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‘The X Factor’ Recap, The Top 16 Perform Live


After some exhaustive auditions and an overly dramatic Boot Camp, we’re down to the Top 16 on ‘The X Factor.’ This was the contestant’s time to make their mark in front of an audience but only a handful succeeded and it was most likely their mentor’s fault.

We were also introduced to the show’s new hosts, Khloe Kardashian-Odom and Mario Lopez who didn’t bother me as much as I thought they would. It’s not like either of them really have a problem with speaking. Anyways, how did the Top 16 do?

From Demi’s house, Paige Thomas was up first with Haddaway‘s “What Is Love.” I find myself wanting to root for Paige, but after this I don’t know. Her stage set up was some weird, galactic fetish thing but she really got into her performance. The song worked for her, but I wish it hadn’t been so autotuned.  L.A. liked how dramatic it was but wasn’t feeling the song. Britney called it “outrageous,” perhaps she was just choosing to name one of her songs instead. Not a bad start to the show but it might have been better with the ‘Night at The Roxbury‘ guys bobbing their heads along to the beat.

Next from Britney‘s house was cutie pie Arin Ray who sang “You Keep Me Hanging On.” His performance was pure Usher, which I’m sure what he’s going for as a solo artist. Unfortunately the loud blasts of fog on stage drowned him out during some parts but the little I heard sounded ok. I have to agree with Simon that Britney put too much around him and he got a little distracted. I don’t expect to see him going home Thursday night though.

First up from L.A.‘s house was David Correy who sang Whitney‘s “Your Love Is My Love.” The arrangement on this didn’t work for me, the original would have been fine but I guess they felt the need to make it more “modern.” Simon thought David came off “desperate” and that the whole performance was “manic” with his arm waving and shouting out to the crowd. Look, I think the Over 25 group know that it’s an uphill battle against the kids in the competition because well, they’re “old.” So he has to try to connect with the audience some way because even though he has a great voice, he’s “old!”

Simon‘s first group to go was Sister C, who he felt the need to describe as “nice.” Sister C has a problem with likability, which I’m not getting. It’s not that I think they come off as arrogant, as Britney and Demi stated during Boot Camp, it’s just that they’re boring. They perform “Hell On Wheels” which was okay, their harmonies are strong and they have chemistry, but there isn’t anything interesting about them. When Demi called them “stiff,” Simon took the opportunity to remind her that they aren’t dancers. “I’m a singer not a dancer and I still make up for it,” she replied. Well alrighty.

I can appreciate Demi having such a hands on approach when it comes to coaching her group but she might be trying to turn her female singers into alternate versions of herself. Case in point, Jennel Garcia got a little makeover to make her look like more of a rock star, or Demi circa 2010. She does a great version of “I’m On My Way” by Carrie Underwood but her performance overall was a little static. The other judges praised her though, with L.A. saying she was a 10.

I really like Diamond White, but I hate what Britney did to her here. Not only did she make her sing “Hey Soul Sister” but she had to do it in an outfit straight off the Disney channel. I liked how she flirted with one of her dancers, but that was the best part of her performance. She seemed off and the song didn’t showcase how good her voice really is. Simon enjoyed it and Britney said she made her proud, so I guess it doesn’t matter that I thought she looked like a Claire’s Accessories threw up on her.

Ah okay, Vino Alan. So apparently this “Gotta Be Somebody” song is by Nickelback which was the first mistake made with this. Even though this is kind of an uplifting song, Vino made it sound so angry. He should have done something by Soundgarden or Pearl Jam but his real issue is that he doesn’t know what to do on stage. Britney was bored by it all, and Demi said that she didn’t think he could be a pop star. I rolled my eyes at her saying this, but she was just being honest because that is what they’re looking for. I can’t see Vino chatting up one of the dweebs over at E! news on the red carpet. Simon commented that the arrangement was bad for him, and i’m convinced that L.A. might be trying to sabotage his singers.

The most baffling performance of the night came from Lyric 145 who did a mashup of Will Smith‘s “Boom Shake The Room” and Psy‘s “Gangnam Style.” I don’t know what in the 90’s hell all of this was about, but it was bad. L.A. actually loves this group but blamed Simon for taking all of the soul out of them with that song.

When asked if she really liked what they just performed, Lyric dodged the question by asking the audience is she made them like it. They get it, and so does Simon. He’s right, in a competition like that they have to try to make rap commercial but they aren’t doing it in the way that Big Willie Style did.


Cece Frey also got a makeover, going bleach blonde and ditching a bit of her attitude. She gave a very  Ke$ha-esque performance complete with neon tribal makeup and crazy lighting. She seemed to enjoy herself on stage but I’m still not clicking with her. L.A. and Britney agreed that the vocals were weak but Simon still appreciates how “fearless” she is.


