NOTES:

Mario Lopez is a pro. Thank god the network talked Simon into hiring at least one host with experience. He did most of the heavy lifting with Khloe last night, which was a good thing.  About Khloe–bras are your friend, girl. No. The really are. Leave it to a Kardashian to purposely flash her nipples in a sheer dress all night. Eeep.  Khloe was obviously nervous. At times, she was trying way too hard, pushing the judges to react to situations. I understand it’s her job, but she comes off like a bully as she stridently DEMANDS answers from the panel.  Her total lack of experience is revealed right there. Maybe she’ll improve with time. But I think for now, she should be kept mostly backstage to interview contestants. Mario is better equipped to handle the off-the-cuff stuff.

Britney is the worst mentor on the panel. She uniformly made poor song choices for her team.  It’s obvious she doesn’t have an understanding of musical genres outside of her own.   Her song choice for Carly Rose missed the boat entirely. Putting the poor girl in a school girl uniform? REALLY?  And she’s got a real gem in Arin, but she’s got to choose better songs for him if he’s going to shine.

Actually, there was plenty of terrible song choices to go around. Simon will probably eliminate Sister C tonight because he has no clue what to do with a country act. And “Gangnam Style” for Lyric 145? He’s squandering their talents. Demi is trying to turn Paige Thomas into the next Rihanna. Uh. NO. And she made African American country singer, Willie Jones, look like a clown. Not cool, Zeus.  LA is wasting Vino Allan’s talents and soulful voice  by turning him into a Nickleback wannabe.

Demi and Britney both seemed kind of nervous last night, repeating the same catch phrases over and over again “amazing”, “I’m so proud of you,”  That’s got to improve. And I guess we’re back to Simon and LA facing off every week as frenemies. I’ll bet poor Jason Brock doesn’t fully comprehend that he’s the joke contestant and as such, he’ll be battered every single week by Simon until he’s voted off.

But, I’ve come to really enjoy the X Factor with its over the top production values.  It’s not about crowning a great singer, it’s about finding a star with charisma, and I think there’s a place for that in TV’s now crowded field of reality singing shows.

I don’t think anyone really stood out tonight. The contestants were either singing the wrong song or a bundle of nerves, or both.  We’ll see in the coming weeks who can rise to the challenge.  I’ll be posting my elimination predictions later.

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OMG THE SET THE SET! Crazy spotlights! Huge introduction of the TEAMS! SIMON IN VAMPIRE FANGS. Happy Halloween!

IT’S TIME TO FACE THE MUSIC!!!!!

Here come Mario Lopez and Khloe Kardashian ODOM. KARDASHIANS ANNOY THE CRAP OUT OF ME.

Khloe? NIPPLES? uhm yeah. She’s a Kardashian.

Britney says she’s GOT IT IN THE BAG. Demi NOW A BRUNETTE. Unless she’s wearing a wig. Simon says they aren’t aloud to bite each other. The judges remarks are all RAH RAH MY TEAM IS BEST I’M GOING TO WIN NYAH. Simon Cowell shout out to the East Coast.

The theme is “Made in America”.

Paige Thomas – Young Adults – Demi Moore – “What Is Love” by Haddaway – Paige is going to own it, not only for her, but for her BABY. Demi cut her hair. VERY VERY SHOT. Paige feels unstoppable. Demi admits that she’s not the best vocalist. Whoops. Cannon Fodder alert. Demi is going for a mini-Rhihana deal here. Poor Paige is disappearing into the stage. Not only is she not the best singer, but she has no energy or charisma. The latter is what really counts. The crazy headdress and silver nutty onsie is at total odds with her blah performance. LA it “feels like stardom, but I’m not so sure about that song choice.” Britney says, “You’re outrageous. I think you are a true star.” Simon says, “You’ve just come out here tonight and nailed it. It was so annoying watching this one’s smug little face.” Simon likes the song choice. Demi says, “I’m so unbelievable proud of you. I’m shaking. What a great way to open up the show.”

The winner will become the NEXT PEPSI ARTIST. They will star in a Pepsi commercial to debut during the Grammys.

Britney is a “Brentor” according to Khloe

Arin Ray – Teens – Britney Spears – “Keep Me Hanging On” by the Supremes – Britney thinks Arin is doing a great job. The Supremes? Really? Kind of a weird song choice. I think it was the wrong song for Arin. The kid has got a good voice. But if this is the kind of shite Britney is going to pick for her kids, they’re in trouble. Yeah, the song was updated–more like the Kim Wilde version–but it didn’t really highlight Arin as a sexy R&B singer.  I agree with the judges–super overproduced. LA says, “You nailed. That was a really creative and original song choice. You vocal didn’t Demi says, “I couldn’t really hear your vocal, the girls were screaming so loud. You need to be less stiff.” Simon says, “Maybe you put too much around him. You have that kind of swag, You have self-confidence. I was actually overall impressed.” Britney says, “I’m so proud of you. You were a little genius up there.”

David Correy – The Over 25s – LA Reid – “My Love is Your Love” by Whitney Houston – LA feels his voice is the one that needs the most attention. Shout out to his birth parents!  This is a great vocal. He does the most possible with a rather lame song choice.  David has potential.  Britney says, “I felt you a lot.” Demi says, “You really got the crowd going.” Simon says, “Interesting song choice. I thought your performance was desperate. You were begging the audience to like you. I’m not sure you created an artistic direction with that song choice.” LA says, “You sounded really good. It felt right.”

Sister C - Groups – Simon Cowell – “Hell on Heels” by Pistol Annies – We see the girls riding horses. FARM GIRLS. The girls mention they have no sob story. WE AREN’T SNOOTY GIRLS. Really we aren’t. The girls are aware they have a personality problem. Girls are a little awkward walking down the stairs. They aren’t entirely comfortable with the big production. But, the girls have lovely, perfect harmonies and energy. Simon picked a song they already sang, probably because he has no clue about country. LA says, “They did that song in their first audition. It was good.” Britney says, “You really delivered.” Demi says, “You’re really beautiful girls. It kind of let me down, I was expecting a better performance. You were really stiff.” Simon says, “They are singers, not a dancer. That was a fantastic performance. Vocals were on the money. I thought the song sounded fantastic. I’m very very very proud of you.”

Janell Garcia – Young Adults – Demi Lovato – “Home Sweet Home” by Motley Crue – ROCHESTER IS A SUBURB of BOSTON. Just so you know. Janell seems nervous! The big stage is swallowing her up. Demi is positioning her as a rock star, but she did not display the power required for that role. She may need to find her feet. LA says, “That was a 10. That was a great song choice. You just convinced me that you could win.” Britney says, “You completely rocked it out.” Simon says, “You just defined the theme, made in America. Absolutely love you. I think Demi has tried to make you a clone of her. I liked you with curlier hair.” Demi says, “I’m so unbelievably proud of you. You killed it. I had a vision…I swee you going so far. You’re such a rock star.”

Diamond White – Teens – Britney Spears – Hey Soul Sister by Train – ARE YOU EFFING KIDDING ME? So far, Britney is proving that her song choosing skills are shite. It’s one thing to pick a bad song…but THE WORST SONG IN THE WORLD REALLY? Britney is wisely styles her like the kid that she is, but lyrically, the song MADE NO SENSE FOR HER. LA says, “I thought that was really strong. It felt a little mechanical to me. I wanted to feel like it was yours.” Demi says, “I thought the song choice was really great. You’re really adorable. It was a little reserved.” Simon says, “The talent so far tonight has blown me away. I think you’ve done a really good job with this girl. You came over as a relevant pop star. There were a few tuning issues. Massive improvements.” Britney says, “I’m so incredibly proud of you. You’re amazing.”

Vino Allan – Over 25 – LA Reid – “Gotta Be” by Nickleback – Ohh..his lower register was REALLY pitchy on the beginning of that song. Vino has a unique baritone and he’s a pretty passionate guy. But I have to say, I agree 100% with Simon. Making Vino a second rate Chad Croeger is NOT the way to go. At least LA didn’t put dancers around him. Give the dude some Otis Redding for cripes sake, and he’ll BE KILLING. Geez, LA. C’mon. The poor younguns don’t get him at all, but that’s understandable. Britney says, “I was a little bored.” Demi says, “The beginning was a little shaky. I have a hard time seeing you as a pop star.” Simon says, “I think you have an incredible voice. The arrangement was completely wrong for you. You seemed like a horrible cover single.” LA says, “You know you’ve had criticism most of your life. It’s not going to stop you know.”

BIGGEST RESULTS SHOW THE X FACTOR HAS EVER SEEN TOMORROW.

Lyric 145 – Groups – Simon Cowell – “Boom Shake The Room / Gangnam Style” - GANGNAM STYLE mashed up with I have no idea what the eff. Oh Simon. These guys have talent and a TON of charisma, but you really oughta let them pick they’re own songs. You don’t know hip hop music from your botoxed butt. I’m completely on Team LA on this one. I hope Simon doesn’t ruin their chances with lame song choices. LA says, “I love you guys. The bad news it sounded like somebody dumped you in a washer and a bunch of bleach. It took all the soul out of you. That’s not hip hop. You know that’s not it.” Britney says, “I was genuinely entertained.” Demi says, “I’m a little worried about this group. They are so good.” Simon says, “It has to be entertaining, it has to be commercial. You guys were sensational.”

CeCe Frey – Young Adults – Demi Lovato – “Because the Night” by Patti Smith – Demi tells CeCe that she has to become likable. GOOD LUCK WITH THAT! Did CeCe really need to be crawling aound on the floor? Yeah, her vocals were weak, but at least she was singing live. Most of these pop tart types never sing live without an assist. Simon knows this. That’s why he’s not worried. She seemed very nervous tonight. CeCe has to balance her sass and swag without seeming obnoxious. It won’t be easy to do. Also, WAY TO RUIN ONE OF MY FAVORITE SONGS EVAH.  LA says, “You left a little to be desired vocally, but overall strong.” Britney says, “Your vocals were a little weak sometimes.” Simon says, “You are fearless. It wasn’t the best vocal I heard, but that doesn’t really matter to me actually.” Demi says, “I think you can do much better vocally, but you are a pop star.” CeCe thanks the judges for their critique. Already working on that likability thang.

Tate Stevens – Over 25s – LA Reid – “Tough” by Craig Morgan – He definitely needs to work on his performance skills. His pure, sweet voice is swallowed up on the big stage. If I were LA, I would have chosen a softer ballad for him. Something that really highlights his beautiful vocal tone. He had to push too hard to be heard. Britney says, “You wow me every time you perform.” Demi says, “I was a little bit bored, but you don’t need dancers. You gave me chills. I think you are such a star.” Simon says, “I know exactly what kind of artist you should be. You are a good honest man. The show could give you a huge break. You are bwtter when you don’t push your vocals too hard.” LA says, “I thought it was really good. We both know that Simon is not a country music expert. We are going to see you around.” Aw, he tears up as he talks about his family.

Beatrice Miller – Teen – Britney Spears – “I Won’t Give Up” by Jason Mraz – She admits that Britney picked a song she herself would not have picked, and she is nervous about it. Oh boy. This is an interesting song choice. But Beatrice, as full throated as she is, can’t really pull off the emotional heft of the song. She’s a pageant kid play acting. She’s got pretty angel hair, and the wind machine gives her a cherubic vibe. LA says, “I believe you and I love you.” Demi says, “I’m really impressed. There was so much feeling behind your eyes.” Simon says, “I think the style of music picked for you was good. When you tried to push it there was some tuning issues. It might be nerves. I really really like you.” Britney says, “You’re amazing, you’re a true star.”

Jason Brock – Over 25s – LA Reid – “Dance Again” by Jlo – LA calls him “Mr. Entertainment” meaning he’s the Wagner-Jedward-Ryland of the season. I wonder if he realizes he’s the token joke contestant? This is way too tame to be funny in a bad way. Oh, that key change was flat. Actually, Jason is underpitch through most of the song. That was NOT good. Not very entertaining. Britney says, ‘You could have picked a better song.” Demi says, “I think it wasn’t the right song choice. I think you should have gone with something with a little more sass.” Simon says, “that was utterly horrendous.” Simon hates everything. EVERYTHING. “For me, it doesn’t get worse than that. LA woke up one morning and tossed this song at you.” LA says, “I enjoyed you, we had fun. He’s a hater, don’t worry about it.  Jason asked Mario if he could pinch his butt. lol.  Mario told him to keep it PG.

LYLAS NOW KNOWN AS 1432 – Groups – Simon Cowell – “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” by Taylor Swift – This is pretty awful. Like a TOTAL HOT MESS. Bad harmonies, nerves, amateur hour. It’s sad, because they were great at judges houses. LA says, “The song choice, very talent show, very karaoke. Horrible production. Your mentor really failed you, but there is hope.” Britney, “I was pleasantly surprised” Demi says, “Tonight there was only one person that shined. It didn’t click.” Simon says, “You are fantastic. There is work to do. Hopefully if you survive you will prove what a great group you are.” Demi wouldn’t say who clicked for her. Gosh, Khloe using CIA interrogation tactics to reveal which one Demi liked. She finally admitted it was the chick who lives in one room with 20 of her relatives? I have to look up her name. I don’t understand the name. 1234 means I love you too? Ok. I’m with LA it’s a lame name.

