X Factor 1 – Top 10 – Recap and Videos

THE X FACTOR: Astro performs on THE X FACTOR Wednesday, Nov. 16 (8:00-10:00PM ET/PT) on FOX. CR: Ray Mickshaw / FOX.

The Top 10 takes on ROCK msuic this week on X Factor.

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Simon prediction that “rock week” would be a “trainwreck” was rather prophetic.  The troubles began with the theme. What was it exactly? Steve Jones introduced it as “rock songs or songs in a rock style” but I would say that only one of the songs was done in a “rock style” (Josh Kracjik’s take on the Foo Fighters).

Marcus Canty’s “Piece of My Heart” was more Vegas than rock. Takes on songs by the rock groups REM and U2 were done in a decidedly non-rock style.  Reggae and rap are NOT rock by any stretch. But to be fair, this sort of fudging happens on Idol too.  You can’t expect a country singer to sing like Robert Plant, right? There’s always some leeway.  That’s why the endless arguments between the judges about what rock is and isn’t turned tedious pretty quickly.

If the producers wanted to keep it strict, they should have enlisted a true rock band to play strictly rock arrangements for the contestants, similar to what Idol did for rock week Top 4 Season 8.  Sure, it would have been a train wreck, but it would have set the ground rules hard.

Tonight’s performances were almost uniformly disappointing.  Drew was my favorite, followed by Josh and then…hm.  Yeah, I got nothing.

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The X Factor…dancers? Gyrate as Steve Jones takes the stage. Oh. They will all sing rock songs OR songs in a ROCK STYLE. Hm. Right. They are clarifying because a few weeks ago? Half the songs on the X Factor UK rock night weren’t rock at all.

The judges come out to the strains of “Living on a Prayer”.

LeRoy Bell – Nicole Scherzinger – The Over 30s – “Why Don’t You Stay” by Bob Seeger – OK. blah bah blah crappy day jobs for the sake of his family. We know you’ve been a successful songwriter for most of your career, dude.  LeRoy’s soulful rasp is just PERFECT for this song.  He begins the tune promisingly enough, but there’s something really tentative about his singing.  At the modulation, at the time when he needed to kick it up a notch, he almost did the opposite.  He’s NOT comfortable on the big stage. I see him in a small venue with a guitar singing to an intimate crowd.  X factor is swallowing him up.  LA: We’re looking for stardom. You look great and sound great, but you aren’t working it like a rock star. I need more. Paula: You have a beautiful voice. There needs to be more of a connection. Simon: Nice song, good voice, hearing a new version? Zero. You’re being mentored like a session singer. You should have been a shark. I want you to have a shot at winning. Right now, you can’t win. Nicole: I believe in you, Tonight was the best you’ve ever sung. LA and Simon think she’s crazy. Poor LeRoy looks completely confused as everyone talks over each other. Steven calls the comments “horrible”. LeRoy is trying to take it constructively, but he’s in it to win it!  Nicole was very late getting to her seat for LeRoy’s performance. She’s a trainwreck! – 1-855-843-9301 Text vote to 9301

Rachel Crow – Simon Cowell – Girls –  “I Can’t Get No Satisfaction” by the Rolling Stones –  Simon is watching Rachel grow up before his eyes. Simon picked a rock song with a blues influence. REALLY SIMON? For a 13 year old? REALLY? Oh dear. This is ridiculous.  First of all, she’s a tween NOT an adult male who can’t get his rocks off. MMMKAY SIMON? HAVE YOU EVER LISTENED TO THE LYRICS OF THIS SONG EVER?  Secondly, the song is totally wrong for her vocal range. She sounds out of breath through half of it, and terrible in her lower range. She’s trying hard, but she’s completely out of her depth. LA:  Great song. You brought energy to the room. Nicole: That was the absolute perfect song choice. Favorite performance of all of your performances. You made it look easy. Paula: You are one of my favorites. I love the way you are starting to connect to the audience. Simon:  Rachel told Simon she wants to win the show, and Simon can see it. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to win this competition!”People are going to start to respect you as a singer.”  Wow. The judges all co-signed on that? They gave her a standing ovation. WTF???!!!? – 1-855-843-9302 Text vote to 9302

Chris Rene – LA Reid – Boys – “No Woman No Cry” – by Bob Marley –  How is Chris staying healthy? He’s going to meetings, speaking with his sponsor, reading the Big Book, staying in touch with his family. GOOD. And you’re going to have to keep doing that when the circus ends after you are eliminated. Hm. He’s wearing an “Occupy Wall Street” shirt.  OK. It’s official. Chris Rene CANNOT sing. The singing parts of that song were REALLY painful to listen to.  Throwing raps into every song is beginning to get old. It’s becoming sort of random now.  I didn’t get that at all. Nicole:  I love that song. Very original. I rocked with it, but it’s not my fav performance by you. I was confused with the hybrid. Paula: Is calling shenanigans on calling Bob Marley “rock”.  She doesn’t care that Chris can’t sing. Simon: It would have been great if the theme had been reggae music. The theme is rock, LA. Chis says he thinks they flipped it. Flipped it to what? Simon and LA argue some more. LA says he can’t wait to see what Drew sings on Hip Hop week.  LA: You stayed on key (points for that?)  LA defends Bob Marley as rock star. – 1-855-843-9303 Text vote to 9303

Stacy Francis – Nicole Scherzinger – Over 30s – “It’s All Coming Back to Me Now” by Meatloaf – Oh God. Stop with the “dark relationship” crap.  Oh noes.  Meatloaf will give Stacy the opportunity to over-sing her heart out.  But not only does she over-sing, but she does it really badly. She’s off-key for most of the performance.  There are no dynamics, her phrasing is terrible. She needs to go home. LA: You sang that song really well. I’m going to leave it at that. Paula:  That was my least favorite song of yours. Your pitch was under. (It turns out Stacy picked the song). Simon: I thought the song was a horrible choice. That was a pebble. It was soft. Like someone singing at the Hilton Hotel bar with people eating peanuts. This is not a cabaret competition. (Simon likes her outfit better, at least)  Nicole: You were glam rock diva tonight. I don’t know if it was the best song for Rock week, but you continue to rise. Stacy says she wanted to get back to what her fans love. Nicole has no f*cking clue what “glam rock” is. Obvs.  – 1-855-843-9304 Text vote to 9304

Melanie Amaro – Simon Cowell – Girls – “Everybody Hurts” by REM – No dances, no tricks, just Melanie and a piano tonight, says Simon.  There will be arguments over whether this is rock or not. Melanie basically turns an REM ballad into a gospel tune.  Although I would have amped it up a little sooner than she did (It took her too long to finally let loose) she sounded fantastic.  Still waiting for Melanie to perform a tune that proves that she’s something other than an old-fashioned belter.   LA: You’re right Simon. That was rock right. I love you. That was so not rock. Nicole: You sounded beautiful. This is one of my favorite songs, I always cry. But I didn’t. I would have loved if it was a little more raw. Paula: Melanie, you took us to church. I want to see you let go and let loose now. Simon: That reminded me of Adele, Alicia Keys. (LA: Adele and Alicia are rock now?).  I’m very very proud of you. – 1-855-843-9305 Text vote to 9305

Josh Krajcik – Nicole Scherzinger – Over 30s – “The Pretender” by Foo Fighters – Oh. He looked so much cuter slimmed down with short hair. Nicole is so rock n roll she wants to run naked. Mkay. This is literally the first performance of the night that I would call legitimate rock. I was a little taken aback by Josh’s low growl, and could have used a little more dynamics in his performance–certain stretches of the song sounded like one long mumble–but he held the audiences’ attention amidst the light show and the loud band. He picked his own song– it’s no wonder he seems so comfortable this week. OMG Nicole. Calm down skippy. She’s having what looks like a seizure “rawking out” to Josh. LA: You have the authenticity, stage presence, you picked the right song. Paula: Everything about tonight worked unbelievably for you. Best of the evening. Simon: Never ever listen to a single person again. That was bloody fantastic. Nicole: You took me back. I was in a rock band way back. She thanks Dave Grohl for clearing it. Oh yeah. Doesn’t Dave hate clearing songs for TV shows? Suck it, Glee. – 1-855-843-9306 Text vote to 9306

Astro – LA Reid – Boys –  “I’ll Be Missing You” by Puff Daddy, Faith Evans,  and 112 – HELLO. Sampling a rock song DOESN’T COUNT AS ROCK.  And Sting barely rates as rock!  The tune was initially a tribute to the late Notorious B.I.G.  But a slew of dead hip-hop stars flash on the screens behind Astro. He performs it as an ode to all of them.  There’s no doubt the kid can rap.  I might be getting bored with the same performance week after week, however. But it won’t matter much when he’s making hit records. He’s the one contestant in this competition whose relevance I feel sure of.  Nicole: I think that was a very smart song choice.  She believes he’s ready at his young age to win. Paula: Can you just suck for once? You are ready, you are amazing. Simon: You just took on Puff Daddy. You hae more maturity and intelligence than some of the older contestants. You have a shot of winning this.  LA: You knocked it out of the park, you have everything it takes to win, and be an international star.  Astro gives a shout out to Stereo Hogzz and his sister Regan, who has a birthday today. – 1-855-843-9307 Text vote to 9307

Lakoda Rayne – Paula Abdul – The Groups –  “Go Your Own Way” by Fleetwood Mac – This week, Lakoda Rayne abandons any pretense to “country” at all, although I’m a little confused about what they’re going for  exactly.  It’s very “rawk” AC and cheesy as hell.  And it didn’t have to be–Fleetwood Mac excels at vocal harmonies. If the group had just toned it down a bit, relied more on lead singing and made it a little edgy, they might have pulled it off.  The silly outfits and dancing made it like a theme park performance. LA: This is the first time I’ve ever seen you have fun. Does it measure up to your competitors? It was better, but it was not amazing. Nicole: I think you found your niche–country rock (THAT was country rock? Ok). I want to see you let go even more. Simon: I thought overall it was a complete mess. I hope America sticks with you. There’s a great performance waiting to happen. The ridiculous choreography was gimmicky. LA scolds Simon “It wasn’t that bad.”   Paula: They chose the song, and they owned it.  – 1-855-843-9308 Text vote to 9308

Drew – Simon Cowell – The Girls – “With or Without You” by U2 –  That was an absolutely stunning vocal performance.  Not rock, but in this instance, I’m going to cut her some slack. She’s clearly in her element here. Unlike last week, the performance held my attention.  LA: You have the most original voice of every contestant we have. I’m still in that place I was last week. I’m pushing for more, the competition is stiff. Drew says she’s sticking close to the genre she wants to be in, to please her fan base. Nicole: I was waiting for the tempo to pick up. That was the slowest rock song–I’m frustrated. Paula: When you have a big fan base, take advantage of it. An uptempo would be nice.  Simon: Tells her to not pay attention. It’s about being unique, appealing to your fan base.  And…Simon is right.  If Drew has a big fanbase that likes what she’s doing, she should stick with her genre.  If she establishes who she is as an artist on the show NOW, she’ll be better off in the marketplace later. – 1-855-843-9309 Text vote to 9309

Marcus Canty – LA Reid – The Boys – “Piece of My Heart” by Janis Joplin – Marcus did NOT want to do sexy moves on stage.  And, while he played along, he never looked comfortable. Really? Gyrating with leather clad female dancers = rock?  The song, on paper, seemed to be a good fit for Marcus. It would have been better if he’d been set up with a rock band and a microphone. The choreography actually made me laugh.  I usually like Marcus, but I wasn’t feeling it this week. Nicole: You took on the queen of roots rock and you lit that stage on fire. It was raw, it was you. I know you rocked your church out tonight! Paula: You are the entertainer of this competition. Amazing. Simon: Your mentor, the devil just put you in hell. I don’t think the song suited you. This is you pretending to be somebody. LA: Don’t listen to any of that! You rocked! – 1-855-843-9310 Text vote to 9310

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000628475129 Jayden Kennedy

    OMG seriously I have to say this again this week… what is up with that stupid announcer?  lol

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

    Is there a stream?

