Last night was the first time “The X-Factor” went live and it was certainly interesting from the moment it started, which appeared like an exact replica of American Idol, even mimicking how the judges were introduced minus Ryan Seacrest. Since this was the first time we saw the X Factor Host, Steve Jones live, I can certainly now say this guy is seriously pale in comparison to Ryan Seacrest. He actually comes across obnoxious, bored and extremely annoying. If this show lasts another season, they should replace him pronto!
The boys went first and overall I think L.A Reid did a great job with this group, but he also has a lot to work with. All of them were pretty good, but my personal favorites from the group are Astro, the 14-year-old rapper and Marcus Canty, who really reminds me of young Usher.
Chris Rene also did a pretty decent job, but I didn’t love the song choice. He however, is really likeable and I said from the beginning which I believe now even more, he is going to have a huge amount of fans. Philip Lomax pulled the short end of the stick on this one, his song choice (not picked by him) was terrible & cheesy, and it almost seemed like L.A Reid set him up to leave. Out of the 4 boys, he was the weakest link though and L.A Reid did end up picking him to go home.
Paula went next with the groups and I can’t believe I am saying this, but she really did a great job with the groups and she looks amazing! All the groups actually showed huge potential and it was sad to see any of them leave, but I think she made the best choice sending The Brewer Boys home, not because they aren’t talented or entertaining but because between the other three groups, there is just not an outlet for them. The biggest surprise for me was InTENsity, who all of a sudden meshed together pretty well! Of course, I am a bit biased since they sang Footloose (one of my favorites) but I think it was a genius move, since that movie is very hot again right now and I think kids, who probably are watching this show will go wild for them!
I think the Stereo Hogzz could end up doing very well in this competition. They are a bit outdated but have great potential. I actually enjoyed their performance. Lakoda Rayne, the other manufactured group did not have the best song choice but they sounded good and really look like a girl group, which I think will go a long way for them. There is nothing really like that out there right now, so this could be a huge chance for them if they keep working at it.
The Over 30′s were an interesting group. Dexter Haygood went first and I am at a loss of words for this performance. He sang a mix of Brittany Spears & Katy Perry, but I think the word “sing” is being used to loosely, since there was no singing involved in this performance. He actually continues to creep me out, but he is entertaining at the same time. Simon said it best when he commented “It’s like the weirdest milkshake in the world. I kind of liked the taste of it. You’re interesting and unpredictable” I think this guy is not all there though and it’s starting to show even more.
LeRoy Bell, the best looking 60-year-old in the world went next, and I am just shocked this guy is not already an established performer. He has a beautiful voice and knows exactly what to do with it. I didn’t love the song, but this guy is a winner regardless of what happens on this show.
Stacey Francis is an interesting one. I have had mixed opinions on her since I found out she was on Broadway, which keeps rubbing me the wrong way (I wonder what she thought of the Footloose performance!) She has a good voice, but I have to agree with Simon on this one. I hated her outfit and the song did her no justice.
Josh Krajcik sang a beautiful understated version of “Forever Young” and I think Nicole nailed it with this song choice for him. He really sounded fantastic and soulful. I think he outshined the rest of his group along with Leroy Bell, those two are the ones to watch.
At the end thankfully, Nicole eliminated Dexter who had no idea what was going on. I think it might be time for him to check back into the institution he came from.
Simon was up last with the girls and I was looking forward to seeing what he did with them, considering a few of his interesting choices. Simon Battle went first, and I get it, she looks like a pop star but there are a lot of really pretty girls out there, who may look the part but have no talent and after this ridiculous performance, she might actually fit into that group. I thought this was terrible and I agreed with everything L.A Reid said about her. Simon keeps defending her but when he goes back and watches this performance, I would have to think he must realize this was terrible,embarrassing and the worst performance of the entire night.
A much slimmer Rachel Crow went next for the girls ( She lost 15 pounds since the audition process!) and she is just adorable, pretty much all personality. Her voice didn’t sound as good as it has in the past, but I think it was a fun performance and showed a funkier side to her. This kid has a tremendous amount of potential and I am excited to see what she does next.
Drew was next up (now only going by her first name) and she gave; in my opinion the best performance of the night. It was smart, sophisticated and really showed her range as a performer. I can’t believe she is only 14. Simon actually said “This is why I wanted to be on American T.V, to find someone like you.” I think she might be the one to beat right now, I am extremely impressed with her vocal ability, and overall, she is one of the most likable & humble contestants.
Tiah Tolliver gave a weird creepy performance that reminded me of a really immature version of thriller. I understand her appeal more than Simone, she is more interesting and has a better voice but I still don’t really get it, and neither do any of the judges besides Simon.
Melanie Amaro closed the show and I am so happy Simon brought her back! She sang Whitney Houston and really did the song justice. She also looked amazing! I have a feeling she will end up being a big fan favorite as well.
Simon ended up letting go of Simone & Tiah, leaving Rachel, Melanie and Drew to advance, which was a wise decision. Next week, America starts voting and there are 5 ways to vote! My gut feeling is that Stacey Francis, depending on how she does could be the first to leave next week, but I guess we shall see!