The X Factor 3 - Top 6 Performance - Recap and Videos

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Sir Mac is away this week. I’ll be live blogging the Top 6 performances tonight and Pedro will take over for tomorrow night’s results show!

The contestants sing two songs for the first time. One, a song by a favorite diva, and the other a stripped down version of a song of their choice.

There was LOTS of crying on the Top 6 edition of X Factor! Most of it occurred during the stripped down second half. At least the tears weren’t over having landed on a dud reality show. Although, if I were Alex & Sierra, I might be crying that I wasn’t on The Voice instead.

No, it was mostly the end of competition stress and emotional reaction to having family members in the audience. The video packages focused on the artist’s hometown support.

Paulina Rubio is officially the worst singing competition judge ever. And considering the history of singing shows, that’s saying a lot.

Alex & Sierra are clearly running away with this thing. Might as well crown them now.

The judges enter the stage to Diana Ross’s 70′s hit “I’m Coming Out.” OK.

Diva songs are first!

Restless Road – Simon’s Groups – “Red” by Taylor Swift – Zach is from Indiana PA. Only 1 hour for Pittsburgh! Not a hick town! Also the hometown of Jimmy Stewart. JSYK. So, these boys are just small town guys blah blah blah. “That just sounds like girliest thing I’ve ever heard.” “We’ve got to put a man band twist on it.” — Unfortunate quotes. The boys are obviously uncomfortable singing a “girl” song. Sheesh. The backing track is so damn loud, making it impossible to mess up the harmonies. Knock off Scotty McCreery is awful. These boys were never meant to sing together. The dude on the right is SUPER pitchy. Is Simon serious about these guys? Kelly calls their vocals tight HA HA HA HA. Paulina calls them cute. She calls one of them “little Elvis Presley.” NOPE. Simon says they deserve to be in the finals. The group swears they are the best of friends.

To vote for Restless Road:
You can vote online at THEXFACTORUSA.COM until 10AM PT THURSDAY, and you can vote up to 50 TIMES.
You can also use the X-Factor USA app (voting is counted alongside the online voting)
You can text 10 to 21523
You can call 1-855-THE XF 10 (lines open only for two hours)
You can also vote using SHAZAM!

Rion Paige – Demi’s Girls – “See You Again” by Carrie Underwood – Rion has lots of pitch issues. Only 13, she doesn’t bring anything distinctive to her performances. This song, in particular, is way too big for her.  The result is very karaoke. I hate to say it, but her wiggling appendages are kind of distracting. Kelly likes that she sings from a real place. Paulina loves the tone of her voice and unique sound. She suggests she wear her hair down. Simon didn’t like the song choice, although he’s glad she’s singing country. Demi gets emotional thinking about how far she’s come. Yay. Rion is begging for votes again.

To vote for Rion Paige:
You can vote online at THEXFACTORUSA.COM until 10AM PT THURSDAY, and you can vote up to 50 TIMES.
You can also use the X-Factor USA app (voting is counted alongside the online voting)
You can text 11 to 21523
You can call 1-855-THE XF 11 (lines open only for two hours)
You can also vote using Shazam!

Jeff Gutt – Kelly’s Over 25′s – “Without You” By Mariah Carey – I was all ready for some Mariah Carey realness from a rock guy…and he cops out and sings the 70′s classic by Nilsson. It’s a rock song, so not out of his wheelhouse at all. It’ a competent version of a song that’s been done to death. “Divas” was a perfect opportunity to take a risk, and he didn’t go there. Demi’s niece is obsessed with him. Paulina wants to see blood next time. “WHAT?” says Jeff. He’s confused. and a little amused. “Basically she wants you to stab yourself next week,” says Simon. What the hell is she talking about? Paulina is fucking crazy. Simon says he completely transforms from boring.

To vote for Jeff Gutt:
You can vote online at THEXFACTORUSA.COM until 10AM PT THURSDAY, and you can vote up to 50 TIMES.
You can also use the X-Factor USA app (voting is counted alongside the online voting)
You can text 5 to 21523
You can call 1-855-THE XF 05 (lines open only for two hours)
You can also vote using SHAZAM!

Kelly is super proud of everyone!!!!

Ellona Santiago – Demi’s Girls – “Applause” by Lady Gaga – Dramatic staging! Stairs, wind machine and edgy outfit. Ellona does give off a pop star vibe. She’s comfortable moving around on stage AND her vocals are good. She hit a couple of impressive high notes, out of Gaga’s range. On these shows, it’s hard to find a performer who can both dance and sing. Ellona really is the whole package. She’s kind of young, but she has potential. Kelly calls it one of her best performances. Paulina rambles on about Ellona being Ellona. I think she’s drunk, I swear. Simon says she’s gone from being a mouse to a total diva. He loves her version, but not the original. Demi begs for America’s votes.

To vote for Ellona Santiago:
You can vote online at THEXFACTORUSA.COM until 10AM PT THURSDAY, and you can vote up to 50 TIMES.
You can also use the X-Factor USA app (voting is counted alongside the online voting)
You can text 4 to 21523
You can call 1-855-THE XF 04 (lines open only for two hours)
You can also vote using SHAZAM!

Next week, ya’ll can vote for the songs the contestants will sing.

Alex & Sierra – Simon’s Groups – “Say My Name” by Destiny’s Child – If I can just forget about how much these two annoy me with their twee cuteness, I can admit that they aren’t half bad. This was an interesting song choice. Their slinky performance definitely had its moments. Sierra isn’t entirely confident and the two need to tighten up the harmonies, but they could make some solid records. I liked the arrangement a lot. Kelly loved it! Demi thinks Sierra has come out of her shell. It was brave, and it worked. Paulina blah blah blahs about love and some wierd comparison to Sonny and Cher. Simon gets the feeling that he’s looking at winners.

To vote for Alex and Sierra:
You can vote online at THEXFACTORUSA.COM until 10AM PT THURSDAY, and you can vote up to 50 TIMES.
You can also use the X-Factor USA app (voting is counted alongside the online voting)
You can text 1 to 21523
You can call 1-855-THE XF 01 (lines open only for two hours)
You can also vote using SHAZAM!

Carlito Olivero – Paulina’s Boys – “Let’s Get Loud” by Jennifer Lopez – Now that Paulina has only one act left, hopefully she can remember who he is. Paulina didn’t like his initial song choice, so there was a last minute change. Wow. Could this performance be more boring? It’s like Carlito would rather be anywhere than performing on the X Factor stage. I can’t believe he’s still here instead of Josh Levi. The performance fell flat for Kelly. Carlito bitches that he learned the song in less than 24 hours. Oop. His whining isn’t going to help him. Demi didn’t feel connected to the song. Simon thinks the girls are being unfair. He would hate to lose him from the competition. Really? You want him in the finals? Eep. Paulina rambles on uncomprehendingly.

To vote for Carlito:
You can vote online at THEXFACTORUSA.COM until 10AM PT THURSDAY, and you can vote up to 50 TIMES.
You can also use the X-Factor USA app (voting is counted alongside the online voting)
You can text 2 to 21523
You can call 1-855-THE XF 02 (lines open only for two hours)
You can also vote using SHAZAM.

Unplugged performances are next!

