The X Factor 2013 Episode 9 Live Recap: More Chairs Get Filled| October 9, 2013 at 7:52 PM EST
The X Factor 2013 Four Chair Challenge continues tonight as we get closer to the Top 16 that will move on to the live shows in a couple of weeks.
Kelly Rowland’s Over 25s and Demi Lovato’s Girls have already been cut down to the Top 4 each, so that leaves eight more spots to come from Simon Cowell and Paulina Rubio. Up first tonight is Paulina’s boys.
The X Factor 2013 Four Chair Challenge
Al Calderon. His performance of “Call Me Maybe” wasn’t the best vocal ever. But that’s not what always matters on the X Factor. It was inventive, risky and he looks the part, so those two things mean a lot on this show. Kelly says the vocals were shaky, but she wants him to stay. Demi thought he was too energetic, but liked the performance. Simon says he’s not the best singer in the competition, but his charisma and energy is what can make him a star. But what does Paulina think? That’s who matters right now. She tells him to take one of her four seats. For now.
Isaiah Alston. A 15-year-old boy singing “The Greatest Love of All” was never a good idea and the performance proved that. He could never find the right pitch. It was basically one of the worst performances I’ve ever heard at this stage in any competition. I don’t understand what happened. Kelly says she did not enjoy the performance. Demi tells him he’s not ready for the competition. Simon said it was very old-fashioned and out of tune. But what does Paulina think? She sends him home.
Isaac Tauaefa. What is with these song choices? “Bubbly” for a big buy like this? This was just awful. How did he even make it this far? I’m embarrassed for him. Kelly called his performance karaoke. Simon says he didn’t deliver. They skip Demi and go right to Paulina’s no. She sends him home.
Carlos Guevera. Finally a performance that makes sense. His version of “Ain’t No Sunshine” was smooth, fun and very entertaining. And after the first three performances, it’s easy to say his has been the best of the night so far. Kelly loves that he lets the music take him over. She says he nailed it. Simon likes his tone and his story. Demi is skipped again for some reason. We cut right to Paulina and she tells him to take a seat. He’s a part of her final four. For now.
Stone Martin. Another crazy song choice. “Torn” by Natalie Imbruglia. So weird. The performance was fine. I mean there was nothing bad about it. He can sing and he’s cute, but I don’t see him winning a huge music contract. Kelly thought it was cute. Demi thought he killed it. Simon calls him robotic but says there’s a market for someone like him. It’s all up to Paulina though. She tells him to take a seat. He’s in the final four. For now.
Chase Goerhing. Eh. The song choice wasn’t awful. It just wasn’t right for him. And he wasn’t awful. But it wasn’t great. Kelly didn’t seem to like it either. Demi said the song choice wasn’t right. Simon says “we like you” but not that performance. Paulina tells him to take a seat. He’s in for now.
Tim Olstad. I HATE THESE song choices. “The Climb”? COME ON. His performance was pretty rocky. I don’t understand what’s up with these performances. Even his big note was pitchy. But the audience loved it. But taste is pretty relative these days. Kelly tells him he should be proud of him. Demi cannot see him being let go. Simon isn’t sure he gets him. Paulina tells him to take a seat. So she has to cut someone. She switches him with Stone Martin. He’s heading home.
Carlito Olivero. “Dreaming” by Selena was a better choice than the other songs. But it still leaves me with the question “So are all the guys singing girl songs on purpose?” Anyway, at least this one wasn’t totally horrible. I like that he broke into Spanish. But it was almost like he put in too many tricks instead of just singing. Kelly thinks his nerves got the best of him. Simon felt he struggled with the vocals but says he has potential. Paulina decides to keep him. So she has to switch him out with someone. She decides to send Chase home.
Timmy Thames. I don’t know why he’s sitting, but his performance was pretty solid. I mean he sounds like the 13-year-old he is, but he’s got a great sound. I don’t see him running away with this contest, but I’m sure he’d pick up some fans out there. Kelly liked his audition better. Demi wasn’t blown away. Simon calls him memorable and says that him leaving the contest would be insane. But what does Paulina think? She puts him in the final four. She decides to switch him out with Tim Olstad. And then the crown goes insane. As does Kelly.
Wait, Paulina calls a “not-staged-at-all” “time-out” and decides she wants Tim back in her final four. So he’s back and she decides to cut Al. The most marketable guy up there.
Josh Levi. Another weird song choice. And another totally weak vocal performance. I still don’t understand how most of these guys got to this point. Kelly calls him a superstar. Demi is overwhelmed by his presence. Simon didn’t like the song choice either. Paulina says it was perfect, so he’s clearly in her final four. She decides to switch him out with Timmy. He’s going home.
That means Paulina’s final four are Josh Levi, Carlito Olievero, Tim Olstad and Carlos Guevera.
It’s time for Simon’s groups.
Girls United. I found them annoying. I guess they’re OK singers separately, but together I didn’t get it. Kelly likes how they’ve learned to harmonize. Demi thinks they need to be in the contest. But it’s all up to Simon. He tells them to take a seat. They’re in. For now.
Wild Thingz. Well these guys sure are annoying. And not good. Like seriously, was that a joke? I’m not sure what that even was. Surely they let some of these acts through just so it would be easy to cut someone during the Four Chair Challenge, right? Paulina liked it. Kelly thought it was a bit crazy but she didn’t say it was bad. Simon calls it unintentional comedy. He listens to the insane part of his brain and tells them to take a seat. For now.
Glamour. Eh. They were OK for a school talent show, but not for a $5 million recording contract. Kelly adores them but hints that it wasn’t the best performance ever. Demi thinks they sounded great but she wonders if they’re ready for it right now. Simon remembers the original audition so he’s struggling with his current decision. He tells them to take a seat. They’re in for now.
Restless Road. The Simon-esembled country guy group makes a lot of sense, but I think there’s one guy that doesn’t belong. And it’s probably not the one you think I mean. I think this was probably the best performance of the night, despite the awkward crazy stage presence of the guy I’m talking about not belonging. Kelly says putting them together was brilliant. Paulina calls them amazing. Demi is excited for them and calls Simon a genius. It’s an easy and obvious yes from Simon. They’re in the final four for now.
That’s it for tonight. The rest of the groups will take to the stage tomorrow night.
« The X Factor 2013 Episode 9... | Al Calderon — Call Me Maybe —... »
SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS! LEAVE A COMMENT NOW:Commenting Rules: Keep the conversation civil and on topic. If your comment does not add to the conversation or is insulting to others, it will be removed. Debate intelligently. No ALL-CAPS.
Leave a Reply
Commenting Rules: Keep the conversation civil and on topic. If your comment does not add to the conversation, it will be removed. Debate intelligently. Insulting the author, Big Big Brother, or other commentators will result in comment removal and possible ban. Any comments with links or flagged words will go into moderation before approval. Anything we deem as spam will not be approved. Comments left in ALL-CAPS will be deleted regardless of content.