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Surprise, the top 16 weren’t named during Sunday’s special airing of Fox’s The X Factor. Someone must have known that we would get bored of watching the remaining contestants perform for one of the top 16 spots, so the show teased that decisions would be made and that’s all it was: A tease.
Instead, the remaining contestants faced the mentors and the guest mentors at the judges’ homes. One by one, they stood in front of the two people (or just Simon Cowell in the case of the girls’ group) and sang their heart out to songs that for the most part were awful choices for them.
Last episode I picked the most awkward acts, so I thought I’d highlight the performers I felt stood delivered for the most part on this episode.
The gals: I’m still a big fan of Rachel Crow. I love her innocence offstage. But, she brings maturity to the songs she sings and I have no idea where she finds it. Jazzlyn Little is another youngster who’s really showing the grownups how to bring it on stage. I thought she looked beautiful, too. And finally Melanie Amaro was a no-brainer. I didn’t think Michael Jackson’s “Will You Be There” was a good choice for her, but she found a way to showcase her talent.
The guys: I don’t think the men really delivered on this episode. They all seemed to be lacking that something that would make them the total package. I feel like Chris Rene did the best vocally with the song he was given, “Everyday People.” Physically, he seemed nervous and awkward, which L.A. Reid and Rihanna noticed. Brennin Hunt always sounds really good, but there’s something so staged about him. I always think of the Ben Stiller comedy, Zoolander, when he’s performing. And finally there’s Marcus Canty, who came close to having the whole package. And while he seemed to sweep her off her feet, Rihanna wasn’t convinced he’s a star. I didn’t either and I wonder if he’d be better suited in a group.
The over 30s: Josh Krajcik’s voice still holds up and makes me forget that his outward appearance doesn’t quite scream superstar. I think he’ll clean up well, though. I’m still rooting for 60-year-old LeRoy Bell. I think his voice is pretty amazing. His song wasn’t very dynamic (a bit of a snore if you ask me) and he could loosen up a bit when he’s performing. Nicole Scherzinger said she sensed his nerves.
The groups: To tell you the truth, I didn’t feel good about any of the groups on this episode. And as a whole, I’m not a fan of any of the groups who made it to the judges’ homes. If I had to pick a top act for this episode, it would be the Stereo Hogzz. Their take on “Heard It Through the Grapevine” felt fresh, yet still gave a nod to Motown.
Who were your favorites from Part 2 of the judges’ homes auditions? Tell us in the comments section below.
Email: Jethro.Nededog@thr.com; Twitter: @TheRealJethro
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