For the first time on any talent show, X Factor shared the contestant rankings based on America’s votes. One would think this would make for an interesting and exciting episode, yet for some reason Thursday Night’s Results show seemed to fall apart. Khloe and Mario couldn’t figure out who was supposed to read the teleprompter when. The contestants seemed confused as to what to do after the results were revealed. And One Direction, an all boy pop group that Simon created over the pond at X Factor UK, gave two mediocre performances and one awkward interview with football player Drew Breeze that might as well been a 15-minute Pepsi commercial. Compared to last night’s amazing two-hour LIVE show with 13 performances, tonight’s show seemed a lot like the morning hangover after my 30th birthday–confusing, cloudy, shameful and so much more painful than ever before. I also recall losing a shoe.
Through the chaos, however, there were still results. And unlike X Factor, I’m going to get straight to the rankings and not waste your time sharing the winning list twice. Ranked in order from the most votes to the least, here are your Top 11 performers.
1. Tate Stevens (Team L.A. Reid/ Over25s)
2. Carly Rose Sonenclar (Team Britney Spears/ Teens)
3. Vino Alan (Team L.A. Reid/ Over25s)
4. Diamond White (Team Britney Spears/ Teens)
5. 5th Harmony (Team Simon Cowell/ Groups)
6. Emblem3 (Team Simon Cowell/ Groups)
7. Jennel Garcia (Team Demi Lovato/ Young Adults)
8. Paige Thomas (Team Demi Lovato/ Young Adults)
9. Lyric145 (Team Simon Cowell/ Groups)
10. Beatrice Miller (Team Demi Lovato/ Young Adults)
11. Arin Ray (Team Demi Lovato/ Young Adults)
Like predicted, CeCe Frey and Jason Brock were in the bottom two! So both were asked to sing again for the Top 12 position. CeCe, wearing all white and daggers for earrings, sung a tune I didn’t recognize right away but later figured out it was “You Haven’t Seen The Best Of Me” by Cher. The lyrics were very telling. “I’m past the point of breaking,” “Brought to my knees,” and “You haven’t seen the last of me yet” were just a few of the groveling lines in Frey’s song choice.
Following right behind her Jason Brock took to the stage in all black to sing “Total Eclipse of the Heart,” a song originally sung by Bonnie Taylor (and a totally solid go-to karaoke song). For those watching, he also had a message. “Every now again I fall apart,” “I need you tonight,” and “Together we can take it to the end of the line,” the Over25 team member
pleaded sung. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to stick around.
After the sing off, the mentors were each asked to send one of the two contestants home. In the case of a 2-2 tie it was announced that America’s vote would be the tie breaker. Since L.A. Reid and Britney Spears chose to evict CeCe and Demi and Simon chose to lose Jason, America’s votes became the final say and it was Mr. Entertainment that was ultimately sent packing. ”I did it for the gays… and Japan!” Brock cheerfully called out to his fans. Even though a member of his team was just sent home, L.A. Reid was donning a smile too. “I feel great about the fact I have two out of the Top 3 [on my team],” the longtime producer said. Britney, wanting some credit too, announced her rankings right after Reid’s. “I have two out of the Top 4.” Narcissitic-dream-bashing-Simon appeared to be too busy trying to figure out why his bro band Emblem3 wasn’t ranked #1 to comment, but I’m sure he’ll have a sound reason for why none of his performers ranked in the Top 5 by next week. Another X Factor LIVE Show airs Wednesday, November 14 at 8pm EST. Don’t forget to tune into FOX so you can share comments with me!
Was anyone surprised that Vino Alan was ranked #3? Or what about good ole’ country boy Tate Stevens earning the most votes? Do you think this new ranking system will encourage people at home to vote for the favorite contestants? And what about Khloe or Mario? Do you think one of them will get X-Fired before the season ends? So many questions!