The X Factor 2 Top 12 – Recap and Videos

I’ll be recapping the X Factor Top 12 performances right here! The theme this week is DIVAS. The finalists better step it up, because there WILL be DOUBLE ELIMINATION tomorrow!

Eh. Tonight’s performances left a lot to be desired. The best were Vino Alan, Lyric 145, Carly Rose and Emblem 3. The worst were CeCe, Arin and Paige.  Everybody else was pretty meh. The two worst were Paige and CeCe. Jennel was pretty weak too. Demi is adorable, but as far as mentoring is concerned, she’s in over her head. Now, when she sasses Simon, she really does sound bratty, because he’s usually right. Maybe it’s her age that does not allow Demi to step outside of herself and see her acts for who THEY really are. She has no clue.

Britney is a marginally better mentor.  But her best act, Carly Rose, doesn’t need much mentoring. Britney has wisely decided to get out of her way.  She’s not doing young Beatrice many favors. Poor thing is an emotional wreck. She should have been sent home from boot camp, if you ask me.  Please quit giving Diamond White songs that are too big for her.  And WTF with Arin this week? What a terrible song choice for him. She needs to keep him squarely in Usher-lite territory.

It’s no surprise that the best acts are the two older guys who already know what the hell they are doing. Vino and Tate know who they are as artists and it shows. It’s a relief when they show up on stage.

I would love to know why Simon Cowell and Lyric 145 switched up their song at the last minute. Because that Queen/Katy Perry deal was lackluster. Lyric is a STAR.  Please Simon, don’t fail her! Emblem 3 aren’t going to last long, no matter how polished and professional they are, because they are the douchiest douches that ever douched. I wouldn’t be surprised if they left in the next couple of weeks. Fifth Harmony has a couple of great voices, but they are not a cohesive unit at this point. The teens seem to like them though, so they may go far.

I hope Simon reveals the leaderboard tomorrow. It would be very interesting to see if certain fan bases were motivated enough to save the bottom dwellers. We’ll see.

I think it’s becoming clear that filling a judges’ panel full of pop stars doesn’t ensure folks will tune in,  The Voice panel’s success is all about the great chemistry between the coaches NOT about how famous they are. Sadly, now that we’re into the live shows, this panel is proving to have no chemistry. Britney repeats the same few words over and over again. She’s stiff and hollow eyed. Demi has little to add in the way of critiques. LA should have more insight as a guy who runs a successful record label. And Simon’s shtick is boring as hell.

And Mario and Khloe? I’m doing my best to tune them out.  One, low key host would have gotten the job done.

A couple of notes: American Idol Season 9 Top 24 contestant, Todrick Hall, was in the background performing with a few of the contestants. He’s a background singer on the show as of this week.  Also, XFactorUSA tweeted that there would be a double elimination on the show tomorrow, but it was never mentioned during the broadcast…

Mario Lopez and Khloe Kardashian take the stage to “Raise Your Glass.” I wish I had one right about now… Actually, Khloe could probably use a drink. She’s as wooden as ever.

The leaderboard from last week flashes in the background. THE SLATE IS WIPED CLEAN.

The biggest Divas of all take the stage. THE X FACTOR JUDGES. All the songs tonight were made famous by some of the most FAMOUS DIVAS OF ALL TIME.

LA lost a contestant last week, but his two remaining acts are at the top of the leaderboard. Demi feels her contestants deserve to be higher! WELL THEN MENTOR THEM WELL, GURL. Simon has no idea his groups will rise on the leaderboard. Oh god hash tags #DivaNOT #DivaHot. Oy. First up is Jennel.

Jennel Garcia – Demi Lovato – Young Adults – “Proud Mary” by Tina Turner – Demi wants her to bring “the rock star next door”. Well then, don’t tart her up like an 80’s rock chick wannabe! BLARGH on this tired song choice. SPARE ME. This week, Jennel looks like a 60’s rock chick reject. SHE”S STILL NOT HERSELF. Girl has to find an identity people. She can sing, but this shiz is karaoke. The judges disagree with me. LA says, “You just returned to the competition. That smoked.” Brittany says, “Tina would be proud. You nailed it.” Simon says, “You are back in the game. That’s what we wanted. Like a different person.” Demi says, “What a way to start off the night.” – Text Vote to 9301 – 1-855-843-9301

Tate Stevens – LA Reid – Over 25s – “From This Moment” by Shania Twain – Tate’s wife is his high school sweetheart. I’m not sure what’s going on here. The song is out of his range? But Tate isn’t sounding as smooth as he usually does. I don’t think this was the right song for him. He does bring emotion to the performance, but I’m really missing his crystal-clear tone this week. The crowd goes WILD. Britney says, “Your performance was so heartfelt. I loved it.” Demi says, “You’re so good. Very good.” Simon says, “This is going to be really annoying for me to say. That was better than last week. I think you’ve got confidence knowing your #1. Regardless of your age, this show is going to give you another chance. I would be happy to write you that [5 mil] check.” Tate’s wife is backstage. Aw. Tate is on the verge of tears. He’s going to get a million votes this week. – Text Vote to 9302 – 1-855-843-9302

Khloe talks to Arin Ray backstage .Zzzzz.

Diamond White – Britney Spears – Teens – “Halo” by Beyonce – Britney introduces Diamond as a true Diva. Hm. Young Diamond seems exactly 13 years old when she speaks. Britney mentions Diamonds tendency to go off key. Diamond stays on key this week, but once she hits the big chorus, she’s overwhelmed by the track. She has a tendency to tackle songs that are a little too big for her, but this was much much better than last week’s Whitney number. LA says, “You picked a really tough song. Those are really big shoes to fill and you filled them. Good job.” Demi says, “You are a total diva. You give the rest of the competition a run for the money.” Simon says, “Don’t walk and sing at the same time. Second half was better than the first. We are looking at a future star.” Britney says, “I’m so incredibly proud of you.” Oh. Diamond has an alter ego. So does Kloe. She’s called “Kloe Money”. We really don’t want to hear about that, do we? – Text Vote to 9303 – 1-855-843-9303

Beatrice Miller – “Time after Time” by Cyndi Lauper – Britney Spears – Teens – Beatrice was VERY SAD about being 10th on the leaderboard. Beatrice talks about her two moms busting up. UGH. She feels like the sole savior of her family. THAT IS SO WRONG. She’s way too young for all this responsibility. She’s wearing a YOLO cap. I’m not digging the chopped up arrangement she’s been handed. But her vocal has a mourful tinge that’s very affecting. This feels like the real deal. She’s obviously channelling all of her sadness into the performance. LA says, “You are so cute. The bad news, I don’t think it was the greatest song choice. It didn’t allow you to peak.” Demi says, “You are so adorable. I liked the song choice. It showcased a different side of you. I didn’t know you could sound so soulful.” Simon says, “I think it was better than last week. I like you in the lower register. But the song was boring. It just went on and on and on. Britney becomes defensive, “She has more talent in her pinky then all of your contestants put together.” Britney thinks she was AMAZING. – Text Vote to 9304 – 1-855-843-9304

Lyric 145 – Simon Cowell – Groups – “We Will Rock You”/ET by Queen/Katy Perry – The song was changed at midnight last night. The brothers talk about how Hurricane Sandy affected their family in New York. They don’t have electricity or cable. Well, it could be a lot worse. Right? Uh. It’s a real STRETCH to attribute this song to Katy Perry instead of Queen. But then, Freddie was a Diva himself, right? Not nearly as inventive or fun as last week’s Mary Poppins joint, but there’s no denying Lyric’s star power. She is the real Diva here. Unfortunately, there isn’t enough melody to lift the trio up the leaderboard. They are fantastic, but a tough act to sell to music competition audiences. LA says, “Who was the Diva? It was mostly a Queen song. It was good and better than last week. But I think you guys have lost your way. This could be the last time we see them.” Britney says, “They should be doing Hip Hop tracks.” Demi says, “I don’t think ET fit at all.” Simon says, “You had literally hours to put that together. You never complain.” I wonder why the song switch? – Text Vote to 9305 – 1-855-843-9305

Arin Ray – Britney Spears – Teens – “Crazy For You” by Madonna – Arin was very bummed to be so low on the board. Oh. He’s got a friend he can sing it to. Oh. There’s his girlfriend. She’s very cute. Oh. This is a terrible song choice. This song exposes his vocal weaknesses. He’s pretty pitchy. This song is a big cheesefest when Madonna sings it. But his super-serious treatment of the tune is hard to take seriously. LA says, “I’m struggling with that. I want goosebumps. I didn’t get a 5 mil performance.” Demi says, “I agree. I was honestly really bored. I didn’t get the song choice. You lack soul.” Simon says, “You didn’t seem into it. The song choice is like a cat eating a tiger (????) It’s not right for you. It did sound a bit boring. I think you could be in trouble tonight.” Britney says, “I feel like you nailed it.” Oh. There was a tech difficulty before Arin began. Arin looks VERY bummed. – Text Vote to 9306 – 1-855-843-9306

