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‘The X Factor’ top 13 performance recap: watch Carly Rose!

CeCe Frey is my bet for going home this week. CREDIT: Fox

CeCe Frey is my bet for going home this week. CREDIT: Fox

“The X Factor” dialed back the production, let the voices shine and overall, made for a tolerably entertaining two hours.

Diamond White was brought back after being eliminated last week. Not surprising. There were rumors they were going to do something like that.

The theme tonight: songs from the movies. And it’s the first night of public voting – finally.

My favorite was easily Carly Rose. She has star power. And Vino Alan surprised me.

As a judge, Britney was useless again but at least she’s succinct. There wasn’t as much obnoxious interplay among the judges period.

My bet for who will go home: CeCe Frey. Lame arrangement, bad song choice, unlikable person adds up to very few votes. I would have considered Fifth Harmony (the girl group Simon put together) in danger, too, but they got the pimp spot. Simon really wants them around awhile.

First up: Arin Ray (”American Boy” Estelle/ Britney’s 13-16 team) – The dancers’ outfits are comically awful. But he is far more confident than last week and pulls it off. “You were definitely more smooth,” Demi noted. “You look like a star up there.” Grade: B-plus/A-minus

2) Paige Thomas (”Take My Breath Away” Berlin/ Demi’s 17-24 team) – She has some modicum of charisma, a bit of that Rihanna cool vulnerability. She’s a good singer but her voice isn’t all that distinctive to me (unlike Rihanna.) She did a good job but nothing that would make me say hmmm…. “I’m not completely blown away,” L.A. said. Grade: B

3) Vino Alan (”When a Man Loves a Woman” Percy Sledge/L.A.’s 25-plus team. He sings this one with conviction and more soul than Michael Bolton could ever muster. And I appreciate that they didn’t over-produce this one and kept it simple. “Phenomenal,” Demi said. Grade: A-minus

4) Emblem 3 (Mashup of “My Girl” Temptations / “California Girls” Katy Perry/ “What Makes You Beautiful” One Direction/Simon’s team) – The early favorite to win didn’t do anything to hurt themselves. They sound a bit raw but show no shortage of charm. Demi said it was a mistake to even allude to One Direction. “It’s called a tribute and being clever,” Simon said. Grade: A-minus

5) Beatrice Miller (”Iris” Goo Goo Dolls/ Britney’s team) – She has a pretty, interesting voice. She does this rather angst-filled song with too chipper of a demeanor. It really feels like she’s play acting this one given her youth. Strong ending. “The tone of your voice sounds like a hit record,” L.A. said. “I can see you working,” Simon said. “You have more confidence this week.” Grade: B-plus

6) Jennel Garcia (”I Love Rock and Roll” Joan Jett/ Demi’s team) – She vocals aren’t quit edgy enough to pull off this type of rock to me. And she’s almost too pretty. I feel she’s being packaged a certain way. I’m not buying it. “It was a Joan Jett parody,” L.A. said. Grade: B

7) Tate Stevens (”Wanted Dead or Alive” Bon Jovi/ L.A.’s team) – Good song choice for Tate. He gives his performance sincerity and drive. I’m not sure he’s a star but he’s pretty good. “Tonight, it feels like you’ve arrived back in this competition,” Simon said. “I like giving guys like you a break.” Grade: B-plus

8) Lyric145 (”Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” Mary Poppins/ Simon’s team) – This worked much better than last week’s performance. It’s ridiculous in an LMFAO-meets-Black-Eyed-Peas kind of way. Very very gimmicky with the Alice in Wonderland fashion cues. But entertaining. “It was inventive,” L.A. said. Grade: B-plus/A-minus

9) Diamond White (”I Have Nothing” Whitney Houston/ Britney’s team) – The most over-sung song on “American Idol.” (Eight times!) She has her moments and she’s darn gutsy to take it on. It’s not quite standing ovation worthy but good enough to keep her around for sure. Grade: B-plus

10) CeCe Frey (”Eye of the Tiger” Survivor/ Demi’s team) – Pitchy, dawg. Terrible song choice. She’s trying to channel Lady Gaga but has only a fraction of Lady’s vocal skills. And that awful face tattoo is back, bigger than ever. Blech. “Anything recognizable about you has been thrown away,” Simon said. “Horrible. No imagination. Nothing different from the original.” CeCe said she wants to show off the “fierce” side of herself. Grade: C

