X Factor 2 - Top 13 - Results, Recap and VIDEOS

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That was a really weird show. The awkwardness of the Khloe and Mario tag hosting team still prevails, although you can tell Khloe has been trying to improve. They still step on each others lines. Despite his experience, Mario has had a few stumbles. There is no chemistry between the two hosts AT ALL.

And what about Simon revealing the contestant vote order AFTER Jason Brock was eliminated? What the hell was that about? Well, I think Simon wants to light a fire under certain fan groups, namely HIS pet acts, Lyric 145 and Emblem3. He can’t be happy to see the 37 year old country singer, Tate Stevens, at the top of the leader board. LET THE DE-PIMPING BEGIN! And what these results tell me is that X Factor’s demographic isn’t very different than American Idol’s and I will be crafting future power lists keeping that in mind.

I put Lyric 145 at the top, when in reality, they ranked 9th!  Lyric is an incredibly talented woman, but she’s also got a ton of attitude and swag. A total no no in the world of singing competitions.  Ditto the Emblem3 guys who, despite their talents, have a whiff of the douchbag about them.  I’m thinking Simon will sit down with both to make some major IMAGE adjustments. It will be interesting to see what he does to humble them up.  It’s also a little disappointing.

My pick for elimination, Paige Thomas, was at #8, but I was right on the nose with CeCe. That whole judges going to deadlock deal was SO SET UP. They wanted Jason gone, but it would have been pretty awkward for the judges to ditch him after he sang rings around CeCe.  With Jason eliminated, Mr. Entertainment is now a Ms and she is CeCe Frey. Holy moly, her trainwreck performances are A+ entertainment! Watching her caterwaul a Cher classic was seriously beyond my imagination. I’m glad she’s still around, if I’m being honest.

I am really surprised that Vino Alan came in 3rd.  But, if the voting demo is older folks? Then it makes sense, and explains why the audience finds Lyric 145 scarier than Vino. Personally, even though the rap thing Lyric does is not my cup of tea, I want to see the group rise to the top. I think they have charisma and talent and a real chance at pop stardom.  Vino doesn’t need the win. He can make a throwback soul album and get some AC radio play. He’ll do just fine.  If Tate Stevens makes the Top 3, he’ll be cool too. Lucky for Tate, he’ll be able to break into music despite nearing middle age. The country world is a little more forgiving in that regard…at least when it comes to male artists.

If Beatrice doesn’t improve her vocals, she’s not going to last long in the competition. Britney has to think hard about what to do with her next. I don’t think the singer/songwriter thing is working for her. She’s too young.  And Demi, for God sakes, quit wasting Jennel’s talents on this fake rocker girl crap.  Help fashion her as a relevant pop artist! Diamond White at the top of the list really surprised me. That performance she gave was not good. Maybe we’re in a honeymoon phase with Diamond since her “save.”  Also I said earlier that I may have been underestimating the popularity of Fifth Harmony and that turned out to be correct, as the girl group’s 5th place finish proves.

I’m just fine with Jason Brock going home. He was a decent singer, but not phenomenal, and his performances just didn’t bring enough of the batsh*t to make him Sanjaya-levels of entertaining.  CeCe has now become the trainwreck we love to hate, and I’m perfectly fine with that, too.

I hope Simon reveals the vote totals every week, but somehow, I don’t think that’s going to happen.  But he needs to incorporate it as part of the elimination. Otherwise, the episode loses momentum.

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One Direction will be performing two songs tonight! Are you ready?

Eliminated: Jason Brock

One Direction opens the show with “Live While We’re Young”. When did that one kid become bald? Niall isn’t a very good singer, is he? Neither is the one with the frosted tips. Sorry, I mostly don’t know their names. Ha. BALLONS.

Now Mario and Khloe will awkwardly interview them. Bald kid says Drew Brees is a “very good footballer” Uhm. Now, it’s time for an awkward segment with Drew via fake satellite. HOW HOT IS 1 DIRECTION Khloe yells aimlessly. Yep. This is every bit the cluster eff I expected!

Glee star, Lea Michele, is in the house tonight!

Time for useless and boring recap. Clips of the kids backstage with their parents and their mentors. Simon lectures Demi on how to deal with her charges. She tells him he’s just jellus.

Britney Spears and the Teens take the stage. Demi Lovato and the Young Adults are next. Here comes LA Reid and the Over 25s. And last but not least, Simon Cowell and the Groups.

Mario and Khloe reveal the first 6 contestants to advance to the Top 12

One Direction take the stage again. But first a little video introduction detailing their fateful RISE TO THE TOP!  The boys sit on stools to sing their latest song “Little Things”. They look at each other like they’re in love. THE GIRLS LIKE THAT. They’re screaming in the audience.  Actually, this performance is nice. The album, “Take Me Home” drops this Monday!

More results!

Five more contestants are advanced to the Top 12. CeCe Frey and Jason Brock are the bottom 2! BYE JASON.

CeCe Frey Sings For Her Life – “You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me” by Cher – OMG this is pretty awful, but awesomely dramatic. What a delicious trainwreck.  CeCe brings the lulz ya’all. SHE CAN’T GO HOME NOW.

Jason Brock Sings For His Life – “Total Eclipse of the Heart” – Jason totally outsang CeCe here. But it doesn’t matter, I think he’s going home.  That was a very controlled performance from Jason.

Demi Lovato  is sending home  – Jason Brock
LA Reid is sending home – CeCe Frey
Britney Spears is sending home CeCe Frey
Simon Cowell is sending home Jason Brock

DEADLOCK

THE ACT WITH THE LOWEST NUMBER OF VOTES IS JASON BROCK

NOW MARIO WILL REVEAL THE VOTE ORDER.

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. Beatrice Miller
11. Arin Ray

SAFE (In No Particular Order)

  • Arin Ray
  • Paige Thomas
  • Diamond White
  • Vino Alan
  • Jennel Garcia
  • Emblem 3
  • Carly Rose
  • Tate Stevens
  • Beatrice Miller
  • Lyric 145
  • Fifth Harmony
  • CeCe Frey

Bottom Two

  • CeCe Frey
  • Jason Brock

 
  • Nasstopher

    I think it’s desperate to have One Direction do two songs. Don’t know if it’s gonna improve the ratings or not. We’re gonna have to wait and see.

  • jcabby

    Singing along while watching One Direction. Love the Drew Brees cameo! :)

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Isn’t it a tad ironic for one of these 1D lads to be critiquing Drew Brees’ singing ability? lol

  • fantoo1

    Next, the results will be revealed in order of VOTES. Well, that’s different. I wonder what the method of Simon’s madness is here? Does he want to prop up an act who is low on votes?

    Manipulation at it’s finest.

  • Kitwana

    What’s wrong with Demi Lovato’s eyebrows and Simon Cowell’s chin?

