The X Factor – The Top 17 – Videos and Recap

Tonight, the X Factor USA Live shows begin! The Top 17 will perform in a 2 1/2 hour PLUS extravaganza. At the end of the night, the judges will send FIVE contestants home, leaving a Top 12 to compete in the audience voting rounds, beginning next week.

ELIMINATIONS:
Philip Lomax is Eliminated

The Brewer Boys Are Eliminated
Dexter Heygood is eliminated
Simone Battle is eliminated
Tiah Toliver is Eliminated

A couple of thoughts.  Steve Jones does a reasonably decent job of keeping the show moving, but he’s got all the personality of a lamp post.  Maybe he just needs some getting used to.  Also, tonight seemed incredibly scripted, especially in light of the fact that the judges chose who to send home on the spot without time to think about it.  L.A., Nicole and Paula all had obvious cannon fodder to ditch. Indeed, their eliminated contestants were like sacrificial lambs, sent out to slaughter, complete with horrible song choices that were badly arranged–the easier to make the outcome seem inevitable.

The only “surprise” were Simon Cowell’s picks. I figured he would keep at least one of either Simone or Tiah. He was obviously smitten with both of them. But then, once I thought about it a minute, I realized that he knew they’d both get picked off quick once the voting rounds began.  The last thing Simon would want would be to have his team decimated early in the competition.  So he hung on to the contestants he figured would last the longest.   Still–a setup.  No one is going to make me believe that decisions to keep or ditch a contestant were made on the fly.

Thank God we move on to the voting rounds, and only 3 hours of X Factor a week. This whole deal was beginning to wear me out. Seriously.

So hang on to your hats, and don’t fall asleep! We’ll get through this together!

Here’s where the rubber meets the road people. We’ll see how this cast is without the aid of editing. Steven Jones takes the stage to explain the rules before he introduces the X Factor judges, L.A. Reid, Nicole Scherzinger, Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell.

Steve Jones is no Ryan Seacrest. JUST SAYIN’. Simon says he’s got to get rid of TWO people. He doesn’t want to especially, but it’s got to be done.  Each group will perform.  After which the mentor in charge will eliminate a contestant or contestants. The boys are up first.

Boys – L.A. Reid

Astro – “Jump” – 14 year old kid whose real name is Brian Bradley. He’s got dancers. He’s rapping up a storm. I guess this is good? Pretty good for a little kid. I don’t know, besides the impressive fast talk, I’m finding this a little boring. He comes off like a novelty act. Nicole: That was crazy. You shut it down. Paula: This is what you’re going to be doing for the rest of your life. Simon: You just come out on this stage….and you just killed everybody. LA: You just made it tough on these guys. That was amazing. Major smoke blown up young Astro’s ass. He’s going to get a big(ger) head. – VIDEO

Chris Rene – “Love Don’t Live Here Anymore – He’s six months clean and sober. Says music fills the void in his life. I hope so. He’s lit up with soft lighting, like an angel. He’s got some raps in the bridge, nothing special, though. Nice singing voice, but he seems really nervous. Nicole: That was a really good performance. I wouldn’t have picked that song for you. Paula: There’s a genuine truthfulness that’s authentic. (Paula still not making sense). Simon: Not the best singer, but one of the best recording artists. Liked what he did with the song. Calls him authentic. LA: You like the unpredictable, like I do. You did a great job. – VIDEO

Not yet blown away by the talent here, people. Zzzzz.

Philip Lomax – “I’m A Believer” – He’s worried because he’s the only jazz singer in his category. Wow. Could this song choice be any stupider? Isn’t this dude a jazz singer? Why the hell isn’t he singing jazz? He’s got dancers behind him dressed in ridiculous outfits. He looks silly. The song isn’t even in his range. He’s screeching the top notes. Cheesy, cheap and awful. LA picked a horrible song. I’m calling sabotage. Nicole: I just wished you had some personality and charm. That was amazing. Paula: You did it might fine. You know how to connect with the audience. Simon: Tonight you were like a racing driver and LA put you in a tractor. LA you 100 percent failed. LA: You were no longer imitating Frank Sinatra. You owned it. You were just fine. – VIDEO

Marcus Canty – “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me” – Easily the best singer of the boys. Hands down. Love his smooth soulful voice. A great song choice, but not loving the backing track on this classic Culture Club song, but Marcus rises above it. He just sang the hell out of that song. Nicole: You just make it look too easy. You were born to be on that stage. Paula: I feel like I’ve been watching a veteran on that stage. You own that stage. Simon: For me, out of the 4 boys, you’re the one who thought this through…you gave it everything. LA a brilliant choice of song. LA: Tonight you stepped up and you made me really proud. – VIDEO

LA will probably send home Philip. And he made it really easy for himself by giving him a sh*tty song choice. The boys take the stage. LA will make the decision on the spot. First boy through is Astro. The second boy through is Marcus. And the third is…Chris is through. Gah. So f*cking predictable. I hate the freaking machinations of this show.

GROUPS – Paula

Stereo Hogzz – “Try a Little Tenderness” – The group act is dated, but these guys are good. Powerful lead singing, tight choreography, lots of style and charisma. Despite the hip-hop touches, I just don’t see them fitting into the current US music landscape. LA: You guys have come a long way. It was really good. Nicole: That was fool proof, that was solid. Current and classic at the same time. Simon: Paula you did a really good job (Simon didn’t want to say it). I love this band. There should be a band like you in charts right now. Paula: I’m so proud. Thank you so much for working so hard. – VIDEO

The Brewer Boys – “Rich Girl/Faith” by Hall and Oats – Well, this is a surprising song choice. Oh it’s mashed up with “Faith”. The harmonies could be tighter, which is a little surprising for boys who have been singing together forever. OK, the song just turned into a hoe down with dancers. Not really liking this arrangement. Very cheesy. The kids needed to be more modern and pop to appeal to the teen girls. Think Bieber! They are cute, though. LA: I got a sense this was a little outside your comfort zone. I wasn’t blown away, but it was good. Nicole: If I was a teenager, I’d have you all over my walls. Simon: My issue is to remind everyone it’s a 5 million dollar category. Didn’t shine. They’re kids! What do you expect. Paula: I think you’ve come a long way. I think you nailed it. I’m very proud of you. – VIDEO

InTENsity – “The Clapping Song/Footloose” This is the 10 member teen group created as a Glee/Disney knockoff. The lead singing is terrible. This is a hot mess. But I’m sure the kids tried as hard as they could in the short window they had to rehearse. LA: For a group that’s been put together…that was thoroughly entertaining. I hope you’re all enjoying this. Nicole: All of you are little stars. Simon: That was the equivalent of a musical miracle. I’d look at you and say “I’ve got the new Glee in front of me”. (Simon has no clue why those Glee songs work. People buy them because they love the show. Glee isn’t as hot as it used to be, subsequently sales of downloads are down) Paula: I’m so proud of you. – VIDEO

Lakoda Rayne – “C’mon Irene” – These 4 girls were put together in a group, sort of against their will. Well, this is a strange song choice. This slightly countrified version of this song is pretty weak. Really, these girls aren’t good enough for Country radio. Pretty boring stuff. LA: You’d be signed to a world wide recording contract you did a great job. Nicole: You make girl groups look good. You look like a family. Simon: This is better than I thought. There is a gap in the market for a group like you. I can see that you’ve gelled. Paula: Oh. Paula is crying. You had a lot to prove tonight. (It’s obvious the judges know sh*t about country music.) – VIDEO

Elimination: The groups all take the stage. The Stereo Hogzz are through first. Next it’s Lakoda Rayne. inTENsity. The Brewer Boys are eliminated. Another set up.

Over 30s – Nicole

Dexter Heygood – “I Kissed a Girl” – Oh lookie. Dexter is doing his Jagger/Brown impersonation. This is TERRIBLE. Dexter bellows into the microphone while he moves spastically around the stage. I can’t even understand what he’s saying. It’s so redic when a straight guy sings this song. It makes no sense. LA I think you found Dexter. I’m really proud of you. I don’t know what she was thinking about giving you that song. Paula: I know you like to kiss girls. Paula thinks he should have song “She kissed a girl and I liked it”. Simon: It’s like the weirdest milkshake in the world. I kind of liked the taste of it. You’re interesting and unpredictable. Nicole: You remembered the lyrics. I’m so proud of you. (Poor Dexter has no idea he’s being pimped through as a joke. Ugh). – VIDEO

LeRoy Bell – “Nobody Knows” – LeRoy can sang, people. I would say he’s the best vocalist in the competition right now. I would have dialed back the backing track and vocals, thought. LeRoy doesn’t need a lot of production. He’s awesome. LA: I would have given you a better song. There’s nothing missing. I don’t understand why you haven’t made it yet. Paula: You know how much I love you darling. Your voice is velvet. Simon: I think you have one of the best voices in this competition. I don’t believe you have the connection with Nicole yet. I wish I was mentoring you. Simon thought he looked uncomfortable. Nicole: He had so much confidence tonight (She did not take kindly to Simon’s criticism.) – VIDEO

Stacey Francis – “One More Try” by George Michael – QUIT CRYING FOR CRIPES SAKE. Whoa PITCHY. Whoa MUPPET VOICES. This is really really weird. Odd phrasing, she’s out of tune. Her worst effort so far. LA: This time you got it right. Really proud of you. You’re not crying. Don’t start. Paula: Tonight you came out looking like a star. Brilliant delivery. Simon: I didn’t like what you were wearing, I didn’t like the song. You are a church singer. This needs a massive shift in the right direction. Nicole: The wardrobe, the song…it all gave you wings. She soared tonight! Stacey, Simon and Nicole begin arguing, until Steve interrupts them to go to break. Geez. – VIDEO

Josh Krajcik – “Forever Young” by Bob Dylan – Josh doesn’t have the best voice in the competition, but what he does with it? Is absolutely amazing. So soulful, incredible phrasing and he pours so much emotion and feeling into his performances. Really awesome. He’s killing this Dylan song. Glad Nicole allowed him to keep it simple. No dancers. No overwhelming backing track. LA: You have one of my favorite voices. It measures up for me. Paula: Your voice is my fav I’ve heard in the past decade. Simon: You’re the artist I fear. Brilliant choice of song. You’re the real deal. Best perforance so far. Nicole: That was a soul stirring performance. So beautiful. You voice just ripped out into the air. – VIDEO

Elimination: The Over 30s take the stage again. Stacey Francis is through first. Josh Krajcik is next. A hard decision? What? I think it’s obvious Nicole. LeRoy Bell goes through. AND SANITY FINALLY REIGNS. Dexter is confused. Yes you are. Go home and get some help.

