Okay are the judges really drinking Pepsi, ’cause they are definitely a little too happy and in love with ALL the contestants for me to believe someone hasn’t spiked their drinks … as for their love for each other, what is going on?
I thought the X Factor was about finding the artist worthy of a $5 million contract ? I found the judges sniping at each other a little over-the-top. Are they trying to recreate the tension of American Idol? The way each judge found something wrong with the other judges act wasn’t needed and was distracting. Why must they mock each other and undermine the artists outfits or judges choice of song? Are they getting their own finders-fee for the winner, because that would make sense for the way they are trying to garner attention for their own picks?
As for the artists themselves, I think they all comported themselves with dignity, especially when faced with criticism for choice of outfit or song. When Paula decided to unsheathe her claws finding fault with Drew’s gown suggesting she not listen to Simon and his fashion taste, Simon tells her Drew designed the gown herself. Whoops, how ya feelin’ now Paula? See, don’t play their game. When brought down to their level it can come back to bite you in the ass.
As for the singing, lets go there. The contestants were singing songs from movies.
First up, Stacy Francis sang “Queen of the Night” from Bodyguard and danced around. Some stylist got a little crazy with her hair. Simon disses her dress. Thus Paula’s retribution with Drew’s dress. Her singing was okay, nothing to get excited about but of course Nicole said she shone from within, it’s her artist. LA Reid didn’t like the song choice even though he co-wrote it. Huhn. Pauls didn’t like the song either and made her opinion known.
Next up, Marcus Canty signs “I’m Going Down” from Car Wash. Simon takes exception to his silver sequined jacket but said he was 1000% better than last week. LA Reid loves him because it’s his pick. Paula and Nicole seriously love him and his star talent.
Then Drew sings “Fix You” by Coldplay from the movie You, Me & Dupree, a movie LA Reid has never heard of. He also thinks Drew sounds the same as she has for the last 3 weeks. I have to agree with him. I liked her in the beginning but the repetition of her funky style is getting a little old.
Le Roy Bell sang “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” by U2. Everybody loved him. No snarky comments. Yay!
Lakoda Rayne sings “I Wanna Love Somebody Like You” from How To Lose A Guy in 10 Days. They were good and are a beautiful group of young women. They have wonderful harmony together. Simon and everybody else loved them. They have found their groove in this genre of Country/Pop.
Next it’s Astro who does “Lose Yourself” by Eminem and is very good. He changed the song himself and writes his own stuff weekly. He was never one of my favorites but after this performance his talent has shown through for all to see. Everyone likes him and has nothing to say but positivity and that he’s a serious contender for the win.
Then Melanie Amoro sings “Man In The Mirror” by Michael Jackson as a tribute. It was good but I have to agree with LA Reid, it was nothing original. She can sing, but does she have the X Factor? I just don’t know.
Stereo Hogz sing Christina Aguilera’ s “Ain’t No Other Man.” LA Reid says he doesn’t know the song . . . so why doesn’t he just judge on how they sang it, I wonder. There is the sniping I’m talking about. Nicole says it was bananas . . . WTH does that mean? I actually liked them more than usual but Simon says their problem is they are a little cabaret and aren’t singing what they would sing to sell, hmmm. Since the theme was movie songs, I don’t know how many of the songs the contestants sang are really their forte for a contract.
Josh Krajcik sings “A Little Help From My Friends” by Joe Cocker. He’s very good. He has a strong voice, but has these ridiculous woman dancing around him. He doesn’t need that Hollywood Vibe and that’s Simon’s sentiment also. The rest of the judges like him.
Chris Rene then performs “Gangsta Rap” by Coolio. Nicole brings to attention the lyric change he did to fit this situation. The rest of the judges like him. I think he’s okay, it’s just not my cup of tea and I hope he won’t take a nosedive in his rehab life if he doesn’t win.
Last but not least is Rachel Crow singing “I’d Rather Be Blind” by Beyonce. She is some little Diva. What a voice comes from this cute baby-faced girl. She packs so much soul into her performance you can’t believe she’s 13. It’s amazing. Nicole tries to take credit for the song choice from having advised Simon when Rachel interrupts and says she picked the song herself! Whoops, she stepped in that one.
Tomorrow is the results show and we’ll see who AMERICA likes . . . and doesn’t like.
Written by Evelyn Garone 11/9/11