X Factor 1 Judges Houses – Top 16 Revealed! – VIDEOS and Recap

The X Factor Top 32 will be cut in half tonight. The remaining 16 contestants will go on to compete in the Live shows beginning with the big 2 1/2 hour “Wildcard” (whatever that means) show set for next Tuesday, October 25 at 8 pm.

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Here’s a list of the Top 32. Judges Houses Part 1 and Judges Houses Part 2.

Fake scripted drama for the win.! Ok, who doesn’t believe that whole  Simon Cowell “Whoopsie doodle! I made the wrong decision!”  deal was totally manufactured? Y’all know it was.  Simon made some questionable decisions.  Simone and Tiah? Really? And you eliminate Caitllin? Seriously?

The overall group seems geared to produce either a female winner, or at the very least–an R&B boy.  The frontrunners at the moment, I think, are Drew, Chris Rene, Leroy Bell, Marcus Canty, Rachel Crow and Melanie Amaro.

But of course, that list will change once the live shows begin.  I’ll be posting power lists like I did with Idol. And I fully expect them to be crap, but that’s not going to stop me! I’m a glutton for punishment…

A Recap of What Has Already Happened. Blah blah blah. Simon is in France with his girls, Nicole and Enrique Iglesias in Malibu with the Overs, Paula and Pharrell in Santa Barbara with the Groups. and LA and Rihanna in The Hamptons with the boys.

This is just like the Chairs episode, but dragged out to two hours. Since we’ve seen all of these contestants already, it’s hard to imagine this holding my interest. Two hours of crying? No thanks.

OOPS Simon is changing his mind.He flies to Florida to tell Melanie Amaro she’s in the competition after all.

Results:

TOP 16   TOP17

Simon – Girls

  • Simone Battle – UGH. Simone dialed it back for Judges Houses, giving a subtler performance, but I’m thinking that was a one off. I’m expecting uneven performances from her in the live shows.
  • Drew Ryniewicz – YAY! So glad the spoilers were wrong!  I usually don’t care for the teenagers, but this 14 year old is extraordinary.  She’s my favorite right now. Simon would have been completely mental not to advance her.
  • Tiah Tolliver – UGH. Simon picked her apart…and then told her she was going through.  I don’t get it.  Wait. Yes I do. Simon loves his controversial contestants. The more we hate her, the more he’ll love it. He’s all about the controversy.
  • Rachel Crow –  13 years old.  When she opens her mouth to sing, she sounds like an old soul. But when she speaks, she seems even younger than 13. I hope she’s mature enough to handle this competition.
  • Melanie Amaro – Yeah, so Simon traveled all the way to Sunrise FL to tell her sorry I freaked you out in the name of scripted drama made a mistake, but you’re advancing to the lives after all!  Thank Jeebus.

Nicole – Overs

  • Josh Krajcik – Yes! I don’t think he’ll last long–he’s not very marketable–but he’s got a unique, soulful growl I want to hear more of.
  • Dexter Haygood – Non-stop crying. Holy crap. She takes him anyway. He’s the joke contestant. He’s in the competition for the dramz. Sadly, I don’t think he realizes it.
  • Leroy Bell – This dude is gifted. So glad he made it. Hope he gets to sing one of his own songs during the competition.
  • Stacy Francis – GAH STOP CRYING. And please, You’ve had a million chances in show business–from semi-hit records to a stint on Broadway. Quit acting like you just fell off a truck.

Paula – Groups

  • Brewer Boys – I think these boys are adorable. There. I said it.
  • Lakoda Rayne – Too bad girls, you’re going to have to put up with each other for a little while longer.  It might be amusing watching them implode.
  • InTENsity – Aw look. The little gleek/Disney knockoffs are going to the lives. The kids will vote for them, but don’t think their moms will, so they probably won’t last.
  • Stereo Hogzz – They all gone done jumped in the pool when they heard they made it.

LA – Boys

  • Brian Bradley – 14 – He can’t wait until he can’t walk to the corner store anymore.  Yeesh. That’s all part of his fake braggadocio act, right?  Oh, and he’s looking forward to the girls.  This kid has talent, but I think he’s too young.
  • Phillip Lomax –  Sinatra guy seemed pretty shocked to be put through. I question his versatility.
  • Chris Rene – He’s talented. I hope to God he can maintain his sobriety going through the gauntlet of a live competition.  Praying for you Chris.
  • Marcus Canty – R&B boy is through.  He’s very marketable. Won’t be surprised if he goes deep in the competition.

ELIMINATED:

Simon – Girls

  • Torah Woloshin – Too bad, I liked her! She had edge.
  • Jazzlyn Little – Simon thinks her “grit” got polished off. She cried her eyes out. I liked her, but she was a nervous wreck. In a few years, she should give Idol a shot. Or the Voice.
  • Caitlin Koch – He spent the time praising her…then he eliminated her.  Definitely a WTF elimination. She should have been through instead of Tiah or Simone.
  • Melanie Amaro – WTF. This chick was good.

Nicole – Overs

  • Christa Collins – She mentioned that her “world ended at 12” but we never got her her true backstory–that her mother died. She seems so sad. I hope she lands on her feet.
  • James Kenney – This guy was fantastic. But he was cannon folder from the beginning. Too bad.  I think Simon is pointedly avoiding cougar bait. He wants his girl winner this year.
  • Tiger Budbill – Poor guy will probably lose his house now. He’s got a fabulous voice, but very old fashioned.  Again, Simon is avoiding cougar bait.
  • Elaine Gibbs –  Would have preferred her so much over the weepy over-singer, Stacy.  Sorry Elaine, you’re just way too normal for X Factor.

Paula – Groups

  • Illusion/Confusion – Lead singer:  “We’re mad as hell”.  Also, cannon fodder from day one.  Corny. Not said to see them eliminated.
  • 4Shore – Decent singers, but way too 90’s boy band to be credible.
  • 2squar’d – TEARS.  These girls were barely given a chance, but from what we saw, their elimination isn’t a loss.
  • The Anser – Paula thinks they don’t blend, so bye bye.  I would have put them through instead of the unpolished Lakoda Rayne.

LA – Boys

  • Skyelor Anderson –  He is not only green, but average as far as country singers go.
  • Brennin Hunt – He’s shocked. And disappointed.  But sorry Brennin. The handwriting was on the wall. No White Guys With Guitars allowed. Again, nothing can get in the way of that girl winner Simon’s gunning for.  The handsome and talented Brennin would have had females voting their fingers off.  The bitch edit he got was an attempt to take the edge off his elimination.
  • Nick Voss – Thank Jeebus. This dude was a joke.
  • Tim Cifers – Of course NO country guys were gonna get through.  Scotty McCreery killed your dream, Tim! Well, not really, but you know what I mean.

VIDEOS:

Tiger Budbill & LeRoy Bell
Tiah Tolliver & Caitlin Koch
The Anser & The Stereo Hogzz
Stacy Francis & Elaine Gibbs
Simone Battle & Tora Woloshin
Rachel Crow & Melanie Amaro
Nick Voss, Phillip Lomax, Brennin Hunt & Skyelor Anderson
Marcus Canty & Tim Cifers
Josh Krajcik
Jazzlyn Little
InTENsity & Lakoda Rayne
Drew Ryniewicz
Dexter Haygood, James Kenney & Christa Collins
Chris Rene
Brian Bradley
4Shore
2squar’d, The Brewer Boys & Illusion Confusion
Melanie Amaro brought back to the XFactor

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267 Comments

  1. This is my Prediction,not my choices.well…some are :) If there is a twist I would expect 2 groups will be cut and 2 girls added

    Girls
    TORA WOLOSHIN
    Rachel Crow
    Caitlin Koch
    Jazzlyn Little

    Groups
    2squar’d
    4Shore
    InTENsity
    Lakoda Rayne

    Over 30
    Josh Krajcik
    LeRoy Bell
    Stacy Francis
    Christa Collins

    Guys
    Brian Bradley
    Chris Rene
    Marcus Canty
    Phillip Lomax

  2. We’ll see right at the beginning wheter the spoilers were right or wrong

  3. I think the twist is that some of these people are going to be subjected to unethical scientific experiments when they get eliminated to see if they can grow a second set of arms. But hey, I don’t really know anything.

    But my God, if the rumors are true that Melanie Amaro is eliminated, Simon is a stupid idiot and should be slapped in the face.

  4. HE DIDN’T TAKE TORA! Come on Simon! You’re taking Simone over her…..

  5. im already pissed bcuz i think its tru that simon will cut melanie

  6. Spoilers were wrong, there’s no way Simon wouldn’t pick Drew after all the camera time she got.

  7. Personally, I think the “twist” will be the judges cutting contestants after they perform on the 25th. But we’ll find out!

    I don’t think that this twist is big enough. I think Simon knows that he has to get the public involved as soon as possible, so I think he’s going with more than 16 people for the first live show, and they will cut more than 4 people next week.

  8. I am happy the spoilers have been wrong. I like Tora more than Simone but l am also happy Drew made it–she is one of the more interesting teenagers to be on one of these shows.

  9. I would say Rachel Crow will be cut tonight. She’s talented, but I don’t think Simon would choose her to continue on over Melanie or Tiah

  10. No Tora, wtf Simon you bloody moron.

    At least you took Drew. Spoilers had me kinda worried there.

  11. I like Josh’s singing, but not his grubby look.

    I think that Tora should have made it through instead of Simone, but Simon was too taken with Simone not to pick her.

  12. What did that chick have on the side of her head? A duck or a plate of glittery food?

  13. Josh first of the over 30s to be taken!!

    I think the packages we are seeing now for Christa, James (?) and Dexter are goodbyes.