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

    Again with the catty commments from the judges.  Simon and LA commenting negatively solely because it is not their contestant that they are mentoring.  Nicole should be pissed…its getting old real quick.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1017520006 Adam Alamillo

    Steve…please get off my television screen.

  • Anonymous

    lol…well this should be interesting :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000628475129 Jayden Kennedy

    Ok rachel is cute… im liking her more!

  • MaMMaw

    Is that the same Simon Cowell who’s promoting Susan Boyle?   I don’t see him telling her she should bebop all over the stage. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IHIRO4P2ZPNQFGMK5KR57VH3E4 Nanc

    Getting real real tired of Simon and LA…this show isn’t about THEM….

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

    Rachel Crow singing Satisfaction?  Really Simon?  Isnt that song about sex?

  • Dakota01

    Is it just me or is that song inappropriate for a young girl to sing?  Really didn’t like that performance at all.

  • jinxx315

    None of my usual streams are working! :(

  • http://twitter.com/Ngarcia3 N
  • Karen C

    I thought Leroy was ok and it was a good song for him.

    I think Satisfaction was a terrible song choice for Rachel, both vocally and in content. I don’t get the judges comments either

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IHIRO4P2ZPNQFGMK5KR57VH3E4 Nanc

    A 14 year old singing “Satisfaction?”….I don’t think so….and she couldn’t  hit the low notes…but of course…since she is Simon’s protege she did wonderfully!! I am seeing so many differences between Idol and this show and I know now why I prefer Idol…lets focus on the contestants and take the focus off the judges…WE DON’T CARE ABOUT THE FOUR OF YOU!!!

  • Anonymous

    That was not a good performance by Rachael Crow.

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

    Okay, note to Simon: Don’t pick on Nicole’s song choices if you are going to do give a 14 year old girl a completely inappropriate song to sing, not to mention one that has been covered to death on these types of shows. At least Nicole is thinking slightly out of the box in terms of songs.

  • Anonymous

    I disagree with the judges but I am sure that is just me. I much preferred Leroy to Rachel tonight. I love Leroys’ voice but he does need to have more of a stage presence and be more charismatic. But I did not think Rachel nailed that song and I was shocked the judges gave her a standing ovation but really were tough on Leroy. I am guessing they need to make sure a guy goes home and not one of the younger crowd or Paula’s only group/

  • Karen C

    Chris is doing good but I wouldnt say this is rock.

  • Anonymous

    This is Chris’ best performance, since the original song that he did in his audition.  

  • BAPC

    The first three were all terrible, especially Chris Rene. I don’t see why he’s still here. 

  • http://twitter.com/desireechick kesia monteith

    I don’t get Chris Rene either….

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

    Chris’ song was good for him.  Probably his best performance vocally.

  • http://twitter.com/NickyTriphook Nicky Triphook

    LINK!!!

  • Anonymous

    I don’t know why I’m watchin this.

  • Anonymous

    “Rachel Crow – Simon Cowell – Girls –  “I Can’t Get No Satisfaction” by the Rolling Stones”

    From Wikipedia:

    “The lyrics outline the singer’s irritation with the increasing
    commercialism of the modern world, where the radio broadcasts “useless
    information” and a man on television tells him “how white my shirts can
    be – but he can’t be a man ’cause he doesn’t smoke the same cigarettes
    as me.”

    Perfect fit! Not.

  • shell29

    I think that was Chris’ best performance since “Young Homie”.  Good job. 

    Rachel: Not crazy about the song choice, but I still think she’s great.

    Leroy: Nicole is a horrible mentor IMO and I didn’t like her choice of song, but I have to agree with MJ-I think he may be better suited for a smaller venue.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000628475129 Jayden Kennedy

    Chris Rene can Occupy my driveway when he goes back to picking up my trash after he is off the show!

  • Anonymous

    I think Rachel is adorable and super talented but I was scratching my head over that song choice/performance. I’m glad I’m not the only one that thought that was strange.

  • Tera2

    Chris Rene was all over the place on his vocals, and his voice is weak..  A mediocre performance.  Dancing and smiling can’t save that.  And that’s not rock – its more reggae meets hip-hop that he did.

  • http://twitter.com/the_jr57 Jr

    am i the only one that is tired of the judges fighting? it seems childish and its starting to bug the crap outta me 

  • shell29

    Oh thank goodness, Stacy has bangs this week. 

  • http://twitter.com/Ngarcia3 N

    wow stacy is not good X/

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

    Bye bye Stacy I think that she is going home this week

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IHIRO4P2ZPNQFGMK5KR57VH3E4 Nanc

    wOW….Stacy was horrible….go home honey

  • http://twitter.com/Ngarcia3 N

    I dont wanna die with this music inside me simon.

  • Anonymous

    I didn’t like Stacey’s song.

  • Jewlmc

    Wow. Simon either has male PMS or he took to heart all the comment about how overly nice he has been. Someone still needs to explain to him that being critical doesn’t mean being a bitch.

  • Anonymous

    I wouldn’t write off Stacy. The night is still young and we might get more terrible acts.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Stacey …. missed that high note.  Pitchy throughout.  Not good at all.  lol at her face at the negative comments.  Sorry, but Stacey may think that someone has always prevented her from being a star, but it’s herself that’s the problem.

  • BAPC

    Wow. Stacy was a mess and she does not take criticism well at all.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1353312950 Steven Selvidge

    the worst person on the show is the host, I wish we could vote him off

  • http://twitter.com/Ngarcia3 N

    I think he is disappointed that none of the acts have been that great so far. Im happy that they are actually criticizing the performers more instead of just the judges though.

  • Tera2

    Stacey did one of my favorite Celine Dion song. It was a Meatloaf song too.  I’m a big fan of Meatloaf and Celine’s singing.  Sorry but I don’t consider it rock by any means.  Stacey is a good singer but I don’t like how she sang it.

  • garlandk77

    Stacy’s performance demonstrated that her ex-husband was right when he told her she just isn’t good enough to be a star. Her stank face during the judges comments didn’t help.

  • http://twitter.com/Queenie427 Queen

    Chris Rene cannot sing…Rachel’s song was a horrible song choice, and she didn’t sound good at all. Stacy was horrific, and Leroy was boring. The judges need to stop drinking the kool aid.

  • http://twitter.com/crustypizzahead Ela Sawistowska

    So far Simon was right – this week is a train wreck!

  • Anonymous

    Look’s like Stacy’s very nervous tonight.. her vocal’s pitchy all over.. IMO

  • http://twitter.com/Ngarcia3 N

    I want melanie to do something different!

  • Anonymous

    Simon’s back to his meanself.. heee.. he’s probably has a bad day or male PMS.. lol

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Perfect summary!  lol

  • Jewlmc

    Sit down, Simon.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IHIRO4P2ZPNQFGMK5KR57VH3E4 Nanc

    LA is a producer..???? And he doesn’t know what a rock ballad is? Clueless…this show is ticking me off more and more

  • http://twitter.com/Ngarcia3 N

    It baffles(yes, i had to use that word) me how much LA does not know about music!

  • fuzzywuzzy

    The judges arguing and sniping at eachother is getting really old.  Do they do this on the UK X-Factor?

  • http://twitter.com/Queenie427 Queen

    WTF is wrong with those judges???? Melanie was FANTASTIC…What a voice…she always gives me goosebumps

  • Anonymous

    I had to drop by to find out if Stacey was in key for her song: thank you, MJ, I am not insane.  I thought she was doing an atonal number.  Satisfaction?  Oh, Simon, horrible choice, and stop dressing that child like a blowsy dumpling.

    I actually like Leroy the best, but we know they will remind us of of his croneness until we decide he is far to old to dream.  Crooners can go forever.

  • amadcow2

    Stacey’s caterwauling was painful.  So far, we are 0 for 4 on rock.

  • Tera2

    Melanie Amaro sang REM.  There is no reason to change the melody of a great song like she did.  If you gonna change the melody make sure you can equal it or improve it, and she didnt.  It made her vocals seem off and I didnt care for it. She is a good singer though

  • http://twitter.com/Ngarcia3 N

    Yes, but its not as cringe worthy for some reason.

  • Karen C

    So REM isn’t rock but Bob Marley is?

  • Anonymous

    i wish all the judges would just shut the hell up.. it’s obvious that they are all just trying to get under each others skin by insulting each others acts rather than just give some constructive advice..

  • shell29

    OK-LA, Nicole and Simon are REALLY getting on my nerves tonight.   Melanie sounded great tonight but I would like to see her/Simon change things up a bit.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1017520006 Adam Alamillo

    My God, LA Reid is so annoying. Stop. Talking.

  • Dakota01

    I’m with L.A on this one.  That may have been a rock song, but Melanie didn’t sing it like a rock song. It sounded more like gospel to me … hence Paula’s “church” comment.

    I haven’t really lked anyone yet. Hopefully the best is yet to come.

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

    The judges are acting like children.  I hate it.  Do what you are being paid to do JUDGE the contestants….not judge the other judges.

  • Anonymous

    Anyone have a live stream?

  • Anonymous

    OMG I just saw the vid of Chris Rene I totally loved it and love his style can’t wait to buy his music he is d’bomb
    I am on the west coast so have to rely on the vid’s till it airs here

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

    THank God for Josh in the competition.  ROCK ON JOSH

  • http://twitter.com/Ngarcia3 N

    Oh my nicole is trying to get all eyes on her lol

  • Anonymous

    The judges comments to each other seem very, very scripted.  They seem to have adopted certain roles.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000628475129 Jayden Kennedy

    Can they please wash Josh’s hair and get that butter tooth fixed?

  • http://twitter.com/Ngarcia3 N

    Josh is the best of the night!

  • Dakota01

    Finally a rock performance … well done Josh.

  • http://twitter.com/desireechick kesia monteith

    FINALLY! Thank you Josh for giving me some damn ROOOOCK! Or I should say RAWK! Whoo hoooo!

  • BAPC

    Finally a rock performance but please someone buy that guy some whitening strips and cut his hair. 

  • Anonymous

    Foo Fighters on X Factor is so shocking because Dave doesn’t clear his
    music for these things and famously said that he would never let his
    songs appear on Glee. In any case, that was AMAZING, really surprising. I
    am on Josh’s team now. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IHIRO4P2ZPNQFGMK5KR57VH3E4 Nanc

    Josh….that was INCREDIBLE!!

  • Anonymous

    For two weeks in a row, Simon has chosen inappropriate songs for the 13-year-old.  Does he really think people want to listen to a kid sing Satisfaction?  Or I’d Rather Be Blind?  No one is going to buy this kind of music sung by a kid. 

  • shell29

    That’s more like it! Josh killed that.  My favorite performance of the night by a mile.

  • Tera2

    Josh.  I liked what he did and the song.  The song fits his gruff voice.  He has a rock voice and of course this should be his week.  Like the rest of them he doesn’t deserve 5 million dollars.

  • Anonymous

    Rock on Josh!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/tinawinabina Tinawina

    My sister called an made me turn this on right before Rachel started. I actually got angry at 1. the fact that Simon asked a 13 year old who looks 10 to sing a song about blue balls 2. She sounded like hell and 3. They gave her a standing ovation. WTF did I just see? Stacey Francis gave the best bitchface ever… that might even rival Haley’s… but she was HORRID. Was it me or did it sound like they messed with her mic? I’m not mentioning Chris because.. why? It’s not worth it. Melanie was Melanie. Good, but I STILL don’t give a shit. Josh was the best but I couldn’t actually hear him.

    My sister owes me big time. I need a drink.

  • Anonymous

    Well.. since they’re also the mentors for these contestants, so they can take a swing to the other judges, because they think as a mentor these judges also chose the song, the outfit, etc… but sometimes they also give the contestants freedom to choose what they want to sing and what they want to wear, so these judges judging the contestant but also at the same time they judge the mentor ;D

  • http://twitter.com/Ngarcia3 N

    Well LA knew that this was a rock ballad.

