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THE X FACTOR: L.A. Reid (L) and Simon Cowell (R) console members of inTENsity after they were eliminated  on THE X FACTOR Thursday, Nov. 3 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX CR: Ray Mickshaw / FOX.

InTENsity Are Eliminated

Sorry mini-gleeksters you ARE the WEAKEST LINK! Woops wrong show, wrong decade! Ha. As a I said below, I can’t pour too much hatorade on a bunch of cute teenagers, but their act, except for a couple of strong singers, was pretty much a train wreck. And NO Simon. We don’t need a new Glee.  After a successful couple of seasons, the current Glee is having trouble moving singles.   If the kids sweetened their act up even more, maybe they could head to Disney.  But they didn’t really make much of an impact during the couple of weeks they were on the show, so they’ll probably split apart.

The Stereo Hogzz were kind of awful tonight, which highlights the fact that Paula did a pretty great job as mentor, polishing them up.

Simon needs to totally rethink the concept of the groups category.   He doesn’t understand that 90s style boy and girl bands went out around the turn of the century here, and I doubt they are coming back soon.  Groups can still succeed in country, but Lakoda Rayne doesn’t fill the bill. They come off as wannabes, which is the kiss of death. They are like Jessica Simpson x4. Not good.  Totally not surprised the groups are hitting the bottom first. I expect at LEAST one group to make the bottom next week.

I’ll be liveblogging the X Factor results right here!

Who will leave the X Factor tonight? Steve Jones takes the stage.

Group performance! The X Factor Top 12 take the stage to sing…”Without You” by David Guetta. The vocals on this are really good, which means, of course, they are lip syncing. Except for Astro, who raps the mid-section and totally futzes up the words.

Download X Factor Performances

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8DLfwpyNOXs

Time for a recap of last night’s ACTION PACKED SHOW. This recap is endless. I’m falling asleep. Plz get on with the show.

Next a promo piece for Pepsi. The contestants couldn’t be MORE EXCITED about the opportunity to make a PEPSI COMMERCIAL. OMG.

Next, Outasight takes the stage to sing “Tonight’s The Night” which is featured in those Pepsi commercials. Really, I hope Simon does better in the special guest department. This is pretty lame so far.

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

OK. We’re halfway through the show, and supposedly there are going to be some results.  The contestants are all. I don’t want to go home. I can’t go home. Please don’t send me home. BOTTOM 2 OMG NO.  Zzzzz. Nigel Lythgoe >>>>>>>>>>>>>> Simon Cowell.  At the very least, he keeps viewers from falling into a coma waiting for the results.

Just like the UK version all of the teams assemble on stage with their mentors.   Steve reveals, in no particular order, the Top 10 acts who are safe.

When LeRoy’s name was called, someone was bleeped.  All the boys are through! And so are the Girls!  The leave Stacy Francis for last for ultimate dramz.  And of course, there are TWO GROUPS IN THE BOTTOM 2 BECAUSE AMERICA HATES STUPID GROUPS. But, Simon is in denial.  Results Part 1 Results  Part 2

The Stereo Hogzz take the stage first.  Whoa this is so old fashioned. “Emotion” by Barbara Streisand and Barry Gibb? Way to make yourself relevant boys.  Good thing you’re up against the lame Disney Incorporated, or you wouldn’t have a chance.  They sound pretty terrible left performing on their own without coaching.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ygRvZjbe5dE

InTENsity – “My Life Would Suck Without You” by Kelly Clarkson -  The Glee kids sang this song. It was Season 1 Episode 13.  The kids won sectionals and thanked Mr. Shue with a song.  He kissed Emma. The end. And yes, it’s very sad that I remember that.  Oh my. That dark haired kid looked like he was passing a brick during his solo. Pitchy and nervous. I dunno.  Performance is trainwrecky, but it’s hard to goof on a bunch of cute teenagers.  Having said that–InTENsity needs to leave.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k9dWif0twu0

Steven explains the rules.  The bottom 2 vote getters will perform a last chance song of their choosing for the judges, who will each pick an act to go home. If the vote is tied, the lowest vote getter goes home.

Simon is sending home: Stereo Hogzz (Simon thought their performance was the weakest)
Paula is sending home: InTensity (She’s GUTTED!)
Nicole is sending home: InTensity (blah blah blah)
L.A. is sending home: InTensity

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3zI412c-SFw&feature=uploademail

Safe:

  • Marcus Canty
  • Drew
  • LeRoy Bell
  • Astro
  • Lakoda Rayne
  • Rachel Crow
  • Chris Rene
  • Josh Kracjik
  • Melanie Amaro
  • Stacy Francis

Bottom 2 (and will sing for survival)

  • InTENsity
  • Stereo Hogzz

 
  • garlandk77

    Who is the awful voice-over guy doing the opening intro? He doesn’t have the proper voice for voice-over work.

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

    Ugggh, lipsyncing…hate it

  • BAPC

    IDK but I was wondering the same thing. Didn’t they have a different guy before who was much better? Or maybe I’m just thinking of the XFUK guy.

