Only 10 finalists left in The X Factor, and last night, they took on the genre of Rock. This is such an amazing genre if it’s done right, but at the same time, such a disaster if it’s not approached properly. Last night, there were a lot of misses and only a few stand outs.
Jump ahead to see what I thought of the performances, and as always, feel free to share your opinions below! I’m always interested in your thoughts.
Rachel Crow was adorable, but not nearly as amazing as last week when she chose her own song (“I’d Rather Go Blind” by Ella Fitzgerald). Granted, at least her song, Satisfaction, is actually from the rock genre. I hated the bubble gum version Simon turned it into. Rachel is by far one of the most talented contestants, but I feel at times like Simon doesn’t realize that. Shame on him.
Melanie Amaro can sing. Her voice is incredible, but she is lacking in the originality factor. Why not shake it up a bit? You can be a soulful singer and still get dirty with a bit of rock.
Drew did the usual slow version of a song. Last night, it was “With or Without You” by U2, and it was actually kind of boring. When I hear U2 sing this, it moves me, and I feel connected. With Drew, I felt disappointed. She will still be here, though, because she has a huge fan base.
Overall, I feel that Simon is letting his girls down. He didn’t help them find the right song in the genre, and at times, I feel like he doesn’t feel Rachel is as good as the others. I hope he can get his head in the game, because any one of these girls deserve to win it.
I’m not sure what I thought of Chris Rene’s performance. I actually like “No Woman No Cry” by Bob Marley, but it’s not rock. I don’t care if he is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; I just feel like it didn’t suit the genre. That said, Chris also didn’t deliver the way he did last week, so I’m just underwhelmed.
Astro is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to his ability to spit out a rhyme. The kid without a doubt sets the mic on fire, week after week. Last week’s Eminem song was undeniably the best I’ve seen a young rapper on these talent shows. This week’s performance of “I’ll be Missing You” was tight, but I think no matter how hard L.A. Reid tried, there was no making Astro a rocker.
Finally, we had the church boy Marcus Canty, who had a hypocritical performance if I’ve ever seen one. His video reel was all about him, his church, the sunday school kids, and Marcus wanting to be a role model. Cue scanky back up dancers, and Marcus sliding on his back under about 6 of their legs… that’s a role model, all right. 😉 Not to mention the stage was lit in flames, like hell, so I have to wonder what L.A. Reid was thinking about his contestant when he chose this staging. Let’s put the church boy on stage with fire, trampy dancers, and make him talk about being a role model. No one will ever question that. 🙂 His vocals were decent, but I was so distracted by the irony, I couldn’t focus.
Overall, the genre was missed again, but the performances missed for me, as well. Surprisingly enough, my favorite out of the boys was Astro, because no matter what, that kid is super talented.
This is a short category to write up because, well, there’s only one—Lakoda Rayne—and I really don’t like them at all. I think that out of the groups there were in the original auditions, we could have so much more than a group of 4 pretty girls singing without a purpose. I honestly believe that their biggest issue is that they don’t know who the hell they are. Last night, they were wearing disturbing outfits—especially the girl with the giant bow in her hair (who’s name I don’t care to remember), and they sang a mash up of “Your Love” and “Go Your Own Way.” It was terrible, atrocious, and not rock again.
I think I threw up in my mouth a little, when Paula had the nerve to call them the heirs to the Dixie Chicks. Really? The Dixie Chicks are not only astounding musicians and singers, but they don’t suffer from identity crisis—oh, and they’re aren’t dead. 😉
Overall, I think that this performance only confirms what we’ve all been thinking since the beginning: the groups are going home first.
I still adore LeRoy Bell, and he is still, by far, one of the sexiest 60-year-olds I have ever seen. However, he was not great last night. Can he sing? He can, but last night, it was lack luster, and he really failed to connect with the audience—again. I feel like Nicole (who I don’t like on a good day), is not a very good mentor for LeRoy.
What can be said about the train wreck that is Stacy Francis? It’s not a secret that the girl can sing, but what she did last night was not singing. My ears were bleeding from how flat she was, and I swear the stray cats outside my house thought it was a mating call. Am I being mean? Well, sure, but the girl has got to get a clue. Meatloaf? Really? That was even worse than Lakoda Rayne, and that takes an exceptional nose dive to be worse than they are.
The only saving grace of the entire group, and quite possibly the night, was Josh Krajcik. He killed it with “The Pretender” by the Foo Fighters. That was exactly what should have been given from all the performers, but wasn’t. Josh was outstanding as usual, but this week, his rocker edge made it even more so.
Overall, the Over 30’s didn’t deliver—only Josh did. Nicole is shaping up to be a lousy mentor, and I found her disturbing last night. When she was rocking out all psychotic to Josh singing, I thought it was a bit much and just a little too fake.
Tune in to tonight to FOX at 8/7c to see who is going home. If I was a betting girl, I’d put $1000 on Lakoda Rayne going home tonight, but I guess we’ll have to wait and see.