At the top of last night’s X Factor episode, it was announced a HUGE twist was coming our way. Before they said it, I knew they were bringing someone back. The second Demi Lovato eliminated Jillian Jensen aka cutter girl, I was keeping my fingers crossed she would be the Melanie Amaro of this season. Sadly, she wasn’t and instead Diamond White was the lucky recipient of a second lifeline. I like Diamond, but would’ve preferred Jillian. Speaking of White, didn’t those earrings look like they weighed ten pounds each. Poor girl’s earlobes.
While tonight didn’t feature any exposed areolas aka wardrobe malfunction, on Khloe Kardashian’s part, there were a few hiccups. Most notably on Britney’s part. When it was her cue to introduce her first contestant, she was completely lost. Then when Khloe reminded her, all Brit said was Arin Ray’s name. No kind words or build up to the performance, but just his name. LOL. I love Britney unedited. It’s those gems that make watching Spears live worth it.
Thankfully, tonight the sound engineers modulated the music perfectly. Everyone’s performance sounded much better with the correct settings. This week’s theme was at the movies which meant a track from The Bodyguard for sure. Given the young age of most of the contestants, a few Twilight tracks were thrown in for good measure. Check out this week’s Top 13 in action below, plus find out what name the manufactured girl group aka LYLAS aka 1432 choose from all of America’s suggestions.
Song: “American Boy” by Estelle
Really, you’re picking a song from Beyonce’s Fatal Attraction-lite film, Obsessed??? Ridiculous. Vocally, he’s not the best, but he’s so damn adorable. Clearly, Britney is trying to mold him into the next Usher. Sadly, he’s not there yet. He comes off as a poor man’s Usher/Ne-Yo/ and even Chris Brown. It’s appropriate the checker flags were waving around. I think his finish line is just around the corner.
Song: “Take My Breath Away” by Berlin
Movie: Top Gun
Much better than last week’s Haddaway trainwreck. Loved her entrance from the ceiling, but the wind machine was not her friend tonight. First, it gave an unflattering view of her nude panties as she was coming down, then her gown got caught in her strappy leather shoulder pads. Poor girl, it took forever for her backup dancer to finally fix it. Even with the improvement, I don’t think she’s going to last long. Even the producers are using her as cannon fodder. Last week, Paige went first with Arin Ray second. This week, the spots were reversed. Typically to be fair, the performance order is flipped around for the next week. At least, that’s how they do it on American Idol.
Song: “When A Man Loves a Woman” by Percy Sledge
Movie: When A Man Loves a Woman
I really don’t like Vino. When he first auditioned, I loved his voice, but since then his attitude as turned me off. This week he earned some points back with his fantastic performance. Then in true douchey fashion, he lost all good favor during his critique. Dude started to high-five audience members as Simon Cowell was praising him. It’s one thing to do that to Demi, LA or even Britney, but not Cowell. Sooooooo disrespectful.
Song: “Mu Girl” by The Temptations, “California Gurls” by Katy Perry, “What Makes You Beautiful” by One Direction
Movie: My Girl, Katy Perry: Part of Me
I’m going to sound like a thirteen year old girl here, but OMG, they were like the bestest right? In all seriousness, I think it was pure genius to use the beat from One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful” for the Katy Perry/Temptations mashup. These boys don’t even need flashy choreography or fancy threads. All they have to do is bop up and down the stage to illicit screams and votes. Emblem3 will definitely make the Final 3 and the Billboard charts soon after.
Song: “Iris” by Goo Goo Dolls
Movie: City of Angels
Beatrice was already my favorite on Britney’s team and finding out she has two lesbian parents further solidified that. She’s so likeable. That said, her vocals were a bit off and was a tad painful to listen to. Initially, I was excited about the song choice, but it went downhill after that. To boot her wardrobe wasn’t flattering in the least. She looked like Joey on that episode of Friends when he went into Chandler’s closet and wore everything he owned at the same time.