The Girls – Simon

Simone Battle – “Just Be Good To Me” – She’s a TERRIBLE live singer. Terrible. But I’m sure Simon is looking at the potential to package her into a pop tart. Also, I think Simon wants to f*ck her. So that helps. LA: Everything was right except your choice of contestant. I still don’t get it. 5 million dollars mustn’t mean much to you. Nicole That wasn’t predictable at all! You looked like a diva star. Paula: You look the part. I wish there weren’t so many dancers. I would have liked to see you perform. Simon: I think all of this is meant to upset you. None of them have ever liked you. Simon compared her to Britney, et al. LA makes faces. “This one?” he says. Wow. Ouch. Simon spent the whole time Simone was performing leering at her. Yuck. – VIDEO

Rachel Crow – “Where Did Our Love Go/Baby” – Rachel doesn’t have the best voice in the competition, but with the right song, she can shine. She’s also adorable.  With her sparkly personality, I see her more as a TV star than a singing star. This littleSupremes/Bieber mashup  is cute, but it doesn’t allow her to show off her voice. LA: I love you girl! You can have a career that’s much bigger than music. Nicole: You’re my little Miss Sunshine. I would have picked a different song. You did an amazing job. You can do anything you want. You are the most likeable girl. Paula thinks she needed another song too. Simon: Of course, Simon disagrees. He thinks she’s a retro artist and a pop artist. (Retro? In what way? I’m not seeing that.) – VIDEO

Drew – “What A Feeling” – Now known by one name. Natch. Jeez people are questioning LeRoy’s age? I want to see Drew’s birth certificate. I’m just saying. Simon says if she screws up she’s out. The Flashdance song begins as a ballad…waiting for it to speed up and the dancers to appear. And it looks like Simon is wise enough to keep the arrangement focused on her voice. That was really good! Love her. LA: Wow girl. You have an amazing voice. You’re the whole package. I have to give him a compliment. It pains me. You’re a star girl. Nicole: That was really good Simon. So ethereal. My little folk princess. Paula: You connect with an audience. The sweetness in your voice tells a story. Simon: This is why I wanted to be on American TV to find someone like you. I’m going to have a horrible decision to make. – VIDEO

Tiah Tolliver – “Sweet Dreams” – Oh my. This is spooky, but not in a good way. She’s singing in a different key than the backing track, practically. There’s this goth thing going on with the staging and the arrangement. It’s not quite working. Tiah looks like she’s going to pass a stone. And her bug eyes are scaring me. LA: II guess you’re one of his favorites. Congrats. If that was a sweet dream, I’d hate to see what one of your scary ones are like. You are fierce. Tiah, I give you credit The performance was very very interesting. You’re going to have to work on you pitch. Simon calls Paula and Nicole jellus cats, accusing them of never liking Tiah. Whether they like her or not does not matter. Paula and Nicole were  right. Tiah was horrible. – VIDEO

Melanie Amaro – “I Have Nothing” – A big old fashioned song for Melanie.  She sings it well, but it doesn’t bode well for Melanie’s future. Of course, after causing such a fuss last week fake bringing her back from Florida after he cut her, he had to advance her.  She’s a favorite now, but I’m not sure how long this churchy, old-fashioned singer is going to last.  I suspect she’ll be de-pimped soon enough.  Simon’s got his eye on a more contemporary singer to take it all. – VIDEO

Elimination: The girls take the stage: Simon can only send through 3 of his 5 girls. Fist girl to go through is Drew. She screams. Next, is Rachel Crow. The 3rd girl is Melanie Amaro. Again. Sanity reigns.  I’m going to say it. Simon really surprised me. I thought for sure he’d put  Simone through. He had his eye on her. But maybe he realized she would have been voted out fast. He wants to keep his girls in as long as possible, I would imagine.

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  • http://twitter.com/BriNy7777 Brian Mitchell

    I HOPE STACY IS GONE!

  • jinxx315

    Anyone have a link for this?

  • Oscar Lappay

    Does anyone have a livestream please? I am from the UK. Cheers!

  • shell29

    Good grief…this announcer sounds so cheesy. 

  • Valentin432

    Hope everyone is confortable, this is going to be a long show.

  • jinxx315

     http://justtvnuts.com/fox.htm

  • Tony

    The production looks great in HD

  • garlandk77

    According to intros tonite, Drew Ryniewicz is apparently going the single name route and will be known only as Drew.

  • harvestmoon

    I want to hate Astroboy, but that was kind of awesome.

  • Valentin432

    They are doing the categories one by one? They begin with the boys and probably finish with the girls.

  • cheese

    Chris Rene can’t sing. 

  • shell29

    Astro killed that.  No way he’s going home.

    I like Chris Rene, but I can’t say that I’m loving this performance.

  • Valentin432

    Love don’t live here anymore is tough to sing, he didn’t do that bad and he should cruise through because he’s a frontrunner.

  • koshka

    Me too. Although I just found it ok. I just don’t see him having any credibility at age 14.

  • ituneit

    Wow, that sucked!

  • http://twitter.com/thecinel Cindi

    Chris Rene sounded terrible. Nicole needs a hearing aid.

  • Anonymous

    Chris was incredibly bad. It’s safe to say Marcus is my favorite boy and he hasn’t even performed yet.

  • Anonymous

    Chris look really nervous or really high, j/k. :) The Astro kid was good. 

  • ituneit

    I hope X-Factor isn’t going to be like Idol and give props for horrendous off key performances.

  • Anonymous

    Can you blame her? That last name is a tough one.

  • koshka

    I wonder if Dunkleman is available? Bet he is. Lol

  • Mike Nguyen

    Nicole ended up being the only one mildly criticizing him! Did I die or something?

  • http://twitter.com/thecinel Cindi

    Maybe it sounds different when you’re hearing it live.

  • shell29

    Basically Marcus and Phillip are battling for the spot in the Top 12.  Weak performance (IMO), but Chris isn’t going anywhere.

  • koshka

    I’m sure someone will. Folks dont seem to like altered names. Personally could careless one way or the other.

  • Valentin432

    They are trying really hard to differentiate themselves from Idol, they put the two rappers at the front of the show.

  • Tera2

    Chris Rene was mediocre. Thats the worst he’s done and only good was his first audition.  He’s the weakest in the boys category.

  • Anonymous

    With Chris, Simon just told people that this really isn’t a singing competition.  I wonder how people will feel about that.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jeremy-Brick/662233023 Jeremy Brick

    Based on the song choice, it’s clear that LA wants Phillip to go home

  • Anonymous

    i’m pretty sure la’s gonna get rid of phillip.

  • Anonymous

    Bye bye Philip, LA isn’t even looking at you. lols

  • koshka

    Never sing a song featured in a kids movie.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jeremy-Brick/662233023 Jeremy Brick

    such a kareoke song. hope this isn’t indicative of future LA song choices.

  • Anonymous

    Really?  They gave that song to a crooner?  Why is the backing tape so freakin’ loud??!

  • http://twitter.com/thecinel Cindi

    I think Philip is going home tonight.

  • Valentin432

    Philip sounds really bad and that song is a very bad choice,

    good bye

  • shell29

    Oh dear…

  • ituneit

    This one sucks too. Maybe they are saving the best for last. That’s what these shows usually do.

  • shell29

    Yup, he’s toast.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FN6HBKLMSYWL2TZFFDISUFNKZ4 Tony

    N/M

  • sandrajane

    That was too funny.

  • garlandk77

    A key difference between Astro and Chris is that Chris actually sings (if not very well) during his performances. Astro only rap/talks.

  • garlandk77

    Phillip is getting the bad sound edit. He gone for sure.

  • Anonymous

    MJ, i think you should lower your standards. this top 17 had so much potential, but it all got eff’ed up during judges houses.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UITYTUSGL7IK7WLFFDXXRYP7GA Falfor

    Love I’m a believer, but I don’t think it is a one person song. The music was too loud and even though Philip was good, I think Simon called it. Bad choice LA.

  • Anonymous

    I wonder if Stacy or Dexter will go. I can’t see Nicole getting rid of Josh or Leroy, right?

  • Kirsten

    Could it be any more obvious that Steve Jones is reading off of a teleprompter?

    Where did Simon find this guy?

  • Anonymous

    Yep….that’s exactly what they are going to do. 

  • Anonymous

    This isn’t a singing competition. They’re looking for a popstar/superstar

  • koshka

    I’m telling you Dunkleman is the answer!

  • Anonymous

    Yes! It would have been a really fun group song!

  • http://twitter.com/bbmetsfan andy

    I agree… he’s terrible.

  • Tera2

    Phillip Lomax has a star voice.  And he did a great job with that song. He showed he can sing something different than jazz and can perform.  Simon is full of crap.  He knows Phillip is tough competition.  He just wants Astro cause the rapper boy is obnoxious and wont get votes if LA puts him through.  I’m voting for contestants who have the voice or star quality.  I’m not voting for judges.  I’m not one of those who followed Simon manipulation like on idol.

  • Anonymous

    this is the first time I caught the show at the very beginning. The first two acts were great. This is why Idol has bored me the last couple of years- it needs hip hop acts like that. I know Chris Rene is not a great singer but that is such a small requirement in hip hop/rap. They autotune EVERYBODY. It’s all about the lyrics and flow.  L.A. must really hate that third guy because I totally agree with Simon- that was an awful song choice- it’s almost like he’s intentionally thowing him under the bus, lol, but I could care less I would much rather see hip hop in the forefront.

  • jinxx315

    Why would LA Reid give that guy I’m a Believer by the Monkees. lol. I thought the whole point was to find a somewhat relevant artist. I’m not totally sold on Chris Renee yet, but I did love the song done that way. I can’t wait to see Dexter tear that stage up ! lol

  • karenc

    Astro was the best so far, good in what he does, but I’m not sure if he is versatile enough for this type of competition.  

    Chris Rene wasn’t good at all, I thought his vocals weren’t good, probably wrong song choice too.

    And definately wrong choice for Phillip.

  • karenc

    If this category has the most talent, we’re in trouble.

  • Anonymous

    Wow!

  • BAPC

    Chris Rene was awful but they still pimped him. And Philip Lomax was sabotaged by LA, as expected. 

  • Anonymous

    lols at the song Marcus is singing….hahaha

  • http://twitter.com/thecinel Cindi

    Boy George? Seriously? Marcus has a decent voice but he’s hitting some pretty sour notes in this song.

  • ituneit

    This one is sucking too. I think the over 30 guys will do much better. The only decent one was Astro.

  • Anonymous

    Aww, that was the first time I didn’t enjoy Marcus. Sigh.

  • koshka

    I didn’t think he was that bad.

  • Anonymous

    I think LA really wanted to see how the crowd reacted to Marcus and it seems like the girls really like him, so he’s in. He is definitely my favorite boy BY FAR.

  • http://twitter.com/bbmetsfan andy

    The guys were terrible.

  • Anonymous

    Simon is full of it.  These people don’t have anything to think through, because all of the decisions have been made for them.  I’m pretty sure that Chris wouldn’t have made the choice to sing that song.

  • koshka

    No they’re in trouble. Maybe a boy wont win the whole shebang.