11) Carly Rose Sonenclar (”It Will Rain” Bruno Mars/ Britney’s team) – She has an incredibly mature voice for her age. This is a touching, pretty take on this song. She doesn’t imitate Bruno either. It feels organic, like it’s her own song. Impressive. “This is you in your element,” Demi said. “You’d have a hit with a song like that,” Simon said. “You’ve got real guts… We’re watching a star in the making.” Grade: A

12) Jason Brock (”I Believe I Can Fly” R. Kelly /L.A.’s team) – A much better song pick than last week. It’s theatrical and very much in his wheelhouse. I wasn’t too excited at first but he ended strong. “It feels like a Vegas lounge act,” Britney said, in a rare moment of negativity tonight. “Very predictable and very cabaret,” Demi said. His loud, cheesy red outfit doesn’t help. Grade: B

13) Fifth Harmony (”A Thousand Years” Christina Perri/ Simon’s team) – Franken-group opts for balladry this time. Their harmonizing is improving but it’s hard to focus on a group without a lead singer when there are five of them. I’m not sure how they are going to generate votes. “You nailed it,” L.A. said. Grade: B-plus

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124 comments Add your comment

DanJ

November 7th, 2012
8:21 pm

Arin was okay, not great! He has the look, does he have the talent? He should be safe!

Pitchy

November 7th, 2012
8:30 pm

I just received a phone call that Diamond White was brought back so I’ve tuned in. Saw the ending of Page’s performance. Not surprised they wanted to have another moment like what they had last year going to ??? house saying they made a mistake and bringing her back.

Pitchy

November 7th, 2012
8:31 pm

Good evening, DanJ.

DanJ

November 7th, 2012
8:31 pm

Hi Pitchy, I think I called the Diamond White return! *patting my myself on the back* I really liked Vino sing When A man Loves A Woman!

Pitchy

November 7th, 2012
8:32 pm

Love the song Vino sang, and he sang it pretty well.

Pitchy

November 7th, 2012
8:33 pm

Dang, you shouldn’t tell someone on national TV, that’s on your team, they said something stupid. That was embarrassing.

DanJ

November 7th, 2012
8:35 pm

Hi Pitchy, I’m pulling for Vino. Despite the tattoos he does seem like a nice guy. Simon was right he is better singing R&B although he can rock it!

Pitchy

November 7th, 2012
8:35 pm

I figured they would bring her back. Obvious, but I was still bummed that she was voted off. That young lady and sing. I love her and Carly Rose.

DanJ

November 7th, 2012
8:38 pm

Well Pitchy, it worked for Melanie why not try it with Diamond. Simon just did a repeat in hopes it would boost ratings! Emblem3 was good!

Pitchy

November 7th, 2012
8:39 pm

They were good meshing the two songs together.

Perhaps it’s my TV set, but I think this is the best Britney looks. Hair looks ok, but more importantly, her makeup is good and she looks rested.

Pitchy

November 7th, 2012
8:40 pm

What act(s) have I missed, DanJ?

Pitchy

November 7th, 2012
8:41 pm

DanJ, are we the only two here again. Hmmm, this may be out second date (lololol).

DanJ

November 7th, 2012
8:43 pm

Brittney does look good tonight. Beatrice is only so-so and may be in trouble.

DanJ

November 7th, 2012
8:45 pm

Second date? Nice!

Pitchy

November 7th, 2012
8:50 pm

I Love Rock and Roll, at least the song (lol).

DanJ

November 7th, 2012
8:52 pm

I Love Rock & Roll…I love Jennel Garcia as well!

Pitchy

November 7th, 2012
8:52 pm

Good you too think Britney looks good. Best she’s looked all season. Her dress cleavage is a bit too low for my comfort, but that’s all I have to say negatively at the moment. Her vocabulary also has improved.

Pitchy

November 7th, 2012
8:55 pm

DanJ, what did you have for dinner? I made a pork tenderloin, cabbage and yellow rice. Delicious.

DanJ

November 7th, 2012
8:56 pm

Cleavage too low? If nothing falls out then it’s just fine, if it does then it’s better! Although I shouldn’t say that on a date should I? Sorry!

DanJ

November 7th, 2012
8:58 pm

Dinner? Curry Chicken and rice! Although pork tenderloin sounds great!

Pitchy

November 7th, 2012
8:59 pm

LOL..not good words on a date, but I understand you are a man. I love curry anything.

Pitchy

November 7th, 2012
9:03 pm

He’s country, and I love country music.

