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‘X Factor,’ top 16 cut to 12 recap

Paige Thomas made it through. CREDIT: Fox

Paige Thomas made it through. CREDIT: Fox

These live shows remain loud, brash and borderline obnoxiously in your face.

And I didn’t really agree with any of the showdown picks, especially David Correy. I can’t believe they kept Vino over him.

There is some talent here, especially the younger singers. And who would name any kid in this day and age Beatrice?

So all is not lost. I’m not sure if this is a better crew than last year, though.

Anyway, Khloe Kardashian wore some hideous blue rubber suit. And Demi changed her hair – again, and now looks like she could be Anne Frank. The crowd screaming is again incredibly annoying, especially during ballads.

Who’s in immediately on Demi Lovato’s Young Adults team

1) Janelle Garcia. No surprise. Demi really liked her doppelganger.

2) Paige Thomas. I wasn’t impressed but clearly she’s a Demi fav.

The showdown is: CeCe Frey vs. Willie Jones

CeCe (”Out Here On My Own” Irene Cara) – Crap song. Bored stiff. While technically solid, she doesn’t connect with me at all and there is nothing remotely distinctive about her voice.  She is fundamentally unlikable at the core. Grade: B-minus

Willie (”You Don’t Know Me” Ray Charles) – Good but lacks the resonance or the tenderness of the original. He’s beyond his depth. “You need someone who understands what to do with your voice,” Simon said. Grade: B/-B minus

Demi picks: 3) CeCe! Blech. I still would have selected Willie.

L.A Reid’s Over 25’s’

First two saves:

1) Vino Alan. Over David Correy? Really?

2) Tate Stevens. No surprise there.

Faceoff: David Correy vs. Jason Brock

Correy (”Since U Been Gone” Kelly Clarkson) He slows it up and adds his own brand of angst. It’s a bit over the top in the histrionics department but effective. “Melodramatic,” Simon noted. Grade: B-plus/A-minus

Brock (”One Moment In Time” Whitney Houston) A much better song choice than last night and he hits at least a double. He misses a few notes but overall, he did a good enough job. “There’s something really genuine behind your eyes,” Demi said. Grade: A-minus

L.A. picks 3) Brock. So somehow, the guy I liked best is out and the guy who arguably had the worst performance last night survives. Go figure!

Britney’s young teens

First two saves:

1) Beatrice Miller. She isn’t my favorite but okay.

2) Carly Rose Sonenclar. I can’t complain. I get the appeal. Love her voice.

The face-off: Arin Ray vs. Diamond White.

Arin (”I Look To You” Whitney – again) He does ballads surprisingly well. This worked better than I would have expected. Grade: B-plus

Diamond (”Sorry Seems to Be The Hardest Word” Elton John) I generally prefer her over Arin as a more interesting artist. He seems too generic. She has that little extra something. Go Diamond. Grade: A-minus

Britney picks 3) Arin. I was a much bigger fan of Diamond. Bummer. I do hope they find a way to bring it back and make it a top 13.

Simon Cowell’s groups

Two saves:

No surprises here: 1) Emblem 3. Duh.

2) Lyric 145. Surprise! But they have real skills so that’s good.

Showdown: Sister C vs. 1432

Sister C (”When I Look At You” Miley Cyrus) – Adequate rendition of an exceedingly dull song. I am still a fan though the harmonies weren’t quite as sharp as they were on “Hell on Heels.” Grade: B

1432 (”Skyscraper” Demi Lovato) – This still sounds like five different women stuck together. Is there a leader here? Another lame-o ballad but in this case, it’s one of the judge’s songs. Whatev. Grade: B

Simon picks: 1432. Of course he did. This is a Franken-group. They have to keep them around. And Simon is truly clueless about country so Sister C was doomed. He hates the name 1432 and will try to get the public to choose their name. I agree.

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71 comments Add your comment

Deirdre

November 1st, 2012
9:55 pm

Not sure that there’s that much interest yet, Rodney.

One thing I’ve learned tonight is that Khloe and cue cards do not play well together. She either puts pauses in odd places or she sounds so robotic while reading that RoboHost himself seems more human!

Mercedes S.