  • Anonymous

    So, this is a singing competition and Astro didn’t sing a word of that song.  I know he’s a rapper, but can he sing just a bit?

  • Anonymous

    RapRock?

  • Karen C

    The Foo Fighters song is called The Pretender, not Never Surrender.

    I thought Josh did a good job with it.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Apparently not.  lol

  • http://twitter.com/Ngarcia3 N

    Oh wait hes doing the p.diddy version 8I… I love astrid though

  • BAPC

    Astro!! My boy killed it. Again. His performances are more like a guest star than a contestant. 

  • Dakota01

    I’m bored with Astro.  It’s the same thing every week.

    OT, Simon just joined Twitter before the start of tonight’s show, and already has over 42,000 followers.

  • http://twitter.com/Queenie427 Queen

    Astro just rapped hip hop for rock week…I just don’t get it….Its ok for him to do this for rock week and the judges say nothing?????

  • http://twitter.com/tinawinabina Tinawina

    Okay, I saw Astro. I’m turning the TV off now.

    I like him. He needs to switch up his style a bit, he’s going so fast people can’t hear him every week. But he can write. He needs his voice to drop deeper so he doesn’t sound squeaky.

  • shell29

    X Factor doesn’t bill itself as just a “singing competition”.  If it were just about “singing” they would have never let Astro get this far in the competition.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Apparently, yes.  lol

  • Anonymous

    Singing competition schminging competition. Astro rap your tiny little heart out. And I have a bad feeling about him singing anyway.

  • Anonymous

    which I bet his assistant on it.. LOL

  • Trina

    I dont care if he did rap  – ASTRO FTW!! That kid is amazing!

  • Anonymous

    I do not like rap at all, but that little Astro is pretty amazing how he works rap into other songs.  He is more fluid than many adult rappers.  How he memorizes all of that each week and talks so fast…impressive.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6BVE6LF7CLZTFBHQCSERISQCXA Gemini850

    I don’t consider the X-Factor a singing competition. Its not really about singing, its about the X-Factor. Who just has “it”.

  • shell29

    I think Astro is the one finalist who really doesn’t need to win this competition.  He’ll be a star regardless of what happens IMO.

  • Anonymous

    That was not rock. I think Astro sings the same song every week. He just changes the lyrics. Blech.

  • GS61

    That annoying kid Astro is going to win.

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

    OK so far this has been a waste.  Josh is the only performance that a) was rock and b) was worth either listening to or watching.

    And I just have to say this … Astro is XF’s answer to the nuts of wonder with no disrespect to Scotty.  Like Scotty who made EVERY theme night country, Astro makes every theme rap night.

    UGH.  IDK how much more I can take.

  • Tera2

    Astro;  Ok I dont consider that rock by any means.  Its hip-hop and soul.  Just because they used the beats by Sting and The Police doesnt make it rock.  Diddy did that song too and that’s more like what Astro did.  He’s a consistent rapper, but his street rap fast rhyming doesn’t have a cool commercial vibe that you need to be a success, and an international star that’s worth 5 million.  He’s too young and doesnt have his own style like Drake, Kanye or Rick Ross for example. But they are obviously desperate to call someone a star, cause they already eliminated those who actually have potential to be stars before top 12 like Phillip Lomax, Brennin Hunt, James Kenney, Simone Battle and Tim Cifer

  • Anonymous

    So, this is a singing competition and Astro didn’t sing a word of that song.  I know he’s a rapper, but can he sing just a bit?

    The X Factor isn’t just a singing competition.  There are a lot of acts in the UK version who can’t sing, and one of the acts from last year, who Simon signed, is a girl who rapped more than she sang.  The X Factor claims that they want to find a pop singer, so why not include people from a genre that is currently very popular and successful?

  • Anonymous

    Haha… that bitch face of Stacey’s at numbers time was hilarious…

  • Anonymous

    Man, I am really missing Idol right now.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6BVE6LF7CLZTFBHQCSERISQCXA Gemini850

    LLOL at people. Their is a music genre called rap-rock or aka rapcore. Run DMC, Kid Rock, Limp Bizkit, Hollywood undead are some examples. Beastie Boys dabble in it too.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PYCFUOL3NPZ3OMEEY2UACQGOLM ~Carla~

    Rock on Josh.  I loved his performance and is the only one who will receive my vote tonight.  :) 

  • Anonymous

    I couldn’t quite figure out what song Josh was singing, to me all the words just ran together to some mumbo jumbo, but it wasn’t too bad if I don’t have to actaully look at him. He is not that good to look at.
    But the best part was Nicole swinging her hair around like some metal head… that was too funny and ridiculous at the same time

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Leandro-Cardim-da-Silva/100003021259842 Leandro Cardim da Silva

    It’s so funny how each judge tries to raise up the audience for his contestant. LA especially. This show is hilarious.

  • Anonymous

    Rock week in the UK had Tik Tok. Even Astro’s song is more rock than that. It sampled a rock song. Tik Tok references Mick Jagger and that’s all I have for that one.

    These themes suck, btw.

  • Anonymous

    I still want to know how Astro is going to have any cred coming off a singing contest.  He is certainly churlish enough for the part he wants to play, but he will leave this contest with no credibility for his genre. 

  • Tera2

    Lakoda Rayne;  Pretty girls but that was kind of rough.  They just dont blend well.  You expect them to do better with country rock, but it wasnt good.  But they can be commercial and better in recording studio.  I liked looking at the cute half Asian back up singer guy they had behind them though – he helped me get through that performance.

  • Anonymous

    RapRock?

    I don’t usually use wiki as a source, but here you go: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rap_rock

    Cypress Hill may be the most known rap/rock groups as well as the Beastie Boys.  

  • http://twitter.com/desireechick kesia monteith

    They suck because they are CHEATING! Half of them are not really doing rock. Its really just embarrassing to see such a respectable genre get the soul ring out of it by bland arrangements.  

  • BAPC

    Well apparently Eminem likes him so I think that could help. All he needs are a few big names in his corner. And LA is already one. 

    And he won’t be marketed toward a hardcore urban market. He’ll be mainstream and even tween disney. 

  • shell29

    Lakoda Rayne…meh.  That said, I wouldn’t mind them sticking around for another week.

  • Anonymous

    But Cher can SING, as she showed when she did “Stay.” Astro doesn’t sing and Chris Rene can’t. I think Astro is going to do well after this, but Chris Rene won’t when people FINALLY realize he’s like that terrible band that sang that “Butterfly” song in 2002.

  • Trina

    Take a look at HDD for next week. A rap/hip-hop artist is going to sell more albums in a week this week than some people who can sing sell in a year and in August a rapper sold almost a million albums in a week. Do you honestly blame XF for pimping Astro? No one ever said this was a singing contest.

  • http://twitter.com/Ngarcia3 N

    I CANNOT at LA not knowing what rock is XD

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IHIRO4P2ZPNQFGMK5KR57VH3E4 Nanc

    Lets see LA….Drew does the same thing over and over and over….how about your little rapper? He definitely sounds different every week!!

  • Anonymous

    Drew is boring as hell and her yodeling is starting to annoy me.

  • Anonymous

    I like Drew (whose name really seems to need a last one), but I could never listen to an entire album of her.  LA is right; every song sounds alike.

  • Anonymous

    I like Melanie’s voice….. but honestly that was a little boring. :/

  • BAPC

    Drew. Great song and performance. Reminded me of the Downton Abbey commercials with that song.

  • http://twitter.com/Ngarcia3 N

    I was waiting for the song to pick up. Drew could be amazing if simon did some interesting arrangements! She should have kicked it up with drums and guitars at the end.

  • Anonymous

    I am so over Stacy Francis. Ugggh. That woman…I just can’t. I will have to stay off twitter tonight so I don’t have to see her kiss-ass tweeting after the show. She is the only contestant in reality show history that has ever rubbed me this wrong. go home Stacy!!! LOL1

  • http://twitter.com/Ngarcia3 N

    YES NICOLE! U got it right this time!

  • shell29

    I’m sorry, but I’m bored by Drew’s performances now. 

  • Anonymous

    Drew was so pitchy and all over the place. Really not good. 

  • Anonymous

    How many Downton Abbey fans are buying cds????  Funny!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Damien-Roberts/1284868807 Damien Roberts

    I have no problem with Stacy’s background or anything like that, but I’m over the show pushing her on us as if she’s some sort of second coming when really she’s on the lower end of the talent pool.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6BVE6LF7CLZTFBHQCSERISQCXA Gemini850

    Welp Diddy aka Puff Daddy has spoken
    iamdiddy iamdiddy
    Astro just killed Missing You on X Factor! Go Boy!!! #RipHeavyD
    22 minutes ago Favorite Retweet Reply

  • Tera2

    Drew;  Good voice but she does do the same thing over and over.  How is it possible to slow the tempo down that much.  I didnt even know its the same song she is singing at first.  It was so slow and comatose inducing.  Her vocals are average like a 14yr old.  Is she gonna do a whole CD singing like every song has the same melody and tempo like that.

  • Anonymous

    I like Nicole.  She is low key, but no BS.  Simon wants her, bad.

  • Anonymous

    I am glad you said you couldn’t hear Josh.  I thought I was going deaf.  The first and last part of the song just sounded like a series of growls to me.  The band was really loud, too.

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

    LA shut the f*$% up.  Your precious little rapper does the same thing every week, doesnt even attempt to sing at all and did not “sing” a rock song.  I think Drew should do what she does best….sing very well.  She has an original voice.

  • dee pee

    kk

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PYCFUOL3NPZ3OMEEY2UACQGOLM ~Carla~

    Ugh.  Drew yodeling through a U2 song.  Shoot me now.  

    This night has been a trainwreck.

  • http://twitter.com/desireechick kesia monteith

    LOL at Drew trying to defend herself against LA. Please, don’t even bother, girl. Since 2009, when I finally got into these singing competition reality shows, I realized majority of the judging is so inane, and quite frankly very dumb, stupid, and borderline offensive, as well as extremely useless half of the time, there is just no point in caring what those 3/4 stooges on some silly panel say anymore. Unless they are on The Sing-Off of course.

  • Anonymous

    Come one LA…. it’s a song from a rock band U2.. how is it not a rock song? I’m so confuse.. I guess he’s really steammy when Simon called it that Marley’s song’s not a rock song.. LOL

  • http://twitter.com/tinawinabina Tinawina

    He will not have a cred problem. He’s not a gangsta rapper. He just needs skills and he has them.

  • Trina

    First Eminem, now Diddy. Astro is SO set after this show.

  • Jewlmc

    I sincerely doubt it.

  • Anonymous

    Drew’s voice reminds me of someone.. Lenox or Sinead O’Connor

  • Anonymous

    I know, but it conjured a pretty funny picture for me.

  • Anonymous

    Love Marcus tonight. I’m pretty much alone here but Drew’s voice ware really just average tonight. Very wobbly and nervous sounding, and very off key. Not very strong. 

  • shell29

    I don’t know…I wasn’t crazy about Marcus this week.

  • Anonymous

    Can someone answer this.  Simon mentioned Paula would be out if Lakota gets eliminated.  Does that mean she wouldn’t judge anymore?  Is that how it works on the UK version?

  • Tera2

    Marcus Canty;  He managed to pull it off and give it an edgy vibe.  I thought Rock would be hardest for him, but he did a good job and gave it a rock vibe.  That’s the first time I actually liked him since his Judges’s house performance.  And he did come off like Bobby Brown tonight for the first time to me with his stage moves and how he lowered his voice.  Bad boy Bobby Brown was cool in the 80’s, but we don’t need another Bobby.

