The X Factor
"Do you guys feel like you ganged up on Simon's contestants specifically because you wanted to win this competition?" Jimmy Kimmel asked the other three judges on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' (Weeknights, 12AM ET on ABC). All of them, of course, vehemently denied it.
Crow reflected on her emotional reaction to getting eliminated. "It wasn't surprise, it was like, 'What am I going to do now?' You know? This was everything."
Sadly, thanks to musical performances from Lenny Kravitz -- with no probing questions about 'The Hunger Games,' for shame, Steve Jones -- and Mary J. Blige, plus an inane video introducing us to the tireless backstage crew, the producers just about managed to pad the episode. And what a shocking episode it turned out to be.
The act sent home this week was ...
Wednesday night's 'X Factor' was something of a let-down after Michael Jackson night, but the Top 5 contestants performed a dance song and got to showcase their personalities with a self-selected song, which they only had 24 hours to prepare for.
'Good Day LA' correspondent Courtney Friel talked to the contestants as they reflected on the evening. Melanie Amaro, who sang Adele's 'Someone Like You' for the dance competition, chose Whitney Houston's 'When You Believe' for her next song. "After practicing this one song for so long, to be able to have to switch it around was a task," she told Frield. Although L.A. Reid called the choice safe, Simon pointed out the ridiculousness of thinking that any Whitney Houston song was safe to perform.
The theme was a little vague this week, promising popular songs sung in a dance style (as you can imagine, Josh Krajcik was somewhat perturbed by this development). And, because of a vaguely-explained technical glitch that prevented the contestants from singing Pepsi Challenge songs, we were also treated to tunes of the contestants' choosing, which were all put together in under 24 hours. (It showed.)
Hit the jump for our take on the final five's double performances, and place your bets on who is most likely to go home.
"Basically, where I'm from, Brooklyn New York, every day is a battle," he explained. "Sometimes I display myself wrong to people at home, to the world, and I could have handled situations better, but I don't consider myself arrogant or nothing."
He declined to reflect on his temper-tantrum that went viral after he refused to perform after being put in the Bottom Two. "That's the past ... I'm not even on the show anymore, I don't even find a reason to talk about it. Not to seem like a jerk or anything, but that's the past ... I'm good. I'm on 'Good Day New York' right now because of what happened," he said.
As for Astro, he said things will be better for him now that he's off the show. "I had fun," he said, "but now, you know I get to go home and release music, mix tapes daily like I actually want to." When Dorothy Lucy mentioned that he had already had his chance to be upset, Atro replied, "I had my tantrum; I didn't want to do it again."
Thankfully, the poor Jackson clan weren't subjected to the results show as well as the performances (Blanket thanks you, Fox) and we're not about to prevaricate either. The remaining contestants sang 'Man in the Mirror,' with Marcus and Melanie acquitting themselves well while Chris Rene missed more notes than he hit.
Despite Steve Jones' hyperbole, only Melanie turned in a performance really worthy of the artist they were celebrating, meaning that many of the acts should've been in danger of elimination. The two artists who were sent home were ...
Thankfully, now that we've trimmed a few of the extraneous acts -- and thirty minutes of the show's airtime -- I was feeling it, for the most part (except for the part with 'Can You Feel It,' I wasn't feeling that). The M.J. love was infectious, and though some of the acts hit a few sour notes, by the time we reached the end of Melanie's powerhouse performance, it was hard to be grumpy; even L.A. found complimentary things to say this week.
Hit the jump for our verdict on the Top 7, and weigh in with your own reactions in the comments.
And it looks like the first family of reality TV -- the Kardashians -- made the cut. The 'Keeping Up With the Kardashians' stars Kris Jenner, Kim Kardashian and sisters Kourtney and Khloe all made Walters' list.
After raking in a reported $65 million in 2010, launching a new clothing line for Sears, airing a four-hour wedding special, having one of the most talked about divorce scandals of the year and making headlines on a daily basis, it looks like the Kardashians not only fascinate Walters, but they also fascinate the public.
The Kardashians will have a bit of reality TV company. Music mogul and 'The X Factor' judge Simon Cowell made the list, as well as businessman -- and 'The Apprentice' star -- Donald Trump.
Needless to say, there are some viewers who would be glad to see her gone from the judges' table.
According to British tabloid Now, they may soon get their wish, with rumors swirling that Simon Cowell is considering a job switch between Scherzinger and former Destiny's Child member Kelly Rowland. Rowland joined the judging panel on the UK version of the show this season, but audiences have failed to connect with her the way they embraced the exiled Cheryl Cole.
'The X Factor' found an excellent way to make the hour of filler pass more speedily this week, fitting in performances from Kelly Clarkson and Bruno Mars as well as two "save me" songs and two remarkably drama-free exits.
Without further adieu, the two acts eliminated this week were ...
Wasting no time, Wendy asked, "So what is this first, before we talk?" Stacy was wearing her side-swoop bangs, and Wendy definitely approved. But that hasn't always been the case: Wendy showed a photo from 'The X-Factor' when Stacy wore a bangs-less wig, showing off her rather large forehead. Stacy explained the choice, saying that she chose the wig because of its color, which was a few shades lighter than normal. "I had to go back to the swoop because people were tearing me up!" she said. "I didn't realize me forehead was that big." And Wendy agreed, responding "Yeah, it's huge."
Paula spent two hours in a perpetual state of teary-eyed incoherence (no change there), Astro was ... vaguely repentant over last week's "incident," and were it not for Paula and Nicole, I think Simon and L.A. would've started a slap-fight over Drew's performance. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
Hit the jump for our verdict on this week's especially
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