Willie Jones – Young Adults – Demi Lovato – “I’m Here for the Party” by Gretchen Wilson –  What the heck was that? That was a terrible song choice Demi!  I know he’s there as a novelty (African American sings country!) but now that you have him, you should try to take him at least a bit seriously.  Surrounding him with silly dancers and handing him a joke song that’s not even in his vocal range is not even funny. Turning him into a clown is an insult.   LA says, “That was very entertaining. It was an adequate performance, but there is more there.” Britney says, “You are a star. You are amazing.” Simon says, “I didn’t get that. You didn’t take it seriously. The dancers were inappropritate. It felt cheap and silly. I don’t think your mentor did any justice with that.” Demi says, “I’m 20 years old and I know what young people like. It may not have worked 100 years ago.” Simon says he would have picked a different song and ditched the dancers.

Carly Rose – Teens – Britney Spears – “Good Feeling” by Flo Rida – Oy. Britney wants to put Carly in a school uniform and she does not seem very compforatable with that. LA says, “You have a really beautiful voice. It didn’t feel like you were having fun. But you are amazing.” Demi says, “You have one of the best voices in this competition. Seeing you up there with other kids is unbelievable. It’s not your time right now.” Simon says, “I don’t agree with that. My issue was that you felt uncomfortable with the song. You could have done a much better song. It would be criminal if you left the compeition tonight.” Britney says, “I thought your vocals were amazing. You did a great job.”

Emblem 3 - “One Day” by Matisyahu – I guess they are supposed to be “the bad boys” of the competition. They better be careful they don’t come off like douchebags. It turns out, they have deep connections in Hollywood. I’m not surprised. They have that air of entitlement. Having said that–they are really good. Charisma, looks, great harmonies. They are polished, skilled performers. Simon is pimping the hell out of them. They are going to get signed regardless. LA says, “This is difficult. YOU GOT IT RIGHT THIS TIME. We are witnessing America’s next pop sensation.” Britney says, “You are absolutely adorable. Amazing.” Demi says, “You boys make me swoon. I can’t look you in the eye when you sing to me. I love you boys.” Simon says, “The difference in you after the last 3 or 4 weeks. Remember this night. You are seeing a future superstar here.”

Tomorrow, eight acts will be made safe. Eight acts with have to sing off. Four will go home.

 
  • Nedsdag

    Which channel (Hurricane Sandy victim)?

  • fuzzywuzzy

    The sheer mega-OTTness of the open sequence is hilarious! lol

    Khloe is already bugging me. lol

  • Listening

    First off how great did Britney’s legs look, ok got that out of the way. LOL.

    Yippie X- Factor, X- Factor, X-factor. I’m so excited.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Wow. Mega-production for Paige. She needs it because her singing isn’t so great. lol

  • Karen C

    Why is Paige wearing a porcupine on her head?

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

    This performance of Paige is far above the OTT. Hilarious.

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

    Paige is kind of sucking vocally.

  • Listening

    Why did they dress Paige like a space sea urchin?

  • jcabby

    A little too weird for me. LOL. 

  • http://twitter.com/brendanjhong Brendan Hong

    live stream?

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I think that it looks more like a giant sea urchin. lol

    http://www.fish-journal.com/2011/10/sea-urchin.html

  • genius13

    First performance was horrible?

  • shell29

    Paige has the look but that voice is just…no.  Of course, that hasn’t seemed to hurt quite a few pop stars so maybe they can make it work for her.

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

    I couldn’t even pay attention in the vocals, but I guess she was pitchy.

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

    Let the praising of subpar vocals commence.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Eh, it was OK. A lot of glitz to compensate for not great vocals.

  • Tera2

    I liked Paige coming out like a pop star and the singing was good enough.  Her voice is similar to Rihanna. It’s so wrong of Demi to make her shave her head like that though.  She had a cool haircut before.

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

    Paige Thomas is a singing porcupine. Someone tell the production team this ain’t America’s Next Top Model. 

  • Nedsdag

    No live stream?

  • Listening

    I think Paige needed a little more oomph/ power in that song, especially w/ such an outlandish outfit. You don’t want that to outshine you.

    The vocals were a little shaky at times but I think she’s sweet so I was/am rooting for her.

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

    One thing I love about X-Factor – the wacky outfits!  They’d NEVER do that on Idol.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/JC5VIWKY7SZ67OVWR2ISVCWYKY Brian

    I saw this posted as a live stream elsewhere… http://www.breatheheavy.com/2012/10/the-official-x-factor-live-show-episode-1-post/

  • WestiesRule

    Go Mario! Better this year. Khloe isn’t being given much to do yet and she’s a bit stiff. I hope she loosens up.

  • http://twitter.com/bluinjewin Landon Cox

    MJ, you have Paige ascribed to Demi Moore instead of Lovato lol

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I don’t like this song choice or the staging.

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

    After Rihanna 2.0 comes Chris Brown 2.0. Oh, the irony…. 

  • jcabby

    That spray sound is overwhelming.

  • elliegrll

    The production, costume, hair and everything else didn’t match Paige’s personality or singing style.  Not that there was a lot of singing in her performance.  At least they finally decided to point out that she’s not a great singer.  

    Arin seems lost with all the stuff that’s happening on stage, too.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “Chris Brown 2.0″

    except without the dancing. lol

  • shell29

    Arin has potential…the performance was OK but he needs to loosen up a little more.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Matteo-Rodrigo/1340430528 Matteo Rodrigo

    So far not being impressed with talent of first 2. Paige’s vocals were horrible..all she had was costume & hips. Hope this isn’t a show where everyone’s told they have great voice. Waiting to see if Brit says anything original or smart..she just seems scared & a bit out if it

    How did they let khloe out with no nip covers? That’s a must on TV..esp you have kids.

    Without seeing show wanna know if LA will cut the gay guy..just doesn’t seem real comfortable with that

  • fuzzywuzzy

    The giant red heart on his jacket is so cheesy! lol

  • Listening

    Umm Arin was all stage presence and even that was a bit awkward and weak vocals. He’s real cute though so he’s got that going for him.

  • Tera2

    Oh Arin Ray brought it like a Pop/R&B star should.  He certainly has the voice and the total package.  He sounds like Usher with a bit of Chris Brown and they are superstars. He sang well and moved well too.  I think they finally found someone who can be a star on this show.  Thank God Arin came back this season so he can show that voice and vocals which wasnt well showcased last season with too many people in Intensity.  Arin is my most favorite.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_52HTQ5MLHHR4W3SR5KUD3CRBTA ShannonM

    See, my main problem with this show is the overproduction of everything. Dancers, weird costumes, weird lighting, overkill backstories…it’s like the actual singing is completely secondary.  So that said…Paige is not a strong enough singer for this show and she needed the OTT production value.  But that was laughable. I liked the 2nd guy, but having those air things going off at the front of the stage every 5 seconds was completely ridiculous.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Matteo-Rodrigo/1340430528 Matteo Rodrigo

    Khloes got ta be nervous..this is new for her; Mario does it daily…plus she knows shell be slammed anyway….ugh Britney can’t give a relevant comment if her life depended on it…I feel sad watching her. .hate when judjes criticize each other..keep it on the singers

  • Listening

    David Correy i’m disappointed in you, I expected more from him. He put too much in the arrangement and he overacted. Totally agree w/ Simon he came off as desperate.

  • chillj

    This is so over the top it is hilarious.  Paige was all dolled up, but fell over in the costume shoes, and contestant number two had the camera people only focusing on him from the waist up (Elvis?), because he can’t dance.  They aren’t professional enough yet to pull this off ….it is a zoo.  The winner is the one who doesn’t look silly on stage.

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

    I know they are trying to create a sense of excitement, but I would enjoy the show more if they toned down the crowd noise. 

  • shell29

    I like David Correy but I have to agree. 

  • elliegrll

    To that end, LA was right about David, we could actually hear him singing, which can’t be said about the first two acts.  There was a lot going on to hide the fact that they aren’t great singers.

  • Chris

    Didn’t they already do “Hell on Heels”?  Seems like a safe choice Simon.  snooze

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_52HTQ5MLHHR4W3SR5KUD3CRBTA ShannonM

     This group sounds like a talent show performance…harmonies aren’t hitting, and their performance is really self-conscious.

  • lollypop12

    Sister C is still annoying

  • tripp_ncwy

    Sister C. has a really hard time working the stage (shoes) & the vocals were very  timid.

  • teekee

    Like the dark hair on Demi. Not loving anyone yet.

  • sjames08

    Suddenly, I’m appreciating the outdated songbook of American Idol. At least you can really hear them sing.

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

    Yeah, no one is WOWING me.  I see potential but no WOW.

  • Tera2

    I always forget this girls and their name sister C.  I didn’t care for the song but country fans may like it.  Their voices blend even though I’m not much of a fan of it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/masewallace Mase Wallace

    i respectfully disagree with u and simon,it’s only the first live he did good

  • chillj

    Hon, this whole show is cheesy.  Also loud.  Umma just sitting here giggling.

  • Listening

    Did the catch the beginning of Sister C intro Simon imploring the public like them. And sister C were even snooty defending themselves ” We don’t have a sad story…” Umm that’s not the reason people like other performers in a lot of cases those sad stories bug people b/c they think it’s a ploy.

    Any whoIt’s air of superiority and your cool aloofness but most of all your annoying vocal tone that bugs me.  My sister was watching them w/ me and we kept laughing b/c we struggled to understand what they were saying and they come off as timid and stiff w/ their performance.

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

    American Idol song!!! lmao

  • fuzzywuzzy

    lol I’m giggling too! It’s hard to take these giant production numbers seriously, but they’re entertaining!

  • http://www.facebook.com/masewallace Mase Wallace

     paige looked like something that a one night stand between arnold schwarzengger’s mr freeze and sonic the hedgehog would produce

  • Karen C

    Jannel is by far my favorite so far tonight.

  • chillj

    This is close to being a parody of a talent show.

    What the eff did they do to Janelle?

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

    Is Demi trying to turn Jennel into her?

    I dunno, I felt like she turned the dial up to 10 and left it there. There were no nuances to her vocal. It was all just…LOUD.

  • http://www.facebook.com/masewallace Mase Wallace

    arin= this season’s marcus canty

  • Tera2

    I didn’t like Jennel Garcia’s performance.  She can’t handle that song.  I don’t know what LA Reid is talking about over praising that.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Janelle is my favorite so far. I like her makeover look.

  • http://www.facebook.com/masewallace Mase Wallace

    panda and jeffery gutt should be there

  • fuzzywuzzy

    So far, I’m liking Mario a lot. Did he have his dimples deepened? lol

  • shell29

    I agree…I liked Jannel’s voice though.

  • sjames08

    Do these contestants get to pick what they sing? Can’t wait til Jessica sings. Oh wait …

  • http://twitter.com/desireechick Kesia Monteith

    OMG is it ever loud? I just want to tell the crowd to stop screaming! Yeesh!

  • jcabby

    I’m still waiting for someone to wow me.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Khloe’s hair would look better not parted in the middle.

  • teekee

    Wouldn’t that be nice.

  • sjames08

    HAHA Khloe just shoved Carly Rose 

  • Listening

    Ugg i’m not digging anyone so far. Jennel didn’t seem to know what she was doing on stage. She did have some moments vocally though.

    I agree w/ how Simon said Demi was trying to turn Jennel into a clone. I was thinking they were similar too. I was like oh I wanna see a side-by-side picture of them to see if they have similar facial features as well.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Oh, MJ’s favorite song! lol

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

    That’s because Jennel is the one pimped by TPTB, together with Carly Rose Plantclair. Her version of Home Sweet home wasn’t that good. She can sing better than Vince Neil, but who can’t?

  • lollypop12

    Love Britney but she can’t pick songs..

  • shell29

    Diamond is cute but I don’t get this song choice?

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Diamond is cute and fun.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_52HTQ5MLHHR4W3SR5KUD3CRBTA ShannonM

     What is with these song choices?? She did what she could with with it I guess, but I wish she wasn’t performing inside a kaleidoscope…

  • Tera2

    Arin is not like Marcus Canty.  Arin Ray has the voice, vocals, looks and swag – those are important factor in making a star.  He has a voice like Usher and Trey Songz and looks like Chris Brown.  Those are the major Pop/R&B stars. Arin has lot of marketability and star quality going for him unlike Marcus.

  • Listening

    Well well well looks like the show is finally starting i’m really digging Diamond. Her voice is so cool, I love the tone. She definitely warmed up performance wise as the song went on.

    Oh yeah I like the song choice too. This was current everything worked.

  • elliegrll

    I like that song choice for Diamond, and the staging and outfit,  but the only problem is the song didn’t do a lot to showcase her voice.  Simon is right in that the song/arrangement was a good fit for someone her age.

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

    Diamond is gonna be GORGEOUS when she grows up.

  • Tera2

    Nice young girl Diamond but I didnt care much for that song choice or performance.  She can do better.  The 13 yr olds girls are too young for me to take seriously as recording artists.  I can see them on Disney channell and Broadway singing and acting though.

