'The X Factor' Recap: Rockin' and Reelin'
Most of the top 10 acts underwhelm on rock-themed night
By Jilliane Johnson
The top 10 put the pedal to the metal on the "X Factor" stage Wednesday night. Blow out your hair. Slap on that funky makeup. And pour yourselves into those leather pants. It's rock night!
LeRoy Bell -- "We've Got Tonight" by Bob Seger
While LeRoy is a great performer and has a great sense of style for an older cat, he's "still not working it like a rock star," as L.A. states. There isn't enough connection and feeling in this one. Nothing about it is memorable, so either Nicole needs to step up her game or he needs to start making the calls.
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Rachel Crow -- "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" by the Rolling Stones
Why is it that everyone takes a shot at this song? The Stones have tons of other ones. Anyways, Rachel is cute, but have you ever seen those movies where someone is trying to catch a train after it leaves the station? Well, I believe Rachel is attempting to catch the "X Factor" train. I'm not convinced that she knows where she's going, yet the arena loves the performance.
Chris Rene -- "No Woman, No Cry" by Bob Marley
It is rock night, correct? Nothing about this is rock 'n' roll. While it's not in theme, the performance is fun and entertaining. However, Chris can do so much better than this one. There's a huge ruckus over whether the song is in the requested genre, but all in all the performance could have been much better.
Stacy Francis -- "It's All Coming Back to Me Now" by Meatloaf
Holy flat notes, Batman! Yes, Stacy sings this song. She sings it really loud and off-key, but she sings it. Paula agrees it's her least favorite of Stacy's performances. The fact that Nicole calls this "glam rock" is ridiculous. Nowhere in the world should Stacy Francis be categorized with David Bowie.
Melanie Amaro -- "Everybody Hurts" by R.E.M.
All right, this isn't an up-tempo rock song by any means, yet it is a rock song all the same. Melanie kills the vocals, as always, but it's the same performance that we always see from her. Where's the edge? Somebody's got to step up. She won't be able to ride on just that voice throughout the competition.
Josh Krajcik -- "The Pretender" by Foo Fighters
This is what we should have been hearing all night long! Awesome raspy vocals, strobe lights and Nicole's head-banging make for a rockin' performance. Hands down the best one on this night. "Bloody fantastic," Simon comments. I have to ask, though: Why doesn't Nicole give her other contestants songs like this one?
Astro -- "I'll Be Missing You" by Puff Daddy (a.k.a. Diddy), Faith Evans, 112 and Sting
Astro does it again. He adds his own lyrics and pays homage to hip-hop and fallen musical legends such as Tupac Shakur and Heavy D. Is it rock and roll? Perhaps yes, because of Sting's influence. Aside from that, it's a great performance that reaches out to the audience. Astro's winning this competition could mean huge changes for rap and hip-hop, and he could very well take this.
Lakoda Rayne -- "Your Love/Go Your Own Way" by the Outfield and Fleetwood Mac
Well, this is fun. It's definitely better than what we have seen so far, but is it great? So, Paula is trying to mold a new Dixie Chicks? After this comment, that third seat might be vacant next week. These girls still need to work on vocals, but they look cute.
Drew Ryniewicz -- "With or Without You" by U2
Like L.A. and Nicole, I am waiting for the drums to kick in. Drew needs to try something more upbeat. It is the same performance every single week. Beautiful song, pretty nice vocals, but no one wants to be put to sleep, Drew. Just saying.
Marcus Canty -- "Piece of My Heart" by Janis Joplin
I don't know how to comment, because Marcus states that he wants to hold true to his morals. Did anyone else catch him mopping up the floor with his back while sliding through the dancers' legs? I don't mind some provocative performances at all. Dirty it up! Yet, that stands out more than anything else.
My favorite of the night has to be Josh Krajcik. He rocks the house! Although let's not forget that he's in his element. Who are your favorites? Who should be kicked to the curb this week?
"The X Factor" airs Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on FOX.
Everyone keeps saying Josh was the best we could barely hear Josh last night the music was the highlight not him I was feeling the MUSIC not his vocals just because he gripped the Mic and had a lil raspiness in his voice didnt make it the BEST it just gave a lil raunch for rock n roll thats all he is good but not GREAT last night. Melanie vocally is the BEST by a MILE handsdown, and when you record and album in the studio and it plays on itunes, or the radio, or where ever all we hear is voice and thats all that matters. She is the best on the show, Drew is cool, kind of getting tired of the fauseto yodle type vocals songs though. NOW ASTRO HE WRITE HIS OWN VERY VERY VERY CLEVER LYRICS THIS IS NOT A "SINGING SHOW" IF SOMEWHERE AUDITIONED AND WAS A GREAT DANCER THEY WOULD BE UP HERE AS WELL SO STOP SAYING ALL HE DOES IS RAP. THATS EXACTLY WHAT ALL THE SUCCESSFUL RAPPERS THAT ARE MULTI MILLIONAIRES DO. MELANIE AND ASTRO ARE THE TWO I HOPE TO SEE AT THE END FOLLOWED BY JOSH, MARCUS (BECAUSE HE IS THE BEST VOCALIST AND PERFORMER COMBINED). now back to lower case RYAN is ridiculous really people it is corny and he is completely out of his league in all ways compared to everyone else, vocals are not there at ALLLL!!! performance is corny and he just squeezes his eyes shut and tries to belt out good vocals but it doesnt happen. AND LA REID get on my damn nerves I like RAndy Jackson WAYYYYY better than him. Nicole be looking like could you shut up and stop touching me and interupting me, you big headed black man lmao. Simon always makes sense in his comments and bye bye to paula
If Josh and LeRoy get voted off, then that will end my viewing of this show. I knew Astro would continue with talking or rapping. Why is he the only one that can change the words to a song??? I thought this was a singing contest. I have a good feeling he will end up in the top 3 at the end, but I will not be watch by that time.
ok Stacy was horrible, she looked like she was going to kill someone when they didn't praise her, like on the verge of a totally mental breakdown with that stone cold look she had. Seriously looked like her head was just going to explode on stage Josh is really good but don't think he has the look in today's market. He would have been popular back in the John Mellancamp days in the 80's but not sure about today. My fav singer though, then Melanie, then Leroy. The rest I can't stand...esp that little mini LA, Astro. He is a tiny version of LA's arrogance.