  • garlandk77

    In the British version of X Factor, song choice is often used to manipulate who goes home. If Simon or another judge wants someone to go next, the contestant is given a bad song like Philip got tonite.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Pietro-Matos/100000170166826 Pietro Matos

    Omg Chris Rene was the worst … totally out of tune !!!!! Phillip got a glorified karaoke number !!! Kick all these boys please!

  • Leonardo Del Rosario

    is there a live stream? can you send a link please :) thanks

  • Tera2

    I think it was Simon trying to sabotage Phillip and LA.  Phillip was great.  He has a star voice and stage presence. Chris Rene was bad.

  • Anonymous

    No contest.  Yes, the Philip guy was sabotaged; it is way too easy to do in this kind of format.

  • http://twitter.com/thecinel Cindi

    Astro was definitely the best and I hate rap. IMO Chris Rene sounded the worst but I think Philip is gone.

  • shell29

    Bye Philip

  • Anonymous

    hehe that was so fricken obvious, but I agree with the choices

  • ptebwwong

    Guy can still win. It just might be a guy over 30 like Josh.

  • Valentin432

    1st live show, 1st decisino, 1st manipulation, we’re hitting the ground running

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FN6HBKLMSYWL2TZFFDISUFNKZ4 Tony

    Girls definitely last….probably :)

  • http://twitter.com/bbmetsfan andy

    They really need a new host.  I can’t believe he’s the best they could find.

  • koshka

    Hmmmm well it will be a nice change to using cutting snarking judges comments.

  • Anonymous

    They didn’t even have to sing, we knew LA was going to get rid of Phillip. OH well, bye bye Phillip, sorry you had to sing that crappy song. 

  • Deeg

    The Show so far has been very predictable…The judges already know who they’re going to eliminate…they also already saw dress rehearsals etc.  So far, the judges haven’t been fighting as much as I expected – ala UK – but night is young.  SImon even dressed up.  But I knew LA was going to eliminate Philip before it started.   So y’all probably already know who’s basically safe

  • koshka

    Maybe he works for a supply of Pepsi? They sure forked over a load of money everywhere else.

  • Anonymous

    It was obvious that Chris was going through, but I think it may hurt the show to advance someone who just had an embarrassingly bad performance.  It would have been less glaring if they had done the picks at the end of the show or next week.

  • shell29

    LOL…L.A. is a bad actor.  “It’s so tough…”  Yeah right-he totally threw Philip under the bus.  I feel bad for him, but I’m not too broken up about it because I wasn’t the biggest fan of his anyway (I liked his judges’ house performance but that’s about it).

  • Anonymous

    I lost my live stream.  Sadness. :(  Anyone have one that’s working. 

  • Anonymous

    Really.

  • Fullmoon

    Obvious choices. Astro kid is going to have a bright future regardless. I love that obnoxious kid. I knew Philip would be gone.  I feel like I’m watching a live concert it gives me a better feel how they work a stage. I’m loving it.

  • Tera2

    I’m so mad and disappointed Simon made LA Reid send Phillip Lomax home.  The guy was great and has the voice of a star like Michael Buble and Sinatra.  I’m not even a big jazz fan and I like Phillip cause of that voice.  And he showed he can do more than jazz today, and he made that song work even if there could have been better song. I didnt expect him to win but he should have made top 12.  Chris Rene was mediocre. This show isnt gonna find anyone worth 5 million contract.  I don’t see it.

  • Anonymous

    http://justtvnuts.com/fox-wtvt.htm

    crappy audio/video though…

  • Deeg

    Lets see if the other judges SABOTAGE like LA did to Philip Lomax; I didn’t think he was a $5 MIL winner but it just doesnt seem fair.  The judges who picked the songs and organized the performances do the eliminations too – a little bit convenient

  • http://twitter.com/thecinel Cindi

    Otis Redding is rolling over in his grave after that mess.

  • Kirsten

    LA gets to drive his first bus.

    I can’t believe this dude launched all those careers. He must let some other person pick songs for the records his acts make. He’s probably still chuffed that Usher wouldn’t cover “Muskrat Love”

  • wolfsbane813

    it’s really not tho… it’s more about the enterainment/spectacle/package of it all. it’s not all about the singing… yeah it really helps, but there is more to it than that… that’s the whole point of having the “x factor” or whatever. it’s more than just having a good voice.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jeremy-Brick/662233023 Jeremy Brick

    I actually thought Paula did a great job with them. Blew away my expectations. Good for her.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jeremy-Brick/662233023 Jeremy Brick

    Best so far.

  • Anonymous

    I like what he did, but not who he is.  I really don’t want to see him aorund for the next ten years, sad to say.  Rap is good for a break from music, heh.

  • Valentin432

    Simon is being UK X factor Simon and not early AI simon.

  • Deeg

    Got to give it to Paula and StereoHogz but they are her only strong group; Im afraid to watch whats to come.  Looking at the contestant base, they’re going to struggle to get any white contestants in the final 12… This is gonna be the most lopsided ever…(Not being racist- just a comment)

  • AdamsGirl

    Featured song in a kids movie?  Yes, Shrek.  But way before that, I’m A Believer was a huge hit for the Monkees written by the iconic singer/songwriter Neil Diamond.  That said, Reid couldn’t have picked a worse song choice for the ‘jazz-leaning’ Lomax.  What the hell was he thinking?

  • Anonymous

    Paula only needs one good group to win! All of Simon’s were eliminated early last year and he had just One Direction for WEEKS and they made top three.

  • Anonymous

    I could not agree with you more. I was a big fan of Phillip. He should have made the top 12. LA gave him a terrible song and it was obvious he wanted him to go home. LA threw him under the bus. I am not impressed by the his three he choices at all. I am also not so sure about this show anymore.

  • Anonymous

    Love him or hate him, Astro is going to be a star.  Chris was nothing special tonight.  I get the feeling Philip was set up to fall.  LA doesn’t want a contemporary artist.  He wants R and B or rap.  He gets that with the 3 he put through.  Poo on you LA.  Philip is a nice kid.  Marcus didn’t blow me away either.  I hope the other categories are less predictable because this one is set up for Astro in the final.

  • Anonymous

    He was thinking, “I don’t want that kid around.”

  • shell29

    I’m sorry but I’m ready for Simon to pull a Cheryl Cole and ax Steve Jones mid-season.  Don’t even wait for the off-season to cut him loose.   I thought he’d be better during the live shows but it’s not working.

  • karenc

    Huh???  Weird song choice for the Brewer Boys

  • Valentin432

    Typical X factor, hidding poor talent behind dancers and lights.

  • Blower

    Bleh, Cougar (paula abdul) will save the cute acts (brewer boys)

  • shell29

    Agreed regarding Astro.  I don’t think he’ll win, but he doesn’t need to.

  • Fullmoon

    StereoHogz was very good. I can’t believe X factor manage to find more than 1 good looking R&B singers for this show.

  • http://twitter.com/thecinel Cindi

    The Brewer Boys sounded okay but that was a weird mashup. 

  • http://twitter.com/tierneysRus ETK

    I really hope the Brewer Boys advance. They’re good, current, adorable. SO much better than what’s out there right now.

  • VakAttack

    I believe Stereo Hogzz were doing “Otis” by Kanye and Jay Z, not “Try a Little Tenderness” by Otis Redding.  “Tenderness” is sampled heavily in that song, though.

  • sandrajane

    How is r&b or rap not contemporary?

  • sharilbus

    I have to agree with Tera2 I don’t see any of them worth $5 million.  Hope the rest of the night shows more than we have seen so far.

  • julesmn

    I hope to God that wasn’t Paula’s way of getting rid of the Brewer Boys by giving them a horrible arrangement.

  • Grammie Kari

    The one guy I found enjoyable, and LA Reid sends him home?  Obviously, they don’t care if they please older women, they are going after the younger audience.  So, I guess The X-Factor won’t care that I am switching over to DWTS.

    Phillip had a great voice and terrific looks & persona.  As I have said before, he would have been TOP 10 on Idol.  Here no one will even get to vote for him.  Such a bad song choice selected for Phillip.  Sorry. but Chris Rene should have been sent home.  Big mistake here.

  • Tera2

    Brewer boys were crap.  Stereohogz are pros next to them.  I like stereohogz lead singer’s voice.   They sounded good, but I’m gonna have to rewatch them cause I’m still fuming with boiling anger about Phillip Lomax elimination before people can vote.  Chris Rene was bad and he went through.  LA has screwed himself with me when it comes to the boys category.  How can you eliminate a voice like Phillip’s. His voice is strong and amaizing. My 2 favorite voices are Phillip Lomax and James Kenney and they are both gone. I’m not even big jazz fan. I’m more of pop/soul/hip-hop/latin-pop fan and I loved Phillip Lomax.

  • harvestmoon

    LOL at Simon calling Stereo Hogz a “band.”

  • Blower

    Hahah.. this is fun

  • Valentin432

    High school talent time with those last two acts. The sing off acts are much better.

  • Deeg

    INTENSITY is not a  RECORDING ACT. Its a fun glee wannabe for little kids- maybe like that kidsbopz crap….but why are t hey on this show…It says something about the weakness of groups that they had to manufacture half the category…..They should get rid of groups and  do a separate kids category…i see drew lost her last name already…only suspense may be on who simon eliminates 

  • http://twitter.com/thecinel Cindi

    This Glee-wanna-be group is bad. Maybe I’m PMSing or something because I don’t like anyone so far tonight.

  • anonymous6

    That group of 100 people won’t be a #1 selling album or a $5MM act… put them on Disney

    I agree Philip was sabotaged. But I mean its not like Chris was going home guys… that guy has more youtube views than all the other contestants combined probably. The public loves him because of day 1 and he’ll make it to lives because of that.

  • Trina

    Loved, loved StereoHogzz. And Marcus is amazing. Astro is such an obnoxious brat, but that kid is insanely talented. Hes gonna be a star. If the Chris Rene hype hasnt died down yet I predict it will soon.

  • sandrajane

    The blond girl in InTENsity cannot dance and has no rhythm.  And Red Jacket is like the star of the group.  She’s really good.

  • Deeg

    i vote for dexter

    or leroy

    can’t see josh or stacy leaving after all the pimping (even with stacy’s lies and her scientology background )

  • koshka

    I’m glad they don’t have a kids category. I hate seeing minors try and juggle fame, school work and a ‘normal’ life.

  • Valentin432

    I hope the girlband survives so they can be the first act votes off, they need to keep the uk tradition alive in the new version.

  • Anonymous

    Lakoda Rain needs to stop complaining all of the time. It seems like once again they aren’t singing the chorus, so they need to stop complaining.

  • Anonymous

    Bye Bye Brewer Boys…

  • shell29

    I don’t like this…

  • wolfsbane813

    they always manufacture a majority of the groups that make it to lives though. 3 of the 4 groups that made it to lives on the uk season were manufactured, and the only original went home that very first week lol

  • Blower

    Jeez, is the girlband act still relevant now?

  • Deeg

    LAKODA did better than expected…buh bye brewer boys (sabotage #2)

  • karenc

    I didn’t think they were that good

  • koshka

    Forget about the girl band, can we vote off the host?