Song: “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” by Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
Why Britney didn’t point out that she did a cover of “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” for her debut movie Crossroads is beyond me? Did she forget she starred in the movie and sang the song? I wouldn’t put it past her. Instead she chooses to say only one word to Jennel which was “hot, hot, hot”. Yup, I know it’s three words, but to Brit it’s one. God bless her little heart. While I personally loved Jennel’s killer performance, I agree with LA and Simon that it was a little too copycat.
Song: “Wanted Dead or Alive” by Bon Jovi
Movie: Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man
Is it me or did the bull outline on the screens remind anyone of BBQ sauce? If this singing thing doesn’t work out for Tate, he should really look into endorsing a line of smokey BBQ sauce. By far, it was my favorite performance of his. Being the only country artist, plus giving a solid performance, Tate isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.
Song: “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” by Julie Andrews & Dick Van Dyke
Movie: Mary Poppins
Loved the concept of urbanizing this classic Disney track, but WTF was up with their styling. As fellow writer Tommy said on his Facebook, don’t dress like Alice in Wonderland when singing a song from Mary Poppins. Definitely a missed opportunity to have pimped out umbrellas flying all over the place. Come to think of it, they could’ve done a mashup with Rihanna’s “Umbrella” with “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”. That would’ve been tiiiiiiiiight. Even though Lyric Da Queen is clearly still the star of the group, the other two didn’t come off as glorified backup rappers this week. Side note, does anyone else thing Lyric looks like a gangsta version of Aaliyah?
Song: “I Have Nothing” by Whitney Houston
Movie: The Bodyguard
The second they introduced Diamond, I knew she was tackling a track from The Bodyguard. You all know, I’m not a fan of repeating songs and that’s exactly what she did. She actually did a better job of “I Have Nothing” during Boot Camp. This version was all over the place. Why the judges praised it was pure insanity. Britney said she channeled Whitney Houston, but I’m sorry. If Whit was watching, she would’ve changed the channel and flicked over to Lifetime to watch her daughter’s reality series instead. While watching her, I cattily said to Matt that she looked like a black lesbian Liberace to which he responded… Lesborace. LOL.
Song: Eye of the Tiger
Movie: Rocky III
OH NO… the cheetah face prints are back. Last week, she looked like Kesha. This week, she sounded like the “Tik Tok” singer. Didn’t she sound like she was sing-speaking “Eye of the Tiger” instead of singing it? Even though it’s not the direction Demi probably wants her to go, I would’ve preferred a ballad from CeCe. She killed “I Will Always Love You” during Boot Camp.
Song: “It Will Rain” by Bruno Mars
Movie: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1
Thankfully, Britney didn’t use one of her old music videos or live performances as inspiration for Carly Rose this week. Imagine “It Will Rain” with a snake around Carly Rose’s neck. YIKES. So far, it’s the only performance I’ve liked from Carly Rose. Kids who act too maturely beyond their years freak me out. I call it the Dakota Fanning syndrome. Remember how creepy she was when she was a precocious young child actor? She was an old lady trapped in a child’s body. Benjamin Button all the way.
Song: “I Believe I Can Fly” by R. Kelly
Movie: Space Jam
Yes, it was cabaret and lounge singer-esque, but I LOVED it. What do you expect Jason Brock to do? He’s a flaming queen who loves singing ballads. This is, to quote a reality show cliché, staying true to himself. That said, I almost spit out my food when Simon said he was a waiter at an Italian restaurant who all of a sudden broke out into song. That’s the Cowell, I fell in love with on Idol. Hopefully, Jason sticks around. Ashamedly, I look forward to his performances.
Song: “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri
Movie: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1
Fifth Harmony, huh? Not the best name, but a million times better than 1432. Vocally, they were pitch perfect and in a different league tonight. Hell, they even harmonized more than they usually do. I really hope America warms up to them. Besides Jennel and Emblem3, they’re the other act I’m rooting for. Bring it home girls.
It’s a little hard predicting the bottom two this week. Not that everyone was great, and no one deserves to go, but it’s the first week of public votes. I’m thinking it’s between Arin Ray, Paige Thomas, LYRIC 145, Jason Brock and Beatrice Miller. I’ll go out on a limb and say it’s going to be Paige Thomas and Beatrice Miller with the latter going home (insert sad face). What do you think? Sound off below.