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

    Does anyone know where I can watch the live stream online??

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

    LeRoy forgot to lip sync and Astro forgot his words!

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

    OMG they can’t even lip-sync properly… and Astro you have a 20 second rap… learn your freaking words you little jerk… lol

  • BAPC

    Why wasn’t Astro’s bit prerecorded?  Kinda weird. 

  • http://twitter.com/TheJoeIsATramp Joey

    are there supposed to be any guest performers?

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

    I tuned out halfway through the group performance because I couldn’t take seeing another lip synced performance.

  • BAPC

    Outasight will be performing. He sings “Tonight is the Night” from the Pepsi commercials. 

  • garlandk77

    A white guy in a business suit doing a hip hop rapper song. That just seemed weird.

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

    Steve Jones is hot… but he sux at hosting! and Outasight isn’t very good live but i like that song 

  • BAPC

    Cool tune and I like that he’s a white bloke in a suit singing hip hop. It makes him different. 

  • Karen C

    This is sooo dragging…..

  • http://twitter.com/thecinel Cindi

    He’s going to give the results in no particular order in case you didn’t hear it the first two times.

  • garlandk77

    Last night, Steve looked like he was getting better, but tonite he’s back to his stiff, deer in the headlights manner from last week.

  • amadcow2

    Insufferable results shows are all about pacing.  This show doesn’t have it.  SYTYCD is the best.  This one is really the worst.

  • Anonymous

    They definitely need to speed things up a bit.

  • sue

    OH shizzzzzz Leroy is safe. YESSs

  • sue

    OH crap there goes all my points, dang it, Lakoda Rayne safe. Dang it!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    darn my 20 points are down the drain.

  • sue

    Intensity is going home for sure, MJ was right. 

  • Karen C

    Glad Drew, Josh, Melanie are through

  • Karen C

    I agree, it’s really dragging.  Way too much recapping.

  • Anonymous

    lokoda rayne got the most votes out of the groups..

  • Karen C

    Hmm,  I don’t really like the groups but thought Stereo Hogs was the better one.

  • BAPC

    America really does not like groups. They’re going to save Stereohogz but I would rather have Intensity stay tbh. 

  • Valentin432

    Poor Paula.
    Goodbye Intensity, you were the new glee for 2 days.

  • shell29

    Glad Leroy is safe!  I hope it’s InTENsity that leaves.  I want to see more of the Stereo Hoggz.

  • http://twitter.com/KWOnlyDreaming Karen Wicks

    Intensity needs to go.  I do feel bad for Paula though that both groups are in bottom 2.

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

    Wow..bottom 2 Just as I predicted last night.  I must be psychic!

  • koshka

    The host is absolutely the worst! Did the get a special discount price?

  • Karen C

    I’m not surprised that a group will go first.  I think they are much more popular in the UK, where they are still on the pop charts, but aren’t here.

  • Valentin432

    A group never won in the UK after 7 years and they don’t do well in other countries either, it’s just hard for voters to relate to them.

  • ealbino

    I would rather hear a good prerecorded song than a live bad one on stage.
    So happy for Leroy and melanie

  • Anonymous

    I wonder if Stereo Hogz are being judged harshly for only having one guy in the group who can sing.

  • Anonymous

    Both of these groups have huge flaws. The boy bands is about a decade too late and while the vocals are decent, it just feels dated. It could have been the songs they were given though.

    With the other, 10 person groups just do not work. Glee is popular b/c they are a tv show first and a ”musical group” second. There are just too many of them and the vocals get muddled b/c they haven’t sung together very long.

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

    Damn they are soooooooo flat.  That was terrible

  • http://twitter.com/thecinel Cindi

    Intensity kind of sucks and they’re boring. Hopefully they go home.

    ETA: A little funny that they’re singing an Idol’s song. JMO.

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

    bye bye Intensity

  • Anonymous

    I like Intensity, but their presence on the show is ridiculous.  They are a novelty act, even though they are entertaining, at times.

  • Anonymous

    I will have this song stuck in my head for the rest of the night. I’m going to listen to the original to be soothed by Kelly’s amazing vocals. 

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

    InTENsity is really the one Asian girl with 9 backup singers.  You cant have a lead singer in a group that big…

  • sue

    They are probably in the bottom 2 because they went first and there were so many acts and we tend to identify more with solo artist. 

  • amadcow2

    wow, both songs were totally underwhelming.

    I say keep Stereo Hogz because they have more potential to be entertaining. In other words, if we have to have a group, give us the ones that Paula can be her kookyest with.

  • Anonymous

    Simon, how do the Stereo Hogz go from being the best band out today, Simon’s words, to the act that was the weakest last night.  Simon is a joke.

  • Anonymous

    I love paula .and nicole. And L.A.

  • http://twitter.com/thecinel Cindi

    Steve Jones doesn’t seem to have a personality. Don’t like him.

  • Made

    They just couldn’t all vote against Intensity when the group was put together by the judges. Someone had to vote for them. I think Justice has been made.