  • Nasstopher

    Revealing the right order of votes would be genius!! But Simon wouldn’t do such thing unless his three acts are all in the top 5 or 6. We’ll see…

  • Jazz_11

    It’s be sad if Diamond get voted off again tonight, after they brought her back.

  • SullyD

    She’s already safe.

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

    Britney looks great tonight.

  • Nasstopher

    Paige is safe??? WTF???

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Well, that intro was appropriately way OTT. lol

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

    Wait, what happened?  The recap said they would be revealed by number of votes now it lists them and says in no particular order?  I am trying to watch both this and The Voice so I missed whatever they may have said on the show.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I’m pretty sure that Mario flubbed that part.

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

     One Direction = 5 Average Voices.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UHX5LYQ3ZJPMPFEYPSFX3ZEE4Q Jack

    I am confused too, Brian.  Before the show started, Demi tweeted that results would be revealed in order of votes, then MJ posted that they announced that on the show.  The next thing I know, MJ’s statement has been removed and the results are given in no particular order.  I live in California, so I can’t watch it live.  Confusion!

  • Kitwana

    1D sang like 5 solo performers. They should have had more 5 part harmony but maybe that is beyond their vocal ability. I hope they’re doing some vocal training. They’re young enough (early 20′s) that they could probably still improve their singing with the right training.

  • SullyD

    Ok, Lyric is safe, I can stop watching now.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    With the edit that Cece got early in the show, I doubt that she can overcome that “villain” image.

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

    Cece sounds weird, not bad, just weird.

  • Jordana33

    I completely agree with that bottom 2.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I’ll bet that FifthHarmony didn’t get the third lowest votes, and Simon had them announced them safe near the end to give the impression that they had low votes to mobilize their fans. lol

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

    Yikes! Cece! Make it stop!

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

    I was sure Jason would be there, but I am totally surprised by CeCe, because she has been really popular in YouTube views (It is good that one cannot make too much predictions leaning on them or some polls!)

  • fuzzywuzzy

    That was a very poor performance from Cece. In the past few weeks, she seems to have lost her ability to sing on key. Weird.

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

    Wow, Cece is bad.  I’d be shocked if they send her home instead of Jason, but I’d like it…love to have Jason for fodder next week in case someone I REALLY like ends up in the bottom two.

  • Tera2

    Am glad Arin got the votes.  He sang first but he was great.  I liked his performance most. Paige and 5th harmony were good too.  Jayson and CeCe were the worst and deserved the bottom 2.

  • Nasstopher

    CeCe and Jason are the bottom 2? WOW SHOCKER!! :P

    They both sucked yesterday.

  • shell29

    Sorry CeCe, I didn’t like that at all.  Her “save me” performance last week was much better.  Still I have a feeling Jason’s time may be up.  Even his own mentor doesn’t take him seriously.

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

    How long do they have the judges pick who goes home?  That stops at some point right? Final six or so?

  • SullyD

    Final 5, I guess (at least in the UK).

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UHX5LYQ3ZJPMPFEYPSFX3ZEE4Q Jack

    Is anyone going to address the issue of revealing the voting order?  Demi Lavoto tweeted that, and MJ said it and then took it down, but nobody has explained what happened?  Did they say it on the show?  Please, somebody who is actually watching the show, explain the confusion over the the statement the vote order would be revealed and then them actually revealing in no particular order.

  • shell29

    Love Jason’s voice.  I’ll be sad to see him go.

  • too-cool-for-school

    They both should go home. It doesn’t seem like either stands a good chance. But Jason was better tonight than her… he is a goner though.

  • shell29

    Deadlock-so predictable

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

    They both deserved to be in bottom 2.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I think that Mario made a mistake or the producers changed their minds, because Mario has emphasized a couple of times that he was announcing the contestants who were saved “IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER!”. lol

  • Kitwana

    I can’t believe Jason is gone.

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

    Don’t they have 10 more minutes to kill?

  • iluvai

    Aww, bye Jason.

  • shell29

    Aw, bye Jason.  Maybe he would have been better off on The Voice.  :(

    ETA: CeCe, don’t get too comfortable. She’s next.

  • too-cool-for-school

    Why does Khloe keep sneaking into the little side view with Jason? Leaning her head on him and trying to hog the camera. Ugh.

    Anyway, bye Jason. Cece better get it together next week.

  • mtthew

    wait… what’s going to happen over the next 8 minutes?

  • too-cool-for-school

    Yup, haha. They are going to reveal who got the most votes!!1 // kill time by doing so.

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

    So the first six were the top 6 in no particular order and then the next five were in order?  If so, I’m shocked Fifth Harmony was 11th and worried that Lyric 145 was as low as they were.

  • jobeob987

     LOL, this reminds me of how Steve  Jones said this last year.  I’m going to miss his lovable bumbling.  He really was a genuine person — just really, really awkward.  :-)

  • SullyD

    Lyric in 9th place? :~

  • iluvai

    Wow someone made a big mistake.  This is soooo awkward.

  • mtthew

    i feel like it should be the other way around

  • shell29

    Not surprised that all of Demi’s acts are near the bottom.

    LOL at Emblem3′s placement!

  • too-cool-for-school

    Yeah sorry Simon, but I’m not surprised Emblem3 is not first.

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

    Is someone going to post the ranking order?

  • shell29

    Go Cowboy!  Not surprised he placed high, but I never would have expected Tate in 1st place.

  • justmefornow

    Sad to see Jason go. :(
    But total awkward lutz for announcing the vote order. 
    OLD COUNTRY DUDE!!! FTW!  lol.

  • SullyD

    Tate is the most voted, lmao. Come on, American idol voters. Give us a break.

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

    Tate got most votes…Carly second, Vino third, Diamond fourth…will edit with rest

  • Da 1 N Only

    I have to wonder if they are revealing the order so that fire up the fans of the other contestants. They don’t want Vino (3rd) & Tate (1st) to outlast too many of the younger contestants.

  • Da 1 N Only

    I have to wonder if they are revealing the order so that fire up the fans of the other contestants. They don’t want Vino (3rd) & Tate (1st) to outlast too many of the younger contestants.

  • Chris

    This calling out of act placement is so dull!!  Crappy idea, you can hear crickets chirping.

  • Kitwana

    Tate Stevens as #1 is strange for X-Factor because he’s the least flashy of all the acts. Not really a teen/tween idol either haha.

  • Karen C

    LOL,  does Tate qualify as WGWG?

  • Karen C

    LOL,  does Tate qualify as WGWG?

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

    They should have done it by simply calling them out in order when about to reveal the bottom 2. It would have made much more sense. 

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

    They should have done it by simply calling them out in order when about to reveal the bottom 2. It would have made much more sense. 

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

    Well, LA must be feeling pretty good about his chances right about now, huh?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/RECDFG624DO7FWRCCST25Y62PU Linda Brand

    Khloe makes me miss Steve Jones.

  • iluvai

    Emblem 3 is surprised too. 

