Tonight’s X Factor results show BLEW MY MIND. Not because of the bottom two or who was eliminated. Rather, it was a move made by the FOX program, going where no other singing competition has gone before. Believe it or not, Mario Lopez and Khloe Kardashian revealed how ALL the acts ranked based on viewer votes. I know the UK version releases the results of every week at the end of the competition, but never as it’s taking place. This is an ABSOLUTELY brilliant move by Simon Cowell. People are definitely going to be tuning in on elimination nights to see how their favorites are faring.
One Direction kicked off the evening with a live performance of “Live While We’re Young“, complete with oversize balloons. Personally, I loved the set with London’s signature red phone booths stacked on each other. Very British and very fun. This segued into the boy band pimping out their Pepsi commercial featuring Drew Brees. 1D showed up later to perform their newest track, the stripped down ballad, “Little Things“, which I absolutely adore. Cowell certainly hit the goldmine with these five lads.
Now onto to the results. During the first set of reveals, Arin Ray, Paige Thomas, Diamond White, Vino Alan, Jennel Garcia and Emblem3 were sent to safety. After One Direction’s performance, the next group advancing to next week’s show were Carly Rose Sonenclar, Tate Stevens and Beatrice Miller, making Britney the first of the mentors to have her entire group safe. Simon was the next judge to have all his acts through with LYRIC 145 and Fifth Harmony advancing. CeCe Frey and Jason Brock were left standing, making them the bottom two this week.
I’m surprised she picked this song from Burlesque and not a Christina Aguilera tune. Frey’s cover of “Ain’t No Other Man” is one of her better ones on the show. I don’t think she’s going tonight, but I wasn’t overly impressed with her Save Me Song. That said, it was light years better than “Eye of the Tiger” or last week’s trainwreck.
Bold choice choosing this Bonnie Tyler classic. Vocally, he was more on pitch than CeCe Frey. It was definitely in his wheelhouse and true to what he’s performed throughout his run on the show.
Obviously, LA Reid and Demi Lovato chose to save their acts. Surprisingly, Brit sends home CeCe, while Simon picks Jason as the one to go, leaving it in deadlock. Not surprisingly, Jason is sent home. While I loved him, I couldn’t see America embracing him. Loved his exit speech giving a shout out to the gays and Japan. LOL. Here’s hoping he gets his dream of landing a television show. I’d definitely watch him and his harem of Asian boys parade all over San Francisco as they sing diva ballads ;)
Now, for the best part of the show- the results of the rest of America’s votes are revealed. In ascending order, here’s how it went down.
While I agree Tate did well this week, I’m half-shocked he was No. 1. I knew he’d do well, but the top vote getter??? Middle America may not have won the election, but they won on X Factor… this week. Also surprising was how low Jennel Garcia was. I’m really afraid for her. Vino Alan has no business being that high and Emblem3 and Fifth Harmony should’ve been higher than Diamond White. How about you? What did you think of tonight’s elimination and the vote rankings? Sound off below.
Just in case you wanted to see One Direction’s performances, here they are.