The four way battle for third place became a three way battle after last night’s results. In a week where Dami faltered ever so slightly, Jiordan didn’t really bring her “A” game or even “B” game for that matter, and Jai has just stayed the course of slightly better than average for seemingly the seventh week in a row. The bottom two this week could be interesting. But then it really wasn’t, but it could’ve been.
What I think is really funny about Jiordan Tolli taking on Rihanna’s “Stay” is that throughout this entire competition. I’ve been seeing the similarities between Jiordan and the winner of X Factor New Zealand Jackie Thomas. Jackie had some solid moments including her take on “Stay” so of course Jiordan doing that song seems like a match that fit perfectly. Although Jiordan obviously and concretely outperformed Omar Dean on the sing-off. I am very glad the judges had the clarity to send it to dead lock. Omar has had all season to think of his one save me song and unfortunately “You Found Me” wasn’t that solid of a choice for him. But if you were looking at the previous nights work, Omar outshone Jiordan in the battle of “She Will Be Loved” versus “Royals.” So ultimately sending it to deadlock was the correct decision. Jiordan is in a very tough spot going forward. She is entering the top 5 being the obvious fifth place finisher, not in terms of talent or likability, but in terms of the fan-base. Jai should be the one leaving next week and it could happen. He just needs to be in the bottom 2 and the judges will send him packing regardless who is next to him, but if Jai escapes the bottom 2. Then it will probably be a showdown between THIRD D3GREE and Jiordan. In that scenario, the answer is clear: Jiordan should go. Jiordan needs to pull something great out of the bag if she wants to survive. Hint: LDR’s “Summertime Sadness” or Justin Timberlake’s “Mirrors.”