  • http://twitter.com/FordBrothersHD FB

    LOL. This was so obviously done for a specific reason.

    Those at the top of the list will plummet in coming weeks from (a) fans thinking they are safe and (b) judges remarks and those toward the bottom will head up.

    And make no mistake about it, Simon will get his way and EMBLEM3 will be toward the top of the list if they ever do this ranking again.

    It was definitely done for a reason, not just for good tv.

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

    Yes, I think that is obviously why they did it.  Fans of acts in danger will get more fired up.  But if they don’t want older singers to win, they shouldn’t have them on the show.  Last year with Josh getting far, and older crowds watching these shows, they are going to get votes, particularly if you have a ton of young contestants splitting votes.

  • hellomusicgirl

    Did X Factor have a competition to discover the two hosts who suck the most? Because congrats on finding a couple winners.

    Was Dunkleman really that busy??

  • shell29

    Well I definitely think Simon wants to rile up Emblem3′s fanbase but those guys obviously aren’t as popular as they (or Simon) think.  I don’t think this gimmick is going to work in their favor.

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

    Yep. There are videos of him playing the guitar. He’ll play it at least once in the show fo sure. lol

    Simon revealing the ranking was so lame. I’m sure he wants the little girls to power vote, since they aren’t doing it yet.

  • Tera2

     Jason has a better voice than Cece, and he’s a much better singer.  I don’t care for either but I’d have sent Cece home for her consistently awful performances since judges home and lack of any recording voice what so ever.  I think her future is in doing local gigs at bars or acting on braodway.  Jayson will get jobs on cruise ships, off-broadway, Japan and as a cover band impersonating Adam Lambert.

  • http://twitter.com/Girltalkbf AlesheaDominique

    As soon as the started announcing the order my sister yelled that Carly would be first (she’s FLOVES Carly) and I was yelling it would be Tate. I was like in short the same demo that watches American Idol is moving to this show and he will be first. Guess I was right. I LOVE Tate but come on. I DO NOT want years round WGWG’s winning. (assuming he plays the guitar.)

  • http://twitter.com/Girltalkbf AlesheaDominique

    As soon as the started announcing the order my sister yelled that Carly would be first (she’s FLOVES Carly) and I was yelling it would be Tate. I was like in short the same demo that watches American Idol is moving to this show and he will be first. Guess I was right. I LOVE Tate but come on. I DO NOT want years round WGWG’s winning. (assuming he plays the guitar.)

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

    Are they going to do this every week or was this a one time thing?

    Keep in mind.  There were 13 acts.  #1 could be #1 but by a very small margin.  We have no idea what the percentages are.

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

    See! This is what happens when you let even one WGWG through (I’m only assuming he plays guitar). Should they crown Tate now?

    I thought seeing the rankings was a nice change and surprising. I’m on the fence whether it’s good that the contestants know where they stand.  Hope Demi can pull her team together or she may be the Paula this year stuck only judging.

  • http://twitter.com/Loretta31 Loretta

    Yeah for Carly!!  2nd is good.  Surprised that Emblem3 was not #1 but not surprised at all that Lyric 145 was 9th. 

  • http://twitter.com/Loretta31 Loretta

    Yeah for Carly!!  2nd is good.  Surprised that Emblem3 was not #1 but not surprised at all that Lyric 145 was 9th. 

  • too-cool-for-school

    Too funny about Tate. He has a really good voice, though. One of the few I can trust would have some significant star power in their genre. I would much rather listen to him than CeCe or Emblem3. *plugs ears*

  • Maya100

    That ending.  WTF???!!!!
    It’s like a high school tv project.

  • http://twitter.com/FordBrothersHD FB

     It will. EMBLEM3 has a rapidly growing fanbase, their twitter numbers are shooting through the roof, and they are becoming increasingly popular. A little show manipulation and … I do have to admit, good performances (the boys can sing) and they should have no problem ending up in the top 3-4 in the coming weeks.

  • http://twitter.com/FordBrothersHD FB

     It will. EMBLEM3 has a rapidly growing fanbase, their twitter numbers are shooting through the roof, and they are becoming increasingly popular. A little show manipulation and … I do have to admit, good performances (the boys can sing) and they should have no problem ending up in the top 3-4 in the coming weeks.

  • justmefornow

    “GWGWG”
    (Geriatric White Guy With Guitar)  lol.

  • Maya100

    I think it’s clear the demo that watches this show.  LOL  

    Glad to see Vino so high – love him.  

  • Xentusk

    I don’t understand the vote order as posted….  Tate got most votes and Lyric and Beatrice are two maybe three shows from elimination?  Count me confused

  • blackberryharvest

    LOL so much for the X Factor having a different voting audience than Idol. 

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

    Tate is the contestant with the fewest number of followers and views on YT. Yep, not your daughters, but your parents watch this show. And they vote. LOL

  • shell29

    Maybe but if they were so popular they would have placed higher than sixth this week.  They may get a temporary boost but I don’t think they’re winning.  If Simon thinks he’s going to duplicate 1D’s success with these boys I think he will be disappointed.

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

    I love Tate and he was one of my Top 4 last night (I picked my favorite from each group), but first? Lol. 

    Other than Carly, those vote totals are kinda disappointing, ESPECIALLY Lyric 145. I kinda resigned to the fact that hip hop and 90′s-present R&B don’t really do well on these shows, but damn, THAT got 9th? That’s horrible. 

    I said before the Top 12 that either Carly or one of LA’s people could potentially win/get very far, and those vote totals kinda support that. I surely thought Emblem3 and Lyric 145 would have gotten more votes than some above them, and I would’ve hoped Arin Ray would’ve gotten more votes too. 

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

    I might have been most surprised how high Diamond was, but I do like her.

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

    This hardly surprised me. I knew Tate was going to get the support. And he’s country, a genre that still sells very well, plus, and a BIG plus, he’s relatable and likeable. An everyman. I don’t care if the votes are revealed to lessen the worry of his fans that they will get complacent. I think Tate’s fanbase is quiet, but dedicated. So yeah, I knew this was going to happen. 

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

    Voting also may have been really skewed this week because it went up against the Voice, but I guess you’d think that would impact people like Tate and Vino more than the others.

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

    THAT ORDER IS UNBELIEVEABLE! Tate had by far the least amount of YouTube views! It is great that the show is totally unpredictable. He deserves this. I think being the only country guy helps a lot. All the other contestants are eating each other’s votes. And Vino doing so fine also! LA must be in really good mood right now!
    Coming back helped Diamond a lot.
    The only thing I could see in top12 (Jason I predicted right) was, that Arin would be quite down, and Carly in very top.
    Exciting! Whatever can happen, and now it really counts, that “you are as good as your last performance”.

  • Matt Gillam

    I actually really like this idea of revealing order. It will probably prevent an act that is really great from going out early. If they did this on Idol there’s no way JHud, Daughtry, and Pia would have gone out when they did.