Paige Thomas – Demi Lovato – Young Adults – “Last Dance” by Donna Summer – Paige’s mom was a singer too. When Paige was a child, her mom passed away in a car accident on Christmas eve. Eek. This is a TERRIBLE arrangement. So wooden. Like sludge. This does not make me want to dance. Paige’s voice is totally drowned out by the backing track. She looks awkward. Once she begins moving, she becomes out of breath. NOT GOOD. LA says, “That was your best yet.” “It was like a disco ball exploded on stage.” “That was probably your best performance so far. The choreography was very distracting. You needed to be in the spotlight.” Oh my gosh. It sounds like Demi had another clash with Brian. OOPS. She says it wasn’t what she wanted, but Paiges performance took her mind off of it. – Text Vote to 9307 – 1-855-843-9307

Fifth Harmony – Simon Cowell – Groups – “Hero” by Mariah Carey – Speaking of boring? That was this performance. Was there a backing track assist? Or was the sound just horrible. Camila is the best vocalist of the group here. She should sing lead more. LA says, “There is something really lovable about all of you. You struggled in the beginning. It turned into a really great performance. Britney says, “I was extremely impressed.” Demi says, “You guys did an incredible job on the song.” Simon says, “Maybe this isn’t a one horse race. Maybe 5 girls with brilliant voices can win this show. YOU ALL LOVE PUPPIES.” – Text Vote to 9308 – 1-855-843-9308

Carly Rose – Britney Spears – Teens – “My Heart Will Go On” by Celine Dion. KILL ME NOW.Carly does a great job. Very professional. But I despise this song with every fiber of my being. LA says, “It pains me to say it but…We could be looking at the winner.” Demi says, “You’re so good. It doesn’t make sense. I don’t believe that that’s your voice. It’s like Celine Dion is here and is hiding.” Simon says, “I don’t believe you’re a human being. That last note at the end was absolutely amazing.” Britney says, “I’m so proud of you. I had chills all over my body.” – Text Vote to 9309 – 1-855-843-9309

Vino Alan – LA Reid – Over 25s – “Let’s Stay Together” by Tina Turner – Wellll…actually Al Green sang it first. Perfect song choice for Vino. Very soulful. He brings authenticity and his own voice to the performance. Without a doubt, the best performance of the night. Britney says, “Your voice is so soulful. It works.” Demi says, “I liked this performance better than last week’s. I was a little bored, but you sounded amazing.” Simon says, “I think you needed confidence. Your voice is designed for a moment. It wasn’t as good as last week. You need bigger kinds of songs.” LA says, “You put your soul into that. You have a classic sounding voice. That song was a great platform for it.” Geez, is it always necessary to have that big star search moment in a song? I don’t think so. – Text Vote to 9310 – 1-855-843-9310

Emblem 3 – Simon Cowell – Groups – “No One” by Alcia Keys – The guys CAN’T BELIEVE THEY CAME IN 6th. Dudes. What you really need to do? Don’t come off as DOUCHEBAGS. You aren’t really fixing that tonight. They do a reggaefied acoustic version of the song, that explodes on the chorus. They should have kept it simple! The harmonies were beautiful. The performance is great. Way better than last week’s hot mess. But they’ve got a problem that has nothing to do with their singing. LA says, “You have the perfect vocal blend. You are complete superstars in my opinion.” Britney says, “You guys are complete heartthrobs.” Demi says, “It was better than last week.” Simon says, “There was no way you should be this low in the competition. It was absolutely brilliant. – Text Vote to 9311 – 1-855-843-9311

CeCe Frey – Demi Lovato – Young Adults – “All By Myself” by Celine Dion – OMG CeCe is whining about not having the money to fly her parents out to LA. The whining and self pity is not going to get her votes. OUCH. So pitchy on the chorus. She botched that totally. YIKES. The emotion was so fake. She’s truly the joke contestant at this point. LA says, “You sang the song really well. It’s an improvement. I don’t know what to say.” Demi “Sorry she was better than Vino.” NOOOOOO. LA says she’ll be at the bottom again. Britney says, “Sorry I don’t get it.” Simon says, “I like you because you were at trier. It was very cabaret, the wind machine. All the gimmicks. Something isn’t working.” Demi says, I think you nailed it. You want it the most. I hope America sees it.” – Text Vote to 9312 – 1-855-843-9312

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

    XF announced the double elimination today as a surprise, but there’s gonna be double eliminations everyweek to finish the show until december 20th. This isn’t a surprise at all.

  • http://twitter.com/Girltalkbf AlesheaDominique

    When Demi talked in the intro that her young adults would produce some diva performance I busted out laughing. None of her people have diva voices

  • Stavros

    Can someone explain to me why the judges walk out as LA-Demi-Simon-Britney?  I get Simon wants the focus on him and Demi in the middle, but is it really worth having to bump into each other and criss-cross to sit in a completely opposite order? Just sayin’

  • Stavros

    I’m seeing a glimpse back to the original Jennel we saw in auditions.  You can see she’s breaking out…back to where she started (which is a good thing in this case).  Loved that!

  • http://twitter.com/AdamAlamillo Adam Alamillo

    Jennel’s vocals are a bit shaky. 

  • http://twitter.com/mwk89 Matthew Kitson

    Jennel had a good performance, but I’m not sure about the song choice. Didn’t allow her to show off what she can do

  • Nedsdag

    Do my ears need cleaning? I thought Jennel was blah!

  • jlscott13

    WHY are the song choices so freaking lame?! “Proud Mary” really?! Jennel is much better than that performance…

  • Tera2

    Jannel Garcia’s performance was overrated by the judges.  I’m tired of her average singing and mediocre performances every week.

  • dabney c

    Ehh, for me Janelle was weak and kind of amateurish. Maybe it’s because this song should just be retired from all competition shows already. Nobody can touch Tina.

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

    Judges loved it, I didn’t. That it was completely and utterly average, and for some reason, regardless of who does this song, it always feels karaoke unless its coming from Tina herself.

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

    All team Lovato is disappointing compared with we’ve seen previously. Except for Paige who still mediocre as always.

  • girlygirltoo

    Is Chris Rene performing on the actual show tonight? I saw that he sang on the preshow.

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

    Loved Janelle’s first audition, but I haven’t loved anything she has done since.

  • kay121

    I didn’t think Jennel’s performance was very good. It seemed like she was yelling some of the time and I generally am very tired of that song. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bug-Menot/100003601718986 Bug Menot

    When I heard Jennel at the audition I thought I would like her quite a bit. I was wrong. I find her average.

  • elliegrll

    That was a bad song choice for Jennel.  I think that she was more comfortable last week.

  • http://twitter.com/bagel08 John S

    We should do a Britney Spears “Amazing” count! lol.

  • Nedsdag

    Looks like Tate will be in the Top 3 vote getters again.

  • Stavros

    I like Tate. But not this week. Pitchy, pitchy!!! Couldn’t Dolly Parton have counted as a diva?

  • dabney c

    Yikes, Tate is quite pitchy!

  • http://twitter.com/mwk89 Matthew Kitson

    Kind of cheesy from Tate, not going to lie

  • Stavros

    HE’S CRYING. TATE JUST WON THE X FACTOR WE CAN ALL GO HOME NOW.

  • Tera2

    Tate was ok, but I’ve seen that song done better before.  And his voice didn’t shine on that song either.  But he’ll probably still get lots of votes cause its a good song choice.

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

    Tate delivered and the back story of teen love lasting will only help.

  • http://twitter.com/mwk89 Matthew Kitson

    Tate trying to get that 13-17yo girl vote with the whole backstory 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1396608806 Múm Mad

    anyone can share livestream ?

  • Nedsdag

    He’s going to get the votes from the grannies and housewives in spite of the pitchiness.

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

    I think Tate was ok. He has a lot of range, but his voice shines more on the lower register. This song and last week song didn’t him no justice, but he is always good. I think it’s safe for him, I mean, safe to be no.1 again. LOL.

  • http://twitter.com/LexieONeill Lexie O’Neill

    Tate was fantastic.  Wow…

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

    Again, I loved Jennel. Don’t get why people don’t like her?

  • http://twitter.com/bagel08 John S

    Tate has this in the bag.

  • Nedsdag

    What are they doing to CeCe backstage?

  • mileyfan123

    Diamond is like a ray of sunshine, she reminds me of one of my all time favorites Vonzell

  • http://twitter.com/mwk89 Matthew Kitson

    And to think that they had to bring Diamond back. She shouldn’t have been in that position to begin with. What a solid performance

  • Stavros

    I think Diamond is pretty good. I don’t know what it is exactly, but Rachel Crow had something Diamond doesn’t. I get similar vibes, but Rachel I feel had something different.

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

    Wow, I mean, Diamond White is gorgeous, but … she was a bit sing-by-numbers for me. Lots of star potential for this girl, though.

  • dabney c

    Haha, Simon agrees with me.

  • Nedsdag

    Diamond started off shaky, but she came through towards the end.

  • Tera2

    Diamond was ok but that wasnt good enough.  And her voice doesnt have the range to pull off the high part. (Beyonce is one of my favorite singers.) Diamond is young and not ready to be a star.  I see her in girl group one day and broadway and TV.  I dont think they should have brought her back. I think she should be eliminated within a couple weeks.

  • Stavros

    I think I speak for us all when I say we don’t want to see “Khloe-money.”

  • jobeob987

    Diamond is adorable but I don’t understand the judges’ love of her.  Were they being kind?

    Edited to add: Last year’s Drew and Rachel were much more interesting and accomplished. Scratching my head here …

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

    Britney remains spot-on with her song choices. Great choice for Diamond and she sang it well, shaky start but strong finish.