November 1st, 2012
10:09 pm

Kudos to Klohe for wearing a dress that’s really unsuitable but that she obviously wanted to wear.”Stylist, schmylist” – I can hear her now,

Of the 16 XF “acts” there are four I can see myself spending money on:
Diamond, Sonenclare (sp?), Beatrice and Sister C.

cadilac

November 1st, 2012
10:32 pm

i really think carly has the best voice but the judges seem undecided about her

JTesla

November 1st, 2012
11:15 pm

So in all four cases the judges made the wrong choice. Yeah this is going well.

Seriously, 0 for 4.

JTesla

November 1st, 2012
11:39 pm

I don’t mind what Khloe is wearing, it looks ok on her. Granted it reminds me of a bench seat in a 50’s diner.

LA, can’t even remember the names of his peeps. The peep he selects to go through! Way to stick with it LA.

DanJ

November 1st, 2012
11:58 pm

@JTesla, Yeah LA couldn’t even remember Jason’s name. Talk about an awkward moment! I thought Khloe’s dress looked like a swimming pool liner!

I still think they’ll follow the UK X-Factor and have a wild-card with Diamond coming back. She may be this years Melanie Amaro. Hey if it works once… Beatrice Miller will be the big meltdown this year. She is not emotionally mature to handle getting sent home. Carly Rose and Diamond although the same age are far more mature emotionally and vocally IMO.

Seth T

November 1st, 2012
11:59 pm

As voting begins next week:

Upper Level = Carly Rose Soneclar / Emblem 3 / Jennel Garcia
2nd floor = Lylas-1432 / Lyric 145 / Beatrice Miller / Tate Stevens
Ground floor = Cece Frey / Vino Alan / Arin Ray
Basement = Paige Thomas & Jason Brock

This mini-handicapping has nothing to do with how good a singer each one is. It has more to do with anticipated popularity against the competition at hand. With Judges favor, or something that captures the real voters fancy – one could jump-up a floor or even 2. How many times was Marcus Canty in the bottom 2 last year?

Jason Brock was likely saved because he had way more social media hits on his bizarre, buzz-starting and entertaining performance than David Correy. The UK X-Factor would have a ball with Jason Brock. Sister C was toast before the feigned decision-making act by Simon.

Seth T

November 2nd, 2012
12:11 am

Does anyone think Khloe is helping ratings?? Seems I hear many people say they wish they would just let Mario handle it, and cut-down the chatter. Myself, dough no – just wondered if others think she is helping ratings — or just another bad guess on celebrity power by Simon and the Producers.

Seth T

November 2nd, 2012
12:30 am

RE: Bringing someone back –

The show has made a big deal of the competition factor between the Judges/mentors this year, advertised it, promoted it. If they bring someone back, it would make that hoopla an instant farce, because one team would then have 4 against 3 on the other teams. Not sayin’ they won’t do that, just sayin’ it makes their “competition factor” look foolish if they do. But then, this is X-Factor, could happen.

DanJ

November 2nd, 2012
12:32 am

I went to the X-Factor website and couldn’t find where you submit a name for the girls group. But if I were Simon I’d call them Divinity

DanJ

November 2nd, 2012
12:35 am

Seth, X-Factor UK let fans vote to bring back a contestant from each group. In that case it was someone from the overs, Christopher Maloney! In this case if it were to happen I think it would be Diamond White…just saying!

JTesla

November 2nd, 2012
2:05 am

Seth, I like your tiers, but they remind me of Idol. Always put a few stinkers in to assure the acts you want to win a place in the finale.

As for Khloe, too early to tell for me. What they have is better than last year, I’ll give them time to gel.

DanJ: swimming pool liner, perfect!

Deirdre

November 2nd, 2012
7:43 am

Morning! I think that IF there is a wildcard, it will be David Correy returning. The audience was hugely disappointed when he wasn’t picked. The reaction to Diamond’s elimination was hardly noticeable.

Frankly, I thought David Correy sounded awful on last night’s song. I wouldn’t have picked him either. And Jason will be eliminated soon enough.

Arin wasn’t very good either and I was surprised that he was picked over Diamond despite Diamond’s voice being just okay, nothing special.

In fact, I didn’t hear anything special the last 2 nights. Some were better than others but nobody was good enough to make me sit up and pay closer attention.

Deirdre

November 2nd, 2012
7:45 am

I know that there must still be people out there whose voices make your head turn. I haven’t seen any on XF yet.

Highlander

November 2nd, 2012
7:52 am

Morning!