Tate Stevens has one of the strongest voices in the competition, but he probably won’t win this thing. He’s have a better chance on ‘The Voice,’ but he was solid during his performance, one of the more subdued of the night. Simon didn’t love the song, but knows what type of artist he should be. L.A. said that Simon doesn’t know anything about Country, not being a fan, but he was proud of him.

Beatrice Miller is a talented kid and knows her own strengths, unfortunately her mentor Britney doesn’t. Beatrice wasn’t sure about her song choice, “I Won’t Give Up” by Jason Mraz, because it’s not her style.  She starts the song off sitting down, hair crimped and yeah, this just didn’t seem like the same little girl from the auditions. The judges still like her, but I hope Britney makes better choices for her as the competition goes along.

Jason Brock is totally camp but that needed to be dialed back just a bit with this. He also suffered from a bad song choice that didn’t show off his vocal range. “Dance Again” just had him repeating the same line over and over again for the last minute of the song. His set up was like a Las Vegas stage show, complete with girls in feathered hats.

Simon completely ripped the performance apart, saying that everything about it was wrong. Jason didn’t let that get him down though and L.A. told him not to worry about Simon’s comments because he’s a “hater.” Well he wasn’t wrong there.

Frankengroup LYLAS decided they needed to go into the live rounds with a new name, so they changed it to 1432 which according to them means “I Love You Too.” Okay, then girls. They decided to go very current with Taylor Swift‘s “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” which kind of worked as a group song. Honestly, only two of these girls really sound good. The tall black girl especially, sorry I don’t know these chicks’ names!

L.A. thought it came off to karaoke and “talent show,” forgetting that he is getting paid millions of dollars to judge a talent show. Demi said that she only liked one singer in the group but wouldn’t say who. Because the latest episode of ‘Law & Order: SVU’ was pretty good, I changed channel and missed Khloe pressuring Demi to reveal which singer she thought was the best. Apparently it’s Carmella, whichever one that is.

On to Willie Jones, another singer I really want to root for but it’s like he doesn’t want to let himself be great. “Here For The Party” was kind of a mess, he paid more attention to his dancers than he did to the audience. It’s nice that he doesn’t want to do what is probably expected of him but he’s starting to come off like a gimmick.

When you’re competing against a guy like Tate Stevens who does Country right, he needs to bring it or switch it up. L.A. said it was just “adequate” and Simon tells him that he didn’t think Demi did him any justice with that song. With a single mind-numbing ass backwards comment, Demi said that this is what kids these days like. What kids, Demi? WHERE?!

Carly Rose Sonenclar is lucky she has a great voice because Britney’s suggestion that she perform in a schoolgirl outfit like she did all those years ago might have done her in if she was less talented. With the subject matter of that ‘SVU‘ episode still fresh in my mind, this made me a little uncomfortable.  Carly Rose does not need to be sexed up or given the same type of image Britney did when she was only 2 or 3 years older than Carly when she started.



Despite that, Carly’s twist on “Something’s Got A Hold On Me” which also included Flo Rida‘s “Good Feeling” which the song samples was pretty good. I’ll just say this, Carly Rose will be more of a Christina Aguilera than she will be a Britney. She just needs to focus on her vocals and forget about short skirts and cafeteria take overs. L.A. noticed that she didn’t seem to be having fun, but hopefully she’ll have a better idea to go off of next week.

Finally, the three douc…errr brothers of Emblem3. I don’t like these boys because they aren’t selling anything other than generic good looks and voices. Of course all the white teenage girls are going to eat it up, so it’s not like they have to even be good at doing that. After Demi swooned over them, Simon reminds us that he has had success with groups and blah blah blah. If they win, it won’t be because of their talent.

So what did you guys think of the first live show? Was it as exhausting to watch as it was for me to recount all of it? Four of the contestants are going home on Thursday night’s elimination show. Who do you think should go and who should stay?




‘The X Factor’ Recap, Justin Bieber and Nick Jonas – Last Night Of Boot Camp And L.A. Gets Salty


Because of last week’s debates, ‘The X Factor‘ was only an hour long, which threw Wednesday night’s show off a bit. The last 60 acts were supposed to be cut down to 24 acts, but the judges turned around and brought back even more people because this show insists on torturing me and it’s contestants. The judges also learned which groups they would be coaching and one of them wasn’t happy with who they got. I’ll give you hint, it was the black guy.

The Young Adults learned their fate first, and will be living in Los Angeles. Cece Frey and her stupid leopard spots are sent through first, followed by Willie Jones, an excited Jennel GarciaNick Youngerman who I don’t remember and Paige Thomas. Finally, Jennel’s friend Jillian Jensen was added to the group.

