‘The X Factor’ contestants finally performed live tonight, and things got totally heated when the judges each eliminated someone from their group. Did you agree with their choices, HollywoodLifers?
It’s the moment all X Factor fans have been waiting for! Things are always spicier when the show is live and anything can happen — especially since the audience helped influence the judge’s decisions via social media!
Top 12 ‘X Factor’ Contestants Perform Live For First Time
Here are the top 12 out of 16 contestants advancing on to the next round:
Ellona Santiago, 17, must have thought she was performing at a paying gig at Caesar’s Palace instead of a TV show, because WOW! She absolutely brought her A game tonight, from her perfect and sexy dance moves that accompanied a pitch-perfect rendition of “Til The World Ends.” She totally entertained the crowd and blew the judges away, making it a tough act to follow. Demi Lovato even called her a “true diva!”
Rion Paige, 13, must have been trying to score some brownie points with Demi, because she sang “Skyscraper” to perfection — and Simon Cowell even agreed that it was an amazing choice.
Khaya Cohen, 16, brought some funk! I loved the ’60s feel of her soulful rendition of “Mercy,” playfully tossing her hair the whole time — even though Simon said her voice was “commercial.”
Carlos Guevara, 16, sang “Don’t You Worry Child,” and didn’t totally impress me. He struggled with his pitch, showing strain in his voice more than his style.
Carlito Olivero, 24, brought the spice with “Maria, Maria,” and had backup dancers slithering and shimmying to the beat. I appreciated the flavor he brought more than his voice, but he was definitely fun to watch!
Tim Olstad, 24, made the stage’s atmosphere less than thrilling with his somewhat-corny version of “Always.” Even though the judges weren’t too impressed, they know he has a big, clear voice, which is why they decided to not eliminate him!
Ahh, Lillie McCloud. It seems like the 54-year-old just gets better each performance, if that’s even possible. Her rendition of “When A Man Loves A Woman” made Kelly Rowland claim that Lillie is the “best vocalist” in the competition, and I agree.
Jeff Gutt, 37, sang a rock-star rendition of “Try” had the judges loving his different approach to the song, and I did too. It completely reminded me of a song from a John Hughes movie.
Rachel Potter, 29, sang a heartfelt rendition of “I Hope You Dance.” Normally, this song makes me cringe, but her tasteful arrangement actually suited her well — and Paulina Rubio even called it “brilliant!”
Sweet Suspense let their pop vibe shine with a really cool “I Love It” arrangement, and truly entertained the crowd.
Alex and Sierra, both 22, performed an acoustic version of “Blurred Lines,” and all I could think was that this song was still too raunchy for such a squeaky clean couple. I mean, where was the twerking? Where were the foam fingers?
Restless Road closed the show with a country version of “Roar” that sent the audience into a buttermilk-fried frenzy. Everyone went bananas over their twangy, harmonized version of the song, making them gold — this time around!
Four ‘X Factor’ Contestants Get Eliminated, 12 Move On To Next Round
Even though the competition was exciting, four contestants sadly got the boot.
Danie Geimer, 15, was unbelievably eliminated! I don’t agree with this choice, as she clearly has a beautiful voice — but maybe a song like “Wrecking Ball,” that’s usually sung by the racy, sometimes-nude Miley Cyrus was the wrong choice. Nevertheless, I thought she had so much talent!
Josh Levi, 15, strutted his stuff with “Only Girl In The World,” but the judges thought his performance was too dance-y and distracting from his vocals.
James Kenney, 36, sadly got eliminated, even after an amazing performance of “Red.” But since he was stacked against 3 other talented people, he unfortunately got the short end of the stick.
RoxXy Montana played around with “Royals,” starting a cappella into a strange arrangement — and unfortunately, that was the kiss of death. They totally rocked their performance, but weren’t completely in harmony.
What was YOUR favorite performance, HollywoodLifers? Comment and let us know!
WATCH: Ellona Santiago Sings ‘Til The World Ends’ On The ‘X Factor’
— Ivy Jacobson