  14. Wow. If I thought that Idol played up backstories, that was nothing compared with X-Factor.

  15. Anyone else notice the large amount of African Americans/Latinos? I’d say it’s like 80% vs 20% Caucasians.

  16. Dexter is the first joke contestant of the X Factore US, will be interesting to see what they have in plans for him

  17. Nicole isn’t very good at pretending that none of this is scripted. YIKES! She’s put Dexter through? Has to be the backstory.

    ETA: I agree. He must be a “joke” contestant. Terrible that he will take the place of someone far more talented.

  18. Very disappointed that James didn’t make it through (sigh), but I can’t help feeling happy for Dexter. I guess his backstory has sucked me in. Even if he’s being set up as the Wagner of US X Factor, I hope he’s able to make something out of the exposure he gets from the show.

  19. Truthfully, I don’t think Rachel is pretty enough to be a teen star. She has to be more in line with Selena Gomez (who can’t sing a lick).

  20. The whole Dexter thing gives me an icky feeling. I don’t feel good about them using that guy, he has no idea.

  21. That crying POS gets through for no good reason. Dexter Homeless never sang well, they were just starved for adults that wrent frumpy mother-daughter duos. This show is a joke, and as this remaining two hours drags on, the punchline will only get more offensive. Cant wait for the Dexter/Nick Voss finale.

  22. Lord, Dexter makes my heart hurt. *tears*. I Don’t expect him to go far but someone please give this guy a break. Is Nicole serious not putting through the Russian Roulette(forgot his name) guy.

  23. If Dexter made it through and Leroy doesn’t, Nicole is an idiot

  24. Lord, Dexter makes my heart hurt. *tears*. I Don’t expect him to go far but someone please give this guy a break.

    He makes me sad, but I know that he’s a joke contestant, so that makes me sadder.

  25. Heh. Go cute boyz!

    This is the most sensible I’ve heard Paula. WTF?

  26. The spoilers are wrong for the girls category but they seem to be on point for the other categories.

  27. I cant believe Nicole didnt pick James Kenney but chose that Dexter. Is this a joke? The producers must have influenced her or something to have Dexter for more live show amusement. James Kenney has a great unique voice and he’s the only one in that over 30’s category who has potential for a recording career. Id’ prefer James Kenny over that Josh Krajcik with the gruff voice too. This is the craziest decision. I hope they have a wildcard. I’m not even one of those who always want “white guy with guitar” like some idol fans, but this annoys me cause James kenney’s performance of Rihanna’s “Russian Roulette” really wowed me. The guy has a unique voice that sounds like a mix of Terence Trent Darby and Adam Levine of maroon 5.

  28. That’s why its sad. I think his emotions are genuine and I’m ok with him being given a chance if he wasn’t so obviously going to be made into a joke.

  29. I think that Simon and the producers have the final say over who makes it to the live shows. They will milk Dexter’s backstory for all it’s worth as he gives one horrible performance after another.

  30. Id’ prefer James Kenny over that Josh Krajcik with the gruff voice too.

    I’m with you (and I like Josh). :(

  31. Dear Trina,

    Dexter was a joke from the start. He has nothing to offer outside of a thin impersonation.

    Oh crap, the rapper kid is on now. Please please please dont take this repellant fake child. dont do it! no no no no no no nononononono! damn this show.

  32. koshka says:
    10/18/2011 at 8:42 pm

    Oh please dump this kid!

    I guess that will be our job.

  33. If they want a little more suspence, don’t play R Kelly “The World Greatest” before telling the boy.

  34. I like Brian Bradley. Yes he is a bit annoying but his remix JH performance was fantastic. For a kid to rap like that at such young age is just insane. I think he has huge potential.

  35. I think that Simon and the producers have the final say over who makes it to the live shows. They will milk Dexter’s backstory for all it’s worth as he gives one horrible performance after another.

    They’ll mask his voice like they did during his first Judge’s House performance. People won’t be able to tell whether he can sing or not.

  36. Unpopular opinion, but I’m OK with “Astro” making it to the live shows. He can be an arrogant little snot at times, but I don’t mind it much. He brings something different and it will be interesting to see how he progresses.

    ETA: I have a feeling LA will sign him anyway even if “America” doesn’t take to him.

  37. 3/4 of the spoilers were very accurate so far, they messed up the girls section

  38. I like Brian Bradley too, but I worry about his ability to fit on this show. I mean, what would he do for Celine Dion or Metallica or Bjork week?

    And I’m a little glad Brennin Hunt is gone. He did have a pretty good voice, but I didn’t like his presence. “I think I’ll do well on this show, I’ve got a big package” and “Once you hit 30 you’re useless.” Both excessively paraphrased.

  39. Rapper kid is too full of himself at 14. He will wear thin with the audience…

  40. You know, I actually think Dexter is talented. I love his over the top performances I think they are funny, yet funky. He can sing by the way.

  41. I like Brian Bradley too, but I worry about his ability to fit on this show. I mean, what would he do for Celine Dion or Metallica or Bjork week?

    Use them as a sample and then add rap verses? It could work. I’m interested to see what LA does with him.

  42. I’m sorry if this sounds racist but isn’t the proportion of minorities getting thru a bit out of whack?

  43. Man they made that Hunt guy sound way more cocky than he is. I read that they cut out a lot of his bits where he talked about being overweight and not confident… but they only focused on how good he thought he looked and it made him come off as cocky.

    I think he should’ve gotten in over the rapper punk kid…

  44. I agree… it’s like 80% minority african americans/latinos and 20% whites….

  45. These judges must know something we don’t. I don’t get some of these cuts. That kid Brian Bradley may be annoying and you just want to slap him but he is a future star. He’ll probably outsell everyone it 4-5 yrs. Thank goodness pretty boy is gone.

  46. I like Brian Bradley. Yes he is a bit annoying but his remix JH performance was fantastic. For a kid to rap like that at such young age is just insane. I think he has huge potential.

    Ditto

  47. Jazzlyn was cut? Bad decision.

    Based on his performance yesterday, Tiger should make it through, but he won’t. Nicole will put through Leroy.

  48. I agree… it’s like 80% minority african americans/latinos and 20% whites….

    Anti Idol?

  49. I’m sorry if this sounds racist but isn’t the proportion of minorities getting thru a bit out of whack?

    If the producers think that someone would make good tv then they should make it to the final round no matter what race they are. Unfortunately, I think this system where it seems like there are only so many spots for people who aren’t white is something that has hurt AI.

    Unfortunately, this system has changed the voting pool on AI for the worse. This is coming from someone who doesn’t have a problem with the past four winners.

  50. Aww, Jazzlyn :(

    I’m sorry if this sounds racist but isn’t the proportion of minorities getting thru a bit out of whack?

    I don’t have a problem with it. I hope the minority males have a better chance of advancing on X Factor than they have had on Idol lately.

  51. I agree… it’s like 80% minority african americans/latinos and 20% whites….

    It’s the only think I like about this show. LOL. Not that there are more minorities than whites, but just knowing that could NEVER happen on AI and it could here. That and the fact we get good, current R&B types.

  52. What Nicole told Tiger was total and complete BS. Are these her real thoughts? She’s an idiot.

  53. Aww, I would have kept James and Tora and ditched Dexter and Simone.

  54. Idol has been whiter than the Lawrence Welk show for a decade. The racial mix should not be a factor, it should be entirely colorblind, if the final 16 were all Sri Lankan, that would be fine as long as they were the most talented. That said, talent wasnt a factor in the decision. So its no great stride towards equality, just more stumbling from Fox, Frout-Coutaz and Mike Darnell

  55. So there will be 2 hip hop/rappers from the boys group? Interesting.

  56. LOL. Not that there are more minorities than whites, but just knowing that could NEVER happen on AI and it could here.

    …..the first season of idol had 7 minorities in the top ten and the second season had 7 in the top 12…so I don’t see how it could “NEVER” happen on idol. Maybe not now, but to say it could never happen is completely disregarding the shows past.

  57. Glad that Drew and Josh got through, but really dissapointed that Jazzilyn and Brennin didnt get through.

    ETA Really glad Leroy got through too

  58. This is going so fast! I missed the first 45 minutes.

    Hooray for Chris!

  59. One of the things that makes X Factor very current is that a lot of R&B and urban/pop singers get through. I hope most of these folks stick around, particularly Marcus if he makes it. I think he will be able to perform all kinds of stuff, which really excites me.

    But the fact that there are groups brings it all back down again! ;)

  60. playing the race card already? WOW.

    I don’t think that is their criteria, though I don’t agree with Dexter making it at all.

  61. Girl category ;
    Rachel Crow
    Tiah Tolliver
    Melanie Amaro
    Caitlin Koch
    2 in and 2 out, I’ve no idea what simon did

  62. …..the first season of idol had 7 minorities in the top ten and the second season had 7 in the top 12…so I don’t see how it could “NEVER” happen on idol. Maybe not now, but to say it could never happen is completely disregarding the shows past.

    Oh for the love. LOL. You know what I meant. That has not been the case in a long time, the last time we got close was season 6 on the girls side and the complaining about it was massive. Plus, they have been allergic to putting through anyone R&B who wasn’t massively old fashioned or obviously cannon fodder with very few exceptions.

    Anyway, if Idol just fixed their R&B non-streak I would be pretty happy. I’m actually annoyed I have to watch this stupid show just to get that. Boo.

  63. I feel like Chris Rene won’t ever live up to his audition performance (who could???)

    but let’s hope he chooses the right songs and styles for his voice. He can’t belt out and compete with pure voice, but he sure as hell as a smooth hop hop voice and he needs to use it in that way.

  64. Glad that Drew and Josh got through, but really dissapointed that Jazzilyn and Brennin didnt get through.

    I agree. I’m very sad about Brennin in particular……..and I will add my disappointment in James not making it. I think he is the most current of the over 30’s. What a shame.

