The X Factor Motown Week: The Best Five Performances

Motown Week? Really, Simon Cowell? What is this, American Idol? With that being said, I will say for the most part, The X Factor finalists delivered solid performances. There wasn’t a true trainwreck from the Top 13. Yup, you read that right.. Top 13.

Cowell and company agreed that one contestant was robbed during last week’s show and brought them back. The lucky recipient was Josh Levi. BOO. It should’ve been James Kenney. I only commented on my Top 5 picks, but you can check out all the performances below. See if you agree with my choices.

Breaking News: Due to a technical glitch, there will be no elimination on Thursday’s show. Check out FOX’s statement below.

As a result of a graphics error (incorrect voting numbers were displayed on screen) during the performance recap at the end of tonight’s East Coast broadcast of THE X FACTOR, the Top 13 acts will perform their “Save Me” songs for America’s re-vote, in a live, one-hour performance show airing tomorrow, Thursday, Nov. 7 (8:00-9:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed). The results from tomorrow night’s vote will be revealed next week on THE X FACTOR airing Wednesday, Nov. 13 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX.

The X Factor Season 3 Motown Week: Top 5 Performances

5. Lillie McCloud

Song: “All In Love Is Fair”
Artist: Stevie Wonder

I’m kinda over her, but there’s no denying girl has pipes. It was borderline cabaret, but I’m a sucker for this song, so ergo Lillie cracks my Top 5.

4. Restless Road

Song: “Easy”
Artist: The Commodores

As much as I love them, I have to agree with the judges that the lead (Colton) could’ve been stronger. In addition, Andrew’s mic volume seemed too low. I will however agree with Demi that their harmonies were much tighter this week. If these boys continue to improve the way they are, they will be the act to beat this season.

3. Khaya Cohen

Song: “My Girl”
Artist: The Temptations

While a great vocalist, she hadn’t left too much of an impression on me up until this point. Boy, did she wow tonight. Simon hit the nail on the head with his Amy Winehouse comparison. Of course Khaya doesn’t have all that baggage. As of yet, at least. She just needs to loosen up and show a bit more personality. If Demi can help her do this, Khaya could be a contender.

2. Alex & Sierra

Song: “I Heard It Through the Grapevine”
Artist: Marvin Gaye

This week wasn’t as good as their insanely awesome “Blurred Lines” cover last week, but still great nonetheless. Typically, Sierra is the stronger of the two but Alex killed it tonight. I found myself even more attracted to him. If I ever see them on the street, I’m totally tripping Sierra and kidnapping Alex. Boy is fine.

1. Jeff Gutt

Song: “Say You, Say Me”
Artist: Lionel Richie

Personally, I wish Kelly kept James Kenney over him, but Jeff does have a better voice. Not to sound shallow, but I wish he was just a tad more attractive. You’re thinking it too. Superficiality aside, Gutt killed it tonight. If Tate Stevens can win, Jeff could be the dark horse of the season.

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The X Factor Season 3 Motown Week: The Rest

Josh Levi

Song: “Who’s Lovin’ You”
Artist: The Miracles

Rachel Potter

Song: “This Old Heart of Mine (Is Weak for You)”
Artist: The Isley Brothers

Carlos Guevara

Song: “What’s Going On”
Artist: Marvin Gaye

Ellona Santiago

Song: “Baby Love”
Artist: The Supremes

Carlito Olivero

Song: “Stop! In the Name of Love”
Artist: The Supremes

Sweet Suspense

Song: “You Keep Me Hangin’ On”
Artist: The Supremes

Rion Paige

Song: “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”
Artist: Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

Tim Olstad

Song: “I’ll Be There”
Artist: The Jackson 5

What do you think of the Motown Week performances? Who was your favorite? Did Josh Levi deserve to be the wildcard? Sound off below.

  • DJB

    Restless Road… They weren’t that good. Google Westlife sings Easy… They killed that song on their Love album. Never mind…
    Here it is:

  • prettyliesuglytruth

    Khaya is so underestimated. She’s incredible and has so much potential. Restless Road, *barf* they’re just One Direction gone country. I’m over “pretty boys” who can’t sing.

  • Restless Road were better than last week with harmonizing together, but they still aren’t that strong when singing apart (even with the deep voice gimmick). And still not a fan of the way A&S perform and sing… I personally though Sweet Suspense improved the most and sounded very good singing together.

    Among the other groups, I think Rachel missed the mark and Lillie was good not great – while Jeff proved that he’s good at what he does and clearly the standout of the night.

    None of the boys really impressed me that much. I found the gaggle of girls distracting during Carlito’s other nice performance. Josh was just okay (glad he gets another chance) and Tim was pretty much the same as last week (good not great and imo kinda boring). I think that Carlos did better than they gave him credit for but I still think one of the boys is going home… maybe him.

    And the girls. Ellona was also better than they gave her credit for but not outstanding. I agree that Khaya has great vocals, but they never connect with her as a person for me… I don’t understand why she sings like Amy Winehouse or Duffy when she isn’t British. It seems fake and forced and it’s a turn off for me. And I love Rion and always will, she’s an inspiration and I love her.

    In my opinion the top five should have been Jeff Gutt, Sweet Supense, Lillie McCloud, Khaya Cohen and Restless Road.

  • Patrick Sean

    The deep voice wasn’t there because he shifted from Bass to Baritone for the harmonies. Geez. Music 101