Nick and Demi

Demi Lovato was ecstatic to learn that she would be coaching them because she’s the same age as a lot of them. Joining her as the group’s mentor is Nick Jonas. I never really cared for or about his group, but I think Nick and Demi worked well together. (Didn’t she smack a bitch up over his brother Joe? Yeah. Thought so.)

Next were the Over 25’s which consisted of Jason BrockDavid Correy, crazy pants Tara SimonDaryl Black, Country singer Tate Stevens and Vino Alan would go on to scare Britney for a little while longer in the competition. They head out to L.A too. Perhaps the funniest moment of the show was when L.A. Reid learned that he would have this group for the season, right after he said he didn’t want the old people. After abusing that poor phone, he left his hotel room in a huff and later at the house actually told all of them he was disappointed he got them as his group. Um, wow. He introduced Justin Bieber as the mentor, obviously picked before he knew he would be getting singers that are almost 3 times Justin’s age. He also asked Bieber’s manager Scooter to come along because….look I don’t know. I also don’t know what kind of advice he could possibly give any of these performers, and because he’s an idiot, he had the nerve to say that he wasn’t shown on the show enough on Twitter. Not only does Scooter not watch the show, he doesn’t know how TV works.

The Groups were announced, and I could not care less about any them. They will be staying in Miami.  Brothers Emblem3 made it through, along with Sister C and Dope CrisisSimon Cowell was given the groups because he does have a lot of success with them, I mean this guy was behind albums for The Teletubbies okay? Marc Anthony is his mentor, for no other reason than he was available, I guess.

The other houses easily got their 6 members, but Simon was short 3 acts. The judges brought back a bunch of people they liked but didn’t initially pick to form 3 groups. Why they thought this was a good idea is beside me, but they basically stuck a bunch of them together and forced them to learn a song on short notice. Those three groups were PlaybackLYLAS and Lyric 145.

Britney Spears got the Teens, who will be in Malibu with her. I think this is the best group of singers, with Beatrice MillerCarly Rose Sonenclar and Diamond White easily getting through. Rounding them out is Reed DeemingJames Tanner and Arin Ray. She’s using Will.i.am as her mentor and this actually makes sense. I could see one of Brit’s singers winning this year because all of these kids are pretty talented.

Each judge has to narrow down the members of their house down to 3 acts to send to the live show. Demi’s house was shown first and she offered up some advice to Jennel who she noticed flips her hair when she gets nervous. There was no hair flipping during “I Kissed The Girl,” but she got through it okay. Demi worried that maybe she took her advice the wrong way because she seemed a little less confident. 

Willie was next, singing the same song that he messed up on during the sing-off. I thought he did great with ‘Nobody Knows” but I really want him to let go of this whole Country thing. With “Gravity,” Jillian really impressed Nick who thought she came off “sexy” but again Demi worried that she took her advice too literally.

There has been way too much focus on PaigeCece and their little non-rivalry. I don’t care if they actually hate each other, but they should be focused on their singing and neither is really getting all that better. Paige sang first with Chris Brown‘s “Turn Up The Music“, which didn’t translate well to acoustic for me. I get that she was trying to perform, but it came off as just awkward. Cece sang “Sexy And I Know It” and had to defend her choice as it just being “for fun.” Earlier, Demi and Nick had told her that she comes off as really unlikable which probably prompted her to pick this song. Again, I think Nick and Demi work well together, but their advice is backfiring.

Simon and Marc seemed split on the groups, but it was clear that none of them were really here for each other. Playback, a couple of the young guys that were thrown together, sang Hall & Oates‘ “Rich Girl” which was surprisingly not bad. Simon thought they came off “naive and fun” but Marc was bored by them.

Their rivals Emblem3 were up next with “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic” and omg they are just the corniest. One of the brothers, the one that had his shirt buttoned, screwed up the lyrics which apparently Marc didn’t catch because he liked them. Or maybe he liked that one of them was showing off more boob than a Victoria’s Secret model.

During Boot Camp, both Demi and Britney commented that they didn’t like Sister C, so Simon sat down with them and told the sisters that they come off a bit standoff-ish. I actually don’t get that vibe from them, or maybe I’m just not paying enough attention to them. After their performance, both Simon and Marc agree that they would be a force in the competition.

Brother One45 were paired with Lyric and they did an odd version of “Party In The USA.” This right after Lyric talked about how hard life is in Michigan, but it went over well and I just need Lyric to get rid of that bedazzled eye patch.

LYLAS, which contains Dinah Jane Hansen, took a less Destiny’s Child approach to their song by letting each of it’s five singers get a solo verse. It doesn’t really work because they didn’t sound like a group, no harmonizing, no dancing. Nothing.

