewhere. You don’t want to turn this into a karaoke competition.” Demi says, “There should have been flames. I’m so sorry I let you down. You did so amazing. It was so great.” Demi and Simon spar a little more. - Text Vote to 9302 – 1-855-843-9302

Khloe is backstage. SHE FEELS NERVES EVERYWHERE.

Vino Alan – Over 25s – LA Reid – “When A Man Loves a Woman” – Vino was born on a military base. He tried to get in the army, but they didn’t like his tattoos. But, Vino has been singing for the troupes.  LA wisely gave Vino a soul song, but the bad news–it’s the oversung and overplayed “When a Man Loves a Woman.” Vino brings his own passionate flair to the tune. At least LA is on the right track now. At the finish, Vino shouts “Love will conquer hate. East coast I’m with you.” That made me laugh.  Demi says, “That was a phenomenal performance. It left me speechless. I have a hard time seeing you as a number 1 artist.” Simon says, “You went from zero to hero in one week. You are a soul singer. You put your heart and soul into it.” Simon calls Demis remarks stupid. He cites the success of Susan Boyle. LA says, “I’m really really proud of you. Simon was right. You nailed it, I couldn’t be happier.” - Text Vote to 9303 – 1-855-843-9303

Emblem3 – Groups – Simon Cowell – “My Girl”/”California Girls” with a “What Makes You Beautiful”  sample. Oh wow. They’re playing it like they’re poor surf dudes from Huntingdon Beach. The truth is the boys have deep Hollywood connections. They are hardly broke.  How many songs did Simon think he could wedge in one tune? That was busy as hell. The guys sing and rap different parts of both songs, against the 1D riff. It verges on being a hot mess, but the boys are professional and manage to pull it off.  It turns out they only had a day to rehearse.  LA says, “I really want to be critical. But you guys were actually perfect.” Britney says, “I was blown away by the way you made the song your own” Demi says, “I thought you guys were really great. I would have made sure not to plug one of my other artists they could be compared to.” Simon calls it “being clever.” hm. Simon says, “It’s energy, it was fun. We changed this song in one day. You did an outstanding job.” - Text Vote to 9304 – 1-855-843-9304

Beatrice Miller – Teens – Britney Spears – “Iris” by the Goo Goo Dools – Beatrice has two mommies. How about that. Her vocals are still scratchy. Uh. Beatrice was under pitch during much of the song. And I still don’t get the sense that she understands what she’s singing. I found the entire performance, including her strutting around the stage and “emoting” awkward.  LA says, “The tone of your voice sounds like a hit record. Your voice is sensational.” Demi says, “The way you pour your soul into your songs blows my mind.” Simon can’t believe she’s only 13, “You’re like a great performer. A few vocal issues, but I can see you working. You’ve got more confidence this week.” Britney says, “I feel like you’ve got the best personality out of everyone in this competition. I’m so proud of you.” - Text Vote to 9305 – 1-855-843-9305

Jennel Garcia – Young Adults – Demi Lovato – “I Love Rock n Roll” – ROCHESTER IS NOT A SMALL TOWN. IT’S A SUBURB OF BOSTON.  Oh Demi. Listen to LA and Simon. You are trying to turn Janell into something she’s not. She looks silly in leather playing the “rocker” chick. She needs to be stripped down and allowed to sing from her heart.  LA says, “It was a Joan Jett parody. I didn’t see the originality.” Britney says, “I have one word for your performance. HOT HOT HOT.” That’s 3 words, Britney. Simon says, “I don’t like what Demi has done with your look. You were fun and charming. This is a bit of a parody.” Demi begins to argue with Simon. “You’ve got to challenge yourself on these songs.” Demi says, “That’s why I’m her mentor and you’re not! I think you did amazing.” - Text Vote to 9306 – 1-855-843-9306

Tate Stevens – LA Reid – Over 25s – “Dead Or Alive” – PERFECT song to showcase Tate’s clear pure vocals. That was a fantastic vocal. I love the crystalline quality of his vocal tone. I can hear this guy on country radio right now. Britney says, “You definitely are a true cowboy.” Demi says, “I love you on and off stage. I really think you have what it takes.” Simon says, “It feels like you’e arrived back in this competition. I love giving this guy a break.” Demi thinks he looks like a pop star. Really? LA tells everyone to vote for Tate. If they’re in a voting mood. - Text Vote to 9307 – 1-855-843-9307

Lyric 145 – Simon Cowell – Groups – “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” – That was totally wack and gave me a headache. But it was also brilliant. Holy shit, Lyric sang every word at a breakneck speed and did not miss a beat. It was like an English nightmare, but I could not look away. Simon wisely let them do their own thing this week, and they proved they’ve got what it takes. Inventive, creative, CRAZY. Simon needs to step back and allow these guys to do their thing. LA says, “I hated it. The truth is, I think I’m going crazy because it was really good. Not my cup of tea, but it was perfect.” Britney says, “Very entertaining.” Demi says, “Who knew in that crusty old brain there was some hip throughts.” Simon clarifies that they chose the song. “You were bloody fantastic.” - Text Vote to 9308 – 1-855-843-9308

Diamond White – Britney Spears – Teens – “I Have Nothing” – We see Diamond break down as Britney gives her the good news via phone that she’s back in.  Sorry. That performance does not scream “It was worth bringing Diamond back!”  It was an overambitious song choice and the song was way way too big for 13 year old Diamond.  She was better last week singing that horrible train song.  When Diamond tries to go big, she often has vocal issues. LA says, “Welcome back. I thought that was an ambitious song choice. You brought it home.” Demi says, “I’m trying hard not to cry. That just tugged at my heart.” Simon says, “This proves that dreams can come true. Great vocal. Great song. Great performance.” Britney says, “You definitely channeled Whitney in that performance.” NO SHE DIDN’T. - Text Vote to 9309 – 1-855-843-9309

CeCe Frey – Demi Lovato – Young Adults – “Eye of the Tiger” – Oh my gosh. This is really off pitch. And she looks like a pirate clown. Ridiculous. WHAT THE HELL IS THAT OUTFIT? The leopard spots are back. This is a TERRIBLE song choice. WOAH CRAZY OFF KEY NOTE. That was painful. Like a joke performance. I love Demi, but it’s becoming clear that she’s not a great mentor to these artists. LA says, “The ending was really strong. The sum total of it all didn’t blow me away.” Britney says, “I thought you were a little rebel out there.” Simon says, “Anything recognizable about you in the beginning has been thrown away. No imagination. The song choice was horrible. I think you should be making your own song choices.”  Demi says they chose the song together. “I’m going to help you go in whatever direction you want.” Mario had to ask her how to pronounce her name. Oy. - Text Vote to 9310 – 1-855-843-9310

Carly Rose – Britney Spears – Teens – “It Will Rain” – A superb vocal from Carly! She is definitely my favorite out of the teens. There is something preternaturally mature about her, but without seeming creepy or annoyingly precocious. This Bruno Mars song was a perfect pick for her, and she really poured her heart into the performance. So much, she was in tears at the end. She’s got a natural, effortless talent. LA says, “That was really heartfelt and really honest. I loved it.” Demi says, “This is you in your element. You’re incredible.” Simon says, “The difference between last week and this week is a huge improvement. You’ve got real guts. We’re watching a star in the making.” Britney says, “I feel like you should have closed the show. Nobody can follow that.” - Text Vote to 9311 – 1-855-843-9311