  • Jordana33

    I thought Britney did a good job with Diamond. She actually made her look cool.  One of Britney’s talents lies in really knowing how to sell a song, both visually and stylistically and I think she’s using this to help her contestants. Maybe the acts seem overproduced, but that’s kind of Britney’s style. I like Demi as a judge, but I’ve never been crazy about her as a performer, and I actually agreed with Simon’s comment about Jennel’s style looking too much like Demi’s. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/jclaytonmusic John Rocketship Potter Clayton

    I’m watching a bit of X-Factor before I recap Nashville for MJ tonight, and I have to say… where did the talent go? Paige’s vocal was awful (so was the song choice), Arin was weak, Sister C was weak, Diamond had an odd song choice, and weak vocal, David Correy had a poor song choice but sang it well, and Jennell Garcia was labeled a potential winner basically for not just crapping on the floor. I hope there are some good acts in the second half… oy vey. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/jclaytonmusic John Rocketship Potter Clayton

    No Vino. No.

  • Roman Karamujic

    It’s so weird to see the contrast between Demi and Britney, one seems to be genuinely having fun and seems really involved in the process of the show, while the other one just hides behind a fake smile and keeps repeating the same things. I like them both though. I will always have sympathy for Britney, and I just find Demi very entertaining and likable.

  • chillj

    The giant stage and boisterous audience is swallowing everyone.  You are right; it looks exactly like a kaleidoscope.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    This song and staging doesn’t fit Vino at all.

    ETA: I agree with Simon on this.

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

    I agree with Simon.  Shitty song choice.

  • Jordana33

    I never thought I’d say this, but Chad Kroeger’s voice goes much better with that song. Not the best song choice for Vino, which is too bad, since he’s really good.

    What did Simon just say to LA that got beeped??

  • chillj

    These judges are just mean without any substance.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    They are wisely giving Mario most of the hosting work tonight. He’s a pro at this.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I think that Simon told LA that he “co*ked up”.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_52HTQ5MLHHR4W3SR5KUD3CRBTA ShannonM

    Oh man, that did not suit Vino at all…he started out so off-key and really struggling to find his way in that song. He picked it up in the end, but that was definitely not his best.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jclaytonmusic John Rocketship Potter Clayton

    I think LA threw Vino under the bus. He’s a goner tomorrow.

  • shell29

    The first part of the song was shaky but he kinda brought it together in the end.

    I know Simon said he sees Vino as more of a “soul” singer, but I’m not so sure Vino sees himself that way.

  • Tera2

    I didn’t care for Vino Allen today.  That just didnt work.  There wasnt much of a beat in the beginning to complement the vocals.  He sounded like he was singing on some small local stage instead of a big major network show.  Bad song choice too.

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

    LA just screwed over Vino with that song and I think Vino knew it.

  • Listening

    No No No don’t do this to Vino LA, He was one of my favorites. He is being swallowed up by the backing track and the song choice is corny. I’d rather have Vino sing Sober over and over again. And yep the beginning was awkward and uncomfortable.

  • jcabby

    Man, that did not suit Vino at all. 

    None of these performances so far are impressing me.

  • sjames08

    Why are these people so much better when it’s just them and the piano?

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

    Hey MJ,

    Astro sent you a nice tweet.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    They are running behind schedule. They should have gone through 8 acts by now.

  • teekee

    This first hr. has been meh. Nobody good enough to praise, and no one bad enough to make me laugh.

  • http://twitter.com/desireechick Kesia Monteith

    Yes! That was a sweet interaction, MJ. If ya reading, hi Astro!

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

    I’m starting the prefer X-Factor over Idol. Love the cheesy performances, dancers and costumes. The show is not really about the singers. The show is about the show.

    I think everyone has been good so far, but no standouts yet. Diamond and Arin were better than I expected. Simon and Demi are entertaining as mentors. Looking forward to what CeCe and whatever Simon has cooked up for Spicoli3.

    What fun! Simon got to say C*ockblocked (from what I could tell) on live TV!

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

    Did I understand what Mario said? Tomorrow episode will be entirely dedicated to know who’s going home? 2 hours about it?

  • http://www.facebook.com/jclaytonmusic John Rocketship Potter Clayton

    Lyric145 just saved X-Factor.

  • http://twitter.com/desireechick Kesia Monteith

    Alright Lyric 145, that was fun. 

  • shell29

    Now we’re talking!  Favorite performance of the night by far.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I usually don’t have any interest in rap, but this group is entertaining.

  • shell29

    OK now you’re just being contrary L.A…hush.

  • Listening

    Vino still has a chance of staying b/c it’s their mentors who decides who leaves first.  I think felt like he couldn’t tell LA No b/c he decides who’s leaving so you don’t want to get on his bad side.

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

    I with LA.  Simon white washed them too much. And I could shoot him for shoving “Gagnam Style” in there. UGH! (and I like that song, just not for them).

  • Tera2

    I didn’t like this performance by Lyric 145. They can do better.  They looked like they went back in time to 1980′s MC Hammer with that outfit and performance

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

    LA Reid is right. It just entertainment. Never should be their first song. They should take a Hip-Hop classic and make their own lyrics, like Astro did. If Astro, who was much better than this, couldn’t go beyond 7th place, I don’t see them going far.

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

    Lyric 145 was awesome!!

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

    Boom shake the room?

    Seriously, Simon?

    That is NOT f*cking hip hop and you know it!

    What a corny, uninspired performance. Simon needs to leave hip hop alone.

    Please send them home, America!

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I think that Simon knows that some compromising is needed to keep Lyric145 on the show as long as possible.

  • chillj

    They were fun and they were the only performers not swallowed by the stage – because there were three of them and they were very animated.

  • Jordana33

    Lyric 145 was the best so far. LA was right about the song not being great, but it didn’t really matter because they killed that performance. They came off as seasoned artists.

  • shell29

    I agree that Simon doesn’t know anything about hip-hop but I thought Lyric 145 made it work.  It didn’t seem corny to me.

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

    LOL at L.A. He HATES his team and is sabotaging each and every one of them.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Wow. I really don’t like Cece’s makeover.

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

     I understand the intention behind the choice but it was wrong.  Simon is NOT the person to be choosing potential cross-over hip hop/rap songs.  I was hoping for some Fugees or AT LEAST some Black Eyed Peas.

  • jcabby

    Gangnam Style totally did not suit the song. Weird choice for Simon to put that there. LOL.

  • teekee

    Wrong song for Lyric 145, but they kept my interest throughout their performance.

  • elliegrll

    I love Lyric’s personality.  She doesn’t need to win or do well on this show in order to make launch a solid career.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jclaytonmusic John Rocketship Potter Clayton

    I thought CeCe was great. And her vocals were better than almost everyone tonight. The judges gave Paige a pass, but not CeCe? Paige’s vocals were awful

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Britney telling Cece that her vocals were weak. Oh, the irony! lol

  • Tera2

    CeCe has the drive but she just doesn’t have the voice of a recording star.  When she sings its more like its small time local gig or karaoke.  I wouldn’t pay to hear that performance.

  • Listening

    Ummm Lyric145 just no. I loved you guys soooooooooooooooo much and then this. That was corny and just felt Karaoke nothing special. They came of as lame it wasn’t fun it was embarrassing. I thought they were more serious than this. I thought they would throw in some rap w/ original lyrics like Astro did. I’m embarrassed for them. I loved lyric’s response when LA was digging in and pouring salt on the wound she was like ” I made You guys like it”.

    But yeah LA is right that’s not what they’d put on their record. Simon don’t talk to LA about how to make rappers work in a competition. He was the guy who helped Astro to get to like a top 6. LA was awesome w/ him.

  • shell29

    I wasn’t crazy about the vocals (or the blond makeover) but I think Cece has potential.  I want to see more from her.

  • http://twitter.com/desireechick Kesia Monteith

    I will say this is the exact reason why I wanted LA for the groups. He would give them some swagger, something Simon lacks. 

  • fuzzywuzzy

    This song and staging is working well for Tate.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jclaytonmusic John Rocketship Potter Clayton

    I think Tate can go very far in this competition. Country is huge, and he has a great tone, and he’s likeable. He doesn’t need to win. He just needs to go far enough to get a record contract.

  • http://twitter.com/desireechick Kesia Monteith

    They’re trying to make a story arc for CeCe. Don’t worry, I think she’s staying. Or at least, over Paige.

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

    Nobody had real good vocals until now, but just CeCe didn’t get a free pass. Plus, all the choreography didn’t help at all. Too much for anyone.

    ETA: she should go back to her old look.

  • shell29

    I’m not a country fan but I’m liking this from Tate.  I hope he stays…he brings a different flavor to the competition.

  • Aidolfan

    Send them home because of this performance. Rappers should get a chance too IMO. Simon picked the song for them if they picked their own they can show potential

  • Tera2

    Tate has a good country voice, but I didnt care for the song choice.  He could have sang better too.

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

    Good job Tate.  Respect.

  • Aidolfan

    I’ve noticed that the hosts are really tall and taller than all of the contestants lol

  • jcabby

    Tate definitely has one of the best vocals. Really stood out among the craziness in the competition. 

  • Reflects On Life

    A dubstep remix of Dianna Ross?  Britney, that was pure genius, and absolutely current – I could hear that on the radio today, with a litte rap in the bridge thrown in or supplanting the verses. 
    Only thing is, Arrin’s voice isn’t as strong & clear as Usher’s, so he wasn’t prepared to carry that song.  Your voice needs to be really strong against dubstep or you get swallowed up.

  • http://twitter.com/desireechick Kesia Monteith

    I’m not a Tate fan…but that was a seriously refreshing performance. I hope he surpasses Willie, as I don’t find Willie to be very good. But we’ll see if it stays that was tonight.

  • geekygirl

    I just turned the tv on, thought Khloe is annoying as hell, then logged on here.  LOL, MJ, I totally agree, she is everything I was afraid she would be.

  • Listening

    You know what I liked that performance stupid outfit and all  by Cee Cee. Her vocals were strong, especially w/ all the dancing she did and it bugs me that they’re commenting on her vocals when most of the other contestants vocals were worse.

    I feel bad for Cee Cee b/c regardless of how she did Demi is gonna feel pressured to get rid of her b/c she knows how much the public dislikes her.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Geez. Khloe is SO annoying!

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Ugh. I don’t like Beatrice’s makeover. Bad hair!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jclaytonmusic John Rocketship Potter Clayton

    What has Britney done to Beatrice? This song isn’t in her range… her hair is ridiculous…
     

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

    Tate is the Josh Krajcik of this season. You won’t hear any buzz on the internet about him and fanz going crazy, but he will win the vote of the casual viewer (at least the olders) every week.

  • Klaine

    This show is boring Mr despite all the productions. Judges are YAWN..Demi is the only one with a brain. Comments don’t equal what I’m hearing. No way these are top 16 in the US. Seems like auditions & producer/judges didn’t do a job. I’m not feeling any of it.

    Understanding why XF isn’t rating that well…I’ve been fan of UK show but this isn’t cutting. Makes me long for Idol..might even give Voice another look. But xf despite new hosts, judges, etc not making it better. Still haven’t found anyone with X Factor or that I’d root for..Denis team seems like a JennyJones makeover show & Britney isn’t even giving us the faces which was the only good thing she’s done. Half hour left and I’m struggling to not turn the show off..if I were at a movie, would’ve walked out by now

  • shell29

    Poor Beatrice.  She’s fodder and her hair is a mess.

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

    IMHO Beatrice just Pwoned Jennel.  Did she get a personality transplant?  She suddenly is lovable.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I didn’t like the song choice or her makeover, and that performance was far from her best. I have a feeling that she may be gone tomorrow.

  • Tera2

    What did they do to poor Beatrice’s hair — the crinkles made her look like a rag doll.  The vocals weren’t strong enough on that song and showed she isnt mature enough.  She should have waited till she’s 16 to audition.

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

     Sad that the fodder is the best singer between the teens;

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

     She’s better than almost everyone who came before her.

  • Listening

    Tate is a nice vocalist but it did nothing for me.

    Love how LA said Simon isn’t a country expert nor a hip-hop artist and man aint that the truth, he messed up Lyric145. I was shocked what happened to Lyric145 I thought he knew what to do w/ em b/c he seemed so pleased w/ their judges houses performance. I was like yeah he actually get’s them. And then we get dum dum dum corniness.

  • http://twitter.com/desireechick Kesia Monteith

    My Queen is on TV. Own it my Diva! Own It! 

  • http://twitter.com/desireechick Kesia Monteith

    I LOVE YOU JASON BROCK!

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

    I LOVED JASON BROCK!!!!!

  • elliegrll

    Why not give the guy who has a good voice a better song that allows him to sing more than four words.  Jason deserved better than that.

  • shell29

    Whatever Simon-Jason killed that!  Love him!

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I felt that performance was almost a parody, and I think that was what Simon was getting at. Yes, Jason deserved better.

  • Tera2

    Jason’s performance was mediocre and almost laughable.  Its not even good enough to be in Vegas let alone a recording star.

  • Jordana33

    Jason’s song choice wasn’t bad, but the delivery was horrendous. It almost seemed like he was singing in a different key from the background music. 

  • elliegrll

     

    Sad that the fodder is the best singer between the teens;</blNo, the plant has the best voice among the teens.  Unfortunately, she'll also come off looking like she's 60.

  • Listening

    What is up w/ the stylist. Beatrice looks likes a cross between hagrid from harry potter and a street urchin.

  • jcabby

    Simon was right in his critiques when it came to Jason. 