The results will be revealed on Thursday night’s show. Do you think the judges got the right groups? Who should Simon and Demi send home? Let us know!

‘The X Factor’ Recap, First Week Of Boot Camp

Wednesday saw the overly dramatic start to the Boot Camp on ‘The X Factor‘ in Miami.  We only got an hour because of some sort of debate between two dudes running for President, but it was more than enough time to showcase some of the talent we’ll get to see over the course of the competition. I use the term “talent” loosely because something happened to a few of the contestants between the time they auditioned and performing again for the judges and their competition.


All 120 acts gathered as the judges decided to switch things up this year by having them all sing on stage in front of each other. While some might have been a little psyched out by this, others took the opportunity to showcase their skills and fight to stay on the show.

First were the Solo singers, including Diamond White who sang Whitney‘s “I Have Nothing.” We really need to put a ban on Whitney songs on these shows, but she did alright with it. Some parts were a bit shouty and I think the judges still think she sounded as good here as she did when she auditioned.

Next up was Austin Corrini, who I couldn’t stand during the auditions, and was cut off a bit early by Simon. Doing far better was David Correy with Duffy’sMercy,” and I think the judges were relieved that he didn’t disappoint them.

Jennel Garcia and Jillian Jensen bonded over the Boot Camp and helped each other prepare for their performances. Jennel appeared to be a bit nervous before she went into Gavin DeGraw‘s “Sweeter,” but turned out her performance even though she seemed a little sad that she was now 18 and had to compete as an adult without her parents.

Also doing fairly well was Vino Alan, whose voice I can only describe as “Thuggish Eddie Vedder.” Although Simon still liked him, Britney wasn’t feeling him the second time around.

Jessica Espinoza had the honor of being the only contestant whose whole name Demi remembered, but that didn’t help when it came to her performance. She couldn’t shake her nerves during “When You Believe,” sounding too breathy at the beginning. Lovato said she wasn’t as good as she remembered and was “disappointed.”

It was pretty much all downhill from there, with white rapper Johnny Maxwell forgetting the lyrics to “I’ll Be Missing You,” and Britney was embarrassed by little Jordyn Foley who couldn’t find the right key if it was dipped in chocolate and covered in sprinkles. You should cover your eyes, Britney, you put this girl through! 

Trevor Moran bombed as well. Seriously, this friggin’ kid, stay on YouTube okay? I did feel sorry for 12-year old Jake Garza who came on stage with his perfectly coordinated purple outfit, but forgot the words and just quit. He went backstage to cry, saying, “I want my mom.”

The group performances were pretty boring and I don’t expect to see any of them in the finals this year. Members of L3vel, ugh, had the nerve to say that none of the other groups were all that good looking, in fact, they all look the same. One standout was Emblem3 who sang “Iris” by The Goo Goo Dolls. Unexpected, but good.

Do you remember Tara Simon? Do you remember how annoying she was, because I do. She bought her special brand of crazy to Boot Camp with a very show-offy rendition of Queen‘s “Somebody To Love.” I bet she slays Beyonce songs in the shower. During the “I get down on my knees and I start to pray” line, she got down on her knees and flashed the judges. That may or may not have been on purpose but I think Simon enjoyed it.

One of my faves, Willie Jones, brought out another country tune but Britney didn’t like his natural singing voice. I thought he sounded good during “She Thinks My Tractor’s Is Sexy“, but I would love to hear him sing some R&B.

The most interesting moment of the night came when Paige Thomas and Cece Frey found themselves in an unplanned sing-off because they both chose Whitney‘s “I Will Always Love You” to sing. Paige went first, she came off a bit timid but didn’t back down from the big note in the song. When it came time for Cece to sing, she announced she was doing the same song and L.A. got a little too excited about the sing-off. There was a little bit more oompf (I made that word up), in Cece’s performance but it wasn’t anything special. With a smirk on his face, Simon critiqued the two performances by saying “one of you actually nailed it.” I think Paige has the better personality and attitude, but she let her nerves get the better of her. It also didn’t help that L.A. said that she would be compared to “another performer that looks similar.” Well yeah, she is Rihanna-lite.

So at the end of the Boot Camp, all of the performers learned their fate. They were separated into three groups, with David, Paige and Gene Simmons‘ daughter Sophie (whom we only saw, but never got to see or hear sing), learning that they were going into the next round of the Boot Camp. The second group, which included those irritating kids and Jessica Espinoza were sent home.

The third group included Cece and Vino, and we’ll be seeing more of them. Thursday’s night episode will see the contestants battling each other on stage, and it looks like Cece and Paige will have to go through another sing-off.