  65. So there will be 2 hip hop/rappers from the boys group? Interesting.

    Chris Rene is a rapper? I thought he was whatever Mike Posner is…. a singer? Sing-talker? I don’t know what it is but I wish they’d stop doing it.

    And can someone please buy him some clothes that fit?

  66. The change that took place on AI only started before or after season 6. At that time the casting was more about appealing to certain demos, and making sure that enough cute white guys made the tour.

  67. I can’t believe they’re waiting this long to show Stereo Hoggz going through. They’re the only decent group!

  68. Congrats Lakoda Rayne, you’re de the first girlband on X factor and will thus be eliminated on the first live show

  69. Yes, give me some R&b and Urban. I need some flavor in my food. Thank You X-Factor.

  70. They could also be setting up Rachel and Melanie for the wild card show, if there is one, if they don’t make it.

  71. Chris Rene is a rapper? I thought he was whatever Mike Posner is…. a singer? Sing-talker? I don’t know what it is but I wish they’d stop doing it.

    lol I guess that he’s the closest to being a hip hop/rapper so that’s the category I put him in. I’m not a fan of his kind of performing.

  72. There is no Jerome Bell in the top 32. I think you mean Leroy Bell. (Jerome Bell was in the Idol competition)

  73. I actually really liked Caitlin… but no one was gonna keep Simon from picking the other girl.

    Caitlin was kind of boring. Very pretty…. would’ve got some male demo viewers haha and had a very pretty voice too.

  74. Tiah made it over Melanie or Rachel, I sense WILD CARD round.

  75. Race never even came to my mind. Hmm. Odd that others would even think that lol. I’m glad it’s not a conveyor belt of white guys with guitars with mediocre talent. Even if you have mediocre talent, at least be entertaining!

  76. Not sure why Simon does this…picks the drama queens. They cant win competitions like this…the audience votes remember Simon.?
    You have to be likable to win…

  77. Simon is really determined to make Tiah a star. He’s admitting that he’s the only one who seems to like her. lol

  78. Tiah is an annoying singer but she has a look. Simon loves that kind of thing. Ditto Simone, who really is very attractive.

    That said, contestants like them are the one of the reasons this show sucks. :D I feel like girls like this get shoved down my throat via radio/TV anyway, I don’t need to watch it happen over again on TV.

  79. Yes, give me some R&b and Urban. I need some flavor in my food. Thank You X-Factor.

    Couldn’t agree more. If the last few seasons of Idol aren’t proof that a current R&B/Urban artist will never make it on that show, I don’t know what is. I’ve given up hope on that ever happening. I like the different flavor X Factor is bringing to the table so far.

    Ugh Tiah. I still don’t get what he sees in her, but I knew there was no chance in hell Simon would cut her. Not feeling good about Melanie’s chances right now. :(

  80. Yes, give me some R&b and Urban. I need some flavor in my food. Thank You X-Factor.

    ITA! I love rock and pop, but i’m also a huge Eminem, Kanye and Jay-Z fan. I think both Chris and Brian are very talented, and likely would never make it far on AI.

  81. I really liked Caitlin but from watching the uk version of the show I knew that she would not make it.

  82. Simon better pick Melanie over Rachel…Rachel is not ready and he already picked a 14 year old. Melanie is the potential winner of this whole thing…I will be beyond pissed if she goes home.

  83. He hates white people so much he put Chris Rene in instead of some white guy.

    Wait a minute….

  84. That one guy in the answer looks like wayne brady

    and those rings are hella gay………

  85. Not sure why Simon does this…picks the drama queens. They cant win competitions like this…the audience votes remember Simon.?
    You have to be likable to win…

    This isn’t Idol. Having a large percentage of minorities on the show would hopefully get the demo to watch the show and I don’t think the minority demo chooses their artists based on likability otherwise most of the top artists selling would not be on top.

  86. It seems like the pretty girls like Caitlin don’t do well in these shows. They don’t get that girl vote that means a lot. Call it jealousy or whatever but it’s true.

    You have to be one of those pretty girls that come across as insecure and shy in order to get the majority girl vote. Caitlin was hott and knew it…

  87. I think both Chris and Brian are very talented, and likely would never make it far on AI.

    I think that they are talented too, but I’m so out of touch with hip hop/rap/talk-singing that I wasn’t sure that I was right. lol

  88. Not sure why Simon does this…picks the drama queens. They cant win competitions like this…the audience votes remember Simon.?
    You have to be likable to win…

    This isn’t Idol. Having a large percentage of minorities on the show would hopefully get the demo to watch the show and I don’t think the minority demo chooses their artists based on likability otherwise most of the top artists selling would not be on top.

    Hmmm…ok.

  89. ITA! I love rock and pop, but i’m also a huge Eminem, Kanye and Jay-Z fan. I think both Chris and Brian are very talented, and likely would never make it far on AI.

    Me too! I like a little of everything. I like it best when the contestants are a combo of all things exciting in music.

    Anyway, to be fair, we don’t know how far these people will make it on XFactor either. The audience still votes. Even with the judge manipulations, there is nothing to say what we will end up with at the top.

  90. Omg….. I can’t wait any more!! Simon quick pick Melanie for heaven’s sake!!!!!!

  91. I dont think Caitlin not making it has anything to do with her being too pretty. How do you explain Simone getting through then? Shes hot and anything but insecure.

    Very happy Marcus is through. That’s another major talent right there.

  92. Trina:

    I think both Chris and Brian are very talented, and likely would never make it far on AI.

    The difference is, though, that AI does stress vocals more. Brian doesn’t sing and Chris doesn’t have that strong of a singing voice.

  93. I like Tiah too. I’m also happy for Stereo Hogzz. They’re adorable.

  94. Anyway, to be fair, we don’t know how far these people will make it on XFactor either. The audience still votes. Even with the judge manipulations, there is nothing to say what we will end up with at the top.

    Just like the UK X-Factor, Simon will just end up promoting whoever he wants to.

  95. The difference is, though, that AI does stress vocals more. Brian doesn’t sing and Chris doesn’t have that strong of a singing voice.

    Does the UK version auto-tune during the show? I know we’ve heard backing tracts, but I’m wondering how far they’ll go if vocals aren’t that important.

  96. Nicole isn’t doing a good job of making her scripted lines sound natural. lol

    Oh, so Nicole thinks that Stacey can “handle it”? lol

  97. God Stacy is annoying as hell. Can’t wait for her to scream in our faces in the live shows.

    And I meant hott girls like Caitlin don’t go far in these competitions once it goes live. Simone won’t go far either.

    When you’re hot and you know it, girls don’t vote for you. When you’re hot but insecure and shy, girls like you.

    That’s just how it is.

  98. I dont think Caitlin not making it has anything to do with her being too pretty. How do you explain Simone getting through then? Shes hot and anything but insecure.

    Very happy Marcus is through. That’s another major talent right there.

    Agree about Caitlin. I think the Brooke White-ness in her is a negative for Simon (though I LOVE Brooke’s post-Idol work).

    And yes on Marcus too! I am really looking forward to seeing him every week.

  99. He hates white people so much he put Chris Rene in instead of some white guy.

    Wait a minute….

    I could have sworn that Phillip Lomax is white too. He cast two white guys and two black people, so obviously he is a racist.

  100. Different country same receipe. An old diva who everyone will like but will vanish as the competitino goes along, You can add that to the joke contestant and the horrible groups and we have a standard X factor season.

  101. Does the UK version auto-tune during the show? I know we’ve heard backing tracts, but I’m wondering how far they’ll go if vocals aren’t that important.

    They used auto tune up until last year, when some media outlets finally called them out. Simon claimed that he had no idea that it was being done. I don’t think that they’ve stopped doing it, or drowning people out with a backing track, because during the first live show this year it was obvious that the vocals of at least one group were altered.

  102. Stacy Francis – GAH STOP CRYING. And please, You’ve had a million chances in show business. Quit acting like you just fell off a truck.

    Sorry, I must have missed something. Is Stacy a ringer of some sort?

  103. Is X-Factor unlimited votes? I can’t remember. There is nothing special about Caitlin. Typical American girl. She would be great on Idol though. Just no to Stacy. Melanie has a great voice but pop star she’s not.

  104. Nicole is a moron. Can Leroy just move to the boys group? Then I could fast forward thru all her “mentoring”.

    Please let Rachel go home.

  105. Too many Black judges. Dexter is a fool and a lousy singer. He reminds me of a stupid ghetto Black. Brian reminds me of Steve Urkel.

  106. Stacy Francis – GAH STOP CRYING. And please, You’ve had a million chances in show business. Quit acting like you just fell off a truck.

    I was just thinking about this. During her first audition they made it sound like she’d just left an abusive relationship, but as she just said, that was her first husband. She also left out the part about being on Broadway, and being so good in her role that she even came to the attention of Whitney Huston, and got a chance to sing with her. For me, that takes away from the feeling that she deserves this more than some of the other people, who haven’t had her opportunities.

  107. Not surprised that we end with the girls, the las performance for the two house shows were girls too. THe signal is strong and clear.

  108. For the love of ….!! Aargghhh the suspense!! I’m having a hard time thinking Simon will pick Melanie over Rachel…

  109. Rachel is good but I hate little kids like her who talk a lot and everyone thinks its cute. I find it annoying.

    Also, they all sound like chipmunks when they sing for the most part. She’s good though…. but eh

  110. In my opinion, the only one who made the right decisions were LA. And honestly, other than Dexter who I feel bad for, Nicole has three fantastic (and yes I do think Stacy is fantastic) singers on her team. She has the second strongest category. Simon could have easily had the strongest, but his decisions were awful. Simone and Tiah will be gone shortly.