  • elliegrll

    It was a parody of a Vegas act.  It was more about Jason’s personality than the fact that he can sing.

  • phil2501

    I love Beatrice. She really connects with lyrics for being so young. I hope she sticks around.

  • elliegrll

    Just like with the UK version the crowd shots don’t match the noise level.

    These girls are the most talented singers in the competition, but I don’t know if this songs is strong proof of that.

  • Tera2

    That’s the wrong song to give the girl group formally called layla and now 1423 or whatever.  They are good singers with nice cohesive voices.  Simon screwed this up.

  • http://twitter.com/desireechick Kesia Monteith

    WHAT THE HELL HAVE SIMON DONE TO MY GIRLS!? This song? ADAFDADTR^%^
    The Name? Hell no! Good Lord, this group ain’t working at all. At least Lyric 145 look like a group. 

  • fuzzywuzzy

    That performance made me really appreciate Taylor’s rendition of that song. lol

  • fuzzywuzzy

    They’re way behind schedule. 4 more singers and less than 15 minutes left? Will they go overtime?

  • fuzzywuzzy

    This staging is really weird. lol

    ETA: I agree with Simon about Willie’s performance.

  • elliegrll

    Willie was fun to watch.  He still comes off at times like he wants to sing r&b, but that was still an entertaining performance.

  • http://twitter.com/desireechick Kesia Monteith

    I think the show ends at 10:07pm.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Ah, OK. Now the pacing of the show makes sense.

  • Tera2

    Willie sounded like he had fun, but he’s not gonna be a recording star with that.  He’ll be good for local gigs though and maybe acting.  He’s a multi talented artist guy and can draw well.

  • Tera2

    I think Carly is more of a ballad and broadway type singer and not the pop star that Britney tried to make her into.  It didnt work. 

  • fuzzywuzzy

    It was odd to see Carly not really enjoying herself.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    What’s so great about these guys? They’re cute, but vocally not great at all.

  • elliegrll

    Emblem 3 are going to get far based on their personalities.  That’s about it.  

    It kills me to say that they are entertaining, especially since the sound was mixed in a way to mask their voices.

  • Tera2

    Emblem 3 did better today and they gave them the right song.  The ego of the lead singer gets annoying though.

  • http://twitter.com/desireechick Kesia Monteith

    Whew! That was one hell of a bloated mess. But I had fun watching it all go down! It was entertaining. :)

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

    Demi is smart. Telling that one of the members of the group is good and the others s*ck is a good way to destroy the harmony between themselves.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Mario is a great host and because he did most of the heavy lifting tonight, Khloe had minimal opportunities to be annoying (but when she did speak, she was. lol).

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

    Emblem3 was terrible. What happened with the lack of criticism?

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “A bloated mess that was entertaining and fun”. Yep. A very apt description.  lol

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

    A lot of vocals were off tonight and just CeCe got criticism about it. WTF?

  • Listening

    I feel like LA gave up. Jason was only a semi-joke act and LA turned him into a complete joke. In judges houses we saw him be serious w/ big girls don’t cry. And I believe if they geared him towards songs w/ substance and meaning w/out ridiculous dancers. He could make it to the middle of the pack.

    Vocally he was good but I couldn’t take him serious.

  • http://twitter.com/desireechick Kesia Monteith

    That’s right, get angry about it.

    They want you to…..

    ;)

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

    Not sure how it works, but if every team loses a member tomorrow I’d go with:
    Teens: Beatrice
    Young Adults: Paige
    Overs: Vino, but that’s a tough call
    Groups: 12345

    Tomorrow should be entertaining. I suspect certain “safe” singers like Carly and CeCe will be made to sing again, only to go through in the end.

  • Listening

    Wow who’d of thought Lylas would come up w/ a dumber name than their original. 1432 I actually liked that performance it was a bit awkward performance wise in the beginning. I thought they had a nice blend and were pretty individually. I must admit that camillia’s vocally style isn’t really my thing I preferred the others, its passable. It’s funny that the judges liked when they sung impossible better. I much preferred this performance I finally saw that they could grow to be a popular group.

  • Listening

    Willie’s stage set up was overkill, it just didn’t work. I also felt his voice got overwhelmed by the music.

  • iluvai

    I like Beatrice. I hope she makes it.

  • http://twitter.com/FordBrothersHD FB

     I really love Emblem3. I have a feeling they are going to get the majority of hate around these parts but I thought they were entertaining and had (shocker) solid vocals. They seem fun and look like they could bring it each week.

    And yes, it doesn’t hurt in the least that they are cute. One of them- very. LOL. I’ll support them.

  • iluvai

    MJ,I just read your comments about Emblem3. I totally agree. I thought I must have missed something after reading some of the posts. They gave the best performance of the night and were the only ones that didn’t get swallowed up by the stage.

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

    I thought Emblem 3 were AWESOME!  I think they have fantastic vocals and harmonies.  I can understand why some find them cocky and off putting, but they have IT.

    I’m surprised I liked Beatrice so much out of teens.  Honestly last week I would have cut her because she seemed like such a tense little thing but she suddenly developed a personality.

    Still couldn’t care less about the Young Adult category.  I won’t be upset over whoever they cut.

    Out of the overs I loved Jason and Tate.  Vino got screwed with a shitty song choice.  And too think David Correy comes off as “desperate”.

  • Listening

    Well I really liked Carly’s vocals w/ that song. Does she come off as a little kid no does she need to no she just has to a great vocalist w/ passion. I think she liked the song choice she just wasn’t comfortable w/ the dancing around. I don’t need someone child-like. I’m not looking for someone to giggle and skip for me. I’m looking for someone to be a  delight to my ears. 

  • http://twitter.com/shining4moon Tun Moon

    OK!!!
    ONLY few words Britney Spears can…..comment tonight?
    1. you are amazing
    2. i like u…
    3. u are a true star….Blah blah blah
    I m glad that stupid guy like Simon pay her $15 millions for all her useless comment for the contestants…
    EPIC FAIL Factor in every count…

  • ellen8

    For me the beginning of Taylor Swift’s live performance on DWTS last night was a bit awkward as well !!   Maybe it’s just the song.

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

     The camera shots were tighter. They focused on them as a group and individually instead of doing a bunch of far shots.

  • Listening

    Someone in Emblem 3 sounds like he’s singing w/ a speech problem and that was a weird song choice for them. It seemed like a too serious/ dramatic song for them they come off as a bunch of surfer boys.

    Umm and No that wasn’t the showstopper didn’t deserve the pimp spot.

    I was really disappointed w/ the first live show. Many of my favorites got hosed by their mentors w/ song choice. And the judges kept lying about how good a performance was.

  • Whatiswrongwithus

    Oh wow! 200+ comments???! That must be a new record for X factor comments on this blog lol! I’m guessing people are warming up to the show huh? Or they just like to watch the hot pile of mess and cheese! Lol

    For me, I actually enjoyed Cece, shocking! Her vocals were definitely not as strong as she can be, but that girl has incredible stage presence! And she was moving alot, so understand her vocals will be wobbly but hey- way better than Katy perry live!
    Also- was I the only one who liked Arin ray’s remix of the supreme song? He could have delivered a little more energy though… Oh and I hated what they did to poor Jason Brock! That guy if given some oldies and jazzies can sing his butt off! LA u suck!

  • Tera2

    I enjoyed the show overall.  I like that this season has a more Pop star vibe and current, which is what I think Simon is good at and what I want it to be too.  I don’t think the judges picked the best songs for most of the contestants, and wish they can choose their own songs sometimes.  My favorite was Arin Ray’s performance, and I also liked Paige, David Correy and Emblem3 performances. 

  • genius13

    Wow..tonight was pretty bad…I think they were too hard on Carly..she sounded really good to me…

    -paige was awful…I actually don’t know how she got this far

    -i liked Arin…his vocals were solid but he needs to be singing pop/r&b songs..any usher, chris brown, trey songz, etc will do

    -willies vocals were solid too but he didnt need the dancers..ive never seen a country singers with dancers

    -vino was ok..forgettable
    -diamond was ok
    -beatrice was forgettable

    -simon has know idea what to do with lyric 145…some 50 year old brit knows nothing about hip hop..

    -1432??? WTF…i didnt like the name “lylas” was that bad…camila did the best lauren was off and dinah( who IMO is their best singer) had like 2 words

    -david correy is probably the 2nd best singer behind carly

    -jason brock was awful

    -jennel was good but if shes goin to be a rocker shes going to have to step up her vocals

    -tate was solid

    -if this is carly on an off night…woah…watch out!

  • fantoo1

    What’s with all the hyperbole? Calling everybody “superstars.” They aren’t there yet.

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

    If Emblem3 managed to come across as one of the best performance last night; this season XF started in a low key.  I’m hoping it just nerves and they will all come out fighting next week.  Disappointingly the best vocal was Jason Brock & the best performance was Emblem3 for me tonight; that was not what I expected.

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

    Out of all the mentors; the one that put a lot of effort into it is Demi.  Even if the outcome might not be the best but she does work with the contestants.  As a judge her comments are pretty accurate too.  What happened to Britney; she comes across look-wise like a grandma in that blouse and dumb blonde with her comments.

  • iluvai

    One of my favorite moments was when I was trying to figure out the 6th person of the Lyla’s, and I realized that they were just cutting out Khloe Kardashian. I have a feeling Mario is going to host solo.

  • http://twitter.com/SallyEffendi Stefani Djuang

    Demi Mo..Mo.. Moore?

  • Whatiswrongwithus

    Mario rocks!!!! Lol kick Khloe to the curb for heavens sake!!

  • kcostell

    Watching on the West Coast here. The first hour seemed to have more bum notes than a concert of Lee Dewyze performing Whitney Houston covers, but the judges were falling all over themselves to praise them. Egads…

  • iluvai

    She was awful. Ha ha, Mario is more than a pretty face!! Mario was great.

  • iluvai

    Ita, except I don’t get CeCe.

  • http://twitter.com/desireechick Kesia Monteith

    My problem with the hosting is that Khloe and Mario don’t have to be joined at the hip. Have one be with the contestants after they perform, and then one throws it to a commercial break. Or one comes back after commercial, introduce the judge to introduce the next act, and the other be with the act, trade places, something like that. They did everything together, with Mario doing the work and Khloe just butting in. I can’t judge her hosting because she does nothing but be a sideline on-looker. If there are going to be two hosts, they are going to have to divide the work and not always be at the same place at the same time. Otherwise, to me, two is a crowd. Make them both useful, or don’t have Khloe at all.

  • http://twitter.com/MikhailXO MichaelG (MikhailXO)

    Britney needs to learn two more 3-syllable words. “Amazing” isn’t gonna cut it as her sole accolade all season.

  • mileyfan123

    Still don’t get Emblem3. If they were anything but cute white guys they wouldn’t have gotten the praise they did. Tonight was kind of a hot mess, but I still see potential for most of the acts.

  • iluvai

    Ita. It seemed like she was fighting for her share of the show and that’s not fair. But she didn’t seem to add any value, imo. I think she is a goner.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ACMLXLYSSX73RNYQOUZWSO2I4U Enough already!

    Great recap.   some thoughts:  1) How anyone can perform on that ‘Frankenstein” stage is a miracle.  2) Khole and Mario fine, but so was Steve.  This isn’t rocket science. 3) LA and Demi try to give valid critiques.  4) Britney is all sweetness and light so far and simply not very animated.  5) Simon slipped easily into his pimping mode.   Guess cause he thinks it’s his money he has the right to always pick the winner. 6) If Emblem 3 doesn’t do anything really stupid and get kicked off the show they will probably win.  All that said, this show not holding my interest.   Scrolled through all the vids cause I am on the West Coast and I am playing Sloto and forgetting to watch the show.   Will tune in from time to time, but nothing much going on that is screaming for me to watch.    

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PVEFG2TOUIXSROKUSO2O2DOWWE Taylor

    What’s with all the hyperbole? Calling everybody “superstars.”

    It’s a reality singing show staple. It happens on every show. Nothing new here.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/Z2ZMCCREGYF3MQGQ5XORJ6AXS4 arkenken813

    I really liked Beatrice. I don’t understand why she gets the title pageant girl or something. She’s impressive and actually look or act more like a child than Carly. 

  • iluvai

    Happy Halloween everyone. For the 2nd year in a row Halloween has been postponed in my town! This never happened when I was a kid!!

    In my town in NJ, We only had a minor hiccup compared to the east coast of the state. My heart goes out to everyone dealing with the storm.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PVEFG2TOUIXSROKUSO2O2DOWWE Taylor

    Mario is a cutie! Did Jason ask if he could pat his butt? lol
    Khloe was alright. I don’t see why they really need her, but have to admit it was funny when she called Simon out. “Which song would you have picked, huh, huh, huh!?”

  • iluvai

    I agree with you.

  • hayes

    Demi is smart. Telling that one of the members of the group is good and the others s*ck is a good way to destroy the harmony between themselves.

    I’m convinced that was the producers’ doing. Khloe seems to be strictly following script all night until that moment, and Demi truly wasn’t gonna name the girl until she was told to do so.