  • Anonymous

    For me, Astro joints the ranks of contestants like Crystal Bowersox, David Cook, Melinda Doolittle, and Scotty McCreery. They can get by sounding similar every week because they’re that good. Granted, Astro doesn’t really have the soul of either of them and he is still not as diverse, but they are still awesome. Melanie joins them too.

    Drew will join Aaron Kelly and Pia Toscano who, while good, got dull doing the same thing.

  • Anonymous

    Top Three: 

    Josh 
    Melanie
    Drew

    Bottom Three:

    Stacy
    Lakoda Rayne
    Chris

    Meh/In the middle:
    Leroy
    Marcus (he’s not a rock singer)

    Drew comes across a few years older than she is, but I’m completely indifferent to the two other youngsters, who seem like children’s acts:

    Rachel
    Astro

    I’d be happy to see them both go.

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

    Not the best night for the show…hate the judges.
    My top 3:
    Josh – by a mile
    Melanie
    Drew?

    Bottom 3:
    Stacey
    Lakoda Rain
    Astro

  • Anonymous

    Two hours that I’ll never get back.
    I tried, I really tried to get excited about  this show.
    Doesn’t work for me.JMO.

  • amadcow2

    Stacey and Lakota Rain are the B2 and the judges send Stacey home because the show can’t afford all of the doctor bills if they send Paula’s third group home in 3 consecutive weeks.

  • Karen C

    julesmn

    Can someone answer this.  Simon mentioned Paula would be out if Lakota gets eliminated.  Does that mean she wouldn’t judge anymore?  Is that how it works on the UK version?

    On the UK version, the judges stay as judges even if their acts are eliminated.  The judges are sort of competing in addition to the contestants in a way.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks, Karen.

  • Anonymous

    I’m voting for Josh and Marcus. They did the best tonight. Not my faves, but they deserve the votes.

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

    Well that was a waste …

    Only Josh and Marcus were anywhere near rock.

    Drew and Melanie well Pia 2.0 and 3.0 anyone?

    BAAADDDDD song choice for Little Orphan Annie.

    No words for the rest – just no words whatsoever.

    And like the nuts of wonder it’s probably Astro’s competition.

  • dee pee

    Some of you are still way off about Astro.  Let me ask you this, If you had to name 1 person on this show who has that “it” quality, or the “X-Factor” who would it be?  It’s Astro.  He has that undefinable quality..if you had to pick 1 contestant who has it more than anyone it’s him.  The judges all see it and the majority of viewers see it.  Even most people who don’t even like rap have come around to admit he’s a star.

    And this isn’t Sing Factor.  The different between Astro and someone like Scotty is simple.  They do the same genre every week but SINGING and RAPPING are 2 different musical styles.  Astro isn’t a singer, he’s a rapper who raps and probably can’t sing.  Why should he have to sing when he’s not a singer?  

    Rap is the 2nd best selling genre at the moment right behind “pop” music.  Like someone said, a rapper just sold a MILLION albums in his 1st week of sales back in August.

    The way this kid carries himself, his presence his lyricism, energy, and skills in general are just incredible especially for someone his age.  

    On X-Factor he’s dumbing his lyrics down for the general public. He knows what he has to do, he knows he can’t use super complex lyrics like he has in his other songs but he’ll still throw a couple witty lines in here or there.  

    Everyone needs to watch Astro on this radio show and tell me he’s not a relevant rapper in today’s industry!  

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQHQmoQXUXY&feature=related

    And to whoever said his rap won’t work in today’s music business needs to listen to the and tell me he doesn’t sound like a rapper in 2011 that can sell records.  Also as you can hear his lyrics are a lot more witty in that.  But obviously he can’t do that on X-factor because he needs to appeal to the general public and he knows this.

  • Tera2

    I wont be voting for any of them.  Phillip lomax would have been getting my votes if he made top 12.  And I would have giving James kenny, Brennin Hunt and Simone Battle some votes too if they were in there.  I gave StereoHoggz few votes, and InTensity few pity votes too, but I don’t care to pick up the phone for those left cause I’m not seeing star quality there.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IHIRO4P2ZPNQFGMK5KR57VH3E4 Nanc

    If it weren’t for the pool , I wouldn’t even watch anymore…not feeling this show and only like 2 or 3 of the contestants….can’t stand the judges…but I’m sitting in second place in the pool , so until I sink down to the bottom I will be watching…
    Top 2 for me Josh and Melanie
    Bottom 2 for me  Stacey and Astroid
    The others were all a middle ground…..mehhhhhh

  • judes

    Same with the Australian version. We have our Finale next week & leading into this the judges didn’t vote but it was left to the public votes -so there was no bottom 2.

  • Anonymous

    OK first Props to Chris for the shirt.. LOVED IT….. Drew sounded gorgeous and LA complaining about the same thing over and over and over??? Has he heard Astro??  And Nicole? well I wouldnt pay attention to her comments anyway…

  • Anonymous

    So I’m on the west coast… Was tonight a trainwreck?

  • dee pee

    Oh and you are guys are crazy if you don’t think the Major record labels are hoping that Astro gets voted off X-Factor so they can sign him.  And to the one who said he won’t be credible coming off a singing show you’re vastly overrating the impact of that.  No one is going to care, the kid is a star and has legitimate talent, that’s all that matters.

  • Anonymous

    OK I completely get Astro.. the kid has amazing talent both rapping and writing.. my problem is that they are on Drew and others about sounding the same every week.. and about staying in the theme… but no one mentions that Astro sounds the same every week or only sings in one genre… I have no problem with that.. most singers who are on the radio stick with one genre.. that is reality.. just dont get the double standard

  • shell29

    My bottom three prediction:

    Stacy (she sounded a mess tonight)
    Lakoda Rayne
    Leroy (death spot plus I think the audience might find his performance “boring”)

    Nicole will lose one of her acts this week and I think it’ll be Leroy (but I hope it’s Stacy).

  • Anonymous

    Well I think Astro is amazing and I’m not really a fan of Rap. I don’t know if he’ll win this competition but that kid is super talented and obviously very smart. :-)

  • chessguy99

    The X-Factor just lost whatever credibility it had going into this week. I can’t say this is the worse XF show I’ve ever seen, but its damn close.

  • dee pee

    Yeah I noticed that double standard as well.  I guess it’s not totally fair but it is what it is I guess.  The only difference I can think of is that Astro did the Puff daddy song, which is a straight loop of The Police song production wise, while Drew took the U2 song, stripped it down, and even made it 
    un-rock. But yeah i still found it pretty unfair that L.A. Reid kept the sarcastic Rock jibber jabber with Simon the whole show while there was an obvious double standard. But then again, all the 3 other judges seem to be favouring Astro as well by letting it slide for him, not just L.A.

  • callmecrazy

    IMO, Drew is the cure for insomnia.  Her yodeling makes me wanna drink some swiss mocha hot chocolate!

  • Anonymous

    Great:
    Josh
    Melanie(still waiting for her to have a “moment”..vocals are always perfect..but she needs to change it up some)
    Astro (lets face it..the kid’s a star…the only person in the competition rite now that I’m convinced is a star)

    good:
    Marcus (it’s still a bit much for me…his voice is good enough to where he doesnt need all the extra stuff…needs to tone it down a little bit)
    Drew-her voice was extra yodel-y/wobbly to me tonight…but i guess her “fan base” like it
    Laroy bell-good but boring
    Rachel crow- her voice isnt really all that…and the song was definitly not meant for a 14 year old girl to sing

    not so good:
    Lakota rayne- vocally not that bad..but not good either..very cheesy
    Chris rene-he’s fading…but he has a fanbase
    Stacey fancis- by far the worst of the night…and she took the comments horribly..i almost felt sorry for her

  • Anonymous

    You are so right! Do you ladies/gents have any idea what these rappers make yearly? Unf real!! Just saw JayZ and Kanye in “concert” a few days ago, not because I’m a fan but went with friends. Definitely not my thing, but let me tell you. They did back to back nights in arenas here and the places were jam-packed to the ceiling with mainly young people and they knew all the words to the songs and were really really into it! The prices started at $90 in the roof to $250 lower down and much more for packages. I have never seen so many stretch limosines in the parking lot ever and I go to many concerts. I stopped counting at 25. You’d have thought that it was a red carpet event with royalty/VIPs there or something. Rappers can make an awful lot of money. Astro is gonna be more than fine. I can tell you that he raps better than one of those famous rappers I just heard. I’d have preferred to see/hear him than that famous/superwealthy guy…not naming him..lol 
    http://www.forbes.com/sites/zackomalleygreenburg/2011/03/09/the-forbes-five-hip-hop-wealthiest-artists/

  • Anonymous

    I dunno, to me it’s not as much of a double standard if one of them sucks at being interesting while doing the same thing each week while the other does. I think some of us (including me) don’t really want to type that and make it sound like a double standard lol.

    I don’t HATE Drew, but her style isn’t as interesting as Astro’s.

    This is all my opinion.

  • dee pee

    Yeah he sure is.  He’s has some powerful messages in his songs as well.  His performance 2 weeks ago was talking about how far Hip-hop has come and how it is now accepted, which is kind of ironic and interesting since we still see some people here have a difficult time coming to terms with a rapper being on a show like X-Factor.  Today “she” and “her” was used throughout the song as a metaphor for Hip-hop music which he did a tribute to with his song as I’m sure most people caught on to.  And his Eminem rendition last week is probably his best performance by far, and that’s saying a lot.  That showed he can be a relevant successful recording artist in the industry.

    Oh yeah and the fact this kid is writing ALL of the lyrics in the song besides the chorus and we’re not here saying his performances are horrible (most are saying the opposite) is incredible in it’s own right.

  • http://twitter.com/BazzleFjsm Bazzle

    I would give a pass on Rachel and Josh’s low parts sounding like mumble. Also, to the judges not picking it up because i don’t think it’s an issue live. The sound quality is always better live than it is in videos. It never really quite hit me how true this was until i went to an indoor performance of Jason Mraz this week in my country. Sometimes in his recordings even his tone is quite breathy and hollow and it still sounds good though, but i wondered if its worse live. Turns out its even better live. cos you can hear the subtlety of those low notes even clearer. I think Nicole was onto something with Simon picking a technically ‘rock n roll’ song as it’s roots are closer to r&b for Rachel. But yea song content, not that appropriate but it’s not like they have to be in these competitions. I mean you can argue none of them are emotionally authentic until they release their own music really as their just doing covers (Young Homie and Astro’s lyrical changes being exceptions). They’re just showing you their potential for a future music career and I think that’s what they should be judged on.  

  • wolfsbane813

    “The X-Factor just lost whatever credibility it had going into this week. I can’t say this is the worse XF show I’ve ever seen, but its damn close.”

    Rock week on any talent show usually ends up in disaster. Usually there are one or two shinning performances, and the rest usually end up as barely hanging on or a complete trainwreck. Actually I feel this way about any genre theme night as there are only a couple of contestants out of any cast that are able to fit comfortably into those genres whereas the rest are fish out of water unless they have the artistic talent to flip an arrangement and make it their own.

    I prefer more genre-transcending themes like “movie night” or something like that where the genre selection is wide open and contestants can find songs that fit them because very rarely are there contestants who possess the skill to be able to rework a song outside of their genre in a week’s time (a la david cook, kris allen, etc) without major help from behind the scenes, and i feel like the judges aren’t as involved as they should be. they need to be playing this game smarter!! it shouldn’t be that hard to give a contestant a wow performance.

  • Kirsten

    And if some of you are still living under a rock and didn’t know, Rap is
    the 2nd best selling genre at the moment right behind “pop” music.

    I don’t live under a rock and I happen to know that’s not true. Not remotely true. While Rap does outsell genres like “New Age” and “Latin”, it’s nowhere close to the second best selling genre in the US. It’s the 6th best selling genre (narrowly edging out Christian albums likely because many Christian vendors don’t report to SoundScan (they are mom-and-pop bookstores)).

