The X Factor was down to five contestants tonight and the ending was painful to watch. Last night they had no room for error and all fought to make it to the finish line. Several of them had standout performances, my favorites were Chris Renes’ original song, Melanie’s heartfelt rendition of Adeles’ smash single ‘Someone Like You’, and Josh singing the new Rihanna hit “We’ve Found Love” with his soulful twist. Forget the judges on this one, Simon and L.A. Reid were completely wrong with their critique for Josh.
Lenny Kravitz opened the show with a sampling from his new CD, ‘Black And White America’, followed by Mary J. Blige (kind of boring…really like her other songs better) singing a ballad. But these are still two incredible performer’s who the contestants can really learn from…so hopefully they took notes.
It was up to the fans to select the best of the best, but did they fail us? Well, after they announced Josh Krajick was safe first, it seemed as though they were on the right track, seeing that he’s the favorite to win. Next was Chris Rene making it to the semi-finals, this made it even more clear that the fans were going to get it right. Melanie was the next name called and we all knew this would happen. What an accomplishment…for someone who got cut by Simon early on to now be in the final four.
Finally…after week’s of incorrect predictions, I was right! It came down to Marcus Canty and Rachel Crow to sing for their lives. This was no surprise to me, while they both sound good, they were my least favorite singers. Simon did some last minute coaching with Rachel, as she said “I got it SImon”. But did she have it?
Marcus selected the classic “I’m Going Down”, which could have been an omen. Who let him pick that song? Well, he did give it his all, even had veins popping out of his neck. Rachel then belted out an old classic, with the verse “something told me it was over”, but seemed confident she could beat Marcus. She actually sounded really good and it was her best performance to date. She rocked the song and deserved to stay based on her “moment” tonight. But was it too little too late?
Nicole was left with the final decision, she broke down in tears and could not decide so left it up to the fans (which she was later booed for doing). It went into a deadlock and based on last nights votes, Rachel Crow went home. She obviously was shocked and had a meltdown, crying hysterically saying “Mommy you promised me!” It was sad to see, but don’t they warn them that anyone can end up leaving? Maybe they should add that to “mentoring lessons”, instead of having to cut to a clip in panic mode when they breakdown on live television.
She cried as though her life was over…which we know is not true, she will be fine. However, this makes me wonder if contestants under 16-years-old is too young? Maybe they are not ready for this much pressure, and need more maturity to handle it. Remember Astro’s meltdown?
It’s down to the final four, Josh, Melanie, Chris and Marcus. I am truly amazed that Marcus has made it this far, but luck is on his side. The semi-finals are next week and one of them will become an instant millionaire. It will be exciting to see a rags to riches story unfold right in front of our eyes.
Who do you think will go all the way? Once again, who has the most Twitter follower’s means nothing…Rachel had more than all the remaining contestants.