  • http://twitter.com/BazzleFjsm Bazzle

    Lol my 2 favourite acts got the pimp spots tonight. But overall I agree with those of you who think it was slightly lackluster. I think there is actually alot of talent in this years group. I always pick my favourites through potential on what i’ve seen they can do…. even if they don’t deliver everytime. I basically searched youtube videos of all the acts see if they have some material online that will convince me… cos lets be honest we judge them after we’ve seen a snippet of a couple of performance only before it airs. I have high hopes for Emblem3. I’ve seen something on YouTube that completely blew me away. Hoping they can get far enough that they’ll allow original songs like with Chris last year. I’m actually glad that Carly got some tough love. It makes them better.

  • girlygirltoo

    This was just a train wreck, although it was a sometimes entertaining train wreck. A bunch of horrible song choices, vocals lost in the OTT production, weird wardrobe choices and a bitchfest between Simon and L.A.

    There wasn’t one performance that I thought was great. A couple were good (Emblem3 probably gave the best performance), most were mediocre to bad.

    Lyric 145 has more stage presence among the 3 of them than most of the rest of the other contestants put together. Emblem3 also has a lot of stage presence.

    My WTF moment was with Beatrice. First of all, what did she do to her hair? Second of all, that song seemed like it was in the wrong key for her — way too low.

    My other WTF moment was with Paige’s outfit. What was that???

    Also, the new name for the manufactured girl group — 1432? That makes no sense and is a horrible name. IMO, of course

    And could they STOP with the constant screaming?

    I actually wouldn’t mind it if the finale was Lyric145 vs. Emblem3. That could be a lot of fun. I think Arin would be my 3rd choice right now.

  • Dlynne

    I still have 20 mins to watch but I can’t think of anything nice to say based on what I saw during the first hour and 40 mins.

    The judges all chose terrible songs and almost every performance was more style than substance. The contestants need to have more control over their performances.

  • http://twitter.com/BazzleFjsm Bazzle

    O and on the judge tonight. I agree LA’s choices weren’t too flash. Tate Stevens was solid. Demi’s choices were spot on. For me all three of them were solid. Except Paige… the vocals were off. For Britney, she’s actually doing the right things but at the wrong time with the teens. She put Beatrice and Carly out of their comfort zones which is actually good for growth but very risky at this stage. Diamond I didn’t like the song choice but I liked the production. For Carly I didn’t like production but I liked the song choice. Arin just needs to work on his technical vocals. Simon’s groups: Emblem 3 and Sister C were solid. Lylas I think the arrangement and song choice were good they just didn’t deliver. Lyric145… the random gangnam style bit completely killed it for me other wise I thought they did pretty well.  

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

    Yeah. They are building a character to be loved or hated. For one minute I forgot this show isn’t serious. I guess XF fake drama can really work. LOL

    ;)

  • iluvai

    I’m a fan of lyric 145. I like Paige and Beatrice too. Carly is amazing but she should be on Broadway. she’s not a pop star, imo. Great show.

  • http://www.facebook.com/masewallace Mase Wallace

    i think vino just got lomaxed, by la

    wow, la did that on purpose

  • http://twitter.com/georgiarealist Susan Burge

    Most of the acts did better during previous episodes – I don’t think they’re really up to the big fussy stage & effects. Really thought only Lyric145 and the annoying Emblem 3 looked comfortable out there. I was particularly disappointed in what LA did to Jason Brock, who I thought had a great voice. It was a bad song choice and poor staging – he looked like Paul Lynde trying to be Liberace (ok, so I’m old). But that was hardly the only bad song choice of the night. I feel sorry for the people trying to get into the business with this kind of “mentoring.”

  • shell29

    I’m going to cut Khloe a little bit of slack since it was the first live show.  I’m still holding out hope that she’ll improve as the season goes along. 

    Emblem3-I’m not a fan but I’ve resigned myself to the fact that these guys are going to be around for a while.

    Who’s going home?  Lyric145 and Emblem3 aren’t going anywhere-I’m guessing Sister C will get the boot.  For the teens, even though I like her voice I feel like Beatrice is being set up to be fodder.  Unfortunately she might be the odd one out with Arin, Carly and Diamond staying-that’s my guess.  For Demi’s crew I’m hoping it will be Willie who goes.  Sweet kid but his performances just don’t do anything for me.  I hate to see any of the “overs” leave so I’m not going to be happy about the result regardless of who goes.  I think it’s either David or Vino that’ll be leaving.

  • http://twitter.com/Girltalkbf AlesheaDominique

    So I just finished watching with my sister. (We DVR’D it) A few comments. These were mostly from my sister as she is the target audience XFactor it looking for and she is likely to buy the music of many of the contestants.

    Sicter C bored the Hell out of her. Really all the country acts did and she doesn’t think they fit on XFactor.

    She went crazy for EmblemC, 1234 (she was beside herself when she realized her favorite was demi’s favorite) , and the Lyric group. When they busted out that Gangman song she lost her mind.

    I see how the tweaking of Arin is working. I thought she was gonna lose her undies over him and how he kept making faces and licking his lips.

    She hates Cece and doesn’t understand the love for her. She kept pointing out how she never has actual tears when she has her moments. And to make matter worse, some of her friends dressed up like her for halloween. They had the crazy outfits and cheetah. 

    Her favorite contestant is Carly and she wants Beatrice gone so they won’t split votes.

    Oh and the older contestant bore the snot out of her two. She kept bugging me to fast forward.

    I just thought her comments were interesting since she is the demo XFactor wants. 

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

    I have to remember the fact that Vino already looks like an inmate and they’ve put a chain on his mic. For the most part, this show tonight was about making fun of its own contestants. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/masewallace Mase Wallace

    this show is meant to be the anti idol

    performance/theatrics are stressed more than singing which is secondary

    where idol stresses pure singing

  • Incipit

    I didn’t watch – thanks to all the commenters, I didn’t have to.

    So – I gather:

    Contestants were screwed with bad song choices.

    The production numbers are over-baked, leaving the contestants looking overwhelmed.

    All the mentor/judges lie, either way, and the hyperbole is heavy duty.

    Cowell is already in Pimp Mode, and the manipulation has begun.

    Standard XFactor.

    Oh, and two hosts is a redundancy – Goodbye, Brian Dunkleman 2.0.

    Thanks, everyone.

  • http://www.facebook.com/masewallace Mase Wallace

    i’m afraid you are right

  • http://www.facebook.com/gfran24 Grace Francisco

    In regards to 1432, Demi admitted that it was Camilla who stood out; she’s the same firecracker that rocked her solo part at the judges’ houses (the one who took the verse after Ali). TBH I actually like how Khloe goes after the judges. Too many times judges try to be coy and get away with it, but Khloe really pushes them to admit and own up to their comments.

  • Jordana33

    I think the best performances came from Lyric 145, Tate, Emblem3, Carly and David Correy. 

    Other promising performances came from Diamond, Arin, Sister C and the 1432 group: 
    Diamond has come a long way in terms of stage presence, so I really hope that she gets to stay. 
    Arin had a decent performance with good choreography, but I didn’t like the song’s arrangement. He’s very marketable.
    Sister C sounded great on the harmonies but not so good when they were singing individually. 
    1432 had a good song choice and they sounded great on the verses, but the chorus was weird and made worse by the poor musical backup, which seemed to be in the wrong note at times.  I don’t get the impression that these girls really like each other, which ruins their chemistry (Demi singling out one girl as the only good one is not going to help the group dynamics!). There are way too many groups with numbers in their name this season!

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

    Who I’d like to see go home tomorrow:

    12-16′s: Carly Soneclar (I know this is an unpopular opinion but to me, she’s way too Broadway to be a pop singer)
    17-24′s: Paige Thomas or Willie Jones
    Groups: Sister C
    Overs: Jason Brock

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

    I thought tonight was pretty good for a first night.
    Paige-really good
    Arin-good
    David-really good. One of the best tonight.
    Sister C- I loved it. Made me like country for once.
    Jennel-Terrible tonight. I liked her other performances though.
    Diamond-Really great. One of the best tonight. I like the whole new image.
    Reminds me of Willow Smith.
    Vino-The worst performance of the night hands down. Just awful. I liked his judges house performance a lot though.
    Lyric 145-amazing. The best tonight. So much energy.
    CeCe-Was weak tonight. I’m disappointed in her. I liked her previous performances.
    Tate-Boring and bland.
    Beatrice-Just okay.
    Jason-I’m one of the few who liked it. Entertaining and good.
    1432-shocked that everyone hated it. I thought they did really good.
    Willie-bad
    Carly-amazing. I enjoyed it. She can’t keep singing older songs all the time people. She needs younger music. They did a great job with her tonight. She could lose that outfit though.
    Emblem3-really good. I hate them with a seething passion,but I have to admit they did good tonight.

    Who I would cut from each team.
    Simon-
    Sister C-We already got several country contestants. They were good, but Simon needs diversity in his group. He won’t cut lyric. They are the only rap group in this competition. He will keep 1432 for potential. He will most likely make them have a sing off with Sister C tomorrow mainly to show America the comeback after everyone else hated them last night. He knows he’s cutting Sister C anyways. They really don’t have a personality to be honest. They would work better on idol. Emblem is staying obviously after the pimpage.

    LA-
    Toss up between Vino and Tate. Vino did horrendous. But I can see him cutting Tate because they might want the hip country guy Willie to stay since he is more relevant. Any one of these two can go. I honestly don’t know which one he will pick, but I do believe it will be between these two. They will probably keep Jason as the supposedly joke they want every year.

    Demi-
    I would cut Jennel. She did terrible. I don’t think she could really impact the music world. She reminds of girls I see everyday. She doesn’t really stand out. Demi will probably cut Jennel or Paige. They will keep Willie because he’s the only boy on her team. CeCe has way to much air time for her to be gone now. She’s staying.

    Britney-
    I would cut Beatrice hands down.
    I think Britney will cut her as well. She has a okay voice. I just don’t see star potential in her. Plus they need diversity. Her and Carly share the same fans. They will keep Carly for obvious reasons. They will probably make Carly and her have a sing off tomorrow during results to scare people and make it look like Carly is going home.

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

    I don’t think the show need two hosts. I prefer to have just one and that is Mario. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chris-Corey/100001242253711 Chris Corey

     I watched tonight’s X Factor and god was it bad. There is some good talent but god did they hav the worst song choices and the over the top dance numbers. There talent though is nowhere as good as the Voice’s this season. The Voice does such a MUCH better show. The coaches chemistry is so dynamic and on fire. Better contestants too. Tonight represented why this show doesn’t work. First of all Mario was a big upgrade over Steve on the postive note but man was Khloe was trying to hard. She wasn’t horrible but she was far from good. Tonights live show was a mess with the chemistry. First of all starting with Britney Spears completely useless commentary and she said the said thing. It was like Steven Tyler deja vu all over again. First of all she is way oo expensive to continue for season 3. LA Reid IMO has gotta go, he just is dull and really doesn’t add a lick to the show. Every one of his contestants had horrible song choices. Poor Vino great talent but man did that song not fit him. Simon Cowell looks tired here. He doesn’ work on this USA version. The real surprise has been Demi she gave real criticism and seems to be taking the job seriously and she is the lowest paid. IMO I heard FOX renewed X Factor for season 3 with big conditions. There will be HUGE budget cuts next season. IMO I think they should ditch everyone but Demi. FOX should make a deal with Simon that he goes back to do the UK version of X Factor where he is needed and he returns to Idol. Simon’s gold is his Idol return and he is too stubborn to admit it. It would be HUGE for the show. Simon will still make money off the X Factor if he isn’t on it. Hes too expensive. LA and Britney for sure won’t be back for next season I bet. I don’t think in Simon’s wildesty dreams thought not only would X Factor be lower than Idol but it will never beat the show that was supposed to fail the Voice. I bet the Voice crushes the X Factor next week head to head. If NBC wanted to kill X Factor for good they could air it opposite the Voice but then Simon Cowell also is an employee of NBC. This panel has no chemistry felt so disjointed in these live shows. Why do you think the Voice coaches have so much more?

  • Jordana33

    Britney might not seem as eloquent and critical as Demi Lovato as a panel judge, but based on the performances I still think she did a much better job coaching her contestants and helping them improve than the other 3 judges, so she must be doing something right behind the scenes. IMO, Demi’s group actually performed the worst overall. 

  • chillj

    Exactly.  It was like they were goofing on the talent.  And so rude (“I”M bored.”

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

    I don’t have any favorites so far so here is my mostly unbiased opinions. A few strong performances tonight but no one blew me away.

    Paige Thomas – Her vocals are shaky as usual. The performance and staging was semi interesting.
    Arin Ray – I think he did a good job.
    David Correy  – He is a great singer. I liked this.
    Sister C – They sounded really good.
    Janell Garcia – This was ok, but I think the whole sexy movement thing is going to get old after awhile if she keeps doing it every time.
    Diamond White – This was pretty good.
    Vino Allan - Ouch, bad start. It was better after that but still the worst I have seen him. I like his voice though.
    Lyric 145 – This was entertaining. They have a lot of potential. The girl is really good.
    CeCe Frey – Entertaining. I think she could be the ideal winner for the show. She has many qualities of a marketable pop star, which they seem to be after. Can they make that happen? Possibly, with favorable edits.
    Tate Stevens – Great voice, good performance, but I don’t think he is a great fit for this show.
    Beatrice Miller – She is good, but song was kind of sleepy and boring for 13 year old to perform.
    Jason Brock  – Very silly but entertaining.
    1432 – They were ok. Their voices don’t really sound good together to me. Maybe they just need more time together.
    Willie Jones – It was passable. Not great but not terrible either.
    Carly Rose – She is very good. Probably the best singer on the show. She gives the show a bit of credibility with her talent. I can see her going pretty far, maybe even top 3, but not winning.
    Emblem 3 – They sound good and have a lot of confidence. Strong performance.