  • anonymous6

    All those girls are hott as hell… send them through for that alone I guess

  • ituneit

    They are asking Paula to send someone home? Oh no here come the water works

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UITYTUSGL7IK7WLFFDXXRYP7GA Falfor

    These girls did much better than I expected. I enjoyed them.

  • karenc

    I don’t like Steve  Jones at all. Very stiff.

  • desiree_chick

    I must say, this show is giving me good laughs….and the song choices are bunk beyond belief.

  • harvestmoon

    His physical movements on the stage are so stiff, too. It’s like he’s trying really hard to remember where all his marks are.

    It’s amusing, though, how much taller he is than all the contestants, whereas Ryan is always so much shorter.

  • koshka

    Pop country Barbie dolls – but I kinda like them for some strange reason

  • Blower

    Bye bye brewer boys

  • Valentin432

    Yeah! Can’t wait to see Lakoda Rayne in the B2 next week. Good bye Brewer Boys obvious canon fodder.

  • Jewlmc

    Oh, Simon. Please stop with the ” I never thought I would complement Paula ” crap. You’ve been up her butt since last year.

  • Anonymous

    Does anyone but me have a problem with 3 blond/1 brunette white girls being misspelled Lakoda Rayne, singing Irish pop song to SW backdrop?

  • koshka

    No lol

  • Anonymous

    I’m enjoying the hell out of this show. Didn’t expect to.

  • tripp_ncwy

    The Brewer Boys & Phillip have tire tracks on their backs from the Xfactor bus.  Who’s next?

  • Anonymous

    Only the first group has any shot in the real market, unless the girls go the country pop route (and even then, I wouldn’t bet on it). 

    The kids that were all thrown together are alright, but in what world does anyone care about a 10 person group? Even with Glee, which is a TV show first and foremost, there’s still only a select few leads.  

  • karenc

    I think BRewer Boys would be much better as a band.

  • garlandk77

    There is a pattern here. The acts going home (Philip and Brewer Boys) were given songs outside of their normal style which they would never have chosen on their own.

  • Anonymous

    Nicole should be slapped for this mess.

  • Valentin432

    Here is the US Wagner.

  • http://twitter.com/zoeyag Zoey G.

    It’s called “Come On Eileen.

  • desiree_chick

    What song is Dexter singing? I’m confused.

  • VakAttack

    No.  Words.  For. Dexter.

  • shell29

    Indeed.

  • Fullmoon

    OMG! lol at Dexter. I love him!!!!

  • wolfsbane813

    i know!! they should have cut the group down to 5, maybe 6 at the most. the two lead boys and a mix of 3 or 4 others

    or split it into a 5 girl band and 5 boy band or something

  • Anonymous

    My first night of watching the show.  Not too impressed with all the razzle dazzle.  

    the talent has been okay, with some lows (Chris) and some highs.  Dexter would be a low for me.

  • Anonymous

    He’s singing a mashup of Womanizer and I Kissed A Girl.

  • karenc

    I thought Dexter was horrible

  • Blower

    LMAOOOOO… What the hell was that?

  • Anonymous

    And Wagner got way too far in the competition. Sigh.

  • VakAttack

    Nicole with the ringing endorsement of “I’m so proud of you, you remembered your lyrics!”

  • Anonymous

    For some people the music has been over powering, so that it hides their flaws, and for others it’s barely been audible.  

  • Anonymous

    I think he was wasted.LOL

  • Blower

    Hey. Lord Vagner is fabulous :D

  • julesmn

    Oh yeah.  The way this night is going, Dexter will be the first one put through.

  • desiree_chick

    I can just imagine James Kenney and Elaine Gibbs, watching Dexter, rolling their eyes so far up their socket, wondering how the hell were they NOT picked over that guy. Geezzz….

  • Ringo

    I’d go with either Drew Alaina or Drew Rynhart.

  • Anonymous

    LOLs at Dexter, she can’t get rid you Dexter right? I wanted more crazy dancing from him. 

  • harvestmoon

    Well, that figures. The Brewer Boys were the group I liked the most. And what a surprise, the two manufactured groups make it through.

    LOL at Steve cutting Paula off. Lord knows someone needs to.

  • julesmn

    Do we know that the judges will always pick the songs for the contestants?

  • Anonymous

    Exactly. The fact that their ages are all mixed also works against them. Groups are so short lived and usually only one (if that) can make a longer term career. Nicole is actually a prime example of that. 

  • Anonymous

    I’m really excited for Leroy Bell. 

  • Anonymous

    Yes they do.  The point of the show is that Simon wants to have a hand in everything.  The mentors (really Simon and the other producers) are in charge of the contestants styling (hair, makeup, costumes), choreography, and song choices and song arrangement.

  • http://twitter.com/LisaILJ Lisa LJ

    I will cut someone if Leroy gets cut

  • Valentin432

    Leroy seems like a sweet guy who cares about music, That means he’s not going to last long on this show.

  • VakAttack

    Mr. Bell is the first performer tonight who seems like an actual star.  As if he has the “X-Factor”, if you will.

  • anonymous6

    I love leroy! Dexter has to go home… the other >30s are at least real ya know

  • Trina

    Oh dayum Leroy. Swoon.

  • Blower

    Still amazes me this dude is 60 years old. The real ‘Benjamin button’ for sure.

  • julesmn

    Or it gives the judges the bus to throw the contestants under.  Thanks.

  • Anonymous

    They do, but sometimes on the UK one, the contestant will fight for a favorite song, but they definitely make it known on the montage.

  • shell29

    If Nicole cuts Leroy for the hot ass mess that was Dexter, I may hurt someone.

  • Anonymous

    Steve Jones needs to wake up.

  • VakAttack

    Remember when we all hated how much Idol focused on the judges?  Well, X-Factor is showing Idol how to REALLY do it.  Good lord, you’d think the judges are responsible for anything that happens on the stage.

  • julesmn

    Everyone have their hankies ready?

  • Tera2

    Phillip Lomax is trending on twitter. People are shocked Phillip was eliminated.  If I had a twitter account I would give LA Reid a piece of my mind.  I was excited about LA Reid and Nicole’s addition to the X-factor show and its both of them who eliminated my 2 favorite voices Phillip Lomax and James kenney.  So annoying.  I think part of it is doing what producers and Simon told them though. They obviously tried to get rid of guys who can get lots of votes before top 12 is opened to the public to vote. They might as well just make Dexter the winner of this competition since they arent serious.

  • Anonymous

    Leroy’s voice is just so smooth. So far, it’s the stand out vocal for me. 

  • koshka

    Ugh I hate constant criers. AI cured me
    Of any sympathy.

  • sandrajane

    Simon is wrong.  Stacey is not a church singer.  He needs to google her old girl group.  And even if she was, so what?  It doesn’t mean all they should sing is gospel music.  Look at Whitney Houston.

    Still can’t stand her.

  • karenc

    Leroy was good but I thought he’d be better.  I think Stacy was ok too, but the song seemed a bit out of her range in parts.

  • http://twitter.com/bbmetsfan andy

    LMAO at the host just telling everyone to shut their faces.

  • Fullmoon

    Leroy baby I want more. *sigh*

  • garlandk77

    Steve Jones is really struggling. Looks very uncomfortable, deer in the headlights.

  • Dakota01

    I agree 100 percent.  It’s so much more than just having a good voice.  The voice is only part of the package. Not everyone with a good voice is a star.

  • Anonymous

    Can Jim C. come host the show. Steve Jones really sucks.

  • julesmn

    If it’s never going to go on opposite AI, can we get Ryan?

    On second thought, if you meant Jim from MTV then I totally agree.

  • Anonymous

    Best suggestion of the night! I love him.

  • anonymous6

    Uhh if Dexter doesn’t get home, I quit.

    Wow Josh is GOOD!!!!

  • Anonymous

    He must be confusing her with Elaine. Stacey is definitely a pop singer, there is no “church” in her voice. She has only sang pop songs in this competition.

  • Anonymous

    this last guy, don’t know his name, is hands down the best here tonight. wow.  my luck he’ll head home

  • Valentin432

    That was a very good AI performance, minimum production, just the voice center stage.

  • shell29

    Loved Josh!  Dexter better be gone, but after that I’m afraid for Leroy.

  • Tera2

    They can cut all the over 30’s right now.  I dont care. Leroy is cute but that was boring.  Josh has a big voice but style isnt for radio. I’ve read that Stacie Frances has had many chances in showbiz like on broadway, been in a girl group and even Tom cruise helped her with some show.  She’s full of it crying like she has not had chances in showbiz. Her life cant be destitute either cause she’s married to a doctor from what I read. She should be a back-up singer.

  • Anonymous

    Josh was wonderful. He and Leroy are obvious choice imo.

  • Anonymous

    Josh was great. Dexter must go!

  • Inconnu

    nvm

  • justshootme

    I don’t get Josh. At all.

  • julesmn

    You’re not alone.  I don’t get him either.  But i think he’s going forward over Leroy.

  • Fullmoon

    Josh was great but still won’t win.

  • Inconnu

    I love Josh.

  • Anonymous

    OMG she really got rid of Dexter, lols.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bootylicious2012 Michael James Cox

    REALLY YA’LL!!!!!!!! THERE IS SOME GREAT TALENT HERE 2NITE…. PEOPLE WOULD LOVE TO GO SEE THEM IN CONCERT…. I WOULD…. DON’T HATE…. KIDS SHOULD GET A CHANCE LIKE ADULTS DO…. IT’S BETTER FOR THEM THEN TURNING TO DRUGS…. IT’S THERE FIRST NITE LIVE, SO GIVE THEM A CHANCE…. GOD HATES UGLY…. GOD BLESS YOU ALL….

  • anonymous6

    Man this feels rushed as hell!!!! Yeeeeesh 

  • Valentin432

    They actually decided to eliminate the joke contestant early, good decision.

  • Anonymous

    We are all confused Dexter.  I’m shocked that they dropped the joke contestant.  But thankfully they did.

  • Anonymous

    The problem with this show is that it is entirely too predictable; at least with the public voting there is some dramatic tension.  

  • Kirsten

    So, the person with the stupidest song choice gets booted each round? I’m sure there are two girls in the back going “Crap! Crap! Crap! Chance to make a song my own, my a$$!”

    Meanwhile, let’s replace Steve with a hat rack and a computerized voice.

    Smooth transitions, there Steve.

  • ituneit

    Oddly enough I agree with all the judges tonight. I agree with who they have sent home. I didn’t expect to but I find the over 30s have given the best quality performances tonight. The men sucked (under 30s) except for Astro. The groups were a snooze but the over 30s showed their experience.

  • Anonymous

    Josh was great. Steve Jones is so confused.

  • Anonymous

    Yep I wan jambajim to host! He actually has a personality.