Restless Road – Simon’s Groups – “Wake Me Up” by Avicci – This is one of the boys better performances. The lack of production bells and whistles seems to relax them. The vocals are better. Still, too much recorded backing track takes away from their authenticity. Country groups are all about tight vocals. Kelly loved that each one of them left their hearts on stage. Colton is tearful. Demi feels they earned their spot in the finals. Paulina yaks about more singing somewhere. And she’s proud. Simon is proud, because they’ve come such a long way.

Rion Paige – Demi’s Girls – “Glass” by Thompson Square – Demi cries as Rion warbles through the song. The young singer has no nuance in her interpretations of these songs. She’s only 13, it’s hard to expect more. Having said that, this is one of her better performances. She stays mostly in tune, at least. Kelly is all tearful too. Paulina calls Rion an inspiration. Simon thought it was so much better than the first. Demi says America better vote for her. The song is yet another opportunity to highlight her struggles and disability. The continued pimping of her backstory is off putting.

Jeff Gutt – Kelly’s Over 25s – “Daniel” by Elton John – He dedicates the song to his military brother, who is in the audience tearing up. Aw. Jeff’s country tinged rendition is plaintive and heartfelt. I love the simplicity. The brother in the audience is really getting to me, I have to be honest! Demi thought it was stale and anti-climatic. “It was more for my brother and the sacrifices he made,” says Jeff. You tell her, Jeff. Paulina loves that he played the guitar and sang to his brother. Simon agrees with Demi, the vocal wasn’t as good, but the sentiment is strong. Kelly is so proud of how he’s grown in the competition. Eh. Does every song need vocal gymnastics? Sometimes keeping it simple is best. The powerful symbolism of that performance alone is enough to save Jeff.  He needs to send the director a bouquet of flowers.

Ellona Santiago – Demi’s Girls – “If I Were a Boy” by Beyonce – Ellona’s voice seems a little…soft here? It lacks richness that would enhance a bare bones performance. Her voice isn’t as impressive when she isn’t belting. Somebody in comments mentioned Alex Newell’s Glee arrangement of this song, and I agree, it doesn’t come close. But Ellona gives everything she has to an emotional performance. I’ll be really surprised if she doesn’t advance to next week’s semi-finals. Kelly appreciates Ellona’s big beautiful voice, but loved it when she softened up. She should explore that more, she says. Paulina feels that she’s watching a superstar. Simon has been waiting for this stripped down performance for a long time. Demi says Ellona is the type of person who could win this competition.

Alex & Sierra – Simon’s Groups – “Say Something” by A Great Big World feat Christina Aguilera – Sierra is playing the piano this week. Usually the pair reconfigure and strip down pop songs. It’s a very pretty rendition, but probably the most karaoke of  all their performances. They sing it pretty close to the original song that’s currently sitting at the top of the pop charts. It’s such a popular song right now, viewers may not mind–even love it–as they performed a credible version. Kelly felt like she was watching a performance on an awards show. Demi thought it was magical that they both played instruments. What is Paulina talking about? Who cares. Simon thought it was the best performance of the night. The best of the season. Downloadable.

Carlito Olivero – Paulina’s Boys – “Stand By Me” by Ben E. King (partially in Spanish) –  Ugh. I can’t believe this got the pimp spot. Does Simon really want Carlito in the final? OMG. He’s swinging his hips. Whyyyyy.  The stripped back arrangement belies his whiny and nasal tone. This is really unpleasant. The random switching between English and Spanish is weird. Do not want. Kelly thought it his best vocal ever. She thinks he’s so cute. Demi thought there was too much music in the background. Simon thought it was better than the first song. Simon reiterates that he should advance. WHY????? “Every time he talks he opens up his nose,” says Paulina. PLZ SHUT UP. Carlito begs for votes. This is shameless.

 
  • ajr86

    After the last few weeks of brutal eliminations of marketable acts such as Josh Levi, Khaya Cohen and other talented contestants, it’s now up to Alex and Sierra to save this sinking ship.

  • ajr86

    Toneless Road in the death spot! Let’s hope they finally hit the road.

  • vd88

    I was getting ready to say with all the good acts getting eliminated this show needs a miracle.

  • Matthew Richards

    Taylor Swift is a diva? Really?

  • Nedsdag

    According to Simon.

  • Matthew Richards

    I’ve never been so happy to see someone thrown under the bus.

  • Matthew Woods

    What the HELL is this??? God almighty GO HOME RR

  • Anny_nanny

    Fingers crossed

  • Amy Beth

    In her personal life, maybe? Certainly not her singing style.

  • Matthew Richards

    I could easily have seen Josh, Rachel, Khaya, and Lillie as the top 4.

  • Eric Ascher

    HAHAHAHAHA @ low note guy.

  • ajr86

    Restless Road really look amateurish. They should change their name to Tone deaf avenue

  • Jepoy Ramos

    Are there Song Spoilers?

  • shell29

    LOL…Toneless Road

  • Amy Beth

    So random

  • ajr86

    Nah they are getting smoke blown up their ass.

  • garlandk77

    I haven’t been a fan of RR, but they sounded better to me this week than ever before.

  • Matthew Richards

    Yeah, so they don’t get the sympathy vote.

  • wordnerdarchie

    I thought they had a lot of pre-recorded tracks going on.

  • ajr86

    Simon only sees $ $igns. Ignore his useless comment.

  • Matthew Woods

    America i BEG you please dont vote for RR

  • Elf

    That wasn’t horrible but it wasn’t great either.

  • Guest

    don’t forget danie!

  • Matthew Richards

    I guess Carrie Underwood counts as a diva now. Kind of? At least more than Taylor Swift?

  • shell29

    They really shouldn’t let him have solos.

  • ajr86

    With Alex and Sierra

  • Blueknight24

    RR should sing a Christmas song, hahaha..

  • Eric Ascher

    I disagree. I’m watching restless road only for the lulz at this point, and he brings them every single time with his random low note lines.

  • Matthew Richards

    This show is comedy gold.

  • ajr86

    Rion went first last week, RR went second last. Now they are still both first and second. I wonder why.

  • Eric Ascher

    I don’t think the whole show is. I think they are though.

  • Anny_nanny

    This dude believes that his hamsters always sing country music. What questions can be about Taylor? lol

  • shell29

    LOL…that’s true.

  • ajr86

    All I could think through Rions boring performance was that if only Simon wouldn’t have been such a jerk we could have been enjoying another Josh Levi performance.

  • vd88

    I guess they realize the viewers don’t like them but it’s weird because the judges seem to love them.

  • shell29

    Sorry Ameriker…you got this SO wrong last week. I miss Josh.

  • dawnage01

    Bwahahaa!! This cracked me up. :)

  • Blueknight24

    I think Rion is still there because of her substory.

  • Matthew Richards

    Rion has an extremely narrow vocal range, but she sounds very nice when she sings within it (Elton John week.) This week was definitely in the wrong key for her.

  • garlandk77

    Visually, I think Rion’s performances would be improved if she kept her arms still. Waving her arms around calls attention to her physical disability and distracts from her performance.

  • scoobynacks

    RR feels like a joke act right now. They’d never get through the first round if they competed as they are. That first guy (I can never remember anybody’s name but Colton) always sounds like he’s swallowing his vowels when he sings. Drives me nuts. Enunciate danggit.

