December 1st, 2011
05:05 PM ET
Right off the bat, “X Factor” got me in a good mood by paying homage to my favorite artist of all time, Michael Jackson. With seven contestants left in the game, each performed some of the best songs by the King of Pop on Wednesday night.
Plus, the late musician’s three kids and his mother were on hand to watch the finalists sing.
So who would have made him proud with their performances? Let’s take a look back.
I feel like “Pretty Young Thing” was written for Marcus Canty to perform, because he owned it. His voice had all the right inflections. He really tried to get into it and actually did an acrobatic back flip on stage in the middle of his show! I LOVED IT. Nicole and Paula did too, and gave him tons of praise.
For Simon, though, the vocals weren’t very good. I sided with L.A. on this one, because I thought the vocals were amazing.
Rene decided to do the classic hit “I’ll Be There.” He really did the darn thing with that song, embodying the best of Michael. Nicole loved it as much as I did, and thought he sounded the best he has ever sounded.
And then came Simon, saying: “I think you are going to need a lot of support from your hometown to survive in this thing.” Well, three out of four judges liking you isn’t bad right?
Rapper Astro couldn’t have picked a better song than “Black or White.” He looked like he owned that stage while citing the lyrics with dancers in costumes representing various cultures dancing behind him. For once I agreed with Simon, because he told Astro that he loved the lyrical tweaks he made.
I swear I’ve NEVER heard a cover of “Billie Jean” like the one I heard Drew sing on Wednesday night. She slowed it down and simply sat in a chair in the dark with one spotlight. I mean, who knew that iconic song could be performed at a slower tempo and still resonate?
She opted to sing Jackson’s “What About Us,” and did what she always does, which is transform herself into the song’s original artist.
On Wednesday, she really went above par and delivered an excellent performance. I believe Melanie may have had the single best performance of the night. It'll certainly keep her in the running when the votes are tallied!
Left me wanting more:
His take on MJ’s song “Dirty Diana” was…interesting. He rocked it as hard as he could, but I wasn’t impressed. I do give him props for leaving his comfort zone, though.
The judges gave him big nods for trying his best, except for Simon, who told him, “as a spectacle it was great. However…I think it’s your weakest performance so far.”
Just when you thought Rachel could do no wrong, she did. Performing “Can You Feel It," she danced and sang well beyond her years. She hit every note and even looked like a little Michael Jackson with her cute curly Afro, but it was missing something.
All the judges called her on it except for Simon, who did what he does best and went on attack mode with the rest of the panel. I still can’t believe that Rachel’s performance actually lacked a little something - I guess even the greatest can have an off day.
One artist will be forced to pack up tonight after another round of eliminations. Who do you think it will be?
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