    Soundscan helpfully publishes the data for us every year:
    http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20110106006565/en/Nielsen-Company-Billboard%E2%80%99s-2010-Music-Industry-Report

    One can like Rap and think Astro has a promising career – we’ve had Idols become successes in smaller genres. Rap is still very popular and if LA can find some people to sing the hooks, Astro could also have songs that cross-over to Rhythmic, Pop and HAC.

  • Anonymous

    i was expecting much better for tonight. It was in general disappointing.

    The one i liked best by a good margin: Josh. I would buy a rock/pop-rock album from this guy if it’s good music

    Good ones: Melanie, Astro, Leroy (he lacks dynamics though in his singing imo)

    OK ones: Marcus

    Didn’t like much: Chris, Lakoda Rayne (they had good moments so it was very an uneven performance — it seems to me there’s someone in the group that ruins the vocals at times), Drew (good vocals but it’s always the same from song to song — she’s just too young and has not experienced enough in music yet), Rachel (such a bad song choice for her, it wasn’t fitting at all – she has sing much better in other performances)

    I was horrified: Stacey. I liked her in other performances so that’s a hell of an off night for her. I would prefer to see her stay instead of Chris and Lakoda Rayne though

  • Anonymous

    i agree with you. This Astro boy is going to be big!!! He’s a champ at what he does

  • Anonymous

    I think Melanie’s problem is Simon. At audition and judge’s house she was divine. I have yet to see her doing as well in the live shows

  • BAPC

    Lots. DA is a huge iTV hit in the UK. It’s on right after X-Factor.

  • Anonymous

    I think astro is going to go much further in this competition..i also think that coming in 5th or 6th is a win for him

  • Anonymous

    DANG…. ALOT OF DRAMA 2NITE…. IT’S GETTING CRAZY…. THEY ALL DID PRETTY GUD!!!!!!! I LIKED STACY FRANCIS PERFORMANCE TONIGHT…. LOVED IT…. U REMIND ME OF PATTI LABELLE!!!!!! HOW CAN U CRITICIZE HER FOR WHAT SHE DOES WITH A SONG WHEN SHE DID A GREAT JOB!!!!!!! GO STACY FRANCIS!!!!!!!! TRULY AMAZING!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Astro is very talented. I’m still waiting for someone to tell me how a label will market a 14-year-old rapper who can’t — or doesn’t — sing though. Doesn’t seem like that would be the easiest artist to try and market. I would guess they’ll hook him up with some r&b artists to sing hooks for him. But his age still makes me a little uncertain about whether he could be a big success right away.

    He definitely has the most potential out of this group of becoming a big star. While most of the others are quite  talented in terms of singing ability, none of them strike me as having that “it” (or “X’) Factor

  • jinxx315

    What was the song Marcus sang by Janis Joplin?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Damien-Roberts/1284868807 Damien Roberts

    I’m personally happy the judges finally decided, to well, judge. That said, I personally feel that LA has a point with Drew (mixing it up doesn’t mean selling out), I think this is the best Lakoda Rayne has ever sounded and they should probably re-think the entire country arc they’re trying to put them into, I think that Rachel’s voice is so far from being fully developed that she would have done much better a few years from now, and I think that Marcus Canty is on his way to a pretty strong finish despite not being part of the Melanie/Astro/Josh/Drew frontrunners club.

  • hapi

    I’m not fond of the judges picking the songs. Most are not good, especially Nicoles and sometimes Simon.  Those choices can do in a good contestant.

  • Anonymous

    Drew and Astro both stick with the same genre each week. The main difference is that Astro shows a lot more variation within his genre than Drew does. He keeps us guessing.  I have no problem with Astro performing rap every week,  as long as he figures out ways to adapt to the theme (which he does). 

    Drew’s problem is that she shows almost no diversity within her genre. I can always predict EXACTLY how she will perform a song, which is never good for an artist. Successful artists with a similar style, like Sarah McLachlan and Ingrid Michaelson show a lot of diversity, without compromising their signature style, so it is possible.. Fortunately, Drew is still very young and has a lot of time to develop these skills. Simon isn’t really helping though; She was easily my favorite contestant in the beginning, but now I zone out when she performs; therefore, a sustained fan base is not a guarantee.

    I wasn’t crazy about most of the performances this week. I actually liked Marcus, though. Melanie sounded amazing, but I didn’t like her interpretation of the REM song..it just didn’t fit. By the way, Nicole looks like someone who cries a lot. I felt bad for Lakoda Rayne. That was not a good song choice or choreography (it looked like they were playing dress up). I agreed with Simon’s harsh comments, but felt a bit uncomfortable when he told LA to watch his back…it seemed inappropriate. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/casslg87 Cassie Gildert

    I’m still trying to figure out why its okay for Astro to sing the same style every week, but not for Drew or Leroy. Really getting sick of the judges being so immature. I would love to see Drew win. I also like Leroy and Josh. But I’m sort of thinking it will come down to Rachel and Astro.

  • Anonymous

    Totally agree with the genre-transcending themes thought. It kinda sucks in that it lends itself to some people doing the same thing every week, and, as I’ve said, it works for some, not for others. But it does weed out those who aren’t charismatic enough to make themselves interesting while doing the same thing, AND it promotes both those with charisma (Scotty McCreery, for example) and/or the ability to switch things up a bit (Kris Allen, for example).  It’s part of the reason I liked Season 10 of Idol. If I do look at Season 10 of Idol, the themes were not as restrictive as they had been previously. Boxing the contestants to a Rock theme with no clear rock stars also does not work, as a lot of these song choices seem forced and non-rock.

    Oh God, the judges were annoying after Leroy’s performance. I’m not even easily annoyed. His performance was kinda weak though.

    Nicole looks like a raccoon tonight. Especially for this particular performance Nicole is right about the age. This reminds me a lot of Rebecca Ferguson’s version on X Factor UK, and Rebecca Ferguson sang it much better (For the record, I was a Rebecca stan and MJ and a lot of other people didn’t really approve of Rebecca’s version, so my opinion might be slightly weak). DUDE SHE JUST SAID “WHEN I’M DRIVING IN MY CAR”. She’s not even old enough to drive! HAHA.

  • Anonymous

    That’s funny. Thanx. and I do like drew.

  • Anonymous

    Don’t rappers do EXPLICIT lyrics?  Would Astro have to do that?  I wouldn’t know the difference, since I can’t understand a word they say.

  • Anonymous

    Very disappointing.  Doesn’t anyone know rock music anymore?  Josh came the closest.  Been listening to Bob Segar to cleanse my ears of tonight’s offerings. 

    I’ve had enough of LA complaining that certain contestants always sound the same every week.  That’s what I think of his group.  No originality–all wannabees.  Anyone who puts up rap for every genre has no business complaining about any of the others trying to change up songs to fit their own chosen genre. 

    So far there is no one I would waste time voting for.  I like the harmonies of Lakoda Rayne, but not sure it’s the girls or the six backup singers.  What’s up with that? 

    Just killing time until Idol starts back up.

  • Anonymous

    I used to like Drew’s voice. She was fantastic with “It must have been love”.

    I understand about sticking to what you do best despite being called a one-trick pony. But seriously, today is about sing rock songs OR songs in a ROCK STYLE. And what Drew did was not even remotely close to it.

    She reminds me of Pia, who stuck to ballad weeks after weeks, even in Motown and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Hey, at least what Astro rap was not that slow and sleepy. And the kid can move around on stage.

  • callmecrazy

    :)

    For me its a 1,2,3 system with Drew….1.Dim lights….2.Yodel every single word in baywatch slow motion….and 3.Curl up and fall asleep. *zzz’s*

  • BAPC

    “With or Without You” is a rock song. U2 is a rock band, Joshua Tree is a rock album and WOWY was the first single from that album. So the song choice fit the theme fine.

    But I do agree that Drew’s arrangements need more variation. Simon is not doing his job there. 

  • Anonymous

    I think I have officially given up on watching this show live. From now on I’m going to DVR it then I can watch it back and skip the bad performances and ridiculous critiques.  Liking the format of AI better.  This format clouds the judges critiques.

  • BAPC

    Not all of them use explicit lyrics. There are even rappers in Christian music now.

  • Anonymous

    Stacy hasn’t cried in a while. She kinda looked like she was about to kill someone, though. Yeah, that wasn’t good. Chris Rene is the only one I’ve somewhat liked so far.

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

    Have you never heard of RAP music?  There are TONS of rap artists who just  rap and don’t sing.  And they do VERY well.

  • Anonymous

    Something I don’t understand- why are people(not just here) already calling Astro and a few others “stars?” Haven’t we learned anything from idol? Even now when people say “Scotty is going to Be huge!” I still see people saying back “it’s still too soon to say!” I think the same applies to Astro.

  • sue

    I don’t care if that was rock or not, Drew was AMAZING!!!!!!!! I flove her version of the U2 song so much. Drew FTW!!!!!!! LOLs…

    I really enjoyed Astro, Melanie, Leroy and Josh. Most of them are soft rock, lols. 

    Anyway LA was really annoying this week, he needs to look at the song choices he picked for his contestants first before he goes apeshit over the other contestants song choices. He is just trying to get more creds for his artist which is bull since they are doing the same shit they do every week. The only one that isn’t getting old is Astro. Chis was meh this week. Marcus was not good at all.

    I feel so bad for Pauler, Lakoda Rayne was not good. What’s with Simon saying Pauler is out of the competition if her group goes? She will still be on the show judging right? She just won’t be mentoring.

    Nicole looks so stupid rocking out to Josh. She is such a ditz, for reals. Josh was good this week. Stacy was horrible but she will probably be safe anyway.

    In danger of going home tomorrow:  Leroy (because he went first and got crappy comments) 

    Stacy (she sucked and America will finally get tired of her sad story)

    Lakoda Rayne (because they sucked)

    The rest are safe I think? Who knows?

  • Anonymous

    Melanie, Josh and Astro are ahead of everyone tonight IMO.

    L.A. Reid was probably my favorite mentor, but that line to Melanie, that’s not a rock song? LOL. And I don’t know how I felt about his apparent jab at Drew, but I might be looking too deep into it. Melanie reminds me of Pia too, except Melanie has that certain something that Pia lacked. Connection, probably.

    I loved Josh. Even though I can hardly hear him, but this really fits him. STANDING OVATION. And I liked seeing a hot chick headbang even if she is kinda useless as a judge. He looks really dirty, though. I don’t have much of a problem with it because he’s pretty good, but I can see other people having that issue. It doesn’t really look like he brushes his teeth. That can lead to heart disease >_>.

    I think I’m a loser for this, but Astro’s performance almost brought me to tears. I couldn’t really tell if he dedicated the song to his mom or to hip hop. At first the lyrics sounded like the former, but the background and ending made it seem like the latter. Either way, that song, for whatever reason, hits me (probably in part due to nostalgia as that song reminds me of my childhood and in part due to the tribute aspect), and he delivered his own twist really well. 

  • Anonymous

    Did Steve just say that Drew was the last singer? I know he probably meant that she was Simon’s last singer, but I might have missed that. Either way, he is pretty awkward.

    I feel like Drew could be singing this better, but girl can sing. Okay, this is kind of a stretch, but I felt something totally different from what she’s done before. This is actually stunningly haunting. Her “yodel” sound was a little off-putting. I still stand by my statement that she’s not the type who can get away with doing the same thing each week like Astro, Scotty, or Crystal (It’s kind of a stretch, but I kinda need to throw a girl in there to prove that it’s not just because she’s a girl lol. I guess Crystal sounded similar each week but was so blazingly good at it). Drew didn’t need to apologize to Nicole. Nicole does have a point. I like the idea of her doing an uptempo. Certainly an improvement over last week. She’s probably my fourth place tonight after my seemingly constant top 3 of Melanie, Josh, and Astro.

