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‘X Factor’ top 12 results show: two are out

Lyric 145 was eliminated Thursday night. CREDIT: Fox

Lyric 145 was eliminated Thursday night. CREDIT: Fox

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!)

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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.

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84 comments Add your comment

DanJ

November 15th, 2012
8:09 pm

Double elimination? I think it’ll be CeCe and Beatrice!

Pitchy

November 15th, 2012
8:12 pm

Good evening! Yay, I’m up and running. Good to see the snippets of last night’s performance. Glad I recorded it because I’m looking forward to hearing Carly Rose rendition of Celien Dion’s song.

Good evening, DanJ and greetings to all others that may blog this evening.

DanJ

November 15th, 2012
8:19 pm

Hi Pitchy, Lyric145 wasn’t very good last night but I did think they’d be around at least a few more weeks. I will miss their energy! CeCe was horrible but now for some reason I think she will also be safe!

Pitchy

November 15th, 2012
8:20 pm

WOW, Lyric 145’s elimination must say surprised me, yet it personifies my stance on the fact that the judges blow smoke up the butts of some of the contestants. Their comments subliminally help voters pick those that should go further or go home. More prevalent with AI.

Seth T

November 15th, 2012
8:20 pm

Lyric 145 is out. No surprise. Now they won’t be splitting votes off of Emblem 3.

Pitchy

November 15th, 2012
8:21 pm

Good point, Seth T. Didn’t think of the competition known as Emblem 3. You’re right.

Harriett

November 15th, 2012
8:23 pm

Hi guys. Not watching. Company here and they are not fans. But I am sneaking peeks via my iPhone to see who is out. Lyric 145 was not good but not the worst last night. I think Arin will leave. Will check back shortly.

Pitchy

November 15th, 2012
8:30 pm

I lost a Halloween contest because I went in believing I would be judge solely on my costume and not that I didn’t dance due to the dictates of my costume (lol). I say that because I think Lyric 145’s costumes took much away from their talent. To think that’s how they may dress for all of their performances,if they won, would have not prompted me to want to buy a ticket. Sometimes, all that stimuli is annoying.

Seth T

November 15th, 2012
8:31 pm

Taylor Swift seems pretty ordinary as a young singer – but the kids growing-up with her and her music – have bought 19 million albums and 33 million single downloads.

Pitchy

November 15th, 2012
8:35 pm

Diamond White is very pretty with that beautiful smile and aura of being a teenager. So many of our young folk don’t look like teenagers. Glad she’s safe.

Anybody who thought Carly Rose wouldn’t still be standing shouldn’t be blogging. (LOL). I’m just being funny.

Seth T

November 15th, 2012
8:36 pm

Not surprised that Beatrice went through, due to her singing voice. Not shocked that CeCe went through, due to the “prime” spot in singing rotation last night.

Shocked and outraged that my assistant said Arin was a sure elimination tonight:)

DanJ

November 15th, 2012
8:37 pm

Wow! Paige, Jennel or 5th Harmony are out! My hunch about CeCe being safe was correct. Hate that I was right. Bad time to be right! Paige is probably out if it come down to a sing off between her and either of the other two. 5th Harmony is probably out if it’s a sing off with Jennel.

Harriett

November 15th, 2012
8:38 pm

Keep telling me what is happening. Diode safe. Who in danger?

DanJ

November 15th, 2012
8:42 pm

Jennel vs Paige in the sing off Harriett!

Pitchy

November 15th, 2012
8:43 pm

Wasn’t a big fan of Page Thomas, but I did like her. She’s growing on me. When she’s against the war, her singing improves. I have to give her that.

Rodney Ho

November 15th, 2012
8:44 pm

CeCe was not surprisingly safe at this point. She was 1) given the pimp spot and 2) the judges were overtly harsh on her 3) there were plenty of other weak/boring contestants

Pitchy

November 15th, 2012
8:44 pm

However, not much stage presence on such a boring song.

Rodney Ho

November 15th, 2012
8:45 pm

I never got Paige. She was like a really boring clone of Rihanna.

Seth T

November 15th, 2012
8:45 pm

Jennel is singing for her life – Paige Thomas next. Demi will be forced to choose one, along with the other Judges vote – to see who stays. I think if they deadlock, it goes to America’s vote.

Jennel picked a very slow, undertone song. Paiges was more upobeat with more riffs.

