November 17th, 2011
10:00 AM ET
"X Factor" is starting to separate the boys from the men, and the girls from the women!
This week is rock music week, and so the judges chose some of the greatest songs from that genre for their artists.
As usual, there were highs and lows - let's take a stroll down memory lane:
Rachel went with "I Can't Get No Satisfaction," and as usual the spunky teen brought her "A" game. Nicole told her, "This is my favorite performance out of all the performances." Crow might just take it all the way!
Rene decided to take a trip down reggae lane by singing the Bob Marley hit "No Woman, No Cry" featuring The Wailers. This guy would have probably made Marley proud. He really owned it, and maximized his use of the stage. But Scherzinger told him it wasn't her favorite performance from him, and I agreed with Simon that his song choice was off. Great song, but not sure it fit the requirements of rock week.
I never thought R.E.M.'s "Everybody Hurts" could sound the way it did coming out of Amaro's mouth. She definitely put a twist in this classic rock song by making it sound like something you'd hear from a gospel choir. Because her song sounded so "church," Paula told her she wants to see her "let go and let loose." Simon put her on the top of the list, comparing her to Alicia Keys and Adele, and then argument number three started between Simon and LA Reid....These two are basically the new Simon and Paula a la "American Idol."
Mr. Krajcik took on Foo Fighter's "Pretender" song, and this guy actually got a standing ovation from ALL four judges, bringing them to their feet. Reid told him, "You are the only person that has really rocked this house tonight." The winner of the night is clearly JOSH! Let's see if the viewers feel that way too.
Astro (a.k.a. Brian Bradley)
You might think being the only rapper in the bunch to have to belt out a song for rock week might be hard for Astro, but think again. He went with "I'll Be Missing You" by Diddy and Faith Evans. What are the odds that we'll have two of the youngest, Rachel Crow and Brian Bradley, going head to head on the finale?
U2's "With or Without You" is a tall order for any artist to attempt to cover, but if anyone can do it, it's certainly Drew. She took the stage and did what she does best: Sing alone with the spotlight on her. No dancers, nothing fancy, nothing extra, and it worked. But Nicole said she was left "waiting for more." The criticism ticked off Simon, and he told Drew, "Take no notice from the three witches on my right hand side...You're gonna be in this competition till the end."
When you think of R&B contestant Marcus Canty, you don't think of Janis Joplin. But viewers did last night when he brought his own twist to her hit "Piece of My Heart." He added flavor and soul to this classic rock hit, and Nicole said, "You lit that stage on fire." I'm pretty sure the viewers will love his performance too.
He was up first, and tried to tackle the song "We Got Tonight," but it felt lackluster. It was as though Bell was going through the motions, and Reid pointed that out, saying, "We're no longer strictly trying to get through to the next round. We are now looking for stardom. We are looking for the ability to sell records and sell tickets...I need more." It was ugly, and I wouldn't be surprised if Bell simply dropped out of the competition. Who could keep getting up after being swatted down that many times?
Stacy's rendition of "It's All Coming Back To Me Now" really left her and the audience and the judges breathless...or so I thought.
Paula said it was her "least favorite song you have ever performed....the pitch was lovely but I just didn't feel it." And then Simon hit her with another one, saying, "Stacy let me start with the good news. Your hair looks better this week. Now the not so good news...I thought the song was a horrible choice...You are going backwards right now." Francis looked like she was about to cry up there on stage. Her face was sullen and she didn't smile once. That's one thing about Francis - whatever she feels she shows it on her face.
This all female quartet, mentored by Paula, sang Fleetwood Mac's "Go Your Own Way." Nicole told them they'd found their lane with "country rock," but Simon stepped in telling them he thought they had potential, but that their performance was a mess. Paula, meanwhile, compared them to the Dixie Chicks, to which I'll just say, "hmmm..." Quite an interesting comparison, there, Paula.
Tonight, one act will go home and Rihanna takes the stage. Let's hope viewers choose the right one. Who do you think is next to go?
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