  • Xentusk

    The talent overall is vastly superior to last year’s cast IMO

    It seems fairly obvious to me that Jenell Garcia is The Chosen One, she won’t be cut.  The make over reminded me of what Anne Wilson of Heart might have looked like at Jenells age.  She overplays her cute/innocence/unsure persona too much…it becomes grating.

    CeCe’s make over seemed desperate made worse by her nerves and tepid vocal performance…I don’t think she’s a sure thing to make it through, unless Paige Thomas did badly enough to make the choice obvious.  Maybe they pit CeCe and Paige against each other for a sing off part deux

    Beatrice… I get an ‘old soul’ quality from her earlier performances, …hated what they did to her hair, making her look alot younger and ‘bubblegum’, and song choice did nothing to showcase her talent.  I’m giving her my dark horse vote, although she probably tops out at top six with the talent in this season.

    Diamond has a ‘young effervescent Whitney Houston’ vibe to her …perhaps the potential for the most impactful career of the lot.

    Willie Jones should be gone…that last deep note was horrible, his vocal abilities appear to be the least impressive of his talents, and his looks are not necessarily outstanding in any way.

    Carly Rose, although freakishly talented, is not yet ready…..what was with the school girl outfits?  

    Of the groups I’m really only interested and entertained by Lyric 145…  Lyric is a star by herself IMO

  • chillj

    Somehow calling Demi Lovato eloquent seems a stretch; the two pop judges basically just said “I like you” or “I don’t like you.”

  • fuzzywuzzy

    There should be more of a natural progression in the staging of the performances than the huge leap that most of the performances showed. By comparison, Idol and The Voice focus far more on the vocals of the contestants, whereas XF aims for a gigantic, OTT production surrounding the contestants that most often overwhelms them, sometimes to the point of being laughable. In many cases, the production completely undermines the contestants talents leaning towards parody, and leads to poor overall performances.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I agree. I thought that all of the coaches made poor choices for their contestants, but especially LA (Jason, Vino) and Demi (Willie, Paige) in terms of song choices and staging. Simon picked bad songs and I’m already tired of hearing him gloat about how successful he’s been with groups in the past. I thought that Britney did the best for her contestants of all of the coaches, but even then, made some bad song and staging choices. In most cases, there was a real disconnect between the staging and the contestants.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “I have to remember the fact that Vino already looks like an inmate and
    they’ve put a chain on his mic. For the most part, this show tonight was
    about making fun of its own contestants.”

    I agree. Whether intentional or not, there was a mocking aspect of some of the performances that I didn’t like at all (e.g. Jason, Vino, Willie).

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “For the teens, even though I like her voice I feel like Beatrice is being set up to be fodder.”

    Unfortunately, I got the same impression. It’s too bad because there was nothing about Beatrice’s performance (song choice, staging) that fit her and showed off her attributes. I prefer her to Carly, but Carly is so much more polished and more of what the show is looking for in terms of “professionalism”.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “They will probably keep Jason as the supposedly joke they want every year.”

    I think that you’re right and this is really doing such a disservice to Jason. He’s far too talented to be in the “joke” category.

  • Chris

    Jason has a big voice, the issue is where does he fit. LA, Mr. Confetti Cannons, decided to try club/dance as the best route but it just seems silly. The same for Willy, the dancers were distracting and felt inappropriate. I can see where Demi was going, Luke Bryan Country Girl meets Will Smith but she needs help too.

  • Chris

    I agree, the OTT stages seemed to show weakness quickly, but maybe that is Simon’s idea. He wants a mega star so the test is filling the shoes with confidence. Paige worked that even with a porcupine on her head. Sister C and 54321, not so much.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Yep. You pretty much covered it all. lol

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “For one minute I forgot this show isn’t serious.”

    lol I think that the viewer has to regard this show as “not serious”, and just (as a previous poster said) as a “bloated mess” that is fun and entertaining.

  • alonzo7

    Get rid of Klhoe-Mario was really good-laughed at the Jason/Mario exchange-pretty funny.
    I watch for the ridiculousness of the staging-can you imagine Idol doing that.
    My favs are Jennel Garcia and Tate Stevens.  Thought Brittany ruined Carly and Beatrice-what was she thinking?
    Hate CeCe’s hair-funny she goes blond and Demi goes back to brunette!!
    Most of the singers got lost in the overproduction and especially Carly who didn’t hide the fact she was way uncomfortable.
    Demi is by far my favorite judge-pay her more-take some of Britannys as she has no vocabulary whatsoever.

  • Jordana33

    Somehow calling Demi Lovato eloquent seems a stretch; the two pop judges basically just said “I like you” or “I don’t like you.”

    Demi said a lot more than “I like you” and “I don’t like you”. Plus, it’s all relative. She’s certainly not eloquent if you compare her to people who give public speeches for a living, but for your average 20-year-old, and compared to other judges they’ve had, I think she’s OK.  

  • fuzzywuzzy

    That could be what’s being done – using the OTT staging as a kind of “test” to see which contestants can stand up to/shine under such circumstances.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “The winner will become the NEXT PEPSI ARTIST. They will star in a Pepsi commercial to debut during the Grammys.”

    OK, now this is a much better way to promote the X-Factor winner than the Superbowl commercial. At least, the commercial will be shown to an audience who is interested in current pop music.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “Diamond White – Teens – Britney Spears – Hey Soul
    Sister by Train – ARE YOU EFFING KIDDING ME? So far, Britney is proving
    that her song choosing skills are shite. It’s one thing to pick a bad
    song…but THE WORST SONG IN THE WORLD REALLY?”

    lol I thought of you when Diamond sang this song.

  • http://twitter.com/cheeseE1 EH

    Kudos to anyone who watched that mess without a DVR.  I have no comments on Khloe, Mario & his freakish dimples, the country artists, Jason Brock, Vino and his Nickelback song, etc. because I started watching at 9:45 and finished by 10:30.  I managed to get through Cece because I thought she had pretty good stage presence, David, because he has a great voice, Carly because she has a great voice and I really wondered if there would be any more lyrics to that song, and Emblem3 because the lead guy has a cool voice and the really douchey blonde guy makes me laugh. 

    Most of them had me fast forwarding pretty quickly. The song choices were mostly terrible.  I wanted to like Lyric145 but I couldn’t even process what was happening on stage – so many animal prints! Were there any warnings for people susceptible to seizures? 

    I could have used a guitar strumming guy or girl somewhere in the middle of all the noise.  Oh well, at least they are providing jobs for like 300 dancers. 

    1432 sounds like an ATM pin number.  They should have kept Playback, at least they were bad in a funny way.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “I just thought her comments were interesting since she is the demo XFactor wants.”

    Her comments were indeed interesting and very relevant, since the X-Factor claims to be trying to find a pop star.

  • geekygirl

    I didn’t tune in til later so only a few things stick in my mind. Khloe K is horrendous!!! Kudos to Demi who wouldn’t be drawn out about whom she liked best in 382871 or whatever they are called. Khloe was like the nasty gossip girl in school, Demi showed class.  And that woman should never wear a skirt like that with a booty like that!

    As for acts, I think the judges were a mix with song choices, hit or miss.  I thought Brit’s pick for Carly was good, but the outfit was horrible!  Brit’s school uniform was sexy on her, this one made Carly look like a private school girl who just got off the bus at the end of the day.  Disheveled and tired.  Simon had it backwards, it was the get up she wasn’t comfortable with.

    The hip hop guys were entertaining, but give them a real hip hop song. And LA’s choice for Jason was tragic.  I’ve only seen his audition which was amazing.  Maybe he has been a one trick pony and hence the campfest.

    I’ve never seen Willie before so can’t comment but that song had about 5 notes to showcase his voice.

    And the last three were sadly pretty good. Liked them but I want to smack Simon tho.

  • Incipit

    1432 sounds like an ATM pin number.

    That’s it, EH! It’s a 4 digit access code. Imagination and deep thought went into that. Heh.

    I kept wondering, “Wait”, “What happened in 1432?”- that’s 60 years before “Columbus sailed the ocean blue.” All ready to check an historic timeline for significances. *snerk*

  • wkstrack

    I’m not surprised that the first live show was pretty horrid. Last season, people were raving about the talent in the judges home but then live shows came around and all of a sudden everyone is terrible lol Honestly, the groups were the only “good” acts. Sans Lyric 145, which is obvious Simon doesn’t know what to do with them since he dresses them up as a late 80s/early 90s hip-hop group and not contemporary.  I think Jennel was the only “good” one from Demi’ team but she seemed off. Maybe it was the makeover? Carly was good from Britney’ team but the outfit and song choice/production wasn’t. I guess I enjoyed Jason from LA’ team. It really seems he’s trying to sabotage all of them though. Oh, boy. Maybe it’d be better if the judges let the acts pick their own songs, etc.

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

    This conclusion of OTT production by you is really spot on.

    I was having high hopes of this season, because the edited audition, bootcamp and JH episodes had really improved a lot. But now I recall immediately the horrors of the last season, when the OTT stage productions have not developed to better direction, but if possible, towards worst. I’d like to add some things to what you wrote:

    1) When given a lot of responsibility, there can persons in charge of the choreography, who have become monsters, and insist to create their own worlds there no matter what comes. And thus we may have the situation, where the contestant disappears because all the other “creative” stuff and ambitions going on on the stage.
        And it does not help, that these choregraphers have on ly a couple of days to plan the scene with big stage with 30 dancers. Anywhere else, there is quite a bit of time used for the massive scenes like that, but of course not here. So there is the danger, that the choreography will become vulgar and cheap alike because of the limited time, and “the big scene” may turn out to be ridiculous and even macaber 8and where is the main performer?)
        I think, that the problems lies in that, that “to create big” seems to be some kind of rule, one is making these choreogaphies no matter what. I am not against big (and it is good to have that opportunity to some acts and performances), but it should not be the rule. If the performance does not really need it or the performer does not want it, it should not be used.

    2) This live show mess really puzzles the performers (except Emblem3, which did great in the difficult circumstances), along with the “mentors”. Mentoring is a beautiful thought and idea, but maybe it cannot really work in the show like this. I think that the mentoring this far has been mainly destructive to contestants.
        And I think, it is because the wrong idea of the mentors. It should not be “all about the mentors / judges”, but about the contestants. That means = If the contestant is just doing fine without needing too much mentoring, the mentor should not feel: “I should as a mentor to show off, why is there not anything to do for me”, but just feel good when things are flowing.
        if the contestants asks for help or you can clearly see, that he or she needs help, IT IS GREAT to have a mentor. Mentors are for that. If, on the other hand, mentors will make contestants their own little puppets without their own will and instinct, they are killing the show. Contestants’ will should be heard first insong selections and even in choreographical things and they should be able to decide (with their moms). This is not to reduce mentors’ value, but to put it in the right place. It is for sure they are needed.
        Last year Simon was a terrible mentor for drew and Rachel, it was painful to watch. First you will discover rare talents, and then you spoil their performances with OTT productions and puppet-mentoring.

        I am the ultimate Beatrice fan, and I can feel in my guts her creative mind, heart and passionate approach and singing. yet, “you are as good as your last performance”, and I am worried about her now, because she did not get to choose her own song. She calls her singing instinctive, and I am sure, she has the ability to choose right songs for her. I hope the XF did not kill her chances.

        Of the mentors that are in this year’s XF, if I would be a contestant, I would only (eagerly) listen, what Demi would say (but I would not be her puppet either) and maybe a little bit Simon.

    3) I like Simon a lot, but when his big ego starts to rule things, it becomes painful to watch. I hope this does not happen.

  • usedtobelucy

    Is it just me or is the Kardashian really kind of homely?

  • usedtobelucy

     ‘Honestly, the groups were the only “good” acts’

    Gee, I wonder why that is? ha! They should probably just rename it the Simon’s Ego Factor.

  • Listening

    Okay here are the acts I liked in order.

    1) Diamond White – I absolutely loved her vocal tone . I don’t care if AHey Sister is played out b/c she made it work. It did feel like a young girl was checking out some boy and talking to her girlfriend. I loved it her voice is so cool.

    2) 1432 singing We Are Never Getting Back Together- I liked it I thought their vocals were real good better than a lot that night. I liked their harmonies. I thought it was the perfect song choice. I bunch of young girls singing a young girl song but w/ better vocals than the original. I am so perplexed why people aren’t feeling this Karaoke, bad vocals. I’m just not hearing that. And the oddest think I liked them a whole lot more than when they sang impossible which practically everyone loved and I just wasn’t feeling. Here they feel like a group, got some personality a little attitude and sass. We got our harmonies I desired, so it didn’t feel like simply a bunch of soloists. And what happens people aren’t digging it man sometimes I feel like backwards girl. Oh and another thing I prefer everyone else’s voice to camilla’s it’s got this sharp high feel to it, which is just not my thing. And wouldn’t you know that’s the girl Demi loved, definitely don’t have the same taste there.