Jason Brock – LA Reid – Over 25s – “I Believe I Can Fly” – I hate this song SO SO MUCH. LA picks such obvious, overplayed tunes. Jason has an OK voice, but he’s karaoke through and through. He’s supposed to be “Mr. Entertainment” but I would hardly call him that. Zzzzz. Britney says, “It’s way better, but it still feels like a Vegas lounge act.” Demi agrees, “It’s very predicable and very cabaret. You’re so much better than that.” Simon says, “I don’t feel you can fly. You do have a good voice, but the way you’re dressed, you look like a singer in an Italian restaurant. There’s a lot of work that needs to be done.” LA says, “I think you did an excellent job. You can fly my friend.” Britney would have him do something more urban like “Scream” from Usher. Hm. - Text Vote to 9312 – 1-855-843-9312

Oh. We’re going to find out the Lylas-1432-whatever goups new name after the break.

FifthHarmony – Groups – Simon Cowell – “A Thousand Years” –  Eh. The vocals were OK, but their performance did not do this beautiful Christina Perri song any justice.  The group is still kind of a hot mess when they go for harmonies. And considering their new name, it would be ironic if they didn’t at least attempt to sing together. There is one really good singer in this group. She blows solo artists like Diamond White and Paige Thomas out of the water. LA says, “I was impressed with your singing. You guys nailed it.” Britney says, “You guys just shined the whole way.” Demi says, “You guys are all powerful vocalists. I wasn’t crazy about the arrangement of the song.” Simon says, “The transformation has been enormous. I can feel something special. The vocals were stunning. I could not be more proud of you girls.” - Text Vote to 9313 – 1-855-843-9313

 
  • jobeob987

    LA says there will be a big surprise in the overs.  Wonder who he’s bring back.  David Correy?  The other person he eliminated (can’t remember the name)?

    OK, I see it’s Diamond. She should do well with her peers who watch the show.

  • jobeob987

    LA says there will be a big surprise in the overs.  Wonder who he’s bring back.  David Correy?  The other person he eliminated (can’t remember the name)?

    OK, I see it’s Diamond. She should do well with her peers who watch the show.

  • iluvai

    Hooray Diamond is back!

  • iluvai

    Hooray Diamond is back!

  • http://twitter.com/MissGolightly22 No Thanks

    Cool Diamond!  Anyone have a live stream link?

  • genius13

    I was hoping for David correy

  • genius13

    I was hoping for David correy

  • mileyfan123

    Arin’s rap was pretty good.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    A part of Britney isn’t there, I swear.

    Diamond is back pimped as wildcard and Arin goes first on fodder spot. Bye Arin.

  • iluvai

    That would have been good too.  :(

  • too-cool-for-school

    Me too, but I am glad she is back anyhow!

  • Tera2

    Arin Ray is a star.  Very good performance.  He has the voice, and can sing, rap and dance.  That’s the one with potential to be next Usher and Chris Brown. That performance has X-Factor all over it. People need to vote for him.

  • genius13

    I’m liking this from Arin..not the best voice..but solid vocals

  • jobeob987

    I thought Arin was very convincing onstage.  I believed his performance and he can move too.  If I was 16, I’d think he was a cutie.

  • too-cool-for-school

    I thought there were some flaws in Arin’s vocals but it was entertaining. An improvement for him, too.

  • girlygirltoo

    I’m sorry, but what is the point of doing the judges’ house eliminations if Simon is just going to overrule decisions and bring people back? This is the 2nd straight year they’ve done it. It’s stupid and annoying. Diamond White isn’t even all that good, IMO. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    It’s Simon show. He thinks his manipulatiosn are good enough to bring more viewers. Well, I wish him luck.

  • mileyfan123

    Paige sounds fantastic

  • mileyfan123

    Why does Simon want to turn everything into a dance song?

  • genius13

    Slightly better vocals from Paige..still not good

  • too-cool-for-school

    Paige is really beautiful! I didn’t like that song choice but she did ok with it.

  • Karen C

    I didn’t think Arrin’s vocals were that good, though the production was. 

    I did think Paige’s vocals were good.

  • shell29

    I’m liking Demi more and more.  First performance where I really enjoyed Paige’s vocals.  Not a bad job at all.

  • Tera2

    Good stage presence from Paige.  I liked it but Arin Ray did better.  They both have star potential, but Arin is ready to join the stars.

  • Tera2

    Good stage presence from Paige.  I liked it but Arin Ray did better.  They both have star potential, but Arin is ready to join the stars.

  • Listening

    Thank Goodness Simon stepped in and got Diamond back on the show. I was angry at Britney for eliminating her. She should of never been in the bottom 2.

  • wkstrack

    Well, even though it’s just two performances in….it’s better than last week. I thought Arin did a good job. Decent but not amazing. And Paige was ok. But wtf with Simon wanting to turn everything into a dance track/big OTT production? That’s one of the big complaints about the XF.

  • lukien

    Wakakaka what did i say? They would bring back Diamond!

  • genius13

    I have a feeling Carly will sing summertime

  • shell29

    Much much better performance from Vino this week.  That’s the Vino I want to see more of.

  • shell29

    Much much better performance from Vino this week.  That’s the Vino I want to see more of.

  • Tera2

    Vino has a good voice.  The performance was a bit manic in parts, but it was good unlike last time.  He sounds like Joe Cocker. I don’t see him becoming a star though.

  • chillj

    Bubbbabelew!  Great job!

    Oops, sorry, wrong show!

  • too-cool-for-school

    Vino was pretty good but I don’t care for him. 

  • too-cool-for-school

    Vino was pretty good but I don’t care for him. 

  • mileyfan123

    Emblem3 sounds terrible like usual.

  • mileyfan123

    Emblem3 sounds terrible like usual.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    I was completely distracted during Vino’s performance. I think it went nowhere.

  • genius13

    I just don’t get Emblem 3…they look like they’ve been drug through a pac sun store

  • http://twitter.com/ClaudeDee Claude Dee

    They were all over the placeeeeeee teeeheee

  • too-cool-for-school

    I’m trying to imagine that if I was about 13 I would like Emblem3, but I don’t even think I would then, bahah. They are meh.

  • Tera2

    Didn’t really care much for Emblem 3 performance.  It’s ok but last week was much better.  They have fun on stage, but nothing special about their voice and its almost obnoxious at times.

  • Xentusk

    Looking back on her reaction (or lack of reaction) when she was ‘eliminated’, one wonders…maybe Diamond knew all along she was going to be ‘saved’.  Quite a few people guessed they would probably save her.

  • shell29

    I just don’t get the fuss over Emblem3 and probably never will. 

  • shell29

    I just don’t get the fuss over Emblem3 and probably never will. 

  • Listening

    There’s that beautiful voice of Vino’s that was missing from last week. Also good job Simon shooting Demi down it’s not pop X-Factor. Sometimes it’s just about the voice and the passion.

  • mileyfan123

    Beatrice looks terrible. I’m not loving this. Her voice reminds me of Haley Reinhardt but not as good. 

