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This week’s performances proved much better than last, as the Nov. 7 episode of The X Factor brought back eliminated contestant Diamond White to round out a Top 13. The theme was “Songs from the Movies,” which was more or less forgotten a few performances into the night. Nevertheless, we were also treated to an awkward moment between Khloé Kardashian and Britney Spears. It’s the little things, you guys!
The clear frontrunner of this whole competition, Carly Rose Sonenclar, blew everyone away once again with her rendition of “It Will Rain” by Bruno Mars. Not only was it powerful and heartfelt, but it was completely effortless. She makes it look so easy! There’s no doubt she’ll have a deal with Disney or Nickelodeon regardless of what happens on this show.
Meanwhile, Arin Ray was a totally different person this week with his killer performance of “American Boy.” I’m not so sure Beyoncé‘s Obsessed counts as a real movie — sorry! — but I don’t even care because it was THAT good. The kid was dancing, rapping and totally made up for that snooze-inducing mess from last week.
America voted to name the talented five-girl group Fifth Harmony, which isn’t my favorite choice, but hell, it’s a lot better than those stupid acronyms. They did a beautiful rendition of Christina Perri‘s “A Thousand Years” and it took us back to the days of their amazing performance at Simon Cowell‘s house. I think these girls have potential to win!
Single mom Paige Thomas got back on my good side as she literally descended from the ceiling with “Take My Breath Away” from the movie Top Gun. It did remind me a little too much of Rihanna and Chris Brown, especially when that hottie joined her on stage, but it was still a massive improvement from last week.
Speaking of last week, the boys of Emblem 3 had A LOT to live up to. Their mix of “My Girl” and “California Girls” (with a little One Direction thrown in) was high-energy and entertaining as always, even if it was a tiny bit sloppy. I was also a little distracted by Keaton‘s movements when he sang, but whatever. I love these guys and so did the judges. They aren’t going anywhere.
Diamond White made her big comeback with Whitney Houston‘s “I Have Nothing” and it was really, really good. Did I get, as L.A. Reid would say, “chill bumps?” No. But let’s remember: the girl is 13 years old. She’s amazing.
As much as the judges liked Beatrice Miller‘s singing of “Iris” by the Goo Goo Dolls, I thought it was boring and flat. And why is this poor girl dressed in EVERYTHING SHE OWNS? To be honest, she’s just not nearly as good as I remember. The judges praised her, which made absolutely no sense to me.
Jennel Garcia was a little shaky during her performance of “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll.” The song choice just reminded me of Britney’s version, which is decidedly much better — even with autotune. Simon hated everything about it, and called Demi Lovato out for changing her look so much. She got defensive, but I agreed. Bring back Jennel, the firecracker!
It’s hard not to love Tate Stevens because he’s such a nice guy, but his version of “Dead or Alive” sounded like I was at a dive bar listening to a drunken friend singing karaoke. The judges loved it! Though, I think it has more to do with them loving him. “I like giving guys like you a break,” Simon said, proving my point for me.
Vino Alan will never win this competition, but he definitely stepped up his game with “When a Man Loves a Woman.” I still think he’s creepy as hell, but I was pretty impressed with his vocal ability. That is, until he messed it all up by talking. East Coast, blah, blah. Shut up, please.
I still don’t get the appeal of Lyric145 and their frightening rendition of “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” didn’t change my mind. Between the freaky costumes and the cringeworthy talking in the middle of the song, I wanted to throw something at my television. How did the judges think that it was “bloody fantastic”? HOW?
CeCe Frey was back with animal crap print all over face as she took on “Eye of the Tiger.” It did nothing for her usually great voice and she’s much better than this song made her out to be. I agreed with Simon when he said the performance had “no imagination.”
When I heard Jason Brock would be singing “Fly” by R. Kelly, I tried not to throw up right away. He’s not a bad singer or an unlikable guy, but he’s just annoying — and singing the most annoying song in the world didn’t help the situation. Britney compared him to a “Vegas lounge singer,” but even that seems like too much of a compliment. Not to mention, his hitting on Mario Lopez HAS TO STOP NOW.
That’s it! See you tomorrow for results, and more importantly, for ONE DIRECTION!!!
What do you think, HollywoodLifers? Who were your favorites tonight? Do you agree with my choices? Who will you be voting for? Drop me a comment!
— Sharon Tharp
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