    3) Carly Rose Sonoclar singing Good Feeling- This is another odd one for me to like b/c I wasn’t really feeling her judges houses performance. I didn’t get the hype surrounding it, didn’t connect w/ her. But here once again fell in love w/ that vocal tone. I feel like she was more uncomfortable w/ the staging/choreography than the song. She felt awkward as well as a bit theatrical at times and the arrangement was a little off but I loved her vocals.

    4) Cee Cee singing Because The Night- She has never been a favorite of mine. I feel her vocals are either a hit or a miss. And she attempted to pull the whool over our eyes by suddenly acting like a humble ,timid/fearful girl which she aint. I don’t mind her true fierce, confident, determined personality and I don’t mind the shy,humble personality. I just don’t like being played and I knew that’s what Cee Cee was trying to do. It would of been better for her to show that it was okay to be fierce and confident instead of try to pretend to have the meek personality. Anyway about the performance I was concerned b/c it was such an old song. I was afraid it would come off as dated. But as the performance went on I was digging it despite her stupid outfit.Yes there were a few lewd moments that didn’t need to be in there that made me cringe. But I managed to overlook them b/c overall the choreography was solid. I thought her vocals were real good considering all the dancing she did and I didn’t appreciate the judges criticizing them when they ignored the earlier performers much worse vocals. Oh and what was Demi thinking she says she wants to endear Cee Cee to the public and then she turns her into a cross between Madonna and Lady Gaga, two polarizing artists.

  • justmefornow

    Missed the show last night (just got my power back today, Yeah!)
    Checking these videos at work now. Wow, what an OTT group of hot mess performances.
    A lot of ridiculous stage productions, almost seemed like a parody of the old variety shows.
    Watching Jason was like a humorous glimpse in to Adam L.’s Vegas show in a few years, lol.
    But even funnier was that silly girl Janell thinking she could convincingly sing Motley Crue. Just awful.

    This show is all glitz, no substance.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=6709126 Zoey Giesberg

    Whoever is arranging the songs on X Factor needs to be fired – the mixing was soooooo bad.

  • http://twitter.com/tukicarreno Tuki

    Just saw the performances.
    Uhm. No X-Factor for me. All glitter no substance.

    Thank God we have The Voice. IMO the best singing show right now.

  • http://twitter.com/desireechick Kesia Monteith

    I just listened to Lylas/14678263038, whatever the hell they call themselves now, on mp3, and they actually sound a lot better when actually hearing them in a crisp recording, than through the TV with their awful sound mixing. All the distorted loud noise is deeply underwhelming the contestants vocals, making them sound worse than the really are. 

  • Listening

    I’m so upset about most of the performances  they were either poor, stupid or
    underwhelming. The first live show was truly a disappointment. The
    worst of offenders of song choice and mentoring  was LA b/c everyone one of
    his acts were  dull or bad some verging on atrocious w/ the staging/ choreography
    and song choices. It was so bad I actually felt like he was trying to talk his own categorize b/c he hated getting them so much. He turned Brock into a complete Joke before you weren’t sure if he was serious or not you teetered right on the line but then tonight happened and you plummeted down on the Absolute Joke side. Then we get to Vino one of my absolute faves. I rewatch his Sober performance constantly on youtube. And nearly melt everytime his passion and his husky/powerful voice just gets me. Even his talking voice was sexy when he says I scuffed them twice and chuckles referring to LA’s shoes. After seeing that performance I was like oh my goodness he could actually win this but then yesterday happened. I was cringing, crying, and yelling at the screen at the same time. “You’re killing him LA. Stop stop STOP. No No NO. Murder Murder. Whaaa Whaaaa whaaaaa What did Vino ever do to you! He was corny corny corny and he wasn’t confident. Give him some songs w/ some depth and meaning thing back to Sober. If you don’t know what to do w/ him just have him keep singing Sober. You’re destroying his chances of going anywhere in the competition.

    Simon gets a dishonourable mention b/c of the horrible things he did to Lyric 145. Just simply from royally messing up ONE of his acts he was battling w/ LA for worst Mentor. It was that bad. They were my absolute favorite going into live shows. I rewatched their party in the USA like daily. I had such high expectations. I was under the impression Simon actually got them from his reaction at judges houses. I kid you not I saw money signs pop up in his eyes after they finished. They were gonna be so cool. I knew all of them  wrote. I’d seen some of their youtube vids they’re professional and good. I expected to get like this awesome rapping from all of them w/ orignal lyrics mixed into the song. But what came out from behind the door was a circus. It was dated and lame they even broke out into Ganganhum Style. And you got a bunch of girls booty in dumb outfits WHAT! I was Heartbroken. I was horrified. I was angry. I was embarrassed for them. I was disappointed. I was confused.

    I liked Lyric’s response when LA was digging a blade into her open wound though saying did you like doing that she said ” I made You like it…”   Unfortunately that was the only thing I like d about them that night. LA was totally right they wouldn’t put that on their record and I wouldn’t listen to it, it was a joke. Simon needs to shut up a listen to LA or he’ll totally sink any chance Lyric145 has of making it far in the competition. What in the world is  Simon doing trying to lecture LA about making rappers work in the competition. He helped get Astro far in last year’s X- Factor. You know how he did it he kept him honest and legit. LA’s right you got to think of the real world. No one is gong to take  Lyric145 seriously if they act like a joke on the show. It’s hard for rockers to be taken serious after being in a reality show can you imagine how difficult it would be for RAPPERS are you kidding me. That’s why you must always keep it real. So you can keep your head held high and say i’m just being me and like the cameras showed up. Please listen to LA in this case Simon because you were so cocky w/ your decision making skills last year and so hard-headed you never listened to the other judges comments and most of your acts went home sooner than they should.

  • Montavilla

    1432 sounds like an ATM pin number.  They should have kept Playback, at least they were bad in a funny way.

    I was thinking they should go with Tafkalylas.  (The Artists Formerly Known As Lylas.)

  • usedtobelucy

     “Simon doing trying to lecture LA about making rappers work in the
    competition. He helped get Astro far in last year’s X- Factor. You know
    how he did it he kept him honest and legit. LA’s right you got to think
    of the real world. No one is gong to take  Lyric145 seriously if they
    act like a joke on the show. It’s hard for rockers to be taken serious
    after being in a reality show can you imagine how difficult it would be
    for RAPPERS are you kidding me. That’s why you must always keep it real.”

    Good point. Of course, I guess that in the new world of “I Got Mine” tv-talent contests, we don’t worry about what will become of the contestants. It’s all about whether them that’s already got can have more thanks to the drama-and-glitz tv show that drags in viewers.

    Not so odd to me that the lovely “performer-mentor-judges” on The Voice and (the new, unimproved) Idol go this way, but it does seem irrational for Simon, since his ability to grab cash would seem to have depended pretty much on the success enjoyed over the relatively long term by talent he has gotten behind.

    I suppose when your ego takes over, you forget that, after all, you did not entirely “build that” on your own without any participation by the little people with the, you know, talent. From the production values on this show, it looks like they figure that talent is something that is *merely* manufactured by the suits behind the curtain, now.  

  • Kristie

    Before the show last night, I said to people to watch out for sabotage song choices for one contestant from each category. Contestants from last season like Phillip Lomax got cut right after being given “I’m a Believer.”

    However, I feel that a lot of the song choices last night were just weird. They didn’t allow the contestants to shine like they have before. I thought I would be 99% sure of who is going to be sent home tonight, but now I’m kinda stuck.

    Regardless, I’m going to say that Sister C, Beatrice, Paige, and Jason may be goners, although I don’t necessarily agree with all of those choices.

  • Reflects On Life

    Yes, Demi stripped Janell of all her personality.  Maybe Demi wanted the audience to not OD on Janell’s sex-kitten schtick, which could get repetitive if showcased every week, and instead show off what her vocals could do.  Unfortunately, Janell is made more for straight-up rock than for droning rock power ballads.  There’s a reason why only country artists cover 80s power ballads anymore – you need that cry in your voice to carry the droning melody.  Give Janell some rock songs that have interesting rhythms or are more drum-driven.  “are you gonna be my girl” by jet, “hard to handle” by otis redding/black crowes, maybe rolling stones.  Basically she’s more ’70s rock than ’80s rock. 

  • Reflects On Life

    ” Sans Lyric 145, which is obvious Simon doesn’t know what to do with them since he dresses them up as a late 80s/early 90s hip-hop group and not contemporary. ”

    So true!  Watching Lyric 145 last night was like I was watching a revival of either Kid ‘n Play, DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince, or Tigra ‘n Bunny. There was something so afterschool-special about it.  That’s ok for a Diamond White, who’s only 13, but more than awkward for adults to pass off, unless they are performing for kids.

    I loved Lyric’s response to the criticism, though – “I made YOU like it, didn’t I?”  As the ’80s would say, “Word”!

  • Klaine

    Whole show was a terrible train wreck…No one had the XF..and Brit proved she was a horrible hire & def not worth 15m. .. if she doesn’t improve, she shouldn’t be back next season. She’s worse than scherzinger or Cheryl Cole ever would’ve been….show was major dissapointmen t.
    .. Mario was only one to stand out..and really gay guy..asking to pinch Mario’s ass on live TV after dancing w half naked boys?

    Khloe..bra or nip covers..can’t believe censors & producers let her out like that

    I wanna see more bts of mentoring..it looked like Voice last night
    I also wonder how much producers are involved in song selection & staging vs mentors..the credits at beginning showed tons of producers and like 6 EPs followed by coEPs ….also it seems every episode when they have lots of contestants ends up with 1or 2 with little staging

    Obviously Simon plans to win again & pimping has begun w those 3 guys..but expect them to get overconfident and cocky real soon. Carly Rose (thought the last name was gonna get dropped) has the pipes to win & capture the tween girls but they need to position her correctly which wasn’t done last night.

    I’m waiting for the performances of Melanie & I hope other last years finalists..josh, Chris, Rachel, drew (whatever happened to her? No record deal?)

  • Listening

    Ok i’m gonna pick the act I absolutely want to stay this is regardless of how they actually performed this time around. It could be a favorite that had I think a poor performance which was a fluke or the mentor’s fault. The act that I think should leave. And the act I think will actually leave.

    THE ACT I ABSOLUTELY WANT TO STAY.

    Overs: Vino
    Vino- I loved his earlier stuff. I was completely sold w/ sober. Last Night was a terrible mistake instigated by LA

    Groups: Lyric145
    Lyric145- Judges Houses real. I don’t care what Simon does to mess them over. They are talented and they’re no joke they just played one on TV last night  b/c Simon must of had a senior moment and totally lost his mind. They have so much potential. 3 cool rappers that’s never been done. It’s like a collab of great rappers but they never leave each other. Neat.

    Teens: Diamond White
    Diamond White. She’s my girl. She got that awesome stage and it seems like she can work a stage awesome combination.

    The Young Adults:Paige
    Hmm I really don’t care. I don’t have a favorite I actually think Demi has the weakest category. Umm I like Paige as a person she just hasn’t really had a moment for me. It’s like almost their but not quite. I’m not sure she knows what kind of artist she wants to be. But I guess it will be her even though last night I preferred Cee Cee’s performance.

    THE ACT I WANT TO GO.

    Groups: Sister C
    This was easy Sister C- I don’t like their vocal tone, It was difficult to understand what they were singing yesterday, they’re stiff and they seem smug and posses a prim and proper attitude that puts me off.

    Young Adults: Willie
    He seems like a nice kid but i’ve never been impressed by him. He wouldn’t of made it past the audition rounds to boot camp if he was me. He came off as a joke act that the judges actually liked. He doesn’t have star quality even though you see he’s trying. His vocals are underwhelming as well.

    Overs: Brock
    It was between joke Brock and dull Tate. At first I was a bit torn but then my mind flashed back to Brock’s performance and it was just ridiculous. So I choose him.

    Teens: Arin
    Arin I wasn’t into all his dance move and he’s not a strong vocalist where as all the girls are great singers. Beatrice had an off night she wasn’t comfortable. But I know she’s got it her I really loved her judges’s houses performance Titanium. This was just a fluke her nerves got to her.

    THE ACT I THINK WILL GO.

    Young Adults: Cee Cee
    Demi knows most of the public dislikes her and if she kicks anyone else off there would be a riot.

    Groups: Sister C
    Simon knows they don’t click w/ the public

    Overs: Brock
    I think LA sees him as a Joke.

    Teens: Beatrice
    It was between her and Arin. I like Beatrice but her vocals were
    off last night and she looked scared/ nervous and uncomfortable on
    stage. But I think she’s a better vocalist than Arin much better but
    he’s got confidence and can work a stage better. I also believe he has a
    bigger fanbase and Britney will probably keep him b/c he’s the only guy and he’s cute so he can get a lot of female fans.

     
     

     

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

    Earlier I could just had a short glimpses of the performances, but now I watched them all with concentration. Or tried to listen.
    It is ironic, that in the voice audition rounds, judges only hear the voice, but now in X-Factor I had to not to watch the screen, but turn my eyes away of it (because of all that unnecessary stuff going on on the stage), in order to LISTEN and HEAR the performances.