  • genius13

    This is the second week im not liking Beatrice

  • http://twitter.com/ClaudeDee Claude Dee

    Brittney can’t a pick a song for Bea…. Ugh 

  • http://twitter.com/ClaudeDee Claude Dee

    Brittney can’t a pick a song for Bea…. Ugh 

  • Tera2

    Beatrice’s vocals was average and not much improvement from last week.  Her voice doesn’t have range at all.  I think in a couple years she’ll be ready, but not now.

  • iluvai

    I like Beatrice. She has an interesting voice. Not sure about that outfit!!  :)

  • too-cool-for-school

    You hit the nail on the head, thank you. I couldn’t figure it out but her voice is like Haley’s, but nowhere near as awesome. Maybe with time and practice she could improve but for now, listening to her isn’t very pleasant.

  • jobeob987

    Poor Beatrice.  Her voice isn’t at its best and this song is so repetitive that it didn’t allow her voice to go anywhere although considering the condition of her voice this week, it may not have been a bad idea.

  • shell29

    Beatrice is good but I don’t think she’s quite ready yet.  In a few more years, look out.

  • Listening

    Okay one of them boys the guy in the checkered shirt in Emblem 3  had a flat draggy voice. It was awful. The guys just annoy me they ooze cockiness

  • http://www.celebritybug.net/ Amanda (Celebrity Bug)

    Emblem 3 is overrated. They’re not that cute and the voices are leave much to be desired.

  • http://www.celebritybug.net/ Amanda (Celebrity Bug)

    Love Beatrice’s voice and it was a good song choice, but somehow, I still feel shortchanged.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NWXRUOY5BTHY5F52JP3ZFJTTVI Mikko

    I also do not like Simon’s ego thing, but I think top13 with Diamond was a right thing to do. Thay just should have done it already in the show, and say: Diamond, you do not go anywhere. the quality of kids’ group is so great, that we will take you all to public voting.

  • sue

    Tonight is a million times better than last week. Simon should of brought back Jillian Jensen. Oh well!  Sob stories here we go.  Yippie!  Everyone is doing better this week.

  • lufausljc

    Did not like Emblem 3 today, just no Simon blah. Beatrice’s outfit was horrible and her vocals were bad as well. 

  • Listening

    Beatrice sounded much better than last week. She was very comfortable w/ that song.  Also seems like she comes from a well off family even though her moms are out of work. The house she was leaving looked huge.

    I just wish she would sing a softer more dynamic song so she could be tender and emotional w/ it.

  • shell29

    Sorry but I don’t buy Jennel as a rocker.

  • Tera2

    Jennel Garcia keeps biting more than she can chew – like last week she’s singing a song that she doesn’t have the voice to handle.  It was average at best.

  • jobeob987

    Jennel is as good as usual, but I’m not sure I like that song for her.  She does light up the stage, though.  BTW, Simon is absolutely right.  Let her be herself — not an imitation of Joan Jett.

  • Chris

    Jennel does that same hair, sexy thing and its getting old. 

    And I agree with Simon, her hair is a bit too dark and straight.  Demi is a bit too defensive :-(

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    Jennel’s voice is weak even to a song that doesn’t require range. She doesn’t have the raw nad rage in her voice to be a rocker. The arrangement and backing vocals hold the song.

  • genius13

    I think they’re trying too hard to push jennel into this rocker image…at first she was fun and flirty and girly..now she’s like some bar house butch rocker chick…I don’t like what Demi has done to her

  • too-cool-for-school

    I agree w/ Simon about Janell. That performance wasn’t believable and Demi is turning her into something she isn’t really.

  • shell29

    Demi is a bit too defensive

    Agreed, and while I think she’s been a positive addition to the panel her constant need to interrupt Simon while he’s commenting on her acts is starting to annoy me a little.

  • shell29

    Aw, Tate’s daughter is a cutie.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    I think Tate is singing the song on its original key. Too high for him, a baritone. But he did a good job.

    ETA: I really believe Demi is a fan of country music. I’m taking a break to talk with Santa Claus and I’ll be back.

  • Listening

    Jennel’s arrangement of Rock and Roll was a mess and her movement/dancing  on stage was awkward. Her vocals were strong though if sometimes overwhelmed by the music and backing singers

  • shell29

    Was that a bit of edge I saw with Tate tonight?  I like it!  He has grown on me so much-I’m pulling for him to go far.

  • Tera2

    Tate did good.  The song showcased his voice.  Not a country fan (although I like Pop-country carrie Underwood) .  I dont think Tate will be a star, but he will definitely get more gigs for parties and as an opening act after this to support his family.

  • http://twitter.com/timmmc Timm McIntosh

    MJ, are you confusing Rochester, MA with another town? Rochester is literally one town over from me, and I’m like 40 miles south of Boston. And the way they show it on the show is EXACTLY like it is in real life. For reals. The last time I was there, I ate lunch at a local ice cream place, and had to share my table with a chicken. A live, friendly, neighborhood chicken. 

  • too-cool-for-school

    I thought Tate was really strong. I suppose he doesn’t stand much chance but that was one of the better vocals of the night.

  • http://twitter.com/eric_ascher Eric Ascher

    I liked Jennel. Call me crazy but I thought that was a great performance. Although, I would like to see her strip it back next week.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    I think Lyric 145 are entertaining but I don’t take them seriously. But they are entertaining and deserve a little bit of votes. LOL

  • jobeob987

    OK, am I the only one here thinking the performance by Lyric 145 was bizarre?  The girl is interesting.  The guys aren’t. 

  • Tera2

    I like the rapping of the girl in Lyric145, but don’t care for the guys.  This performance was just annoying to me, and I like hip-hop.

  • shell29

    They were right-that’s the last thing I was expecting from Lyric 145.  Not sure if I was crazy about it though.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XY62PETGTXO3FFQXX45UKQ2O7M Steph

    This Lyric 1293907290284 group is awful. Mary Poppins? Just no!

  • Chris

    My daughter called that, “super-cal-a-frag-i-listic-expia-la-wierdish!”

  • shell29

    No, you’re not the only one.  I’m not quite sure what to make of it.

  • elliegrll

    Few people, except Lyric, could have pulled that song off.  She’s a star.  I wonder if the two guys have figured out that they really aren’t playing that big of a role in the so called group.

  • genius13

    That was genius!!! They should go the black eye peas route…Simon should let me make all they’re song choices from now on

  • shell29

    I agree about Lyric.  She’s definitely the standout in that trio.

  • too-cool-for-school

    At least it was interesting. Has that ever been done before with that song? It was pretty clever. It had some annoying moments, but I agree with the sentiment that she is the star of the group. The guys bring things down a bit.

  • elliegrll

    Beatrice sounded like a little girl, who was singing to her hairbrush, while she ran around her room.  That wasn’t even worthy of being performed at a middle school PTA meeting.

  • iluvai

    I think Diamond is doing a pretty good job with this song.

  • Listening

    Hmmm Lyric 145 aren’t who I thought they were, they’re coming across as more wild than what I got from Party in the USA.

