Tonight on The X Factor
marks the first elimination round, as voted on by America, of the second season. We're in for an hour of back story, awkward commentary by Khloe Kardashian-Odom and other unnecessary fill-ins.
Also on the agenda tonight is the mega-successful boy band, who got their start on the UK's version of The X Factor, One Direction. Yes, Niall, Liam, Zayn, Louis and Harry will perform two songs with the accompaniment of young screaming girls. Please, try to contain your excitement.
Guest Performance #1
"Live Like We're Young"
The Voice may have Maroon 5, but what adolescent girl truly wants to see older men with squeaky voices when more age appropriate members of X Factor success can have the same vocal effects along with pretty boy images. They actually put on a good performance that is blocked by a shower of mutant balloons towards the end.
"I heard that you were possibly adding a sixth member," Mario asks the band. Drew Brees of the New Orleans' Saints pops up on the screen with a really lame attempt at being funny. Honestly, this whole segment is sad and obviously only in place to let the adoring fans hear their attractive accents.
In case you missed any bit of the live performances from last night's episode this montage will sum it up in a nutshell. Basically, some acts did really well, some acts improved, some acts still have a lot to work on and some acts need a wardrobe adjustment. Does that cover all the bases?
The judges and their groups walk out on stage for the first of the reveals.
Did anyone else notice Khloe's missed cue? I keep hoping that one day she'll get the hang of things. She may be too busy flirting with Simon to care.
Guest Performance #2
Okay, call me crazy, but I think it's a smart move to slow things down and have the boys sing a ballad. For those who have only heard the faster paced, pop tunes on the radio, this selection allows for the audience to get a better feel for their vocal abilities. They really do have nice voices.
Time for more safe acts ...
Carly Rose Sonenclar
All of Britney's acts have been voted into the Top 12 and my predictions are apparently wrong. Oh, well.
CeCe Frey (called that one!) and Jason Brock will be singing to save their lives.
Save Me Performances
"Haven't Seen the Last of Me" by Cher
She doesn't have those elaborate sets to rely on. It's all about the voice and raw talent. There are some really great notes, but either nerves or something else makes things shaky. Plus, I don't believe her performance. It's as if CeCe does what she thinks we want to see; she doesn't perform from the heart.
"Total Eclipse of the Heart" by Bonnie Tyler
There is so much power and passion in Jason's voice. It seems so effortless. His voice may not match the exterior
The judges now cast their votes for who they would like to send home ...
Demi - Jason
LA - CeCe
(These were obvious.)
Britney - CeCe
Simon - Jason
It's a tie and we're going into Deadlock. The act who earned the lowest number of votes will be going home.
Eliminated: Jason Brock
"I want to say, I did it for the gays," says Jason. He definitely represented well, not just for gays but for real entertainers. The wrong person is going home tonight or is it?
But wait! There's more!
This is going to be the topic of conversation tomorrow. For the first time in any singing talent show, they will reveal the act with the highest number of votes. Many successful artists have fulfilled their destinies without the announcement of who won the most votes, so why reveal them now?
12. CeCe Frey
11. Arin Ray
10. Beatrice Miller
9. Lyric 145
8. Paige Thomas
7. Jennel Garcia
5. Fifth Harmony
4. Diamond White
3. Vino Alan
2. Carly Rose Sonenclar
1. Tate Stevens
How ridiculous has this been? Very! "Obviously, people don't get out a lot," laughs funnyman Tate. Gone are the days of old when votes remained a mystery, hosts knew what they were doing and producers didn't need to reach for new and inventive ways to try and grab more viewers. Mario definitely stepped up, asking the judges relevant questions pertaining to the newly implemented vote reveal and filling in while, obviously, listening to an earpiece on who ranked where. Khloe, on the other hand, just followed along and read the prompter. Sure, this helps the mentors better asses how to steer their acts, but some organization would be helpful.
Jason Brock may be out of the competition, but the show must go on. Tune in next Wednesday to a brand new live performance episode of The X Factor.
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