“X Factor” got a special Sunday showcase, thanks to the rain that pushed the baseball playoffs into the show’s timeslot last Wednesday. What Major League Baseball taketh away, the NFL giveth back.
Those who stuck around after the football ended saw the remaining 16 acts perform before the judges, as well as the angst that the judges are feeling as they make the decision on who makes it to the live shows. And of course, enough of everyone’s backstories to feel really, really bad for whoever winds up getting the boot.
Simon heard from the remaining four girls, each of which has both talent and a reason for turning them down. Rachel Crow could go a long way, or she could get really annoying by being the too-polished 13-year-old. Jazzlyn Little is very good but always so nervous ... is she worth the risk that she’ll get it together in time to let herself shine?
The strongest performances were Melanie Amaro and Tiah Tolliver, with Amaro’s carrying the day. But is there room for both? And if not, will Simon really give up on Tolliver, who he’s championed up to this point?
The remaining boys included Chris Rene, who seems like the biggest lock of the competition assuming he stays clean and sober. It would be a shock if L.A. Reid didn’t move him along.
Tim Cifers and Marcus Canty also sang well, and both could advance. Cifers clearly felt the pressure, as he noted that “This is my one shot to become successful. I’m 30. It’s now or never.” At least until he’s eligible for an over-30 group next year. Brennin Hunt isn’t bad, but he has the vibe of that guy with the guitar in college who was always giving everyone’s girlfriend the eye. Rihanna saw a '90s Boy Band vibe with him, which seems like a cutdown except when you consider that 90s boy bands sold a lot of product.
The four remaining groups all had their moments, but it was all so very Paula. I mean, who else would have the all-girl quartet 2 Squar’d perform “Bohemian Rhapsody?” Really? $5 million on the line, and she asks them to do a Queen cover? And the best way to think of Illusion/Confusion is to try and remember anything about their performance five minutes after it happens.
The Stereo Hogzz are the most polished, and seem like a good bet to move on, as does the cobbled-together-by-the-judges InTENsity. That group looks like an oversized Spice Girls, which would be fitting the Simon Cowell star-making mold, and if they don’t win this they should at least get a reality show on the Disney Channel or Nickelodeon.
Based on the previews, Nicole Scherzinger is feeling the most angst about her over-30s, probably because every single one of them comes with a backstory that makes you think this is their last chance, probably because it is. For eample, Tiger Budbill’s house is about to be auctioned off. Nicole sends him home and he apparently gets foreclosed upon. But no pressure!
Burrito Man Josh Krajcik seems like a lock ... unless it’s the editors messing with us, which is entirely possible. LeRoy Bell is the oldest singer left at 60, and wants this very badly, but he might do better with a different judge, as Scherzinger doesn’t seem to be feeling his vibe as much as she does Dexter Haygood and his more compelling backstory. Christa Collins was the only singer to move Enrique Iglesias, which could bode well for her.
Which of the remaining acts are guaranteed spots on the live show? You’ll have to tune in on Tuesday, where all will be revealed.
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