    I’m w/ LA. I was hating it and liking it at the same time. I felt it was close to being perfect but wasn’t quite there. At times it was difficult to understand them but I loved the beat and I was into the staging, very creative and a bit crazy. They made me think they were a cross between Nicki Minaj and Missy Elliot. It was an interesting and brave song choice just wished they mixed it up a bit more. I still want them to stay. I’m still down w/ them I wonder how the X-Factor audience will take that performance.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    It’s a pretty weak comeback from Diamond. As she struggled to sing it, the judges are struggling a little bit to lie.

  • jobeob987

    Diamond is adorable, but this song is too big for her.  She needs to go the teen pop route.  The judges are loving it, though.  This girl wouldn’t have made it on Idol singing this.

  • jobeob987

    Diamond is adorable, but this song is too big for her.  She needs to go the teen pop route.  The judges are loving it, though.  This girl wouldn’t have made it on Idol singing this.

  • Listening

    Hmm that was an underwhelming performance for Diamond. I wish she’d come out stronger, she’s better than that.

  • Chris

    Meh song choice and arrangement for Diamond.  We are all so Whitney’d out.

  • Tera2

    Diamond did ok.  I don’t think she can be a solo star and is more for broadway shows, or maybe part of a girl group one day.  Diamond and the 13 year old girls arent reading to be radio stars.  Arin Ray is the one that’s ready and the recording star in Britney’s group.

  • http://www.celebritybug.net/ Amanda (Celebrity Bug)

    Diamond is no Whitney Houston. The song was way too big for her voice and Britney should be more conscious of picking songs for her, because she is coming across so old.

  • shell29

    I don’t know if I loved that song choice for Diamond but she did a pretty good job.

  • iluvai

    CeCe doesn’t sound very good, imo. I think she looked better before her makeover, too.

  • http://www.celebritybug.net/ Amanda (Celebrity Bug)

    Demi is failing her contestants with these horrid song choices.

  • jobeob987

    WTH, CeCe!  That’s two weeks in a row that I’ve been underwhelmed!  Where’s the girl from boot camp?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    CeCe Frey is sounding terrible. What happened to her? LOL

  • Chris

    CeCe’s spots are back – make me itch

  • Chris

    CeCe’s spots are back – make me itch

  • elliegrll

    That was the type of song that American Idol would have given a young female contestant.  The song was too big and too old for her.

  • genius13

    Dumb song choice for cece..and her vocals are just ok

  • shell29

    Hate hate hate that song choice and the vocals weren’t that great either.  Sorry CeCe.

    ETA: Simon was spot on with his critique.

  • Lexee234

    CeCe cannot sing. Period. Have not been impressed with one performance of hers yet. Best tonight so far: Arin and Jannel. Also, David Correy deserved to be invited back.

  • Tera2

    Cece Frey is just mediocre and her voice is so ordinary.  I feel like I’m listening to some wanna be singer performing at some small local gig or karaoke bar when she sings.  She doesn’t have a recording voice.

  • genius13

    I totally agree with simon…Demi has totally ruined jennell and cece

  • genius13

    I totally agree with simon…Demi has totally ruined jennell and cece

  • lufausljc

    Wow, the Cece that I used to enjoy is now gone. Thank you Simon for saying what I was thinking. Horrible song choice and Cece could clearly not handle that song, an embarrassment all together. 

  • lufausljc

    Wow, the Cece that I used to enjoy is now gone. Thank you Simon for saying what I was thinking. Horrible song choice and Cece could clearly not handle that song, an embarrassment all together. 

  • Listening

    Cee Cee’s vocals were a little shaky, the song choice was stupid and her outfit was incredibly silly. Demi said she was going to make us love Cee Cee but she’s like doing the exact opposite to achieve that.

  • shell29

    That was the type of song that American Idol would have given a young female contestant. The song was too big and too old for her.

    ITA.  Diamond should sing something fun too match her young, bubbly personality-not diva ballads that have been done to death.

  • shell29

    I don’t remember CeCe being this bad during the audition and judges’ house phase.  Must be the mentoring.

  • iluvai

    Carly’s voice is amazing. She sounds so mature. She is a force to be reckoned with!

  • http://www.celebritybug.net/ Amanda (Celebrity Bug)

    Say Britney isn’t all there as much as you want, but as a unit her category has been the strongest tonight.

  • jobeob987

    Tonight, Carly is in a different league from the rest of the top 13 (so far, anyway).

  • http://www.celebritybug.net/ Amanda (Celebrity Bug)

    I agree, Jennell was one of my favorites going into judges home, but now she is just completely and utterly generic. Hate the new look and the song choices haven’t done her any favors.

  • Listening

    Oh Carly’s voice was so beautiful in the beginning. Her tone was nice and the song fits her. It was real close to perfect. I got a little tense at some moments b/c I was afraid she’d lose control of her vocals and at other times her notes didn’t soar as much as they should of but it was really good. She was definitely the best out of Britney’s category. That was an easy one to call.

  • Tera2

    Carly can sing but she comes off young and Broadway vocally.  I like the beginning but the rest was a bit all over the place.  I think she’ll be better when she’s 18.

  • shell29

    She may be more “Broadway” than “Pop Star” but I don’t care. Carly is ready right now.

  • jobeob987

    Hated the song, liked Jason very much.  A little too much melisma for my tastes but very good.  Still, I can’t see him going mainstream.

  • iluvai

    I like Jason. He did a great job.

  • http://www.celebritybug.net/ Amanda (Celebrity Bug)

    “Scream” by Usher??? Khloe don’t ask Britney anymore questions.

  • genius13

    I don’t care for Jason AT ALL I’m sorry…he should not have been saved over David Correy

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    This group of girls looks like a joke act just because of name changes. LOL

  • Tera2

    Jason just oversang that song – too much melismas.  I can’t take him seriously.  I think he should be in some off-broadway act.

  • shell29

    I’m still a fan of Jason but I don’t like what L.A. is doing with him.  I don’t get the impression that he’s taking him seriously.

  • Listening

    WHAT! did Britney just say she’d have Jason Brock sing Scream by Usher. Hmmm I know you were put on the spot and everything but….Ummm just b/c you love a song doesn’t mean everybody would be good singing it. But you know what now that she put it in my head i’m curious how he’d sound singing it.

  • iluvai

    I’m not sure I see Jason becoming a pop star, but he has a place in show biz. Go Jason.  :)

  • shell29

    Fifth Harmony-I like it.  Much better than LYLAS or 54321

  • http://www.celebritybug.net/ Amanda (Celebrity Bug)

    Love Camilla’s voice.

  • iluvai

    Fifth Harmony sounds really pretty.

  • jobeob987

    The girl group, Fifth Harmony, has potential, but it seems they were better at boot camp (like so many other acts tonight).  It’s the first live night for votes so I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt.  They will improve.

  • Whatiswrongwithus

    After seeing Carly sing, i realised X factor may have another female winner 2 seasons in a row. Hey, i guess that makes X factor stand out from the rest of the shows huh. The only singing competition so far that can produce female winners LOL.

  • Tera2

    5th harmony is a good choice for a name for them.  They are harmonious for group just put together.  They did alright but I prefer the songs they’ve done in the past over this.  I dint like the arrangement as much and I don’t think the first girl who opened the song should have sang so long.

  • shell29

    That was pretty good.  Not bad Fifth Harmony.