     

  • sue

    He said they were the weaker act based on tonight’s performance. He thought Intensity did better tonight. Simon just wanted to be different, he knew the other judges were going to send Intensity home. Poor kids were so upset. :(

  • Valentin432

    No surprise, good bye intensity. Paula is going to have a lot of free time very soon or the judges will have to save Stereo Hoggz and Lakoda Rayne a lot in the next weeks.

  • BAPC

    He said weakest tonight, not last night. He was judging based on the last chance performance. I’d have made the same decision. But I really just can’t stand Stereohoggz.

  • sharilbus

    I wonder if they will follow this same format every week of a final two and the judges decide.

    I do think the correct group went home tonight.  I have a hard time connecting with so many at one time.

  • Anonymous

    “Nicole is sending home: InTensity (blah blah blah)”
    LOL!

  • Anonymous

    I guess you have your answer (didn’t watch the show) but I agree, Simon is a joke.
    He probably remembered a lot of bands that were not on the show last night are, indeed, much better than Stereo Hogz. Now having them around reminds him he made a mistake. (and how foolish he looks for saying that last night).

  • Anonymous

     There isn’t a band in the world that’s as good as you.

    This is Simon’s comment last night about Stereo-Hogzz. He was ready to send them home tonight.

    I’m starting to have fun watching this show.

  • Anonymous

    Wow.  I didn’t get to watch the show last night, and only caught the end tonight, but I thought both of those groups tonight sounded terrible.  I don’t know how they did last night but I’m not surprised they were both in the bottom. 

  • Anonymous

    Simon thought that Stereo Hogzz were weak? How could that be? I thought they were the best band in the world right now. …. Good grief.

  • Anonymous

    The only good thing about the host is how he is fairly successful in shutting up the blabbing of the judges. 

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

    I’m laughing my butt off here. This show man, it is really ridiculous. You can’t take it seriously and you gotta have some fun with it.

  • Anonymous

    Exactly! :)

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

    By the way, did anybody see Steve Jones’ fake sympathy sigh? LOL, like right before the judges made their vote, when Steve says we will be going to the judges now, he looks at the camera, sighs with the puppy dog–someone-stole-my-teddy-bear-look, stared at the camera for like 5 seconds! Hahahahaha! Hilarious, Steve is so bad at this. :)

  • chessguy99

    Wonder if Lakoda Rayne was 3rd lowest total. I think they push the groups big time next week. Paula is going to be out of acts by Thanksgiving.

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

    Lastly, I want Josh to make top 4. Not just because I love him as an artist, but because he is TOTALLY Crystal Bowersox under that hardly washed hair of his. He is sooooo above this. LOL! He is standing there, arms crossed, thinking, “this is so stupid! But, it’s for 5 million dollars”. Tee hee, I LOVE Josh <3 <3 <3

    Plus, I'm so happy Marcus is voted in for next week. Doing my happy dance right now.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bev-Hatley/100001446044633 Bev Hatley

    Way to go Chris Rene !!!!!!!!!!!! I love him . I hope and pray he wins !!!!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UITYTUSGL7IK7WLFFDXXRYP7GA Falfor

    That host is really rude. Someone should send him to some classes on tact or assertive training and teach him how to ad-lib. He is more annoying than Cat Deeley. Makes me appreciate Seacrest a lot more. He does not ever seem to be caught off guard and is always able to smooth over awkward situations. That host needs to go.    

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

    –”TWO GROUPS IN THE BOTTOM 2 BECAUSE AMERICA HATES STUPID GROUPS”–

    America does not hate groups. Backstreet Boys and New Kids are currently making good money on their reunion tour, and it was big news around here when Jordin Sparks was opening for them. They are just simply out-of-style, and not dominating the charts. But with Black Eyed Peas having massive success (meh), and Jonas Brothers being a force not that long ago (Bieber has been around only two and half years in mainstream), clearly some groups can have their mainstay. Who knows, maybe Lakoda Rayne still has a chance. Isn’t that country group with Miranda Lambert in it making some waves?

  • Anonymous

    Aside from BEP, there are no real groups in US  pop music right now that are particularly relevant. It is all solo artists and the occasional band like Maroon5. Even new artists like Foster the People or Hot Chellae Rae are bands, not groups.  BSB and NKOTB are primarily drawing the fans who grew up with them — they aren’t suddenly coming up with new chart hits.

  • Anonymous

    Intensity was the right pick to leave.
    Infinite lol at Simon who said that Stereo Hoggz might be the best group in the world.. yes simon, in the bottom 2

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5CTSGSGATMXQESVDDD7RWQRYXU Jane

    If Paula only would’ve asked me, I would’ve told her to put those Brewer Brothers in over Intensity.  I’ll bet Brewer Bros. would have stayed out of the bottom 2 tonight……

  • Anonymous

    I think it’s because too many members in it. They should be a choir

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

    The Brewer Brothers were better, and a lot of young girls developed a crush on them.  But they had no choice; it was Paula’s choice to send them home.  I thought they were cute and the simplicity of the group made their singing appealing.  Big mistake made because Simon NEEDED to form Intensity!