    And here is the conclusion:

    Like people have written here, groups did better than singles, and Emblem3 was the best of all night. Even the washed-up version of Lyric 145 was better than most of the other acts (But I really like those guys so much, that I hope they will stay and be able to perform as not-washed-up). And I don’t think, that the old Lylas was that bad, or if it was, there was anyway great energy there.
        SisterC’s tall sister is SOME awesome singer. Their problem is, that the other two sisters, who are great singers also, have some cat meow sound in their tunes, so that when they are singing, they are on the edge of becoming annoying. I think they might fix that, it is kind of a little thing, which grows up to big thing. But if you will watch their performance, at the end of the song, they are really starting to have some serious groove! But it may be, that this cat thing will kill them.

    Other than groups, I really did not enjoy anybody, except:
    -Tate! It was such a nice peaceful moment inbetween all that dancing, when he performed. But I do not think he has any chance in this kind of show competion.
    -AND OF COURSE BEATRICE, but that is mostly because she is my ultimate favorite. X-factor might have killed her forcing her to sing the song she would not have wanted to sing. If I listen to it not thinking it is Bea and not watching her, it was not anything fabulous, though better than many other acts. If it was so, that in Xf rules, it was stated, that the mentor has to pick the song, however, I do not accuse Britney, but agree with Simon, that the song choice was not that bad, and I also think she looked great. Cannot but love anything she does – has to be total failure to me to turn against her.

    All the other acts were just ok or weak or really terrible. Some remarks:
    -Carly did great with what she had. But what she had, was nothing. But you cannot blame her.
    -I do not like like constant washing up of Jennel. What is the point?
    -Honest and down-to-earth man Vino came out somewhat “not-to-be-taken-seriously” (starting with that chain) although he should be taken seriously
    -Cece’s voice is normally so solid and strong, but now it was all weak. What happened to her?
    -Willie’s performance felt meaningless and out of content. It’s a pity, because i like the guy and beleive in him.

  • Da 1 N Only

    Predictions for TonightHardest to predict is the young adults, I don’t consider anybody safe on that team tonight. Most likely to be eliminated tonight is Sister C. My suspected Old Guys sing off between Vino & Jason Brock can go either way. It might be Lyric 145 vs Sister C in the groups category but it won’t matter. For the kids it could be Arin vs. Beatrice but I think Brittany keeps the guy around.KidsDiamondArinCarly eliminates BeatriceYoung AdultsPaigeJanelleCeCe eliminates WillieOld Guys
    David
    Tate
    Vino eliminates Jason BrockGroupsEmblem 3Lyric 1451432 eliminates Sister C

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

    The Lyric145 performance would have been a lot better without that random Gangnam Style thrown in there. I kind of agree with Demi, I love those guys and thought it was cool, but I’m worried because Simon’s not gonna know how to handle these guys >_>.

  • http://www.twitter.com/sarahruth3 Sarah

    Thoughts:

    - I liked Emblem3 at their audition a lot, but definitely agree with you MJ that they’ve started to come off as “entitled” so far. BUT… I really enjoyed them last night. They did have some tuning and pitch issues (like everyone else), I agree. They also had very little instrumentation backing them on the verses and prechorus, which is a pretty risky thing to do in a live setting where nerves can factor in, IMO. So I was pretty impressed with that, even taking the pitch issues into consideration. They were entertaining, came across as professional, and were some of the only ones who seemed truly comfortable on stage.

    - I join the legions who do not understand Simon’s song choice for Lyric 145. I would bet money that he did not solely pick the Matisyahu song for Emblem3, so why not let Lyric 145 have some song choice input too? They did the best they could with it, but there’s soooo much more that they’re capable of.

    - Sister C and 1432 both have potential. Neither really stood out last night for me, but I would rather lose a couple of LA’s contestants and keep all the groups. I just like them more.

    - I agreed with Simon’s critique of Willie. Before the song was even over, I said to my roommate that his performance seemed more like a Vegas lounge act than a performance that you’d see on a sold out country tour. Demi’s arrogance about her “taste” level regarding what “kids these days” like may be her downfall with her contestants. I think she did a pretty good job with the girls, but not Willie.

    - As much as I don’t like CeCe, I think she has potential. She just needs to stop trying so hard. Someone needs to tell her: the reason people don’t like you is because you came off as a bitch, not because you’re not vulnerable. Be yourself, but calm down the bitchiness. Because she CAN sing and seems willing to apply constructive criticism, and those are good things that can help her grow in the competition.

    - Jennel’s song choice wasn’t the best for her, but she did a decent job vocally with it. If she gets input on her songs and continues to gain in confidence without becoming a Demi clone, I think she goes far.

    - I have no real comments on any of LA’s contestants. Tate is Tate. Vino & Jason were screwed with song choices. I enjoy David’s voice, but I don’t think he’s particularly memorable.

    - Poor Beatrice. I think she sounded pretty good, but the song choice was not great, and her styling was even worse. Carly Rose faired a little better – decent song choice but also bad styling. No real opinion on Diamond. Her vocal was fine, but I’m so over that song that I hardly paid any attention to her performance. Arin did the most he could with a bad song choice.

    - Glad that AC Slater (ha!) is hosting. I’m not a stan, but I do like him and think he’s super good at what he does. I don’t mind Khloe antagonizing the judges, I agree that sometimes they say something that doesn’t make sense or gloss over a critique and I like that she’s not scared of calling them out on it. But I DO mind her practically yelling into the mic. Trust your audio guys, Khloe. Seriously.

    - The ones I think have potential: Arin, Beatrice, Sister C, Lyric 145, 1432, CeCe, David, Diamond
    - Pretty safe bets to go far: Emblem3, Carly Rose, Jennel, Tate
    - The rest, I’m meh on.

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

    Ah, this so fabulous site. It is interesting to hear other people’s opinions and feelings about the contestants.
    Yours was also a treat to read.

    But I would like to say one thing: (I know you do not mean it that way but) As the ultimate Bea fan, I do not see any “poor” Beatrice. She is a passionate and great singer and performer, and I would even call her at her best as true artist. And how brave are all these 13-year-olds performing in live shows to 100 million people worldwide!
    I assume you do not disagree with me, but I wanted to write this, because nearly all of the acts were slightly “poor” yesterday, if one wants to think in that way, because of the little bit strange XF framework of song choices etc.
    But even if she could not express herself according to her full potential, she is never “poor” to me, but rich with creativity.

  • bahogbugan_simj

    X-Factor UK is known for elaborate productions but is it just me or the US took it a step further by making the stage look extra-big, extra-colorful and extra-glittery?

    it made the contestants look literally and figuratively small

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

    It’s funny how people are starting to appreciate Astro now after seeing what Simon did to Lyric 145.

  • http://www.twitter.com/sarahruth3 Sarah

    I assume you do not disagree with me, but I wanted to write this, because nearly all of the acts were slightly “poor” yesterday, if one wants to think in that way, because of the little bit strange XF framework of song choices etc.
    But even if she could not express herself according to her full potential, she is never “poor” to me, but rich with creativity.

    That’s not what I was saying at all. I did not say, nor mean, that she performed poorly. My comment was meant to comment on how unfortunate her situation was – her hair, clothes, the staging of the performance, the song choice. None of it was good, I don’t think any of it reflected what her style is, and I would guess that not much, if any of it, was HER choice. “Poor Beatrice, that she had to endure all of this crap Britney threw at her.” is basically what I mean.

    None of it was a comment on her talent. In fact, I think she has a ton of potential and a great voice, but probably auditioned too early. In 3-4 years, or so, she’s gonna be incredible. Same goes for all the teens, really.

  • http://www.twitter.com/sarahruth3 Sarah

    Believe it or not, Astro was one of my faves last season. Haha. He was a little arrogant, but crazy talented. I think I actually voted for vim too.

    Totally get where you’re coming from though. I totally agree.

  • irockhard

    Jennell doing Motley Crue? Seriously? Yip I know that she wants to be a rocker and that the show wants to portray her as such but she doesn’t have the power and edge for it. Vocally sure she’s better than Vince Neil but that’s not saying much, it’s Mick Mars’ killer guitar solo that really makes that song.

  • irockhard

    Watching Jason was like a humorous glimpse in to Adam L.’s Vegas show in a few years, lol.

    OMG LMFAO!!!!

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

    Any is vocally better than Vince.

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

    I know any of these shows (American Idol andTthe Voice) aren’t actually very serious, or even more or less serious, they are just TV, but the american version of X-Factor seems to be a set up from the begining to the end.

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

    Like I wrote, I was sure you did not mean it any bad way at all, but vice versa, but I anyway wanted to write what I wrote, because I do not find her poor even in the sense that you meant. She has had to cope with the adults in creative work from very early age and now she has to make teamwork with Britney wheather she likes it or not, and I think she has a great attitude towards working with Britney, and I personally do not see any “poor” there. One has to get along with the people, and Bea understands it and is, I think, cherishing the possibility to work with Britney, and you can see they both love each other.

    The outcome may not yet be as brilliant as it could, but hopefully, if Bea stays, she can choose herself the songs and the teamwork will also pay off.

    I really enjoyed the down-to-earth article about her in their local N.J. newspaper (where I think they know her and her family), where she f.ex told, that after her audition she was afraid, that Simon would have said to her: “You sounded like a dying rat in the subway.” There are also nice stories about her experiences in creative work.
    If you want to read it, google with the words:
    ‘X Factor’: Beatrice Miller, from Maplewood to ‘giant mountain’ in Malibu

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PVEFG2TOUIXSROKUSO2O2DOWWE Taylor

    Watching Jason was like a humorous glimpse in to Adam L.’s Vegas show in a few years, lol.

    Only if Adam gains a hundred pounds and losses 90% of his vocal ability.

    I like Jason, for being exactly who he is, but his vocals are not anywhere close to Adam’s. Even so, he had a good voice in his audition song. LA did not do Jason any favors last night. Simon was right about that..

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

    Actually I think both are good vocalists and sing more or less the same way. And they have similar tones. But I think Adam would never be so disrespectful like Jason was with Mario last night.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I honestly don’t get the similarity that some people see between Jason and Adam. To me, they are totally different people and artists.

  • Listening

    I mentioned there was a similarity between Adam and Jason when I first saw/heard him as well. They have the same singing style. They even sort of sound the same when they talk. Also the way Jason dressed during the audition sort of reminded me Adam. He comes off as a pudgier Adam Lambert w/ less vocal control.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PVEFG2TOUIXSROKUSO2O2DOWWE Taylor

    Not even close vocally.

    Adam is an exceptional vocalist. Jason is good and has a lot to work with. Too bad LA hasn’t figured out what to do with him.

  • Jazz_11

    Agree! I mentioned this before that even when Adam was 250 pound (Yes Adam was 250 pound when he was in high school), he didn’t look like Jason at all. LOL. And Adam’s more powerful vocal compare to Jason.

  • Jazz_11

    “Watching Jason was like a humorous glimpse in to Adam L.’s Vegas show in a few years, lol.”

    I don’t see having a show in Vegas’ a bad thing, artist can actually make a lot of money in Vegas. Muse band has their show in Vegas in 2010, Celine Dion, etc. But we’ll see who’s going to have big show in Vegas in few years and who’s going to dissapear ;) LOL

  • Nadine_Bitch

    People were telling Erika Van Pelt that she looked like a girl Adam when she dyed her hair black with emo cut. Jason has similar hair style and people automatically thought about Adam as well. So I guess sporting an emo hair reminds them of Adam Lambert. SOME artist were trying hard to have that signature style to remind people by them.

    Jason is good but he is in no way on the same level with Adam. No way he can pull off ”Born to be wild” or ”Who wants to live forever”. But at least Jason can sing on the RIGHT KEY;)

    And yes having a show in Vegas is great. I don’t get what’s so funny about that. I think it’s great if in few years you’re still rocking the stage in vegas than fades into obscurity.

  • Me Whoiam

    Some people think that Jason is a “joke” contestant and that LA thinks that, too.  I don’t think so.  The kind of performance that Jason did is the kind that he probably would like to do.  Though, he may have picked a different song to sing, if he could have.  LA may have had him do that kind of performance to see if he was marketable/commercial.  In other words, LA wanted to see how the audience and music buyers reacted to it, because that performance was probably the “true” Jason.  Not a “joke”, but, just another eccentric singer (i.e. Elton John, Peter Gabriel, Prince, David Bowie, Michael Jackson, Lady Gaga, etc.) as there has been so often in the past.  So, it is entirely possible that LA actually respected Jason enough, to let him do his thing and have fun.

    Regardless, I don’t care for the song that he sang and wish that LA had picked a song that showed off Jason’s voice better.

  • Me Whoiam

    I had forgotten that I liked Jennel Garcia’s singing.  That she was into Pat Benatar.  I didn’t like the judge’s house performance.  But, I did like her other performances.

  • hcpoirot

    The top 16 is bad. Nobody really outshone anybody. The judges just seem to randomly choose the song for the top 16. Lots of WTF songs. The Voice judges so far pick better songs for their acts to sing then X factor judges.

    Basically it seem like a high school musical with very high value production.

    The only bright thing is Mario Lopez. If Ryan Seacrest retired from Idol, they should consider hired Mario.

    Khloe can go home and stick to the Kardashian shows. She did not had any ability whatsoever to host a big TV show.

  • hcpoirot

    And season 1 so far trump season 2 acts. And that say a lot with only few acts shine in season 1.