  • Listening

    Yes Fifth Harmony actually got the harmonies going they sounded amazing all together. I’m glad they have that name even though it’s a little weird b/c it forces them to actually use harmonies. I still dislike Carmilla’s voice she sounds like a little kid but it was pure bliss when the others came in. Lauren and Dinah’s voice’s were killer.

  • Tera2

    Ok we’ve reached the end.  I liked Arin Ray’s performance most cause he sang well and performed, and he has a great recording voice.  It was good opening for the show, but I hope people remember to vote for him since he went first.

  • shell29

    I have a *bit* of hope that Khloe will improve over the course of the season.  Tonight was better for her IMO.  I wasn’t excited by the Mario hire initially but he’s a definite keeper. 

  • iluvai

    Good show tonight. I think the new judges are a great fit and most of the contestants are likeable. 

  • jobeob987

    Overall, I liked Arin, Jennel and Carly Rose best, however, I’m not sure I liked them enough to tune in next week.  I think no matter what happens on this show, Carly Rose will have a music career in some form.

  • http://twitter.com/AwesomeWillis Willis White

    Lyric, CeCe, GirlGroup5 and Arin were my favs tonight.

    Simon was right in his critique of CeCe. Maybe Demi should be less involved. Eye of the Tiger was kinda cheesy fun, but mostly just wrong. I did like Paige’s performance but it did come across over-produced. Maybe second week of X-Factor is not the time to go for a Pink style VMA show. Jennel was kinda karaoke. Surprised Britney didn’t mention she released that song too.

    I like both Beatrice and Jason but haven’t really loved their performances yet. I thought Simon was making a crack about Jason’s weight when he said he couldn’t fly, only jump a few inches. Maybe he meant his talent. I dunno Jason looked like he wanted to say something on the mic.

    Great show! I didn’t like X-Factor last year, but I’m loving it this year. It’s very shiny, and I like shiny things.

  • http://twitter.com/HighTensions Jake Williams

    Arin-Was ok. I liked his rap. I just think he’s American Idol type fodder.Paige-This was really really good. Great vocals and great theatrics. I love her lady gaga/rihanna style. I hope she goes far. This was entertainment.
    Emblem3-This was horrendous. Absolutely corny and terrible.
    Vino-This was bad. He was pitchy and his tone doesn’t fit this song.
    Beatrice-This was ok. She’s was hella awkward working the stage though.
    Jennel-This was a hot mess. Just wrong all over. I don’t like this at all. Simon is right. She needs to go back to her old look.Tate-Started good, but ended up terrible after the beginning. I also think he is in the wrong competition. He isn’t a star. No Demi no. He does not look like a pop star.
    Lyric145-Sign them now. This was entertainment. They are phenomenal. I want them to win this competition hands down. I loved Lyric’s little sassy speech at LA during the song too. 
    Diamond-This was not good at all. I want The urban Diamond back. I liked her first live performance more. It was fresh and worked. Turn her into Willow Smith, not Whitney.
    CeCe-It was ok with a few bad spots. I still want her to stay. She’s a popstar. Her sing off last week was incredible though.
    Carly-This was really really good. I want her in the final with Lyric145.
    Jason-Stop singing this annoying song. I want anyone to go home if you sing this. I don’t care how good you do. Leave this competition now Jason. LA is a liar. This was not Mr. Entertainment.
    Fifth Harmony- I like the new name. This was really really good. I can see them going far in this competition. I’m rooting for them. We need some girl groups in the USA because we are lacking them.

    Who I liked tonight: Paige,Lyric145,Carly,and Fifth Harmony
    Who I Would Send Home: Tate and Jason. I wouldn’t be upset if Jannel slipped in there.

    Notes: 1.Demi looks beautiful. I love her Penelope Cruz look. She looks way better than all that caked on makeup she had before.
    2. Don’t ever do those ridiculous clapping sessions behind Kardashian #3742 and Mario X Factor. Nobody does that much clapping. That looked stupid.
    3.MJ is right that Jannel needs to quit lying and saying her town is really small. You don’t need to lie about something to make yourself sound interesting. Just be honest and be yourself.

  • genius13

    My top 3:

    5th Harmony
    Carly Rose
    Arin Ray

    My bottom 3:
    Emblem 3
    CeCe Frey
    Jason Brock

    Everybody else were at varying degrees of “meh”

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/TBRH25QFXTK5JOPE4HX7FBI5PE J

    It shouldn’t be too hard to get a female winner with who is left of the males. They cut any of the ones that had a chance before the voting rounds.

  • Mari

    Beatrice and 5th Harmony are my favs.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NDYOWBIIPZU6PBRHGOPT2ZZJXQ sweetmm

    Surprisingly all 3 group acts were good tonight; I love3 lyric145 performance.  Vocally Carly Rose was the best for me.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5CTSGSGATMXQESVDDD7RWQRYXU Jane

    That supercali Lyric145 performance was the most entertaining thing I’ve seen on one of these shows for a long time.  They are not my usual kind of favorite, but I LOVE THEM.  That was awesome. 

  • calliebeckett

    I love Khloe for putting Britney on the spot for that.

    Just for inane answers like that, Khloe should stay on the show.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5HGXDY5SA4QJRME7OQJXRJYE4M James M.

    I only caught Lyric 145 so far on the West Coast, and that was f***ing brilliant, sick, disgustingly awesome, dope…. GOD, I dunno what else to say about it. 

    It’s not the kind of song I can see on their album, but so far they’re my favorite.

  • Whatiswrongwithus

    You’re definitely right about that. Damn stupid “casting” as they would call it. I totally agree as 2 of my favs were cut too early before voting – and they were males! LOL.
    I guess they know the voting audience tends to veer more to males, but who cares right? I rather they put in all the talent, let the cards fall for themselves and the public decides. But now they are just basically left with many mediocre singers and one CHOSEN ONE which is Carly, or at least the one with the highest probability to win because no one is even close to her level.

  • girlygirltoo

    I love Lyric145 so much. It would be amazing if they actually won this.

  • Spark026

    My main takeaway from tonight is that Demi is a terrible mentor.  Janell was perhaps my favorite of all before the live shows and she’s completely ruined her at the moment.  Please give her to Simon!

    Cece Frey was a bigger meltdown but I care much less about that.

    Fast forward through most of Paige as usual.

    And Arin Ray was actually pretty descent, thus making it all the more impressive.

    Overall:  Lyric 145 took the night, and I don’t even like that sorta thing.  Followed by the rest of the groups and Carly Rose.

    Arin Ray alone in the middle.

    Everybody else in the bottom.  Though I like Beatrice, just not tonight(pass for throat issues).

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5CTSGSGATMXQESVDDD7RWQRYXU Jane

    Aren’t the X-Factor performances available on i-tunes?  I’ve never tried to purchase one before, but wanted to purchase Supercali…. 

    Don’t see X-Factor performances on there though….

  • http://twitter.com/ClaudeDee Claude Dee

    We have the same bottom 3! Top I picked Carly, 5th Harmony, and Lyric 145. :) 

  • Karen Gertner

    About Jennel . . .  I’m not sure she’s lying about the size of her town. I checked Google and it says the 2010 population of Rochester, MA was only 5,232.  It also says it’s 50 miles away from Boston–I don’t think it qualifies as a suburb. Jennel’s hometown pictures look like they’d fit in with the ones on the town’s website. Maybe MJ is confusing Jennel’s hometown with another place?

