The X Factor returned to Fox on Thursday night for the sing-off eliminations in which four singers went home to narrow the field to the final 12.
Although it’s still way too early to tell whether The X Factor co-hosting pair of Khloe Kardashian Odom and Mario Lopez will work long term, both Kardashian and Lopez settled into their roles on Thursday for the live eliminations.
It’s evident that Mario is a seasoned pro when it comes to hosting, but it’s also obvious that Khloe is still trying to find her comfort zone on stage.
Say what you will about the co-hosts, but anyone who can keep the show moving through an ear-splitting crowd of screaming teen hyenas deserves some credit.
So, when The X Factor got down to business, it was time for the judges/mentors to narrow down the final 16 to the final 12.
First up were the young adults of Demi Lovato’s team followed by the over-25s of L.A. Reid, the teens of mentor Britney Spears, and the group category of mentor Simon Cowell.
Demi quickly put best friends Jennel Garcia and Paige Thomas through to the final 12, leaving Willie Jones and CeCe Frey to sing for their X Factor lives. Although Willie impressed the judges with his version of the Ray Charles classic “You Don’t Know Me,” CeCe stepped up her vocal game on Irene Cara’s “Out Here on My Own.”
It was a tough decision for Demi since Willie used his unique voice to showcase his talent, but CeCe made a bigger emotional connection with the judges. As Demi admitted, it just wasn’t Willie’s time to shine and CeCe Frey was put through to the final 12.
L.A. Reid didn’t waste any time in sending rocker Vino Alan and country hopeful Tate Stevens through to the next round. That left David Correy and Jason Brock to sing one last time to impress their mentor. And since Jason gave such a disastrous performance the night before, one that looked like it belonged at the Imperial Palace in Las Vegas rather than Mandalay Bay, David looked like a shoe-in to advance. And if you’ve ever been to Vegas, you know the difference.
But despite a strong, scaled back performance by David Correy on Kelly Clarkson’s “Since You’ve Been Gone,” Jason returned to vocal form with a moving and powerful version of Whitney Houston’s “One Moment in Time.” It was like night and day for Jason Brock who was put through to the final 12.
Britney had the toughest decision of the night after putting Beatrice Miller and Carly Rose Sonenclar into the next round. In what turned out to be the best sing-off of the night on The X Factor, Arin Ray and Diamond White proved that neither one should be sent home.
When Arin gave a near flawless performance of Whitney Houston’s “I Look to You,” the judges all agreed that he should remain in competition. However, when Diamond White delivered an amazing rendition of Elton John’s “Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word,” Britney was left with the hardest decision to date on The X Factor.
But someone had to go and Diamond White was sent packing. Although people tend to throw out “she could be the next Whitney Houston” way too much these days, Diamond White is the real deal. Too bad she had to go. Diamond White is a true star in the making. Someone call Clive Davis!
Simon did the right thing and put Emblem3 and Lyric 145 through to the final 12 while forcing Sister C and 1432 (aka, Lylas, aka “the group with no name”) to sing for survival. Since the two strongest groups were safe, the final two performances of the night felt like going through the motions to kill time.
Although Sister C impressed L.A. Reid and Demi Lovato with Miley Cyrus’s “I Look to You,” Simon felt that the girls of 1432 were stronger on Lovato’s “Skyscraper.” 1432 was in and Sister C was out.
Did you guys feel that 1432 sounded better than Demi Lovato on “Skyscraper” last night? How did you feel about the cuts on The X Factor?