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

    Diamond was that high just because she came as a wildcard. Not based on her performance or her fanbase.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/DFE3FFZJ3FO6HKVGBY2GDUQORY D

    did they make the bottom 2 completely obvious from the beginning since cece and jason were the only 2 on stage that were wearing their ears around their necks?  kind of killed any suspense for me

  • Kitwana

    All Simon has to do is get Emblem3 to take their shirts off and they’ll be in the Top 3. It’s not rocket science.

  • Chris

    Well, let’s see.

    White – check
    Guy – check
    with Guitar – sometimes so check

    For bonus points:
    Plaid shirt and jeans – check
    Humble, “aw shucks, who me” attitude – check

    Throw in that he is married with kids and the cowboy hat, winner winner, chicken dinner.  :-) 

  • shell29

    I couldn’t agree more with you on Tate.   I’m not even a country music fan but there’s just something about Tate that makes you want to root for him.  He fills a niche that hasn’t really been represented on X Factor so that’s nice to see.  That said, I still think it’s too early to say there’s going to be a WGWG takeover on this show a la American Idol (LOL).

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

    Now we know who is watching and voting for XF; well I guess XF this year gonna end up country ;)

    The bottom 2 were on the dollar though; Jason have the voice but XF will have a problem in promoting him. Cece has been labelled the bad girl from day 1; obvious fodder for drama.

  • SullyD

    I agree. Besides, it makes awesome tv, lol.

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

    I thought that would have helped to some extent, but not to that big of an extent.  However, it is a good example of what voters will do if they might think someone is in trouble.

  • Tera2

    I cant believe we gonna have another wasted season where they wont discover a star who can actually be a star in mainstream radio.  Tate who is over the age limit of becoming a star has all the country fans voting.   Carly is meant for broadway and disney movie soundtrack and not ready to be a recording star.  The typical idol fans who like country and WGWG is voting for Vino and Tate.  And all of a sudden LA Reid is proud even though he knows they arent marketable enough.

    I was hopeful of this season X-factor discovering some potential stars who are the right age like Arin Ray who have the total package, and even Paige, and 5th harmony, and Emblem have potential.  I thought Arin did great though, but he sang first that usually affects votes.  He and Paige have been opening the show 2 weeks in a row.   They better give Arin atleast middle spot next week.  Its obvious Simon see his potential from his comments.

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

    Tate getting the WGWG label is…. well, true, but at least he’s country like Scotty was. He’s not really along the lines of the other WGWG winners or…. well, whatever Lee and P2 were and a bunch of other contestants.

  • HannaBec

    I love One Direction. It’s a little unfair to judge how they sing when they can hardly hear themselves.  They weren’t lip synching. They were trying to sing over screaming and those crummy in-ears.  The one with the frosted tips in Zayn.  They’re from UK, thus the “footballer” by Liam, who shaved his head just because he wanted a change.  ;)  I loved their “Little Things”, one of my favs.

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

    The main reason people like Tate and Vino are as high as they are is because of vote splitting.  Once some of the younger talents go, and maybe a group, those votes will likely all shift to other younger contestants.  I doubt Tate or Vino will pick up many newer voters along the way…they are unique when compared to other contestants so they have very specific voting blocks.

  • merkureye

    This vote total has to scare the hell out of Simon and the other producers.  Tate and Vino in the top 3???  Yikes!!  No way Vino or Tate either one could justify getting a $5 million contract.  I don’t understand the Tate love anyway.  Jon Bon Jovi he is not!

    Who is voting on this show . . .prisoners on lockdown at San Quentin and Folsom?  I’m serious.  Something is going terribly wrong.

    4

  • iluvai

    My 12 year old is already a fan, lol… She also likes Arin and Beatrice.

  • http://twitter.com/Girltalkbf AlesheaDominique

    Also to add, I am not surprised Emblem 3 isn’t doing so hot. I’ll reference my sister again since she is the demo they want. No one she knows likes Emblem 3. In their words, “They seem like douchebags who don’t shower”

  • http://twitter.com/Loretta31 Loretta

     Exactly, my dd age 16 is upset they were 6th and said dang I have to download that app and get all my friends to do it too.  They are very popular with teen girls.  If these new fans learn to power vote like their idol watching Mom’s, Emblem3 should be fine.  Also remember ID finished 3rd.  But look at them now?  Where is the winner?  runner-up?   R they even still making music?  IDK. 

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

    Man, it’s the audiences for network TV. They are older, and somewhat more conservative. Why do you think CBS, a channel with middle of the road comedies and typical cop procedurals series, has the most viewers? Heck, I always thought with the way AI has changed over the years, it has a better home at CBS than FOX. X-Factor has more Youtube views than The Voice for a reason. Their demo they are trying to strike, the under 30, barely watch TV anymore. And barely vote. Unless they are 12-14 year old girls. Heh. 

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

    Tate #1 = Red State Rage.  :op

  • iluvai

    I like Tate as a singer and he has a nice personality. But I thought he murdered that Bon Jovi song. Last night I was thinking he should really stick to country songs. Guess I was wrong.  (no surprise there, lol..)

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

    “you’re good as TV edition makes you too”. Remember Chris Rene? I liked him but he always avoided the bottom even after some terrible performances.

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

    Yes, Tate is truly a very nice guy, no masks there. And I think he has got great sense of humour.

  • blackberryharvest

    Yeah people use the “WGWG” thing so loosely. It used to be a twenty-something white soft rocker. Then when Scotty won, people changed it around. People even called Chris Rene a WGWG.

  • iluvai

    I thought 1D was great tonight. I was wondering who had the frosted tips. I didn’t really notice Zayn’s hair.  Niall is one of my favorites. I love his sweet voice.

  • http://twitter.com/FordBrothersHD FB

    If they do a 3-person finale again, I would bet good money that Carly Rose is the ONLY one that is currently in the top 3 who would be in that finale.

    A long way to go until the end of December.

  • alonzo7

    Called it for top two and bottom two earlier today-loved the look on Simon’s face when Emblem 3 was 6th-I don’t care for them at all but I do like One Direction and I’m way too old to be a fangirl!!!
    LA Reid should complain about his group more often-two in the top three-he must be flying high!!

  • iluvai

    I was really happy where FifthHarmony placed. I thought they sounded great, but I was worried that a girl group would land on the bottom.  I hope they continue to gain fans.

  • merkureye

     . . .or Jessica Sanchez getting eliminated at 7th place. Thank goodness te judges “save” was there for Jessica.

  • TackyZacky

    Hmm- that vote order is not surprising.

    Kinda confirms my suspicion that the X-Factor audience still basically consists of over 25-year old,  mostly female audience who prefers artists leaning towards blues, country or rock (much like the AI audience profile).

    Which is bad news for Simon – he desperately wants a young super pop-type star or group to win.

    Lyric 145 and Emblem 3 appear to be the ones who can come close to potentially becoming a super pop stars, but there appears to be no chance of either one  winning,  unless Simon can attract an audience who would actually vote for someone like them.

