The performances on the Nov. 28 episode of ‘X Factor’ were borderline awful. Find out who stood out and who actually argued with their mentor!
After the great performances last week, it was only fitting that the Nov. 28 episode of The X Factor was a complete let-down, right? There were a few standouts (not really), but I was kept somewhat entertained with Simon Cowell and Demi Lovato‘s bickering — and, of course, Britney Spears‘ out-of-control coif.
Carly Rose Sonenclar really is an alien. The girl doesn’t miss a single note. So even though I wasn’t crazy about the arrangement of the song, she killed Adele‘s “Rolling in the Deep” as expected. “Even your second best is better than everyone else’s best,” L.A. Reid told her. Sounds about right to me.
Diamond White had a lot to live up to after last week’s heart-stopping performance, and her rendition of “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” this week was good enough. I wouldn’t call it “great,” but it was still a hell of a lot better than some of her competitors. She’s fierce for 13 years old.
Honestly, it’s hard to judge Tate Stevens because he’s so solid and consistent. His rendition of Keith Urban‘s “Somebody Like You” was no exception and I enjoyed it. The poor guy looked a little sad when Simon told him not to dance though. (I agree.)
The judges loved that Paige Thomas took a “big risk” with Rick Astley‘s “Never Gonna Give You Up,” but I thought it was way too sleepy. For some reason, she was praised for her rather unimpressive dance moves. She’s just not memorable! But hey, she dressed like a normal person for once, so there’s that.
One of the girls of Fifth Harmony lost her grandfather, so they sang “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” by Kelly Clarkson, which seemed fitting. Still, I don’t think it was their best vocal and I actually agree with L.A.: there were zero harmonies. And why didn’t that Camila girl get a verse?! (She’s my fave.)
The boys of Emblem3 got their first taste of fame after being chased by screaming girls at The Grove in LA. Between that and the blond dude’s affinity for taking his shirt off and running his mouth at inappropriate times, none of it really helped their inherent douche factor. I think the two brothers are really talented, but they were definite victims of a horrible song choice with Smash Mouth‘s annoying version of “I’m a Believer.” What WAS that? Let them play instruments, please!
I tried, you guys. I really tried to give Vino Alan a chance, I swear. But his version of “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin'” bored me to tears. Having a great voice is only half the battle. You can’t be creepy and combative and expect to win this competition. His little arguments with L.A. really rubbed me the wrong way. He’s a creeper to the max, ya’ll.
As with Vino, I love when we get to see the backstage bratty-ness of the contestants because it was at an all-time high for CeCe Frey. She whined like a dying cat throughout her “Lady Marmalade” performance. Even a drunken Christina Aguilera with the flu could pull it off. “My advice tonight is pack a suitcase,” Simon told her.
That’s the Top 8! Pretty underwhelming if you ask me. Oh, and we were also subjected to the world premiere of will.i.am‘s new song “Scream and Shout,” featuring Britney. I would try to describe it for you, but I really have no words.
What did you think, HollywoodLifers? Who deserves to go home in the double elimination tomorrow night? Drop us a comment!
— Sharon Tharp
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