  111. I can’t believe Melanie was cut. Is there going to be a wildcard?!

    In my opinion, Melanie, Caitlin, & Elaine all deserved to make it.

  112. Okay, I haven’t watched XFactor for a while, and now I know why. These picks were almost all ridiculous in my opinion. I officially am disgusted with any singing shows on Fox.

    …Oh wait, Simon made a mistake (nothing new). Who’s he going to bring back? And how?

  113. I feel so bad for Melanie. But I like Rachel a lot. I wonder who Simon is having second thoughts about.

  114. No effing way…….!!!! Simon just lost this competiton. It’s LA’s to lose now. I hope Simon picks Melanie back during the wild card show… If there is one…

  115. It looks like I might have been right, and they are going to add more people to next week’s show. I expect Melanie, The Anser, Elaine and one of the others from the boy’s category to come back. Or maybe everyone who was eliminated tonight will come back and perform next week.

  116. I absolutely cannot STAND Tiah. What in the hell is Simon drinking?

    On the other hand, I can almost forgive him for putting Drew through … YAY!

  117. Bad choice putting Rachel through instead of Melanie.

    I don’t have a problem with Rachel making it. Bad choice putting Simone and/or Tiah through over Melanie IMO, but we’ll see what happens after the commercial…

  118. If Simon doesn’t reconsider about Melanie, I am done with this show.

  119. Yes Simon’s mistake is picking Rachel Crow over Tora, Melanie or Jazzlyn. It’s ridiculous. That Rachel kid should acting on Nickledeon. They need a wildcard round to put James Kenny another chance. Even Brennin and Tim Cifer deserve another chance.

  120. I would hit Simon but I think I would get flak for hitting the mentally handicapped.

  121. Rachel is good but I hate little kids like her who talk a lot and everyone thinks its cute. I find it annoying.

    Completely agree. I also find it completely unwise to promote kids this young into this world.

  122. Some good acts got cut. I think James Kenny, Tim Cifers- not a huge country fan but thought he was too good to pass up, Torah Woloshin.

  123. Sorry, I must have missed something. Is Stacy a ringer of some sort?

    Stacey was in a 80s/90s girl group that had a big hit record and a coupe of minor R&B hits. She was also on Broadway in Footloose.

  124. This is so scripted lol
    They did the exact same thing on last season of UK X factor

  125. Oh, God, this is so fake. And it’s too late. The show has already jumped the shark. The fact that he had to “right this wrong,” and picked Tiah and Simone over Melanie in the first place, is just insame. I wish she’d told him to go frak himself.

  126. So was this just for TV?

    My mom is pissed though. LOL. She doesn’t like the shenanigans.

  127. So Simon gets 5 acts? Must be nice being the show creator. Final 17 lol

  128. How is Simon going to have an advantage of having five people make the final round.

  129. Well I’d probably swap out Simone for Caitlin but all in all, the girls rounded out pretty well.

    Obviously Melanie doesn’t have money given the look of that house and how many people were living in it… but you don’t see her talking about how much money they don’t have and all that crap like Rachel does. I know she’s just a kid but whatever.

    Isn’t that unfair that Simon gets 5 and everyone else gets 4? Wtf?

  130. Ugh. I’m not sure if I’m going to bother wasting anymore time actually watching this show. Only one of my favorite girls made it through but only after Simon realized he made a huge mistake and the boys and groups are just blah to me. I do feel for the groups who were cut in favor of manufactured bubble-gum pop groups. I am also not looking forward to being annoyed each week by Tiah (ugh), Astro (double ugh), Dexter, Stacy and the Glee/Disney wanna-be group. There are only 2 singers I actually love and I will be pulling for Leroy and Josh (although I doubt either have a real shot at making it all the way.) I think this will be one of those shows where I DVR it and watch it when I’m bored so I can fast-forward through the drama, sappy stories, and irrelevant judge’s comments and just enjoy the performances.

  131. Glamour shot makeovers! Drew and Melanie look much better. Intensity looks cool too.

  132. That’s a bunch of bologna. I think that if Melanie gets to come back (stoked she’s back but she shouldn’t have been cut in the first place!) then Elaine & Tim and one of the groups (ugh) should come back as well.

  133. Where Simon “got it wrong” was putting Tiah through.

    From the last montage of finalists, it looks like some of them got quite a makeover. lol

  134. Isn’t that unfair that Simon gets 5 and everyone else gets 4? Wtf?

    They are trying to have a female winner, they need all the help they can fix

  135. That is just so unfair to the other acts!! Why does Simon the almighty get 5 acts??? That just improves his chances of winning from the other judges! He could simply just NOT have picked Tiah!

  136. Isn’t that unfair that Simon gets 5 and everyone else gets 4? Wtf?

    True, but I think Simone is toast anyway. I can’t see her making it far so he should (hopefully) be down to four girls soon enough.

  137. ok who is is no. 17? I only see 16 acts listed above

    ETA – never mind. now I see 17

  138. tinawina says:
    10/18/2011 at 9:56 pm

    Stacey was in a 90s girl group that had a big hit record and a coupe of minor R&B hits. She was also on Broadway in Footloose.

    She was? She’s always acting like she’s never had a shot in showbiz in her life. She annoys me when she acts all desperate and crying and pleading.

  139. Such scripted drama, but I’ll forgive Simon for putting Melanie back in the mix. That would have been a travesty for sure. Even the Vegas bookies had her pegged as the probable winner. Don’t they keep track of hits on youtube? I’m bummed about Jazzlyn though. Good singer. Simone over her? Come on!! That was such a dragged out episode just to choose 16/17 people! Aaargh.

  140. So on the first show they should have one of Simon’s acts eliminated along with one or two others to make it fair.

  141. The girls results are what Simon would call self indulgent.

    To put Tiah or Simone through at all is one thing, but to advance both is mind-boggling.

    When you have a cut-pool of Jazzlyn and Tora, you know something is wrong.

  142. Stacey was in a 90s girl group that had a big hit record and a coupe of minor R&B hits. She was also on Broadway in Footloose.

    Thanks, tinawina. Wow! Then all of the sobbing and apparent desperation is lame after all of the chances that Stacy has had. What a surprise that they don’t mention this in her backstory. lol

    ETA:

    She was? She’s always acting like she’s never had a shot in showbiz in her life. She annoys me when she acts all desperate and crying and pleading.

    The degree of deception stinks.

  143. I like Drew, Leroy, Intensity and Melanie. Hope they stay around for awhile. I’m hoping the live shows will be entertaining but I’m not familiar with the format. Do all 17 acts performs the first night because that sounds kind of crazy?

  144. That was some damn good TV.

    Let’s see the ratings tomorrow Trina. :) Maybe that drama helped.
    Ohhhh, was that why Simon was here in Miami recently? The celebrity watcher section of the local paper reported him dining in a popular restaurant in Miami Beach.

  145. On the bright side Drew, Melanie, Josh, Leroy, inTENsity (horrible name), Stereo Hoggz, Phillip, and Marcus are great.

  146. When you have a cut-pool of Jazzlyn and Tora, you know something is wrong.

    Jazzlyn was boring. The one thing that I’ve learned about the X Factor (UK version) is that they openly embrace the fact that it’s a television show, and their viewers embrace and acknowledge this as well. AI is also focused on making good tv, but not to the extent of the X Factor. I may think that some others should have made it, but I’ll admit that acts like Tiah, Intensity, Brian and Chris are going to make good and interesting television. They may also get some buzz, which wouldn’t happen for people like Caitlin or Tiger.

  147. Yep add Phillip and to a lesser extent Josh and Marcus to my list of favorites. Hopefully they’re all be around longer than that kid rapper.

  148. Let’s see the ratings tomorrow Trina. Maybe that drama helped.
    Ohhhh, was that why Simon was here in Miami recently? The celebrity watcher section of the local paper reported him dining in a popular restaurant in Miami Beach.

    We probably won’t see the impact in tonight’s ratings, but I believe a lot of these acts will generate some buzz, especially when journalists start mentioning that the show has an actor, and several other types of performers that we don’t see on American Idol. That buzz can lead to higher ratings. This show was cast based on personalities for a reason.

  149. I like Drew, Leroy, Intensity and Melanie. Hope they stay around for awhile. I’m hoping the live shows will be entertaining but I’m not familiar with the format. Do all 17 acts performs the first night because that sounds kind of crazy?

    Yes all 17 acts perform the first night, at least in the UK but I think it’s a 2 and half hour show, not sure how they are gonig to fit all those performances in one show

  150. but I believe a lot of these acts will generate some buzz,

    Yeah yeah yeah lol

    We have been hearing this since the first episode. Sorry if I don’t believe it as this point.

  151. This show was cast based on personalities for a reason.

    Sure seems that way. At least there are several good singers in the top 17, so looking forward to tomorrow night!

  152. So glad the girl spoilers were wrong…..I’m so happy Drew and Melanie made it!

  153. To put Tiah or Simone through at all is one thing, but to advance both is mind-boggling.

    I don’t like both of them. But I think Simon sees them both as girls he can mold into Lady GaGa’s or Katy Perry’s where performance & not singing is why they are popular.

  154. pfffew for Melanie. This show had to have her — such an initial bad call for Simon.
    So sorry for Jazzlyn; i would have love to see her on the show but it might be better this way — she got to get more confortable as a performer although I believe it might have been possible on the show. But tiah and Simone over her?? sorry, the best talent hasn’t been picked.
    Good picks for Reid.
    glad to see Leroy there :). But I can’t stand Stacy. I can see why Dexter was chosen; he will be entertaining lol
    I don’t think that any group is a stand out

  155. The only result that disappointed me was the choice of Stacy Francis over Elaine.

    I was really hoping Tim Cifers would get through, but I can’t deny Marcus a spot. I think he’ll be a top contender. Don’t laugh, but I’m rooting for Dexter as well.