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

    Simon lost the joke act (Jason) on the first week and will lose the villain act (CeCe, who isn’t a villain anymore, just a weird thing there) on the second week. It’s a fact he can’t repeat the british formula on XF US.

  • shell29

    It always cracks me up how the WGWG definition keeps changing.  Next it’ll be “Well, P2 is a white guy who plays guitar, but he’s not really a true *WGWG* because he has a double platinum single and all”.  LOL

  • justmefornow

    You hit the nail right on the head! 
    I watched this train wreck by myself tonight. My three kids, 23, 18, and 16 and especially my husband (watching football), wouldn’t be caught dead watching any of these singing shows.
    And you’re right, my kids hardly ever watch network TV anymore.

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

    Tate’s the only country singer, and yeah a lot of the kids are going to split votes, especially if they are within the same genre. Shame about Lyric 145 but I’m not that surprised they don’t resonate with the typical viewer. Hip hop is a tough sell on these shows, even though they are among the most radio friendly acts.

  • mileyfan123

    I think showing the vote rankings will hurt the ratings.

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

    I’m watching CeCe’s performance now and I didn’t think it was so bad. I mean, the flat and sharp notes sound like a drama she does on purpose. It’s kinda weird. And funny. lol

  • hayes

    I wonder if this voting order reveal is gonna be a weekly thing. That order is all jacked up, and I can’t imagine Simon being happy about it.

    Props to 1D for the Little Things performance. That was pretty good.

  • http://twitter.com/Loretta31 Loretta

     This is what has happened on Idol.  That is why so few winners have been huge successes.  Marketablity is not considered.  As much as I personally do not like lyric 145 there is a market for them.

    Also as performer get voted off their votes will shift to someone else.

    The critical thing is who picks up who’s votes and becomes stronger.

  • merkureye

    They are going to have to break-up Khloe and Dimples.  There just isn’t enough hosting duties to justify both of them  They are just tripping over each other.  It comes off as very amateurish.  Probably need to relegate Khloe to backstage interviews and features. 

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

    I don’t think there isn’t anything more that Simon can do to hurt the rating. lol

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

    And comes off crowded. They are not dividing the hosting duties. They are doing to much together, and not enough apart. Have Khloe stay backstage already. I don’t need both hosts interviewing the same contestant.

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

    WGWG is a white male who plays a guitar on stage while singing, or the last five winners of AI.

  • merkureye

    I totally agree with you Kesia.

  • blackberryharvest

    Something just hit me-1D can’t sing well live, but people seem to give them a pass. People say Phillip can’t sing well live, but people say he is terrible. Just a random observation, I find it funny that the same people who hate P2, LOVE 1D.

  • shell29

    That’s what I thought they were going to do with Khloe (give her a similar role to Christina Milian’s on The Voice).  I guess they’re paying her too much money to stick her backstage.  Even Mario has kind of stumbled a little bit but he’s still better than Steve Jones (even though I miss Steve quite a bit).

    I almost wish there was an Xtra Factor type show for the US version.  A guy like Steve would have been better suited for something like that.

  • wkstrack

    LMAO! This is just so funny. The same people that vote on Idol is voting on the XF. But this isn’t that shocking considering that Josh came in second and is a WGWG. IMO I think a WGWG is more of what kind of music they sing (country/rock) and their persona (ie nice guy, devoted family man/husband/bf, humble, charming). So I would consider Tate and Vino as WGWGs. Maybe showing the votes like this would open people’/media’ eyes that it’s not  the tweeny boppers voting in mass amounts on these shows.

  • girlygirltoo

    1D’s fans are primarily little girls who think they are cute. They don’t care if they can sing live.

    Also, 2 entirely genres — 1D are pure pop boy band, Phillip is Triple A/alt rock singer-songwriter. There isn’t a ton of stuff in common in terms of what artists in those very different genres are expected to be able to do.

  • Axxxel

    Look at the 1D boys, with their puppy eyes… even if they they do things we do not like, they still look adorable because we think that it is acceptable for them to be unexperienced at a young age…P2 is all grown up so we are more critical on him…

  • merkureye

    You know, I also think showing these vote totals will hurt the ratings.  It was very odd tonight.  It is like the energy was sucked out of the room. Tate was acting like it was his coronation. lol

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

    LOL so much for the X Factor having a different voting audience than Idol.

    Last year, a black woman won X Factor.  

  • blackberryharvest

    Really, they are only a few years younger than him.

  • blackberryharvest

    I have also seen some twenty-somethings here who love 1D but hate PP because he is “horrible.”

  • Listening

    Okay just watched the show. What a horrible save me song Cee Cee had. I know she picked it for the message but that was not single material. Also her outfit was horrible.

    Cee Cee had some moments but at other times I couldn’t understand what she was saying Jason’s vocals were just okay he never pushed them to soar.

    Cee Cee needs a good song choice and has to stop prancing around stage acting fierce to get votes. She needs to just stand there and sing find a song that tugs at the heart strings that’s her only hope to stay in the competition.

  • iluvai

    Actually 1D sounds really good live. (I’ve seen them twice with my daughter and they were amazing.)

  • iluvai

    Ha ha, and the story goes that those 1D boys aren’t angels!!

  • blackberryharvest

    Last year, a black woman won X Factor.

    But two white guys made the finale with her. She would have lost if it wasn’t 3 way voting. The top 2 on the X Factor season 1 and the top 2 on American Idol 11 are actually VERY similar-the “rocker”(PP/Josh) and the big voice diva(Jessica/Melanie). Melanie’s win was a fluke.

    Also that was last season, this is this year, and this year a country guy is leading the votes.

  • shell29

    I didn’t like 1D when they competed on X Factor UK and I still don’t think they’re great live singers.  Their success hasn’t changed that for me (even though I’ll admit to liking a couple of their singles).  Same with P2-he could rack up 5 multiplatinum singles and become a Grammy winner and I’d still think he’s a horrible live singer.  He was bad on Idol IMO and I haven’t seen much improvement since.

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

    She’s hispanic/mixed, not black. 

  • merkureye

    I’d bet money Simon lets Emblem 3 play their guitars next week.  He was trying to “boy band” them but he can now see the 1D formula was a one-off deal.

    I have never heard 1D before (I heard their song That’s What Makes You Beautiful because the S11 Idol gang sang it on tour) but after hearing them tonight for the first time, I cannot understand what it is about them that everyone loves.  I thought they sounded terrible.

  • iluvai

    When I saw them in Camden with my daughter, there were sooo many girls (not just tweens, but teenagers and young women, and moms (ahem)) there. There were girls acting crazy and sobbing and toting signs. It was pretty remarkable. I had no idea they had that kind of following. I think part of their allure is that they are so preppy and British. Like when Liam (yes, I know all their names) said footballer, my 12 year old nearly swooned.  She loved that!  Plus their songs are all about the kind of things girls want to hear and they have so far come off as very humble and fun loving.

