X-Factor USA: Round of 7 Results

After last night’s rather tepid performance show, two of the seven remaining solo acts will be sent home – because last night didn’t have any real standouts, the possibility is there for a “surprise”.  Of course, this tends to be the point where “surprises” happen anyway, as the voting audience usually has different tastes and rationales than the judges do.  In other words, stand back, this could be weird.  Just like the man this week was themed for…

The certified 99.44% filler results show is on…

It’s Time.  To Face.  The Music.

We jump right into the Official Sometimes Lip-Synched Group Performance – “Man In The Mirror” – and jump right back out to get to the opening montage.  They’re moving pretty fast, so I wonder if they have something up their sleeve tonight…

Break… after a segment they really could afford to lose if they ever tighten the results show to 30 minutes, as would make more sense…

Back for the official announcement of the Official Soft Drink Challenge – each singer will sing two songs, one chosen by America at the Official Companion Website.  This can’t possibly go wrong…

We get our first results early…

  • Chris Rene is safe.  Wow.  Color me surprised.
  • Melanie Amaro is safe.  Much less of a surprise.
  • Rachel Crow is safe.  She deserved it.

Break, so the remaining four (one safe plus the Bottom Three) can sweat for a while…

Back with CV asking the remaining four how they’re feeling.  They’re nervous.  Wow, that’s a revelation.

And now, someone or something called “Tinie Tempah” (allegedly the UK’s “top rapper”) performs.  He’s doing his UK #1 “Pass Out”.  You haven’t heard of it because it was just released in the USA, over a year after the Euro release.

Break…

The nervous four are ready to find out their fate…

  • Josh Krajcik is safe.
  • Your Bottom Three are Drew, Astro, and Marcus Canty.  I got two right.  Given my track record, that’s pretty good.
  • CV rattles off the judges’ comments we heard both last night and again in the montage earlier… time-wasting, of course…
  • Astro is going home.
  • CV is so hell-bent on keeping to the schedule that he literally pushes himself between the contestants consoling Astro so he can ask “how do you feel?”  With that level of probing and intelligent questioning, CV has a future as an American sportscaster.

Break… Drew and Marcus sing for a Final Five spot… next…

It’s the Final Countdown… er… Showdown…

Drew – “Listen To Your Heart”, Roxette
Marcus Canty – “Neither One Of Us”, Gladys Knight & The Pips
According to Wikipedia, Roxette wrote “Listen To Your Heart” as a send-up/homage/ripoff of the ‘80s “American FM Rock” sound.  Makes it a logical song for a send-up/homage/ripoff of American Idol to license it…

Break…

Time for the tedious Final Judges’ Vote…

  • L.A., not surprisingly, votes to send Drew home.
  • Simon, not surprisingly, votes to send Marcus Canty home after taking the blame for Drew being in the Bottom Three.  On to the impartial votes…
  • Nicole, after a rambling filibuster (and the standard interruption from CV), votes to send Drew home.
  • Paula, looking horrified, votes to send Drew home.  Drew is done.  Marcus Canty is safe.
  • Simon is absolutely pissed at this – he refused to talk to CV when asked for a comment… thus, I know VFTW had a great night tonight.

For the record, I despite the phrase “save-me song”.  With Drew out of the way, the path is pretty much clear for Melanie’s coronation over the next few weeks.  The other singers just don’t measure up. 

As if to prove how terrible of a person he is, CV kept shoving a microphone in front of a shattered 15-year-old, and in front of his boss who clearly didn’t want to talk.  I don’t think getting voted off tonight is going to hurt Drew, she’s got a great career in front of her… but Steve Jones’ performance tonight should be his last straw.  The man is a malfunctioning robot of a TV host.

It looks like I may be doing the recaps live next week.  Hope to see you then.

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Author: Rob Hoffmann

Occasional blogger, full-time computer techie, radio producer (basketball, mostly), improv tech guy, generally nice person (if you ask me).

1 thought on “X-Factor USA: Round of 7 Results”

  1. Just found your blog yesterday. Hilarious and spot on! Hubby and I particularly enjoyed the description of Jones as a “charisma vacuum”. I will be checking back for new recaps…

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