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The X Factor: Top 8 Do Big Band

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What a difference a 25-piece orchestra makes. The X Factor finally delivered a night where I didn’t feel like tuning out halfway. Apparently, the contestants sing on pitch much better with a live band. For the most part, the Top 8 performed solidly. No one truly stunk up the joint, making it a bit harder to rank the remaining acts. Check out the videos and my rankings below.

On a side note: How interesting is it that all the judges each have two acts in the competition still? I thought for sure Paulina or Demi would’ve been wiped out by now like Cee Lo Green is on The Voice?

check out all the performances after the jump

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Being that it was British Invasion week, naturally Simon Cowell coerced his biggest discovery to perform on the results show. Perhaps having One Direction on The X Factor might stop the ratings bleeding. After all, they have already sold 35 million copies in their relatively young career.

I have to say Liam, Harry and Zayn are looking pretty fine these days, especially the latter. The beard really suits him. Louis on the other hand needs to ditch his lame attempt to grow facial hair. He looks like a Three Musketeers reject from some high school production. Check out their performance below, along with the double elimination results.

Side note: The highlight for me on tonight’s episode was Mario dishing out “por favor” to Paulina. The Latina popstar was taking her sweet ass time deciding on who to send home. In all fairness, maybe she didn’t understand the gravity of situation until Lopez served up some espanol ;)

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Overall, I thought X Factor Season 3′s Top 10 performed solidly as a whole tonight. They ranged from relatively tolerable to pretty good with only one being a borderline hot mess. What a difference a week makes? Maybe it’s my lowered expectations or the fact I was slightly distracted with household chores that did the trick. Whatever the reason, tonight was somewhat enjoyable.

Once again it’s a double elimination this week. How about a triple one next week? Let’s get this season over and done with. Check out all the British Invasion Week performances below.

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X Factor Season 3: Top 12 Results Show

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I wouldn’t say Thursday night’s results were shocking, but definitely surprising. I can’t believe the truly awful acts advanced, let alone escaped the bottom three. Instead, the ones that were cut were actually acts that didn’t make me cringe whenever they performed. What was America thinking? Check out all the results below, the Save Me sing-off and performances by Selena Gomez and Fifth Harmony.

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Can we just stick a fork in it, because The X Factor is done. I don’t even know why I’m still covering it. With dwindling ratings and mediocre talent when compared to The Voice, the FOX show is on major life support. Even Simon Cowell looks disinterested with the outcome. It’s the same look he had during his last season on American Idol. Dare I even say, he’s embarrassed sitting on the panel. I would be too, if these are the best twelve acts from the auditions. With that being said, the only performances I can stomach are usually Cowell’s groups. Smells like sabotage to me.

Thankfully, producers are expediting things by having a triple elimination this week. After last week’s technical mishap, one act was immediately cut before the performances. The unlucky one to get the boot was Carlos Guevara. At least America is getting it right. He’s horrible.

Too bad viewers weren’t in charge of song choices and everything else. Perhaps, the X Factor could be saved. Nah! Nothing can do that. Oh well, let’s get to the performances.

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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.

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Katy Perry scored her second No. 1 album of her career. Prism moved 286,000 copies, making it the largest sales week this year for a female artist. It sneaked past Miley Cyrus’ Bangerz which debuted with 270,000. Prism’s first week total also beat her previous album, Teenage Dream, which notched 192,000 units back in 2010.

Also making a Top 10 debut this week were Simon Cowell’s Fifth Harmony. The quintet sold 28,000 copies to land at No. 6. It’s pretty impressive given they only had an EP with six songs, two of which were released months ago. As sad as it is, they’re the highest-charting act born from the U.S. edition of The X Factor. Emblem3 who released a full-length album earlier this year landed at No. 7. Not a bad start for the ladies. Check out a recent performance of them covering Spice Girls below.

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Not to quote the most overused term in the 21st century, but boy was tonight pitchy, pitchy, pitchy. Whether it was nerves or due to production’s inability to get the sound right, most of the singers couldn’t hit a note to save them.

How does The Voice rarely get a bum performance, yet The X Factor is littered with them. Even though the talent is substandard as a whole, I just can’t break up with the FOX show. With all that being said, there were a couple of standouts. In the end, all you need is one or two acts to emerge as viable recording artists.

Going into tonight’s show I made predictions on which act each judge would eliminate. Thankfully, I didn’t place any bets as I only got one right- Demi’s group. Watch all the performances below and see if the judges made the right decisions.

Before you watch the vids though, can I just mention how much it irritates me to no end how Mario Lopez pronounces Paulina’s name. We get it Mario, you speak Spanish. Speaking of Paulina, if it’s at all possible, she’s saying even less than Britney Spears last year. Production barely gives her a chance to speak and when she has an opportunity, it’s a muddled mess. Bring Brit back!!!

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