    What Simon should have done is make the group into 4-5 kids.  I don’t like how he reacts to failure.

    Steve Jones is too wooden and should go home next week. Oh wait, he’s not a contestant.

    I also HATE  lipsyncing.

  • Anonymous

    I didn’t watch last night but both groups really blew tonight. Do they not use the autotune when they’re singing for their life.  The show felt like a trainwreck tonight. America is currently not into groups. NEXT..

  • Anonymous

    Brewer Brothers and Anser would have both had a better chance.  I was really surprised when they didn’t keep the Brewer Brothers.

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

    Ryan Seacrest is the best, but I absolutely adore Cat Deeley.  I can’t think of anything annoying about her, sorry.

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

    One thing that should be said is that Lakoda Rayne really do have a lot of potential. When they are on, they sound a lot like the Dixie Chicks. They also (if Paula continues to steer them in the right direction) are the only act dominating the country genre, which would really play to their advantage. Plus, tbh, they are really hot. I wouldn’t count them out just yet.

  • Anonymous

    Steve works cheap.  Anything is better than Cat Deeley.  When the groups are gone, is Paula also gone?

  • shell29

    After tonight, I’m convinced Lakoda Rayne will be the last group standing.  The Hoggz are not long for this competition.  If they land in the bottom two next week, they’re toast.

    I thought he was a little bit better last night, but Steve was back to his old self tonight (maybe worse).  Simon should have brought Dermot over from the UK.

  • Anonymous

     I think they are horrible as a group.  But I guess they have fans.  I like the girl from Wall Township, NJ.

  • Anonymous

     I like the Hoggz.  Very good group, very handsome, and I love the back story.  Plus I’m in the oldish category that remembers cute guy groups.  I’m glad they made it through tonight. I hope Lakoda Rayne goes next.  As in eliminated.  :)

  • Anonymous

    I bet the country girl group stays a long time. They’re really the only hot girls on the show. And the only country artists.

  • jonnyk

    But I liked InTensity!!  They are all adorbs. Wait!!  This is still a singing competition, not just mediocre teens having a fun time moving & grooving all over the stage.  Still harmonies, soloists and overall oneness count for a group performance????!!!!  Who knew?

  • Anonymous

    They aren’t even really country…

  • Anonymous

    to all of the people that said nice comments to me, thanks!!!

    I’m kind of lost with the
    new system here. Lol..

  • Anonymous

    I have to agree that it’s hard to attach to the groups, so I’m neither really surprised nor disappointed to see groups in the bottom. I do feel for Paula, however. I thought Lakoda Rayne was way worse than Stereo Hogzz last night. And if they really sucked tonight, it shows that she’s probably good with them. I would not be surprised at all to see both Lakoda Rayne and Stereo Hogzz in the bottom 2 next week. Actually, I honestly can’t picture it any other way. Maybe Marcus, I feel like he’s not really memorable enough.

    Wow, you weren’t joking about the dark haired kid (Austin?), MJ. Holy crap, for the entire performance he looked depressed and constipated.

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

    I am so old-fashioned… I loved “Emotion” by Barbara Streisand and Barry Gibb (and others) but not a good version tonight by the Hogzz.

  • Anonymous

    So somebody posted on a message board that this season of x factor is better than any season of idol. I strongly disagree and think only Melanie, Josh, and Drew would have made the top 10 on any season of idol. Does anybody share my disagreement that the x factor is not better than all 10 seasons of idol? I think seasons 4, 5, 7, and 10 could cream it easily…

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

    I’m all set, now.

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

    You’re doing just fine!  Oh, I found the Pool! YAY!

  • Anonymous

    America does not hate groups. Backstreet Boys and New Kids are currently
    making good money on their reunion tour, and it was big news around
    here when Jordin Sparks was opening for them.

    But that’s ALL about nostalgia. It’s older folks remembering their childhoods. It has nothing to do with the fact that they are groups.

    There hasn’t been a relevant boy or girl group–and when I says relevant, I mean making HIT records–since the turn of the millennium.  Groups like JLS and now 1 Direction have hit records in the UK. (And when I say group, I mean singing, dancing harmonizing groups. The JoBros don’t count, and I wouldn’t put the peas in the category either.)

    There are some country groups that are relevant, but I can’t see the country world embracing the faux country stylings of a group like Lakoda Rayne.

    Simon’s trying to break 1D here, and all I can say is, good luck with that, buddy.

  • Fendie Taha

    The Emotion version that Stereo Hoggzz did is the version from Destiny’s Child.

  • Anonymous

    I think X factor is better than some of the seasons of American Idol. I’m enjoying the fact that the final 12 is racially diverse, (which AI has been missing in the past few years) and that mirrors the type of artists that are currently  popular on CHR stations. I’m also enjoying the older and younger contestants, the groups, and the fact that there are some rap/hip hop/R&B artists to choose from.