  • Nedsdag

    We’ve been seeing “Khloe-money” for far too long now.

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

    Geez, I don’t know how it happened, but I’m suddenly a Diamond supporter. I think she is the total package. Loved that performance.

    Tate was pitchy, but he has a great recording voice. 

    Jennel. *sigh* She has a voice, but she doesn’t seem to know what to do with it. There is nothing about her that is identifiable.. much like her mentor, Demi. (I think Demi is adorable but her voice, look, and sound are generic.)

  • kay121

    I like diamond, she just seems sweet with lots of start potential! If not now, then later. 

  • Whatiswrongwithus

    “Regardless of your age, this show is going to give you another chance. I would be happy to write you that [5 mil] check”

    That’s such a lie Simon cowell! You are only forcing yourself to say that to save face in the end of the day just in case Tate wins this entire thing. He knows that and he can’t afford to diss Tate. Geez, Simon you have sunk to a new low. Not that I have anything against sweet ol Tate, but if they didn’t want an old country singer to win, they shouldn’t have cast him in the 1st place.
    Bah… No one is sweeping me off my feet this season… Hoping Carly is the only saving grace… Zzzzz

  • Listening

    Diamond was good definitely greater potential there. She had me real nervous w/ those vocals in the beginning. I always felt she was on the cusp of losing control of them but near the end she straightened them out. Umm I still thing she needs to push a little more the backing music and the lyric staging still felt bigger than her vocal. I loved her tone though she still has that going for her.

    Simon is right she looked much better than last week. Also I preferred this song to the other.

  • http://twitter.com/mwk89 Matthew Kitson

    Are we supposed to be feel bad or sorry for Beatrice? Because I don’t

  • mileyfan123

    Jesus fucking christ Beatrice has a YOLO hat on

  • http://twitter.com/mwk89 Matthew Kitson

    Who is styling Beatrice? She looks like a failed hipster every week

  • Stavros

    Beatrice sings “Time After Time” with a YOLO hat. And somewhere Cyndi Lauper feels faint.

  • dabney c

    ARGH, the edit of this song is hideous! Such a beautiful song chopped to death senselessly.

  • Tera2

    Beatrice was mediocre on that song, and her voice doesn’t have range, and her singing is too one note and sounds young.  Also I’m tired of her talking about her parents not having jobs.  She is being a little manipulating trying to use her family financial issues for votes.  Others have problems too.

  • http://twitter.com/mwk89 Matthew Kitson

    Good vocals? Sure, but just a very boring performance from beatrice in my opinion

  • Nedsdag

    Is Beatrice’s voice shot or what?

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

    I love love love Beatrice. However, Britney is ruining her chances…. don’t get me started with the stylist!!!!

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

    Look at Britney sticking up for herself. Too bad she can’t mustard up the same confidence in her personal life.

  • Listening

    Hmm Beatrice has an interesting tone. And this is closer to the song she should sing a sweeter softer song. But the song was boring it went nowhere. She needed to do more to it.

  • kirble

    I love her, too. But I also hate almost every number she’s done. Demi keeps on trying to make her into a “rocker chick,” when everything she did prior to the live shows was not in that vein at all.

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

    Loved the song for Beatrice, but I think she should have changed it up a bit and not allowed Beatrice to simply cover the original note for note. 

    I would have started it acapella maybe and then let the music come in just to draw more attention to the performance as a whole. As is, nothing is memorable about it.

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

    Actually, Tate’s one of the few that can be easily marketed. Country is a genre that sells a lot, the countyr community would embrace him easily (they are already doing it), they don’t care too much about age, his voice is very radio friendly and he’s charismatic. I don’t know too many 12-14 kids charting on Billboard, groups are difficult to market without a big fanbase (and nobody is wathing this flop show) and Team Lovato, who could be the most marketable isn’t developing. If Simon wants someone who could at least sell 100k copies Tate is the right choice.

  • mileyfan123

    Ugh the backing track is soooo loud

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

    I think Beatrice has a unique tone that will be a signature sound when she is a bit older. She also has a sincerity that is usually lacking in other young performers. With that said, I wish she’d waited a few years and developed her vocal abilities a bit more. 

  • Karen C

    Now they’re ruining 2 songs….

  • girlygirltoo

    How is Time After Time a song for divas week? Cyndi Lauper wasn’t a diva and this song doesn’t really fit the whole big voiced diva belt it out thing

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

    Simply put, Lyric 145 needs to go home. Britney was right about the hip-hop thing and I didn’t like the mash-up.

  • Tera2

    Lyric 145 had an interesting song choice that they mashed together.  They’re chaotic. I can’t imagine listening to a CD by them though, and I like hip-hop.   I think the girl is good though and I can see her appearing as a rapper on other people’s songs.

  • Karen C

    Beatrice was just ok, not good that the pressure is getting to her.  Still think 13 is too young.
    I thought Diamond was pretty good, kind of off in spots. 

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

    If they couldn’t make Astro go far, I don’t see how Simon will go far with a group that doesn’t do hip-hop songs, doesn’t sing original lyrics and is all about run through the stage. Goodbye Lyric 145.

  • http://twitter.com/Paul_Dickens Paul Dickens

    So what is a definition of a Diva? I know Beyonce says its a female version of a hustler but I always thought only specific woman can be classed as that? Like Aretha, Mariah, Christina, Beyonce (as much as I hate her), Leona, Mary J etc… I would never had thought to put Shania or Cyndi in that group. At least the UK version of this theme pretty much made sense.

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

    Without seeing Lyric 145’s performance, I do not like the idea of them going home.

    Also, without seeing Lyric 145’s performance, I’m really beginning to hate mash-ups/samples. They’ve been tired for a while. 

    Third, without seeing Lyric 145’s performance and just looking at the song choice, WTF Simon? Song change, really?

    Also, X Factor is seemingly EXTREMELY liberal with themes, almost to a fault. Remember in the UK X Factor (or was it the US X Factor last year…?) where Tik Tok qualified as a rock song? And that’s just one example. On one hand, American Idol’s themes were too conservative and it did not allow song variation, leading to too many WTF song choices. On the other hand, X Factor’s themes are too liberal and it allowed too many loopholes and too many WTF song choices.

  • WestiesRule

    Simon doesn’t know what to do with Lyric 145… that is the problem. He is their worst enemy. Too bad. I like them.

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

    Lyric 85907753 sucks. Queen/Katy mashup? GTFO somewhere with that.

    This group is not a hip hop group.

  • Keyera Mullins

    Aww Tate just melts my heart. He’s so good. 

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

    This whole backstage thing is scripted/staged/nonsense! So there’s love now? 

  • girlygirltoo

    wonder what Lyric145 was going to perform before the last second switch?

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

    Hala!!!! What is happening? Tone deaf? Arin???

  • shell29

    That’s what’s disappointing me about Lyric145 (and it makes me appreciate how talented Astro is even more).  I don’t know if this is Simon’s doing, but I seeing them recite song lyrics to a hip hop beat isn’t going to cut it long term.  I would like to hear them at least try to incorporate some original lyrics into their performances.

  • Archie07

    Sorry, but not one of these contestants is worth $5 million dollars — really.  Bring on AI.  

  • jobeob987

    Yowza, Arin is in trouble!

  • Nedsdag

    Isn’t Lauren or Camilla dating one of the boys from Emblem3 as well?

  • http://twitter.com/Girltalkbf AlesheaDominique

    I wouldn’t count Cyni but I would say Shania is a country diva.

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

    I wish L.A. Reid had the groups, what with his condescending “That’s not real hip hop and you know that” stuff from a few weeks ago. He at least sounded like he could back that up with good song choices. He was good with Astro last season. 

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

    I didn’t think it was a bad song choice, Arin just doesn’t have a strong voice, in fact, its paper thin.

  • Listening

     Wow Lyric 145 was such a disappointment. I thought they had turned a corner last week. Then they come out w/ this. I just have a feeling that what they had originally planned to do would of been better. I read some of their tweets before their change and they seemed so excited which got me excited and they mentioned they’d written some of their own lyrics. I guess that got cut when the song changed. I think this is all Simon’s doing bet he told them to change their song and they’re so desperate to make it they’ll do whatever he says. I mean they already said that during judges houses. Lyric Da Queen said when you come from where they’ve come from you do whatever it takes.

    The beginning was horrible I felt like they were just screaming no musicality at all. Then they mashed up the song w/ Katy Perry that didn’t work at all, Demi’s right. Even the Queen part was awkward. Simon is totally destroying them. He’s had one good week w/ them. I do fear for them w/ two going home.

  • http://twitter.com/Paul_Dickens Paul Dickens

    It was a Tik Tok and Push It mash up that Little Mix did for Rock Week. Tulisa decided to add some electric guitar and say it was a rock version, she did get called out on it though.

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

    In which place Intensity finished last year? 11th, 10th? I think he’ll finish in an even worse position this year.

  • Tera2

    I think Britney gave Arin Ray the wrong song, but he was alright.  There are better soulful songs that she could have giving him.  Even Madonna has better songs that like “Holiday” that would have fit him as a performer.  Arin did his best with the song that he had to sing mostly in low register.  I hope he gets the votes cause has has potential to be a star

  • Karen C

    Note to Britney:  Don’t pick a song for one of your contestants just because you like it.  Pick what is best for them, or let them pick the songs themselves. 