  • blackberryharvest

    Scotty’s technically hispanic also(well, a quarter).

  • shell29

    And Chris Rene is of mixed ethnicity.

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

    1D is a pop boy band, so they appeal to mostly young girls/tweens/teens and even college age girls. I enjoy their songs on the radio and they have cute, fun videos. They are a boy band from the UK, so they have that whole accent thing going on for girls in the US.
    What’s not to get?

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

    Chris Renee’s father was black.
    An ethnic woman won the last season of X Factor. A female has not won Idol in the last five years.  

  • Listening

    Wait so apparently I deleted  the show too soon they showed the voting order. That’s so weird b/c Mario was making sure to make clear while announcing who was safe that they weren’t in order. If you were going to reveal the true order the entire time why not do it at the beginning.

  • blackberryharvest

    So basically PP needs a cute, fun video. He already has the good song thing covered. And he has the southern accent thing going on, so that counts lol.

  • Whatiswrongwithus

    I don’t understand, can someone please explain it to me….. WHAT WAS THE POINT OF REVEALING THE VOTING ORDER????? To make their contestants feel demoralised???!! This is the 1st i ever heard on any singing show….

  • http://twitter.com/BazzleFjsm Bazzle

    My thoughts on last night (I just watched it cos of time zone dif).

    Last nights show >>> last weeks show. I think I liked every single one of the contestants more this week than last week with the exception of CeCe (cos of vocals) & Emblem 3 (they were good just not as good as last week).  

    Not too stellar: CeCe, Jason  
    Solid but nothing too special: Vino, Paige, Jennel, Diamond, Emblem3, Beatrice
    and god forbid…. Carly. 
    Vino: Give him another song.
    Paige: I don’t know. Just not feeling it.
    Diamond: She did hit the notes… but it was strained. Tone down the song.
    Emblem3: Is going all according to plan.
    Beatrice: Song choice was stellar, stage presence good, tone good. Off pitch.
    Carly: Give her a soul/jazz.. slightly more bluesy song. This one although commercial didn’t do it for me. I loved the soft ‘rain … rain… rain’ at the beginning though.  
     
    Pleasant surprises: Fifth Harmony and Arin Ray.
    Fifth Harmony: Camila. That is all. She was shown the least out of all girls in the auditions. This girl’s tone is very unique. Its a love or hate sorta tone. They’re harmony’s were much better this week. 
    Arin Ray: Vocals were there. Can’t say that in other performances. 

    Great Surprises: Tate Stevens?! I thought his performance was great! so much stage presence, charisma and nice nice vocals…. Really surprised me…. 

    I don’t even: Lyric145. Wow. wow. I have been going on about this performance for so long since I saw it. Shockingly amazing. 

    Now I know the results. Not surprised. But the vote order…… I liked Tate alot but him at No1?! Ok then… I don’t disagree too much… well done then America…but I was not expecting that. 

    My order: Lyric145, Tate, Fifth Harmony, Arin Ray, Carly, Vino, Emblem3, Paige, Jennel, Beatrice, Diamond, Jason, CeCe 

  • iluvai

    I thought it was a horrible thing to do to the contestants and the fans. I thought it was because someone messed up the timing of the show, but maybe it was a strategy to sway the voters??? 

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

    The only reason to reveal the voting order is to motivate fans to vote for people they are surprised are so low.  Basically meaning they are not too happy with who is near the top and who isn’t near the top.

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

    By the way I really loveeeeeee 1D Ed Shereen’s song <3  Glad they did the song justice by focusing on strip down version w/out over-production :)

  • mjsbigblog

    Reminder:

    Please keep the conversation focused on X Factor in this thread.

  • Whatiswrongwithus

    If i were them (contestants), i’d be feeling real pissed right now!! lol

  • iluvai

    Is 1D off topic for this thread? (Sorry, I’ve made several comments about them.)

  • HMc

    blackberryharvest …sorry the reply button isn’t working I thought Chris Rene came third on the X factor last year … and he isn’t white …he is mixed 

  • Whatiswrongwithus

    It could work, but it may not work too. This ruins the element of surprise for any results if they are going to do this on a weekly basis. What if Tate remained top for all the weeks to come, because the same voters who vote for Tate aren’t going to stop now…who are they anyway? I’m thinking grannys??
    If they knew Tate was on top, wouldn’t that spur them to keep voting as well? It may help to inspire the younger demo to vote more, but i just think it’s going to be a landslide…the numbers for the less voted acts may increase but the top few will remain, maybe changing ever so slightly from 1st to 3rd. So i guess i might as well just stop watching the show. I’m pretty sure the winner will be Carly or Tate. And those 2 weren’t even at the top of their game yet.

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

    If you are bashing them it is ;)

  • iluvai

    LOL!! 

  • Kristie

    The thing about the vote rankings is that I’m not as surprised as some people are. For me personally, MANY of the contestants are all equal. So it would have been the same to me if Jennel was in sixth place instead of Emblem 3, etc. That, and we have no idea what the percentages were like.
    I have to say, I am a bit surprised that Diamond was in 4th place, but I’ll say for now that it was mostly because of her return and I’ll see how she sings next week. And while Lyric 145 isn’t my cup of tea, I was surprised they were so low. It was the midpackers that didn’t surprise me.  I called Carly and Tate as the top 2, though.

    As far as eliminations went, I WANTED CeCe to go, but I knew Jason would even though I feel he outsings her everytime. She hasn’t impressed me since IWALY, and even then it wasn’t spectacular to me. I just don’t want her to turn into the contestant who never goes away. So yeah I was sad to see Jason go because in terms of vocals, I felt he was up there with the best of them, honestly. It’s just everything else that put him in that position.

    Predictions for next week: “comeback” for CeCe, someone from the top of the vote rankings gets negative critiques, and contestants such as Lyric 145 and Emblem 3 (whom I actually do enjoy) will get ultra pimped…moreso than this week.

  • durbesque

    I like knowing the order of voting.  It makes the show seem honest, which it really needs.  Can’t imagine how it could hurt ratings.

  • Nedsdag

    That’s what I like about them. They get laid. You couldn’t say that about the pre-marital Jonas Brothers.

    It’s too bad they are tiny.

  • iluvai

    lol…

  • phil2501

    Looks like I’ll have to vote for Beatrice and Emblem 3 next week.

  • merkureye

    X Factor has painted itself into a corner with this “overs” category.  Most acts over 30 just will not be marketable and certainly not worthy of a $5 million contract.  Yet, they have opened themselves up to the possibility of having either Tate or Vino becoming ”winners” from that category because who-the-hell-knows is voting for them.  This is exactly why American Idol won’t even allow anyone to audition who is over 28 years old.  AI doesn’t want someone who doesn’t at least have the chance to be a star.  Who’d have thunk that Tate or Vino may wind-up making 5 times more than Demi Lovato on XF this year.  Sheesh . . .what a mess!