  • genius13

    Ppl keep saying that there is one clear best singer in 5th Harmony but are they talking about Camilla or Dinah?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5HGXDY5SA4QJRME7OQJXRJYE4M James M.

    Demi’s a good judge but apparently not a good mentor. Britney, on the other hand, seems a little like the opposite (probably because she actually has a really strong group). 

    If I had to choose one from each group, Carly Rose, Lyric 145, Tate Stevens, and Paige Thomas would get my votes. Carly is phenomenal. Lyric 145 is SICK, Tate is a fun country guy, and Paige has the theatrics down (I think her voice is lacking a little bit of oomph, however, but if she finds that oomph, and I think she can, she can pull off the Rihanna/Lady GaGa theatrics I usually hate). 

    So far, I haven’t really hated a performance, although I’m disappointed in Jennel’s route. I actually feel like she COULD be the rocker chick this show could use, but that just felt like a parody. More interesting than last year, IMO. 

    Simon’s got the best group, followed probably by Britney, L.A., then Demi. 

    And I seriously think Demi made a mistake by not putting in Jillian Jensen. 

  • mikaylaislove

    Simon made Emblem3 look like a boy band tonight. I wish they had stuck to a song that’s more their style & not so pop. 

  • girlygirltoo

    Emblem3′s performance was good, but what’s up with pretending they are from poor families? They reportedly have a bunch of relatives who have major Hollywood connections — I sincerely doubt they have nowhere to go if they get voted off the show

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5HGXDY5SA4QJRME7OQJXRJYE4M James M.

    I thought they were actually really good on Matisyahu last week. Douchey or not, I like them. 

    They are NOT a One Direction-esque boy band like they seemed tonight, and I kinda agreed with Demi there. I feel like some reggae influenced pop would be good from them? They certainly seem more interesting than One Direction. 

  • hayes

    After flippin between this and The Voice, all I can say is I can’t wait for Idol. These two shows are just way too much for me.

  • girlygirltoo

    Beatrice is really having vocal issues. That was just painful. And not the most appropriate song choice for a 13-year-old

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YRZ4ZGB4QBWUETLKEZH4TFHWXY Sigh…

    1. Arin – much better, though I felt the wrong decision was made last week….and apparently it doesn’t matter anyway.
    2. Paige started out strong and almost made me reverse my feelings about her, but the last part with the excessive vocal gymnastics was rough. Very off key.
    3. Vino – it was the right song for him but nothing special.
    4. Emblem – annoying but likely inescapable. Anyone else reminded of that Chinese food makes me sick  boy band? Maybe it’s just the three deebees thing, I dunno.
    5. Beatrice – is she drinking water? Are they coaching her on how to protect her voice? She’s going to develop nodes before she reaches adulthood, if she hasn’t already. I love the tone of her voice, but she needs training.
    6. With as often as another blog makes stripper  references (the hair thing, I guess?) I totally misread comments about Jannell at first.  If we’re going to nit pick, technically that was one word…spoken three times.
    7. Tate – good song choice.
    8. Lyric 145 was insane AND insanely good. I’m a fan.
    9. Diamond has promise but not if they burden her with songs that are too big and too old for her. She can be a star, but as for being a diva, she’s not there yet and I don’t really think that’s a niche that needs filling anyway. It was never my thing, and there’s not really a place for it on the radio anymore.
    10. CeCe – horrible song choice. Horrible styling. WoW. Hot mess.
    11. Carly – Very good, Britney was right. She should have closed the show.
    12. Jason – As tired as lounge and cabaret references are, they’re pretty accurate descriptors.
    13. 5th Harmony – How bad were the other options that this won? No more do-overs, and a lot of effort on a group I don’t see lasting. At least there’s an actual word now. I don’t think they harmonize well.

  • Xentusk

    what’s up with pretending they are from poor families? They reportedly have a bunch of relatives who have major Hollywood connections — I sincerely doubt they have nowhere to go if they get voted off the show

    Just when you thought these guys couldn’t be more ‘D-baggy’…. :P

  • kcostell

    Vino may not be the best technical singer in the competition, but he has something in the tone of his voice that makes me just stop whatever I am doing while he sings.  Ditto for Beatrice.   

  • girlygirltoo

    Ok, I’m already tired of these “oh my life totally sucks and I have nothing to go back to if I get kicked off XF” stories. I’d actually be more impressed if one of the contestants came out and said “I love the life I have now”

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5HGXDY5SA4QJRME7OQJXRJYE4M James M.

    My single worry about Lyric 145….. Lyric is the clear superstar and the catalyst to the group. 

    I loved One4Five’s audition, I thought those guys were really cool during the audition. Adding Lyric made them so much more awesome that it almost seems like either both of them are being upstaged and they shouldn’t be upstaged, or they are holding Lyric back. I caught some YouTube videos of Lyric, too. She’s a definite star.

    But, if I could have my way, they’d definitely coast to the finale and win. 

    I wonder if Lyric will get her vision back in that eye, too. 

  • girlygirltoo

    Janell’s performance was so karaoke. 

  • ht23

    Is MJ confusing Rochester with Worcester or Dorchester? IDK Rochester seems like a really small town and I live in MA.

  • Listening

     My favorites were Carly Rose, Lyric 145, Vino, and Fifth Harmony.

    The rest of them I only remember b/c of what I didn’t like about the performance. Some of them I can’t remember at all I’m looking at you Arin and Pagie.

  • http://kristentheyellowlab.blogspot.com/ ZsusK

    Exactly! And was there anything more pathetic than 13 year old Beatrice talking about how much harder things would be for her family if she left the competition now? She’s 13 – a CHILD!! She shouldn’t be concerned about her family’s financial situation. That’s for the grown ups to deal with. It was all just so gross. I blame the producers, not her family. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5CTSGSGATMXQESVDDD7RWQRYXU Jane

    Oops, nevermind.  Found it.  Forgot I have to type USA in after X Factor.  And they’re not up yet….but I’ll check tomorrow.  Lyric 145 has to win this season!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5HGXDY5SA4QJRME7OQJXRJYE4M James M.

    I don’t think Diamond did particularly well with that song, but she has a lot of potential, and she’s just plain likable. Her smile is infectious.

  • Xentusk

    Good God CeCe has gotten worse and worse each week….that was terrible UGH

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5HGXDY5SA4QJRME7OQJXRJYE4M James M.

    CeCe looks pissed. 

  • girlygirltoo

    I am a huge fan of Carly Rose — I just wish she was 17 or 18, not 13. Because I just don’t know if she’s old enough to be taken seriously as a pop music artist.

  • kcostell

    Maybe they’re called Fifth Harmony because their harmony’s still only about a fifth of what it needs to be?  

  • Whatiswrongwithus

    Will there be a video of Cece’s full performance? I wanna see her face pissed when she gets criticized lol!

  • sjames08

    It’s so awkward seeing Khloe and Mario talk over each other. Can’t they take turns interviewing the contestants on stage? 