    1. Astro
    2. Josh
    3. Melanie
    4. Drew
    5. Chris
    6. Leroy
    7. Rachel
    8. Marcus
    9. Stacy
    10. Lakoda Rayne

    I think any of Stacy, Lakoda Rayne, and Leroy will be Bottom 2. Rachel and Marcus had not-so-great weeks. I didn’t like what Marcus did with Piece of My Heart (Although I commend him for being one of the few to seem somewhat rock tonight).

    I don’t really want either of them to leave, but if I had to choose one, I’d say Lakoda Rayne. I like Paula as a mentor and it would really be a shame for her to have no acts remaining, but her acts suck. Nicole should have gotten the groups. I think the groups really need to be redone. I feel that they’re not going to do well on this show unless possibly we get one of those One Direction types (and I can’t stand One Direction, but a tween boyband might be the best chance of a group happening).

  • Tera2

    I loved Josh. Even though I can hardly hear him, but this really fits
    him. STANDING OVATION. And I liked seeing a hot chick headbang even if
    she is kinda useless as a judge. He looks really dirty, though. I don’t
    have much of a problem with it because he’s pretty good, but I can see
    other people having that issue. It doesn’t really look like he brushes
    his teeth. That can lead to heart disease >_>.

    “He looks dirty like he doesnt brush his teeth, which can cause heart disease”?  I’ve seen people say non complimentary things about Josh’s appearance, but this is harsh – but it made me laugh.  LOL.  He’s a heavy guy and his hair is kind of messy, but I haven’t noticed his teeth. (Chris Rene’s teeth is kind of messed up though)   Poor Josh.  I’m not into his gruff voice, but he can sing and did well tonight.

  • Anonymous

    Astro is growing on me. There’s depth to that kid. Something in there. I’m not a hip hop fan, but he’s an old soul.  He reminds me of Crystal, weirdly enough. 

    Drew is pretty adorable, but she’s never been asked to stretch so she hasn’t.  I feel like she’s going to go from X Factor to guesting on that Zooey Deschanel show.  Like as the little sister.  All things considered, I prefer Xenia from The Voice in the category of ‘Weird offbeat Young Vocalist, Budding.”

    Melanie sings and I think ‘oh pretty.’  Then I forget about her entirely. 

    I live in Seattle. I love Leroy. He’s just kind of chill. We’re like that here. 

    Josh. See: I live in Seattle. I’ve seen Josh-esque performers.  I don’t think he’s special. 

    Stacey: Go. Away. And take your bitchface with you. 

    Lakoda Rayne:  Poor dears. No. 

    There were others?  I didn’t notice. 

  • Anonymous

    I’m conflicted about Drew. I like her voice, it’s very unique. And I thought her version of With or Without You was good (I would have toned down the church like background vocals though). But I don’t know if I would buy an entire album of hers.

  • Anonymous

    This kinda sounds slippery slope, but bad teeth likely means bad gums. Bad gums can be a risk factor for heart disease to my knowledge, plus he looks pretty heavy. He kinda has the appearance of someone who doesn’t really take care of himself. For his sake, I hope I’m wrong! I’m just being my health nutty self and this doesn’t really mean anything.

    Chris Rene’s teeth are kinda odd too. I wonder if he has gum disease too. Two anti-Paul McDonalds lol.

    “Astro is growing on me. There’s depth to that kid. Something in there.
    I’m not a hip hop fan, but he’s an old soul.  He reminds me of Crystal,
    weirdly enough. ”

    I can see this for some reason, too. Astro reminds me of Crystal and Scotty, but I don’t know why. My two favorites from the last few seasons of Idol.

  • Anonymous

    Just watched the videos, thank you MJ.

    I thought that ALL the arrangements were dreadful, and I wouldn’t have guessed that it was rock night if it hadn’t been mentioned.

    Drew was great, although a bit on the sleepy side, and Josh was good but lacks some edge.

  • Anonymous

    I hope that Astro won’t win this since he will make those millions soon enough. Yes, eventhough he does not sing anything, he has the X-Factor.
    I just hate LA Reid, he is just too mean in a really mean way. Hard to describe it.

    Stacy was fun to watch. She sang that song really, really flat. And afterward, she did not smile even a little bit. Nothing. I want her gone, but I want to see the fun thing again next week.

  • Listening

    I’d like to say I finally pedaled faster as LA Reid would say and caught on that Astro’s ENTIRE song was about Hip- Hop not just the last few seconds. During his performance I was a little weirded out how he was so focused on a 40 year old woman but I let it go writing it off as puppy love. Then i’m rewatching his intro vid again not just his performance and it suddenly makes sense. He said his song was  hip-hop and  it’s a love song. I originally thought oh he’s doing a hip hop version of a love song but no it’s a love song about hip hop. i’m like pedal faster girl he simply substituted the word girl for hip-hop. Now it all becomes clear he didn’t switch up the content of the song from some girl to hip-hop it was always hip hop. I’m like this kid really is a genius he made it more relatable by using  girl as a metaphor for hip-hop.

    Listen to the lyrics of the song you might have to watch it a few times to catch everything but it’s a positive message about how singing about drugs and violence etc. has changed hip-hop music. He may sing/rap the same style all the time but the lyrics/ content keep you intrigued. He’s got charisma and a stage presence that doesn’t bore you.

  • Kylee

    Hopefully this isn’t too off topic…But this is the X-Factor thread and Simon and X-Factor are on topic?

    Anyway, I don’t know whether to laugh or be sad at this tweet(yes, Simon has a twitter now):

    MikeDeWyze: @SimonCowell You need to get my brother Lee DeWyze on the X-factor Finale

  • shuey

    First off! lets get real!!! Rock Night Sucked Ass! Josh Krajcik was just ok..nothing more. I dont even want to play back one performance! Do you?  

    If L.A says one more time about anyone doing the same shit every week…im gona loose it…his lil boy does the same shit week after week! & hes not a singer btw :) so stfu L.A .
    1. Drew ..she will sell records!
    2. Melanie Amaro. OMG what a wrong song he gave her!…shit ..i would of given her any tune BY pat benatar…that would of kicked ass.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for the videos as always! I missed tonight so I’m glad this resource is here. 

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

    This makes lot of sense. Why would we want the talented person to win it? Let’s have someone white mediocre win the recording contract instead, so they get a chance in the showbizz too!!!

    Maybe Bieber should give up his AMAs spot on sunday too. Let’s have Cook, Allen or Dewyze perform instead. He made his millions already, he’s Canadian and these are the American music awards. It’s only fair to let the idols of America perform.

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

    Steve says people like Simon better when he is mean.  I guess Twitter is providing this info.  I think tonight made me dislike him even more.

    Seems Josh may be going after the same audience James Durbin wants.  He is a good singer, but I like Melanie more.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Well, I’m going back to just watching the performances on videos here at MJ’s.  lol  For me, the fighting of the judges is just too lame to watch and detracts from the contestants far too much.  As of now, I’m not really a fan of anyone, and although some are talented contestants, I don’t see anyone who I’m really enthusiastic about yet. 

    I’m one of the few who isn’t a fan of Drew’s.  I think that she’s talented, especially for her age, but I don’t like her “yodeling” singing style which seems to be getting more pronouncedly yodelly as the show goes on.  lol  She seems like a sweet girl, but also comes across to me as cloying and gooey which I find a bit icky.  Rachel is really talented, but Simon has made lame song choices for her and I wonder if people will actually pay to see her perform songs like “Satisfaction”?  I lol’ed when LA told Chris that he wasn’t sure if he would stay on key and was relieved that he did!  Chris seems like a nice guy, but I think that he’s relying a lot on his backstory to advance.  I like Melanie, but fear that she’s too “old fashioned” to fit into the current music scene.  Stacey has outlived her entertainment value and needs to go, especially if she’s going to continue to react to negative criticism with that look on her face.  lol  For me, a big negative of the show is too much involvement and “shaping” by the judges/mentors and over production/staging.  I prefer to see the contestants more unembellished and making their own decisions on song choice and performance, staging, etc. 

  • Anonymous

    There is a clear top 5 to me: Astro, Rachel, Drew, Melanie, and Josh

    There is a clear bottom 2: Stacey and Lakoda Rayne

    That leaves Chris, LeRoy, and Marcus somewhere in the middle.

  • http://twitter.com/BazzleFjsm Bazzle

    Ok I went through all the performances. Josh & Rachel were the best, but overall everything fell short for me tonight. It’s hard for Astro to do any wrong he seems to just own it each week. But its hard to compare him in this competition with the simple fact that he doesn’t need to SING. Stacy, Chris fell short on vocals and Drew could have put more dynamic into the song, we’ve seen her do it. But I actually liked Chris’s performance although he strains he does actually stay on pitch. Leroy & Melanie great vocals but weren’t that amazing performance wise. Agree with Simon, if only Lakoda Rayne got rid of all that gimmicky stuff it would have been good. But abandoning the country image with the pink and black background.. didn’t like that. Can’t believe Im saying this but worst performance for me tonight was Marcus. Agree with Simon again.. everything was just wrong. I mean he sang well but the entire performance just put me off so much, it’s like he was trying to be Prince or something.

  • jinxx315

    I thought X-Factor was about finding a “Star.” None of them seem like Star material to me accept for Melanie and Rachel. Just because you can sing, doesn’t necessarily mean you have Star power. Drew is like Janet Develin to me, same old thing every week. Her voice no way sounds like that, she is imitating other singers with the way she quivers and yodels her voice. Sorry it just drives me up the wall lol. Oh, and Nicole should be replaced. The past show or two she has really irritated me. Thank you for the vids MJ since I wasn’t able to watch it!

  • Anonymous

    I had to change the channel 10 seconds after Astro started. The only Astro I like is the dog on the Jetsons! The boy can not sing a lick!

  • Anonymous

    “I disagree with the judges but I am sure that is just me. I much
    preferred Leroy to Rachel tonight.”

    Ah, but Rachel’s so much younger and therefore there’s so much more opportunity to make money off of her!

    Seriously.

    And asking a girl of her age, whom Simon’s been trying to depict as a kind of latter-day Shirley Temple at times, to sing Satisfaction? Gross. Stupid. And, in addition, total fail with the song. I really really don’t want to listen to a chubby-face kid who looks like a pre-teenager singing — in a completely unconvincing way, of course — a jokey song about her frustration at being unable to get her rocks off. Please.

  • Tess

    Actually watched X last night in between reading a book and my vote definitely goes with the book.  I was appalled at the judges and their comments and actions and how much the show is focused on them to the absolute detriment of the contestants (who are horrible and unlikable for the most part any whos).  

    I found the show as a whole very insulting to me as a viewer…everything seemed so OTT and “fake” and very, very scripted…right down to the eyebrow lifts and the frowns and the very weird argument about what is “rock” from the judges.

    I didn’t hear a single contestant who I think would be recording material…the 13 year old’s youth galled me (why would I vote for a Disney wannabe), the back stories were emphasized way too much (I am interested in a guy’s struggle with sobriety while he is on a singing competition show, why?) and the contestants seemed as scripted and “typed” as the lousy judges.

    Glad I had my book…and now off to watch the good TV that I recorded.

  • BonnieDee

    Drew’s songs all sound the same to me.  

  • Anonymous

    Dear Stacy:
    The key in which you attempted to sing “It’s All Coming Back to Me Now” does not exist.
    That is all.

  • Anonymous

    I thought last night’s performances were pretty boring. Josh was the only one who actually stayed true to the theme. Drew, Melanie, and Astro are all good, but they are becoming predictable. It’s the same thing every week, and I blame their “mentors” ( LA and simon) who are not creative and never take risks. 

    Melanie IMO should of been challenged more, because she has the range. She could of have handled those classic rock songs that are hard to sing. 

    LA is ridiculous. He could have given Astro the Jay Z/Linkin Park mash up, or “Walk this Way” by Aerosmith could of worked too. 

    As for Drew, yes she sang beautifully, but she sounds the same to me every week. Simon should give her an uptempo song just to change it up a bit. 

    I hope Stacy leaves, because she was awful. I hate the tone of her voice and she’s so dramatic when she performs.