1. Khloe doesn’t add anything to the show. She is clearly an amateur at announcing and reading teleprompters. As D said, she constantly pauses between words (as if she’s waiting for the prompter to scroll down). And she adds an emPHASis on words at odd times, trying to sound more dramatic.

2. On a curious, not-too-serious note: Was there a height restriction for the contestants? Although Khloe seems to be the amazon of the Kardashian clan, I didn’t think Mario Lopez was that tall. Yet they both towered over just about all the contestants – even the over-25’s.

3. Can’t help but think the constant use of the term “act” is a less than subtle way to avoid using the term ‘team’. As if XF is trying to differentiate itself from The Voice by using a different word. Or are they telling us that their contestants are only ACTing like singers?

4. Still can’t stand the voice-over guy! Even though his voice fits in with the whole manufactured drama used by the show’s producers.

Lastly, I don’t know for sure how much more of this show I can take. After hearing viewers complaints and reviewing the ratings from last season, Simon didn’t seem to listen to much (other than the first season’s host and panel issues.) For a singing competition, there sure is still a lot of friggin’ dancing going on. And for the most part, it detracts from the contestant’s performance rather than adding to it! The constant over-production on the songs is really turning me off.

Oops! Kinda went on a bit long there, huh? This will probably end up looking like one of those long posts that some people don’t want to take the time to read. :lol:

Mercedes S.

November 2nd, 2012
7:56 am

There may be head-turning voices on X-Fac, but they’re hard to hear over the orchestra/chorus din.

Good Morning!

Busy day… but I have to encourage you first-nighter at the movies to check out Denzel Washington in his sure-to-be-Oscar-nominated performance in “Flight”. He plays an alcoholic and drug-addicted pilot who somehow rights a faulty airplane by flying it upside down and makes almost all passengers survive a horrific crash.
THEN the real nail-biter starts. Will Denzel beat his addiction? Take the easy way out? Or do the right thing? Nothing is a given.

Mercedes S.

November 2nd, 2012
8:02 am

What is most annoying about the dancers – several times Wednesday, the cameras focused on them instead of the singers.

I love long posts, especially when they stick to the subject. Bring ‘em on, Highlander.

I’m not as irritated s most about the Klohe woman’s hostiness. Her diction is fine, and I like her rattling the judges with insistent questions.

Highlander

November 2nd, 2012
8:03 am

By the way, anyone who saw The Voice on Monday night were treated to a healthy slagging of Randy Jackson by CeeLo Green, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton. Too funny!

If you have it on DVR or On Demand, it comes on around the 90 minute mark.

Highlander

November 2nd, 2012
8:04 am

Is ‘hostiness’ a word?? :D

Deirdre

November 2nd, 2012
8:04 am

I’ll have to talk to hubby about the ability to “fix” something by flying an airliner upside down. Who knows, I guess it is possible but if it is soooooo unlikely to force a total suspension of disbelief, then I won’t be able to drag hubby to see it with a tow truck!

Deirdre

November 2nd, 2012
8:06 am

I laughed out loud last night when Khloe told Simon he must wait until after the break twice…as if he’s never heard that before.

Highlander

November 2nd, 2012
8:06 am

Maybe it’s a title!? As in, “Yes, Your Hostiness.”

Highlander

November 2nd, 2012
8:14 am

Mercedes, I like what I’ve seen of “Flight” so far. I’ll look forward to seeing it soon. BTW, is this the first time Denzel and John Goodman have been onscreen together since “Fallen”? (Which is a great movie for Halloween!)

Outta here for now but I’ll check back in later today for the answer. (Inquiring minds want to know!)

Deirdre

November 2nd, 2012
8:16 am

Re the picture of Paige and the top of the thread. She looks like an acrobat for Cirque Du Soliel.

Dinky 527

November 2nd, 2012
8:39 am

I think Demi and Britney sucks as judges.

cadilac

November 2nd, 2012
8:56 am

carly rose is the cream of the crop

Mercedes S.

November 2nd, 2012
8:59 am

Lovato’s “I’m 20 years old” as if that is a sign of expertise is getting – old

Cirque du Soleil – lol!

And yes, I think that’s their first reunion, HL.

Deirdre, in “Flight”, it’s pointed out that a large number of pilots tried the upside down trick in the simulator and they all failed. Maybe a warning to pilots, professional and non- to not try this at home.

Pitchy

November 2nd, 2012
9:02 am

My home computer seems to be sick.