    My thoughts
    - Really liked Arin, Jennell, and Lyric 145 this week. A lot of them were really good tonight. 
    - Vocally, I think Cece is going down. I liked her I Will Always Love You, but that’s about it. 
    - Beatrice kinda just sang the same notes over and over again. No dynamics whatsoever.
    - Paige need to do more acoustics because her voice is so thin. She was amazing at the judge’s home
    - Didn’t care for the Joan something comment for Jennell. I dont think a lot of the younger audience know who that is. I agree with Britney. She was hot. I agree with Demi, even girls went gaga over her. She did want to become a young Pat Benatar. So the girl next door thing won’t work for her.
    - Vino seemed like he was drunk. Maybe I’m just bias towards Joshua Ledet’s version of that song.
    - Average vocal from Carly. She needs to go the Adele route. Above anyone, she can pull it off.
    - I really really enjoyed Lyric 145. It was like watching the MTV Awards.
    - Didn’t care for Fifth Harmony’s song choice. They are still my favourite though. Let’s hope that doesn’t change!
    - Lots of people hating on Demi on Youtube but I think she’s an awesome judge. She’s critical and she makes sense. I love how honest she is. She might be even more critical than Simon. did Simon finally find his match??!
    - What? Diamond is back? That actually wasn’t a strong enough vocal for a comeback. Wish they brought back Willie Jones instead.

  • http://twitter.com/jepriy Jepoy Ramos

    I get what you’re trying to say. I think her voice needs to mature some more.

    However, her age is fine. There has been a lot of great artists who began when they were 13/14 and have even won Grammy awards (i.e. Monica, Brandy, Aaliyah, etc)

    I believe in Carly Rose but I think a few more years to mature is needed to reach her peak potential

  • Xentusk

    Will there be a video of Cece’s full performance? I wanna see her face pissed when she gets criticized lol!

    She had an ‘aggressive’ countenance on her face.  Not sure if she was pissed, necessarily, about the criticism, but near the end as they were cutting away, it appeared she shot ‘daggers’ to someone on the judging panel, the direction of Simon or Demi, I think.

  • XJakutaX

    It was a painful night to get through, to be honest! Carly Rose gets the best vocal performance and Lyric145 was the most fun and entertaining! The rest of the acts were full of over production, terrible song choices and sub par vocals.

    The thing i was really happy about was them bringing back Diamond White to sing “I Have Nothing” ……psyche :))))

  • Maya100

    MJ -

    I am from Massachusetts.  There is no suburb of MA called Rochester.  It is a small town near the coast, at least an hour’s drive, maybe two, from Boston.  

    She’s not lying.  That wouldn’t be smart to lie about anyway and she’d get found out in a few seconds – primarily by people who actually live around there.  

    It’s a small town near the MA coast.

  • Maya100

    Here is the website for Rochester, MA:

    http://www.townofrochestermass.com/info.htm

  • RustySax

     Would somebody please explain to me why “Broadway” seems to be thrown around as a BAD thing?

    There are some awfully incredible singers plugging away in musical theater, most of whom can “sell” a song far better than the majority of today’s pop or country vocalists. 

    Think Audra McDonald and Idina Menzel for example. . . Or the great Michael Crawford. . .

    I just don’t understand why really good vocalists who have the skills necessary to survive musical theater seem to get thrown under the bus on these shows.

  • Maya100

    I just realized I wrote “suburb of MA” but meant there’s no suburb of BOSTON called Rochester.  Sorry.

    I think you may be thinking of Dorchester.  ;)

    Sorry for consecutive posts.  Done now.  

  • Xentusk

    XFactor posted CeCe’s performance…I guess I misread her glance at the end…looked more like disappointment than anger
     
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8LSPSWKutPk&feature=plcp

    still a really horrible performance… smh…she might be in trouble :P

    (Those spots look like Stick on’s echoing the patterns in her top, rather than the painted leopard spots she had on before)

  • Venus Hooper

    Ha Ha! Just recently got done watching and (re-watching) the performances (will probably review and re-watch again) of tonight!

    First off!  MJI couldn’t disagree with you more than tonight on a performance??? That being of Beatrice Miller’s.  In your review of “not understanding” and well I think back, from then, from before, from a month back and to only yesterday and I find my understanding and feeling of what goes through me may differ than yours and others and I loved loved loved Beatrice’s performance tonight!

    Thought Simon was spot-on concerning Jennel’s performance.  Reminded me of “Love Boat”  or some such shit!  I like or should I say my ear’s are alert on Jennel,  however Demi has the image wrong or doesn’t quite understand how to dress that image, a girl-rocker with some rocker in her and only 18 years old!  Which judge mentioned “Joan Jett”?  Well that’s who Jennel reminded me of tonight.  Not that she didn’t sound good but I think back to as a kid, a teenager, at a bar club in Hermosa Beach and someone working their way up from the high school parties, garages and finally hitting a beer club down at  the pier, singing covers, loving it, ahhhhh the life of it and covering what all know for the cheers, hoping someone is out there (with contacts) that connect me.  She sounds great and can go places but the production (graphic sales and lay-out) are way off base!?!!  For Christ’s  Sake, she is 18 years old, still innocent and those painted on weirdoe eyebrows were just way to weird for me tonight to match her age.  Demi lay off the make-up production!  You’re going to lose your audience over this error in judgement!

    The groups, ha!  Lyric has them all beat and that isn’t my style of music!  Emblem 3, what a joke to music, true music!  Shoot they don’t even rate the “Bobby Sherman” of my day!  I was born and raise in Southern California, in Los Angeles County, later moving to Orange County.  I watched last week or week before, seen the clip of leaving home to L.A. to film, that home shot was of P.C.H. somewhere between Beach Blvd and Goldenwest, far from poor, much less than middle-class!  Sell-outs to the bone (enough so to get in the door to wreck themselves on fame and the fast life!)!!!!  Watching Daddy in the business has taught them well on how to play (a fad) well.  I don’t like this group at all and what they represent, especially being from my old stomping grounds!

    Paige, Tate and Jason?  What can I say? A cheap perfume, generic in every sense of the matter.  Sales?  Yes but no amount of marketing can ring any of these three (3) number one, or even number two (2) in sales of an album.  They are copycats, I see nothing in any of them original! 

    Carly Rose???  She reminds me of Pia Season 10 American Idol. Pitch perfect beautiful voice, no stage presence or method of delivery, all trained in a voice art school.  Absolute beautiful vocals but where is the stage presence?  Carly’s voice has a beautiful tone and quality, however I do find Beatrice Miller’s Stage Presence and delivery so much more stronger.

    Vino?  I love Vino!  He not only has stage presence but he too has a quality to his vocals and delivery!  However I feel his song choices are off, as well as his style and taste in music and choice!   L.A. Reed needs to step up to the plate on this guy and give him something that fits!  Wrong song choice in my eyes.

    Doesn’t surprise me about Diamond White’s return, the way Simon kept repeating himself last week you knew then he was calling a wild card!  Also doesn’t surprise me Brit Brit is being given the edge on the wild card.  Probably written into her contract, give a brackett she fits, can relate too and feel.  A perk of being an International Super Star )that one seeks to secure their own future in television with **cough cough Simon*), not surprising at all.  The kid has talent, don’t get me wrong, however song choice defeated her!