  • http://www.facebook.com/asmond Asmond Chew

    i think this show officially suck. its not even half as exciting as american idol. 

  • Anonymous

    I really don’t get Drew at all.  That yodel thing is OK occasionally, but it is seeming contrived lately.  She doesn’t have much of a range.  When she hits a higher note it is so wispy that it is barely there.  I also think her tone sometimes comes off as whiny.  It is funny because I think Simon would have snarked at all of his girls on Idol.  He would have told Melanie she should be singing different songs…remember Carly and Lil. 

    Also, where was the choreography in Drew’s performance.  She mentioned how she had to work on her choreography….maybe she was talking about for the group number tonight.

  • Anonymous

    well I haven’t actually watched the Xfactor, just seen bits of the videos on here, so can’t really comment on the overall show. But would just like to say that I really don’t want to see or hear 13 year olds unless it was my own kids and I could be the gloating mother….Rachel and Astro (hate rap so can’t really listen to him..) are talented but I just don’t want to hear kids singing on the radio or my Ipod. And Drew (is she really a teenager?) she looks about 23, sounds great but very slow and boring each week. Think Melanie is probably the best, don’t think I would buy her music though.

  • Anonymous

    Okay – I have to say that last night was simply embarrassing, it was so bad.  I asked a friend to watch with me that is not really into these reality show singing competitions, but watched American Idol with me last year (for the first time) and ended up enjoying it.  He has not seen this show yet – last night was his first time.  I could see the WTF look on his face the whole time, and all he could say at the end was – First of all only one of them even sang a rock song.  Second, he thought none of them could even come close to the top 11 of Idol last year, and couldn’t believe that one of the acts from last night is going to win a 5 million dollar recording contract.  He said to call him when Idol starts again and he will watch that again, but he thought X-Factor was really, really bad.  After last night, I think I agree with him.

  • Anonymous

    Do not get this whole show the judges interactions are so weird.  I only like Paula on that panel and how weird is that.  Although some of these contestants have talent it is hard to see it with everything else going on and I haven’t been able to really feel passionate about anyone.  I find Melanie the most likable the two kids Drew and Rachael are just annoying at this point.  The Shirley Temple routine of Rachael’s is throw up material.  Astos’s talented and has toned down his bravado so I have found him more likable last night but rap is not my thing.  Do not know what that train wreck of Stacy’s was  man that was really really bad.  My prediction for tonight Stacy and The girl group at the bottom Stacy goes home.

  • Trina

    Astro isnt a singer, he made it perfectly clear from day one he’s a rapper. Not everyone will get what he’s doing but he’s extremely good at it.

    I wonder if Simon was missing Adam and David last night after the hot mess that was “Rock” week though heh.

  • GS61

    Best post on here!!!

  • http://twitter.com/tinawinabina Tinawina

    Okay, y’all made me laugh this morning!

    So I watched to clips of the people I didn’t see last night.

    Leroy sang well and got slaughtered by the judges. Rachel sounded like hot buttered ass and got a standing ovation. Alrighty then.

    Drew has so much talent but I swear, all I think when she sings is “This is Christina Perri’s schtick”. Slow, sad, rock-ish song sung slowly and sadly. Simon is all kinds of fail at mentoring her right now.

    Marcus.. just no. Don’t do that to a song that good ever again. And do you really want to be the guy crawling through a sea of women’s open legs? Eewww.

    Lakoda Rayne… no x4. Go home. I’m done with you.

    Every singing contest has a trainwreck night, so I am not holding that against XFactor. I am, however, getting really pissed at how bad a job this show is doing at showcasing some really talented people. Stupid song choices, feedback designed to derail the competition rather than help anyone grow, stupid mean spirited fights between the mentors, flashing lights and background singers that drown out the contestants… this show is not FUN. I’m supposed to be having a good time instead of wanting to punch nearly everyone on the screen. Why am I not laughing or clapping? Yuck.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lynda-Hanson-Beaugez/100000081366443 Lynda Hanson Beaugez

    I so agree!  I kinda felt sorry for this kid; but that t-shirt changed my view! 

    I really do detest this show.  It has nothing to do with the contestants.  Leroy has a gorgeous voice and will be gone shortly.  The two little puke kids will be there til the end, I’m sure.  Am I the only one who thinks if Astro wins this, he will NEVAH finish school. 

  • GS61

    Exactly.

    That is why they should never have lowered the age on idol also.
    I love Scotty and Lauren (not really their music though), but BOTH should be finishing at least High School, I mean right now, full time.

    I hope this doesn’t hurt them down the road.

  • georgiarealist

    What a mess this was. I don’t care for several of the contestants, but I never thought they could be quite this bad! My favorites were Josh & Drew, with Melanie & Leroy (and maybe Marcus) in the acceptable range. The annoying kid did his usual thing – I suppose he’ll make money doing that for the foreseeable future, but it won’t be from me. As far as the rest go, I’d be fine with sending them all home this week. Thank goodness I had a phone call at the beginning and put my DVR on Pause – at least I was able to fast forward through Rachel & Stacy! I’m no fan of Stacy’s singing style, but she was so far off key that I’m not sure she ever hit one note right. And I cannot imagine why Simon thought “Satisfaction” would be appropriate for Rachel Crow, but she was horrible as well. Her Etta James song last week was at least one she could actually sing – but this was a total disaster. 

    In a just world, Stacy would leave this week. I’m afraid she has fans, though, and we may be stuck with her. Poor Paula may well lose her last group, since Lakoda Rayne was certainly not up to this so-called theme. Same with Chris Rene – he was terrible, but he appears to have a fanbase.

  • Anonymous

    I actually own a lot of rap music. But if Astro wants to cross over and sell his music to people who aren’t  rap fans, he’s likely going to have to come up with songs that feature other artists singing the hooks.

    However, the main point of my comment was his AGE, not the fact that he doesn’t sing. I agree that there are many rappers who do fine without singing at all. But how many successful 14-year-old rappers are there? In my opinion, that is going to be his problem (if he has one) — not the fact that he doesn’t sing.

  • Anonymous

     

    I really don’t get Drew at all.  That yodel thing is OK occasionally,
    but it is seeming contrived lately.

    Used occasionally it is another valuable tool in her toolbox.
    Used to excess it is schtick.

    Once or twice per verse is acceptable to me but last night I swear she did it two or three times per line.
    Way, way too often.
    It was distracting and IMO ridiculous.

  • Anonymous

    Good post Tinawina – you made me laugh.  That is my reaction to X-Factor too – it is just not an enjoyable show to watch.  Not to keep comparing to Idol, but last season during Idol I really had fun watching the show.  I laughed at Steven Tyler’s comments, was shocked at Pia’s early elimination, cried along with James, cheered when they saved Casey, clapped and sang along with the performances and was thrilled when my favorites got through to the top 4, and loved how all of them truly cared about each other and became friends – in short I really cared about the contestants and who won or didn’t win.  I just can’t seem to warm up to a single one of the acts on X-Factor, or the judges, or even the dry, lifeless host.  The over the top production and gyrating back up dancers and back up singing that drowns out the contestants is just all too much for me, and honestly, the contestants just aren’t that likeable –  I way prefer American Idol’s format.  I truly couldn’t care less who stays or goes on X-Factor.

  • Anonymous

     Am I the only one who thinks if Astro wins this, he will NEVAH finish school.

    What? Why are you assuming he’s going to drop out of school. I don’t follow him on twitter, but I read through his timeline once, and he was tweeting about having to go to school on Sunday, and he said Education was 1st than music 2nd. And I’m sure his mom will make sure he finishes school even if he has a recording deal. 

  • GS61

    You summed up this train wreck of a show perfectly.
    Couldn’t agree more with everything you said.
    This show has no heart.

  • Anonymous

    Many kids have alternate schooling and do just fine in life.  I would guess all these kids do 2-3 hours intensive schooling online with a teacher focasing on them while on these shows and then in some form one on one learning after the shows.  Not everyone needs to travel the same path to learn and succeed in life. Seems like all these kids are pretty hard workers  weather it be with singing or schooling.

  • http://twitter.com/tinawinabina Tinawina

    I am so with you thirdtime! Not to mention The Voice as well. Talk about a fun show. The judges were competitive too but they clearly liked one another and were having ball while gently poking fun at each other. I got at least one good belly laugh every time I turned it on. Plus it was clear how much they cared about and respected the contestants on their team.

    I just think Simon gets the competition thing wrong. It is possible to be truly competitive, to want success, and not be a complete ass about it. He likes the nasty cuthroat stuff, he thinks it’s more real. It may be, but that doesn’t mean people want to root for it every week.

  • http://twitter.com/HaleysShindig ShreddingHalien

    It’s a crying shame that one of these acts is going to receive 5 million dollars. 

  • GS61

    I hope you are right.

  • Anonymous

    However, the main point of my comment was his AGE, not the fact that he doesn’t sing. I agree that there are many rappers who do fine without singing at all. But how many successful 14-year-old rappers are there? In my opinion, that is going to be his problem (if he has one) — not the fact that he doesn’t sing.

    There have been a lot of successful teen rappers.   The song that Astro performed the first week, was first performed by two preteen rappers.  A lot of current successful rappers started rapping professionally when they were just teenagers, for example Lil Wayne.  Signing Astro now would be a good idea, since he would have time to develop his craft.  Even though at this point, he’s a lot more believable as a rapper than Chris Rene.

  • geekygirl

     got to watch this show live for the first time as I am on holiday here.  First off, WHERE in god’s name did they get that announcer?  He is pants!  Just awful, never heard of him, and he is dry as toast! The judges are mean and it is just a bitch slap fest.  Simon is as unbearably egotistical as ever, thank god he is gone from AI.  And I agree with the comments that I didn’t warm to any of them, except maybe Leroy.  I loved the AI contestants even if I didn’t like some of their singing styles, and I even like the X Factor UK contestants atm.  Bad choice of songs and i wish they had dropped the XFacotr unneccesary pandering footage as the introduction.  I always hate that bit.  I hope this was a really bad week, as all I have been doing is watching MJ’s clips and not the whole show in the past.  Just EWWWW, but the one thing I would love is if Simon’s show falls flat on its face! :)

  • Starlight

    OK. That was the lamest Rock Week ever. Josh was the closest and I thought he did well. I also thought Melanie did good. But after that it went downhill for me. I just cant buy into Astro’s rap. To me, its not believable. His age is a detractor for me. And Stacy, well, I thought she was going to faint at the negative comments being thrown at her. I did not like what she sang last night at all.
    A little bit of judging banter is OK but it seemed to go wayyyy too far last night.

  • dee pee

    But I think as the weeks go by, more and more people will come around that haven’t already.

    It just bothers me though when people say he’s cocky!  Some people must have serious insecurity issues to be saying that.  Are you kidding me, he’s one of the most humble contestants on the show!  Look at him after every performance, you can clearly see he carries himself with humility when the judges give their feedback.  He’s an example of someone who has the utmost confidence and belief in himself, but is not delusional or cocky.  He’s very poised and like 
    Simon said last night, more mature then most of the other contestants.

    Then compare that Stacy Francis who has that smug look on her face when getting critiqued.  Who’s always dramatic and crying every 5 seconds…

    Like Astro said last week “Boo too enough of the sad stories, I can’t depend on my pancreas to make insulin for me!”

    He said that because he has diabetes!  But you don’t hear him using that as a crutch.  He just goes out and does his job and performs every week.

  • dee pee

    Here are the lyrics from his performance last night if anyone is interested.  If you liked his performance you might even appreciate it more now.  The kids a genius!  Remember the girl he’s talking about throughout the song is Hip-Hop music!

