America takes reins of the competition as One eliminated performer joins the Top 12
X Factor kicked off their third live show with the Top 12 taking their song selections from the movies. Before the performers took to the stage to state their cases for America to vote for them, the viewing audience was thrown a curve ball (A little staged, maybe?). Our lovely twosome, Khloe and Mario, made the announcement of an eliminated contestant coming back and joining the Top 12. The show wasted no time or building anticipation to reveal the return of Britney’s eliminated contestant, Diamond White. (Ya’ll know Britney did her wrong.)
Britney opened the show with Arin Ray and his take on “American Boy.” Overall, vocal performance was better than last week’s pitchy debut but there was a noticeable growth in stage presence and ease in his dancing. (Pelvic thrusting 101 is a class offered at X Factor.) Girls were swooning for the heartthrob while Simon proclaimed he looked like a star.
The crowd was presented with a theatrical and dramatic version of “Take My Breath Away” from Lovato’s Paige Thomas. The Rihanna/Gaga-influenced star’s performance was a bit stifled from the overdone staging influenced possibly by Mars. Her vocals were airy and strong on her rendition. LA Reid felt like it was good but it didn’t wow him.
Stripping down his sound to the bare minimum, Vino Alan sang a heart-wrenching version of “When a man loves a woman…” It was a soul-tinged delivery as all the judges liked his rendition with even Britney stating she liked it. (Does this mean Vino & Britney are making up?)
After Vino’s slow down, Emblem3 brought a mash-up of “My Girl/California Gurls” with a hint of One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful.” While they didn’t fail to bring the hype and energy, the mash-up felt a bit chaotic with the song selections being wrong. The boys took a step back from last week’s live debut.
Britney’s obvious favorite, Beatrice Miller, was a major improvement except for the makeover. Who keeps dressing this girl like a mess? The stylists need to get it together. There’s a soul and raspiness to her voice but vocal issues appear to affect her a little part of it but still it’s good enough to get her some votes.
Demi’s Jennel Garcia also battling vocal issues delivered a rocking rendition of “I Love Rock n Roll” which garnered mixed reviews. LA & Simon felt it was more of a tribute/karaoke version of it while obviously, Demi loved it. There was a mix of edginess and playfulness that brought back memories of her “oh la la” audition. The only issue here is that she looks a whole lot like her mentor.
Demi said she would buy this next contestant’s records. Country crooner Tate Stevens made a believer out of the judges with his jam sessions of “Dead or Alive.” There was confidence and commanding stage presence. LA Reid said he’s arrived to the competition.
Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! Trying saying that 3x, Lyric145 took a gamble with this Mary Poppins selection. It was re-invented as a pop/hip hop ditty with eccentric styling and staging. It stood out with his fun factor while the group really delivered it.
The return of Diamond White lived up to its hype. The vocalist delivered her version of Whitey classic, “I Have Nothing”, with domineering vocals to show she was in this to win it. It was her way of telling everybody, “It’s Diamond, B*#&!”
While White’s performance left a last impression of her return. The only thing memorable from Cece Frey’s number was the return of the leopard spots. Does this mean she’s back to being mean? It lacked that certain X Factor. The good news is she wasn’t compared to Ke$ha.
After last week’s school inspired staging, Britney stripped Carly Rose down to the vocals. Standing in the middle of the stage, she sang “It Will Rain” with the arrangement similar to her “Brokenhearted” performance. It was a stirring, emotional, chilling, and tear inducing rendition.
Tear inducing could’ve described Jason Brock’s first live performance but this time, it was his redemption song. Overall, it was an improvement with song, “I Believe I Can Fly”, that showcased his voice with the soulful, gospel-tinged rendition. Simon felt it was an improvement while Britney & Demi stated it was loungey. The major issue seems to be the makeover…again.
Ending the show was girl group, Lylas/1432, who is now known as Fifth Harmony. It works and 1000x beter than 1432. The girls performed their rendition of “A Thousand Years” with girls trading off verses and harmonizing at the chorus. It felt more organic and voices were meshing better than last week.
Who do you think America will send home?