    Arin does nothing for me, not my kind of music and am unable to hold an open-mind too.

    Greatest movies of all time?  Another joke, not even close!  I am a movie buff, a movie freak, most of these movies and song choices bored me to tears. Still yawning and waiting.

    The Karadashien sister was better tonight.  Not so nervous looking and reading the telepromter much better.  I am NOT a Kardashien fan either, far from it (I make fun of my sister for watching that t.v. show she is on!), so the girl did better than last week!  So hey it’s a new gig, give her a break, a few weeks to get comfortable, or not, before we completely judge and hang her, that’s all I’m saying there.  Laughing, I still remember watching Golden Globes other year ago when Reese Witherspoon bashed The Kardashiens to hell and back, God it was GREAT!  Good television.

    Demi is failing CeCe Frey.  Don’t care for the girl but  she can see and Demi is failing her in direction..

    Enuf said, enjoy your night folks.

  • Esqt

    Loved, loved the X tonight. They should sign Lyric145 right now. They’re amazeball. Even my critical brother agreed. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2K6LL4WPUTAY6TKG2VG3SYFA5M Erlinda

    My favorites: FifthHarmony, Jennel Garcia, Arin Ray, Emblem3.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/TBRH25QFXTK5JOPE4HX7FBI5PE J

    I do think Lyric145 has the most star quality and immediate post show potential of any of these acts, even though I am not a big fan of their music style.

  • Whatiswrongwithus

    I can’t wait for MJ to post the ratings for X factor vs The Voice last night. I was quite surprised that in this blog, there are almost 200 comments for X factor, while the Voice only had 50+ comments, and i’m wondering if that is an indication of the shows popularity overall, or just in this blog. Because as i know, the Voice is beating X factor in ratings.
    Which means to say in this blog, could it be the X factor generates more interest?? I find that interesting….

  • Mateja Praznik

    I think YouTube views are also very interesting.

    X Factor USA is in it’s second season and right now, it’s official channel has 548,644 subscribers and 457,816,727 video views. The Voice USA is in it’s third season and it’s official channel has 201,042 subscribers and 130,123,629 video views.

  • alonzo7

    My favs were Tate Stevens and Carly Rose after watching the videos this morning-had to watch The Voice live and DVR’d this show but it’s easier to watch here.
    Demi has ruined Jenel’s style-I loved her before the makeover-not so much now.
    Thought Beatrice looked like a HoBo-could she wear any more layers of clothing ??
    I would send CeCe or Jason home.

  • Whatiswrongwithus

    Lol. That IS interesting. Makes me wonder who are the kinds of people watching the Voice to that shoots ratings up. Maybe they aren’t into social media??

  • mjsbigblog

    Have you ever been to Rochester? I have.  It’s not a cow town as she described it on TV. It’s a bedroom community of Boston, probably about an hour’s drive from the city.

    I know this, because I used to WORK with people who lived there. I’m sure there are folks who also commute to Providence (where she auditioned) for work.  It’s not a rural community, save for a few horses and cows.

    Dorchester is not a suburb of Boston it’s actually PART of Boston.

  • http://twitter.com/cheeseE1 EH

    I’m watching both shows on YouTube/this blog so I don’t have to listen to atrocities like Eye of the Tiger or I Believe I Can Fly.  Not even worth my DVR space. 

    I watched and enjoyed Lyric145, Arin, Carly and Paige. Emblem 3 weren’t as good this week, but I like them in general. I preferred their mellower song last week – last night was kind of spastic. I watched the girl group too, but I don’t understand why the girl who sang most of it sounded like she had inhaled helium?  They kind of ruined that song for me. 

  • CB40

    Lyric 145 is fresh, inventive, fun and could have a SMASH SINGLE just with “SuperCal”. Love them. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_F3XJE5GRAUMYR7Y5RYZUW7SC4U md

    Wikipedia says: “The town originally thrived with the early shipbuilding and whaling trade in Mattapoisett Harbor. However, in 1852 and 1853 the towns of Marion and Mattapoisett, respectively, were separated and incorporated as separate towns, thus landlocking Rochester. Since that time, the town has become mostly rural-residential, with some farms located in town.”

  • GinaBallerina

    Just a thought, and I could be wrong, and sorry if it’s been mentioned earlier in the thread, but didn’t Diamond sing that song during the episode when everyone was sitting around on stage?  Maybe she sang it this week because she had less time to rehearse than usual?  I don’t know what day they called her back.

  • hcpoirot

    Much improve then top 16 performance.

    But none of them really grab me and make me wanna watch their singing again and again.

    The best is Lyric 145. This is the perfect song for them.

    Carly Rose is good too. But hoping Britney give her songs that suited her next weeks or she will be going home in top 5.

    Surprisingly Paige win the most improve award.

    The song choices still to be desired specially Britney and LA. LA still giving oldies songs to his singers. And Britney giving Whitney song to Diamond who didnot had the vocal chop to sing this song.

    Demi also give crappy song to Jennel.

    If there is no bottom 2, cece will 100% going home. She got negative edit earlier and then the worst performance of the night. She will be in bottom 2.

  • hcpoirot

    And Fifth Harmony need to go. They should pick other name too cause apparently they are not that good in harmonizing their vocals together.

    For season 3, if I am contestant, I dont wanna be in LA group. For two years in a row, he pick oldies boring (not getting votes) songs to his singers.

    Other judges maybe picked the wrong songs but he always picked 80s and 90s songs for his singers to sing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tammyluebrecht Tammy Luebrecht

    Paige’s performance is the only one I’ve watched more than once. The difference between last week and this week is like night and day. She looks much more comfortable and she sounded amazing. She may not have the strongest voice but having the strongest voice doesn’t always mean a successful career either. Most of the pop singers today are autotuned to death so I don’t think it really matters anymore. 

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Just finished watching the show I recorded. I have to say that Khloe is MUCH improved over her debut appearance as a host although she has a long way to go.

    I like Demi as a judge and television personality, but I agree with Simon about her not presenting Cece or Jennel in the best possible way in terms of stage persona and song choices. Same with the way that Britney has coached Beatrice. Carly is good, but I’m not a fan of kids who are so precocious. lol  I’m not a fan of country, but I like Tate the best of the overs. Jason isn’t as good a singer as I originally thought and I’m not sure how seriously he takes himself as one (which may be a good thing). OTOH, I think that Vino takes himself too seriously. lol I’m not interested in the groups, but I have to say that Lyric145 is entertaining and intriguing. I find Emblem3 obnoxious and not very talented, but I think that I understand why they are popular and why Simon likes them. All in all, some good talent, but nobody has “wowed” me so far.

  • mjsbigblog

    Yep, there are a few farms. I live in Brookline, right outside of Boston and we have a farm too. A pretty big one, actually.

    But my point is that she didn’t grow up in the sticks. She’s close to metropolitan cities where the majority of people who live in Rochester work. They aren’t up at the crack of dawn milking their cows and plowing their fields. Well, maybe a few of them are.

  • Ed Devereaux

    The best is Lyric 145?  They make my ears hurt.  Really?  I do not hear any melody at all just yelling.  To each there own.

    I love Carly, Arin, Paige

    My kids are bonkers for Emblem3