    This is dedicated to her, the one and only girl
    That’s known all over the world
    She 40 years old, but I still try and speak to her
    We talk all the time, and my heart beats through her
    She messed with the wrong dudes, now she messed up
    Started doin’ drugs and showin’ the kids that stuff
    She rockin’ jewelry and gettin’ ballistic
    With pistols, whips, and materialistic…things
    She changes slowly
    But still, I’d rather be with her than chill with my homies
    Put on my headphones and zone out
    Listen to my favorite rap, and she the one I think about
    She left the hood, and went to the bright lights
    And now, her voice just don’t sound right
    I see that she havin’ a few issues
    The truth is, I miss you

    Every little step I take, I think about those good old days
    Every little move I make, I think about those good old days
    Every time I pray, I be missin’…Missing you, and I want you to know
    Dang girl, tell me where did you go?

    Remember Rappin’ Duke, duh-ha duh-ha
    I never thought that one girl could bring me this far
    Every time I look at her doin’ her thing
    I remember how we met through the Sugar Hill Gang
    She the only one that I could depend on
    It may sound a little weird, comin’ from a kid
    Cuz she was here before I was born
    But we fell in love, as soon as I found out what love is
    I want to get it back to the old her
    And stop lettin’ the dancers control her
    I want to take it back to the old days
    When we connected by lettin’ the records play
    But now, it’s the opposite of that
    Bunch of dudes in the ear just talkin’ crap
    The good news for anybody missin’ it like I do
    Your boy’s bringin’ hip hop back

    Every single step…
    Every little move…
    Every time I pray, I be missin’…
    Missin’ you, and I want you to know
    Dang girl, tell me where did you go?

    If you love hip hop like I do, let me see y’all wave y’all hands

    What a life to take
    What a bond to…
    Missin’ you, and I want you to know
    Hip hop, tell me where did you go?

    ‘Stro I miss you, hip hop

  • Anonymous

     I just cant buy into Astro’s rap. To me, its not believable. 

    Astro is a TRUE rapper IMO. Much more believable than many of the so called “rappers” out there right now. I don’t think many people see how genius this kid is. Just listen to the  lyrics he comes up with at just 15, he’s a poet. He wrote a “love song” to Hip Hop last night. My criticism was that it did not go along with the theme, but watching it back, his rap on it’s own was very impressive. 

  • Anonymous

    Remember Rappin’ Duke, duh-ha duh-ha
    I never thought that one girl could bring me this far
    Every time I look at her doin’ her thing
    I remember how we met through the Sugar Hill Gang
    She the only one that I could depend on
    It may sound a little weird, comin’ from a kid
    Cuz she was here before I was born
    But we fell in love, as soon as I found out what love is
    I want to get it back to the old her
    And stop lettin’ the dancers control her
    I want to take it back to the old days
    When we connected by lettin’ the records play
    But now, it’s the opposite of that
    Bunch of dudes in the ear just talkin’ crap
    The good news for anybody missin’ it like I do
    Your boy’s bringin’ hip hop back

    This part is really good.

  • Anonymous

    So I’m not the only one noticing this.  Almost begging for the audience to clap and cheer. LOL  Sometimes I think they even have canned clapping and screaming.  Just seems fake to me at times.

  • Trina

    But how many successful 14-year-old rappers are there? In my opinion,
    that is going to be his problem (if he has one) — not the fact that he
    doesn’t sing.

    Replace 14 with “17” and rap with “country artists” and the same exact thing was said about Scotty a few months ago when people were predicting he would be huge. IMO his age wont matter, but whats impressive is right now hes getting kudos from iconic people in his chosen genre.

  • Anonymous

    I am glad to see that I am not the only one who has noticed this.  They need to prompt the audience to start cheering and clapping.  I have been wondering if they can some of that in.  Seems so fake to be at times.

  • Anonymous

    I agree with you completely.  It was a train wreck and the judges don’t even seem to know what rock is with the exception of Josh’s performance.

  • Anonymous

    In my opinion Josh is the only one who totally sang rock this week and I think that is such a shame. It seems like even the judges don’t know what rock is.

  • Anonymous

    Stacey has lied about never having a chance and she thinks she is so good.  I hope she goes this week.  I don’t see what some people see in her.

  • Anonymous

    LA talks about Drew being boring and doing the same thing each and every week.  His Astro and Chris do the same thing each week as well.  Neither of them can sing and if you are not a rap fan you don’t enjoy their performances.  I think if someone is worth $5 million they should be able to stick to the themes or why bother to have themes.

  • Anonymous

    I can appreciate the fact that you are stanning hard for Astro, but if you are going to post here, you have to respect fellow poster’s opinions.

    Please don’t become angry or overly defensive when others don’t like your favorite. 

    Everybody is entitled to an opinion. Please don’t put words in peoples’ mouths or assume their motives.  ie. people who don’t like Astro don’t like rap music. That sort of rhetoric is a generalization and starts arguments.

  • Anonymous

    The best of the night was by far Josh! Second, is Drew; I really love Drew and she is my favorite, but she wasn’t the best of the night. What really pisses me off is that the judges keep on telling Drew to do something different. What about this Astro kid?! He’s doing rap every week and no one gives him shit about that! I also don’t know what Simon was thinking I loved Lakoda Rayne this week. My top 3 this week had to be Drew, Josh, and Lakoda Rayne.

  • Anonymous

    I agree with you.  He talks about Drew being boring and doing the same thing each and every week.  His Astro and Chris do the same thing each week as well.  Neither of them can sing and if you are not a rap fan you don’t enjoy their performances.  I think if someone is worth $5 million they should be able to stick to the themes or why bother to have themes.

    I couldn’t disagree more.  First of all, there are rap/rock songs and rap/rock groups.  A few were pointed out last night, including Cypress Hill, Kid Rock, when he first started his career.  There are rappers, including Lil Wayne, who have released rap/rock albums.   So, while I’ll admit that LA didn’t give Astro one of the many rap/rock songs that are available, it’s not like this genre of music doesn’t exist.As far as people not liking rap, how is this any different from people who don’t like any other type of music?  Some people don’t like r&b, pop, HAC, soft rock, whatever, but so what?As far as Astro doing the same thing every week, because he’s a rapper, I don’t get that.  If anything he’s the most original contestant, because he’s writing his own lyrics every week.  I don’t see how that constitutes doing the same thing.  Drew is slowing every song down, even songs that were slow to begin with, and singing them in the same monotone voice.  She’s relying on her unique vocals, while not adding anything else to the song.  There’s nothing wrong with that, but it’s a big difference, when compared to someone who is coming up with their own words to songs every week, and coming up with ways to let people know who he is.

  • Anonymous

    Georgiarealist I agree with everything you said.  In my world Stacey should go home.  Followed by Chris.  I am not a rap fan so I can’t appreciate Astro as well.  I am sure he is very talented and if you like that type of music I can see where he would have a very successful career.  I like all types of music.  Rap is the only one I can say I was never a fan of and I don’t care who does it.  I know Eminem is extremely popular, but when I see him perform on an award show all I hear is him being bleeped out.  Again, not trying to say anything against people who like listening to it or those performing it.  It’s just my opinion.  I am not liking this show and the winner will get $5 million.  I don’t know if any of them are worth that much money.  I saw some that were sent home before the finals were chosen that I think have more talent than some of the people that made it through.  Again, just my opinion.

  • http://twitter.com/tinawinabina Tinawina

    Well I like Astro a lot, he’s one of my favorites, but he’s IS doing the same thing every week IMO. I don’t mean rapping, but he is rapping the same super fast way. LA should chose a song that makes him slow down a little, or give him the opportunity to to rap to a quieter beat that doesn’t require him to yell over the music. His voice isn’t deep enough to fight with certain tracks unless he yells. He needs to switch it up as much as Drew, but Drew is less energetic on stage so it’s a more glaring problem with her.

    As far as his age, it’s not going to be a problem. Exhibit 1: Lil Bow Wow. Exhibit 2: he’s not trying to be Lil Wayne, whose persona is about drug dealing, drug using, and running hos. He’s MUCH more like a young Lupe Fiasco type or J Cole. These guys have followers because of clever, thoughtful rhymes and general rap skills. B.O.B. mines a similar vein and makes lots of money doing so. Astro can do that kind of thing and be fine. Plus he already has the approval of some of the rap audience, his performances are always posted on a very popular hip hop blog I visit and the comments are always overwhelmingly positive.

  • Anonymous

    The judges/mentors may be the worst part of the show.  Paula had it the hardest, trying to help the groups, especially the ones who did not choose to be a group on the first place.  The girls from Lakoda Rayne have barely had a chance to get to know each other to become a team.  Each wanted to be a solo performer.  They are making the best of a bad thing and Paula is trying to work with that.  It’s obvious that each one of the girls wants her moment to shine.  I very much doubt they remain a group for long, even if they should win, which seems unlikely.

    I dislike LA as a mentor the most. I kinda liked him when they first started the show, but have quickly come to feel he is prejudiced in the type of performer he would support, just by the male performers he chose to begin with.  Yes, I hate rap–because it’s repetitive and it’s rarely articulated well enough to understand the words, except for certain key words.  Plus it seems that it has to have specific hand gestures and body movement.  Turn the volume off and I can tell the performance is rap. I just don’t find that entertaining. But that’s just my opinion.  Obviously there are plenty of fans of that type of “music” or it wouldn’t be so prevalent.  I still gotta wonder if pure rap is on its way out, since most of the recent music I’ve heard combines rap performance with an actual singer, and those have been very well done.

    Wish we could just vote off the one we’d like to see go–Stacy would get my vote.  That was a mess.

  • dee pee

    what are you talking about MJ?  Maybe I gave off the wrong impression but I do respect everyone’s opinions so if I came off that way I’m sorry.  I understand completely if people don’t like Astro.  But nearly everyone who has said they don’t so far to my recollection has usually prefaced their opinion by saying they don’t like rap music.  So I wouldn’t say my statement was that unfair.  If people don’t enjoy Astro that is completely fine people like different things.  If people hate Rap music, that is also fine no one has to like any kind of music.

    However I don’t think it’s fair for people to be saying that he needs to sing when he is not singer, that does not make sense.  It’s different then another contestant staying in their genre week after week because rapping and singing are 2 completely different forms of music.  Astro has never claimed to be a singer, it’s been clear from the start he is a rapper.

    I also may have gotten defensive when people said he is cocky.  I don’t think it’s fair to call a 15 year old kid cocky, when in fact he’s not and is actually quite humble.  At the start of the show I can see how he may have given off that vibe but I think he’s proven he’s far from some cocky know it all type kid, he just believes in himself.

    Other then that, people can hate on Astro all they want :)

  • dee pee

    You do have a point.  I think his week 1, 2, 4 (last night) performances were all pretty similar.  Fast rap, older type rap in terms of rhyme structure and flow.  I think his Lose Yourself performance stood out on it’s own though and showed what he’s really capable of.

  • http://twitter.com/tinawinabina Tinawina

    I agree that Lose Yourself was the closest thing to a departure from his standard style, and I absolutely agree about his potential. Most 15 year olds trying to rap simply imitate their heroes and/or write simplistic tough guy type rhymes. This kid is a real lyricist. I mean the hip-hop as a woman thing has been done before (Common’s “I Used To Love H.E.R.” being the most famous one) but Astro did a really impressive take on the concept. I think he has some cadence/flow stuff to clean up but his breath control already seems to have improved. I can’t imagine how good he’ll be in a few years.

  • Kylee

    I personally don’t think finishing High School should be a requirement. In the end its their decision and if they are ready, then they are ready.

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

    I think there are a few contestants here who are likeable; however, the rest of your post rings true!  This is so much about the judges, especially Simon.  I am disappointed in the show.

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

    It isn’t just your opinion…honest!  Rapping is not singing, IMO.  I still dislike Simon the most, but L.A. Reid is right up there as a lousy mentor & judge.  I do like Paula and Nicole, though. 

  • Anonymous

    trouble is I can’t actually make out the lyrics when I hear him…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DBB7YFGWUIBD7QOQABYCGVJLAQ Rachel

    Someone please tell me who the asian back up singer is! So HOT! Seriously watched the show just for him!….well, almost.