The X Factor 2013 Top 16 Performances Recap: The Top 12 Announced| October 30, 2013 at 1:04 AM EST
The X Factor 2013 Top 16 took to the stage for their first live performances Tuesday night. One by one, the 16 hopefuls took the stage and delivered some pretty solid performances. And then there was Team Demi. And all of the horrible productions and bad styling and iffy song choices. Just like last season. Oh boy, here we go.
We also watched as each coach cut one act from their teams, leaving us with The X Factor 2013 Top 12.
Let’s take a look at the Top 16 performances.
Ellona Santiago, “Til The World Ends.” Well you can tell this is a Demi team member. And basically all I wanted to do was rip my hair out and cry. Actually, Ellona handled the performance very well. It was basically flawless as far as she’s concerned. I just hated the production.
Danie Geimer, “Wrecking Ball.” Really? Isn’t it a bit soon for a “Wrecking Ball” cover? Ugh. And the vocal was awful. And she needs some styling tips. But as a whole, I hated the performance. I’d cut her if I were Demi.
Rion Paige, “Skyscraper.” Hm. I loved her before tonight. Something was off with her performance tonight and I’m not sure what it was. I mean she’s clearly very talented, but this didn’t work for me.
Khaya Cohen. “Mercy.” Her performance was good as far as vocals go, but the rest of it felt a little forced. Or like a some sort of variety show performance. It was just slightly off.
The Girls Results: Ellona is safe. Rion is safe. Khaya. Danie is eliminated.
Josh Levi, “Only Girl In The World.” This was not a very good start for the boys. His stage presence is great, but the song choice and his vocals were not good. At all.
Carlos Guevara, “Don’t You Worry Child.” I thought the performance was a little weird, but his vocals were very solid. I’d rather have heard a different song from him, though. He’s an entertainer for sure.
Carlito Olivero, “Maria, Maria.” Well this guy could carry the girls’ votes since he’s the closest thing to a heartthrob this season, but his vocals were way off. He’s a good performer, though. And he has a great style. But he needs some work.
Tim Olstad, “Always.” I’m sure he’ll get dinged on picking a song from 1995 instead of an annoying current song, but whatever. The vocals were the best out of the guys. But since the vocals mean nothing in this contest, I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s the one to go. Again. Paulina already cut him once. And since Paulina didn’t even know his name …
The Boys Results: Carlito is safe. Carlos is safe. Tim is safe. Josh is eliminated.
Lillie McCloud, “When A Man Loves A Woman.” She can sing. Like really, really sing. Is she marketable though? Since the X Factor is not about vocals, I sometimes don’t even know how to recap the show. I like Lille but I would understand why she might not be right for this show.
Jeff Gutt, “Try.” I never would have picked this song for him, but he killed it. The song actually worked well for him. He’s got such a nice edge to his voice and style. I like him a lot. If he goes home, something is wrong.
Rachel Potter, “I Hope You Dance.” Pretending to be a country singer now might work for her since Fox has a big country music followers, but when is she going to work on her attitude? She comes off as very stuffy and fake to me. Just me? Oh well. I’d never vote for her based on the vibes she puts off. Oh, and her vocal was sort of weak.
James Kenney, “Red.” I feel like James had the best connection to the song and to the viewer. I could feel his emotion and he showed how strong of a performer he is. I like him a lot. But I don’t have a good feeling for him. I’d cut Rachel and keep James.
Over 25s Results: Rachel is safe. Jeff is safe. Lillie is safe. James is eliminated and that’s HORRIBLE. I can’t with this show sometimes. OK, most of the time.
Roxxy Montana, “Royals.” Well that was indulgent and annoying. I could not relate in the least. And I don’t think I head any singing whatsoever. And the chorus sounded like howling dogs. Not feeling them, at all.
Sweet Suspense, “I Love It.” Good song choice. Good production. Good performance. Good vocals. This was definitely the best overall performance of the night. Good job, Simon.
Alex & Sierra, “Blurred Lines.” Smart song choice. Great version too. That song has been big for a while now so hearing a different version like that will really rank well with the public. Very smart performance.
Restless Road, “Roar.” Well that got off to a HORRIBLE start. I mean HORRIBLE. But it got pretty fantastic at the chorus. I thought the song choice was really stupid though. I know what Simon was trying to do, but it came off WAY corny. But I think they’re still great performers.
Groups Results: Restless Road is safe. Alex & Sierra. Sweet Suspense is safe. Roxxy Montana are eliminated.
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