Well, I don’t think I will be watching anymore. Once DWhite and Bruno Mars lookalike (Correy?) was ousted, I think the judges are morons. I’m going to tell myself DWhite was cut because she was offered a better recording contract relieving her of any duties connected with XFactor. Doubt it, but it helps me adjust (lol).

“So in all four cases the judges made the wrong choice. Yeah this is going well.” – You nailed it, JTesla!!!

Deirdre

November 2nd, 2012
9:22 am

Perhaps both The Voice judges and XF judges don’t like the way the public chooses winners based on the Idol results. The judges may think that using their power to narrow the field to “acceptable” possible winners gives them more control.

I say, the public wants what it wants despite the protests from music “experts”, afficianados(or however that is spelled) and elitists who look down their noses at what the public thinks is good.

This is where Idol got extremely lucky. Its first season gave us Kelly Clarkson who is still the benchmark for all aspiring contestants and singing competitions. With the possible exception of Carrie Underwood, no other competition winner has reached her acceptance level with critics and public alike. Her win has give Idol the highest possible credentials in the singing competition arena.

DanJ

November 2nd, 2012
9:51 am

I think Diamond White if she doesn’t comeback ala Melanie Amaro is this years Jazzlyn Little.
As for David Correy I didn’t think he was very good last night but neither was Jason Brock. Jason had a lot of pitch problems.

I will agree with those who said it was hard to hear the singers over the music. Being the first live show it’s something that must be corrected.

Deirdre, I do think the judges try to stack the deck as best as they can before fans vote but 5 million is a lot to invest so I don’t blame them. I only see Janelle, Emblem3,Carly Rose Sonenclar and Tate Stevens with a chance to win. Vino might be a dark horse in the race. Tate because the country vote might carry him. Carly Rose has the best voice which is usually the kiss of death. Thefinals will probably come down to Emblem3 and Janelle. I do think all 5 have a chance to sign a record deal.

I think the first bottom two will have two of the following : CeCe, Beatrice, Jason or Lyric145 Regardless of how they singI think they’re the first 4 to go

Harriett

November 2nd, 2012
9:51 am

Good morning!

I think LA kept Jason around to spite Simon. He also may have heard about the outrage surrounding what he did to Jason on Wed’s show. Cannot imagine he really believed Jason was better than David.

Pitchy

November 2nd, 2012
9:57 am

DanJ – getting ready for work this morning, I thought the exact same thing. Brittney thinking she made the wrong decision and flying to her home and asking her to come back to the show.

They really messed up last night. I won’t watch anymore and will get my recaps from you guys. Although I like Carly Rose and Lyric 145, and can watch better shows in the time slot.

Pitchy

November 2nd, 2012
10:17 am

Ok, I may be fibbing just a tad. I will tune in every so often.

Harriett

November 2nd, 2012
10:37 am

I had to choose between this mess called XF and Person of Interest last night. My company and I were watching a football game, and I had those two shows on “record.” Well, you know that crazy requirement with Time Warner that you have to be watching one of the games in order to record two, so I had to eliminate Person of Interest. I wanted to find out what happened to the cuts on XF, so that is why I chose as I did. But it just does not seem right to have to be watching one. Why do you need to record the one you are watching?

Harriett

November 2nd, 2012
10:37 am

Watching one of the shows.

G

November 2nd, 2012
11:23 am

Highlander @ 8:03 am wrote:
By the way, anyone who saw The Voice on Monday night were treated to a healthy slagging of Randy Jackson by CeeLo Green, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton. Too funny!

Yeah, I caught that too. That was truly a LOL moment.

Hhhmmmm……Stacking the deck to influence certain types of winners, eh? Do we have a PP or a no-key Lee in the group? Is The Voice doing the sam? Guys, don’t be surprised if Idol follows suit.

G

November 2nd, 2012
11:34 am

Rather, Is The Voice doing the same?

I’m still picking Emblem 3 to take it home. Simon should just let Lyric 145 be, before it’s too late. Apparently, he’s showing his lack of experience in dealing with hip hop artists.

If I have to compare XF talent to Idol at this point……..I ask myself are there better performers and singers than Jessica, Joshua, and PP. What I see so far:

Jessica – There are no singers male or females that can go toe to toe with her.
Joshua – There are no singers that bring as much soul to a song.
PP – There are no wgwg that I can see.

