'The X Factor' top 13 results: Still a Brock star
Viewers send Jason Brock home, producers reveal rankings by vote total
By Jilliane Johnson
Thursday night marks the first elimination round on "The X Factor." We're in for an hour of backstory, awkward commentary by Khloe Kardashian Odom and other unnecessary fill-ins.
Also on the agenda is the mega-successful boy band, One Direction, who got their start on the UK version of "The X Factor." Yes, Niall, Liam, Zayn, Louis and Harry perform two songs with the accompaniment of young screaming girls. Please, try to contain your excitement.
Guest performance no. 1
One Direction -- "Live Like We're Young"
"The Voice" may have Maroon 5. But what adolescent girl truly wants to see older men with squeaky voices when you can have more age-appropriate performers with the same vocal effects along with pretty-boy looks. They actually put on a good performance that is blocked by a shower of mutant balloons towards the end.
"I heard that you were possibly adding a sixth member," Mario asks the band. Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints pops up on the screen with a really lame attempt at being funny. Honestly, this whole segment is sad and obviously only in place to let the adoring fans hear their attractive accents.
In case you missed any bit of the live performances from Wednesday night's episode, this montage sums it up in a nutshell. Basically, some acts did really well. Some acts improved. Some acts still have a lot to work on, and some acts need a wardrobe adjustment. Does that cover all the bases?
The judges and their groups walk out on stage for the first of the reveals.
Did anyone else notice Khloe's missed cue? I keep hoping that one day she'll get the hang of things. She may be too busy flirting with Simon to care.
Guest performance no. 2
One Direction -- "Little Things"
OK, call me crazy, but I think it's a smart move to slow things down and have the boys sing a ballad. For those who have only heard the faster-paced, pop tunes on the radio, this selection allows for the audience to get a better feel for their vocal abilities. They really do have nice voices.
Time for more safe acts ...
Carly Rose Sonenclar
All of Britney's acts have been voted into the top 12, and my predictions are apparently wrong. Oh, well.
CeCe Frey (called that one!) and Jason Brock will be singing to save their lives.
CeCe Frey -- "You Haven't Seen the Last of Me" by Cher
She doesn't have those elaborate sets to rely on. It's all about the voice and raw talent. There are some really great notes, but either nerves or something else makes things shaky. Plus, I don't believe her performance. It's as if CeCe does what she thinks we want to see; she doesn't perform from the heart.
Jason Brock -- "Total Eclipse of the Heart" by Bonnie Tyler
There is so much power and passion in Jason's voice. It seems so effortless. His voice may not match the exterior.
The judges now cast their votes for who they would like to send home:
Demi -- Jason
L.A. -- CeCe
(These were obvious.)
Britney -- CeCe
Simon -- Jason
It's a tie, and we're going into Deadlock. The act who earned the lowest number of votes will be going home.
Eliminated: Jason Brock
"I want to say I did it for the gays," says Jason. He definitely represented well, not just for gays but for real entertainers. The wrong person is going home on this night, right?
But wait! There's more!
This is going to be the topic of conversation Friday morning. For the first time in any singing talent show, they will reveal the act with the highest number of votes. Many successful artists have fulfilled their destinies without the announcement of who won the most votes, so why reveal them now?
12. CeCe Frey
11. Arin Ray
10. Beatrice Miller
9. LYRIC 145
8. Paige Thomas
7. Jennel Garcia
5. Fifth Harmony
4. Diamond White
3. Vino Alan
2. Carly Rose Sonenclar
1. Tate Stevens
How ridiculous has this been? Very! "Obviously, people don't get out a lot," laughs funnyman Tate. Gone are the days of old when votes remained a mystery, hosts knew what they were doing and producers didn't need to reach for new and inventive ways to try and grab more viewers. Mario definitely stepped up, asking the judges relevant questions pertaining to the newly implemented vote-reveal and filling the crowd in, while (obviously) listening to an earpiece about who ranked where. Khloe, on the other hand, just followed along and read the prompter. Sure, this helps the mentors better assess how to steer their acts, but some organization would have been helpful.
Jason Brock may be out of the competition, but the show must go on. Tune in next Wednesday for a brand-new, live performance episode of "The X Factor."
"The X Factor" airs Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on FOX.
This should show the Judges that the constestants that are going out there showcasing there voice and connecting with the audience are the ones that are getting the most votes. Not the ones that have all these dancers, props and all this other madness. We want to hear these peoples vocal abilities and see how well they put feeling and connection into the song. Not a whole bunch of jumping around on stage with backround dancers it's too much right now takes away from their singing and their performance in general. If they want their contestants to get more votes they're gonna have to realise that and change up some things.
Khloe Kardashian looks so fat on the show here...What did they ever see in her ....Jason Brook should have never made it on the show being gay ...America is on the way down with more people like him in our country....Country music singer Tate should win it all...Our country was made from country music...and how did Lyric145 even make it this far too....No singing but just alot of noise
I'm afraid all of Demi's young adults are delusional in at least one way or another. No winners here.
L.A.'s got this year's Josh Crachett sweepstakes. But is there a Susan Boyle waiting to be unleashed on America's baby-boom CD buying public? doubt it.
Britney's kids are 'all right'. In every way, she's lucky to get more mature people than Demi does. and great singers too.
But all of Simon's groups are polished already, Emblem 3 is still my fave, but the others are good too. I say it's Simon's season again.
glad that Brock is gone...We don't need any gay person winning this thing....We all like CeCe...She has a great voice and is misunderstood...
CeCe should have gone. She's good tv though because of her drama issues. People love a good train wreck waiting to happen.