Tonight, we get a double elimination on “The X Factor.” And the country fans came out in force a second week. Tate Stevens was tops again in the voting, just beating out Carly Rose (second again) and Vino Alan (third again!).
I predicted that Lyric 145 and Paige Taylor would go home. I got one right: Lyric 145.
Simon Cowell really botched his coaching of them. They seem talented on the surface but were given ridiculous mash-ups that had very little to do with modern hip hop. It’s as if Simon was stuck in some sort of TLC/Naughty By Nature 1990s time warp. Their outlandish costumes did them no favors either. I’m not surprised they’re gone.
The two singing for their life are Jennel Garcia and Paige Thomas, both from Demi’s team. I don’t really care if either go home.
- Jennel Garcia (”The Reason” Hoobastank) – Her singing felt weak and uninspired. Her overly tight leather pants? Especially unfortunate. Grade: C
- Paige Thomas (”Paradise” Coldplay) – Her singing was only marginally better than Jennel’s. The song choice: beyond horrendous. She always struck me as a second-rate Rihanna. Wake me up when it’s over. Grade: C-plus
L.A. Reid picks Jennel to go home. Britney Spears chooses Jennel, too. Simon Cowell tries to bump it to Demi. “You’re the boss,” Mario said, so he gives it over to Demi. “The act I’m sending home tonight is … why don’t we send it to Simon.” She stalls. Sheesh! Then she says Paige. So back to Simon: “The act I’m going to send home is Jennel.”
No surprise. Jennel deserved to go home after her lame performance tonight. I just never “got” her, beyond the fact she looks like a doppelganger for Demi. Demi did her no favors with her imaging and song choices.
Here are the top 10 in votes among the survivors in reverse order:
10. Paige Taylor (dropped two slots, not a good sign)
9. Arin Ray (near the bottom again but up two spots)
8. Beatrice Milller (up from 10th but not a big improvement )
7. Diamond White (down from fourth)
6. Fifth Harmony (down from fifth)
5. CeCe Frey (up seven spots from 12th place)
4. Emblem3 (up two spots. “I’d still like both groups higher,” Simon said. This just shows how hard it is for groups to garner votes.)
3. Vino Alan (holding)
2. Carly Rose (holding!)
1. Tate Stevens (again!)
Hollywood Reporter reports several of the acts were unhappy with their song picks (Jennel, Beatrice and Lyric 145 in particular). And the mentors don’t spend that much time mentoring and the songs are frequently picked by the producers.