The host really needs to go...He is so bland, kinda snippy, no sense of humor and WAY to serious, Like RELAX dude
He can't sing... Oo that's what the X means he doesnt have tooooooooooo.....
Here is the deal...LA is extremely arrogant and is not objective at all, Nicole is very cute but hasn't picked very good songs for her people. Paula had the hardest group to work with and I think she did a great job with what she had to work with. Simon hasn't lived up to his hype as far as song choice or commentary goes.
LeRoy needs to sing Freedom the way Richie Havens did it....believe me it will work
Rachel well I just cant take her seriously she is cute and all but not a front line star she doesn't deserve the prize
Chris LA just doesn't know what he is doing talk about every song being the same with him he is def getting tired quick
Stacy she is becoming very annoying and screaming way to much she isn't going to last long
Melanie what a beautiful voice she has. I would have liked to here her take a little bit of a chance and sing something like White Rabbit or another Slick song something along those lines. she would have blown them away
Josh totally and by far the best of the event so far...song choice was ok this guy is the real deal
Astro very boring and basic...cant understand him and please with all the praise he gets for writing lyrics. anybody can write better lyrics than this boy can and LA once again picks another loud and boring song for him to sing..he is better off in a teenage talent show
Lakoda Rayne Paula didn't have much to work with but she is doing what she can I thought maybe a Heart song would have been better for them
Drew by far the most unique and beautiful voice in the contest..did not like Simons choice of songs at all..she could have done a Pretenders song or so many others that fit her style she is adorable however
Marcus average at best nothing new or different from him these entertainers are a dime a dozen and it just proves that LA is truly clueless and wish they had Randy Jackson....
I've said this before, 'bring back Cheryl Cole'. Nicole is a pretty lady, but she makes me cringe. The Welshman is not far behind her. Josh looked like he did a good job, but the sound wasn't right, I couldn't really hear him. Melanie was good, but if she is going to sing a ballad, give her a big one, so she can blow us all away. The rest were pretty sad.
Josh had the best performance of the night considering it was ROCK night! I love Melanie too...but not the song choice for her. I agree with others that Rachel is cute but I think more for Nickelodeon than a five million dollar record deal!
Stacy needs to leave....never was sure why she was kept in the first place. I like Marcus a lot....he delivers each week!
Drew was a one song hit.....but that song needs to change! Astro......I mean really....can anyone even understand what he is saying/singing. I don't think he is talented....I think he is obnoxious!
I like Chris and his story and I hope he does well after the show...but he will not be the winner. Lakoda Rayne has done well for what they were stuck with....being a group!
I like LeRoy but don't see him going too far because of the age of the voters.
I really feel that Jazzlynn would have rocked the place. Too bad she was cut!
I agree with the writer, it is apparent to me that Nicole does not think that Leroy and Stacy can win the show so she is giving the songs to send them home. Stacy was off last night. Josh was given the perfect song and it is not fair. Leroy did sing rock and while i felt he sounded great, the judges are too prejudiced about his "age". My take:
Leroy - great slow rock performance, that was true to the song. Leroy should've been challenged by Nicole, he would've sounded great on "Is this love by Whitesnake" or even "When it's love - Van Halen"
Rachel - good but the song is too mature for her (we all know what "satisfaction" Mick was singing about, not material for a little kid - Shame on you Simon)
Chris - umm Bob Marley is not Rock but Chris sounded good. In all fairness it is LA's fault for not sticking to the theme
Stacy - Nicole pretty much sent her home with this. A mentor is to guide not leave destroy your artist. Nicole is a bad mentor. Stacy should've gotten "Alone by Heart"
Melanie - Great vocals but a little boring. The song is powerful and the message is one of hope so she needed to be more emotionally connected
Josh - song choice was perfect and delivery was top notch. We all know who Nicole is focusing her mentoring on. Would've like to hear him sing "Hero by Nickelback"
Astro - rap is his genre and he stayed through. I am not a rap fan but you have to admit, the boy is way talented and even better than people 2x his age
LaKoda Rain - ???? why are they still here. Paula this is why you only have one group remaining. This was a bad choice for them. They should've gotten a song like We Built this City or All I wanna do is make love to you.
Drew - how can you make a U2 song boring? Give it to Drew. She has a clear tone and her voice is like Skyler Grey. Bad choice by Simon, the song should've been upbeat, is she afraid to belt out?
Marcus - great show closer but he would've sounded better singing a Hootie and the Blowfish song.
what is it with LA and Astro. why does everyone else have to sing songs the judges pick for them,always making them "try"something out of thier comfort zone. But astro refuses to do any but "his" own songs. Why does he get to stay with his stlye of music? Sorry but i never considered Rap music anyway! Can he even carrying a tune? Talk about the samething every week!!!
I absolutely love Josh! He was fantastic! I love Melanie and Leroy too!
I fast forward the others especially Stacy and Drew! Nicole's head banging was ridiculous!!!