  • http://twitter.com/hokiefam claudia powell

    Josh’s voice is one of my all time favorites.  Love Leroy.  But none as good as previous

  • http://www.facebook.com/bootylicious2012 Michael James Cox

    STACY FRANCIS IS AN AMAZING SINGER…. REMINDS ME OF DIANA ROSS AND GLADY’S KNIGHT…. ALL OF THEM PUT 2GETHER…. DON’T HATE CUZ SHE’S A DIVA….. SHE HAS TRUE TALENT JUST LIKE WHEN YA’LL DOWN FANTASIA…. EVERYBODY MAKES MISTAKES AND NOBODY’S PERFECT…. STACY FRANCIS U R AN ANGEL AND HAVE AN AMAZING VOICE…. GREAT JOB, STACY FRANCIS…. GOD BLESS YOU…. U ONLY HAVE 2 TALK 2 GOD, NO ONE ELSE…. HATERZ ARE ONLY MAKING U FAMOUS…. GOD HATES UGLY…. LORD, PLEASE HELP ALL THESE PEOPLE WITH HATE IN THIS WORLD…. GO STACY FRANCIS!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1468223561 Jim Benson

    Wow.  Josh.

  • ituneit

    They are doing what I thought saving the best for last. Boys sucked, groups were better, over 30s even better. I’ll bet they’ll be a couple of really good girl performances.

  • justshootme

    I thought I was the only one! And I’m glad Leroy stayed. I’m glad Dexter left cuz I think he’s not all right, but I still liked him better than Josh, lol.

  • anonymous6

    Haven’t seen the other girls yet, but Simone is definitely going home…

  • Blower

    Ugghhhh.. I can’t stand Simone

  • shell29

    LOL!

  • Anonymous

    Simon better get rid of Simone and Tiah, that is all.

  • Anonymous

    I’m glad Leroy made it through.  I wish he had been “discovered” years ago.

  • Anonymous

    So, Simone is another contestant who is a better recording artist or performance artist than singer.

    I wonder if Simone can see that bus.

  • anonymous6

    DAAAAAAAAAAAAAMN LA REID HAHAHAHAHA

  • julesmn

    He won’t get rid of Tiah.  He’d have to admit he was wrong putting her through before.

  • Blower

    He better get rid Steve Jones first.

  • http://twitter.com/thecinel Cindi

    They should have been there instead of Dexter and Stacy Francis. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FN6HBKLMSYWL2TZFFDISUFNKZ4 Tony

    Wow, Simone was awful. And this show is now awkward.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1468223561 Jim Benson

    Blech!  Simone.

  • Anonymous

    Trying to read your way to the end of the thread is tricky, ain’t it?   This is confusing, but then, so was logging in.

  • Anonymous

    Totally agree with Reid about Simone. She just wasn’t good.

  • julesmn

    Have you enabled real time updates?  That helped me.  It’s a link at the bottom.

  • sandrajane

    OMG LA was harsh!  But he was speaking the truth.  Simone is terrible.  Girl, you are no Beyonce.  Hell, she is no Ciara. 

  • koshka

    No, I’m sure she doesnt

  • http://twitter.com/hokiefam claudia powell

    Well…. I am very entertained, but not for the right reasons.  OMG. Drama, and not from the contestants.

  • http://twitter.com/thecinel Cindi

    I thought she said she was a single mother. Still wish she’d go home. Have to disagree about cutting all the over 30s. Leroy and Josh are very good.

  • Fullmoon

    Wow, that was harsh on Simone. She has pop star potential I just think the song was all wrong.

  • Anonymous

    I have done that and hit the new comments thingy so I have an interesting mixture of new and old.  And it wouldn’t take my old name when logging in, then wouldn’t take the new one.  Funky stuff.  :)

  • http://twitter.com/hokiefam claudia powell

    Over 30’s are really good, but I don’t think Nicole did a good job with them.  The groups pleasantly surprised me.  I like several groups and Josh/leroy

  • Jewlmc

    Mj, I doubt Simone is truly Simon’s type.. ;)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1468223561 Jim Benson

    I am really going to like LA on this show…tell it like it is Mister.

  • Anonymous

    Doubt it.

  • Anonymous

    I thought LA was kidding!  Who insults someone like that???  That is awful.

  • http://twitter.com/thecinel Cindi

    For some reason Simon is fascinated with Tiah. Can’t figure out why.

  • Blower

    We lost Jazzlyn and Caitlin for these craps :(

  • Anonymous

    “She’s a TERRIBLE live singer. Terrible. But I’m sure Simon is looking at
    the potential to package her into a pop tart. Also, I think Simon wants
    to f*ck her. So that helps.”

    Oh Jesus Christ mj, thanks for the laugh! LOL. It’s funny because you’re also most likely right.

    Simone’s song was done by Cher Lloyd, I believe. I love Cher Lloyd (I always have to put her last name because I don’t really want people thinking I love Cher, Chaz’s mom).

    And who would’ve thought Nicole has probably the best group? Simon probably has the next best. LA’s is good, a bit of a diversion from the other contestants. Paula’s screwed!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1468223561 Jim Benson

    ITs pretty obvious that Simon will pick one of the pre-tweens and Simone will go…

  • anonymous6

    That was a pretty good mashup of those songs… except Drew sang Baby SO well in auditions, why would you choose that for someone else?

  • Anonymous

    Why would he give this child a song with borderline inappropriate lyrics.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kat-Myers/100001011861766 Kat Myers

    LA Reid and Simon – WOW.  If the hate is scripted, they sure are giving an awesome performance.

  • Anonymous

    Little Miss Sunshine bugs my bones.

  • Fullmoon

    Simone is definitely Simon’s type. I think she reminds him of his first girlfriend.

  • Tera2

    Simone Battle brought it like a pop star should. She’s one of my favorites along with Phillip Lomax, Intensity and Stereohogz.  (I like Melanee and Drew too) The girl even rapped.  And she sang well even though its hard to perform and dance and sing at the same time.  Rihanna is the number one pop star globaly and her song is number one every where too.  And she sings better than her. LA Reid was trying to sabotage her just like Simon did to him with Phillip.  I really hate how this show is about judges trying to win instead of the focus being on contestants who have star quality making it.  Simon only cares about his ego and winning at all cost so he can boast.  This is the same guy who cut Melanie before they told him he was wrong.

  • Anonymous

    With Simone Battle, she would fit right in with some of the pop stars out there right now if her material was good. It’s unfortunate she didn’t focus a little more on her vocals or a ad a song that showcased them more though.

  • Anonymous

    I like rachel.

  • anonymous6

    Drew is incredible. Winner material right here

  • Blower

    My God.. I got goosebumps, GO DREW

  • http://twitter.com/CubraLibra Kristina Ann

    Drew is amazing

  • Anonymous

    Drew is amazing. :-)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1468223561 Jim Benson

    Wow Drew….awesome

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=600615533 Patch Guiam Buenaventura

    SIMON’S SONG CHOICE FOR SIMONE IS ACTUALLY ONE OF CHER LLOYD’S BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCES IN THE UK VERSION.

  • Fullmoon

    Let’s not forget that Beatles song Simone sang last week so it’s not like she can’t sing. A little less for her at this stage of the competition . I also agree Simon wants to bang her.

  • Valentin432

    Lol, the best performances are the idol types with stripped down arrangements and nothing else going on.

  • Anonymous

    Hey, that’s what I said! :P

    And yeah, I’m gonna assume Cher’s was better.

  • VakAttack

    WHY ARE THEY COMPLIMENTING THE JUDGES?!?!?!  COMPLIMENT THE PERFORMERS!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jeremy-Brick/662233023 Jeremy Brick

    Drew is incredible. That’s all. If Simon doesn’t put her through I’m done watching.

  • BAPC

    Drew blew everyone else away. No contest. 

  • julesmn

    I agree.  I think it should be Rachel, Drew and the girl Simon saved (can’t remember her name now).  But he’s going to put Tiah through, so one of them isn’t going through and I’m afraid who that is.

  • shell29

    I guess I’m not as enamoured with Drew as everyone else seems to be.  She’s good, but I don’t think she’s all that.

  • Anonymous

    Definitely Simon has a thing for Simone. She’s like the dark Britney, good to look at, but not a good vocalist.  But she did sound pretty decent last week. Let’s see if Simon lets her through. She reminds me of one of his exes- Sinitta, who he’s still very close to.  I am enjoying the show tonight. I love singing competitions and all the drama that goes with them.

  • Anonymous

    Drew has a nice tone, but I’m not going to be impressed if all she does is slow down uptempo and dance songs.  

  • duchess

    “For some reason Simon is fascinated with Tiah. Can’t figure out why.”

    Same reason as MJ said about Simon wanting Simone.

  • http://twitter.com/thecinel Cindi

    She basically sings the same thing everytime. She slows a fast song waaayyyyy down. I think she’s a good singer but that is getting boring.

  • anonymous6

    She looks like a prettier version of that Mischa chick in the UK version

  • Anonymous

    The tracks are way too loud.

  • http://twitter.com/thecinel Cindi

    Haha…I just said the same thing.

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

    So Simon takes one of Rebecca Ferguson’s best perfomances and Cher LLoyds best performances.  He used to this all the time on the UK X-Factor, taking popular Idol performances for his acts…not surprising he hasn’t changed

  • Deeg

    Simone Battle easily the worst performance of the night.  If Simon keeps her, something is definitely wrong.  You’re right MJ – he wants to package her like Britney…and even though Britney never sings live , Ive got to think that at some point she carried a tune.  Simone is awful – she already forgot her lyrics once…and this was just totally off key and off-putting..>She’s cocky but has nothing to back it up.  As for Rachel Crow, I agree – maybe she’s more of a TV star…maybe she can play the smart kid on Glee who is i high school despite being only 13.  I see her in a new version of ANNIE or SHIRLEY TEMPLE>  SHe definitely has star quality and the X Factor..but its based more on personality than singing ability….You know Drew and Melanie are going through (Eventhough Melanie hasn’t performed – outside of StacyF, she’s the only female diva voice left)….so wonder about Simone and either Tiah/Rachel are out.

  • Anonymous

    tia should not be working in a deli!!!

  • Tera2

    The judges are going by polls and people’s reaction to Drew singing at the juges’s house obviously with all the over praising.  She wasnt too good today.  She sang like a young girl who needs improvement.  And it seems she can only “talk-sing” style. I like her judges house singing and was hoping for same today.  Her first audition with Justin Beiber was mediocre to me, but I hoped for better today.  She was average.  If she wins i dont think they can make a star out of her who can sell, I’m sorry.  Its gonna be another over hype folksy type like Crystal Bowersox that will be a disappointment.  And we talking about 5 million dollars here.  Who is worth that in this show.  I don’t think she does either.

  • shell29

    Tiah got the flames of pimpage.

  • Kirsten

    Tiah has nuts? Interesting.

    I hate this meme that Simon has going on that all women are jealous cats (pointing out that she was off key in her audition! The nerve! How is that relevant?) and he is the savior of beautiful young women everywhere

  • Anonymous

    Tiah, that is exactly what I like in my X Factor performances. I especially love the dancers in red bags. Nice and bizarre. Too bad you cannot sing.

