Last night’s episode of “The X-Factor” (originally airing Tuesday, October 29, 2013) saw the Top 16 singers get cut down to the Top 12 that will go on to the live shows as each judge was forced to eliminate one act from their group of four. All four acts from each group performed then their judge/coach chose one of them to send home. Some singers stepped up and others fell flat as the judges were forced to make some hard choices.
First up was Demi Lovato with the girls. The four remaining girls were Ellona Santiago, Danie Geimer, Rion Page and Khaya Cohen. Three of the girls did well with Danie being the only one that wasn’t very good. It wasn’t that she was bad, but she was pretty flat and she seemed like she was either very nervous or very uncomfortable on stage. The show packed a lot into its two hours, but still tried to keep the drama by dragging out the judges choices for their final three. Here it was pretty clear that Danie was going to be sent home and in the end that is what happened.
Next up was Paulina and the boys. Her four singers are Carlos Guevara, Carlito Olivero, Tim Olstad and Josh Levi. Josh tried to do a full song and dance routine, but got lost in it and sounded pretty bad. Carlito brought the Latin flare and won raves from the judges. Carlos started slow and seemed a little odd, but hit some big notes. Tim seemed a little subdued. Part of the problem was he had to go on right after Carlito’s high energy performance so it likely seemed more subdued than it otherwise would have. Again, like the girls, it is pretty clear that Josh was the worst of the group and Paulina Rubio sent him home.
Kelly Rowland and her foursome of over 25’s took the stage next. Lilli McCloud, the sexy 50 something grandma, had some rough spots, but she was pretty good. Jeff Gutt, who was on the show last season, did a great job and had the crowd cheering and the judges gushing. Rachel Potter brought the country flair and also won raves from the judges. James Kenny did very well, but it the song seemed a little odd for him. Still, his voice was strong it is clear that he can really sing. Kelly quickly selected Rachel Potter and Jeff Gutt for her final three then after some agonizing she chose Lilli over James. Personally, I thought James was better, but Lilli is the better story.
Last up was Simon Cowell and the groups. Roxy Montana chose a somewhat odd song, but they did it justice and put on a good show. Unfortunately for them Sweet Suspense was next and they rocked the house and had the judges calling them superstars. Couple Alex and Sierra did a stripped down, cool version of “Blurred Lines” which drew mix reactions from the judges. The last act of the night to perform was the country trio Restless Road. They did Katy Perry’s “Roar.” I thought it started off badly, but once they hit the chorus they showed what they are capable of. Simon and the judges fell over themselves telling the guys how great they were. Simon quickly chose Restless Road for his final three. The then selected Alex and Sierra. He seemed genuinely torn between the two all-girl trios, but in the end he went with the one that brought the house down and selected Sweet Suspense as his final act.
The Top 12 going into the “X-Factor” lives shows are:
Alex and Sierra