BWW Recap - Final Night of Auditions for FOX's THE X FACTOR
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The X Factor is back! Last night the contestants were finally performing live, and each mentor chose the top 3 from their category. Which four are going home? Read on...
The first category up is the girls, mentored by Demi Lovato and her gorgeous blue hair!Ellona Santiago sings the sexy Britney Spears song Til the World Ends, complete with full choreography. Her vocals were good, but the song choice didn't impress me. I think the production value was worth it for the judges though, and this is what they really look for on The X Factor. Kelly called it "magical" and "impressive" because she was moving and singing at the same time for her first live show, and Demi was proud of her for Being a "true diva."
Danie Geimer sings Miley Cyrus's Wrecking Ball, and I'm not impressed. It's probably because I hate this song, but even for Danie, it's not a moving vocal. Simon calls her "boring," and I agree.
Rion Paige sings her girl Demi's hit, Skyscraper. Thus far, I have thought Rion gets more praise from the judges than her performances merit, but this time I'm truly impressed. It's a perfect rendition, and I'm a huge Demi fan. Good choice. Simon agrees with me, calling it a "seriously, seriously good" decision.
Khaya Cohen sings Duffy's Mercy. The girl has soul! I feel like she didn't have enough control of the performance, and she was often overshadowed by the lights and backup singers to me, but I like the funky quality in her voice. Kelly noticed that she looked "a little bit uncomfortable" at times, and I agree.
Demi keeps Ellon, Rion, and Khaya in her top 3. Danie's going home. Time for the boys with Paulina!
Josh Levi sings Rihanna's Only Girl in the World but his choreography definitely overpowers his vocal ability and it's entirely distracting. Simon tells him that if he wants to continue in this business, he has to learn to sing and dance at the same time.
Carlos Guevera sings an emotional version of Swedish House Mafia's Don't You Worry Child. It's super boring and a little whiny.
Carlito Oliver sings Santana's Maria Maria and he brings the flavor. I wish his voice was more on point, but this is the X Factor, and I understand that the contestants usually end up more focused on showing how professional-looking they can make their live performances. Simon tells Carlito that of everyone he's seen that night, Carlito is the one who he'd sign to his record label.
Tim Olstad sings a really cheesy version of Bon Jovi's Always, but personally I'm glad to see someone determined to impress with their vocals rather than with backup dancers. It feels long and slow and Demi agrees, saying it feels like "the energy went down" with this one.
Paulina keeps Tim, Carlos, and Carlito in her top 3. Bye, Josh. It's time for Kelly's over 25s group!
Kelly takes her group to gym and asks them to sing while jogging, like she used to with Destiny's Child! I love that, because I've always appreciated DC3's ability to kill a vocal while they're doing intense choregraphy. The required lung capacity is unreal. I just love Kelly as a mentor so much.Lillie McCloud sings the classic Percy Sledge number, When a Man Loves a Woman. I think the over 25s is my favorite character, if only for this woman. This is what I've been waiting for the whole episode! I don't care how well you can dance, or how good you look under these live show lights - you can't beat the magic of a powerful voice. Paulina calls her a "goddess." Simon dares to tell her to tone down the "theatrics" and that she needs to lose the "Broadway" part of her performance if she wants to have contemporary appeal. This makes sense, because Simon is primarily concerned with selling production value to the masses. I strongly disagree, and so do Demi and Kelly. Kelly tells her she's "the best vocalist here," and I have to agree. To me, that's all that matters.