  • Valentin432

    I Have Nothing? This is ending in true idol fashion.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kat-Myers/100001011861766 Kat Myers

    Tiah and Rachel should go but I seriously doubt Tiah will go.  After Simon`s speech no way will he lose her.  Shame.  She isn`t all that and her teeth are really distracting.

  • http://twitter.com/thecinel Cindi

    Simon can be so ignorant. They aren’t being catty. Tiah really isn’t very good. 

  • Anonymous

    I kinda hope she does so she can become a meme for me. I’m trying to think of the most unfitting ballad she could make. DJ Got Us Falling In Love? On The Floor?

    Mostly I want her to be good, though. She made me like a performance from a song by Justin Bieber, she deserves two X-Factor wins on that alone.

  • julesmn

    I can’t believe I’m saying this, but Melanie. . . stop screeching. 

  • Anonymous

    I wish we could keep 4 girls here and get rid of Stacie instead. 

  • Anonymous

    she’s singing 1 of my favorite whitney songs. you are nailing this melanie!!!!!!!

  • shell29

    Love Melanie, hate the song choice.  It’s so predictable. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1468223561 Jim Benson

    Just love Melanie.  It was a predictable song choice but what woulsd you expect from Simon.

  • Anonymous

    The song was extremely predictable and I kind of wish big older ballads like that would be retired from all the singing shows. She sounded great singing it, but something more contemporary would have been nice.

  • Tera2

    Surprisingly Tiah Tolivah actually did very well.  She showed she has potential in the pop/R&B/Hip-hop world.  Melanie has a great voice and sang great.  She sounds like Beyonce, but she doesnt have the star power of Beyonce.  You need more than a voice to be a star.  This show and idol need to try harder to find real stars or this music talent shows will keep losing credibility if most cant sell. Melanie and Drew will probably be there at the end but they are not stars. I have a feeling this is gonna turn out like idol where people are all excited over those 2 and then they cant be big stars who can sell. They are not worth 5million either. Not everyone can be stars let alone superstars. Good luck next season finding global stars after all this eliminations and wrong choices.

  • http://twitter.com/thecinel Cindi

    You know he’s going to keep Tiah which means either Drew or Rachel is going home. I think it’ll probably be Simone and Rachel going home.

  • sandrajane

    I was feeling the songs choices up until Melanie.  Too predictable.  She is a really good singer (and gorgeous), but they got to her her sing more current songs.  Or stay away from Whitney.

     

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1468223561 Jim Benson

    whatever…

  • BAPC

    Melanie is a great singer but such a generic dreamgirls belter. And I don’t think she can stand up next to singers like Beyonce.

    YAY DREW!!!! SO happy for her!

  • anonymous6

    Good choices Simon! No ego there see

  • anonymous6

    Wait can Simone do that?!?!?!

    Pretty smart I guess

  • Anonymous

    Finally Simon did good. Yay!! Love those 3 girls!!!

  • BAPC

    simone LOL smart girl. I kind of love her for that. 

  • shell29

    Color me shocked (and pleasantly surprised).  I didn’t think he’d cut both of his pets.  Kudos Simon, you made the right call.

  • Anonymous

    Beyonce isn’t that great.  With the right song Melanie could be a popstar, but it’s a sure bet that Simon will give her outdated songs that don’t show off her range.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jeremy-Brick/662233023 Jeremy Brick

    Wow. You know what? This is actually a great group of 12 overall. Top two are Drew and Melanie. Melanie may be a generic diva belter, but we haven’t seen a good one of those on idol since syesha, so I’m excited.

  • http://twitter.com/hokiefam claudia powell

    Melanie is like Pia to me.  Great, but vanilla.  Lovable.  But there are too many unique voices in this compeition I think.  I really like the different groups.  I like someone in each!

  • shell29

    Me too.

  • Blower

    Rachel should have gone.

  • Anonymous

    Good choices. Not the most exciting performers but certainly the best vocalist.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kat-Myers/100001011861766 Kat Myers

    Well I was wrong thankfully :)

  • Anonymous

    Wow, we’ve got a really good group of 12. They eliminated the right people tonight (Although I did like Phillip Lomax).

  • Anonymous

    I like Simone more after that. Having a backup plan ready to advertise on a platform like that is just smart. 

  • BAPC

    Beyonce can dance and sing uptempo songs. I don’t see Melanie ever pulling off a single ladies type music video phenomenon. And Beyonce is beautiful. that helps. a lot. 

  • http://twitter.com/karenc3 karenc3

    I’m so glad Melanie went through, I think she has the best voice.

  • Anonymous

    I’m shocked that we don’t have any joke contestants.  I wonder how did Simon realize that that wouldn’t go over well in the US, like it does in the UK.  If the ratings had been where he wants them to be, I doubt that we would have this top 12, or that he would have showcased the AI like singers in a good light.

  • ituneit

    Can’t believe I agreed with the judges picks. Unbelievable. Glad Simon got rid of Simone and Tiah. Melanie reminds me of JLo if JLo could sing. Drew was fantastic. That guy Josh is really, really good. Chris Renee needs to go.

  • Anonymous

    Agreed. Melanie should have been given a much more contemporary song. I liked “Listen” but it’s not modern sounding. She could get stuck doing crappy diva songs and she’ll be out early.

  • http://twitter.com/karenc3 karenc3

    I’m glad Melanie went through, I think she has the best voice.

    BTW, I’m karenc,   for some reason I can’t log into that ID now.

  • Anonymous

    What did she do?

  • Reflections On Life

    west coaster, haven’t watched tonights show yet, but judging from the results, tonite’s show was just a waste of time. they could have just not selected those 5 and started with next week’s show and the top 12, since those 5 were the 5 who didn’t really belong with the rest anyways. i’m sure some like lomax and the brewers, but clearly they didnt have the momentum that their peers did, and the other 3 were just out of their league.

  • http://twitter.com/bbmetsfan andy

    Drew could be huge, huge star.

  • jpfan

    Simon actually made me nervous at the end leaving Melanie for last.
    That bastard is still good at manipulating the audience!

    I can’t believe they didn’t put Dexter through. Boo.
    My favs: Leroy, Josh, Drew, Melanie and some of the groups are fun.

  • BAPC

    She really could. Her performances give me chills every single time. That never happens. 

  • Anonymous

    yep, that is my list too

  • shell29

    She pimped her music video that she is supposedly releasing tonight.

  • Anonymous

    Are you talking about Teri Seymour? Doubt she’s Simon’s first girlfriend

  • alonzo7

    I will be using the DVR from now on-the host is atrocious and the comments from Simon and LA to each other were just rude-with no regard to the poor contestants up there.  Poor Paula and Nicole were at a loss for words with the Tiah performance-wrong for Simon to call them catty-he’s totally obnoxious with no sense of control.
    Glad Simon cut his 2 pets-the audience would have revolted if he didn’t send Melanie through-PLEASE no more Whitney Houston songs!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/hokiefam claudia powell

    What happens next week?  Sorry, but I just really tuned in tonight.  And I loved it.  So diverse.  Hope they keep the groups and 1 goes home in each??? Or do they combine for voting.

  • desiree_chick

    A must read: http://www.hollywoodoutbreak.com/2011/10/25/the-x-factors-nicole-scherzinger-erring-on-the-side-of-sympathy/

    But Dexter’s gone now, so some sort of sanity has been brought back to the fold…..

  • koshka

    I’d love to know too

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jeremy-Brick/662233023 Jeremy Brick

    I thought Nicole chose a good song for Leroy. It showed he could take on a contemporary song.

  • Valentin432

    Next week’s B2: Lakoda Rayne and Stacey

    The winner: the Michelle Trachtenberg clone.

  • shell29

    She redeemed herself somewhat, but I’m still mad about James and Elaine. 

  • Inconnu

    Haven’t watched all the show but I’m surprised that Simon put 2 young ones and Melanie. Surprised also that Dexter didn’t go through. They chose talent over drama. That might up the ratings. Smart move.

  • Anonymous

    they saved the best for last tonight with Melanie . so happy she went though.

  • Deeg

    I wonder if in future weeks, we’re going to get any tough judging.  The mentor will never harshly judge their own category. Simon really has no credibility when he doesnt call Simone Battle’s poor performance out.  He would never have tolerated that on IDOL.  The show was pretty predictable even before the performances.  I hope it gets better next week. I guess Melanie Amaro and Drew have to be early favorites…Josh maybe too.  Stereo Hoggz is only group with a legit chance.

  • anonymous6

    I’m pretty sure live shows are just voted on by the public and whoever goes home, goes home (even if its a group next week and a group the next week) I doubt it’d be too blatant like that, but that’s how the UK version is doing it right now anyway… Anyone can go home any week

  • Anonymous

    I’m backing up a bit here but did anyone else catch Nicole’s comment to Josh about his throwing away everything they had worked on and just singing it his way (or along those lines?)  I say, GO JOSH!!  Don’t listen to Nicole.  :)  Top in each category for me……….Astro, Josh, Dakota Lane and Drew. 

  • Masaliza Maskan

    My current favourites are complete opposite polar the old dude who sounds and look beautiful Leroy and a young girl who sings with such maturity Drew.

  • Duke

    “Also, I think Simon wants to f*ck her.”

    CORRECT. hahhahahaha

  • flyaway

    Actually agree with choices!  Not at all interested in groups so that didn’t really matter. Liked Phillip but he would have been competing against LeRoy and Josh so don’t think he would have lasted long.

    The only truly bad singer left is Stacy.  Think Simon has the edge over L.A. as the girls will appeal to different types of voters and L.A.’s boys have to share the rap/hip hop fans.

  • Buffynut

    Except for the groups, IMO, if they hadn’t put through Dexter, Simone, and Tiah in the first place… this is the exact top 12 we’d have! Tonight seems like a wasted night!

  • annie12120

    Can we buy what we liked from iTunes tonight?

  • Anonymous

    my faves: drew leroy intensity and chris

  • Anonymous

    But, the judges/mentors have a say.  They get to decide between the bottom two.  I think there have been cases in the past on the UK version where it may not have been the actual bottom two vote getters.  There can be a deadlock between the judges, and in that case the decision reverts back to the viewers votes.

  • Anonymous

    Yep.  I strongly believe that Simon’s little speech about what America wants, was a reference to Fox talking to some focus groups.  Simon never would have missed a chance to put Tiah or Simone through.  The choices tonight, even with some of the performances, was all about appealing to those who like American Idol.

  • Jen V

    Not Terri. I believe Fullmoon is referring to Sinitta.

  • Anonymous

    Wish I liked Drew as much as some of you. Feel like I’m missing something…just not digging her.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HDFBWEFJRU3YZDSYNGBBFY3JSQ Adolf Hipster

    ugh. Rachel and Melanie are the same type of contestant, Simon should have eliminated Melanie and put Tiah/Simone through. 

    Drew, Rachel and Tia/Simone would have made for a much more interesting group. 

