The first live show featured some amazing performances as well as some duds! Find out which acts brought their A-game!
We finally made it to the live shows, y’all! The Oct. 31 episode of The X Factor featured a “Made in America” theme, but it probably should have been something Halloween-related — because most of the performances were downright scary! Luckily, first-time host Khloé Kardashian and her nipples kept us entertained, along with a few standout singers.
I know Emblem 3 can come off a little douchey sometimes, but they were by far my favorite act of the night with their really catchy version of Matisyahu‘s “One Day.” Demi Lovato basically admitted she wanted to bang all three of them, and I predict the power of teen girls will carry them far in this competition.
Carly Rose Sonenclar is hands-down the best singer in this competition — and she’s only 13 years old! She sang “Good Feeling” by Flo Rida, which was a weird song choice, but she still killed it like a pro. “It would be criminal if you leave the competition,” Simon Cowell told her. Mark my words: She will win this whole damn thing!
David Correy took on one of my favorite Whitney Houston songs, “My Love is Your Love,” and while Simon called it “desperate,” I thought his vocals were totally spot-on. Simon’s just a hater!
Meanwhile, firecracker Jennel Garcia also shined among the mediocrity. She received a mini-makeover and took on Motley Crue‘s classic “Home Sweet Home.” L.A. Reid told her she could easily win this competition!
Country group Sister C sang “Hell On Heels” by the Pistol Annies, and while they are definitely good singers, they’re just… annoying. I don’t know what Britney Spears was thinking when she said they “really delivered.” Delivered what, exactly?
Even the adorable Diamond White couldn’t pull off Train‘s “Hey Soul, Sister.” It was a terrible song choice and the whole performance was underwhelming. Still, Simon said it was a “massive improvement” for her. (I don’t know about that.)
Cutie Arin Ray sang “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” by The Supremes, but we could barely hear his voice through the loud bursts of smoke. Demi said it was “a little stiff,” and Simon wasn’t a fan of the dancers. It was just all wrong for him.
CeCe Frey bleached her hair blonde, and now looks like a porn star. (I’m sorry, but she does!) She sang Patti Smith‘s “Because the Night,” and I don’t think it showed off her voice at all. Still, Simon thinks she’s fearless and is confident she can do better, as am I.
As for Tate Stevens, he’s a nice guy, but throughout his performance of Craig Morgan‘s “Tough,” I was bored out of my mind. Simon said he’s “a good honest man who needs a break,” but is that reason enough to give him $5 million?
I had really high hopes for LYLAS, which now goes by the equally terrible name 1432 for legal reasons, but L.A. was right in saying their rendition of Taylor Swift‘s “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” sounded like karaoke. Let’s step it up, ladies. You have amazing voices!
Paige Thomas sported a newly shaved head and some strange, super-galactic body suit while she sang Haddaway‘s “What Is Love.” For some reason, Simon said she “nailed it.” I thought it did absolutely nothing for her. At all.
Question: who thought it was a good idea for Vino Alan to sing a Nickelback song? That should NEVER be allowed. Simon said he sounded like “some horrible cover singer,” but truth be told, it was probably better than the original — which isn’t saying much, considering it’s Nickelback and all.
Lyric 145 forgot what year it was and sang “Boom! Shake the Room” by DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince. I literally thought I was in a bad ’80s music video, complete with the neon MC Hammer pants. Hell, the eyepatch girl wore a plastic garbage bag as a coat! L.A. said it “wasn’t hip-hop.” (It wasn’t even music!)
Beatrice Miller and her ridiculously frizzy hair sang Jason Mraz‘s hit “I Won’t Give Up.” Her vocals were pretty bad, but can we talk about her Avril Lavigne getup? She’s too good for this!
Mr. Entertainment himself, Jason Brock, was definitely entertaining — but not in a good way. Simon called his version of “Dance Again” by Jennifer Lopez “utterly horrendous.” And, yeah, that about sums it up.
Willie Jones was also one of my least favorites with his performance of Gretchen Wilson‘s “Here for the Party.” He wore a Sunday church suit with leather pants and half-naked girls dancing around him. Simon was right when he called the whole thing “silly.” What WAS that?
That’s it for the first live show! We find out who makes the Top 12 tomorrow night!
What do you think, HollywoodLifers? Who are your favorites and who is overrated? How did Khloe and Mario Lopez do as hosts? What did you think about Britney and Demi’s judging skills? Drop us a comment with your personal criticisms!
— Sharon Tharp
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