We resumed with performances at the judges’ homes on the Oct. 11 episode of ‘X Factor,’ where we finally got to see the over-25’s perform for L.A. Reid — and Justin Bieber!
Bring on the Biebs! Jason Brock started us off at L.A. Reid‘s home on the Oct. 11 episode of The X Factor with Fergie‘s “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” which was a little too slow and boring for my taste. “He didn’t hold back at all” Justin Bieber said. “I think that he gave it everything and that showed. But it’s not only about that.” (Basically, he was good, but definitely not great.)
David Correy easily outshined him with a beautiful rendition of Jessie J‘s “Domino.” L.A. even said some notes gave him “chill-bumps.” (I think he meant goosebumps.) Nevertheless, the talent was there. “I saw pure passion,” Justin’s manager Scooter Braun said.
Up next was Daryl Black. I wish I could tell you what he sang, but he was literally on my TV for about five seconds. “I didn’t find the voice tone to be unique,” L.A. said. Based on that, he probably won’t make it to the live shows.
Tate Stevens surprised me with his country version of Brian McKnight‘s “Back at One.” He’s an endearing guy, and Scooter was right when he said, “There’s something about him that makes you want to root for him.” Justin, however, wasn’t sure he would give him the $5 million.
Vino Alan took on Pink‘s “Sober” with his resident rock attitude and powerful grunts. “Emotionally, I felt it,” Biebs said. I gotta agree with L.A., though, when he said he wasn’t sure if Vino’s the whole package. Is he likeable?
Speaking of likeable, the overly-confident-but-suddenly-nervous Tara Simon claimed she’s “always been a star.” (Eye roll!) Her first mistake was singing Hoobastank‘s “The Reason” because, really, who likes Hoobastank? “She’s got a big voice, but she should make sure she has more sweet moments,” Justin noted (as Selena Gomez‘s “Who Says” played in the background). I’m with Biebs on this one.
It’s Britney, bitch:
We then headed to Britney Spears‘ (fake) home with guest judge will.i.am who “knows what kids are listening to,” apparently.
The adorable Diamond White was barely alive when “Baby One More Time” came out, but she hit the stage with confidence while singing Avril Lavigne‘s “I’m With You.” The vocals were good, but a little sleepy. “I think she sings amazing, but I think she cares about her moves too much,” will.i.am said. I’m not sure I agree. I just think she needs a more upbeat song.
“How do you compete against that?” said Reed Deming, who was up next. I swear he’s like an old man in a little kid’s body. He’s very eloquent for his age. Anyway, he took on “Hey There Delilah” by the Plain White T’s. (What’s with all these songs from the early 2000’s?) “I think he was nervous and I think he can deliver a little bit better than he did,” Britney said.
The only solo rapper in the competition, James Tanner, took on “Party Like a Rock Star” by Shop Boyz. It wasn’t very impressive… at all. “I thought he was very entertaining,” Britney said. “I’m just not convinced it’s strong enough.” Judging by his three seconds of screen time, I also think he will get the boot.
One of my favorites, Arin Ray, who made it thought last year with that awful group InTENsity, sang a ballad version of Nicki Minaj‘s “Starships.” While I don’t know why the producers want to put us to sleep with all these slow songs, I liked that Arin put his own spin on it. He’s very consistent and like will.i.am said, “He has something.”
Beatrice Miller is freakin’ adorable, and she’s a Jersey girl, so I’m obviously rooting for her. She sang “Titanium” by David Guetta, which will.i.am thought was the perfect song choice. “That was fresh,” he said. FTD.
And last, but not least was the uber-talented Carly Rose Sonenclar. Her voice is completely flawless and showed no sign of struggle during Karmin‘s “Brokenhearted.” Unlike her fellow contestants, her song was slow but still fun and captivating. “She’s possessed” will.i.am joked. There’s no doubt she will be a frontrunner of this competition – mark my words.
Well that’s it, kids. They did it again! We won’t find out who made it through to the live shows until next week! (Groan.)
In the meantime, drop me a comment and tell me who your favorites were tonight! Did you agree with my picks?