    The two shows are different enough to keep me interested in watching both. It isn’t an either/or situation for me.

  • wolfsbane813

    they should turn the “groups” category into “bands” which would include multivocal groups, or a band with a lead vocal and backing instruments. idrk how else they could evolve the category to make it more relevant since the market isn’t really open for multi vocal groups beyond the black eyed peas.

  • Anonymous

    I cant image Lakota Rayne being far from the bottom…3rd or maybe 4th…i just dont get who would vote for them…i dont see them lasting long…i think the stereohoggz were at a disadvantage by going first…yea the lead guy was kinda off at first…but he always delivers…they are also very inconsistent…ok in auditions..good in bootcamp…great in judges houses..great on 1st live show…ok on 2nd live show…

    and…..are the are the other 4 guys it the stero hoggz that bad to where they  wont let us hear them acutally sing??? the only person we ever hear is trace…unfortunatally i dont think groups will last long…stereo hoggz might get by next week due to tonights scare..but i dont see any of the groups making it past top 9 or 8…

    i am glad that my favs got thru…melania, astro, chris, josh, and marcus…i dont think stacey will last as long as she and other people mite think…same for rachel and leroy

    one more thought….who is voting for lakota rayne??? older women cant like them b/c they’re pretty…same thing for tweens…and guys mostly dont vote..so who???

  • wolfsbane813

    that’s normally how the uk xf works up until top 4 where the public decides the order of the eliminations

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

    BEP, LMFAO, Far East Movement are groups making hit-records in recent years just out of top of my head. And JSL had a top 40 pop hit in the US last year, which is more than 95% of american contestants from idol have ever achieved. js

    Anyway like i said the boys are the strongest (also have by far the best mentor), then the girls. They should have given Paula mentor the girls though, she’s the second best after L.A.Reid.

    Stereo Hogzz REALLY shouldn’t been in bottom 2 after last night.

  • Anonymous

    MY HEART HURTS!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dera-Aden/100002123003882 Dera Aden

    I must say XFactor stage design looks fabulous.  It looks like award shows staging.  Very professional and enjoyable to look at.  But if you take away all of these staging none of the contestants are five million dollar worthy.  The only acts I like thus far are:  Drew, Marcus, and Melanie.  The rest won’t make it to the final.

  • Karen C

    S10Fan:

    I strongly disagree and think only Melanie, Josh, and Drew would have made the top 10 on any season of idol. Does anybody share my disagreement that the x factor is not better than all 10 seasons of idol? I think seasons 4, 5, 7, and 10 could cream it easily…

    Oh, I definately agree with you, at least vocally. I think X Factor has more production in their performances, which some people prefer. 

    I also think most seasons of Idol were diverse, probably more so than X Factor. The finalists of some seasons of AI include not only pop, but R&B, rock and country, while the X factor finalists this year are R&B and hip hop or pop.

  • Anonymous

    When Steve started announcing those who were going through, his pauses were soo long, way past suspense. I wondered how much dead airtime it was going to take. It turns out it was ALOT lol

  • Karen C

    MJ:

    There hasn’t been a relevant boy or girl group–and when I says relevant, I mean making HIT records–since the turn of the millennium.  Groups like JLS and now 1 Direction have hit records in the UK. (And when I say group, I mean singing, dancing harmonizing groups. The JoBros don’t count, and I wouldn’t put the peas in the category either.) 

    THis is what I’ve thought too.  The boy/girl groups are much more popular in the UK. I have been watching the UK version of X Factor, and groups are still relevant and selling records.  When I heard the US version was going to include a group category I kind of thought it might not go over as well here. 

    Even though pop music is generally the same there are some big differences between the UK and US music.  One of these being groups. The other major difference is the prevalance of country music, especially those crossing over to pop.   I don’t think this is really reflected in the US version of X Factor.

  • Karen C

    wolfsbane813 Today 01:17 AM

    they should turn the “groups” category into “bands” which would include multivocal groups, or a band with a lead vocal and backing instruments. idrk how else they could evolve the category to make it more relevant since the market isn’t really open for multi vocal groups beyond the black eyed peas.

    I agree, this would work much better for American audiences.  I actually think the Brewer Boys more or less fit into this too and might have done better if considered a band.   

  • Anonymous

    What was up with the lead singer of Stereo Hoggz pants? Wearing a tux with the pants pushed/pulled up to his knees? Who styled that crap?? Looked like an idiot. I wanted them sent home just for looking like that! LOL

  • Anonymous

    Actually Samantha Sang (with backing vocals by Barry Gibb) had the original hit with “Emotion.” Barbara and Barry’s hit duet was “Guilty,” followed by “What Kind Of Fool.”

    I was disappointed by Stereo Hogzz final performance. It would have been the perfect time for the lead singer to show some emotion and really wail and he didn’t at all, which is why Simon picked InTENsity based on just the final performance. Advice to Stereo Hogzz: It’s not enough for your lead singer to look like David Ruffin. It helps to sing like him! And before anyone looks up David, he was the lead singer of the Temptations on “My Girl”…

  • Anonymous

    I agree with you completely, Harlow. It is not an Either/Or for me. I like both Idol and XFactor. And X Factor is on in the fall and Idol in the Winter /Spring so they are not competing against each other.I do like that XFactor has more diverse top 12. And that diversity extends to musical genres and I love that there are over 30s on this show. But it is not either or for me, like both shows.