The Voice, on the other hand, has the talent to match Idol, and surpass Xf. But I’m not sure if they have the ” mainstream appeal” to surpass an Emblem 3 or pp.

DanJ

November 2nd, 2012
11:50 am

@G- I agree that vocally Jessica is stronger vocally than anyone on XF however I think Carly Rose COULD be a better over all singer. Jessica was often stiff and didn’t seem to connect with a song Carly can do that. Head to head if I was voting I’d take Carly.
Joshua? Sadly the Joshua’s of the world are rare. I think he’s in a league of his own. Much was made of his screaming but few saw it for what it was…passion. So I completely agree no one on XF compares to him.
PP? Pleeeeze! On the positive side he is the best WGWG Idol has ever had based on sales. I even like and bought the song Home but I will be more likely to buy a Vino Alan or Tate Stevens CD than PP’s. He’s like grits without butter, salt & pepper. Bland!

JTesla

November 2nd, 2012
12:05 pm

G: “PP – There are no wgwg that I can see”

I have to disagree with you on that, meet Emblem 3. The issue of PP, and the problem with the WGWG is the young female demographic voting for them over all others. What will we get with Emblem 3, that same demographic voting for them over all others. They may not hold guitars, but it’s still the same thing.

The problem isn’t that WGWG’s are white, or guys, or guitars, it’s that a certain demographic will save them even when they stink.

Deirdre

November 2nd, 2012
12:45 pm

Deirdre

November 2nd, 2012
12:47 pm

And Emblem 3 strikes me as a group of wiseazz brats. But I’d bet the farm right now that they will win.

JTesla

November 2nd, 2012
1:03 pm

And that Deirdre is problem #1 that I have with them, brats. Problem #2 is that the show this season appears to have been crafted for them to win.

Simon is a master at playing the game, and all he needs do is look at One Direction. A group that didn’t need to win. Simon is probably thinking: what if this style of group does win? He knows what that will mean to his franchise.

Deirdre

November 2nd, 2012
1:12 pm

I soooo agree! Why else would Simon take “groups”? He was looking to create another swoon-worthy money-making juggernaut. I can guarantee that he’ll pit the pretty girl-group-with-no-name against Emblem 3 to ensure the win for the boys. No one else has a chance! Unless the boys end up getting themselves arrested for something which, from what I hear, is entirely possible.

DanJ

November 2nd, 2012
1:55 pm

I think Emblem3 will crack the top 5 but a lot can happen in the next few weeks. I can’t rule out Janelle or Carly. Badboys tend to lose their appeal. It’s also possible that young girls may eventully chose one of their own be it Carly or Janelle, maybe someone else to vote for. It will be interesting to see how it unfolds. I’m still thinking Janelle will win! However I hope Carly Rose wins!

G

November 2nd, 2012
1:58 pm

JT wrote: The problem isn’t that WGWG’s are white, or guys, or guitars, it’s that a certain demographic will save them even when they stink.

THAT is the mainstream I speak of………..THAT is my problem. PP is not my problem, although I’m still not [or will never be] a fan. Excellent points!!!

Shannon

November 2nd, 2012
2:00 pm

I don’t watch any of the singing contest shows – but I caught about the first minute of the one with Klhoe Kardashian – I thought the dress was leather – I don’t know – but, it reminded me of a phrase people should always remember when purchasing anything leather. “Never wear leather in a color that cow’s don’t come in”. Being of a fashionista klan Klhoe should know that. And, Klhoe is the only one of ‘em who generally shows that she’s got some sense.

Seth T

November 2nd, 2012
3:23 pm

Back before the wrecking of a singer through makeover’s, chastising, pushing into hard-running, floor-flopping Kesha copycatting, and humbling for Jillian-like tears – –

There was someone who neither Britney or Demi would want to follow on the same song – with no auto-tune to help. And here she is……… in all her omg, she’s a b*ch glory.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MyPKwu6zqtg

MIke

November 2nd, 2012
3:46 pm

Rodney,

Your reviews of this show are so bitter I would rather you give this assignment up altogether.
Personally I really enjoy the show for what it is.

Mercedes S.

November 2nd, 2012
4:20 pm

Good for you Mlke. Us hardened Idol vets share Rodney’s bitterness…

JTesla

November 2nd, 2012
5:03 pm

I enjoy the show for what it is: a decadent ego trip for Simon Cowell with very poor production values.