  • vd88

    Oh please without her backstory, no one would be interested in this girl, where is Josh when you need him.

  • Elf

    We were just saying the same thing. All the movement is distracting.

  • Nedsdag

    Paulina is correct about Rion keeping her hair down. I think Rion should STFU though.

  • ajr86

    Mario WHY?? Do we really need to hear Rion Page beg for votes again??

  • Anny_nanny

    I hope we have another double elimination, and this will Rion and RR. Period.

  • shell29

    Thank you! I was thinking the same thing-don’t give her that opening!

  • ajr86

    And now Jeff who went third is third again.

  • Matthew Richards

    Jeff Gutt is singing Mariah Carey next. At least we know SHE’S a diva. Wonder if he’ll sing Always Be My Baby.

  • Guest

    what about carlito? he has overstayed his welcome

  • Francisco Rapalo

    Yeah, she overact the moves

  • ajr86

    Alex and Sierra, Elona, Jeff Gut and Carlito sounds like a decent top 4

  • Matthew Richards

    Nah. I think Carlito still has some potential if he sings in Spanish every week from this point out. He just needs to stay in his lane and take the Scotty McCreery path to victory.

  • Matthew Woods

    IF he sings the David Cook version he could have a moment

  • Whatiswrongwithus

    i hope he does NOT! It will be awful comparing to the King who did it David Cook!

  • ajr86

    Sure Carlito sucks but not as bad as Rion and RR.

  • Francisco Rapalo

    Imagine Rion on The Voice… poor girl, moving her head like crazy

  • dawnage01

    Rion has to go! Way out of her league.

  • Blueknight24

    RR is like 3 Scotty.. Lol except Scotty is more charismatic.

  • vd88

    Listen I’d rather have Carlito there than Rion or Hopeless Road.

  • Guest

    oh nooooo

  • scoobynacks

    They could dress her in ways that don’t highlight it. For some reason they seem to draw attention to her bare arms. She may not realize she’s moving around or maybe they’re nervous to tell her to be careful because how do you bring that up to someone with a disability? A lot people hold a mic or something and she can’t do that. I wouldn’t know how to address the attention draw of her disability without hurting her feelings. It’s a hard line to walk.

  • Matthew Woods

    dear lord this is bad

  • Blueknight24

    Yikes… Karaoke masterpiece from Jeff.

  • ajr86

    Although Jeff isn’t having a James Durbin meltdown on this song, his voice doesn’t fit this song at all.

  • Matthew Richards

    This is really bad. He does NOT have the range for Without You (few people do.) Would’ve been better with a David Cook cover.

  • Karen C

    Way to get around the diva theme, do the original soft rock version of a song a diva covered.

    ETA: But I do like him and liked his version.

  • shell29

    I wasn’t crazy about this one. He wasn’t horrible but I didn’t like the song choice for him.

  • Elf

    That was brilliant. Jeff can flat out sing and that was not only a great vocal but a great visual performance as well.

  • vd88

    This was the wrong Mariah song, in fact I dislike this song when anyone does it but he doesn’t have the voice for this.

  • Nedsdag

    LOL, Simon. Paulina fell into that one.

  • scoobynacks

    Carlito doesn’t suck. Like Liam Neeson, he has a “particular set of skills.” ;) He just needs to use them in the right market and he could have a career. It won’t be super broad in the US probably, but it doesn’t have to be to make money. It won’t save X Factor though so probably best if he doesn’t win.

  • ajr86

    The judges are becoming useless. All of them sucked so far but alll I’m hearing are compliments.

  • Blueknight24

    Paulina always look drunk. Lol

  • Anny_nanny

    Rion and RR exhausted the limit of my patience a few months ago.

  • shell29

    Sounds drunk too.

  • Garrett Clayman

    Kelly is a really great judge/mentor but the other three serve no purpose

  • ajr86

    Simon says dumb things also. He should chill on Paulinas cut comment.

  • Karen C

    I definitely didn’t want him to do David’s version of ABMB.

  • Blueknight24

    Ellona why lady gaga?? Seriously?

  • scoobynacks

    Ellona would get more support if she’d just stop talking. Every time she speaks, I feel like she’s trying to convince us that she could be a real girl.

  • Matthew Richards

    The sad part is when Simon said Jeff Gutt had the best performance of the night, because he was probably right. And I wouldn’t give Jeff higher than a D+.

  • Matthew Richards

    I don’t know. I think this could be interesting if she plays it right.

  • vd88

    Why do I think Carlito’s doing Beyonce/Shakira song Beautiful Liar in spanish?

  • vd88

    She’s the one who should be doing Beyonce.

  • vd88

    Okay I already miss Josh. lol

  • ajr86

    Lady Gaga, Keisha and Miley Cyrus songs are usually the kiss of death.

  • shell29

    I don’t think anyone in this Top 6 could ‘save’ X Factor by winning.

  • teekee

    Lol!

  • ajr86

    And Khaya

  • Matthew Richards

    The majority of people who sing Lady Gaga actually make it through.

  • Blueknight24

    Your right!

  • Blueknight24

    I expect her to sing Beyonce or Xtina.

  • Matthew Richards

    This is a fantastic song choice for her.

  • Amy Beth

    She sounds affected, like she’s doing quirky diva.

  • Nedsdag

    Ellona! DAYUM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • ajr86

    Sorry Elona not nearly as good as last week. This performance came across as wanna be.

  • Blueknight24

    Okay! That’s OKAY performance.. just OKAY. lol

  • shell29

    I like Ellona but I have to agree. The way she was pronouncing ‘applause’ sounded strange.

  • Matthew Richards

    Kelly was right about this being her best performance, and was also right about her being shaky on the last note. Definitely feel like Ellona is improving, though.

  • ajr86

    Did Simon command all the judges to not say any criticism?? These performances are lackluster.

  • vd88

    Yes Paulina, Elona is Elona!!!

  • Blueknight24

    Simon is kinda weird on his OWN show, He doesn’t show any negative feedbacks than what he did on Idol.

  • scoobynacks

    It sounded like she was a kid learning to say “apples” for the first time. “App-lahs?”

  • ajr86

    Carlito in the pimp spot?? They must not want him gone. I guess they need to occupy Paulina with something.

  • garlandk77

    This show is always encouraging contestants to say how strongly they want to win. I think this is a big mistake. When Ellona talks about this and practically begs viewers to vote for her, it makes her sound desperate. Of all the 12 winners, NONE them came across as desperate to win. They all had a certain laid-back quality and quiet confidence that I think has more appeal to the viewers than someone who is desperate to win and begs for votes.

  • ajr86

    Simon has $$ in the game now so he can’t be honest. Idol he was an impartial judge so he gave acurate feedback.

  • scoobynacks

    Oh I think we knew Simon was gonna pull this. I’m looking forward to see what he thinks “stripped down” constitutes. Only 4 backup singers?

  • Nedsdag

    NONE of them should beg.

  • ajr86

    Tate Stevens was also like that last year.It must be the $ prize that gets them desperate.

  • Hayley_Horan

    I wonder how Alex and Sierra are going to change doing a “stripped down” version of ANY song since it’s literally what they do every week.

  • Andie

    I think they finally realized last week that he’s actually quite commercial in the Latin market, and a success there may bring larger appeal? He’s competent at the large scale production, and attractive, so I can easily see why they want him to stay.

  • Blueknight24

    A&S is the only contestant in this show that I think could possibly sell record.

  • Nedsdag

    This is too cute! No, let me change this. This is incredible!

  • Francisco Rapalo

    Sierra remindme a little to Haley Reinhart…

  • ajr86

    Alex and Sierra FTW!! Finally a cool performance that didn’t sound kareoke.

  • vd88

    Sierra sounds good on this song like I would rather hear her by herself on this.

  • HMc

    Loving A&S on this !

  • Hayley_Horan

    The hands in my background were so bizarre to me…

  • teekee

    A&S-Nice!

  • Elf

    That was freaking amazing!!!!! They are ridiculously talented.

  • Derrick Johnson

    I liked it but i feel that they could of did even better with it

  • ajr86

    Paulina it’s not about love. It’s about good singing. Alex and Sierra can sing.

  • Nedsdag

    Why is Simon giving Paulina the look? She’s absolutely correct!

  • shell29

    I didn’t love that as much as everyone else did. It was OK but I was not blown away. Still like them though.

  • vd88

    What did she say?

  • Amy Beth

    Has Simon finally realized Rocky Road are going nowhere?

  • scoobynacks

    People like humble, not cocky. That’s the kind of crap that gets people voted off of Idol. Just giving off the vibe of ‘I deserve this.’ Simon likes to hear you say you want it and he’d always ask someone if they think they could be the next American Idol. I don’t know if he doesn’t get that we’re culturally conditioned to at least fake humility when asked that kind of thing. Brits do that so you’d think he’d get it. Can’t he get that from them in private if he needs to hear them say it out loud? Don’t do it in front of a camera. Rion saying things like “I have to win this” are just silly. She’s what–13? She’ll have plenty of time. Her charm would carry her farther than seeming entitled or desperate. It’d also be more authentic.

  • Matthew Richards

    “I get the feeling I’m looking at winners here.” Yay, Simon FINALLY gets which of his two groups is better.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “Paulina rambles on about Ellona being Ellona. I think she’s drunk, I swear.”

    Or high. lol

  • scoobynacks

    I’m guessing that’s one of the reasons Simon picked the theme.

  • vd88

    It took him long enough!!!

  • ajr86

    Haley was raspier and more edgy.But they’re definitley both great singers.

  • nycguy

    Ugh Alex & Sierra. I didn’t like them at all this week.

  • Blueknight24

    Carlito maybe singing Ricky Martin song.

  • Hayley_Horan

    If you’re looking for someone out there who’s similar to A&S and have the same musical chemistry, listen to the duo called JOHNNYSWIM. They’re a folk duo. “Adelina” and “Annie” are so beautiful. I would love to hear A&S take on one of their tunes.

  • Karen C

    I agree with this. It happened right from the start, too, the first year, they were talking about how much they wanted to win the $5 million. I think this doesn’t help the contestants on the show.

  • ajr86

    They remind me of Gotye.

  • Blueknight24

    This Idol commercial is like a Punch to X Factor. lol

  • shell29

    I was hoping she would screw up again and announce Josh Levi

  • Matthew Woods

    yep Melanie Amaro Tate Stevens WHO??? Fifth Harmony oh yeah! i know who THEY are

  • Amy Beth

    I finally realized why I have had a visceral negative reaction to Carlito. He looks like a skinnier version of Aaron Hernandez, the football player arrested for murder.

  • ajr86

    Or Teem Olshtad

  • Matthew Woods

    K-A-R-A-O-K-E

  • vd88

    Oh no not this song.

  • Blueknight24

    OUCHHHHHHHHH

  • ajr86

    Ouch! Carlito that was Kareoke hell. Yukkkkk

  • ajr86

    MAKE THIS STOP! Carlito is awful

  • scoobynacks

    Ha. Carlito missed singing along to his backing vocal at the beginning. He’s singing live but his help kicked in before he did.

  • shell29

    Oh Carlito…I think you may be in trouble this week. This is bad.

  • vd88

    Me too!!!

  • Matthew Richards

    That last minute song change definitely did not help him.

  • Blueknight24

    I appreciate Stefano more… lol

  • shell29

    Wow, Kelly just shot down that excuse from Carlito (and yes Carlito, that was an excuse).

  • ajr86

    Kelly the problem wasn’t that Carlito didn’t have fun. Demi it’s not about singing to the girls. It’s about singing well. Simon is drunk.

  • Blueknight24

    Oh C’mon Simon!!

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Mario has to rescue poor Carlito from having to listen to Paulina babble. lol

  • iluvai

    Do the contestants get paid to be on the show?

  • Matthew Richards

    I mean, learning a song in 24 hours would excuse a lyrics flub or losing yourself a little, but it doesn’t excuse singing poorly.

  • Blueknight24

    Yes Carlito has OILY NOSE.. lol

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Have to say that this show is entertaining, but not in ways that they intend. lol

  • vd88

    Ever notice how Simon is always so nice to Carlito like he was actually harder on Josh. It’s weird he never says anything negative to Carlito.

  • scoobynacks

    Yes. Not sure how much for X Factor or what scale is, but if you so much as speak, it kicks in all these rules. Performing definitely gets money. If they’re smart, they’ll put it away in case that’s all they get.

  • sjames08

    Carlito’s notes were flat.

  • ajr86

    He wants one contestant from every mentor to make it. Carlito is the last one left on Paulinas.

  • scoobynacks

    What was he drinking when he decided RR was a good idea? I can’t decide if I wanna stay far far away from that or if this is a sign that the stuff really works.

  • scoobynacks

    According to Simon, the stripped down performances are all about the X Factor…unlike the rest of the show?

  • Listening

    Wow just saw Ellona’s performance she’s a star. She’s working the stage plus good vocals, I mean come on. She’s easily won round one not even close.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “RESTLESS ROAD!!!” The intensity and tone of the announcer is hilarious!

  • iluvai

    The guy in the middle should be on his own.

  • Matthew Woods

    indeed wake me up once RR is eliminated

  • shell29

    LOL…I think I prefer X Factor UK announcer guy though.

  • scoobynacks

    He should’ve kept Josh around then. I wonder if he thought Josh was a bigger threat to his acts, but Carlito would have a chance to succeed for XF in the Latino market without taking away Simon’s chance to get a group to the top.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Can’t understand any lyrics from the guy on the left.

  • ajr86

    Why does the audience always cheer loudest when deep voice starts singing? Hes tone deaf.

  • iluvai

    I figured they must be making something. Yep, they should save their earnings.

  • shell29

    Seriously. The other two should stay in the background.

  • Blueknight24

    Me too.

  • Matthew Woods

    STANDING O??? NO!!!

  • Eric Ascher

    because they are waiting for a train wreck and he delivers.

  • Matthew Richards

    Wow, the harmonies actually aren’t as terrible as they usually are. The guy on the left sounded kind of nice at the beginning. Still want Caroline Pennell to steal their microphones and make it not boring, though.

  • Elf

    They sounded okay, but overall I found it boring. They didn’t do anything to really draw me into the performance.

