Recap/Review – The X Factor – Top 9 – 11/22/11

Tonight’s top 9 take to the stage, with the theme of giving thanks to those who helped them get where they are. It’s a tough week because tomorrow night two finalists are going home instead of one. Can Astro win back his fans? Will Lakoda Rayne improve at all? Find out the answers to these questions and so much more, after the jump.

The Boys

Last week’s performance had Marcus Canty, dancing with half dressed girls, and on a stage full of fire. This week he’s dedicating his song to his Mom and giving thanks for her help in life. It was sweet that he sang , “A Song for Mama” (by Boyz II Men), and it was pretty decent. I will say that it had a slight cheesy vibe, but I appreciate the honesty he showed on stage. Seeing a grown man cry on stage for his mom was touching.

From the auditions I loved, Chris Rene, and I think that he has so much to be thankful for. I’m so happy that he managed to get clean, it’s a long, hard road through addiction and he’s been doing well, even with all the pressure of the competition. I really enjoyed his performance tonight, especially when it went into, “Young Homey”. He’s adorable, and while he doesn’t have the most powerful voice, he is amazing. You can’t help but love him.

Astro was the center of the controversy when he had an attitude about being in the bottom 2 last week. This week’s performance was a dedicated apology to his fans, “Astro-nauts”. I have to say that in my opinion, he’s 15, and he reacted out of fear and pain. It wasn’t an intentional action, it was a reaction. Give the kid a break, he’s apologized, let’s move on.

This original song is okay, not his best but decent. He’s a very talented rapper, and deserves to be there. I know he’s not a singer, by conventional judgments, but by rapping standards he is amazing. I wouldn’t brag about places he can’t pronounce like “Nova Scotia”. As a Canadian I have to say that isn’t a very hard place to pronounce, in fact we have much harder places like, “Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.” 😉 Was it enough to save him? I’m not sure but I enjoy him.

The Girls

I’m a huge fan of Rachel Crow, and I loved how she dedicated the song to her parents for adopting her. Her performance was very mature and strong. I loved how it was a song that better showed off her vocals, and Simon didn’t turn it into a bubblegum pop routine. Rachel deserves the praise she gets and I believe she did more than enough to be safe.

There is no doubt that God is an important part of Melanie Amaro’s life, and dedicating a song to him is really nice. I found it really strange that she chose an R. Kelly song “The World’s Greatest”… mostly because it’s R. Kelly and he has a history of naughty things. So dedicating his song to God, just seems a little off to me. So much so that I was distracted through the performance. I think perhaps a song by almost anyone else would have been more appropriate. She sounded great as usual, but R. Kelly? Amazing voice but a really bad song choice, in my opinion.

This was an improvement for Drew in my opinion this week, because she broke out of her mould a bit. Her voice was amazing, and I loved it. She started slow, but when she got more upbeat we saw a stronger, version of her voice I enjoyed it. What I didn’t enjoy was L.A. Reid’s useless comment about the song not being age appropriate, “You’re doing songs for people that are 40. Why you doing songs that are so old?” Okay, L.A. you are obviously not that bright after all, because the song is by Demi Lovato and she is actually 19! I felt like reaching through the screen and taping L.A.’s mouth shut. Stupidity. Simon rocked by saying that the comments were, “…unfounded, it is inaccurate, you are talking complete and utter rubbish”. Also a special note to Paula for pointing out that the song was by Demi Lovato and she’s not 40. 🙂 Who knew that Paula would be the one making sense? *shrugs*

Over 30s

This song should be outlawed, seriously. LeRoy Bell sang, “Angel” by Sarah McLachlan, dedicated to his mom. I’m not lying about hating this song – it’s depressing. The SPCA uses it in their commercials, I’ve heard it at one to many funerals, and frankly it makes me sad. So NO more please. Aside from the song LeRoy did okay this week, not my favorite performance, but okay. I can’t help but love him, and say yet again that he looks FANTASTIC for his age. 🙂

I love that Josh Krajcik, dedicated his song to his daughter Rowan. That’s amazing. He sang, “Wild Horses”, and it was spectacular. I loved him playing the piano, and his voice is just so outstanding. I had goosebumps. The way he can be so gentle, yet so edgy at the same time is astonishing and I’m sold. Completely sold for Josh. He 100% deserves that standing ovation from the judges. I also love how he signs the voting number at the end as well, holy multi-talented.


I suppose the heading to this category should have been, ‘group’, seeing as there’s only one. Lakoda Rayne, chose the song “You Belong With Me”, by Taylor Swift, and I thought it was strange song choice. They just don’t meld with the harmonies the way I need from a group. It did get better as it went along but it wasn’t as strong as is needed for staying in the competition.

What a week! I wasn’t blown away by everyone, but I do have love for a few of the contestants. If I had to choose two to go home, I’d go with Lakoda Rayne and LeRoy Bell. It’s true that I love LeRoy, but he hasn’t been growing week to week, so I feel like it’s time for him to go. No matter who goes home this week, they are all going to have very lucrative careers ahead of them.

Tune into FOX tomorrow night at 8/7 c and see which two contestants are sent home.

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5 Responses to Recap/Review – The X Factor – Top 9 – 11/22/11

  1. Kyle says:

    Call me heartless, but I found the stories to just be a ploy to get people to vote based on who had the biggest tragedy in their life and not based on their talent. That’s one thing I liked about the initial rounds of The Voice–the judges base their decision purely on the singing and not looks, or backstory. I am probably in the minority, since I really don’t follow/care about music news & info. When I listen to music on the radio, most of the time I don’t have a clue about a singer’s looks or background. For example, I had no idea that Adelle was a white British woman until I recently saw her on The Graham Norton Show. I just listen to music for the music. That said, I know this is about who can sell albums, and for a large number of folks, the look & backstory is what makes them spend their money, so I guess I need to try to give up my notion that this is supposed to be a talent competition.

    I really wanted Drew to just say F.U. to L.A.–sometimes the criticism is just absurd, and it’s like the judges are just using these contestants as a way to verbally attack each other. I can’t believe how disrespectful they can be to these contestants.

    I really hope Brian is one of the two to go. Also, while I like Melanie, this week it felt like she was hiding behind that choir–I want to hear the contestants sing, not just throw in interjections while others do the majority of the singing.

  2. megan says:

    I enjoyed some of their stories but I agree that it’s more about music. Melanie didn’t need the choir,but still has a great voice. Even though I found the song choice odd. I also still like Astro (Brian to you 😉 ),I get that you don’t like him, but oh well. 🙂 what he does is still music, just not your kind. Hands down Josh was my favorite last night.

  3. Kyle says:

    Love the “Brian to you” comment–thanks for clearing that up! 🙂

  4. Megan says:

    I just felt like pointing it out to you. 🙂 I’m aware you knew, I just think that your absurdity in refusing to call him by his stage name, should be teased. 😉 To be honest I love that we don’t always agree, makes life more interesting 😀

  5. Kyle says:

    Yep 🙂 I do the same for “Coach” on Survivor–I would call him by his real name but I have no idea what it is (I know they said it in one episode, but I can’t remember), so I just stick with the air quotes. I could also refer to him as “Astro” with the quotes and not feel like I’ve totally given in, but it’s more fun just to stick with Brian. 🙂