    Regardless, you really feel for everyone who was eliminated. Some were absolutely devastated.

  156. Drew Ryniewicz – YAY! So glad the spoilers were wrong.

    Yay! I’ve loved everything I heard her sing and was sad she didn’t make it via the spoilers. :)

    Also happy for Melanie – she has the most control of her sound – if she finds a way to sound more emotional and less technical she could really go far.

    I haven’t had time to watch the last few shows so I am glad I can come here and catch up quickly! Thanks, MJ!

  157. At least there are several good singers in the top 17, so looking forward to tomorrow night!

    There’s no X Factor tomorrow. World Series starts tomorrow. X Factor will be back on Tues. Oct. 25th at 8PM.

  158. The live shows begin next Tuesday. There is no other show this week.

    I’m very excited for the live show.

  159. That Melanie cut/save was so freaking staged.
    Do they think we are stupid?

  160. NOLA says:
    10/18/2011 at 10:36 pm
    That Melanie cut/save was so freaking staged.
    Do they think we are stupid?

    All this was set up so that Melanie has the dramatic editing. She’s the only one who has gotten alot of face time and so called pimp spot and editing during judges house till now. Simon is actually making it up to propel her as the eventual winner.

  161. Too many Black judges. Dexter is a fool and a lousy singer. He reminds me of a stupid ghetto Black. Brian reminds me of Steve Urkel.

    I strongly disagree. I am loving the diversity of those chosen by the judges. I have felt that Idol in the past few seasons did not have enough diversity in the seminfinalists or with the finalists. But it is more than that, talent is talent and stage presence plus talent is compelling and I believe the judges made their choices based on stage presence, personality , and talent and who will generate a buzz among viewers and who can get votes.

  162. I strongly disagree. I am loving the diversity of those chosen by the judges. I have felt that Idol in the past few seasons did not have enough diversity in the seminfinalists or with the finalists.

    ita.

  163. Yeah yeah yeah lol

    We have been hearing this since the first episode. Sorry if I don’t believe it as this point.

    This is the first time that I said it, or felt this way. I don’t think that people with great voices, but who lack personality, or who are the usual type of contestants that we see on AI are going to generate any buzz. But so far, Brian and Chris have already generated some media attention, so it’s no surprise that both are still around. We know that Dexter will be the joke act, so that may get the show some print. And quite a few of these people seem like they would fit very well into the current pop market, which should bring in younger viewers, and again, more buzz.

  164. Overall, I am liking the contestants and this show thus far. They did drag out this episode, this easily could have been done in 90 minutes or even an hour and not 2 hours. But other than too much backstory and too much crying, I like this show and those the judges chose. Each judge chose one contestant that has me scratching my head: the all girls group formed by Paula, Dexter chosen by Nicole, Tiah for Simon, and the young rapper kid by LA. But in defense of Mr. Reid, no other rappers were chosen per se so that choice at least made sense. Otherwise, I was very pleased with the choices…especially once Melanie was saved. Now if only Elaine could be saved.

  165. The live shows is always the moment where you know if you have good or bad talent, the rest is all edited and they can remove whatever moment they want.

  166. Ugh. I’m not sure if I’m going to bother wasting anymore time actually watching this show. Only one of my favorite girls made it through but only after Simon realized he made a huge mistake and the boys and groups are just blah to me. I do feel for the groups who were cut in favor of manufactured bubble-gum pop groups. I am also not looking forward to being annoyed each week by Tiah (ugh), Astro (double ugh), Dexter, Stacy and the Glee/Disney wanna-be group. There are only 2 singers I actually love and I will be pulling for Leroy and Josh (although I doubt either have a real shot at making it all the way.) I think this will be one of those shows where I DVR it and watch it when I’m bored so I can fast-forward through the drama, sappy stories, and irrelevant judge’s comments and just enjoy the performances

    ITA. However, I know that I am not in the favored demographic of the show because I’m Leroy’s age even though I’m affluent and I buy music, so I totally expect someone like Tiah or Brian to be the winner, to whom I would never pay attention in a million years. I will buy everything I can find of Josh and Leroy.

  167. I can’t believe I’m saying this but I think Intensity has some potential. They already look like the replacement cast for Glee in a couple of years. :)

  168. Why is Brian now………..Astro? Give me a break.

    I hope some of the ones that were cut consider trying out for Idol. Brennin, I’m talking to you!

  169. There is nothing special about Caitlin. Typical American girl. She would be great on Idol though. Just no to Stacy. Melanie has a great voice but pop star she’s not.

    Caitlin already tried out for idol, she didn’t make it. I guess it’s off to The Voice next season.

    I disagree about Melanie, she reminds me of Jordin Sparks and I think she could be the potential winner. I like her and Drew the most.

    Yay for Drew and for the spoilers for the girls being partially wrong. :) So happy for Leroy too.

    I kinda wanted Nicole to pick James over Josh, oh well. James and Elaine will be greatly missed as well as Christa. :(
    I did get teary for some that were eliminated. I hope Stacy gets cut ASAP, so annoying.

    LA was the only one that made the right choices. Those were his most popular and strongest guys.

    Poor Pauler, well at least we will get some great dance numbers from her groups. :)

  170. There were some surprises in this episode.

    Boys: I think LA Reid has the toughest group, and hardest decision to make because 6 of them deserve to make it. Philip Lomax, Brian Bradley, Marcus Canty and Chris Rene are good choices – but Brennin Hunt and Tim Cifer have potential too. I’m glad Phillip Lomax made it – I’m not big on jazz but he’s like Michael Buble and I like both their voices and vibe – and I like the others I mentioned too.

    Girls: I like that he picked Simone Battle because this is a show about X-factor, and she’s one of those with the total package who can be a star. Drew has a great voice, and deserves a spot for that even though she’s a bit young for the type of music that suits her. I’m not big on Tiah Toliver like Simon is, but she has some potential and I can see her in Urban/R&B/Hip-hop genre. I don’t want to pick on a young kid but I dont care for Rachel – I think she should be an actress. I thought Simon lost his mind when he picked her over Melanie, Jazzlyn and Tora. Tora’s vocals isn’t the strongest, but she has the attitude and good enough vocals to make into a star like Pink and Gaga. But those 2 stars write their own songs, and that’s an important factor. Melanie has a great voice. Its good she got another chance. She’s gonna need a make over and loose some weight if she wants to be in Pop/R&b market (unless she’s gonna be gospel.)

    Over 30s: I still can’t believe Nicole didnt put James Kenney through. This is the decision that annoys me most, and it should have been the easiest category to select 4. He should have been the first one selected in my opinion. James Kenney has a great voice and he’s the only one who can have recording career in this over 30s group. Dexter already got enough exposure and does have a good enough recording voice, but I dont think he has a career even after this. They just put the odd former homeless man through for amusement. I like Leroy Bell and Tiger Budbill, but don’t care for the rest of over 30s, and even though Stacey is a good singer she annoys me..

    Groups; I really like that InTensity group made it through – a few of those kids have potential and I like them as a group. And I like Lakoda Rayne’s selection cause they have potential but needs work blending. Both Stereo Hoggz and 4shore are good R&B group, and the one that made it is fine, cause the lead singer has the best voice. I dont care much for Brewer boys’s singing, but their harmonies is good and the older brother has potential. Who knows maybe they can make it if kids like them. I think teens are gonna like inTensity – they should separate them and have 4 boys in one group, and girls in another..

    I really don’t know who deserves a 5 million contract in this bunch selected, but InTensity, Simone Battle, Marcus, Philip Lomax, Lakoda Rayne, Brian Bradley and Chris Rene have potential to be made into stars. Drew and Melanie have great voices and maybe they can find a style for them that works. I hope the wildcard rumor is true though. I mean Simon gets to have 5, and the others should be able to add one too. James Kenney, Brennin and Tim Cifer deserves another chance.

  171. Yeah yeah yeah lol

    We have been hearing this since the first episode. Sorry if I don’t believe it as this point.

    That’s okay. You don’t have to believe it. But, I, personally, think the talent in this top 17 is more than comparable to Idol’s seasonal Top 12s. (BTW, I’m not sure why I have to take sides in this Idol v Factor war. I like them both. Good for me.)

    My favorites are in the over-30’s. LeRoy is one of the finest male vocalists to come off a reality talent competition. Josh is incredible. Stacy is what she is… a sob story with a big ole voice. I wouldn’t have traded Elaine for her. Elaine, despite her voice, doesn’t have star quality. I could see her as a very successful background singer. Dexter? I don’t see him as the “joke” contestant so much as the “underdog with a compelling backstory who is probably going to give us lots of laughs and lots of surprises.”

    The girls: Drew is ready to sign on the dotted line. She’s a star. Rachel is headed for Broadway. I hated Simone until she sang “Help.” That actually blew me away. Tiah? Do not get. As for Melanie, never under estimate Simon Cowell. He knew what he was doing. She’s probably the front-runner going into this because of the way he set things up. The girl has a voice, but can she be contemporary?

    The boys: Brian Bratfield. Ugh. Chris Rene – we’re all worried about his continued sobriety. But does that mean he shouldn’t have been given a shot at this? These opportunities are about talent, sure. But, they’re also about timing and luck. A year from now, Chris Rene might not have been what the show was looking for. Marcus is incredible. He’ll get signed. Why can’t Idol find R&B guys like him? What is up with that? Phillip is filler.

    Groups: I don’t know and I don’t care. I think Paula might as well sit this one out.

    Looking forward to the live shows. Now, can someone fill me in? Does someone from each category get eliminated each week?

  172. Fullmoon says:
    10/18/2011 at 9:13 pm

    Yes, give me some R&b and Urban. I need some flavor in my food. Thank You X-Factor.