  • Jazz_11

    LOL.. I think the mentor’s can’t come up to agreement about defintion of Diva.

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

    It’s divas week. They are all singing songs too big for them. And is it possible to find a diva song that isn’t tired? Divas are kind of tired, period. I don’t necessarily disagree with these assessments, just seems inevitable in light of the theme.

  • Jazz_11

    Ohh.. Arin’s going home this week.

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

    The definition of Diva has to change each performance to fit the 10 songs they’ve cleared. lol

  • Listening

    Umm can somebody tell me what YOLO means, i’m totally clueless?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mariah-Lamb/100001566604713 Mariah Lamb

    I wish Lyric145 just did Mariah Carey’s Fantasy (Bad Boy Remix) with ODB. I would have gotten the crowd on their feet with that catchy ODB intro.

  • mileyfan123

    Paige has always seemed much older and mature than 19, and losing her mom so young explains a lot of that. I think I understand now more of her personality now.

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

    Demi can’t pick an adequate song to save her life.

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

    I showed Rachel and this year’s 13-year olds to one friend of mine, who has not followed Xf last year and this year at all, and he immeadetely picked up Rachel as the most unique one. Why? He said: “She is like very original, raw, down-to-earth, while the others – although they are fabulous – are more like theatrical. Rachel is the real deal.”
        Personally, I think, that Rachel was the best last year, but she seldom got to sing great songs.

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

    Is Rihanna 2.0 aka Paige Thomas singing or whispering? 

  • dabney c

     Paige is really mediocre.

  • shell29

    I just don’t buy Paige as a potential pop star.  She looks the part but that’s about it.

  • Jazz_11

    Paige doesn’t have big voice, her voice dissapear when she’s moving or dancing.

  • http://twitter.com/Loretta31 Loretta

    The only one I am remebering is Beatice so far. 

    She has the such a unique tone to her voice.  Not the best song choice but
    I enjoyed it.

    Lyric 145 can go home now.  

  • Tera2

    That song fits Paige’s voice.  She was good.  She’s not the strongest singer, but she has a good recording voice and that’s important.  Rihanna cant sing better than that live and she’s a superstar.

  • Nedsdag

    At first I thought the sound quality was bad, then I realized it was Paige.

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

    Paige wasn’t good as always , but for some reason i can’t identify the judges seem to always love her. So, whatever…

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

    Jannel would sound great…singing along with the radio in her car. She doesn’t have a bad voice, just lacks star quality. She does look better with the softer bangs and curls, though. Last week her hair’s styling was so severe, it looked like a wig.

  • Jazz_11

    Each of these girls actually can sing and has good voice.. Harmony’s just giving a great harmony

  • Nedsdag

    I love 5th Harmony. They are the reason why I am still watching this godforsaken show.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bug-Menot/100003601718986 Bug Menot

     “You Only Live Once”

  • girlygirltoo

    YOLO = You Only Live Once

  • Tera2

    5th Harmony got a good song choice in Mariah’s “Hero”.  It started well and I liked the first 2 girls Lauren and Normani opening it.  It got chaotic towards the end cause of the last girl.

  • Listening

    Oh man Fifth Harmony were so boring in the beginning and then the end was a mess w/ just Camilla taking the lead w/ her annoying squeaky kid voice. The arrangement wasn’t dynamic enough for me w/ 5 people you’d think they could do more.

  • dabney c

    YOLO = you only live once

  • http://twitter.com/bagel08 John S

    They are fantastic

    LOL Wat?

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

    I need to watch that again since I’m only live streaming. But 5th Harmony sounded all over the place at the end. Is it me or my live stream?

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

    Vocally, I thought the latter part was a little shouty, but Fifth Harmony’s potential is through the roof. With that being said, they don’t need to choose a ballad next week in my opinion.

  • http://twitter.com/AdamAlamillo Adam Alamillo

    My Heart Will Go On for Carly?? wow, i hope.

  • shell29

    No it’s not just you…the latter part of the song was pretty rough in my opinion.  Overall Fifth Harmony was OK but not as “amazing” as Simon made them out to be.

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

    Everyone seems to love Camilla quirky voice, so the show now decided to pimp her as a lead singer of the group. I don’t think this Camilla obsession is helping them as a group at all.

  • Nedsdag

    The only Celine Dion song I can tolerate is “Where Does My Heart Beat Now.” Can someone sing this song instead of the annoying Titanic theme?

  • http://twitter.com/Girltalkbf AlesheaDominique

    My mom goes, “what’s going on? I could get paid to give the comments they’re giving.”

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

    Oh, god. I just looked up for the first time. Someone button Simon’s shirt!

  • girlygirltoo

    Is she the one who sang the first solo in their performance last week? If so, I thought she was horrible.

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

    Carly’s got big shoes to fill.

  • mileyfan123

    Carly is a pro

  • Nedsdag

    The music is overpowering her performance.

  • http://twitter.com/Paul_Dickens Paul Dickens

     Agreed, I think what got Little Mix to the finish line (other than the fact that they were just a fun group of girls who could sing) was that they rocked the upbeat stuff too.
    Well really that’s a lie their harmonies were almost always tight, they learned choreography and they worked super hard while 5th Harmony seem to be struggling on harmonies when they’ve only got like a minute and a half.
    IMHO I think the biggest problem with the group is they all want to be the star while Little Mixers embraced their group so much more, why can’t these girls start meshing together better and realise if they win they can easily branch out as a solo act once their 5 minutes are up.

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

    I don’t even remember the performances from last week. lol. She’s the white brunette.

  • Spark026

    Dammit, Jennel is still not herself.  No sex appeal in that at all.  Such a shame Demi’s comments are still swirling round her head…grrr

  • http://twitter.com/Paul_Dickens Paul Dickens

     You hope? Why would anyone sing that song?

  • Jazz_11

    I love how Carly control her voice.. she’s so good for her age

  • Chris

    “My heart will go on” for a 13 year old girl?  She didn’t bomb but you need more experience to pull that off.

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

    …and fill those shoes she DID. A-MA-ZING!

  • Jazz_11

    Geez… Is Simon just repeating what I just said… hahaha

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

    Carly was really good! She has made this corny song that we’ve heard a million times listenable again!

  • Tera2

    Celine is one of my favorite singers and I have a couple of her DVDs singing that song in concerts.  I don’t think Carly did “my heart will go on” justice and her voice can’t compare to Celine’s wonderful voice.  The beginning was low register and bad, and only sounded better when she sang the high part.  She sounds young and would be better if she waited till she’s 16.  Broadway is where I see Carly right now.

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

    I agree and disagree, Camilla HAS the most unique voice of the bunch and that makes her standout from the other four girls. With that being said, her voice simply didn’t fit the latter portion of the song and the music overpowered her.

  • dabney c

    Carly is great in that “precocious kid diva” way, and I’m sure she’ll have a career in music somehow. But where doe she fit in today? I see her singing “It’s a Hard Knock Life” in the B’way revival of Annie, but selling downloads? Hmm..

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

    I’m sorry, but I thought Carly just won the x factor with that performance. Absolutely incredible. I love Jennel, but she just didn’t compare to that.

  • catherine19

    I thought Carly was good, but comparing her to Celine Dion is a bit …

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

    Fifth Harmony teems with potential, but there’s a real difference between them and Little Mix. Little Mix was the only group in any of the past few seasons of X Factor (probably besides JLS) who made groups worth giving a damn about (and yes, this counts One Direction…. who were absolute garbage in their run on X Factor UK). Little Mix had it all. I personally like Lyric 145 more (and I’d say Emblem 3 is about as interesting as them), but Lyric 145, as much as I want them to win this, don’t really fit this show all that much. 

  • Chris

    I want to like Diamond and her sob story, but when she hits the chorus on these big songs, its just not it.

    Someone find her songs in her range!

  • http://twitter.com/JonKills Jon Glass

    Can Fifth Harmony, Carly, and ??? be in the finale together? I love Janelle but she needs that special performance to be put back on track..

  • Jazz_11

    It’s CRAZY to compare Carly’s 13yo voice with Celine’s mature’s voice. There’s 30something years experiences to catch up to. HOWEVER, for a 13yo, she really good in controling her voice and you can’t expect that from that young age. She’s only going to get better.

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

    I agree 3/4. lol I think Camilla would be better on the Voice. They seem to love these quirky voices there. but her kind of voice doesn’t harmonize together with the typical belters that are the other 4.

  • Karen C

    Let’s Stay together is NOT a Tina Turner song  !!!

  • Karen C

    Though Vino did a really good job with it

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

    The great thing about Carly’s performance was that she wasn’t trying to compete with Celine, her version was more reserved and tender. Where Celine went high, she pulled back.

    Let’s also remember Celine was in her 30s and Carly is only 13.

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

    This performance by Vino is the ultimate definition of karaoke.

  • Tera2

    Vino got a good song choice, but his voice was hash in parts of that song.  I didn’t care for that performance.

    That gold dress makes Khloe Kadashian look fatter than she is by the way

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

    Vino just doesn’t look comfortable on stage in my opinion.

  • http://twitter.com/JonKills Jon Glass

    I’m reallllly hoping they have Cher Lloyd booked to perform this season. Maybe they should get Little Mix to do their first US performance on here.

  • Nedsdag

    I like Vino, but I think President Obama did a better job and he only sang two verses.