  • ajr86

    Demi youre crying why exactly?? Because you heard three tone deaf guys destroy a song?

  • scoobynacks

    It’s like when someone tries to get their dog to howl “I love you.” See?? He’s totally doing it! *facepalm*

  • ajr86

    Simon used the ‘I would buy that on iTunes’ lie. Yeah right.

  • Lexie O’Neill

    I’ve been quiet because I’m obviously in the minority here. But that was awesome. I see a potential in Restless Road that I love.

  • scoobynacks

    Good plan. Divide and conquer, then we won’t have to listen to any of them.

  • shell29

    Aw, ‘middle guy who can sing’ is choked up. He needs to be solo, let’s break this group up lol.

  • Matthew Richards

    Why are Demi and Simon saying that was enough to get them to the finals? I feel like I’m living on another planet.

  • vd88

    Okay guys I didn’t actually see their performance but were Restless Road any good or were the judges blowing smoke up their ass a usual.

  • ajr86

    Clean your ears buddy. They are nice guys but lousy singers

  • Amy Beth

    So in XF world, stripped down means sitting on a stool.

  • Anny_nanny

    *facepalm*

  • Lexie O’Neill

    Disagree.

  • Matthew Richards

    Their vocals actually weren’t that awful for once. But yeah, they’re blowing smoke up their asses.

  • Listening

    Because that was the best they’ve ever done and if they can last this long being bad then by being okay they’ll breeze through.

  • iluvai

    lol…

  • ajr86

    Bye Bye Rion. This isn’t good. Pitch problems all over.

  • Nedsdag

    Why are all the women so emotional tonight?

  • Listening

    Middle guy at times sounded weird to me like he was gulping his notes. It’s hard to explain but something was off.

  • Matthew Woods

    Nope judges are crying America will vote shes bought herself another week

  • Matthew Richards

    I thought it sounded nice in parts.

  • Blueknight24

    If 2 people will be eliminated tom and if RR still be there, could they eliminate 2 out of 3 of RR.

  • iluvai

    I’m kind of tired of Rion. She’s an adorable sweet girl, but I’m over her.

  • shell29

    Are they going to cry after every performance?

  • vd88

    Okay they’re crying like maybe I have a cold heart but lol this isn’t
    that serious.

  • Kathleen Moore

    Did Kleenex just sign on as a X Factor sponsor?

  • ajr86

    Why are the judges praising her? Tomorrow is gonna be that much harder for Rion when she’s eliminated. I’m hoping it’s not gonna be a Rachel Crow/Beatrice Miller meltdown.

  • Blueknight24

    I’m not sure of Demi’s tears are real. Hmmm..

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Rion is very limited as a vocalist and at this point is progressing based on backstory and personality.

  • iluvai

    ha ha, that’s funny.

  • vd88

    Of course they are, these judges kill me.

  • ajr86

    It’s called crocodile tears.

  • scoobynacks

    In her defense, she said “see a potential” not hear. If they don’t sing, they’re much easier to stomach.

  • HMc

    I dont get Rion, I dont think she is a good singer … does that make me a terrible person ?

  • fuzzywuzzy

    No, you’re just being realistic.

  • genius13

    I can’t even begin to express how much I miss josh Levi…I would’ve loved a nice dance/vocal for the first round and another performance like stay from him for the unplugged round…smh

  • scoobynacks

    Nope. You’re seeing past her disability to know that she’s not good enough as a singer (at least at 13). I’d say that you’re a better person than someone who lets sympathy and sympathy alone keep someone like Lazaro in a singing competition.

  • Blueknight24

    Yes, Rion performance is kinda touching if you’re watching her but not if your eyes are close.

  • Amy Beth

    OMG, Jeff’s brother is Lt. Dan!

  • iluvai

    Who is Lt. Dan?

  • scoobynacks

    Of that first line, I only heard “plane.” He only sort of knows the words to this song.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Jeff has a son? Who knew? lol

  • shell29

    A character in Forrest Gump

  • vd88

    It’s weird he never criticizes Carlito, like Idk if it’s strategy because he knows Carlito can’t win and Josh could.

  • Listening

    Nope, you just need your ears cleaned.

  • ajr86

    Jeff is having an off night. This Daniel version sounded unpleasent.

  • Kathleen Moore

    Gary Sinese role in Forest Gump

  • Matthew Richards

    Is it me, or is Jeff mumbling his words? I can’t understand a word he’s saying. Enunciation is important on stripped down acoustic songs.

  • teekee

    I keep thinking that I’m missing something, cause ain’t nobody choking me up. lol.

  • iluvai

    thanks to you both.

  • Elf

    Jeff is amazing. He’s a great vocalist.

  • Valarie

    Jeff is just not goot.

  • ajr86

    I definitely enjoyed Thia Megias version of Daniel more. She sounded pleasent but Jeffs version was rough.

  • iluvai

    That was a nice tribute to his brother.

  • Nedsdag

    That water Paulina is drinking must be doing something because she sounds great.

    Jeff sang himself into the semifinals.

  • garlandk77

    I like Jeff’s voice, but I don’t like his using his family for vote bait. First it was his son and now it’s his brother.

  • scoobynacks

    He wasn’t done milking his son for votes and then he’s all ‘I did it for the men and women who sacrifice’? Seriously? They fought for his right to sing that song into a pillow apparently.

  • shell29

    I thought it was OK-I actually liked it better than his first performance.

  • ajr86

    I only hope Jeff makes it for Kellys sake. I would feel bad if she doesn’t have a member in the semi finals.

  • Kathleen Moore

    I liked Jeff’s ‘Without You,’ although he may have cheated a little bit with the theme. I’ll always think of it as a Harry Nielson song. Not crazy about “Daniel.” I’m a huge EJ fan, but that’s one of my least favorite EJ song. Dedicating it to Lt. Dan may have saved him though.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I hope that if Rion leaves tomorrow, she will be the first one so that we won’t have to endure her singing for her life and playing the Jesus card again, and a potential mega-meltdown.

  • HMc

    Thanks I thought my hearing was off or something … she is still young but I fear she may never be good enough … I feel sad for her …

  • Hayley_Horan

    I heard last week she was a bit crazy. I’ve been looking for a clip of this all week! Haha.

  • Nedsdag

    But she was put here for a reason. LOL!

  • ajr86

    Jeff is saved because nearly everyone else sucked.

  • Karen C

    I thought Jeff did awesome on Daniel, he sounded terrific.

  • scoobynacks

    So they’re still doing a ‘sing for your life’ thing? They need to stop that. Who makes it into the finals should be the top 4 vote getters.

  • Matthew Richards

    Demi tried to criticize his vocals, and his tone when he replied back was kind of…bitchy. “That’s fine, but I wasn’t doing it to sing well, I was doing it for my brother.” Turned me off.

  • shell29

    It’s like battle of the sentimental backstories: Rion vs. Jeff

  • Amy Beth

    Why do they have to introduce them twice?

  • HMc

    you got that right … lol

  • scoobynacks

    You can “iterate” Demi. Not “reiterate.” To iterate means to repeat. Sorry. If that’s what I’m focusing on, you know this show’s got issues.