    Yep I think they are going for the younger viewers which idol have lost recently.So they might not get as many viewers [country ,older & really young viewers may feel alienated] but if that’s what they are going for & if it comes off they should be happy.
    Not sure about some of these choices but going by X Factor here in Australia -they really choose ones who they think will be marketable wordlwide![ Deluded thinking this may be -but Simon thinks he knows how to pick them!!]
    I think Caitlin should try Idol again-as she will be better from these experiences .
    Just wait for the live performances where the judges choose from the bottom 2 who should go home- this also causes some drama .[Mel B last week on our show had the power to send one of the performers home who sings out of tune but didn’t & so a great group went home & this week his performance was abysmal but he wasn’t in the bottom 2-so he survives another week as he has “the look”which teenage girls love!!]I can see the potential for some real doozie decisions on the US X factor -all because Simon is looking for The ONE superstar performer-not necessarily the best singer.

  173. They can’t only send one act home each week though. The show would go on for months. How are they going to eliminate folks in time for Idol to reappear in January? ;)

  174. Why is Brian now………..Astro? Give me a break.

    He was Astro before the show, Clearone. :) His song, “Stop Lookin’ At My Mom” was huge on youtube long before he appeared on X Factor. He’s been a career-in-the-making for awhile.

    The thing is, I think those of us who are adults find him cocky and annoying. But, I’d wonder what kids think of him. He seems to have the right attitude for a rapper/MC. And I saw the “Stop Lookin’ At My Mom” youtube a long time ago, and thought, at the time, “Damn! Why hasn’t someone signed this kid?” There’s no doubt he’s got “it.” But, the “it” might not be appealing to the X Factor demographic. I guess we’ll see. :)

  175. They can’t only send one act home each week though. The show would go on for months. How are they going to eliminate folks in time for Idol to reappear in January?

    :) I know!! That’s why I’m wondering how the heck this works. 4 people/group go home? One from each category?? *confused*

  176. Again, let me repeat what you said: Tiah? Tiah? UGH!

    As for L.A. Reid… What does he have something against country music? Admittedly, it’s not my favorite kind of music, but I am sure either Tim or Skyelor would have had success in the show.

    Here’s hoping that Tiah doesn’t make it very far. I just don’t see it. Her vocals are all over the place and her stage presence is horrible.

  177. Thanks for explaining about Brian. He’s not even on my radar (except that I find him annoying) so I wouldn’t have had a clue about that! So I wonder if LA is planning on moulding him into a black Bieber? Ugh…………

    Since Brennin didn’t get through, I’ll be cheering Philip on.

  178. -all because Simon is looking for The ONE superstar performer-not necessarily the best singer.

    And based on that, I can see someone, unworthy like Tiah or Simone, winning this competition, because Simon likes them.

    What a disaster…. I’ll probably stop watching right there and then.

  179. This is the first time that I said it, or felt this way. I don’t think that people with great voices, but who lack personality, or who are the usual type of contestants that we see on AI are going to generate any buzz. But so far, Brian and Chris have already generated some media attention, so it’s no surprise that both are still around. We know that Dexter will be the joke act, so that may get the show some print. And quite a few of these people seem like they would fit very well into the current pop market, which should bring in younger viewers, and again, more buzz.

    I’m going to back you up on this Ellie. I think now that the selection process is over, they have ended up with a group that could actually generate some word of mouth, each of them for different reasons. Add to this the fact that most of these people wouldn’t really fit on Idol (and don’t have a lot in common with the Voice finalists, who skewed a little indie/rock/hipster ish) this may be just what this show needs to carve out a niche for itself.

    The complicating factor is probably that the show airs on Tuesday next week. But if Tuesday goes well (and someone goes viral) I could see them coming back strong after the World Series.

  180. Hercules67 says:
    10/18/2011 at 11:23 pm
    -all because Simon is looking for The ONE superstar performer-not necessarily the best singer.

    And based on that, I can see someone, unworthy like Tiah or Simone, winning this competition, because Simon likes them.

    What a disaster…. I’ll probably stop watching right there and then.

    And that’s where we come in guys! We will have to thwart Simon’s evil plan by NOT voting for either of them! LOL!

  181. Is next Tuesday’s show actually a live show, or is it a “live” show with plenty of time for them to continue making audio enhancements?

  182. I may think that some others should have made it, but I’ll admit that acts like Tiah, Intensity, Brian and Chris are going to make good and interesting television. They may also get some buzz, which wouldn’t happen for people like Caitlin or Tiger.

    Tiger has a great voice. That alone qualified him for a shot. But the other contestants were tougher… Dexter though, instead of Tiger? And Stacey instead of Elaine?

    As for Caitlin, they had met their allotment of “BLOND WHITE GIRL” when they picked Drew R. and LAKODA RAYNE. Plus Caitlin was so good-looking she threatened poor Nicole. Didn’t you see how jealous Nicole was of her during the auditions?

  183. And that’s where we come in guys! We will have to thwart Simon’s evil plan by NOT voting for either of them! LOL!

    I’m in! Besides, I plan on voting for my future second husband, Leroy, weekly. (My current husband has no clue regarding this plan, BTW, so mum’s the word.) Of course, I have a feeling it will be futile. I do think Factor is geared towards a younger demographic. But, that remains to be seen.

  184. Thanks for explaining about Brian. He’s not even on my radar (except that I find him annoying)

    Oh, I find him totally annoying! Just wanted to give him a fair shake when it came to his “stage” name. He had that before he auditioned. Doesn’t make it any less pretentious.

  185. pfffew for Melanie. This show had to have her — such an initial bad call for Simon.

    I can just see the headline “The girl that Simon saved has just won $5 million recording contract”.

    And agree that even if that kid Brian B the rapper is not my thing, in 10 years, he’ll probably be richer than the rest of the contestants. He’ll be a producer.

  186. How many weeks of live shows do we have? I think 4 (or 5, two girls) will go next week, then a couple more the week after that. Then one every week, and 4 will go to the finale. Doesn’t XFUK do it that way?

    Drew and Melanie for me are front runners. I don’t get why Simone is there and how Dexter made it over James. I also would take Tim over Philip. Sheesh I would get rid of all the groups and take a couple more girls/guys.

  187. Oh, I find him totally annoying! Just wanted to give him a fair shake when it came to his “stage” name. He had that before he auditioned. Doesn’t make it any less pretentious.

    I did not want Brian through, and I felt the hip-hop allotment would be met with Chris Renee, BUT L.A. Reid had other ideas.

    I know what you mean about Leroy. I absolutely ADORE Leroy. I don’t know if her reminds me of anyone, but my wife is in love with him too!!!

    One last comment about the groups. I am disappointed that 4Shure did not make it. They sounded great. I also like The Anser, but, I guess, Paula did not think they h ad Commercial appeal. The made-up groups? I guess that X-Factor is going for the extremely YOUNG demographic. We will see.

    What IS the voting procedure?

  188. I still can’t believe Nicole didnt put James Kenney through. This is the decision that annoys me most, and it should have been the easiest category to select 4. He should have been the first one selected in my opinion. James Kenney has a great voice and he’s the only one who can have recording career in this over 30s group.

    I’m still upset about James. I don’t know if I agree that he’s the only one of the over 30s who could have a recording career (I’d say Stacy has a shot even though I’m not crazy about her and also Leroy-still can’t believe he’s 60!). But I still think Nicole was crazy to pass him over. I’ll have to look him up on youtube-I want to hear more music from him.

    I hope Nicole will be the first “cut” in the X Factor off-season. I’m not ready to write Steve Jones off yet. I want to see how he does with the live shows.

  189. I’m enjoying all of the judges. I think Nicole is sweet. LA Reid is top notch and I love seeing Paula and Simon again. I don’t care that he has 5 contestants in the running. I don’t care about the rivalry between judges, I just hope they find a star.

  190. OK, I just watch it on my big HD TV and that Leroy Bell doesn’t even have the skin of a 60 year old. I want his secret, maybe just drink more water ?

  191. a very interesting top 16. They guys to me are the toughest catagory. There are things I like about all of them etc for Lomax. The group catagory, I like those Brewer boys. For the over 30s, not so sure. They are all interesting but I like nearly all the younger contestants better at this point. The girls are hard too. I think i am going to pull for Drew. I love Rachael but she is so young. I can’t imagine buying anything that a 12 yo would put out. I sort of feel that way about Drew but that little girl has so much poise and talent. Lisa Amaro is really good but I wonder if she might have Pia syndrome. The live performances will definitely be important because at this point in the game, I like about 10 of the top 16. i have to admit, this could be really exciting.

  192. I’m disappointed about Caitlin and Jazzlyn being passed over.

    But MOSTLY I’m disappointed that Nicole is such a ditz, and chose Dexter over James Kenney and Stacy over Elaine. Damn.

  193. Agreed James was way better – he should be on but i guess he is too ordinary? I also preferred Elaine to Stacy.
    Nicole is hard to take seriously.Maybe Kelly Rowland should be there instead of on the XFactor UK.

  194. I’m bummed about Christa Collins getting cut.
    I wasn’t quite sure that I’d like any of the over 30s when this show began, but she was definitely a favorite of mine.
    I don’t know what Nicole wasn’t seeing with her.

  195. I’m not surprised by any of the final 17 picks. They correspond closely to Simon’s past casting decisions with the British version of X Factor.