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

    A part of me wants to agree about Carly’s age, but a part of me gets frustrated because the young people would supposedly be prematurely disadvantaged. Are we expecting them to sing the SpongeBob theme song with a bunch of happy dancing flowers each week or use Miranda Cosgrove as an example of a diva? 

    That said, who would you rather have sing My Heart Will Go On (or, for the sake of argument since mj hates that song, a different song with similar “need for experience”), someone like Carly who can sing despite lacking the experience to convey the emotion, or someone like Stacy Francis last year who has the experience to pull it off but a much worse voice?

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

    Cece is getting the pimp spot. I love it!!!! GO CECE!!!! 

  • Karen C

    Umm, Phil Collins was rock before he was pop.  

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

    Carly is Carly. You just can’t compare her to the other contenders. 

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

    It actually was a hit for Tina as well.

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

    Agreed! Would LOVE for Cher Lloyd and Little Mix to get time here!

  • Nedsdag

    I am going to prematurely predict what they will say about CeCe’s performance:

    “CeCe is back!”
    “I knew you could do it!”
    “The potential was always there. You nailed it tonight.”

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

    CeCe reminds me of Katie Waissel (X Factor UK series 7) in ways in that they’re the hated contestants of the Girls, although CeCe is hotter and Katie was more interesting. I still love Katie’s I Wanna Be Like You performance.

  • Listening

    I love Vino’s tone. It’s masculine, rough, soulful. It’s all in there, I simply love. it. The song was kind of boring he didn’t really stretch that song.

    But Vino could still be right up their b/c his vocal tone is gold and so far if an act wasn’t bad then it was boring, a couple were not quite there though.

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

    saved kitted in a lake….. okayyy… simon is such a… i can’t… 

  • mileyfan123

    I hate them so much……..I hate them so much

  • Karen C

    I don’t like Emblem 3 at all.

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

    Everything about Emblem 3 is average.

  • Chris

    There are a lot of songs north of Spongbob’s “Campfire Song” and south of “My Heart Will Go On” from the Titanic.

    She’s 13 and potentially could fall into the same trap as other big voices like Jessica from Idol.  She should be singing the type of song she would record, go on tour with… e.g. Selena Gomez is moving out of the “teen pop” spot.  Its wide open for the right act.

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

    Not the biggest Emblem3 fan, but I think they have the best chance to be a hit. A Sublime-style boy band is an untouched market.

  • Whatiswrongwithus

    I can’t comment much because i’m always too damn distracted by Demi’s eyebrows….what’s up with that?? they look like 2 overgrown caterpillars…

  • Jazz_11

    LOL.. Don’t think Simon’s going to repeat his success with Emblem3 like he has now with 1D. Those 1D kids are cute and they actually can sing. This Emblem3? don’t think so.

  • elliegrll

    Sometimes it seems like they went out of their way to cast people who can’t sing.  It’s sad when the best singer is 13 years old.

  • Tera2

    I hated the way Emblem 3 started that song and only the beats made it tolerable from middle to end.  With their substandard voice they should feel lucky they were in 6th place last week and stop acting shocked.  And I hated how the lead singer combed styled his hair with ugly bangs.

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

    This part I can agree with. 

    I have no issue with Carly singing My Heart Will Go On (at least not due to age), but it does not seem like the kind of song she’s be recording. 

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

    Emblem3 is overrated. And do they have to wear tank tops every week? Geez. Go save pussies instead! 

  • iluvai

    lolll..  ;)

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

    I think Beatrice sounded lovely and it was a much better song choice than last week, when she was belting and sounded strained. I disagree with the other judges. She did have a moment to shine at the end, but otherwise a soft, understated song suited her and was refreshing in a sea of bad diva impersonations.

    I also think Tate’s song was a good choice, though he did sound off at times.

  • Listening

    ummm them judges are cray cray digging that Emblem 3 performance. Super stars, first get them vocals in check before labeling them that. I mean clean out your ears. I don’t know how they got so cocky w/ those vocals. I mean really what makes them think they’re better than other boy band or any one w/ those vocals. Is it b/c they look like surfer boys, what gives.

  • Nedsdag

    There was something appealing about 1D when they were on XFUK. I didn’t root for them during their time, but they grew on me.

    The Beachy Boyz aka Emblem3 sound OK, but you want to take them out back and beat the crap out of them. Nevertheless, they will be back next week.

  • iluvai

    I wish they would have kept CeCe a brunette. I hate her stylist.

  • Nedsdag

    It’s Tammy Wynette. 

    Oh, I’m sorry, it’s CeCe.

  • iluvai

    I do not like this song.  yuk.

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

    CeCe’s tone doesn’t fit this song… AT ALL. Still, a major improve over the past two weeks.

  • mileyfan123

     That was a failed attempt at a moment

  • Da 1 N Only

    CeCe is no Latoya London, not even close

  • Karen C

    CeCee is very pitchy tonight

  • lollypop12

    oy! I had to mute CeCe!

  • fantoo1

    What’s with the hyperbole from the judges?

  • iluvai

    ohhhh She was not better than Vino!

  • Jazz_11

    Another Celine’s song. All by My Self is one of my favorite from Celine’s songs. Opps.. not good.. very shaky..  her voice’s not made for Celine’s songs

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

    I dunno, if I had to choose between One Direction, Union J, District3, and Emblem 3, I’d definitely choose Emblem 3 in a heartbeat. 

    And, whoever said the tanktop thing, in their defense, bro-tanks are pretty awesome :P. 

    That said, the lead guy sounds like a stoner or something. 

    They could probably come off more…. personable. I don’t really have a problem with their personalities until they start comparing themselves to other people, because that’s when the douchebaggery comes out (like when they were criticizing the competition and that whole apparent 6th place thing today). 

  • Karen C

    Demi doesn’t know what she’s talking about, CeCe wasn’t good at all. 

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

     Shania was considered a country diva. Pretty sure she was on VH1 Divas at one point, too…so it’s not the first time she’s been classed as such. Pretty much just refers to women who belt out big ballads and show stoppers, and (generally) top charts these days…and also used derisively toward anyone who behaves like a spoiled brat – which may or may not apply to some of the actual singer divas…Mariah is rep’ed as both kinds.

  • Tera2

    I thought Cece was mediocre as usuall.  That performance would be considered awful if she’s on idol.  I can’t believe they wasted the last spot on her.  Just because she wants to be a star doesnt mean she has the talent or voice.  she should go try out for off-broadway shows and do some acting and sub-par singing.

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

    Brian Friedman and Demi Lovato vs. Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey

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

    Cece is the most strange contestant I’ve ever seen. She came as a real good singer and finished almost in a Sanjaya level. 

  • sjames08

    Cece was just pitchy. Wish Carly closed the show. Britney’s got this season in the bag.

  • mileyfan123

    Please leave CeCe and Emblem3

  • Karen C

    Can we vote off Demi and Britney?

  • Listening

    Umm Cee Cee hit the big note at the end but that was the only note she hit. She was shaky and flat for the rest of the song.

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

    Sanjaya also came as a pretty decent singer, didn’t he? :P

  • dabney c

    Seriously, either the talent on Idol is leaps better than XF, or Idol’s production values make it seem that way. Nobody tonight struck me as ready for a recording career. Maybe the older guys are – but they’re both too old to launch the kind of career that this show is aiming to exploit. Last season’s talent didn’t excite me either.

    ETA: oops, didn’t mean for this post to be a reply to “Listening”.

  • HMc

    To my ears Cece did not sound good …                                                          I was thinking, maybe the judges can’t really hear the performances because what they had to say often didn’t match the performances 

  • Nedsdag

    The judges literally urinated all over CeCe’s performance.

    On the flip side, this could be a psych job to get CeCe sympathy votes to stay out of the bottom three.

  • sjames08

    Wait. I’m confused. No Whitney? Good. Jessica wasn’t there to nail it anyway. 

  • Karen C

    I thought Tate was the best tonight, and I’m not even a country fan.  

  • shell29

    On the flip side, this could be a psych job to get CeCe sympathy votes to stay out of the bottom three.

    I don’t get the impression that they want to save her.  I think CeCe’s a lost cause.

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

    Heh, I was just thinking this. Mentors are ALWAYS going to support their own acts even if they crapped on stage. 

    Question to anyone who has followed any version of The X Factor since UK Series 1: Has any judge ever voted against their own act when it wasn’t two of their acts singing off? 

    And I like the idea of the judges sending acts home, but it gets problematic because there are basically two automatic votes since two judges won’t be sending their own contestant home. 

  • fantoo1

    Never thought I would say this but…this season is looking like it’s going to be worse than last year.

  • bahogbugan_simj

    from the X-Factor franchise boybands this season, i’d choose The Collective from Australia in a heartbeat

  • http://twitter.com/Loretta31 Loretta

    going against the grain here I really like Emblem3 as does my dd and here friends.  I feel as though Simon is dumbing them down for mass consumption and that will hurt them. IMO.

    My 4 favs Carly, Beatrice, Emblem3 and Vino.  The rest Meh. 

  • Nedsdag

    It’s looking really crowded towards the bottom.

    Anyone not named Carly, not wearing a cowboy hat, or does not have Emblem or Fifth in their title could be leaving.

    This show is starting to make me miss Jason Brock and that’s saying something.

  • chillj

    Best of the night:  Vino.