  • Matthew Woods

    See you next week Ellona!

  • ajr86

    Elona did MUCH better with If I were a boy. Still a little shaky. She should be safe after that performance.

  • Valarie

    I do not like Ellona on this song.

  • shell29

    YES Ellona! That’s more like it!

  • Nedsdag

    Ellona just joined Jeff into the Semifinals.

  • Matthew Richards

    This version of If I Were a Boy is okay, but her vocals are really comparing unfavorably to Rachel Crow’s. I do like Ellona’s falsetto/head voice.

  • Kathleen Moore

    I’m hearing a lot of pitch issues with Elliona. I think she’s using her booming voice to cover up her pitch.

  • Elf

    I really enjoyed that performance from Ellona. She is a great vocalist and should stop hiding behind the big production all the time.

  • Blueknight24

    Much better than the First for Ellona but no big moment.

  • vd88

    A little shaky but that was good but I do agree with Kelly less is sometimes more.

  • Whatiswrongwithus

    I so agree with what MJ said on Jeff’s peformance. That performance may well have resonated deeply with the US viewers and shot him to the finals.

  • mfcg1122

    So far I feel Rion and Carlito is going home tomorrow

  • genius13

    At the end of the day all of these shows ( American idol, the voice, and X-factor) are SINGING COMPETITIONS… Meaning that aside from everything else, you should be a talented VOCALIST. For me, restless road, rion, and carilto just are not good vocalist. Sure rion’s story is inspirational and sure carlito has been through some tough times, but u can’t use that in place of vocal talent

  • scoobynacks

    They had Unique sing that on Glee. It’s kind of that version. That performance was stronger than Ellona’s I have to say. I get that she wanted to do the head voice but it was unnecessary there. Felt a bit forced. If it’s not more delicate and clear it sounds like the kind of thing anybody can do in karaoke when they can’t hit the high note.

  • Matthew Richards

    Her pitch issues are mainly in her mid-range. Her lower range was okay in the Lady Gaga song, but her falsetto sounds the best. I agree, I think she tries to belt in order to mask her weaknesses.

  • Guest

    Going postal crazy.

  • shell29

    Unless Carlito really steps his game up with this last song I think he’s a lock for the ‘Instaboot’ tomorrow night. I think Rion will still land in the bottom two.

  • Listening

    Ellona If I Were A Boy was the wrong Beyonce song to sing we’ve had two great vocalists w/ bigger voices than you sing that song. Rachel Crow and Dinah from Fifth Harmony who even trumped Rachel which is hard to do b/c Rachel was amazing and she just didn’t stack up to them.

    I much perfered Ellona’s first song she works best as a combo dancing paired w/ good/strong vocals. Her first song will be what saves her not this.

  • Matthew Richards

    I would have picked something Halo, because the range highlights Ellona’s strengths better.

  • garlandk77

    From the first note I just new A&S were going to kill this. Best performance of the night.

  • Matthew Woods

    Alex and Sierra HAVE the X Factor

  • ajr86

    This Alex and Sierra performance is a winning performance! They are awesome!!

  • scoobynacks

    Minor quibble but what she was doing isn’t falsetto. It was head voice.

  • Hayley_Horan

    I hope they sing “Falling Slowly” from Once eventually. It’d be perfect.

  • Elf

    OMG! That was AMAZING!!! These two are amazing – so talented, so personable and so real.

  • Blueknight24

    That was HEAVEN A&S!

  • vd88

    Okay finally finally finally an all around good performance, an actually deserved standing ovation.

  • Matthew Richards

    Is that what it is? Yeah, her head voice sounds nice.

  • Dexter

    Here we have this season’s winners!!!! A&S!!!!!!!

  • shell29

    Right in their lane…performance of the night. Simon needs to put all of his eggs in the A&S basket. I think they could be the breakout stars that X Factor US has been lacking.

  • RidersDX

    I need these two to get in the studio and put out a ballad like this ASAP. Beautiful.

  • ajr86

    I also want to hear them sing Something that I used to know by Gotye.

  • Blueknight24

    I will also download the song Simon!

  • Matthew Richards

    Simon is right for once. That was the performance of the season. So beautiful and understated. They didn’t even need to change up the melody.

  • Dexter

    I can’t help but remember Carly Rose’s outstanding performance last year with this song.

  • vd88

    That was only time Simon made sense this season when he was talking about them.

  • Nedsdag

    Amen! On finals night, Alex proposes, Sierra says yes, Simon finds a judge to marry them on stage on national television.

  • Matthew Woods

    May I ask why the HELL Carlito has the pimp spot after that??

  • shell29

    I feel for Carlito-that’s a hard act to follow.

  • ajr86

    They want Paulina to have a contestant next week. The pimp spot might not be enough.

  • RidersDX

    I swear, Paulina is becoming my favorite judge.

  • Blueknight24

    My final 4 are A&S,A&S,A&S and A&S. lol

  • Matthew Woods

    NO NO NO this should not be pimp spot

  • Dexter

    Wonder if Alex has any thoughts on proposing during the finale performance or the finale results. He’s probably debating if it would be too cheesy or not.

  • ajr86

    Chicago Illinoissssss

  • Elf

    I saw them give an interview where they swore that wouldn’t happen. They said they are still young and just enjoying the experience.

  • vd88

    I like Carlito’s determination but come on now, Josh should really be there over him.

  • ajr86

    Carlito switching back and forth from English to Spanish is annoying. Let alone the shaky vocals.

  • Nedsdag

    That’s my choice for them next week.

  • Matthew Richards

    Not sure it’s the popular opinion, but I think Carlito’s performance of Stand By Me in Spanish sounded great. Just what he needed.

  • garlandk77

    This is one of my favorite songs, but I found Carlito’s strange mix of English and Spanish confusing.

  • Listening

    Hmmm the second song of Alex & Sierra felt like it didn’t go anywhere but I really wanted to love it, it just didn’t happen. I didn’t really feel it. I should of but I didn’t. Umm it’s the best of the second performances, just wish I had been moved. I started to be at the beginning but then I think I got bored.

    They’re safe though they had two good performances. I think tonight they showed they have range they’re like we’re not gonna simply hippie-fy every song.

  • scoobynacks

    There’s got to be some link between Paula and Paulina besides the names and the nonsensical speech. I’m convinced of it.

  • nimue

    I loved Jeff Gutt’s Without You. I never heard Mariah Carey’s version-hate her voice anyway( exactly HOW many notes do you have to hit per syllable? 30? yuck). But I am VERY familiar with both the BADFINGER and Harry Nielson version. Jeff NAILED it!!! Loved it!

  • Guest

    Songs on the X-factor are better than songs on the Voice for the most part.

  • Blueknight24

    I thought it should be slow song but Carlito did with the dance bit? Why is that?

  • ajr86

    Simon wants who to go home exactly? He doesn’t want to lose anyone it sounds like

  • Listening

    Uh Oh Carlito just did some stupid dancing.LOL

  • Matthew Woods

    THE BEST EVER?? oh Paulina…

  • Nedsdag

    TBTH, Paulina made tonight truly entertaining. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the singing, but she was hilarious.

  • Kathleen Moore

    Carlito should have sung the first verse in English and the second verse in Spanish. Or vice versa. However, he should not have switched languages mid-verse.

