The X Factor Top 17: One Day You’re In, The Next, You’re Out

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To steal a phrase from everyone’s favorite German Supermodel, Heidi Klum, “One day you’re in, and the next, you’re out.” It’s certainly an effective catch phrase for ‘Project Runway’ and it seems to be quite fitting for ‘The X Factor,’ as well. Perhaps the two shows should do a little cross promotion. Heidi could come be a guest judge on ‘X Factor.’ She does have connections to the music industry. She is married to Seal, after all. And she’s had a top 15 single in Germany with her Christmas song, “Wonderland.” (If you’re feeling wild, you can check out Heidi sing “Wonderland” here.) Let me call the ‘X Factor’ producers now and pitch my idea. It’s obviously a ratings juggernaut.

After nearly a month of auditions, ’The X Factor’ has finally reduced the number of acts to 17 from the original 70,000 plus. But, did the judges/mentors make the right decisions in their top 17? Some people might say yes, and some might say no. I, however say kind of. Some of the judges made the right decisions. Others made down right idiotic decisions.

LA Reid probably made the best decisions of the show with his Boys’ category. LA selected Brian Bradley, Phillip Lomax, Chris Rene and Marcus Canty to go through to the live shows. This effectively sent home Nick Voss, Brennin Hunt, Tim Cifers and Skyelor Anderson. I’m fine with most of these decisions. The only switch I would have made would have been Brian Bradley for Tim Cifers, but I haven’t been a fan of Brian from his initial audition. Should I start cutting him some slack? I don’t think so. Especially since from here on, he will be known as Astro on the show. Therefore, I will be known as “not going to vote for Astro” from here on out.

The second best decisions of the night came from Nicole Scherzinger’s Over 30’s category. Nicole picked Dexter Haygood, Stacy Francis, LeRoy Bell and Josh Krajcik for her to mentor throughout the live shows. This meant Nicole sent home Elaine Gibbs, Tiger Budbill, Christa Collins and James Kenney. Once again, most of Nicole’s picks are all right, though I would have rather had Elaine still in the competition as opposed to Dexter. Sure, he has a great story and all, I just think he’s enormously inconsistent with his performances. The rest are good. Stacy and Josh may have to duke it out toward the end to see which of the Over 30’s makes it the furthest.

Then we had Paula’s selections for which groups would be going with her to the live shows for her to mold. Paula decided The Stereo Hogzz, InTENsity, Lakoda Rayne and The Brewer Boys would all go through. This eliminated The Anser, 4 Shore, 2 Squar’d and Illusion Confusion. I really could have done without Paula selecting both of the judge created groups in InTENsity and Lakoda Rayne, but perhaps they will each get better with more time and practice under their belts. Also, I was a bit concerned for Paula’s well-being when she eliminated both The Anser and 4 Shore. I was sure at least one of those groups, if not both, would go through. In my notebook, I took note to remind Paula that “crack is whack.” Also whack? The elimination of both of those groups. Not that either would have won, but at least one would have been welcome in the live shows.

Now…the judge I am currently having the most problems with is Simon Cowell. He made quite possibly two of the worst decisions I have ever seen on a show like ’The X Factor.’ He rectified one of those horrible decisions, but not both. Both would have been detrimental and could have signified the end of me watching the show, thus meaning the blog would have been over. In his infinite wisdom, Simon decided it would be a good idea to put through Simone Battle, Tiah Tolliver, Rachel Crow and Drew Ryniewicz. I really like Rachel and Drew, so I am fine with both of them. But Simone and Tiah? Ugh. Gag me with a spoon, Simon. Neither are likeable or able to sing well. I don’t want to see either of them ever again, so I might make sure to DVR live shows just so I can fast forward past them. So these four getting put through meant the elimination of Caitlin Koch, Melanie Amaro, Tora Woloshin and Jazzlyn Little. REALLY, SIMON? Caitlin AND Melanie? I don’t know what kind of gas leak was occurring at that house in France, but there was clearly a problem. Caitlin and Melanie are both so much more likeable than Simone and Tiah. Blah. But before we went to the last commercial break, just as I was about to throw the remote at the television, Simon said he had made a huge mistake. Only one mistake, Simon? How about two! So after the final break, Simon went to Florida to apologize to Melanie and tell her that she would be in the live shows, too. So at least one wrong was made right. Now I have someone to vote for. And at least I now have some reason to keep watching the show and blogging.

I’m just a little upset about Caitlin not making it through. We’ll cut things short for this blog, so that I can go drown my sorrows and write Simon a heavily worded e-mail.

Next Tuesday, ’The X Factor’ goes live with performances from all 17 remaining acts. That’s at 7pm only on Fox 4. Then the following week, all scheduling conflicts will be better and the show will be back in its normal Wednesday and Thursday time slots.

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