  • shell29

    There are a couple of bright spots but overall I’m underwhelmed with this Top 12.

  • http://twitter.com/Paul_Dickens Paul Dickens

     Ummmm someones been drinking the special kool-aid because 1D can barely sing, I don’t like Emblem3 but c’mon they sing better than 1D easily. Please prove me wrong and link me to something live by 1D that you would consider a better vocal than Emblem3.

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

    I haven’t watched X Factor Australia. Hmm. 

    Huh, I just remembered how last week felt pretty awesome, and from the comments this week, that all changed.

  • jobeob987

    Melanie Amaro was a little predictable but at least she could sing.  When I compare Arin to Marcus Canty, there’s no comparison.  Ditto with this year’s rap groups and Astro.  Even Rachel and Drew were better than most of this year’s teen girls.  I don’t get it.  This top 12 WAS better before.  Maybe it’s nerves.

  • Whatiswrongwithus

    Gosh, it pains me to say this when I’m an X factor fan, but this season totally blows! I don’t usually watch X factors in other countries but at least I’m liking the talent from the other regions alot more, e.g James Arthur from UK and Samantha Jade from XF Aus. THIS is what a “MOMENT” is supposed to be – i’m not sure if anyone has seen this yet, usually i know someone will upload XF AUS here in the blog, but so far i haven’t seen any posted for this week, so here’s the performance which i thought completely blows the competition out of the water, ACROSS THE REGIONS!! And of course, for those who are Kris Allen fans – he did it first and best, but this girl comes a bloody close 2nd!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=prjA3NaVpcY

  • Chris

    “Honestly…. What will Carly be recording?”

    Exactly.  We know who Paige, CeCe, Tate, Lyric, and Emblem are and what kind of music they would record.  

    Unless Carly is trying to fit the mold of Jackie Evancho (who is only 12?!), I am still waiting to see how she fits into the music scene to justify $5M.

  • Listening

    Umm tonight’s X- Factor was a dud. It’s more of who did I not like the least instead of who I liked.

    Diamond and Vino were the best but they needed to do more w/ their songs. Beatrice isn’t living up to her potential. She really needs the right song. Carly was fine vocally I just didn’t connect w/ it. And Fifth Harmony was dull and bad near the end while Lyric 145 was a train wreck. Thanks a lot Simon for ruining their dreams.

  • merkureye

    Would it be possible to have a quadruple elimination this week and next?  X Factor Season 2 needs to end sooner rather than later.

  • justmefornow

    I agree. I miss his campy fun filled performances. 
    And he would have KILLED the Divas theme, just saying.

  • Tera2

    Not a good night on X-factor.  There were wrong song choices, and some just didn’t sing well even when they got a good song.  Last week was more enjoyable over all.  I hope Arin Ray gets votes though cause he did decent with a wrong song choice Britney gave him.

  • http://twitter.com/Paul_Dickens Paul Dickens

     Yes Simon eliminated his act The Conway Sisters over Sharon’s act Chico in Series 2 and that’s the only time it has ever happened in the history of the british series.

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    I just tuned in at the end. Wow, the last chick sucked major donkey balls.  I can’t really compare this show to Idol to the Voice because I’ve only caught a few episodes this year.  But that has to be worst pimp spot ever!

  • alonzo7

    What I want to know is where does the $5 Millon get spent-haven’t seen anything from last years winner Melanie.  I’d much rather be the winner of AI as they at least get to tour and put out music before they’re forgotten with a few exceptions.  I did throw a few votes to Tate and Carly but don’t really care who wins.
    I’ve been more entertained by the Voice this year.
    Liked Demi when the show first started but she’s getting on my every nerve talking over everyone.

  • Listening

    My prediction for the bottom 3  Cee Cee, Lyric 145, Arin. Cee Cee will be the automatic elimination. And I feel like if Lyric 145 are in the bottom 3 they’re losing to whoever else they’re up against. So doesn’t matter that Arin, Pagie, and Beatrice are interchangeable. Arrrrggggh Simon I wish you knew what you were doing w/ them. They could of lasted so much longer.

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

    It’s been long enough since I’ve heard that Celine song that I actually enjoyed the performance. She’s amazing. I don’t know of many contestants on this or other shows since AI first began that can pull a performance like that off, with some obvious exceptions. Talented or not, she should have been too young for that song to work but it didn’t come off as precocious. I’m with Demi. Studied and groomed or not, it doesn’t make sense for her to be that good. Very nice.

  • merkureye

    As far as I can tell, the winner of X Factor USA gets the $5 million prize in return for a promise to never sing in public again. Anyone ever heard from anybody from Season 1?

  • http://twitter.com/Paul_Dickens Paul Dickens

     The get a million a year for 5 years and that’s their money, then the record contract/company have to fork out their own money for promotion and making the album etc… on Idol (and X Factor UK) the money helps create the album and pay for promotion as well as getting a cut of whatevers left. I don’t remember which winner it was but I remember something being said that they ended up getting only about 200,000-300,000 of the 1 million by the end of it.

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

     I’d like to vote off Simon’s chest hair.

  • mickey__mouseolini

    I’m stunned, at how bad X-Factor is.    If you like terrible song choices, cheesy staging, a line up of mostly mediocre performers, and the worst mentoring ( by one judge in particular ) that one could imagine….

    X-Factor USA is the show for you.

    Crap, pure crap.   

  • jobeob987

     So funny!

  • http://twitter.com/Paul_Dickens Paul Dickens

    I think Demi’s actually trying to find a viable artist which means with Paige & CeCe she’s got it but this is a singing competition and unless you’re a good looking guy people are gonna vote on vocals which both of them havent been doing well. If this was a competition to create a star without the voting I do think Demi would have a chance at a win. My other issue with Demi (and I LOVE her) is she hasn’t really found herself as an artist either so it’s a little hard to be mentoring people her first album was very disney pop/rock, 2nd album was pop/rock but less disney and her 3rd album is rnb/pop and now she says her next album will be different again. I’m not saying don’t experiment but going by interviews it’s not experimenting is just trying to find what works for her and she needs to sort that out before she mentors others.

  • http://twitter.com/bagel08 John S

    I wonder if even MJ will be able to defend/sugarcoat tonight…

  • justmefornow

    nailed it.

  • sjames08

    Nahh, Carly isn’t too young. By the time the competition ends, she might be 14. Then they work on a record and will probably take a year. So by that time, she’ll be 15. I think Biebs started when he was 15 as well. As per songs, she should go the Adele route.

  • http://twitter.com/JonKills Jon Glass

    better than Idol. same winner for five years. esp PP with his guitar every week. Thats crap.

  • girlygirltoo

    My understanding is that they get a recording contract that could be worth up to $5 million in terms of advances, etc — IF they actually stay under contract. I do not think they get $5 million in cash.

  • calliebeckett

    You don’t think the same people who vote on American Idol will vote on X Factor.

    This same demo will have Tate Stephens winning the whole thing.

  • iluvai

    I just can’t get over Simon’s “proud papa” face when one of his acts is performing. He gets all puffed up and smiley.  It’s so funny to me.

  • http://twitter.com/bagel08 John S

     

    better than Idol. same winner for five years.

    I didn’t know that Scotty and David Cook were the same winner…

  • girlygirltoo

    She’s too young to be successful going the Adele route. Adele’s songs connect in large part because of the life experience that infuses the songs. A 13-year-old can’t sing about her ex-lovers, for example.

    If she was a pop singer a la Demi or Selena or Miley she might not be too young. But she doesn’t come across as being a pop artist.

  • iluvai

    I hope Beatrice makes it through. I don’t like her back story and it’s wrong if the kid feels like her family’s livelihood is resting on her young shoulders.  Ugh. But I like her unique voice. I wonder what a 20 something Beatrice might be like without this t.v. show.

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

    Watched the performances. I think, that everybody was so terribly off, that it is even difficult to believe. 

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

    CeCe looked beautiful…where was Paula to give her that kiss of death. She has the look, shame about the voice…

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

    Just a few thoughts on tonight.

    I think the judges gave way too glowing reviews in the first hour. From my ears, there was a lot of off vocals. Diamond didn’t sound good at all to me. Could be my TV, X Factor always sounds off for me.

    Lots of bland tonight too. Paige. Vino. Jennel. Arin was mega bland.

    Typing only with my right hand cuz my left hand is on the phone trying to save CeCe’s ass.  She may be in trouble, again. The glory note was money, but the rest felt off. Love her pre-Factor work and I think she could be a fun new artist.

    Said my thoughts on Emblem3 before. Not a big fan of the Huntington Beach trio, but I see their place and am entertained.

    Tate I wasn’t impressed with. Decent vocal. Better than last week. I was surprised he was #1 last week. (I’ve seen many covers of Dead or Alive over the years and that was weak). I’m sure he’ll be just fine tomorrow.

    I love Lyric145 on my TV because they are entertaining. I wonder if Simon has inadvertently made them into a joke mash up-artist. Last week was way better.

    Beatrice was off too. Maybe too many accessories weighed down the vocal? Sad to say, I think her days are numbered. I found myself tubing Allison and Cyndi duet from the AI finale instead.

    5th Harmony was a mixed bag. Decent overall, but there’s two weak links to my ears. Sorry, I don’t know their names. Maybe that’s a problem with being in a Group…

    Carly Rose delivered. Yeah, too young to really “feel” the song, but a fantastic vocal. I cannot see her as a hit radio artist. She’d be a complete star of Broadway and Simon can always release a CD of her singing standards every Christmas. Bet they’d sell well.