  • sjames08

    really liked 1D’s performances. Zayn’s vocals in X Factor Italy was better. But hey, I imagine they’re tired from all the traveling. 

    Kinda wish Cece went home instead of Jason. 

  • merkureye

    For me, it is sort of off-putting to see Mario put his arm around the contestants shoulders and pull them into him and to see Khloe hanging on the them after their performances. Too much faux-familiarity too soon.  Ryan Seacrest usually stands with the contestants on AI with his hands clasped or his hand held lightly on their backs while giving the numbers to vote.  Ryan’s way seems so much more classy to me.

  • sjames08

    I think that the demographic that X Factor is targeting is watching The Voice. Haha.

  • iluvai

    I WANT to like Arin. (I do like Arin) He’s super cute and sweet. But there is something missing for me. There is no doubt that Carly is an amazing singer. I think she should smile more, because she looks pouty at times and that’s a no no on these kind of shows, imo. Beatrice comes across as a real person and she seems to have grit but also sweetness. I’m so impressed with Lyric145, I thought they were great and not weird at all. The girl group is amazing because they were thrown together and I’m not sure how that can ever work, but look at 1D. Vino is a good singer and so is Tate.  Why do these talents not go for it when they are younger? Still, I think this show will open doors for both of them and that makes me happy. Diamond is so “raw”, get her out of the pant suit and bun, please!!!  Cece comes across as a faker. Jennel is naturally beautiful and shouldn’t have to fake the rocker (although maybe she loves rock and good for her), but I think she has a special vibe, Paige is gorgeous. I think Paige may be trying too hard like CeCe to have an image. But I do like Paige a lot.

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

    Tate needs to go. Ugh. American Idol audience needs to stay outta my show. Keep your WGWG. I’ll be damned if you try to bring your boringness to this show and ruin it with a contestant with zero star potential.  I’m surprised Lyric is so low. I hope they stay for awhile. They deserve to be near the top. I”m also surprised Emblem3 is so low.

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

    Strangely, DialIdol only ranked 3 people from X-Factor. And they were Vino, Carly and Tate. 

    http://x.dialidol.com/asp/predictions/predictions.asp

  • Listening

    I think Diamond White’s high placement is mostly do to the song she was given rather then to people investing in the triumphant return theme. People have an emotional attachment to Whitney songs and unless you totally butcher the song people will have positive emotions, especially when a young child sings it. Diamond did a respectable job she just didn’t have enough power. Also didn’t Demi get emotional about Whitney. That probably got to some viewers too and influenced them,  they connected their love of Whitney to Diamond’s performance.

    While I think her high ranking for tonight is mostly b/c of nostalgia towards Whitney, Diamond is truthfully top 5 material. Yesterday wasn’t her best performance  but her tone is wonderful and she does have a bit of range to her when she’s on she’s great.

  • Listening

    I actually agree w/ the top 5 w/ the exception of Tate. If you replace Tate w/  Lyric 145 you got the best 5 acts in the competition.

    Lyric145, Carly Rose, Vino, Diamond White and Fifth Harmony.

    I’m really disappointed that Lyric145 were so low. But I guess their placement is understandable upon first hearing their performance of Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious I agreed w/ LA  I liked and disliked it at the same time. It was a confusing feeling, voters were probably unsure of what to do. It was only after a couple more listens was I firmly on the side of this is so cool. The songs a grower and addictive, the more you listen to it the more you like it.

  • Whatiswrongwithus

    Does anyone else find Demi to be abit grating on the nerves?? I loved her at auditions and i love her as an individual and singer. But during tonight’s results show, they showed snippets after their performances and when Simon was trying to advise her again, she goes: “I think you’re just being jealous”. I mean, what is she?? Like 12 yrs old?? Her arguing is now just coming off as childish!
    Yes she is young but 20 isn’t even that young, considering all the experience she has. Expected her to have more poise and not so lame comebacks. Plus, as much as i hate Simon, there are times she should just listen. She could save face by not openly agreeing on tv, but at least try out the advice for heaven’s sake!! If she really cared for them, she would.

  • iluvai

    I like her, but she is becoming annoying. She is only like 20 or 21???  I think Simon might know a thing or so that she doesn’t quite get yet. However, I think the show is playing with the audience and it is pretty much scripted, even the yammering between the judges. 

  • Whatiswrongwithus

    Yes, i think you’re right about the scripted. Just now during the results show, i saw Demi and Simon HUGGING on the panel, like her arms around his waist! LOL. I honestly couldn’t care less if their yammering was real or fake, i care about the contestants, especially if a judge or mentor is wrong or failing them. And maybe Demi doesn’t need to be so defensive and come up with better lines to counter Simon. gosh.

  • genius13

    The top 3 vote fetters tonight are just like the top 3 from last year

    Vino=Chris Rene
    Tate=Josh Krajick
    Carly=Melanie Amaro

  • http://twitter.com/BazzleFjsm Bazzle

    Vino = Gravelly Soul Singer… Chris Rene = HipHop, Reggae, Rapper/Singer

    Tate = Country Singer  … Josh = Gravelly Rock/Blues Singer
    Carly = 13 year old jazz/soul pop singer … Melanie = 20 year old R&B Singer

    I’m sorry I don’t see the resemblance.  

  • blackberryharvest

    Actually, Tate has a lot of star potential and actually has the best chance of becoming successful out of all these contestants this year. Nothing wrong with the American Idol audience, they have gave us contestants who can be successful, unlike what I have seen on the other shows.

  • Mateja Praznik

    LA Reid needs to give cowboy some Flo Rida or 50 Cent combined with one of Brian Friedman’s best choreo efforts. 

  • Whatiswrongwithus

    Lol! Or how about some Eminem?

    That would definitely be a performance I wouldn’t want to miss.

  • http://twitter.com/BazzleFjsm Bazzle

    O shout out to 1D’s Little Things performance it was actually……really good =D. Harry Styles got something that kid. 

  • TackyZacky

    I think that Simon is now realizing that much like in AI, he cannot make the audience vote for a potentially super-star pop artists. So I think that he will just do his best to make sure that Emblem 3 , Lyric 145 and/or 5th Harmony will make it to at least top 5 in the end.

    Then even if they don’t win,  sign up at least one of the groups and skillfully mine their progressively burgeoning appeal with the young populace, and catapult them to super / international stardom like he successfully did with One Direction (who themselves were not winners in XF-UK.)

    Forget about having them win and getting the XF audience “mandate”. I think this season’s results trajectory is fast shaping up to yield another non-pop star winner – One who has no chance of ever becoming a super star. (Doubt if Melanie Amaro will become one, for example, — does anyone know whether her debut album sold well?)

  • fuzzywuzzy

    ” And what these results tell me is that X Factor’s demographic isn’t
    very different than American Idol’s and I will be crafting future power
    lists keeping that in mind.”