Pitchy

November 15th, 2012
8:45 pm

Don’t mean to monopolize with all my posts, but never wear an outfit on stage you decide to get on your knees and can’t get back up on your own!

Rodney Ho

November 15th, 2012
8:50 pm

Jennel’s overly tight leather pants: very unfortunate. Her singing: not much better.

DanJ

November 15th, 2012
8:50 pm

Jennel goes home Harriett! Demi saved her after LA and Brittney sent her home. Simon then sent Jennel home. 3-1

DanJ

November 15th, 2012
8:51 pm

Demi’s contestants have no chance of winning and little chance of making it to the top 5. Paige & CeCe…weak sauce!

Harriett

November 15th, 2012
8:58 pm

Thanks, Dan!! At first everyone thought Jennel would take it all. But Demi ruined her. Arin should have gone. Did they give the order?

DanJ

November 15th, 2012
9:01 pm

Harriett I think I have these correct!
1) Tate
2) Carly Rose
3) Vino
4) Emblem3
5) CeCe yeah that one! CRAZY!!!
6) 5TH Harmony
7) Diamond White
8) Beatrice
9) Arin
10) Paige

Seth T

November 15th, 2012
9:02 pm

Demi had really taken away a lot of Jennel’s original appeal with makeovers and bad advice. Paige, imo, did better on her sing-off song.

Paige is through to next week. I wonder what Demi will dress her in and advise her to sing next week.

Harriett

November 15th, 2012
9:08 pm

I don’t get the love for Tate. IMO he is not that great a singer–country or otherwise. There are much better singers languishing in nightclubs. I like the guy and he sings ok, but just don’t get all the love. Thanks a bunch, Dan, for being my eyes and ears tonight!!

Pitchy

November 15th, 2012
9:31 pm

Harriett, I don’t think I’ve posted about my feelings for Arin, but I’m surprised he’s safe. Hope you guys realize that the judges have to exhibit “plausible/false reasoning” for putting a contestant in the bottom only to safe them and then vote another off next week (lol). Arin’s save means nothing. He will be back in the bottom, and he will be eliminated.

Deirdre

November 15th, 2012
9:47 pm

There are rumors that the XF contestants are not happy. Many do not like the songs that are chosen for them to sing(and say that the mentors don’t choose the music. The producers make the choice) Some are also saying that they rarely see the mentors and a couple have complained of song changes the day before the show. They are also complaining about the wardrobe choices. Little Beatrice has been one of the most vocal saying she hated her song this week.

Rodney Ho

November 15th, 2012
9:48 pm

Lyric 145 said on air that their original song was pulled at the last second and that may have contributed to the sloppiness of their performance last night of that hideous Katy Perry/Queen mashup.

Harriett

November 15th, 2012
9:49 pm

Good night all.

Seth T

November 15th, 2012
9:56 pm

I agree that Tate is not a great Country singer — good, but not much real star appeal.

I think that CeCe and Arin both got some benefit from the anti-Judge backlash. Paige is another fairly good singer, but not at the level of some of the real stars in the Biz.

I think the young, cute girl vote is split-up about 4 ways right now – 5th Harmony, Beatrice, Carly and Diamond. As one, then 2 of them get voted-out, it should help the survivors in that category.

Emblem 3 now has the Rap-Hip-Hop area by themselves. Now maybe they will see if they can ace a modern rock ballad, to expand their base.

5th Harmony has 5 hometown areas voting for them. Diamond vs. Arin – who wins? Paige vs. CeCe again? Will Country voters sail Tate through, unchallenged to the victory – or will Carly Rae win-over some of his Tate Nation in the coming weeks?

Only the shadow knows.

Pitchy

November 15th, 2012
10:26 pm

Good night. Been reading my my book, “Just Above My Head, by James Baldwin. Excellent style of writing and an excellent story line. If you like excellent writing, with a slow story line that will engulf you, buy this book or download it. It’s a slow read that has an emotion momentum. Stay with the story. I think it’s one of those books that will have you on your couch in socks and sweats enjoying the pleasure of a good book while the rain is pounding against your window pane. How many of us consciously can take time to sit with a book blocking out stress of our day or week? Not many! Again, this is an old book that I think is beautifully written. Order the book.

I so hope my rant is not a long post. If so, I apologize.

philieus

November 15th, 2012
10:52 pm

good to see cece going up. she has a big potential.