    And finally, I’m done with the over-reaching sob stories. Yes, I understand that many have had hardships. But, lack of jobs, deaths in the family, marital woes, having no plans after high school just will not impact my vote. Such is life, and everyone goes through this kinda stuff.

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

    I like Beatrice’s voice too, my favorite, actually. But she isn’t fitting in this show since live rounds. There’s something about this show that I think some contestants would be better leaving right now.

  • http://twitter.com/Paul_Dickens Paul Dickens

     Gabby from Scream Queens season 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ThsWZVbRbfw her and Beatrice even do the frown thing.

  • merkureye

    This is the first time I haven’t felt compelled to re-play some of the performances again after the show.  Even my favorites were either terrible or boring tonight. 

    As far as the Diva theme, I guess I was looking more for Streisand, Diana Ross, and Aretha.  Tina is a diva (Jennel’s song) but Turner’s voice is very unique and most can’t pull her songs off very well, as Jennel demonstrated.

    Simon needs to hold an XF concept meeting with producers, Fox and FreeMantle asap after S2 ends.  I don’t think the show format holds up very well.  The show sanctions backup dancers, contestants lowered from the ceiling, and other confusion but instruments aren’t allowed? I don’t get it. 

    I think they need to just feature good singing and stop the mentoring-madness.

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

    I think there’s a big difference between that guy on Idol who kept carrying on about his dead wife, up to and including the time he gushed about how awesome it was to write a song with some other guy who also lost his wife, and Paige taking a few moments to honor her dead mother, whom I never even heard about before now.

    “Such is life, and everyone goes through this stuff” – could you imagine that as a Hallmark card?

  • remikat

    I like Mario Lopez as a host but I can’t stand Khloe.  They don’t need both of them and Khloe is boring and can’t even talk properly.  Get rid of her.

  • durbesque

    From the perspective of singing (what a concept), I would pick Tate and Vino, not that I have any inclination to vote for either one.  Tate is inoffensive, and I can stand Vino if he keeps his hat on. 

  • remikat

    Khloe is a waste of space and a lousy host.  I like Mario and he is the only host they need.  Everytime Khloe opens her mouth, I cringe.

  • http://twitter.com/toastyred Sara Traynor

    Wow, I see Emblem 3 are getting the 1 Direction ridiculously loud backing track treatment.  I can see the market for them, they probably would sound good on a track even though they are quite dubious live, but they really aren’t suited for a tv show where you need to be humble and likable for people to vote for you.

  • remikat

    I think that CeCe got off to a bad start at the beginning of the show when she was portrayed as a bitch and nobody liked her then.  She does come across as being unlikeable.

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

    I’m not heartless, but I felt that almost everyone gave a sob story this week. Many came across stretching to me.  The Lyric145 group seemed like the were being led into giving a sad Sandy story by the choreographer(?) and to quote Simon: “It all felt a bit too gloomy.” And now I’m hearing Emblem3 are busy saving kittens from burning buildings.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bug-Menot/100003601718986 Bug Menot

     She’s not even good eye candy.

  • journey1

    I like Carly the best, but I am surprised that even though I don’t like country, I don’t mind listening to Tate.  He doesn’t have that irritating twang going on.  That just drives me up a wall.

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

    This is the Vino I fell for from the Auditions!!! Vino is THE MAN tonight :)

  • http://twitter.com/Paul_Dickens Paul Dickens

     I don’t know about this year but last year it was $5 million seperately http://screenrant.com/the-x-factor-5-million-grand-prize-mcrid-100310/
    and http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2011/oct/28/how-x-factor-winners-lose is interesting because I didn’t even know that the 1 million wasn’t offered anymore.

  • durbesque

    Makes me wonder if the Group Therapy didn’t cast a pall over what was supposed to be Entertainment.  The whole show had a mood of impending doom.  And finally, they threw Cece under the bus.  A fitting finale.     

  • remikat

    She said her alter ego is Khoe Money. I want her to just shut up and go away.

  • iluvai

    awww, that’s just mean, lol… I watched about 10 secs, but that was a diss on
    Beatrice. I just have to root for her for that ridiculous name she was given. Before anyone shoots me, there is a Beatrice in my family.  ;) 

  • iluvai

    I thought she said Khloe Honey!!

  • girlygirltoo

    The totally fake screaming crowd really doesn’t help any of these performances

  • Tera2

    It’s CRAZY to compare Carly’s 13yo voice with Celine’s mature’s voice. There’s 30something years experiences in between. HOWEVER, for a 13yo, she’s really good in controling her voice and you can’t expect that from that young age. She’s only going to get better.

    Britney and the judges over praised her performance.  Demi and some people were saying she sounds like Celine and I pointed out that not exactly.  Celine has one of the most beautiful voices and even when Carly gets older her voice won’t be as beautiful as Celine’s.  Carly does sound nice in high register, but her low register is mediocre as that song showed. 

    Also, girls voices should sound even prettier than when they are adults, unlike boys, but the vocal ability improves as they all mature.   That’s why I’ve said I wish Carly waited till she’s 16 to 18 to audition for this show or idol cause her vocals would have improved — right now she sounds young and I’m not that impressed. But she does sing better than Beatrice.  I wish those 2 and Diamond waited till they are 16.  I don’t think Carly is ready to be a star or worth 5 million.  Btw, I think Celine and David Bisbal have the most beautiful voices in the world and they are my top favorite singers.

  • merkureye

    This show. . . it is just wrong on so many levels.  When announcing the impending doom of the dreaded double elimination tomorrow night, Khloe and Mario were all happy and bubbly as if to say, “You guys may be going home tomorrow but don’t worry, me and Khloe will still get paid!”  

    The hosts should have projected concern over the prospect that some may have to go home and leave their dream behind. The hosts should set the tone for the show and its ebbs and flows of emotion.  Khloe and Mario have just one persona – happy in overdrive.  It just doesn’t give the show a feeling of humanity, IMO.

  • iluvai

    I know. These hosts are so fake.  I like Mario but even he doesn’t seem to get what is at stake for these contestants.

  • girlygirltoo

    Oh, Paige — that performance did not make me want to get up and dance.

  • iluvai

    I really noticed it on Diamond’s performance.

  • girlygirltoo

    I don’t know her name, but the girl who had the final solo in the Fifth Harmony performance? I really don’t like her voice. The others were fine. The harmonies were good, but it seemed like they went a little off the rials there at the end.

    Overall, Fifth Harmony strikes me as pleasant, but boring.

  • girlygirltoo

    seriously, there is no reason for anyone in the crowd to be screaming at the beginning of this ballad. SO ANNOYING

  • mtlfan2

    missed the show tonight and just watched the videos. Enjoyed the best Alan Vino (especially first 3/4 of the song), Lyric124 and Carly Rose despite the song choice.  OMG for All by Myself for Cece.. like Britney i really don’t get it – is Demi trying to get rid of her?! haha. The other teens have good voices but are too ‘green’ imo to give performances i could really enjoy

  • girlygirltoo

    Let’s Stay Together isn’t a “big enough” song? Lol, Simon should try to tell Al Green that. Of course, Simon might not even know who Al Green is :)

  • girlygirltoo

    Cece hit the big note on the word “more” but aside from that, her performance was bad…pitchy pitchy pitchy. wind machines can’t cover that up, sorry.

  • Ratna12

    This X Factor is so meh.
    All the “sad” backstories ( 13 yr old Beatrice losing hope if going home from this show ?), all the dancers and unseen duets ( who was the girl singing with Tate ?), bad song choices, etc, etc.
    I won’t be surprise if the rating goes down again.

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

    1.Janelle-I thought it was good.The last note was kinda bad though. Jessica Sanchez did it better though. This song is so catchy, I can’t hate it.
    2.Tate-OMG this is horrible. He ruined Shania Twain. This song doesn’t fit his tone.
    3.Diamond-This was really really good. Much better than the disaster Whitney Song she did. I’m rooting for her. she’s a dark horse. Diamond is going to be as flawless and stunning as Beyonce when she’s older. 
    4.Beatrice-I love her story that she has Lesbian moms.Take of that YOLO hat. ugh hate that word! It’s as annoying as as swag. She’s not terrible on this, but not good either. Just very boring,zzzzzz. She isn’t 5Mil in my opinion.
    Sorry Britney,I agree with Simon. No, Beatrice doesn’t have more talent in her pinky finger than Simon’s acts. Beatrice wouldn’t even get far on idol.
    5.Lyric145-I wish they would discuss Lyric’s eye patch. Not everyone knows about it like us. This is pretty good. Like I said, Lyric Da Queen is a star. Last week was still better though. I hope people keep them. They are in top contestants on this show and we only have them as rappers. 
    6. Arin-This was terrible. We don’t really need another Chris Brown. He’s not even on the level of Marcus Canty IMO. His spot was wasted for other potential contestants. If you are given a second chance to come back to a singing competition on live shows, you better well damn deliver. Send him 
    packing. He deserves to go.
    7.Paige-I just love this girl. She’s a star.I’m rooting for her. I hope she goes far.This was really really good. She showed vocal power in this song.
    8.Fifth Harmony-I’m happy and shocked they are getting a lot of love due to the sausage fest lovers out there. It will be interesting to watch them grow. This was pretty good. I liked last week better though. 
    9.Carly-This was really really good. She’s staying near the top. I expect her to win or become runner-up. Her fanbase is very huge right now.
    10.Vino-This was really really good. Much better than last weeks horrific disaster. His town is really really small. I have a lake house not far from there so I can vouch for his sake on the “small town” thing.
    11.Douchebag3- They keep picking songs I like. They need to stop. They also need to stop being douches. They will be the surprise elimination sometime this season. This was pretty good. I still hate them with a seething passion. I want to see them fail so bad. They arn’t even fresh either. I can name tons of popular bands like them. Lol at them thanking everyone. I think someone told them they come across as douches.
    12.CeCe- The thing about her is that at the beginning she was really really good. Her performances are terrible to just okay. And her save me performances are stunning. This time her performance was really really good.I was just about to give up on her and say to send her packing but I think she delivered tonight.