    Exactly. So far, the ratings in the key 18-49 demographic have been poor, and it appears that neither Britney nor Demi have been able to attract many of their combined 32+ million twitter followers to watch the show and vote.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “(Doubt if Melanie Amaro will become one, for example, — does anyone know whether her debut album sold well?)”

    According to Amazon, Melanie’s debut CD, “Truly”, is available for pre-order now and will be released on December 4, 2012.

    http://www.amazon.com/Truly-Melanie-Amaro/dp/B0091XMRG2/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1352455786&sr=1-1&keywords=melanie+amaro

    So far, Melanie’s singles haven’t done very well in radioplay and she’s had a pretty low profile since winning last year. It will be interesting to see what kind of promotion that she will get as the release day approaches.

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

    I just think he needs to put his focus on a group that is connecting with the audiences, who people identify with. That top 5 consist of people who appear likeable and “family safe”, or in Vino’s case, someone who fits into hot AC. Simon should put even more focus on 5th Harmony who seem more relatable. I would love Lyric 145 to stay longer, but even though Emblem3 is his cash cow, I feel the audience may have an easier time relating to 5th Harmony more.

    But it’s just the first week, so things can change.

  • Hellraiser77

    If we’re to follow what happens in the X Factor UK, where the voting percentages for all weeks have been revealed since S5 (after the show is over, worth noting), the act in first place on week one will not win. High finish between 3rd and 5th should be expected though.
    The winner should come from the top half (1st to 6th) and no one who ranked lower than 7th on wk1 has ever reached the final 3.
    If this is followed in the USA, then only Tate, Carly, Vino, Diamond, 5th Harmony and Emblem3 have a chance of winning with Jannel possibly making the final. A curious fact I just noticed: in 3 out of 4 years for which voting percentages are known, the act in 7th on week 1 ended up finishing 2nd. And in the other year it was the act in 6th.
    Sorry, stats freak here…

  • http://twitter.com/IkeMendes Henrique Mendes

    Yeah genius13 analysis was probably just based on superficial attributes. There is no resemblance musically whatsoever

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

    “Strangely, DialIdol only ranked 3 people from X-Factor. And they were Vino, Carly and Tate. 
    http://x.dialidol.com/asp/pred…”

    If you look at the raw votes on dial idol, you can see only 2000 votes went through there, and only those three picked up ANY busy signals….but it is pretty consistent with the rankings (other than Vino, but the fact his was one of the three with a busy signal, it shows others were voting for him.)
    http://x.dialidol.com/asp/predictions/Predictions.asp?week=13&sort=TD&type=numbers&season=2

  • http://www.facebook.com/bill.mitchell.3954546 Bill Mitchell

    Gay men cannot win these competitions.  Openly gay slightly overweight men even moreso.

    Too bad he was an excellent singer.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “CeCe has now become the trainwreck we love to hate, and I’m perfectly fine with that, too.”

    It was already going to be hard for Cece to reverse the effects of the villain edit that she had from earlier in the competition, but now she’s contributing to her own demise by singing poorly (her sense of pitch seems to have abandoned her) and being showcased so badly with Demi’s song, staging and wardrobe choices.

  • Kristie

    I can’t help but wonder what will happen if she does begin to sing at least a bit better.

  • TackyZacky

     Well, America is famously known to favor slighted underdogs and/or brave comebacks.

    It isn’t too late for Cece to snatch back votes with one really memorable performance at this point. And this time she should just focus on her vocals and not on keeping up with her “background help”.

    I really would like her to drop the blond look though – I thought she was more attractive with her previous hair color.

  • Tera2

    I think the X-Factor has chosen some likeable contestants, because that’s what it is all about (mostly). ;)

    Maybe Likeability helps contestant get votes from those who focus on personality instead of who have the talent and ability to actually be stars, but after the show is over star quality, and having music that can sell is what’s important.  I root for contestants who I think have mainstream potential, good recording voice, total package, and marketability like Arin Ray.  When I like a song or buy CD its not the personality of the singer that I’m listening to.  There are many successful stars that dont have perfect personality.  That said, I think its good for the contestants to act right and come across well on this shows so they can get votes.  I wish people vote based on who actually have the potential to be a star.

      My favorite is Arin Ray cause he has the voice, total package and potential to actually be a recording star.  He has the Usher and Chris Brown vibe and they are major superstars.  I also think Paige has a good recording voice, looks and a Rihanna vibe, and Rihanna has dominated internationally.  And both are the right age to make it in music industry.  I like 5th harmony too, but I don’t know how they can make it as a girl group right now.  I don’t like Emblem 3 or their personality but I can see how they can make it work with the right music.  I just think Simon needs to focus on creating stars who can do well in pop market, and leave the country thing to idol.  I watch this shows and American Idol since season 1 cause I actually want to see stars discovered who can be on mainstream radio and internationally.  I watch The Voice but I dont care if I miss it cause its not about discovering stars.

  • hcpoirot

    I dont know why people surprise that Vino and Tate in top 3. MOms are the power votes in all singing competition.

    If Idol can have contestants over 30 and he is male, white and play guitar, he laso will be in top 3.

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

    Again delicious sarcastic remark from you, but this time I do not think it is exactly spot on. I do not think tv edition made Chris good, but that song “Young Homie” just hit the nail. I remember it got incredible amount of views in YT. That was the horse he rode with all the way to finals. He performed it also several times, and it started to irritate me.
    So there exists a phenomena, that if you will have one really unique performance, that can carry you along time. Scotty could do several things, but his audition song also became a kind of trademark to him.
    Without sensational trademark performance in your pocket, however good you are, one weaker performance may drop you, like happened to Tamyra Gray (I still quite regularly go and listen like 4 of her performances – She-was-fabulous).
    To me it seems that XF USA this year is anybody’s game, and anybody can end up into bottom 2, except maybe Carly Rose, who has printed her trademark to the voters’ mind and heart.

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

    I rewatched the save performances and IMO CeCe was way better than Jason. Maybe it’s cause I love Total Eclipse so much that it was obvious Jason was doing nothing more than good Karaoke. CeCe, caterwauling and all, at least connected to the material. Also noticed the itunes versions are much better sounding than my TV. Not sure if those versions are post-produced, but either way, the X-Factor live show is horribly mixed.

  • iluvai

    I so dislike these generalizations!!  I’m a mom and I didn’t vote. But my faves are Lyric, 5thharmony, Jennell, Arin, Emblem 3, Diamond, Beatrice, Carly…

  • TackyZacky

     ”I so dislike these generalizations!!  I’m a mom and I didn’t vote. But
    my faves are Lyric, 5thharmony, Jennell, Arin, Emblem 3, Diamond,
    Beatrice, Carly…”

    Maybe more progressive moms like you should vote? :-)

  • iluvai

    I don’t think I’m a progressive mom, lol…  I’ll start voting though soon. There is a lot of good talent on this show.  ;)