DanJ

November 7th, 2012
9:03 pm

I thought Tate was excellent! Wanted Dead or Alive was a nice choice. LA Reid was even getting jiggy with it!

DanJ

November 7th, 2012
9:07 pm

Pitchy I love curry and it’s so healthy. When I hit 50 I thought it was time to start eating healthy. Not that I don’t eat a burger once in a while. I just don’t want to become a member of the zipper club(bypass surgery) anytime soon!

Pitchy

November 7th, 2012
9:11 pm

Same here, DanJ. I started gaining weight when I turned 50. Never wanted to be one of those who woke up and wondered how all this weight jumped on the body. I exercise, Zumba and try to watch what I eat. Still slender, but not as slender as I used to be (lol). Thank goodness I’m one who can easily walk away from all desserts.

Pitchy

November 7th, 2012
9:12 pm

I hate Lyric145 outfits. Hate It.

DanJ

November 7th, 2012
9:14 pm

I actually like Lyric145. It was like Tim Burton re-made the movie Mary Poppins! Now the freaking song is stuck in my head!

G

November 7th, 2012
9:18 pm

Just peeking in…….Tate was great! Surprisingly, Lyric was lyrically strong. Still hate the pop factor, but it just may work for them.

G

November 7th, 2012
9:19 pm

Actually, it’s not surprising that Lyric was strong, but maybe surprising they pulled it off with those goofy outfits.

Pitchy

November 7th, 2012
9:19 pm

Love this song and I know she’s going to knock it out the door. Ummm, her voice is stronger than what I’m hearing…let me turn up the volume.

Pitchy

November 7th, 2012
9:20 pm

Seems like she should be singing a tad bit deeper. Am I right or am I wrong?

Pitchy

November 7th, 2012
9:21 pm

I agree, G. Horrible outfits. Reminds me of Flava Flav w/o the clock.

DanJ

November 7th, 2012
9:22 pm

What’s up G? Lyric145 was good vocally and the stage show was pretty cool, not boring anyway!

Pitchy

November 7th, 2012
9:23 pm

Judges say I was wrong.

DanJ

November 7th, 2012
9:24 pm

I would not have had Diamond sing a Whitney song this early. She was good not great. CeCe is horrible! Where’s the mute!

G

November 7th, 2012
9:25 pm

Hey DanJ and Pitchy! Who is this guy singing Barry White on The Voice? Kind of a fun performance, but it’s hard to sing Barry. He did his thing……for what he does.

G

November 7th, 2012
9:26 pm

I agree DanJ. That song was a bit ambitious for her, even though she did a decent job.

Pitchy

November 7th, 2012
9:28 pm

Glad to see I haven’t missed Carly Rose. She and Diamond are my favorites.

DanJ

November 7th, 2012
9:29 pm

G, I’m taping The Voice so I’m not sure who is singing it but if he pulls off a Barry White song then that’s strong work!

Tina

November 7th, 2012
9:29 pm

Well good evening!!

Pitchy

November 7th, 2012
9:31 pm

DanJ, I agree w/Diamond’s song. It was good, not great. Wrong song choice. She’s a powerful singer and should be given a strong song.

DanJ

November 7th, 2012
9:31 pm

FYI, I sent the name Divinity in for Simon’s girl group! Hey I was a fan of Vanity back in the day!

Pitchy I love Carly Rose as well!

Pitchy

November 7th, 2012
9:33 pm

Surprised she’s singing Bruno Mars, but this young lady can sing.

Pitchy

November 7th, 2012
9:34 pm

Could be just me, but I don’t like the song choice. She’s doing good, just don’t like the song for her.

DanJ

November 7th, 2012
9:35 pm

Loved Carly. She’s the real deal!!!!! Best of the night!

Pitchy

November 7th, 2012
9:36 pm

My ears must be playing with me. I didn’t see that as “closing the show” at all.

Pitchy

November 7th, 2012
9:38 pm

DanJ, I heard L.A. Reid’s voice in your last post.

Harriett

November 7th, 2012
9:40 pm

Hey! Been lurking. I thought Vino is best of the night so far

DanJ

November 7th, 2012
9:41 pm

Pitchy if you heard LA Reid in my last post then I would have to say he was probably right!

@Tina, Hello Tina, hope you’re enjoying the show.

Pitchy

November 7th, 2012
9:41 pm

If he sings Space Jam, I am going to be entertained to the fullest.