  • chrislongisland

    Is it me or did Stereo Hogz lip synch the last performance, aside from the lead singer.

  • Anonymous

    I suspect that the bigger the group, the less chance they’ll have on a voting show like this, especially if they aren’t of the “lead singer plus backups” variety because it’s too hard for the audience to identify with or feel sympathy with or crush on somebody in a short space. … Identification rather than music tends to pull in a lot of those early votes, I expect.

  • Anonymous

    There’s always lip syncing in the Stereo Hogz performances, as well as Lakoda Rayne’s.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    InTENsity was a bad idea from the start and it’s no surprise that they are the first to go.  The lead singers weren’t very good.  I do think that the Stereo Hogz benefited from Pauler’s mentoring, as their sing off wasn’t very good.  I agree that the other groups may be the most vulnerable in the coming weeks.  I thought that Stacey’s rendition of UttM was just average.  Like many others, I have no problem with her professional background, just that she lied about it and tried to mislead the public about her backstory.  For me, that’s a major turnoff.  Perhaps I’m suffering from reality singing competition fatigue, but I don’t see any of these X-Factor contestants being worthy of a “$5,000,000 recording contract”.

  • Anonymous

    Am I the only one getting squicked out by the repeated sight of these young girls hugging Simon? … Especially after that American-Beauty set he set up with the prone-and-barefoot Drew, who is his “mentor” now. I keep having eww moments.

  • tripp_ncwy

    Steve Jones <<<< Ryan.  Ryan has a way to keep the show on pace for the most part without seeming frantic and flustered.  Steve does not have that skill. He is like a little kid who was told to clean his room before his parents come home & now he hears them coming up the driveway. I guess when you have to pack the show with all those commercials, it leaves little wiggle room to be creative.  You could also save some time if they shut Nicole up.

  • http://twitter.com/tinawinabina Tinawina

    The Stereo Hogzz take the stage first.  Whoa this is so
    old fashioned. “Emotion” by Barbara Streisand and Barry Gibb? Way to
    make yourself relevant boys.

    I don’t know if anyone mentioned this already mj, but they were probably doing the Destiny’s Child version of the song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xWKdMmH0B-E

    (I don’t remember the code for imbedding links!) But they did make it a single in the early 2000s. I doubt those guys even know who Barry Gibb is. LOL

  • Anonymous

    What I really dislike about this cast is that there are too many R&B/Hip Hop acts, and while yes, I do apreciate R&B and think a good R&B act was missing in both Idol and The voice, when a entire cast is made by one genre is just too tiring to watch.
    Only Drew, Josh and Lakoda are not R&B/Hip Hop (out of 11 people) and ironicly they’re some of my favorities (they + Melanie)

  • http://twitter.com/tinawinabina Tinawina

    Oh and while I wanted to say that hamonizing groups are out of style at the moment, that doesn’t mean the right one can’t bring it back, especially for teen acts and in R&B.  Stuff goes in cycles. But I do think they should open up the “groups” category to bands.

  • Anonymous

    Instead of group, maybe they should go with a band category with original music

  • Hazehel

    There hasn’t been a relevant boy or girl group–and when I says relevant, I mean making HIT records–since the turn of the millennium.  Groups like JLS and now 1 Direction have hit records in the UK. (And when I say group, I mean singing, dancing harmonizing groups. The JoBros don’t count, and I wouldn’t put the peas in the category either.)

    Well, I think you are wrong, especially about boy groups.  Jonas Brothers is as much a boy band as One Direction, they deliberately copied British boy bands like  Busted and McFly, boy bands that played instruments which were popular in Britain in the early 2000s.  Jonas Brothers even sang a couple of Busted’s songs.  They are just a different version of boy bands, harmonizing or not (just splitting hair I think trying to differentiate them this way).

    Boy bands have always been popular in UK and the US, so there is a good reason for keeping The Stereo Hogzz.    InTensity seems more like a slightly older version of Kidz Bop Kids, but big groups have never popular in UK (actually can’t think of any off-hand), although I gather some of the girl groups very popular in Japan like AKB48 have lots of singers in the group.

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

    I am curious whether dislike of the any of the judges will eventually play into the voting…as much as I like Melanie and Drew it would do my heart good to see the girls go home just to see Simon taken down a peg or two

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QKCX4JRK3FVSKX7YNOQGGANYYY Daniel

    Here’s how I see the (huge) failings of both groups in the bottom two, in the end it doesn’t matter which one was sent home this time:

    Stereo Hogzz : the lead singer has an amazing voice and if he did something solo, I’d be very interested in listening to him. But in this group he’s the lone standout in terms of vocal ability and most of the time the others feel a lot more like background singers than true members of a (boy-)group. In the end, this is a recipe for desaster, because one single guy can’t carry all those weaker partners all of the time. In my opinion, the Hogzz have been lucky to even get this far. If it had been up to me and not Paula Abdul, who apparently thinks with her ovaries when it comes to thisgroup, then they would never have made the top three (and maybe not even the top four) groups.