    Simon’s standard practice is to choose 3 or 4 acts that would actually make credible winners, then fill up the rest of the cast according to certain quotas:

    – 2 or 3 young teenagers
    – 1 or 2 old people
    – 1 or 2 acts intended to provide comedy value
    – 1 or 2 diva characters with inflated egos included to add spice and controversy
    – other acts chosen to provide a balanced diversity by genre, ethnicity, and age

    Here is my take on the finalists:

    Simon’s preferred winner: Drew

    Others who have the combination of talent and likability to make credible winners:
    Melanie
    Chris
    Marcus
    Josh

    Included for comic value:
    Dexter

    Included because (a) Simon inexplicably finds her attractive and (b) she poses no threat of winning:
    Tiah

    Included to fill the female diva slot while posing no threat of winning:
    Simone

    Included to provide reliably histrionic weeping each week:
    Stacey

    Included to fill the “old person” slot:
    Leroy

    Included for age balance and inflated ego:
    Brian

    Included for genre balance:
    Philip

    Manufactured groups included to fill up the cast with attractive young people who pose no threat of winning:
    Lakoda Rayne
    InTENsity

    Sent home for posing too much of a threat to preferred winner Drew:
    Caitlin

    Included in the top 32 only for genre balance. Sent home because neither Simon nor LA Reid have any interest in male country singers (female country singers are tolerable if they’re sufficiently hot):
    Tim
    Skyelor

  196. I actually think Nicole doesn’t have much of a say in the selection process at all, we all know she’s there as a puppet. Well, a Barbie Doll puppet. I can bet my money that the contestants she put through were all chosen by the producers.

    Only Simon has a say in his selection, look how he twisted it to put Melanie through.

    Well at least in Nicole’s category, I’m glad there are 2 good ones i’ll enjoy – Josh and Leroy. Here’s hoping she will do her best to mentor them, since she couldn’t choose the better ones like James.

  197. I think you guys are seriously underestimating inTENsity. Many of you, including MJ, probably think they will be an early exit but that prediction seems way off.

    This is a group of kids who (a few of them are quite good mind you, especially the guys) are pretty much GLEE in action. They are going to appeal to many people and they will be entertaining and fun. I can actually see them being the last group standing.

    I don’t think they will win of course but I think they are going deep in the competition and would be shocked if they were out early.

  198. Included because (a) Simon inexplicably finds her attractive and (b) she poses no threat of winning:
    Tiah

    I agree with your theory Garlandk77… but i just can’t comprehend how on earth can Simon find Tiah attractive, that mouth and those teeth to me are like Julia Roberts and Donkey from Shrek combined but inflated 1000x!!

  199. I wonder what Tuesday’s show is going to be, I know they said live performances, but how will they get them all in, even if the show is 2 1/2 hours, and is it an audience voting show, too. Or are the judges going to vote off one of their own acts, and maybe 2 in Simon’s case?

  200. Tiger was one of the best singers they had. Eliminating him and keeping Dexter or (God help me) Stacy just proves this is all about the ‘show’ rather than the talent. For me ‘The Voice’ is just better all around. It focuses on raw talent – not kitchy back stories and borderline behavior (hello Dexter and Brian B.).

    There were other eliminations that floored me: Torah Woloshin, Caitlin Koch, James Kenney. I know half had to go…..but keeping Tiah Tolliver? Simone Battle? Brian Bradley? Really???? It’s all about the controvercy – not the music. Canned, canned, canned – everything right from the beginning. Pity. Idol’s really been losing it for me lately. I was hoping X-Factor would be really good. Oh Well. Maybe it will improve next season.

  201. I think it was a mistake not to put a Country singer through, even though AI had a Country singer win (Scotty).

    You might be losing a large segment of genre of music listeners and maybe even areas of the country.

    Too many old school R/B music type singers and not enough variety really.

    I think that the Brewer Boys, InTENsity, Drew, Chris Rene, Leroy MIGHT have a chance to sell after the show, just by looking at the people so far. They seem more current. We will have to wait to see how they progress in the competition, but so far these are the three acts who MIGHT sell.

  202. I wonder what Tuesday’s show is going to be, I know they said live performances, but how will they get them all in, even if the show is 2 1/2 hours, and is it an audience voting show, too. Or are the judges going to vote off one of their own acts, and maybe 2 in Simon’s case?

    I knew they weren’t going to load up with wildcards next week, just because of the time limit. Plus, they need to get the group down to a manageable size so that viewers can begin really connecting with the group. Things are already pretty unwieldy at 17, which is why I think the first week will result in deep cuts–at least 2 contestants and maybe as many as 4. And I think the judges will make those 1st cuts, like in the UK.

  203. I don’t listen to R&B so that leaves out at least 2/3 of them.

    I think this might be the problem with the choices. Not enough variety. No Country, no true Rock singer. They narrowed down the interest in show by narrowing the genre to mostly R/B acts. They should’ve added at least a couple of rock and country singers to interest more of the viewing audience.

  204. I think Philip Lomax with drift to R/B once the show starts going making the all 4 boys singing in genre of R/B and Rap. I think the same thing will happen on the girls side.

    I think that might be a problem for X-Factor in interest because they didn’t really mix it up with different styles of music, but we shall see.

  205. This is a group of kids who (a few of them are quite good mind you, especially the guys) are pretty much GLEE in action. They are going to appeal to many people and they will be entertaining and fun.

    I’m a hard core Glee fan, but I don’t download much of the music–I’ve got some show tunes and the Warblers stuff and that’s about it. I really only enjoy the music in the context of the show. IDK, maybe I’m in the minority.

    Regardless, Glee tunes get very little radio play, and after 2 seasons, the downloads aren’t selling the way they did when the show was really hot. I don’t think those kids can sell outside of a very niche market (other kids).

    The cute factor may keep them on for awhile, but I can’t see them going real deep.

  206. The cute factor might keep The Brewster Boys in and if they get more teens watching they might end up going further. If they get pre-teens watching they might start getting behind Rachel Crow and that would help after the show.

    One thing about being successful in Rap is you have to be “real” and if Chris Rene can sing songs about a hard life, addication and pain he will be do good. That has helped Eninem, yes I know he is no Eminem. Bradley is still to young to have experienced hardship, but there have been a few novelty young Rappers, but they are usually a flash in the pan.

    It all depends what avenue Philip Lomax will go once the “Frank Sinatra” schtick gets to old.

    I think the viewers aren’t going to like Simone Battle’s attitude, and if she shows any sign of being a diva…she is history. They might have picked her for ‘drama’.

    I also think people are getting tired of Stacey’s crying and caterwauling. Also her style is VERY DATED. I think that might be the problem for Dexter. Their style of music is very dated unless they can change.

    With all that looking they did for the show they couldn’t find anyone like Adam Lambert, or even a ‘knock-off’ of James Durbin to entertain the the women viewers?? Bad move.

  207. x57X With all that looking they did for the show they couldn’t find anyone like Adam Lambert,

    I actually think Christa could have been a female version of Adam, kind of the closest thing they had to a Lady Gaga type. Actually, Tora kind of fit that too.

    I also think there wasn’t enough of a mixture.

  208. I actually think Christa could have been a female version of Adam, kind of the closest thing they had to a Lady Gaga type. Actually, Tora kind of fit that too.

    I also think there wasn’t enough of a mixture.

    It’s true. With all the money and talent searching they were doing they could not find someone like Adam or even a James? Someone who tore up the stage doing Rock to entertain the viewers???

    No Country crooners for the south?? Memo to Simon…there is this big part of America you fly over between L.A. and New York that likes Country and Rock…HELLLO.

    Idol had TWO Country singers making it into the top 2, telling you that Middle America loves them some Country, and Middle America likes to sit in front of their couch, eating their tv dinners and cheetos watching Country singers and Rock performers.

    :)

    This will also be a test to see if Middle America will vote for TWO Rap singers, which usually don’t last in most TV reality singing competitions. Most hardcore Rap and Indie music listeners don’t watch cheesy TV reality shows for talent. So I don’t know if there will be viewers who are really into Rap to get the votes…but we shall see.

  209. Regardless, you really feel for everyone who was eliminated. Some were absolutely devastated.

    Seriously. Watching this and the UK X-Factor judges’ house or AI chairs episode was hard . Really makes me appreciate the ones that came out from these competitions with any record deal, regardless of how many albums they actually sell.

  210. With all that looking they did for the show they couldn’t find anyone like Adam Lambert

    I’m more concerned about the lack of country singers. I don’t know if that girl group really counts-I don’t remember any of them being country before they became a group.

  211. I’m more concerned about the lack of country singers. I don’t know if that girl group really counts-I don’t remember any of them being country before they became a group.

    They left off one of the biggest genres of music right now, Country. One that is having a resurgence.

    Then they also didn’t add an edgy Rock singer.

    They basically narrowed it down to mostly R/B acts…and frankly some seem are quite dated, like from the early 80s.

    Also I don’t think there has ever been a Rap singer in any major tv reality singing competition…and X-Factor has TWO.

    So we will see if Middle America will vote for a Rapper…especially when you Rap LIVE it sometimes sounds terrible.

  212. Rock music isn’t really “in” in the mainstream right now, so I’m not surprised there are no rockers in TOP 17. That’s just the way it is.

    Let’s be honest, while Adam Lambert sang a lot of rock on Idol, he is now doing pop music. And James Durbin … I don’t want to see a poser like him ever again. I know that the older audience loves “rockers” but that’s not what sells these days. And, rockers need credibility.

    I also don’t miss country singers. After Idol season 10, we have enough country singers for the next 5 years.

    Can’t wait for the live shows.

  213. The way Glee’s ratings are tanking lately, Intensity has no chance. My three favorites made it through — Melanie, Rachel, Leroy — so I’ll give the live shows a chance.

    And if Susan Boyle can win, anyone can.

  214. I am so happy there are no country singers that made it through, looking forward to people getting votes because of their talent and not their genre / religion!!!!

  215. One last thing: You know who the only person from AI10 who would have made it through to live shows on X Factor? Haley :)

  216. I really enjoyed the show. My favorites right now are Phillip, Chris, Melanie, and Leroy. I really like Phillip.

  217. I am so happy there are no country singers that made it through, looking forward to people getting votes because of their talent and not their genre / religion!!!!