    I really loved Drew and Astro. They should be in the finale.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NRHIS6G5OD3BBV2FWAMDO4TI5Y stan l

    duh, are you watching the same show? clean your ears, nicole did not say that.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Li-Wright/100001622678180 Li Wright

    The one thing that XF has over AI is the inclusion of Blacks and minorities.  I always wondered why a R&B singer couldn’t make it to the top 10 of AI (these past few seasons).  However, give AI for producing “stars”.
    I still don’t like the recorded tracks….I prefer a live band.  But this is what the Kids pay to see — recorded music.

  • Anonymous

    Astro was fantastic; only artist I had no criticism of.

  • bluejeans

    Is it wrong that I think that two of the youngest contestants Drew and Astro are the most talented of the bunch? Only those two have the star quality, imo. I loved Astro’s performance. Probably fav of the night.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t get why Chris Rene is a fan and judge fave. He has a really weak voice and he’s not unique at all

  • kansasfemale

    Drew soooooooooooooo has a recording contract at the end of this…no matter where she falls in the lineup.  Therefore, I am pulling for Josh.  He and his daughter could use the money, this may be his last chance….and there is just something about him.  His voice is one I could listen to for a long long time.

  • BAPC

    They’re my top 2 as well. Astro can really flow and he took over that stage. He’s something different. My second fav performance behind Drew’s. 

  • Tera2

    I agree elliegirl.  Fox is trying to cater to idol fans after seeing the ratings and some complains.  But we know idol fans are the ones who made Lee and Crystal Bowersox winners who flopped hard and got dropped.  And the typical idol fans likes crystal and Lee’s vibe.  I’m an idol fan from the start, but this show could have set itself apart especially and find someone who can be a force in music globally and on the charts since its a 5million contract.   Its not gonna happen this season.  I dont think Melanie or 14yr old Drew can do that in the style that fits them I dont dislike them but I don’t really see stars in them.  Its not just idol fans or X-factor you rely on to sell.  You must sell to the public who didn’t know of the show too to do well.  This is gonna be another entertainment where winners under performed.  InTEnsity and Sterehoggz are even looking more like stars out of those remaining.

  • Anonymous

    I so agree.

  • Jae

    I really enjoyed the show tonight.  Thet 2.5 hours actually flew by.  I think the judges are really going to be bickering this season. And Simon looked truly nervous when the girls were up. Its really funny to see how   he has to defend crap he would have torn apart under other circumstances because HE made the calls.  LOL!

    I think the top 12 is right on accept for the mega kid group getting in over the Brewer Boys.  

  • Anonymous

    You know – I think that’s what they would love to happen.  Youngest vs. Oldest.  Drew vs. Leroy. It’s perfect – what a marketing ploy ;)  Funny thing is, they may be the two most talented of the bunch. 

    However…I can see Drew’s schtick get a little old. She’s essentially giving the same vocal performance every time.  She’ll need to do something different to win. Let me see.  She’s SuperChristian and won’t do damage to the X Factor brand like the Country Teens – check. She’s America’s Sweetheart like Kelly Clarkson – check. She could easily do country if they needed her to, she’s got that catch in her voice like Carrie – check. She’s very pretty, but not in a way that makes other girls hate her like Jordin Sparks – check. 

    Oh my god.  Are we sure that Simon hasn’t genetically engineered Drew?! 

  • Jae

    Philip would have done much better on AI. He isn’t current enough. 

  • Jae

    R&B/Hip Hop IS contemporary.  Philip is way old school.

  • Tera2

    Yep.  I strongly believe that Simon’s little speech about what America wants, was a reference to Fox talking to some focus groups.  Simon never would have missed a chance to put Tiah or Simone through.  The choices tonight, even with some of the performances, was all about appealing to those who like American Idol.

    I agree elliegirl.  Fox is trying to cater to idol fans after seeing the ratings and some complains.  But we know idol fans are the ones who made Lee and Crystal Bowersox winners who flopped hard and got dropped.  And the typical idol fans likes crystal and Lee’s vibe.  I’m an idol fan from the start, but this show could have set itself apart especially and find someone who can be a force in music globally, and on the charts since its a 5million contract.   Its not gonna happen this season.  I dont think Melanie or 14yr old Drew can do that in the style that fits them. I don’t dislike them but I don’t really see stars in them.  Its not just idol fans or X-factor fans you rely on to sell.  You must sell to the public who didn’t know of the show too to do well.  This is gonna be another only for entertainment where winners under performed.  InTEnsity and Sterehoggz are even looking more like stars out of those remaining.

  • desiree_chick

    LOL, the Michelle Trachtenberg clone!!!!!!?????
    BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!
    Thanks for the good laugh! :)

  • Anonymous

    oh my god, drew is the lost daughter of Brooke White. Thank god she’s been given better songs to sing on the show. #S2brookewhite

  • http://twitter.com/thecinel Cindi

    Yes she did.

  • georgiarealist

    Poor Philip Lomax. That was a terrible song choice for him, and it sure looked like LA Reid wasn’t even pretending to pay attention. Seems like he was only put through to this round so LA would have an easy elimination choice. I like his voice, but I’m not sure what his market would be. The incredibly annoying Astrobrat seems to be good at whatever it is he does, and his personality probably fits the genre. Chris Rene was awful, and Marcus is very good.

    As to the groups, why bother? I guess they could be worse, but I don’t have any interest in any of them.

    I love Leroy & Josh. Hope Stacy goes next. I didn’t think the judges would cut her after all the buildup, but maybe the voting public will. She’s nothing special, unless there’s a category for crying.

    I’m impressed that Simon actually cut both Simone & Tiah. They both richly deserved it. Melanie may be a bit old-fashioned, but she sure can sing, and Drew is indeed special. Rachel can go any time now. She’s nowhere near as cute as she thinks she is.
     

  • Anonymous

    Weren’t Jacob, Stefano, and Pia all R&b?

  • Anonymous

    My thoughts:
    Astro- i really enjoyed him..and from what i read on here, he’s gaining fans…i just wish people would see that when he actually talks and interacts with the judges and others, that he’s really humble and mature….being confident/slightly arrogant and sure of yourself is part of being a rapper..you’re not going to find a rapper that has a subdued personality

    Chris Rene- he might be a favorite right now, but if he doesn’t concentrate on his vocals, he’s not goin to go far…he needs to sing bruno mars/ jason mraz type songs

    Phillip lomax-i knew he was going home even b4 the show came on tonight…the song choice just verified it for me

    Marcus Canty- I didnt kno the song he sang..but out of the 2 actual singers in the boys category, he has the best voice…

    Stereo Hoggz- The lead singer Trace has a great voice…maybe even better than Marcus…hands down the best group

    Brewer boys- ehhh…never really got them anyway

    Intensity-They’re good i guess…dont really care

    Lakota Rayne- *same thoughts as intensity*

    Dexter-Not quite the trainwreck i was expecting…still not good tho

    Laroy Bell- Really good performace…i dont get why he never had a career b4

    Stacey- it was good…not over the top like she always does…didnt like the song tho

    Josh- Great voice, loved the simple perfromace

    Simone- i think she would be a good Brittany Spears type artist…OK vocals but great at performing…but she wasnt good tonight

    Rachel crow- It was good…not really one of my favorite contestants tho

    Drew- great performance..i really liked it, but somebody on here said something that I think is tru…is she only good at slowing down uptempo/fast songs?? that might can get old in the future

    Tiah-I was rooting for her..but i didnt like the song or performace

    Melanie-Amazing voice…looked amazing…i just wished she sang something more current that can still show off her vocals…like california king bed or love on top by beyonce…and Simon is still with the manipulation by announcing her last to go through

    I also agree that the 5 the went home tonight were the contestants that probably shouldnt have been there to begin with

  • Anonymous

    good picks from the judges except that i would have put the Brewer boys over inTENsity — the Glee thing is what made them go through but i’m not fond of large group -it lacks personality imo.
    My preferred are the rapper kid (i wans’t expected to like him that much tonight but oh boy he’s in to succeed in the music biz); Josh (please give him a makeover asap – he looks almost homeless to me.. sigh); Leroy; Stereo hogz; Drew and Melanie.
    Hate the song for Melanie – i felt she didn’t like it either but she sang well. simon give her some contemporary R&B, this is where she shines.
    I like Drew but I fear a bit she’s a one pony trick and will reveal a lack of depthness over time.
    I liked Tiah attitude when she got eliminated. Go girl!
    Simon was so toasted with Tiah and Simone; as a big fan of Jazzlyn, I was devilishy happy :)
     
     

  • shell29

    Jacob’s more gospel.  I don’t see Pia as R&B at all.  Stefano?  He could be R&Bish pop.

  • http://www.randrambles.com Rand

    I love Steve Jones!

  • http://www.randrambles.com Rand

    Hahaha!

  • Anonymous

    Watching on the West Coast, I’m impressed with how well Paula’s groups did.  I did think she might shine, since she has been a singer/dancer and done a lot of choreography.  That gives her the knowledge to really help the groups stand out in terms of live performance.

    I also liked that she didn’t put a lot of distractions on the stage.  That’s the biggest thing that bugs me about X-Factor.

  • sue

    Ok as much as I wanted Tiah and Simone to go, I think they were both really classy tonight after being eliminated. Tiah wasn’t too bad, she does have potential. LOL at Simone pimping her video. 

    Overall pretty good show, some of the back tracks need to be dialed down a little so I can actually hear the contestants voices. 
    I was most impressed with Drew, Melanie, Astro, Josh, Leroy and the Stereo Hogzz. I think a youngin can win this thing and have some success. 

    Please get rid of that host Simon, ASAP, he sucks! Maybe he was nervous? lols

  • sue

    Because he has a gazillion views on youtube. He is way to popular to get rid of so soon. I don’t think he is all that either. 

  • sue

    LOL, MJ is hilarious. I was thinking that exact thought when Simon was staring at Simone at the judges houses. :) 

  • sue

    I know, she put Dexter in over James and Elaine and even Christa. At least give me one more week of crazy Dexter, dang it! lutz, Where is Louie when you need him, oh, over the pond. I wouldn’t mind if Stacy had gone home. :) 

  • hayes

    I’d also eliminate Steve. Dude is struggling yo!

    And all this fake hate between the judges will get old quick. That’s the part that bugged me the most tonight. And that includes Dexter Haygood and Steve Jones.

  • RemusL

    Melanie can sing circles around Beyonce. You’re right though that Beyonce’s main attraction is her sex appeal and that she has dance skills.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jeremy-Brick/662233023 Jeremy Brick

    Woah woah woah, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Melanie is incredible, but there is no one out there right now that can sing like Beyonce. She is untouchable. Melanie doesn’t have anywhere near the nuance and control Beyonce has. Having said that, Beyonce is 10 years older, and maybe in 10 years Melanie will grow to be as good vocally.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, too funny.
    So, the performers totally don’t have any say about anything ?
    That is good and bad too, because the judges can and did throw people under the bus.

