The X Factor 2013 Episode 7 Recap: The Four Chair Challenge Kicks Off| October 2, 2013 at 11:18 PM EST
Welcome to The X Factor 2013′s newest gimmick, I mean twist, The Four Chair Challenge. It’s definitely better than the horrible and insulting Judges Home round because at least we don’t have to watch coaches crush the dreams of poor singers in their multimillion dollar homes.
We started the night with Kelly Rowland’s Over 25s.
Victoria Carriger. The 41-year-old mother took on “To Make You Feel My Love” and I really liked her version of the song. She’s got this raspy, yet girlish voice that is both unique and memorable. And her version of the song was very touching. She was definitely connected. She takes the first seat in one of the four chairs, but how long with she stay?
Kristine Mirrell. Ugh. Really? “Oops, I Did It Again”? With that weird twist? Not a fan. I think I would have cut her immediately. Kelly has her take a seat, though. Will she keep it?
Jeff Gutt. The single dad who got cut last year is not getting cut this year. Not after his amazing performance of “Amazing Grace.” He took one of the most common songs in the world and put his own rock and soulful spin on it and turned it into a song that could be played on the radio. Kelly makes her easiest decision (I think) by telling him to take a seat.
Rachel Potter. Another annoying song choice. “Irreplaceable” is a decent song, but this arrangement was horrible and the vocals were off and I thought the performance was even worse than Kristine’s. Just because you screamed in the middle of the song doesn’t mean she did well. I don’t think she ever found the right key. She says she was sick, but whatever. This is a contest. Ditch her. Kelly tells her to take a seat, which proves she’s one of the plants this season.
So Kelly filled her four chairs with the first four contestants. And two of them were AWFUL. Come on, Kelly, I had such high hopes for you.
Lorie Moore. Hmm. “I’ll Make Love To You.” Really? What is with the song choices on this show. The performance got off to a really blah and rocky start and just when you think it’s going to get better, it doesn’t. Another dud. But I’d still pick her over Rachel or Kristine. And Kelly does despite her semi-crazy rant about hard work. In order to keep Lorie, Kelly ditches Kristine.
Allison Davis. HORRIBLE song choice. Don’t sing Kesha on a singing competition show. Sing a song that actually means showing you have vocals. This was awful. Don’t just cut her, give her the gong. Bad. Bad. Bad. Thankfully Kelly cuts her.
Jeff Brinkman. I felt a lot of emotional in his performance, but I wasn’t actually entertained my it. I’m glad I’m not Kelly, because I have no idea what I would have done. Kelly decides to keep him. She switches him out with Victoria. HORRIBLE decision. I don’ t mean horrible decision keeping him, I mean cutting Victoria instead of Rachel.
Denny Smith. I don’t want to be mean, so I’m just going to say I did not like this performance and I’d probably just cut him to not delay the inevitible. Kelly cuts him. As she should. The audience was not happy.
James Kenny. I had high hopes for this guy and while his audition was good, it wasn’t a sing-for-your-life performance. But again, I’d still keep him over Rachel. Kelly decides to keep him. For now. She switches him with Jeff Brinkman.
Lillie McCloud. Lillie delivers a powerful and emotional performance and it seemed pretty obvious that she’d be in the final four. And she is. Kelly decides to again ignore Rachel’s awful performance and trades Lillie for Lorie.
It’s time for Demi’s Girls.
Bree Randall. I don’t think this was a great song to use for a do-or-die audition, but she still had a pretty solid performance. I’d keep her for now, but would likely cut her later.
Khaya Cohen. I thought her performance was fine but then it bordered on annoying. But she has nothing to worry about. She’s one of the golden girls of the season. She’ll be around for a bit. She takes a seat in one of Demi’s four chairs.
Jamie Pineda. Her version of “Don’t Speak” with some spanish thrown in was a smart move. She doesn’t have the best stage presence and it her nerves showed up. I could see her getting cut.
Ashly Williams. Who makes the song choices on this show? The contestants or the coaches? Because these are some horrible song choices. Why would she sing Aerosmith? It makes no sense. I think this audition will (and should) cost her a seat. Demi delays the inevitable and asks her to take a seat. What a coward move. We know she’ll cut her tomorrow night.
Yes, the show runs out of time and we don’t get all the way though the girls.
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