    InTENsity : well, there have certainly been a few solo singers in this made-up group which I enjoyed back in the audition episodes, but it was clear that they were way weaker than those that ultimatively made it further. Then the judges decided to mix so many of them together in a single group and I thought, WTF! I already knew back then, that their concept was flawed and that they’ll be gone as soon as the public was allowed to vote. In the end, I was completely right and I’m really happy about it.

    This completely random mix of people feels very much like those random super-star collaborations like Band Aid – it can be attractive to listen to, but it only works if each solo artist already has a successful fan-base. This is clearly not the case here and that’s why America and the judges were right to send them home.

  • chili1000

    Did anyone really think that  LA and Nicole would vote InTENsity through after that no confidence vote from Paula?  How awkward would that have been for them?  They make it through but the only judge who says no is your own mentor.

  • http://twitter.com/lucy__luz Luz Mae Salvador

    peeps, let’s give steve jones a chance. maybe he’s just trying to find his style in hosting with american audience watching. For me he’s good and he improved a lot. there’s always room for improvement. Maybe Some people are comparing him to ryan seacrest who’s been hosting in american idol for a decade now…he’s not ryan seacrest. Simon hired him because he believes that steve can handle it. Just saying! :)

  • Anonymous

    “Simon hired him because he believes that steve can handle it. Just saying! :)”

    True. Of course Simon hired Nicole S because he thought she could handle it, too — and fired Cheryl Cole, who I thought definitely *could* handle it, to do so — and, uh, Nicole? Not so much. … Hence — not much faith in Simon’s judgment. heh

    Actually, my feeling about Jones is not that he can’t handle it. He seems perfectly competent. But it makes me laugh that, on a show that’s supposedly all about the intangible but all-important “X-factor,” Jones, despite his obvious good looks and competence, doesn’t strike me as a person who has any X-factor at all! (He may have it for some people, but, wow, *nothing* in the charisma realm comes through to me at all from him!)

  • Anonymous

    Well, I think you are wrong, especially about boy groups.  Jonas
    Brothers is as much a boy band as One Direction, they deliberately
    copied British boy bands like  Busted and McFly, boy bands that played
    instruments which were popular in Britain in the early 2000s.  Jonas
    Brothers even sang a couple of Busted’s songs.  They are just a
    different version of boy bands, harmonizing or not (just splitting hair I
    think trying to differentiate them this way).

    The Jonas brothers are organic, play their own instruments and write songs. They aren’t the same as Backstreet Boys, NSync, One Direction–groups that dance and sing other people’s songs. Often, these groups are put together by a producer. To me–that’s what a “boy band” is. And no, I don’t consider McFly a boy band either.

    Groups like JLS and 1D can still move units in the UK. I expect 1D to flop hard when they hit these shores, because what they’re bringing just has not been popular in the US in a long long time. We’ll see.

  • Anonymous

    Instead of group, maybe they should go with a band category with original music

    Yes. Simon’s got to rethink the category for US audiences.

  • shell29

    I echo your sentiments.  So far I’m enjoying X Factor more than the past couple of seasons of Idol, that’s for sure.  I’m getting the diversity that I think has been missing on Idol lately, plus I’m loving that hip hop has a place on this show (something that would never happen on Idol).  It’s not an “Team Idol” vs. “Team X Factor” thing for me.  I’ll keep tuning in to X Factor for the duration, then look forward to Idol in January.

  • Hazehel

    They aren’t the same as Backstreet Boys, NSync, One Direction–groups that dance and sing other people’s songs. 

    I’m sure groups like Busted and McFly would agree with you that they are not boy bands, and for the same reasons you gave, except that other people considered them boy bands, read this for example – http://news.bbc.co.uk/cbbcnews/hi/music/newsid_3133000/3133053.stm 

    I remember when they first started they were a lot of publicity about boy bands that played instruments, and that’s what they were sold as.  It got stuck  whether they like it or not.  And Jonas Brothers is just a copy of Busted.

  • Anonymous

    Find me an equivalent article written by an American Journalist who believes the JoBros = The Backstreet Boys and I might be persuaded to change my mind. Maybe. I’ve never seen the 2 equated (other than the fact that they appeal to teen girls) here in the States.

    Obviously the music scene in the UK is different than here in the States. Something Simon hasn’t quite figured out yet.

  • shell29

    To me there are only 4 of the remaining 11 acts that I would classify as R&B/Hip Hop: Stereo Hoggz, Marcus Canty, Astro and Chris Rene.  OK, maybe five if I include Stacy Francis.  Do people consider Leroy “R&B” (I don’t but I could be wrong)?  Simon’s girls lean towards Pop, Lakoda Rayne is faux country, and Josh is Hot AC (I guess)?