    The ones I liked tonight-Janelle,Diamond,Lyric145,Paige,Fifth Harmony,Carly,Vino,Douchebag3,and CeCe
     
    Didn’t like to just meh-Tate,Beatrice,Arin,

    The favorite 3 performances tonight- 1.Diamond 2.Carly 3.Vino

    Who I would send home- Tate and Arin.
    Who I think might go home due to votes- Arin I think is for sure. Beatrice will probably be the second one. CeCe could slip in there. I wouldn’t send her home yet though. I hope Lyric145 don’t go, but they might even slip in the bottom 2. All in all, I’m sure Arin is going with any of these others that could be going with him.

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

    AI > The Voice >>>>>>>>>>>>>>> …………… XFactorUS

    heck Duets was even better than this crap we’re seeing from XFUS. I won’t be tuning in again this season.

    Why can’t it be like the UK or Aus version? At least the talents there (well most of them) can sing and/or entertaining and the show are so well organized 

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

    Britney said the most obvious thing about Lyric 145 tonight, yet I’m pretty sure Simon didn’t realize it. Ugh. Well, at least Britney agrees. 

  • Xentusk

    Dam you Simon….  You lead me to believe there was a chance with a ‘more talented’ group
    I took the bait….. how easy it was to forget that Shameful “Save Melanie Redemption” charade I had to endure last year…  I actually felt hope, anticipating the performances from such potential
    tonight’s show was absolutely bland despite the lights, dancers and volume

    Tonight, the souffle turned into mud :(

    BTW…. WTF happened to CeCe?? I’m serious wtf?

  • http://twitter.com/KariannHart Kariann Hart

    Tate was not at his best, but he’ll be back next week.  Country music is very welcoming to good talent.  I like the guy and his dimples.  He just might make it if he’s marketed properly.

  • Maya100

    The difference is that Jackie Evancho is clearly a kid, while Carly gives off the impression of an adult in just about every way.  You watch her and know she’s 13, but her voice, look, interviews all seem super-mature, advanced and adult.  I’d buy her as a recording artist, especially by the time the album would be released.

  • http://twitter.com/KariannHart Kariann Hart

    Jackie was only 10 years old and sweet as pie.  Carly and Diamond do act older.  Rachel Crow was a “silly, lovable” girl.  Maybe the other two are not?

  • teekee

    Agree with those who say this just wasn’t a good show. Mediocrity running rampant. I’m failing to connect with any of them. Though, I do have a soft spot for Lyric145.

    Vocally Carly and Vino were the best for me. However, I seldom enjoy the really young ones. As for Vino, I’m going to need him to stand up straight. That slouching, hunch back thing he does, bugs me. The mannerisms didn’t match the song.

  • remikat

    Oh maybe!  but even that’s stupid.

  • geekygirl

    “Emblem 3 aren’t going to last long, no matter how polished and professional they are, because they are the douchiest douches that ever douched.”

    – ok, this made me laugh out loud! I may have to borrow this.

    ANd I am a little confused by this theme, don’t the mentors always warn off tackling a big song by big voices, and then they do a theme week for it???  That has epic fail all over it.  Not only do most of these singers not have the chops to tackle them, but the big diva ballads are exactly the songs that we are SICK TO DEATH of hearing!!!  This is what imho is wrong with all of these reality singing shows, I am SO tired of hearing the same old songs.  Could we please have a song coffin, stick these suckers in there and BURY THEM FOR GOOD!  I nominate “Don’t want to miss a thing” as top of my list. Might be an interesting thread MJ, what should be banned forever? 

  • Jimmy Mackey

    I’m sorry, but Demi might have a lot invested in CeCe but she doesn’t have to go psycho about it.  CeCe is a terrible singer, she just looks the part, like L.A. said.  Simon made a funny insult though this time, which amused me.  I hope they don’t try to save her again.  My DISH coworker loves this show too and he’s always asking me about what I thought of the show.  I like TV a lot more now though since I get more TV rather than commercials with Auto Hop from DISH Network.  Don’t get me wrong, some of them can be quite funny, but when I watch commercial free because Auto Hop automatically skips the commercials from the beginning of the show, I can fit in another show that evening.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Caught up with the performances here (and it’s really nice to avoid KK)!

    “Oh. Diamond has an alter ego. So does Kloe. She’s called “Kloe Money”. We really don’t want to hear about that, do we? “).

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!  lol

    No one gave me a “wow” moment, and Demi is really doing her team an injustice by pushing them in the wrong directions. It’s not bringing out the best in any of them, in fact, it’s doing the opposite. Jennel’s rendition of PM was almost a joke karaoke performance, and I could just tell that she wasn’t into the song (and Jennel is my favorite). Cece has kind of self-destructed before our eyes, and a lot of that is Demi’s responsibility too, as well as Paige’s staging. I think that Demi’s viewpoint of her contestants is very misguided and she’s not open to listening to Simon because she thinks that he’ll do and say anything to make others fail (a big flaw with the X-Factor IMO).

    ““My Heart Will Go On” by Celine Dion. KILL ME NOW.Carly does a great
    job. Very professional. But I despise this song with every fiber of my
    being.”

    lol I thought that Carly did a great job too, but I actually like a lot of cheesy, big, sappy ballads (eg. the asteroid song, TOML, Hero, etc.), so I wasn’t conflicted by her performance.

  • dabney c

    she’s not open to listening to Simon because she thinks that he’ll do
    and say anything to make others fail (a big flaw with the X-Factor IMO)

    Totally agree. It’s one of the reasons I can’t get into this show. Competition between the judges does not help the contestants do their best – it just makes the show about the judges rather than the talent. When judges support their team members because of loyalty to “their own”, and a desire to be the “winning judge”, then their critiques of ALL performances become hollow and rather meaningless, imho.

  • http://twitter.com/1outside Maj

    Remind me again why I take time off my studies to watch this shootshow on the XFs official YouTube channel? I pretty much stopped watching the UK version last week because except of James no-one else really interests me and even though the talent in the US version is better this year, it just gets buried under bad song choices, inappropriate and/or distracting staging & choreography and wardrobe choices, incompetent hosts and screaming eegits in the audience. It’s just all too much.

    Not sure if the order of the acts uploaded on YT is the same as in which they sang but here’s what I thought about each act:

    Jennel – what even is “rockstar next door”?! That sounds horrible. Bad arrangement of the songs. The perf itself was not bad but not great either.

    Beatrice – I luv her but enough with the family drama. Also what is she wearing again?! The perf was kind of lifeless. Also off-key but I don’t mind that as much in her case. Bit disappointing.

    Lyric145 – putting those two songs together made no sense. Loved last week but this perf was way too shouty, tuneless and uninteresting. :-(

    Vino – not a fan of this song but just like Elise, he made it listenable for me. A solid performance, sexiness in his voice. Good.

    Paige – 75% of this performance was just bad. Also she didn’t seem to be having fun in those dancey bits when she was out of breath. Bad and awkward. :-/

    Emblem3 – I have a real problem with their voices. I just don’t like them (voices…but the guys as well). Also they aren’t great singers are they? The song underlined the goat quality of their voices. Personally didn’t enjoy this, even if it wasn’t a bad performance per se.

    Fifth Harmony – oh how I hate this song. Also there was some serious off-key screeching going on in this performance. These girls will have to work much harder for me to start liking them half as much as I like Little Mix… But I still want them to stay and improve.

    Tate – people who know country keep saying he’s good. Well he’s not the sort of country I’d consider listening to…that being said I suppose he’s solid..? This performance wasn’t though. Pitchy. But, the whole story about his wife and all…melting even my cold heart. He ain’t going anywhere.

    Carly – oh dear. Not this song. Well I suppose that was a good, solid performance. I suppose this song is hard to sing so for that age Carly is actually amazing. Or something. Doing nothing for me though.

    Diamond – why do they keep choosing songs that are too big for her?? Also I have a serious issue with the skinny trousers. I was skinny too when I was 13 and also kept wearing tight trousers even if they weren’t flattering…she would look much better in a multi-layered skirt or a dress above the knee. Just IMO.

    Arin – awww, for once I actually like a song someone’s singing here. But this arrangement doesn’t work, plus the song’s almost unrecognisable. Also bum notes, pitch…oy!

    CeCe – oh dear. My ears. I guess she’s a goner.

  • http://twitter.com/JulesinMS Jules

    Don’t forget Celine Dion was a french language recording artist when she was 12 so comparing Carly to her isn’t really out there.