    I thought LA Reid comments about Simone was bad, and then he said he loved her just not Simon’s choice ? I’m confused, and I don’t even like her.

    Totally can not stand Stacy Francis. I hope that she won’t go that far.

  • http://twitter.com/hokiefam claudia powell

    I know message boards don’t reflect voting patterns (Scotty, etc) but I’m surprised at how much Chris Rene dropped.  Nobody is mentioning him.  So anything can happen.  Astro moved ahead for the boys, as the groups could really surprise.  Wonder how clear frontrunners Melanie and Drew will do.  I only wish it wasn’t unlimited voting so voting would reflect all the viewers

  • BAPC

    I’m pretty sure Halo wasn’t a worldwide smash due to dance moves and sex appeal. 

    Beyonce is a very mature versatile vocalist with an interesting tone. Melanie is a good singer but, as of now, she’s imitated Beyonce and then imitated Whitney, so I think she has a long way to go before she sings circles around Beyonce. I see her more as a Dreamgirls on Broadway performer than a popstar recording artist. 

  • Anonymous

    I was surprised how much I like the group performances.

    Josh was great, Melanie has a great voice but hopefully Simon won’t keep giving her Whitney, Mariah, Celine’s songs next time.
    I really don’t like the clothes, hair, makeup of Rachel Crow.

    And I repeat, I can not stand Stacy Francis.

  • Anonymous

    I actually really liked Chris’s performance, of course he had pitch issues and probably needs some vocal training, but i just LOVE his r&b style and his tone. Kinda sexy reminds me old school r&b. But i guess Chris isn’t very popular on this blog.

  • Anonymous

    Which message boards though? Cos i know he isn’t as hot in here but in the youtube universe and twitter he’s very popular.

  • Anonymous

    Which message boards though? Cos i know in here Chris isn’t very popular but outside in the youtube and twitter universe he still has alot of supporters.

  • sue

    Phillip, Dexter, Simone and Tiah were so terrible that MJ forgot to upload their vids. lols j/k.  I wanted to see the fight between Simon and LA again with Simon getting all defensive. :) That was great tv.

  • Anonymous

    I haven’t watched this show before, although I tried but I  got bored.

    After going through all the videos, I am still bored. The best were Stereo Hogzz, Josh, Rachel, Drew and Melanie, but the problem for me is that none of them offer something new, original, or show real personality. It’s like the same old same old…

  • http://twitter.com/KWOnlyDreaming Karen Wicks

    i wasn’t all that impressed with the boys.  I do feel that Astro is talented though for 14 and that LA Reid will probably sign him anyway.  For the groups, I do like the Brewer Boys and I think Paula could have picked a better song to show off their harmonies.  Leroy and Josh are the best in the over 30.  Melanie and Drew are my favorite girls.  The cuteness of Rachel has worn off for me.

  • whoisthatwoman

    I’d like to see the fine print on the 5M contract.  None of the peeps are worth that…or 1M for that matter. 

  • desiree_chick

    With all the vitriol that Simone and Tiah got on the web, they have my utmost respect for the way they left the show. I think Tiah will go down as having my have going away speech. She seems real serious about wanting to improve, and I do hope the best for her. It’s clear she carries a lot of humility, and that can always go a long way.

  • koshka

    oh no I remember, but who else under… say 30 will remember that as well. 

  • desiree_chick

    I’m gonna say this….Mark my words….I can see Trace from Stereo Hogzz being the biggest star of this season. I’m just putting it out there. He has talent coming out of his pours. He is what Trey Songz should be, and is not. LOVE. HIM.

  • Anonymous

    I agree with you. I just do not think Drew is that special either. I would say Melanie, Josh, and Leroy are my favorites.

  • Anonymous

    One thing I want to know is who made up the rap for Astro’s JUMP. With exception of the chorus I don’t think those are the words to the song. If he did that I am even more impressed with him. So far my picks are Him, Drew, Chris, Leroy and Lakoda Rayne. All the rest are pretty much the same old shit you see on AI.

  • alonzo7

    Drew, Astro,Leroy,Josh and Stero Hogz for top 5.  Melanie could sneak in if they give her soemthing relevant to sing!!!

  • http://twitter.com/tinawinabina Tinawina

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  • http://twitter.com/tinawinabina Tinawina

    Well, I am going to be one of the few here on record saying… I liked the big glitzy performances. This surprised me because every time I watched that on the UK version I hated it. But if the contestant is good or has stage presence then it is fun. That said, I can’t watch weeks and weeks of flashing lights, jumbo screens and backup dancers. I kinda wish they had saved it for towards the end of the live shows, after the riff raff was gone. Heh.

    Astro is really good. Chris Rene was crazy off key but I’ll give him another week to get his act together. Marcus Canty came alive. Paula did a great job with the groups. I think she was the best mentor. I agree with mj though, the Stereo Hoggz are good but very 90s. I will not speak of Dexter. LOL. I still want to punch Stacey in the face. Leroy was good but low key, that song choice was bad. I think he has to pump it up for this show. Josh was good, not amazing, but good. Simon needs to be shot for the songs he chose. Ugh. Melanie had all the life sucked of her and sang the song exactly.like.Whitney. Drew was good but I want to see her do something different already. Rachel was cute but didn’t sing all that well. Tiah… why? Simone… hot but why???

    I don’t know who is going to win this thing. Marcus came across like the person who can best handle both the singing and the stage command stuff, but I still don’t think he’ll win. Chris Rene really needs to step it up but he does have a charm. Astro probably SHOULD be a finalist but he won’t, people already hate him. Melanie is Leona Lewis 2.0. I’m not sure what the hell they will do with Drew, she’s too young for her vibe. I could see them trying to Taylor Swift her but it won’t work. Lakoda Rayne is toast as soon as the voting starts. And that, ladies and gentlemen, ends all the people who are even vaguely Pop/R&B/HAC/Counrty radio marketable. LOL. Leroy can kill at UAC and Josh can be a AC/no radio type like Grobin or Buble or Boyle.

  • http://twitter.com/tinawinabina Tinawina

    Okay this thing is not letting me reply to people. Ugh.

  • lili_anne7

    I really enjoyed last night’s show, it was very entertaining. I was actually impressed by a lot of contestants. My favorites from each category so far are:
    boys -Astro ( I don’t care if he is obnoxious, the kid is talented)
    groups – Stereo Hogzz
    older- Leroy and Josh ( who probably had the best vocals last night)
    girls- Melanie

    I think a girl or an older contestant will win this year though.

  • Anonymous

    Simon sure does like having about a million dancers, doesn’t he? I think that’s kind of a mistake with inexperienced performers. Unless the singer is really adept at not just totally commanding a stage but exerting her personal image past that of a bunch of other people — well, looks kind of silly to have a crowd on stage with her, I think.

  • duchess

    I thought the sound was awful last night; a lot of people sounded off pitch. The background dancing etc really distracted from the singing.
    Best for me were Drew, Josh and Melanie. I did like the Hogs too.

  • Reflections On Life

    ITA with this!

  • Buffynut

    NVM, too long!

  • sumidol

    I was looking forward to this show, thought ok, I can watch it all the way through now but no.  I am sooooo disapointed, I promise you I dont want this to fail, I dont but it was boring contrived and the singing not so good.  I like Drew and Josh and the 4 girls La Koda, the rest could just go , horrible song choices by all the judges, LA Reid’s choices were absolutely ridiculous for three of his.  I felt sorry for Phillip having to sing that song, so he left not showing what he is all about but as a joke.  The show feels weird and akward

  • sumidol

    OH, cool just tried the pic thing and it worked, I like that feature!

  • ealbino

    Same here! It took 20
    minutes for me to see the comments !

  • ealbino

    I agree except he needs to do something with his hair! It looks dirty and he looks sloppy!

  • Anonymous

    The only two contestants that I would actually buy tickets to see in concert are Josh and Leroy. Of course, I’m well beyond the targeted demographic, and feel the same way about Crystal Bowersox. :-)  

  • AdamsGirl

    Hi Falfour … I’m A Believer is most definitely a one person song even though it first became a huge hit for The Monkees.  Neil Diamond wrote the song and gave it to The Monkees to record in 1966, but Neil has always been performing IAB in concert; until this very day he still sings it.  As a matter of fact, Neil just ‘covered’ his own song with a much slower version of IAB which he recorded for his last album “Dreams” which contains all covers from other artists.

    Here’s some wiki background on I’m A Believer for anyone interested:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I'm_a_Believer

  • AdamsGirl

    Why would Reid sabotage one of his own?  If he didn’t think he was that good to begin with, why put him through at all?  I am really not liking this show at all and doubt I will watch any more of it.

  • AdamsGirl

    Exactly how I feel, kd29.  All I saw last night was too much ‘everything’ … manipulation, machination, phony bickering for drama, over production, music drowning out vocals, auto tuning, terrible wooden host.  Why would I watch again?  I won’t.

  • AdamsGirl

    Agree Jae.  Philip would have been much better fit for Idol if he falls within their age restriction which I’m not sure cuz I don’t know how old Philip is.

  • Deeg

    You may hate to see it but you’re getting it anyway.   You’ve got more minors in this show than you’d get if you had a category with 3 contestants.  You’ve got Rachel, Drew, Astro, and the whole Mousketeer group known as Intensity.  The show is going  beyond cheesy to being a joke.

  • AdamsGirl

    Agree with every word you wrote.  All of it.  I’m actually counting the days to American Idol!  Yeah, imagine that!

  • AdamsGirl

    Not only that but since this is the American version of X Factor, shouldn’t we have an American host?  No offense to anyone, but just sayin’.  This guy Jones is stiffer than … I’ll leave the rest to everyone’s imagination!

  • AdamsGirl

    I didn’t expect to enjoy the hell out of the political debates, but I am!  ;) They’re much more interesting and enjoyable than this XFactor drivel.

  • AdamsGirl

    “Meanwhile, let’s replace Steve with a hat rack and a computerized voice.”
     
    Funniest thing I’ve read here so far … touche’ Kirsten!

  • AdamsGirl

    The whole thing is scripted in my opinion.  It’s so transparently obvious to me what they are doing and why.  So manipulative in the drama dept. 

  • AdamsGirl

    Agree … never thought I’d be counting down to Idol, but after this train wreck of a show …. Bring on Idol … yeah, even WITH Dawg Randy Jackson.  He’ll looking better now and I’ve always loved Steven Tyler.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HDFBWEFJRU3YZDSYNGBBFY3JSQ Adolf Hipster

    everybody should like them the most, because they’re the best tbh

  • Tera2

    Just because Beyonce is also considered a popstar doesn’t mean she isn’t a great vocalist.  Don’t put her in Britney category. Beyonce is a triple threat who can sing, perform and write.  I don’t even think Melanie can move her legs and sing at the same time.  She should feel lucky she’s even compared to Beyonce.  I think her voice is thinner than Beyonce’s too.  Although Melanie’s vocals is better than Drew’s, neither she or Drew have what it takes to be half the star Beyonce is.  In their dreams.