Sorry. I was out at a party (as opposed to a tennis match last week). Missed “The X Factor” results show live and am catching up only now.
Paula Abdul’s final group Lakoda Rayne was cut first, placing them in 8th place. Again, no surprise. Groups simply have a hard time garnering the votes compared to individuals. I never even bothered to learn the ladies’ names, to be honest. They were put together by the producers, like a very pretty Frankenstein, and their voices never truly gelled.
As for the other bottom vote getters, Marcus Canty vs. LeRoy Bell, it was an easy call. Marcus is far younger, possesses more showmanship and star potential. LeRoy lacks that stage presence, though his voice is vastly superior. And we know that it’s all about the “act” on “The X Factor,” not just “The Voice.”
During the showdown, Marcus sang Christina Aguilera’s “You Lost Me” surprisingly effectively. Given that both singers use melisma to the nth degree, it worked. LeRoy goes for a Beatles’ classic “Don’t Let Me Down.” He clearly sang a better vocal. I personally would prefer to hear LeRoy on the radio.
Not that it mattered.
Of course, L.A. was going to keep his man Marcus. Nicole picked LeRoy, her team member, naturally. As robo-host harangued Paula, she finally picked LeRoy to stay. So it was up to Simon, who likes the sizzle of Marcus over LeRoy. In the end, the judges were deadlocked so the lowest vote-getter went home.
It was LeRoy, the 60-year-old ageless wonder, leaving only one 30-plus member left: Josh Krajcik, while all of Simon and L.A.’s singers remain.
Astro? Yep, his “Astro-nauts” kept him alive this week for sure. All that brouhaha this past week helped him, not hurt him. I predicted he would go home with Lakoda Rayne and was wrong.
At least, the actual bottom three were my bottom three.
In terms of the show itself, here are my thoughts:
- Kelly Clarkson “Mr. Know It All”: Just three days after performing the song on the AMAs, she is back! This time, she sings what will probably be her next single: “Stronger.” But the producers are so in love with the massive video screens, they use mostly shots of her seemingly miles away. Is that really Kelly? Maybe 10 percent of the time, we see anything close to a close-up of her. It’s as if they went out of their way to not avoid any solo shots of her hips and legs. She sounds great, as usual. “What a set of pipes! Extraordinary!” said robo-host.
- Group sing: Pink’s “Raise Your Glass”/”So What?” The Alice in Wonderland/circus set up is cool. I enjoy the rotating table. Best vocals were Melanie and Rachel on this particular song. LeRoy gets points for actually remembering his cue.
- Bruno Mars’ “It Will Rain.” Dramatic, beautiful, emotionally poignant. This man has pipes!
By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk