'The X Factor' Recap: The Girls Face The Four Chair Challenge
October 4th, 2013 8:35am EDT
The epic showdown of singing that is the Four Chair Challenge continued last night, picking up right where last night's parade of girls left off.
Right where it left off. Right in the middle. So much so, that it makes the most sense to just pretend that this is a continuation of yesterday's recap. Probably because it contains parts from the first Four Chair Challenge.
This is getting confusing. Let's just break down Demi's Ladies:
Bree Randall Sang: "I'm Glad You Came" by The Wanted
Kelly Said: I thought the performance kind of dragged.
Simon Said: You brought the right outfit and personality, but didn't bring your voice.
Demi Said: I don't think you're ready to compete.
If looks alone could carry a contestant through this competition then Bree would have a really great chance of moving on. Unfortunately, she actually had to sing and perform. A problem because she couldn't really do anything. Her singing consisted of being almost entirely out of tune with a terrible version of a terrible song choice and her idea of a performance was just dawdling around the stage.
Too bad she doesn't have access to AutoTune.
Khaya Cohen Sang: "Locked Out of Heaven" by Bruno Mars
Kelly Said: Demi, you better put her through.
Simon Said: I know a lot of great producers who'd want to work with you right now.
Kelly Said: I'm blown away. The entire competition needs to watch out for you.
This could finally be the girl who breaks the plethora of unpleasantness that's been little girl singers. Khaya has a voice that sounds like it's been singing for decades yet somehow doesn't lose any of her youthful verve.
She's definitely still a little raw, but with some mentoring (that's what this show's about, right?) she will develop into a contender to win the show.
Jamie Pineda Sang: "Don't Speak" by No Doubt
Kelly Said: I love your voice, but sometimes you look uncomfortable onstage.
Simon Said: There's nothing particularly special about your voice, but when you switch it up, there's a market for you.
Kelly Said: You look like a star.
Jamie digs into a 90s alternative rock song like a real 90s alternative rock diva with an updated pop vibe. Her voice could definitely be bigger as she doesn't seem to have that extra gear to really blow a song away, but at least she does the super patronizing thing of switching to Spanish for no reason in the middle of the song. So there's that.
Ashly Williams Sang: "I Don't Wanna Miss a Thing" by Aerosmith
Kelly Said: I love listening to you.
Paulina Said: I'm just speechless.
Simon Said: I didn't like the song and there were some real tuning issues throughout.
Demi Said: You're in my final four!
Anytime you go on national television for your big chance to impress judges and move on in a competition like this and you have the chance to wear a pink blazer, acid-washed jeans and a Cleopatra headband, you just have to do it.
Ashly can't sing. Flat out can't sing. She is pitchy all over the place, off-key and struggles to find any real power. But she masks all that with an unreal attitude onstage and a real passion that goes into her performances. It's almost like the singing is secondary and it almost makes the whole thing work. Almost.
Simone Torres Sang: "A Change is Gonna Come" by Sam Cooke
Kelly Said: You sang the hell out of the song.
Paulina Said: I really like it.
Simon Said: The arrangement of the song was a joke.
Demi Said: I don't know if I'm seeing a star.
This is one of the strangest performances. Simone sings a song about Civil Rights with a voice that sounds like it should be singing commercial jingles. Then the arrangement makes it sound like a Belinda Carlisle song and Simone bops around the stage like she's singing 'Walking on Sunshine'.
There was just absolutely no context here. If you're going to sing a song like that, pick a different song. Sing something from 'Wicked' for crissakes. When you bop around the stage like everything is right in the world when you're singing about people not being treated equally, you clearly have no clue how to connect to a song.
It was just so strange to the point that it needed to be done in a Glamour Shots photo booth at the mall. Not on 'The X Factor'.
Danie Geimer Sang: "Georgia On My Mind" by Ray Charles
Kelly Said: You just sang your face off, momma.
Simon Said: I hope you never change, and I don't think you will.
Kelly Said: I am absolutely blown away.
In complete contrast to her predecessor, Danie knows exactly how to connect to a song and just pull the raw emotion out of it through her vocals and performance. Danie's got a stellar voice and brings a depth of passion to her singing that's beyond anybody else in her bracket.
She separated herself with this performance and showed the real talent this show has been lacking thus far.
Rylie Brown Sang: "Angels" by Robbie Williams
Kelly Said: I'm just not sure you're ready for this competition.
Simon Said: It feels like everything you did tonight was chosen by your mother.
Demi Said: You have a lot of potential, but I don't think, vocally, that you're ready for this competition.
'Angels' has almost gotten to the level of Heart's 'Alone' on these shows: It's just a great song choice for everybody to the point that it's impossible to screw up and should almost be illegal. A performance enhancing song.
Rylie tread on the line here, with a slowed down country version of the tune that almost didn't work. IT was a bit slow and muddled at first, but she managed to bring it home with a nice flourish at the end.
The streak continues for 'Angels'. We'll see if somebody better pulls it out in the live shows.
Primrose Martin Sang: "Blame it on the Boogie" by Michael Jackson
Kelly Said: This was completely different from what I was expecting.
Paulina Said: I don't know what Demi should do.
Simon Said: That was actually beyond awful. It was seriously seriously dreadful. It was the longest minute and a half of my life.
Demi Said: Just stop.
Good Lord, Primrose can't dance, Primrose has swag, Primrose is a Kool 'N' The Gang progeny, Primrose has an endless supply of confidence. But Primrose can't sing. Primrose can't sing at all. Primrose got booed after and during her song by the audience. Primrose sounded like somebody performing in a high school talent show who started impressing people and just began to wait for the applause and stopped singing the last verse.
Then, when the judges' lambasting settled in, Primrose started singing again. Primrose started begging. Primrose started crying.
Ultimately, Primrose went home.
Rionn Page Sang: "I Won't Let Go" by Rascal Flatts
Kelly Said: I just love watching you.
Simon Said: I think we're just scratching the surface here.
Kelly Said: You are an incredibly special singer.
Goodness gracious. Rionn comes out of nowhere to sing like a 20-year veteran country diva. Where has this girl been hiding. For some reason, her performance reminded me of somebody who sings a song that gets nominated for an Oscar. She just sounded so honest and authentic like she was telling a story as she sang.
She's got immense talent and is more polished as a singer than makes sense at her age. If she's really just getting warmed up, it will be hard for everyone else to keep up.
Ellona Santiago: "Clarity" by Zedd featuring Foxes
Kelly Said: Ellona, you are a beast.
Paulina Said: That was amazing.
Simon Said: That was one of the best vocals we've heard in this category.
Kelly Said: I feel like that star quality isn't there yet.
Imagine that. A contemporary girl trying to appeal to a contemporary audience chooses a contemporary song and it all comes together for her. It never makes much sense when these young girls dig into the back catalog and end up looking either old-fashioned or out-of-touch. Why not just take a song that's on the radio right now and absolutely kill it?
That was Ellona's plan and it paid off perfectly.
What has everyone else thought of Four Chair Challenge so far? Did Kelly and Demi make the right choices or was somebody left out? Sound off in the comments.
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