  • ajr86

    1.Alex and Serra
    2.
    3.
    4.
    5.
    6.Everyone else.

  • Amy Beth

    6–2=?

  • Nedsdag

    A&S, Jeff, and Ellona are no-brainers for next week.

  • vd88

    Didn’t I say Simon will never criticize Carlito, this is a strategy, he knows Carlito can’t win and not a threat so he’s not going to be hard on him.

  • scoobynacks

    I think I agree with Paulina. “My puppies love balloons” is the perfect sentiment to describe my feelings about this show.

  • shell29

    Oh Paulina…there is something ‘special’ in her cup tonight. LOL!

  • Amy Beth

    Mid verse? He switched mid-phrase!

  • Listening

    HAHAHA Paulina just said everytime she talks Simon opens his nose.

  • Anny_nanny

    Agree. For me it was the single high-quality performance during the 1st part.

  • Guest

    Yep, Josh will win it for sure… hehe!

  • Amy Beth

    Now that Paulina is down to one singer, she found time to study tapes of Paula Abdul.

  • nycguy

    Rion is gone for sure. I can’t decide who the other will be. My best guess would be Carlito but I hope it’s not.

  • shell29

    I thought it was good too but I’m not sure if it will be enough to save him. Hopefully for his sake the pimp spot will help him.

  • ajr86

    Rion Page lowest votes. Carlito and RR likely fighting for the last spot.

  • Dexter

    Is it two confirmed going tomorrow? They could lie and surprise with just 1 elimination unless it’s 1 next week. I assume there’s still 3 in the finale.

  • vd88

    Well Josh of course is making to next week, if there’s one person that’s guaranteed it’s Josh.

  • shell29

    Mario said it’s a double elimination tomorrow.

  • Matthew Richards

    Did anyone write down the number to call for Alex and Sierra? I want to vote for them like a maniac.

  • iluvai

    Thank goodness.

  • Nedsdag

    My bad, people! I corrected my mistake.

  • Nedsdag

    See my correction above.

  • iluvai

    What’s really bad is that I didn’t even notice.

  • vd88

    Sadly I see RR being safe, I think Ellona’s in trouble.

  • garlandk77

    The way Carlito, Rion, and Ellona beg for votes is a real turn-off. This show make me have more appreciation for Idol contestants. The Idol kids rarely engage in this kind of desperate behavior. And the people who win Idol never do it. I don’t think that’s a coincidence.

  • Tammy Luebrecht

    My two favorites are Ellona and Jeff. The rest can go anytime. I will say that I think Jeff needs a band to back him up but that sure didn’t stop Chris Daughtry. Another point…if Ellona gets signed, I hope she drops her last name. It makes her easier to remember I think.

  • Matthew Richards

    Oh. It’s on the website. Call 1 855 THE XF 01 .

  • janeeyre

    Jeff Gutt was a class act without all the nonsense of begging for votes. He has great vocals,mnails it every time, and should be in the finals. Hes being thrown under the bus by the judges. Also, why is he never given the pimp spot?

  • Jason Gorny

    So proud of Alex and Sierra! They were great! Ellona and Jeff were great too! Hope these three acts will make it through. Carlito is going home for sure. I’m not sure about Restless Road and Rion.

  • Guest

    Same here. I don’t vote for beggars.

  • Matthew Richards

    That’s a brilliant winning strategy.

  • Guest

    No disrespect to her disability, but Rion needs to make like a tree and LEAVE. Tired of her distracting swaying arms. Her cute Kate Hudson look can get you so far. Carly Rose can sing loops around Rion.

  • genius13

    What? How dare usted critica carlito! He works muy difícil

  • tomr

    Just want Ellona and Restless Road gone. I’ve always had to mute their performances. Hope that Jeff or Alex & Sierra finish on top.

  • carola99

    Alex and Sierra FTW no doubt about it.
    They were great tonight and always consistent. IMO deserve it more than anybody else.
    I hope too that Restless Road and/or RIon are gone tomorrow.

  • sjames08

    the thing about her is that people are afraid of criticizing her in front of national tv because it can come across as an attack. but every single one of these contestants needs to be criticized on the same level. if i had her disability, i would still want people to act normal towards me, like i don’t have that.

    on that note, i do applaud her courage and her spirit to expose herself on national tv. a dream’s a dream.

  • kcostell

    Say Something’s currently #25 on iTunes, and Say My Name’s at #111. Only other performance currently in the top 200 from this week is Restless Road’s Wake Me Up (at 124 as I’m typing this).

  • Jason Gorny

    Wow. Very cool!

  • Taylor

    Holy iTunes sales!!! A&S “Say Something” is already #16 overall.

    Can they get the 10x bonus votes due to going iTunes top 10??

  • carola99

    BTW I enjoyed Paulina tonight. She is a hoot, but is entertaining. Heh.
    It´s just fun to watch her..

  • Blueknight24

    OMG A&S “Say Something” studio version is so good! Pls record an album now!

  • Guest
  • kcostell

    Of course, given the X Factor’s track record in the last couple of weeks, this probably means Alex and Sierra are going home tomorrow.

  • Jason Gorny

    Huh?

  • Blueknight24

    I’m surprise that RR song is charting on Itunes. lol

  • Jason Gorny

    I wonder how Alex and Sierra would have done on the voice?

  • kcostell

    The artists that looked like they had the best chance of a future in the music business after the show are the ones who have been voted out week after week.

  • Taylor

    Restless Road is #18 on iTunes country. WOW!!! Simon must be grinning from ear to ear between A&S and RR.

  • Jason Gorny

    Maybe a group will win this year. I think it will come down to Alex and Sierra and Ellona at the final

  • Damien Roberts

    Thats actually pretty surprising given the number of people who watch The X-Factor.

  • Damien Roberts

    Number 11!

  • Damien Roberts

    I think it’ll come down to Alex and Sierra and Ellona are our final 2.

  • Blueknight24

    Itunes ranking:
    11. Alex & Sierra – Say Something (The X Factor USA Performance)

    70. Alex & Sierra – Say My Name (The X Factor USA Performance)

    90. Restless Road – Wake Me Up (The X Factor USA Performance)

    322. Restless Road – Red (The X Factor USA Performance)

    423. Jeff Gutt – Without You (The X Factor USA Performance)

    566. Jeff Gutt – Daniel (The X Factor USA Performance)

    650. Rion Paige – Glass (The X Factor USA Performance)

    1397. Carlito Olivero – Stand By Me (The X Factor USA Performance)

    No Ellona??? hmmm..

  • Damien Roberts

    Inspirational yes. But lets not forget this is a singing competition and in my opinion she’s the weakest act left in the competition.

  • macfae

    it was not pretty.

  • macfae

    Yeah. she was kind of scary…like a crazed-eyed demon demanding she get her way.
    you know, like toddler and tiaras. .

  • Guest

    I hope A&S fans don’t forget to vote, I’m listening to there song over and over and Almost forgot to vote. lol

  • Blueknight24

    I hope A&S fans don’t forget to vote, I’m listening to there song over and over and Almost forgot to vote. lol

  • elliegrll

    Alex and Sierra are on the wrong show. If Simon gave a damn, or had a clue about promoting talent instead of hype, he would use those two to bring attention tho this show.