Seth T

November 15th, 2012
11:00 pm

Rodney’s news on 145 last-minute song change -anyone think X-Fac producers might be setting-up hurdles to help push some out??

Jeff

November 15th, 2012
11:18 pm

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Jeff

November 15th, 2012
11:32 pm

If CeCe is allowed to be herself and not some incarnation of Demi she will shine. Also Vino is a true passionate singer who is complete with excessive swag that seems a little overplayed at times. If Vito toned his personna down and his passion up he is the one to watch….Love this show cant get enough… Im watching it with my son and his heavy metal bandmates and we get into serious debates….The one question we all have is . Why and hell is Tate in the top position..He is middle of the road at best…God Bless America

Jeff

November 15th, 2012
11:36 pm

I meant Vino …not vino thats what I am drinking….lol

Carla Goldings

November 15th, 2012
11:38 pm

I was really hoping CeCe was going home tonight, and all my officemates at DISH agree that she needs to go. Lyric 145 wasn’t going to win the competition, but at least they were a lot of fun to watch. I don’t think the right people went home tonight, but I still can’t wait to see what happens next week. I have class at night next week though, so I’m going to catch up on X Factor using Prime Time Anytime on my DISH Hopper. My DVR automatically records all the prime time shows on the four major networks for me. I can’t say I loved Lyric 145, but I will miss watching them.

Diva10

November 15th, 2012
11:38 pm

Should have been Cece. Come on people!

stvp

November 15th, 2012
11:45 pm

AGREED. The producers are setting up contestants for failure. It’s obviously in the song choice.

sally lozier

November 16th, 2012
12:04 am

i think they made a big mistake i like lyric 145 they should of pick different songs for her is a rap singer . i like her because i knew since was little and from flint where i live

tania

November 16th, 2012
12:10 am

Omg I can’t believe Paige won over jennel. Paige cannot hit the notes. I totally thought Cece would be gone.

Jackie

November 16th, 2012
12:54 am

My top 3 have stayed top through this whole show from the start to now. I have said that Tate, Carly and Vino was the best and always will be. However I cannot believe Cece is still there and beat Page and Jenille. Them two have way more talent than Cece. The fact that they got sent home before Cece and a few others upsets me. Cece does not have the talent for this show and I think she is in still because DRAMA is what she shows more than any other talent. She has fans only because people feel sorry for her. Not fair to the contestants that really have the right to be there.

rod

November 16th, 2012
6:32 am

her gut hanging out aint helping either

lu

November 16th, 2012
6:53 am

“Second rate Rihanna” You make it seem like rihanna is a legit singer. She cant sing or dance. Every time she releases an album she has to pose naked for a magazine and bring up Chris Brown.

Deirdre

November 16th, 2012
7:16 am

Morning!

The one thing I enjoy about XF is that they tell the order of the vote. No other show has done that. I’ll have to give Simon a nod for that one.

Note to Pitchy: James Baldwin was an excellent writer. Go Tell It On The Mountain is a good read, too but I am partial to his play Blues For Mister Charlie. Being a black gay man in the 50’s, he lived during an extremely difficult time. It shows in his writing.

Highlander

November 16th, 2012
7:16 am

Morning!

Shocked that CeCe was not sent home. Even more shocked that she rose so far in the rankings. Actually, it makes me kinda doubt the validity of those rankings. (It’s not like Simon and his crew are above manipulating things.)

And completely shocked that Paige was saved over Jenelle. Looking at their overall performances on the show, Jenelle has done better. (Also, partly due to the horrible song/wardrobe choices for Paige from Demi.)

Part of me is surprised (because of their entertainment value) that Lyric 145 was sent home and part of me understands it (because of Simon’s, or whomever, crappy song choices for them.)

Deirdre

November 16th, 2012
7:17 am

I think Tate has a very good voice but I believe that he stays at number 1 because he’s the only country singer and country fans are loyal.

Deirdre

November 16th, 2012
7:22 am

I’m not a fan of either Jennel or Paige but I thought Paige’s song last night was a LOT better than Jennel’s. Jennel always looked very awkward to me and her voice was not used to its best advantage. Demi may or may not be responsible for that when many of the contestants are saying that the mentors are not choosing the songs. I get the impression that the mentors show up to film their “mentor session” and that’s about it.