  • Hazehel

    Here’s one from MTV, not about Jonas Brothers, but a different kind of boy bands that you are used to –  http://www.mtv.com/bands/b/boy_bands/050207/index.jhtml   A quote from the article –  The new boy bands are more likely to resemble Good Charlotte, My Chemical Romance, Sum 41, Simple Plan or Dashboard Confessional, with a bigger emphasis on originality and realness than matching threads and hot dance moves. 

  • Anonymous

    Yep. Calling those bands “boy bands” while pointing out the mega differences between the two.

    JoBros, My Chemical Romance, Good Charlotte does not = Backstreet Boys, JLS, 1D. The thing they have in common is that young girls love them. Teen Idols will never go out of style.

    While bands who sing, dance and harmonize on other peoples songs can still make a splash on the UK charts, They don’t cut it here in the US. That was my point.

  • Hazehel

    That’s merely the evolution of boy bands.  You are trying to fix a definition of boy band that doesn’t really exist, because they change over time. Busted and McFly are boy bands, and they are part of the history of boy bands whether they like it or not (they certainly didn’t complain when they were first sold as boy bands, they only complained after they got big).  Now in the UK we are getting back to the Take That kind of boy bands, there is no reason why things won’t change in the US as well.

    However, the thing I will say with regard to X-Factor is that I’m not sure if their boy band is good enough.  OK looking, but not great singers.  It would work better if they have cute-looking boys like the ones in One Direction, and there would be a good chance that Simon can succeed in reviving those kinds of boy bands.  (I’m not sure if Simon can sell One Direction in the US though, it works better when they are home-grown boys).

  • Mateja Praznik

    Lance Bass recently put together a boyband:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pt4AWNui9bg

    Truly awful.

  • Karen C

    Here’s one from MTV, not about Jonas Brothers, but a different kind of boy bands that you are used to –  http://www.mtv.com/bands/b/boy…   A quote from the article –  The new boy bands are more likely to resemble Good Charlotte, My Chemical Romance, Sum 41, Simple Plan or Dashboard Confessional, with a bigger emphasis on originality and realness than matching threads and hot dance moves.

    I would consider those rock bands, but even if they are now considered boy band, and would be the type that would be popular in the US, it still isn’t the type of group that X-Factor is featuring, which is is pretty much singing/ dancing groups of the type that is not popular in the US.  Though, the closest thing that they had this year was the Brewer Brothers.

  • http://twitter.com/tinawinabina Tinawina

    Big Time Rush is the type of boy band y’all are talking about and they do fine, but of course they have a TV show like the Monkees. Still, I don’t think it’s some far off never to be done again type thing here. Besides, are we really ready to say America won’t take another Destiny’s Child-type group? Of course it could happen again. There were 2 group launched not too long ago from Diddy’s Making The Band that did well… I think both ended up breaking up, but the girl group in particular did well. I don’t think singing groups are an automatic fail.

  • hcpoirot

    Simon will not change the group category EVER. Why? (Shocker NOT), They are the canon fodder like any competition need few. (Remember Kris who supposed to be cannon fodder in season 8 and won) Simon need the groups and over 30′s to be cannon fodder, so one of his favorites (from boy or girls categories) can win the title easily. THough his plan kind of back fired in UK season 4,6 and 7.

    No groups had ever win any X Factors before and only two groups had a successful career in UK. After season 1, no Over 30 reach final 2 in UK. But Australia seems to love over 30 category. One win in season 2 and one had reach top 5 this year.

    Josh probably had the best chance from over 30 to reach top 5 and compete.

  • Anonymous

    Let’s just ditch the term boy band.

    Here’s what I’m talking about:  Vocal groups that dance and sing in harmony. They mostly sing other peoples songs, and don’t play instruments while they perform. Examples of this are JLS, 1Direction, Backstreet Boys.

    The type of vocal band I just described can still make hit records in the UK. But in the US, vocal bands went out of style 10 years ago. This is why US audiences are NOT connecting to the groups Simon is serving up to us.

    He needs to configure the group category to be US friendly. And frankly, I don’t think he has a clue as to what that is.  Or, he’s just delusional enough to think that he’s going to single-handedly bring about some kind of vocal group renaissance.

  • judes

    “No groups had ever win any X Factors before and only two groups had a successful career in UK. After season 1, no Over 30 reach final 2 in UK. But Australia seems to love over 30 category. One win in season 2 and one had reach top 5 this year.”

    Actually when Australia had X-Factor the first time a few years ago [ 2005] there was a group Random who won. Haven’t heard much about them lately but they sounded good together. Its only returned again last year & yes Altyan was an over 25 winner. This year though we have only a couple of weeks to go & Guy Sebastian’s category[Under 25 boys] still has 3 competing. 

  • Anonymous

    The USA public is not interested in groups, but… I think that would change in a hurry if the 4 talented, hot guys that are The RISK showed up on XF-USA.  Maybe next season, Simon will try to make it happen.