You know what? I’m not going to change last week’s voting order much in my power list this week. Tate Stevens, Carly Rose and Vino Alan are literally the only X Factor finalists who have a clear idea of who they are as artists. (Well, Lyric has a strong identity, but we’ll get to her in a bit). They need very little mentoring, which is a good thing. Because the acts who need guidance are being led by judges who aren’t very good at their jobs.

Diamond White and Fifth Harmony are interchangeable at 4 and 5. Neither is a great act, but they seem to have already amassed a following. As I said in my recap, Emblem 3 are polished and professional, but come off as asshats. Unless they have a strong fan group who kicked into gear last night, I don’t think their performance or video package demeanor helped to kick them up the leaderboard.

Jennel Garcia is still coming off as a bland rock-chick knockoff. Demi’s song choice for her “Proud Mary” was so predictable. Demi’s girl, Paige Thomas seemed ill at ease in a performance that should have had the studio on their feet. Demi is doing none of her acts any favors, to say the least.

Lyric 145 are fantastic, but as a rap/hip hop group, they aren’t connecting to the X Factor demo, which seems to be older and conservative. I don’t expect them to last very long, unfortunately.

If CeCe Frey had performed earlier in the line up and hadn’t been pimped so hard, she’d be a goner tonight. Her vocal was comically off key. She tries way too hard. And the “poor little me” backstory–that includes parents who can’t afford to fly out to LA to see her– is irritating. Unless she really steps it up, she’s gone in a couple of weeks.

Britney Spears has no clue what to do with Beatrice Miller. She could be in danger this week. Her elimination might be a blessing. It breaks my heart, that the young singer feels responsible for her family problems. A 13 year old should not feel that it’s up to her to fix her family–either emotionally OR financially. Beatrice needs to go home and have a childhood.

I will be very surprised if Arin Ray is not eliminated tonight. Unless there is a swarm of teen girls, rallying to save him, Arin is toast. He just did not connect to the Madonna song Britney handed him to sing. He’s cute, but has failed to exude enough charisma.

What do you guys think? Which two acts will go home tonight?  So far, according to our poll, You guys LOVE Carly Rose the best…

The X Factor 2 Top 12 – Recap and Videos
X Factor 2 – Top 12 – Take the Polls!

1.Tate Stevens
2. Carly Rose
3. Vino Alan
4. Diamond White
5. Fifth Harmony
6. Emblem3
7. Jennel Garcia
8. Paige Thomas
9. Lyric 145
10.CeCe Frey
11. Beatrice Miller
12. Arin Ray

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

    I think Carly might sneak up on Tate and take the top spot. He was good but honestly a little bit forgettable for me. Carly killed a song that I didn’t particularly like.

  • mason williams

    bye arin

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

    I kind of wish Beatrice leaves. Her moodiness somewhat bugs me, and she takes herself a bit too seriously. Plus, I’m not a fan of her vocal tone, and I don’t find her all that interesting. Actually, her video is the one I could not get into, nor finish. I feel sad for Arin Ray. He should have come back when he was older. :(

  • SullyD

     I’m glad I’m not the only one who thinks Beatrice is boring (I know you didn’t use those exactly words, but I gotcha, lol).
    I actually agree with Simon, her song didn’t go anywhere.

    If I had to bet, I’d say Arin would be booted right away, with Lyric and Beatrice in the sing off. Not sure who would go home between those two, tho.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I pretty much agree with your rankings, MJ, and if LA doesn’t sabotage Tate in some way (heck, even if he does!), I think that he could very well win.

    On the low end, I think that I would rank Cece at the bottom, if only because she went last and had a big, splashy, but majorly trainwrecky performance. She’s completely lost her ability to sing on key (she wasn’t this bad at the beginning, was she?).

  • jlscott13

    She was actually really good. I’m not sure what’s happened…well, actually I do. Demi is definitely not helping whatsoever. Plus, CeCe has been in the bottom quite a bit. That definitely has taken its toll on her, imo.

  • http://twitter.com/bagel08 John S

    I still don’t get the Lyric love. They are talented when they want to be, but they were flat out terrible last night. They have been very hit or miss this season. I think the two leaving will be two of Lyric, Cece, Arin, or Beatrice.

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

    Plus. the bitch edition didn’t help her self-esteem at all. At the beggining I kinda liked it, as an entertainment factor, she could be an interesting “villain act” going further in the competition. But if she really isn’t like that, and she probably isn’t, the way she saw herself portrayed on TV probably f..up with her mind. And finally, she had Demi as a mentor, who apparantly is projecting her own frustrations on her contestants. I think the best thing for CeCe now is to leave the competition.

    I’d say other good contestants like Beatrice also don’t fit at all in this show.

    XF-US has to know how to build characters without overdo them, like they do on XF-UK. The manipulations are blatant and a turn-off for most of the viewers.

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

    If *anyone* sings off against CeCe, she’ll go home. Cece needs to not be in the bottom 3 in order to be safe. 