  • scoobynacks

    People should have to prove they’re not tone deaf before they’re allowed to have a credit card. It’s come to that.

  • nycguy

    I don’t think they had a choice. Mario pretty much asked them to beg and stuck the mic in their face. And I’m sure Mario was just following orders himself.

  • Guest
  • Jason Gorny

    haha i voted a lot for them already !

  • macfae

    yep, I have it on repeat… 2:17 min.is just not enough.

  • wordnerdarchie

    Alex & Sierra are VERY good.

  • macfae

    it would be really something if they passed the original sitting at # 3

  • Jason Gorny

    Will be interesting to see the impact from the west coast airing

  • scoobynacks

    Are you kidding? He begs for votes constantly with the kid pimpin’. Don’t get me started on the waiting til this point in the competition to bring up his military brother. Like when Ellona brought up her stage 4 cancer sister. She’s had cancer this whole time. The mention and timing was strategic. Her piece moved me but at the same time, I knew I was being manipulated by X Factor. They’ve taught us too well. It’s so obvious when it’s happening. We see the strings, Simon. I wish their family members well, but it’s gross how they’re being used.

  • Matthew Richards

    I have a feeling this will boost the Christina duet version as well.

  • scoobynacks

    They’re following a script. They’re saying the kinds of things they’ve been coached to say. Rion added the cray cray I think but this is all Simon and his team..

  • macfae

    I hadn’t thought about that…it should be airing there about now, right ?

  • Jason Gorny

    i think so. and it’s # 8 now

  • Guest

    Yep, Carlito is on next with the J.Lo song.

  • Amy Beth

    The only way Alex & Sierra will lose is if one of the other acts hires someone to break them up.

  • FinalFantasy13

    just got done watching the show.. Sierra really uped her game this week wow..

    Alex and Sierra were awesome..

  • hayes

    Alex and Sierra are leagues, leagues!, above everyone else. Too bad they’re on this god awful show.

    Edit: They’re at #6 overall on iTunes and they haven’t even performed here on the West Coast.

  • nimue

    Well, lets be HONEST here–they are ALL singing karaoke covers, aren’t they. At least Jeff sings with passion, and plays one helluva guitar!

  • nimue

    Just because Mariah Carey did her usual sing 30 notes for each syllable version of this song, does NOT mean the song was meant to be sung that way. I remember that song from the 70s–and Gutt sang it the way I remember it–a ROCK song!

  • nimue

    He’ll get his back up band AND good songwriters to work with him if he wins this thing. Heck, he may even get a contract even if he doesn’t—1D didn’t win and look at them. He can sure play a guitar, already writes music—he just needs that extra push that top flight producers/songwriters can give him!

  • Jason Gorny

    A&S is #5!

  • nimue

    It’s theater. Get over it, and just pay attention to the music. To bitch and moan about X Factor using drama to play up their contestants is a bit silly.

  • RalphResty

    My favorite singer in Restless Road is Colton but Zach seems to be growing on me now too. :)

  • QUALI

    What was up with Paulina? Was she drunk? honestly though, she brought so much fun to the show, lol

  • RalphResty

    They should win this now. :)

  • Guest

    Paulina is in her own little world. She’s the comic relief judge.

  • khomphuong2

    I was stabbing myself to see my blood listening to her.

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  • CB40

    Alex and Sierra’s “Say Something” was amazing! It’s also #2 on iTunes, just ahead of the original version which is #3.

    That’s quite impressive on a night where everyone (myself included) was watching the Tree Lighting special on NBC.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Rion showed an unexpected side of herself in that aggressive response to why she should be saved. She sounded like someone who is used to getting her way (and I wouldn’t be surprised if that were true).

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “The song is yet another opportunity to highlight her struggles and disability. The continued pimping of her backstory is off putting.”

    At the point in the competition they know that emphasizing Rion’s backstory is the main reason why she is advancing. Yes, it is very off putting. I just hope that she doesn’t have a major meltdown when she has to leave.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Also, the fact that the X-Factor has been drawing a much smaller audience than The Voice, but the song ranks so high indicates that a higher proportion of the audience bought the song.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    iTunes update:

    #2 – Say Something (Alex and Sierra)
    #20 – Say My Name (Alex and Sierra)
    #32 – Wake Me Up (Restless Road)
    #149 – Without You (Jeff Gutt)
    #151 – Red (Restless Road)

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Here’s a video of Rion pleading to be saved:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fajrD4Ud9II

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Mario made a gaffe at the very end when he said, “see you next week”. lol

  • Guest

    #2 – Say Something (Alex and Sierra)
    #19 – Say My Name (Alex and Sierra)

    “The X Factor”‘s Alex & Sierra Erupt on iTunes with “Say Something”
    Clearly the show’s most commercially viable act, Alex and Sierra.

    http://headlineplanet.com/home/2013/12/05/x-factors-alex-sierra-erupt-itunes-say-something/

  • Craigin

    I disagree- Ellona’s “If I Were A Boy” is amazing and I really like her lower register. Normally when people sing this song they are all flat and whisperly on the low notes. Ellona hit them dead on with control. I can’t believe people aren’t buying this version! It’s so GOOD!

    But Alex & Sierra are the easy winner and they deserve it!

  • Matthew

    One of those guys on Restless Road was chosen for looks only – Rion sadly was pushed along cuz of her disability. I like that Ellona can sing and dance (most pros don’t do that anymore) but honestly, I don’t think her voice is that good. Jessica Sanchez had such a better voice and could also move. Paulina? Enough said. Why did they move Demi away from Simon when she’s the one with the most chemistry. Paulina reminds me of the joke contestants – she’s like a joke judge. Alex&Sierra sometimes can be boring – they seem more A&C than pop stars but a group act that wasn’t put together by Simon is a plus in my book even though I hate hearing him gloat. (I bet Christina was planning to sing that song with Matthew on the finale if he hadn’t been cut this week) Carlito is a joke; he’s no Latino superstar like Ricky Martin and his vocal is no where near the Voice finalists. Its not a great F6…I look at the Voice finalists and t hey are all super talented…

  • Matthew

    Do you really see them as huge pop stars or more A&C artists? I don’t know — I think Alex has a great voice. Maybe they can make it…XF needs a breakout star. I bet they bring it back for another season with more production cuts and no Paulina. If Simon and Fox havent learned by now you have to screen test the individual mentors and the panel as a whole, I don’t know whats wrong with them

  • Matthew

    The RR guy on the right of the screen always rubs me the wrong way. He just seems cocky and like the type of guy who has always gotten by on his looks. He thinks hell be like 1D next year
    Rion is no Carrie Underwood. I hate when they keep blowing smoke up all these contestants’ acts. Doesnt the last 3 XF seasons prove they’re all not superstars with albums. I also wish they’d raise the ages…I don’t want to see 13 year olds; leave that for a Disney or Nick singing competition (Why havent they done that yet?) 13 year olds vs 50 year old is also awkward )Can we get a Paulina dictionary?

  • Landon Cox

    Why is the Corbin Fisher trio still wearing clothes?

  • Michael Byrd

    oddly enough i enjoy your comments…….paulina may be the death nail for x factor usa