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'X Factor' Recap: Rachel Crow & Astro Shine, But What Top 12 Contestant Is Going Home?

Thu, November 3, 2011 2:06am EDT by 6 Comments
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It was the first night based on audience votes, and all three of Simon Cowell’s girls KILLED it. Who is YOUR favorite so far?

Normally during American Idol season there are two or three “favorite” contestants who consistently steal the spotlight and we can take or leave the rest. However, with The X Factor, there isn’t one contestant or group in the Top 12 who sticks out like a sore thumb. Virtually everyone rose to the occasion and performed their hearts out Nov. 2. That said, since we have to be picky, I think the group Lakoda Rayne and the over 30 LeRoy Bell were the weakest contestants out of the bunch. What about you?

Here were my thoughts for the night:

The Groups:

The Stereo Hogzz: The Stereo Hogzz’s intro didn’t thrill me and I thought things were going to improve when the dancing started, however, that wasn’t the case. It seemed like they were slightly off beat the entire time and judging from my TV speakers, so were their harmonies. The studio audience seemed to feel otherwise though — they wouldn’t stop cheering! “I don’t think there’s a band in the world right now who’s as good as you,” Simon raved.

Lakoda Rayne: The guy judges ripped apart Paula’s fall theme, but it wasn’t their outfits that drove me nuts. I thought their harmonies sounded like drowning cats half the time. Thankfully they’re pretty girls; however, as my roommate pointed out, “that sounded wobbly.” Side note: I want Paula as my judge. She seems fun and she likes frozen yogurt.

inTENsity: The small city known as Intensity has a soft place in my heart, right alongside any other Disney or Glee-esque performers. Paula is the best coach out of the four, by far. She picks good songs and knows how to choreograph like a champ. Go, groups, go!

The boys:

Chris Rene: Chris has a hard time connecting to lyrics that aren’t his own, but there’s something about him that makes me smile. He definitely has the indescribable and elusive “x factor.” Additionally, I like what L.A. has done with his look — he still has the same style, but it’s a little cleaner. “I thought it was a big improvement on what you did last week,” Simon said. “I like you and I like your honesty.”

Astro: I didn’t think it was possible, but Astro is cockier than Justin Bieber. He’ll only do his own lyrics, which is totally insane and amazing. “I know Jay Z has his eye on you,” Paula said. “You are a total little star,” Simon raved. This kid is amazing. I’m obsessed. Yep, I actually voted.

Marcus Canton: L.A. was nervous Marcus was moving and “entertaining” too much to sing, but I thought he knocked it out the park. He’s not my favorite just because it’s not my genre, but objectively…he was great. “You keep getting better and better,” L.A. said.

The over 30s:

LeRoy Bell: Personally, I loved LeRoy’s song choice of Lonestar‘s “I’m Already There,” but L.A. wasn’t a fan — and neither was Simon. “I don’t think Nicole has quite understood you or given you the right song,” Simon said, initiating the feud with Nicole. Hopefully, this isn’t LeRoy’s last time on The X Factor stage. Unfortunately, everyone else delivered for the most part, so I think he might be at risk.

Josh Krajcik: Nicole should be fired as a judge. I don’t know how she managed to make Josh, who’s quite possibly the most talented performer on the show, sound like crap, but she did. However, the judges weighed in and totally loved it. Now I feel like there’s something wrong with my TV speakers…honestly, his song sounded terrible.

Stacy Francis: Stacy’s music isn’t something I would listen to on a regular basis, but her voice is effortless. She truly moves the soul, like L.A. said. “This is what you should have been doing right from the start,” Simon said.

The girls:

Rachel Crow: Rachel’s tone is incredible. Beyond her adorable personality and style (I love how they pin her hair!), Rachel’s voice is flawless. Every time she growls, a unicorn is born. I thought her song tonight was a little low for her range, but overall, she killed it. “You must be one of the most charismatic people I’ve ever met,” L.A. said. I agree.

Melanie Amaro: Melanie looked incredible…I hardly recognized her. Every time she sings, I tear up. She’s flawless. “You are the one to beat,” Simon raved.

Drew: I loved hearing Drew sing something outside her usual folk song — Nelly. Her talent is untouchable and she’s one of my top three favorites. “You know, Drew. I’m seeing a star emerge in front of me right now,” Simon said. “I’m not her mentor, she is my mentor now.”

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