    Country artists don’t win Idol every year. They’ve only won twice in 10 years. Usually, they just help add variety to the genres.

    And how do you know religion won’t come into play? I bet a few of those contestants have sung in a church choir.

    And you might just find out that sob-stories might keep a few of these contestants in longer than their talent will.

    One last thing: You know who the only person from AI10 who would have made it through to live shows on X Factor? Haley

    Really? What is her sob-story? Plus, when Simon had the chance, he wouldn’t even give Haley a golden ticket to Hollywood in S9. Why would he put her on his X-Factor team this year? I love Haley, but she’s not normally the kind of artist Simon goes for. Personally, I think that is Simon’s problem.

  218. Ugggggggg……..I could not stand Brennin. I don’t know if women would be voting their hands off or not (hope not). The guy was arrogant and too cliche. There is something really unattractive about men who think they are hot stuff. Confidence is good arrogance is not. Plus he was soooooo boy band.

  219. that mouth and those teeth to me are like Julia Roberts and Donkey from Shrek combined but inflated 1000x!!

    this quote says a lot about cultural perceptions of beauty. She really is a cute young girl. Her talent is there but needs lots of work. I could totally see her as someone with marketing potential down the road.

  220. So we will see if Middle America will vote for a Rapper…especially when you Rap LIVE it sometimes sounds terrible.

    Live rap can be terrible, LOL! However we have already heard both Chris and Astro rap live and they both sound pretty good live. At least as good as any of the live established rap artists who have guested on Idol. But This cast shows me that Xfactor is really taking a risk and gunning for a different demo. They aren’t going for Idol’s audience. And actually I love that. I love Idol but I have been dying to see more contempo people on that show. Only Melanie and maybe Drew would have made the cut for Idol based on how Idol picks people. And Perhaps Philip from the boys. The rest you would never see on Idol and that is sad. I think if Idol had diversified earlier in its history and brought in talent that reflected today’s listening tendencies, I think you potentially could have had better post idol success stories. It is all in the A&R and the right songs but you still need the right artists to work with. I am really curious to see what sort of group we end up with on Idol this year.

  221. Yeah, some of the best Rappers sometimes sound like CRAPP when they rap live or sound too loud. lol…it’ll probably scare some of the folks not used to it. lol

    I don’t know how that will come across on Live TV.

    I also don’t think there have been any real Rap singers on major network singing competition tv reality shows?

  222. They basically narrowed it down to mostly R/B acts…and frankly some seem are quite dated, like from the early 80s.

    Well, to me, this has always sort of been where Simon — and Paula, although I doubt she had much to do with the actual selections — hang out in the musical universe. With maybe a veer here and there into the early-90s-diva-balladeer area. So — it figures. Nicole, like Paula, likely had nothing to do with any actual decisions, I would imagine. And LA — Well, Simon, I’m sure, is quite determined to have the show demonstrate that LA ignominiously loses while he, Simon, wins by discovering the STAR of the CENTURY ….. Never mind that it’s quite likely that it’ll be the *last* century. (Not that all his picks were 80s/90s. If Drew pulls it out, she’ll certainly be contemporary, I think — unless he molds her otherwise, of course …. Please don’t mold her otherwise, Simon.)

  223. Not enough variety. No Country, no true Rock singer. They narrowed down the interest in show by narrowing the genre to mostly R/B acts.

    Good point. Variety of characters, but not a big variety of genres. They should have added at least one country and one rock person, though Simon hates country of course lol.

    Lots of R&B, which I like, but I prefer variety.

    I thought a lot of the picks were baaaddd! I also firmly believe that Simon remains a bad judge of who can be a real star from the get go. On idol, time and time again he said no in the beginning to people who he later had to flip flop on and say actually were good – so I have doubts about how current and on point his instincts are (key word being current, since he always tends to favor old fashioned performers).

    We shall see. My thoughts on the people picked:

    * Chris Rene – no brainer for the backstory – they’ll milk that for all it’s worth
    * Drew – easily one of the best and least objectionable.
    * Astro – talented but annoying
    * Dexter – comedic value, taking the spot of more talented people, which makes me mad
    * Torah should have been in there over Simone
    * Melanie is like Melinda Doolittle, talented but boring – no star quality there. IDGI
    * Rachel – cute and strong shot of winning. Kinda gives off a Willow Smith vibe
    * Stacy – one of my favorites – hope she does well
    * Marcus – they’re definitely thinking Chris Brown with him, but too many people just like him all over mainstream radio now, so IDK
    * InTensity – probably going far, but ten is too many. eh
    * Lakoda Rayne – not very good, no1curr

    Don’t remember or care enough about the others.

  224. They basically narrowed it down to mostly R/B acts…and frankly some seem are quite dated, like from the early 80s.

    Some of them are dated, but a good handful are quite contemporary to me… Astro, Chris, Simone, Tiah, Marcus, Lakoda Rayne, potentially Brewer Boys. Drew depends heavily on what they give her to sing. Leroy could do very well on UAC, but I don’t know if I would call that contemporary.

    The interesting thing is, out of all the up to date people, the only ones I could really see winning are Chris (if he can hold up vocally) and Drew. Maybe Leroy, but like I said he’s not really that contemporary, though he could sell some records in his niche.

    Via variety: I think Simon really didn’t want to put anyone through who would remind anyone of recent Idol favorites. So no country, no white rocker boys or artsy songwriter guys, and no tall gay big voiced dudes. LOL. No guitar players either. What’s left after that really? Disney teens, jazz and the R&B/Gospel/Urban spectrum. That’s pretty much it. That and Simon loves his gospelly/old school R&B belters, his pretty people, his compelling backstories and his joke acts he can openly sneer at.

  225. OMFG!!! I’m so happy Drew made it. She’s my favourite. And Brian Bradley too.

    Poor Brennan :(. He is so nice and humble, it’s all the editor’s fault.

    I also think they want to find out someone who can potentially sell albums outside of US and country is not it.

  226. There are some very popular artists on pop and Urban radio today arent great vocalists. When it comes right down to who they want to win it I dont think Simon cares about whether a singer has a perfect voice. IMO Marcus I believe has the ability to be current, marketable BUT is also a very good singer.

    As its been said before, Brian/Astro is an obnoxious brat, but the kid is insanely talented and I bet theres lots of potentional there. He probably will get even better as he gets older.

    I have no idea what will happen with Melanie but I love her voice. I’m almost afraid to see how Simon may mold her.

  227. And if Susan Boyle can win, anyone can.

    Just caught this…..

    1)Susan Boyle did not win.
    2) She can sing…..and if she didn’t have what people liked, her albums would not be selling.

  228. Does anyone esle think that whole thing with Simon and Melanie was all planned by him for drama. I am not saying she knew about it, No! But, first the editors have featured Melanie through the entire show so far. Now, Melanie has the sympathy of all the viewers whereas before she might have been considered the favorite. And often, favorites don’t win. Imagine if she wins! What a story arc they can do with her. I truly believe she is the one Simon wants to win and has wanted all along.

  229. I greatly enjoy the talent on this show and want to watch the contestant performances but I have to get past feeling totally manipulated by Simon. I constantly have to remind myself that this is a reality show and not just a talent show but it seems so much less organic than Idol….the poolside/outdoor singing tracks sounded totally manufactured and not live (and some being severely edited and talked over), the overemphasis on the back stories, the scripted conversations between judges/individual contestants, and the big “mistake” by Simon feel much too contrived and cheesy.

    My hope is that the live performances are truly raw and really showcase the talent of these people. I know I would greatly enjoy the show more without all the other fluff.

  230. Look for WTF songs for the contestants that Simon did not want to win. And give the best songs and choreo to the singers he want to win.

    X-Factor is more manipulated than Idol. At least in Idol the singer can choose their own songs right or wrong. In X Factor, you cannot do that.

    If you insist to sing your own song (though its 100% better than the judges song) and you sing very good, you will lost votes cause the audiences think you are a diva even before you become a star.

    Look at so many weird songs choices in X Factor UK by the judges.

  231. Simon only chooses songs for the people on his team. Not for the others.

  232. Does anyone esle think that whole thing with Simon and Melanie was all planned by him for drama.

    I can’t imagine otherwise. Because I think that, in Simon’s head, the show’s real working title is: Simon Cowell, Hero of the Universe. … And the whole Melanie episode was geared to show him with a tiny bit of a tragic flaw that his enormous wisdom and kindness overcame — and then he flew on his mighty wings to rescue the woman his flaw had temporarily harmed and put everything right in the world again. …. Seriously, the looks on his face that he wants the cameras to focus on, again and again and again. My working title would be: Simon Cowell: The Ego Unleashed.

  233. One last thing: You know who the only person from AI10 who would have made it through to live shows on X Factor? Haley

    And here I was listening to Drew singing “At Last’ from the link posted here thinking how similiar she was to Haley! Maybe that is why I like them both.

    I was very glad to click on MJ’s recap today and find the spoilers were wrong concerning Drew. I shudder to think what Simon will do to her self-esteem however. (Haley would have probably told him to stick it where the sun doesn’t shine no matter how it impacted her future!)

  234. My working title would be: Simon Cowell: The Ego Unleashed.

    This!

  235. Have to disagree about Josh Krajcik not being marketable. There is a huge market out there for singers like him who can do this kind of phrasing and inflection. He seems to be a “throw back” to the Standards era-Mel Torme etc. I know he plays and writes his own music so I am looking forward to anything from from him-new or old.

  236. MJ, that’s a pretty picture of Drew. (That’s her name I hope.)

    I’m still a fan of Simon. He cracks me up.

    eta. I think Melanie has star quality.

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