  • sumidol

    I picked up the phone and voted for the first time because of the way they treated CeCe, she should feel like poor me, it is sad she did not have any family back there after the way the judges acted, like a bunch of cruel bullys with her standing right there in front of them, so maybe she will stay if people disaprove of bullys the way I do and picked up the phone?  She and Demi are blowing it, mostly Demis fault for what she has done to her look and the things she sings but she is not going to be on that show much longer

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

    Interesting to notice that they NEED double eliminations for the rest of the season. Just like The Voice decided to do. LOL

  • sumidol

    CeCe put your spots back on, get your hair back to the color you had it, get you back, you were good, not this mess Demi made of you, thats why they panned to you over and over, you looked cool and were interesting, Demi has washed you out

  • Kristie

    What happened with CeCe last night almost exactly reminded me of when Stacy Francis sang “It’s All Coming Back To Me Now” last season, and the reasons go beyond the type of song/same artist.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cpp1HCyksdw&feature=relatedL.A. practically reacted the same way and THAT’S what stuck out to me. (Plus the other judges were not fond of it. This time around they were a bit more critical.)
     
    Anyway, I have to say that I didn’t hear that her vocals were on point. However, there are people rallying to save her because of the judges’ comments. If that happens, she might be safe if she’s not in the singoff. Something’s telling me she won’t be automatically eliminated (meaning lowest number of votes.)
     
    With that being said, I think that CeCe, Lyric, Arin, Beatrice, and POSSIBLY Paige could be in danger tonight. If I had to make a guess as to who has the lowest number of votes, I’d go with Arin. The others would probably singoff.

  • sumidol

    I agree with you on this but CeCe handled it with a smile and a thank you, I liked that

  • http://twitter.com/BazzleFjsm Bazzle

    I’m sorry this is the very reason that people do not trust reality television because it is so easy to manipulate an audience into voting for the wrong reasons.  

    You don’t know any of them personally and you have no idea how they are edited or portrayed. After all this IS REALITY TELEVISION. The only thing you can truly invest yourself in and make a judgement on are their music performances as this can hardly be manipulated unless they do something completely out of reason like lipsync. 

    IMO Only vote on their ‘music performance’ and nothing else. Otherwise, its not doing this industry any favours and it’s just making more and more people victims of media manipulation. 

  • sumidol

    and that is exactly why I voted for her, I saw what she could do before the live shows, I saw how good she can be and she deserves a chance to rise above the crap they gave her, you never ever vote just on their musical ability, you vote on it all – thats absurd, this is as you said reality TV

  • fuzzywuzzy

    You don’t know any of them personally and you have no idea how they are
    edited or portrayed. After all this IS REALITY TELEVISION. ”

    I agree. This can’t be emphasized enough.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I see your POV, but why can’t she sing on key anymore? I mean, the wardrobe and staging are terrible, even the song choices, but I don’t understand why her sense of pitch seems to have abandoned her.

  • Last Laugh Lane

    I have loved Demi Lovato for years, she’s my favorite teen pop idol currently. And as a fan, I was immediately unhappy when I heard she would be a judge, especially on this show, simply because of the critical nature of the viewing audience. I knew IN APRIL that people would criticize her (Last night, but it really started last week) and people would be mad about a contestant she chose to eliminate and start a “jealousy” rumor (Saving CeCe over Jillian). I’m upset because those things came true. I will still love Demi in 40 days when this show’s over.
    I read an article after she came out of treatment asking if she would return to her Disney show “So Random!”, she stated “being in front of the camera would make me nervous”. That was in April of the previous year. This may seem like enough time to recuperate and join a new show, but with the harshness of this audience, it’s tough. The thing is, Demi is sitting next to Simon for a reason. Britney is obviously VERY soft-spoken and wouldn’t be one to bicker. But Demi is quick off the tongue and is obviously being told by production to quip with Simon, and SHE is being called a “selfish, caddy, bratty, bitch” by ADULTS. It’s very upsetting to me as a fan, especially because nothing is being said about Simon who’s clearly only using her for tween ratings. I want Demi to stand up to the cynical X Factor production and stand her ground as a TV personality among the critics.However, for the time being, that’s not to say she doesn’t need to work with her acts. She needs to get back to basics and rewatch CeCe, Jennel, and Paige’s auditions (if they make it tonight) because those 3 (flashback a month and a half) really caught our eyes because of their character and obviously pre-established style.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “and SHE is being called a “selfish, caddy, bratty, bitch” by ADULTS.”

    I don’t consider Demi as fitting any of those descriptions. I just think that she’s misguided in how she’s mentoring her contestants, and has convinced them that her advice is correct. I also think that she mistrusts Simon’s opinions and believes that he’s trying to undermine her contestants (and I can understand why she thinks that). For me, that’s the main problem with the X-Factor and The Voice. IMO, there’s too much conflict of interest for the mentors/coaches to be honest (or at least, not very biased) in their critiques.

  • chessguy99

    I think Jennel may be in trouble. She went first, was highly overpraised for a forgettable performance. Add to that the beating CeCe got at the end of the show, and Jennel could be left behind because of people thinking she is safe.  I won’t be surprised to see Jennel standing as one of the bottom acts.

  • http://twitter.com/pokepikalem Le Viet Anh Nghi
  • http://twitter.com/KariannHart Kariann Hart

    Yes, I also agree with your rankings, MJ.  So we will find out who is in 8th, 9th, 10th place tonight?